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​Australia’s digital health strategy gets the nod without data interoperability controls – ZDNet

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

My Health Record, the Australian government’s e-health record system, has been officially given the green light from the Council of Australian Governments Health Council to automatically sign citizens up to the service, allowing them to opt-out if they choose. By 2018, all Australians will have a My Health Record and by 2022, all healthcare providers will be able to contribute to and use health information in My Health Record on…

The Nintendo Switch Is the Future of Gadget Design – WIRED

Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017

Here are a few of the places I’ve played Mario Kart in the last two weeks: On the couch. In bed. On the train. In an Uber. On a plane. In a Vegas hotel. At the dog park. In a weirdly long line at Trader Joe’s. And, of course, on the toilet, more times than I’m proud of. In every case, all I had to do was whip out my…

Wasserman Schultz Says Laptop She Sought to Keep From Police Was IT Aide’s, Not Hers – Daily Signal

Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said in a newspaper interview that she never actually saw a laptop that she fought to block U.S. Capitol Police from examining as evidence in a criminal case against her IT aide by saying it was hers. Wasserman Schultz, who resigned under a cloud last year as head of the Democratic  Party, threatened “consequences” May 18  for the Capitol Police chief unless investigators returned the laptop. This…

Wasserman Schultz Says Laptop She Sought to Keep From Police Was IT Aide’s, Not Hers – Daily Signal

Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said in a newspaper interview that she never actually saw a laptop that she fought to block U.S. Capitol Police from examining as evidence in a criminal case against her IT aide by saying it was hers. Wasserman Schultz, who resigned under a cloud last year as head of the Democratic  Party, threatened “consequences” May 18  for the Capitol Police chief unless investigators returned the laptop. This…

Your Android phone can become a real Game Boy with this gadget – TechCrunch

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

A product that began life as an April Fools joke has graduated to a real thing you can order right now: Hyperkin’s SmartBoy is an accessory for Android smartphones with a USB-C connector, and brings Game Boy-style physical controls and actual Game Boy game cartridge compatibility to the gaming device you carry with you everywhere in your pocket anyways. The Hyperkin SmartBoy is up for pre-order now, with shipments beginning…

The best laptop you can buy right now (2017) – The Verge

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

We live in a world where smartphones are ubiquitous, tablets are commonplace, and even smartwatches are a thing that people talk about on the regular. But throughout all of these advances, the humble laptop has persevered, and for good reason. When it comes time to actually get something done, whether that’s editing photos, writing a lot of emails, composing documents, or staying in touch with colleagues and family, the laptop…

Wasserman Schultz Says Laptop She Sought To Keep From Police Was Awan’s, Not Hers – The Daily Caller

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz never actually saw the computer she fought to block the Capitol Police from examining as evidence in a criminal case against her IT aide by saying it was hers, she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Thursday. She threatened “consequences” on May 18  for the chief of the Capitol Police unless the laptop was returned — despite police contending it was needed to help determine whether a staffer may have violated the House’s cybersecurity. “This…

Precision Farming Provides the Best Example of a Digital Transformation – Forbes

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

SAP Cristiano Buss, CIO of Stara S/A, at SAP Leonardo Live At SAP Leonardo Live last month, the most interesting presentation was by Cristiano Buss, the CIO of Stara S/A. Stara is a Brazilian manufacturer of farm equipment.  The company has gone through two transformations.  In 2005, they began manufacturing their own sensors, software, and computers.  Then in 2015 they launched a Telemetrics System. Today, Stara is not a commodity…

Hands-on: Sony’s Xperia Touch turns (nearly) any surface into a touchscreen – Mashable

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

It’s a portable projector that plays sound, and outputs an image you can interact with. Sony’s newly-launched Xperia Touch says it can convert any flat surface into a 23-inch wide touchscreen. SEE ALSO: Transform any surface into an interactive display with this incredible projector In practice, we found this worked pretty well, but with some caveats that we’ll get into. The Touch detects movement using an infrared light and built-in…

Hands-on: Sony’s Xperia Touch turns (nearly) any surface into a touchscreen – Mashable

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

It’s a portable projector that plays sound, and outputs an image you can interact with. Sony’s newly-launched Xperia Touch says it can convert any flat surface into a 23-inch wide touchscreen. SEE ALSO: Transform any surface into an interactive display with this incredible projector In practice, we found this worked pretty well, but with some caveats that we’ll get into. The Touch detects movement using an infrared light and built-in…

HMRC’s Digital Form Service down for maintenance – The Register

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

The taxman’s Digital Forms Service, intended to allow small businesses to submit returns online, has been down for maintenance since the beginning of the week, leaving SMEs to return to pen and paper. The service is intended to provide a digital replacement for all appropriate HMRC print and post forms, a key part of the department’s Making Tax Digital programme. In total HMRC wants to transform 600 forms for DFS….

Digital Transformation Projects Rank High in Importance to Marketing Leaders – eMarketer

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

Marketers are at different stages of digital transformation. Some are just beginning the transformation process, while others are unsure of what it really involves. But according to a new study of US digital transformation leaders, many agree that digital innovation comes with many advantages. The research from Couchbase, an open-source software company, found that improving customer experiences and increasing profitability of services and products are widely considered some of the…

As P&G cuts marketing budget, Clorox CEO explains the values of digital marketing strategy – CNBC

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

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Will other brands follow P&G’s lead and cut digital ad spend? – Marketing Week

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

Procter & Gamble (P&G) last week became one of the first advertisers to admit to a significant reduction in digital ad spend in the wake of the brand safety scandal. On a results call, the FMCG giant’s CFO Jon Moeller said it had cut between $100m and $140m from its digital ad budget last quarter because of brand safety concerns and “ineffective” ads. In a statement, P&G said the move…

Warner Bros. digital studio Stage 13 is making shows for emerging platforms – Digiday

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

The market for short-form digital series is booming, with a growing number of video-streaming and social platforms seeking entertainment content to attract young viewers that spend a lot of their time on mobile devices. Warner Bros., one of the most prolific TV producers in the world, wants a piece of that action. Two years ago, Warner Bros. created Stage 13, a digital studio focused on making short-form shows for emerging platforms. In June, Stage…

HMRC’s Digital Form Service down for maintenance – The Register

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

The taxman’s Digital Forms Service, intended to allow small businesses to submit returns online, has been down for maintenance since the beginning of the week, leaving SMEs to return to pen and paper. The service is intended to provide a digital replacement for all appropriate HMRC print and post forms, a key part of the department’s Making Tax Digital programme. In total HMRC wants to transform 600 forms for DFS….

A better, safer battery could be coming to a laptop near you – Seattle Times

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — A startup company is trying to turbocharge a type of battery that has been a mainstay for simple devices like flashlights and toys, but until now has been ignored as an energy source for computers and electric cars. Executives at Ionic Materials, in Woburn, Massachusetts, announced Thursday a design breakthrough that could make solid-state alkaline batteries a viable alternative to lithium-ion and other high-energy storage technologies. Alkaline…

Discovery to Spin Off Velocity Channel Into Joint Venture With TEN’s Digital Auto Businesses – Variety

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017

Discovery Communications is spinning off Velocity into a new joint venture with TEN: The Enthusiast Network, coupling the TV network with the digital and live-event businesses of TEN’s 20-plus automotive brands including Motor Trend and Hot Rod. The venture — in which Discovery will have a majority controlling interest — will bring together Velocity and TEN’s entire automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social and live event portfolio. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. TEN’s print businesses…

CBS Taps Facebook Alum David Lawenda to Steer Digital Ad Sales – AdAge.com

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017

David Lawenda. Credit: Timothy Kuratek/CBS In a bid to optimize the value of its non-linear platforms, CBS has tapped Facebook alum and TV vet David Lawenda to spearhead its digital ad sales efforts. Lawenda, who in the course of his four years as the head of global marketing solutions for Facebook helped quadruple the social media colossus’s stateside revenue, was named exec VP of digital sales and strategy. He reports…

Digital Skills — The New Literacy Debate – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017

Shutterstock The definition of what it means to be literate has been transformed dramatically over the past decade. The purist’s definition — the ability to read — has morphed into an understanding of how to use a computer with skill, creativity and with considerable business effect. With U.K. unemployment dropping to 1.49 million this apparently rosy employment figure is taking place without any real joy or prospects for some, while…

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