Kieran Walsh

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The world is facing a pension disaster

A new report released by Citibank estimates that the total value of unfunded or underfunded government pension liabilities for 20 OECD countries stands at a staggering US$78 trillion.<p>That's US$78,000,000,000,000, unfunded, that's owed to public-sector workers. Putting that figure into perspective, …

Post-Snowden NSA may cut down on number of “sysadmins”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/09/usa-security-nsa-leaks-idUSL1N0G92CU20130809<p>One of the mysteries of the Prism data collection controversy …

11 ways to waste time at work online

No one wants to be in work concentrating on a Friday afternoon, so Daniel Johnson takes you through some of the endless possibilities for wasting time online.<p>Nearly half of us waste time in work on a Friday and 27% waste most time between 3pm and 5pm, according to a survey of 1,000 people by …

Ubuntu derivatives: 5 of the best Ubuntu-based distros

Are you a Linux desktop user who loves Ubuntu but is wary of Unity? You're in luck. There are lots of Ubuntu spins, both from Canonical and …

Linux

Meet the first 'intelligent’ teddy bear

The Telegraph's Neil Tweedie meets Supertoy, the teddy bear that is set for world domination of the toy market.<p>Supertoy is a teddy bear that is supposed to hold a conversation. Not a set of pre-programmed “pull the toggle on the back” statements à la Action Man, but a real chat. About anything.<p>The …

The battle over the smart connected thermostat rages on

The battle to control how people heat and cool their homes is heating up in a way that is reminiscent of the fight over which company gets to lord …

Backblogged: Our Five Favorite Sentences of the Week

“The old deposed dictator, Mubarak, held physically captive in the penumbra by his former minions, continues to inhabit the national imagination like an undead pharaoh thought still to be wielding dark powers.” From “The Demons in Egypt,” by Jon Lee Anderson.<p>“The message to the folks at home: you …

Waiting stinks: How to redesign your product’s dead time

Recently my family gathered in North Carolina to celebrate a milestone in my sister’s life, and we arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation at a …

BYOD security and the importance of covering your backend

Last year I declared in a post on this site that resistance to the enterprise BYOD movement was futile. Fourteen months later, the statistics …

How Health Trackers Could Reduce Sexual Infidelity

I wear a health tracking watch that monitors minute-by-minute my heart rate, calories burned, steps taken, and if I’m sleeping. Anyone who had access to my data, like a spouse, could tell when I was exercising. Most importantly, they would know if I was having sex — and how intense it was.<p>Indeed, I …

Massive open online courses - threat or opportunity?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/education/991000/991397_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524845660_1f6aaa9b57f658844b8a7bad8b39f0d4<p><b>Can online courses with large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web replace face-to-face teaching in a traditional university</b> …

Apple’s Golden State: Just Doing What’s Right

Among his last advice he had for me, and for all of you, was to never ask what he would do. “Just do what’s right.”<p>That’s what Tim Cook told the audience of Apple employees at the memorial for Steve Jobs, following his passing in 2011. Now, nearly two years later, we’re starting to see that plan …

In A Newly Released Video, Steve Jobs Shows Rare Modesty

In a never-before-seen clip, Steve Jobs admits that Apple’s legacy will be buried under future innovation. We disagree.<p>Steve Jobs was known for hyperbole–using rhetoric like “magical” to sell us processors and pixels. For all of its snake oil aftertaste, the messaging ushered in an era and …

Silicon Valley

Oprah, again?! http://bit.ly/16CjfBU

Only one rapper has topped the #Glastonbury bill (Jay-Z) since 1971. But how many reggae stars? And how many rock acts? There's just one day until the music starts, with interest in this year's festival even higher than usual as the #RollingStones prepare for their Pyramid Stage debut. See how the Stones have joined a club of 82 elite headline acts over 42 years. Oh, and find out how many toilets there will be on site... http://bbc.in/14ZdAGH

Devops player SaltStack wins Structure LaunchPad competition and investor interest

As companies launch new applications and products more often, they need to be able to add gear quickly and easily. Hence the rise of devops, which …

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Last week on GigaOM Research: all cloud, all the time

While a series of acronyms dominated the news this week – WWDC, PRISM, E3 – over on GigaOM Research, our analysts were laser-focused on the cloud. …

Internet anonymity is the height of chic: http://bit.ly/10ck9WQ In this age of information overload, internet exhibitionism and NSA snooping, is it possible to make yourself unGoogleable? And does it earn you added credibility, as fashion designer Phoebe Philo and bands such as !!! suggest?

One year later, challenges of going public on display at Facebook’s first shareholder meeting

It’s not a great time to be Mark Zuckerberg right now.<p>On Friday, The New York Times wrote that Facebook (s fb) essentially opened its doors to the …

Can free Red Hat on AWS make it the de facto Linux for the cloud, too?

Currently, the bulk of Amazon(s amzn) EC2 instances run on Ubuntu Linux. Now, just in time for the the Red Hat Summit, it appears Red Hat(s rhat) …

The gaming business can’t figure out which cloud approach it likes best

Cloud-based gaming has become a hot topic among many prominent gaming studios in recent years, and for good reason: It could very well represent a …

Just rank it: the Synapsify approach to analyzing data

Stephen Candelmo was a lawyer in Washington D.C. in 2008 when a colleague introduced him to a client named Lawrence Au and Au’s technology for …

7 Stories to read this weekend

It sure was one hectic week in New York and as a result I missed my deadline for the newsletter, which is one of the reasons why you are getting it …

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What Would Square’s Jack Dorsey Do?

New Relic CEO Lew Cirne asked himself a question upon embarking on developing a new startup inside the company he co-founded. He wondered: “How would Jack Dorsey do it?” Dorsey started Twitter and then Square. He is now Twitter’s chairman and runs Square, too. He innovates arguably more than any …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 To Feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor (Rumor)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to launch some time over the next few months, we previously heard a rumor that the device would come with …

Outside the box

LEE SMOLIN, a theoretical physicist at Perimeter Institute in Ontario, explains why traditional ways of thinking about time are insufficient to …