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Google to Shame Slow-Loading Websites

"This is a good idea," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. "I think it will help improve websites over time and, just like security indicators, it will improve the experience of users." The badging "will force developers to be more aware of the tools that ...

Smart Speaker Apps Caught Snooping Around Homes

Amazon and Google have done a lot to identify security holes in their platforms, observed Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research, a high-tech research and advisory firm based in Phoenix "These companies are taking security seriously," he told TechNewsWorld, "but it...

Amazon Enlists 30 Partners in Voice Interoperability Initiative

"I find it hard to believe that Amazon didn't or wouldn't invite them," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. "I find it interesting that Samsung isn't included, though Harman Kardon is." Apple, Google, Facebook, Samsung and Deutsche Telekom -- another notab...

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Autonomous Vehicle Development Fuels Industry Angst

In the Internet of Things -- or the "Intelligence of Things," which is a more apt description -- the automotive segment has become a leading center of innovation. Only healthcare offers the same ability to leverage advances in sensors, processing, connectivity and artificial intelligence technology to advance an industry while simultaneously improving society.

Verizon Steps Up Fight Against Rampant Robocalls

"We should fine the carriers for not doing enough to block robocalls," Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research, said bluntly "They have the ability to identify those making the calls, and the government should prosecute those idiots," he told TechNewsWorld....

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China-US Trade Tension Is Causing Irreparable Damage to High-Tech

While trade disputes between countries are nothing new and seldom are remembered, the ongoing one between China and the United States may change the course of the electronics industry going forward. ...

5G Could Mess With Accuracy of Weather Forecasts

"I don't doubt that there may be some issues with the frequencies that close together, but I doubt that this will change the rollout of 5G," said Phoenix-based Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research, a high-tech research and advisory firm "You have to realize that ...

Red Flag Flying Over Flagship Phones

"A thousand dollars for a phone is pretty ridiculous," said Phoenix, Arizona-based Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research, a high-tech research and advisory firm "People should not be paying that," he told TechNewsWorld. "They're not getting the value for their mon...

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Structural Shifts in Semiconductor Industry Spawn New Trends

Long-term trends in the technology segment are often the result of structural change. One such change in the semiconductor space was the shift to outsourcing specialized functions, including technology development in the form of intellectual property, chip design, fabrication, and packaging and test. ...

Microsoft Defends Jumping in AR Bed With Military

"There is no a single U.S. tech company that doesn't sell into the military or aerospace in one form or another, especially when you get down to software and hardware," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst in the Phoenix, Arizona, offices of Tirias Research, a high-tech research and advisory firm...

Trump Order Gives Artificial Intelligence a Boost

In the past, the United States has managed to stay ahead of other countries with a minimum of government investment, observed Phoenix, Arizona-based Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research, a high-tech research and advisory firm "But you've got to wonder," he told T...

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Will the Sharing Economy Kill Personal Ownership?

The social networking era brought about a sharing economy. We share not only our lives, but also everything from cars to clothes to chickens, yes chickens (more on this in a minute). Services like Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era, and industries rapidly have been embracing the change to determine how to benefit from the shift in terms of future revenue.

IBM Chief Sounds Cautionary Note on Deep Data, AI, Quantum Computing

"The message that we all need to look at how to use technology for the good of society as a whole is a great message," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research, a high-tech research and advisory firm in Phoenix, Arizona "Everyone who says that, though, almost ha...

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How Much Can Technology Be Trusted?

Since the industrial revolution, technology has changed society continually. Largely due to innovations in semiconductor electronics, software and computer technology, the pace of technological development has continued to accelerate over the past 50 years. ...

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IBM Dons Red Hat for Cloudy Future

IBM's deal to acquire Red Hat caught everyone by surprise when it was announced less than two weeks ago. While concerns spread quickly about what it would mean for the largest enterprise Linux platform, IBM and Red Hat executives assured employees and customers that Red Hat would continue to operate independently -- at least for now. ...

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What Can We Expect From AI?

Fear mongering about killer robots and the recent deaths connected with Uber and Tesla autonomous vehicles have rekindled concerns about artificial intelligence in the machines around us. We are well beyond answering Alan Turing's question, "can machines think?" There is now good reason to ask how we should think of AI, and what we should expect from it.

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The Transportation Revolution: Self-Driving Cars Are Only the Beginning

The autonomous car has thrown the automotive industry -- an industry that is notoriously slow to change -- into the forefront of technology. The autonomous car has become a technology catalyst because it requires innovation in many areas, ranging from processor and sensor technology to artificial intelligence. ...

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In Technology We Trust… But Should We?

Since the industrial revolution, technology has changed society continually. Largely due to innovations in semiconductor electronics, software and computer technology, the pace of technological development has continued to accelerate over the past 50 years. ...

IBM, CLS Launch Blockchain Platform for Banks

"With credit cards, blockchain would alleviate the need for middlemen like banks and transaction-processing vendors," Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research, told the E-Commerce Times. Tirias, a high-tech research and advisory firm, has analysts in Austin, Texas; Phoenix; and San Jose, California...

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The Transportation Revolution: Much More Than Self-Driving Cars

The autonomous car has thrown the automotive industry -- an industry that is notoriously slow to change -- into the forefront of technology. The autonomous car has become a technology catalyst because it requires innovation in many areas, ranging from processor and sensor technology to artificial intelligence. ...

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