The Digital Future

The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Technology continues to lead the economy

PC sales growth may be slowing down, but sales of iPads and other tablets are booming.
Daniel Bogan flickr.com

Economists say the recession ended in June, 2009, but for many of us, it’s hard to tell the difference. Unemployment remains high and the economy is growing slowly.

This month on "The Digital Future," Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson and KPLU’s Dave Meyer look at the bright spot of the economy:  the technology sector.

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The Digital Future
5:30 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Cyber attacks are escalating

Mark Anderson (L) with Richard Marshall, the Department of Homeland Security's Director of Global Cyber Security Management, at the Future in Review conference in Laguna Beach, CA. 5/24/11
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Remember when we used to call the Internet the "information superhighway"? Today, that highway is starting to resemble the route Mad Max traveled in The Road Warrior. You can't go out on it without inviting an attack. Hardly a week goes by without seeing news reports about another corporation being sabotaged by hackers ... Sony, Intel, Google, and Lockheed are some of the more high profile victims.

For consumers, the biggest cyber threat is identity theft and stolen credit card numbers. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. This month on The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson looks at the huge increase in Advanced Persistent Threats: efforts by nation-states to steal information and technology.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue May 31, 2011

The next monopoly?

Whatever the next antitrust battle over techology is, it probably won't involve Microsoft and Starbucks.
Achim Hepp flickr.com

Microsoft is appealing a $1.3 billion fine from European antitrust regulators. But its antitrust worries in the United States appear to be over. The consent decree with the US Justice Department expired May 11th. A lot has changed since Microsoft crushed Netscape in the browser wars of the 1990s. This month on The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says Microsoft has transformed itself into a much better corporate citizen.

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The Digital Future
5:28 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Has Google lost its way?

from the wall of Buck's Restaurant in Woodside, CA
Steve Jurvetson flickr.com

What is Google's business plan? The company, fueled by its successful search engine, seems to be going off in a zillion different directions: Android, Youtube, Gmail, Voice, Maps, Blogger, Picasa, and Docs, just to name a few. Many Google products are given away for free. 

Analysts have recently noted Google's expenditures are rising faster than its revenues. This comes as no surprise to our technology commentator, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson. It reinforces what he said about Google in his list of predictions for 2011.

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The Digital Future
3:31 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Japan's meltdown and the future of nuclear power

Steam rises from Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station, Washington state's only nuclear power plant, near Richland, Wash., in this April 2003 photo.
Jackie Johnston AP

There's no end in sight to Japan's nuclear crisis. More radioactive water is leaking from Japan's crippled nuclear complex, and traces of plutonium have been detected in soil outside the plant. Tokyo Electric Power says the amount is small and isn't a danger to public health.

Our technology commentator, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson, is keeping a close eye on the situation in Japan. He tells KPLU's Dave Meyer it's like watching a train wreck in slow motion, and this crisis is a major setback for the future of nuclear power.

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Mark Anderson on Technology
4:15 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Microsoft and Nokia: will this marriage work?

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in London 2/11/2011
Nokia

When Nokia decided its Symbian operating system wasn't the path to success in the smartphone market and started looking for outside options, it found two major suitors: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 and Google's Android.

The Friday before Valentine's Day, Nokia announced it was hooking up with Microsoft. Will this marriage work? Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says this deal may not be the best thing that ever happened to Nokia, but it won't be the worst.

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Mark Anderson on Technology
3:52 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Will Steve Jobs return to Apple?

Desktop wallpaper of a young Steve Jobs
Anthony Sigalas (Sigalakos) Flickr.com

Will Steve Jobs be returning to the helm at Apple? This is the CEO's third medical leave. Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that Jobs probably isn't coming back this time. Jobs's previous leaves involved very serious conditions (pancreatic cancer, liver transplant) that don't bode well for his return to an active role.

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Mark Anderson on Technology
7:28 am
Tue December 28, 2010

Technology predictions for 2011

Mark Anderson and Sharon Anderson Morris test drive a Tesla Roadster
Strategic News Service

2011 should be a great year for electric cars, e-books, netbooks, and Netflix. 

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson shares his New Year's predictions with KPLU’s Dave Meyer.

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Mark Anderson on Technology
3:05 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Smartphone insecurity

Apple's iPhone
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NPR recently reported on how your company’s IT department can wipe out your smartphone if you use it to retrieve email from work.  Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says it’s a two-way street:  employee phones can also breach corporate security.  

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