The Digital Future

The Digital Future
1:09 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Pads Trump Smartphones This Holiday Season

Apple's new iPad Air
Tim RT flickr.com

The holiday season will be great for pads and tablets, but not so great for smartphones, says Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Where Do Bright Ideas Come From?

nhuisman flickr.com

Scientific breakthroughs and profitable businesses all start the same way: someone comes up with a bright idea.

Our education system teaches people what to do with that idea. Scientists will test it with experiments. Entrepreneurs will develop business plans.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says what’s missing is teaching people how to come up with the right ideas in the first place. 

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Microsoft at a Crossroads

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
(cc) Georg Holzer, www.georgholzer.at flickr.com

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire sometime in the next 12 months, and there’s plenty of speculation about who will succeed him.

But Strategic News Service publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson says there are more important issues at stake.

Before making that new hire, Mark says Microsoft needs to do two things: refocus its brand, and restructure its top level of management.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

When Theft Trumps Innovation

Johnny Grim flickr.com

For years, Strategic News Service (SNS) publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson has been warning of the dangers of intellectual property theft.

Initially, Mark focused on how IP theft is affecting the technology sector. But now, he sees it wreaking havoc throughout the entire economy.

His recent SNS article, "The Big Shift," which has also been posted at Forbes, explains how "we're moving from an era where inventions paid off to an era when copying and theft makes more money."

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

The Evolution of Television

The classic 1950's Philco Predicta
Kevin Trotman flickr.com

Have smartphones, tablets and the Internet changed the way you watch TV? 

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says TV is undergoing a revolution, and you can expect even more changes in the coming years.

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The Digital Future
4:45 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Visualizing a world of data

NASA's World Wind
Noel Jenkins http://www.digitalgeography.co.uk

First released in 2004, NASA’s World Wind is an open source, 3-D model of Earth generated from satellite imaging data.

It’s not just a fancy globe. The model is designed to accommodate all kinds of information about our planet that can be updated in real time.

Strategic News Service publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson says World Wind is sparking a revolution in planetary data visualization. Anderson is so impressed by the technology that he made “Digitizing the Planet” the theme of his recent Future in Review, or FiRe, conference in southern California.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Is Windows 8 doomed?

aaron_anderer flickr.com

When computer sales declined 14 percent in the first quarter of this year, fingers immediately began pointing at Microsoft.

The release of a new version of Windows is supposed to stimulate PC sales. But Windows 8 has received a lukewarm reception.

Strategic News Service publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson doesn’t mince words. He thinks Windows 8 is a bomb.

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The Digital Future
7:49 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Are we heading toward another economic meltdown?

Mark Anderson addressing the SNS Annual Predictions Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. 12/6/2012
Strategic News Service

Back in 2007, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson warned KPLU listeners about the dangers of "cheap money" from Japan, which helped fuel the subprime mortgage debacle. Mark advised investors to put more of their money into cash, rather than stocks.

The following year, the bottom fell out of the stock market.

Is history about to repeat itself? Mark believes Japan and other nations are printing too much money again, making conditions ripe for another meltdown.

With Mark's permission, we're reprinting a special alert he recently sent to SNS subscribers on April 12:

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The Digital Future
5:30 am
Tue March 26, 2013

The cyber threat from China

The best way to protect your secrets is to unplug from the Internet
photosteve101 flickr.com

Are hackers from China stealing U.S. secrets?

China has denied these allegations for years. But a recent report by cybersecurity firm Mandiant thoroughly documents the activities of a team in China that has apparently ransacked terabytes of data from U.S. corporations.

Our technology commentator, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson, has been warning us about the growing cyber threat from China. On this month’s edition of The Digital Future, Mark tells KPLU’s Dave Meyer the Mandiant report is truly a “smoking gun".

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The Digital Future
4:58 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Mark Anderson's technology predictions for 2013

Dave's cat had a hunch that this would be a good year for e-books
Dave Meyer KPLU

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson is predicting 2013 will be a big year for tablet computing, e-books, and cars that drive themselves.

Mark shares some of his predictions with KPLU's Dave Meyer on The Digital Future. Click on through to read the full list of 10 predictions.

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The Digital Future
5:08 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Mark Anderson's 2012 technology predictions in review

Mark predicted 2012 would be a great year for Amazon.
Neff Conner (nffcnnr) flickr.com

It's been nearly a year since Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson unveiled his predictions for 2012. Although the year's not over yet, it looks like things are going the way Mark said they would.

Mark and KPLU's Dave Meyer review the predictions on this month's edition of The Digital Future.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Digitizing the planet

The earth as viewed in NASA's World Wind browser
NASA

Most of us have digitized our financial records and music and photo collections. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. On this month’s edition of The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson tells us about efforts to digitize the Earth. 

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Computer sales are exploding

Joseandrés Guijarro's iPad tribute to M.C. Escher's "Drawing Hands"
Joseandrés Guijarro flickr.com

According to recent headlines, PC sales are sluggish.

But, if you include tablets and smartphones along with desktops and laptops, computer sales are exploding!

In this month's edition of The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that computing is evolving into two main areas: production and consumption. And you need to count both sides of the equation when looking at computer sales.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Mars and the value of science

Curiosity's first tracks on the surface of Mars
NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Mars rover Curiosity has been making its first tentative drives on the surface of the Red Planet. Soon, it will make a quarter-mile journey away from Bradbury Landing to explore a site called Glenelg, where it'll examine rock formations.

On this month's edition of The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that the August 5th Mars landing is more than just another triumph for NASA; it's a reminder that science is reality

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

"Wall Computing" has arrived

Perceptive Pixel's 82-inch multi-touch display is one example of "wall computing"
Perceptive Pixel

Ten years ago, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report gave us a glimpse into the future of computing interfaces. In the film, Tom Cruise's character interacted with a wall-sized display via hand gestures, rather than a mouse and keyboard.

In 2008, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson predicted this sort of technology, which he calls Wall Computing, would soon make the leap into corporate conference rooms.

On this month's edition of The Digital Future, Mark tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that Wall Computing is becoming a reality, heralded in part by Microsoft's recent acquisition of Perceptive Pixel, which makes large, multi-touch computer displays. 

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