Category Archives: Technology

For $1,000, Anyone Can Purchase Online Ads to Track Your Location and App Use

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uow-fa101817.php

“The researchers discovered that an individual ad purchaser can, under certain circumstances, see when a person visits a predetermined sensitive location — a suspected rendezvous spot for an affair, the office of a company that a venture capitalist might be interested in or a hospital where someone might be receiving treatment — within 10 minutes of that person’s arrival. They were also able to track a person’s movements across the city during a morning commute by serving location-based ads to the target’s phone.”

Andrew: This is a scary and fascinating use of technology. Further, it is but a glimpse into the digital advertising underworld. Thumbs up to the team at the University of Washington for the impressive work.

Delta Air Lines Scraps Check-In for Users of Its iPhone App

https://skift.com/2017/10/12/delta-air-lines-scraps-check-in-for-users-of-its-iphone-app/

“From a customer standpoint, Delta’s decision makes sense. It seems anachronistic that customers still check in, considering the process was created decades ago, well before today’s technological innovations. Not long ago, a passenger had to check in with an agent at the gate, or in the airport lobby. It could be a time-consuming process.

But for the most part, auto check-in has not caught on, and while Continental’s successor, United Airlines, adopted the technology after the two airlines merged, it no longer uses it. Another airline, FlyDubai, once scrapped check-in completely only to bring it back after it realized its automated system wasn’t perfect.”

Andrew: Here is more proof that we remain in the early days of the long-running technological revolution. Software + tinkering/applying/try-and-learn + Aviation = happiness in my core 😉

PayPal’s Market Value Eclipses AmEx, Nears Morgan Stanley, Goldman

https://www.wsj.com/articles/paypals-market-value-eclipses-amex-nears-morgan-stanley-goldman-1507986000

“The San Jose, Calif., company has enjoyed breakneck growth in both e-commerce and mobile money transfers. Its market capitalization stands at about $83 billion, nearly double the $47 billion value it had when it spun off from eBay Inc. a little over two years ago.

PayPal is even gaining ground on Wall Street titans. Its market value is now about $6 billion less than Morgan Stanley ’s and about $10 billion less than that of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.”

Andrew: The times, they are a changin’.

Amazon Teaming With VMware Is the Latest Sign the Cloud Has Won

https://www.wired.com/2016/10/amazon-teaming-vmware-latest-sign-cloud-won/

Starting next year, VMware’s virtualization software will run on Amazon’s cloud, letting VMware customers to manage virtual machines in Amazon’s cloud with the same set of tools they use to manage VMs on their own servers. VMware will sell the new service, but it will dovetail with all sorts of existing Amazon cloud tools, like database and storage services.