Are we in the midst of a 1990s-style tech bubble? Some experts think so. Try this: Check out Google News and enter a search for ‘tech bubble.’ You’ll obtain a wide range of results. Fresh results. But let’s pause for second. What, exactly, is a tech bubble? Here’s Investopedia’s definition: “Tech Bubble – a pronounced and unsustainable market rise related to increased speculation in technology stocks. A tech bubble is highlighted by rapid share price growth and high valuations determined by standard metrics like price/earnings ratio or...

QR codes have been appearing in more and more environments of late. Maybe you’ve seen them on the side of buses, on posters, in magazines, or even on business cards.  These advanced bar codes were first implemented to track car parts, but have fairly recently been useful in generating brand awareness and loyalty. What is a QR Code?     A QR, or Quick Response code, is a multi dimensional version of the common barcode. Much like the common barcode, a QR code is readable by a scanning device.  As smartphones are able to scan these codes, QR codes have become a...

Technology has advanced to a place that allows for constant connectivity. Getting a hold of someone is as easy (and as impersonal) as sending a simple text message.   Where ever we go, as long as we have a smartphone in our pocket, we are within reach. This has been a beneficial change in many respects, but what are the negative effects of growing up in the age of connectivity? Communication is growing digitally; aspects of this will be positive where others will be negative. In this blog we will take a look at a few of the pros and cons of staying connected digitally. The Pros...

After years of anticipation and premature announcements, the tablet revolution is finally here. And it’s maturing: the innovative fervor is now sweeping business. That’s right, business. It turns out that these gadgets are more than just shiny toys for wasting time. Large and small organizations in virtually every industry have hopped on the tablet bandwagon. Now you can see these gadgets in hospitals, archaeological sites, police patrol cars, and even theaters of war. In July, Infoweek ran an interesting story about how a prestigious New York City law firm deployed hundreds of...

Traditional spamming consists of sending out an extremely high frequency of emails from a spam-hosted account. In the early days of the Internet, the was an extremely profitable, though illegal, enterprize model. However, the Internet has developed to a point where this practice is no longer viable. This doesn’t mean the Internet will soon be saved from spammers, but rather that spamming will soon take on a different form. The most important question is, why has traditional spamming declined? The second is, how will spam change to adapt to the new Internet. Profitability   ...

Sometimes the most basic questions are the hardest to answer. For example: What is the Internet? Um … it’s that thing we can’t imagine living without. It’s how we work, buy stuff, watch videos, communicate, share memories, conduct research, tell jokes, catch up with friends, etc. In 1995, 15 percent of adults were online. Now, it’s above 75 percent, and for certain demographics (youth, educated adults, rich folk), the percentage is over 95 percent, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project.   We’re all on Internet. But what IS it...

Recent years have seen an explosion of consumer-based technology: devices and processes designed for the general public by means of user-friendly functions and practical implications. The most popular example of this is the Google search engine, a service that is constantly reshaping its construction in response to user needs and trends. How will this recent trend of consumer-based technology shape the future of technology as a whole? Here are some ideas: User-Generated Content Consumer-based technology has created a stronger market for independent developers because consumerist technology...

A resume is identified as a document used by individuals to present their background and skill sets. Typically, a resume contains a summary of relevant work experience and education, formatted professionally and presented directly. Essentially, a resume is a piece of paper that seeks to define a person as an argument defending their qualifications for the applied to position. It makes sense that a resume be allowed a certain amount of creative freedom. If the person applying to said position is creative, or if the position itself requires a bit of creative thinking, then why not present a...

In the not too distant future, you might start to see websites that end in .food or .microsoft. After In a special session on Monday, June 20, the Internet’s governing body voted 13-1 to allow, in theory, an near-infinite number of new domain endings. ICANN, known formally as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, calls it “one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet’s Domain Name System.” There are currently 22 top-level domains, the most typical being .com, .org, .net, and so on. With this change, website names will be able to end with almost...

Mobile technology continues to develop as one of the most commonly used methods of searching for information. As iPhones and Androids become more advanced in design and function, so do the ways in which you can use these devices to search. The development of “voice search” allows users to easily access the information they seek without using miniature keyboards or scrolling through large amounts of information on tiny mobile screens. While voice search is a technological advancement that comes from voice-recognition, it truely does work quite differently.   What is voice...