Author Archives: Hellmuth Broda

About Hellmuth Broda

Independent Information and Communications Technology Strategist with an interest in the construction sites between business, society and technology. http://www.hellmuthbroda.com

Data Are Growing Up: The Big Data Tsunami


When our information systems started to grow and a few tables were not able to hold the (mostly numerical) information we started to build databases. When databases became too small to contain all the information we were dealing with or … Continue reading

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Gravity-Powered LED Lamp Revolutionizes Self-Sufficient Lighting


This is a very interesting new development. Since the arrival of affordable LEDs and their increasingly better efficiency and light quality new mechanisms can be used to power these new lights in any dwelling. British designers Martin Riddiford and Jim … Continue reading

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Chicago Debuts Smog-Eating Street | SmartPlanet


Sarah Korones reports on an interesting story in SmartPlanet: Chicago debuts smog-eating street (21-OCT-2012). From the article: “In an effort to clean up its city streets, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has set out to create the “greenest street in America” … Continue reading

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Hackers join McAfee to combat electric vehicle viruses | SmartPlanet


  SmartPlanet just published an interesting article that I would like to share with my readers: Hackers join McAfee to combat electric vehicle viruses | SmartPlanet. Here the first paragraphs of the article: “A team of hackers working for security company … Continue reading

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The Periodic Table Of The Social Web


Having studied Chemistry in university for six years, I remember well the Periodic Table of Elements from the lecturs in Inorganic Chemistry. With some amusement I recently came across a new “Periodic Table” of the Social Web: The Periodic Table Of … Continue reading

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Five Tech Trends Impacting Business Innovation in 2012


Tim Sweeney wrote in January a blog on Innovation Excellence on this year’s tech trends. I only recently stumbled on his article and think it is worth sharing. I want to especially point to his report on apps and technologies … Continue reading

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Privacy Revisited: A Standard Information Sharing Label


We all are very familiar with nutrition labels on milk bottles and groceries. They disclose to us that water has 0% fat and that the burger you are heating in the microwave contains 70%fat and some interesting chemicals. But when it comes … Continue reading

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It exists! A rear view mirror that eliminates blind spots


If you are — like me — well over 45 then turning the head to watch the traffic behind you when changing lanes can become less effective than it used to be. Since we cannot turn the head far enough … Continue reading

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Cloud Singing: The Virtual Choir Project


I am reposting this from Simon Phipps‘ blog “Wild Webmink.” He writes in his blog: “Eric Whitacre launched Virtual Choir 3, the composite performance of his choral work “Water Night”, to promote his new album of the same name. Once again, it’s transcendently beautiful.” (Virtual … Continue reading

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Google Drive Arrived: Cloud Storage And Privacy/Security


Cloud Storage is not any longer just for the big guys. This morning when I updated my Android phone a new app was loaded called Google Drive. It explained that it was part of Google Docs and I downloaded it. … Continue reading

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How to change IT from 1.0 to 2.0


Joe Robens recently published an article named WORKING IN AN IT 1.0 WORLD – DAY 5 #B03. He has a list of recommendations how to change your corporate information technology from the last to the current century. I would like to … Continue reading

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‘Li-Fi’: Wireless Data Via LED Lights, Anywhere


In an earlier post I wrote about data transmission by light in the home. But this development gives the story a new twist: Using not only the lights in buildings but also outside light sources to transmit data wirelessly.

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Internet And Smartphone Addiction


After posting my article on the IT’s Seven Worst Addictions (And How To Cure Them), I came across a posting on coupons.org where they expand on “Online Junkies and Brain Shrinkage: The Rise of Internet Addiction.” For my readers’ convenience I include … Continue reading

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Check Your Mac For The FlashBack Trojan Horse


From an article in today’s Basler Zeitung: Backdoor.Flashback.39 is said to be the most dangerous malware that has been developed for the Mac. It turns your machine into a botnet node becoming remote controllable. Most likely purpose will be sending … Continue reading

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IT’s Seven Worst Addictions (And How To Cure Them)


Dan Tynen wrote an interesting article in InfoWorld on IT’s worst addictions. I want to share an excerpt of this article with you. Please read the full article if you can spare the time. Devoting my business life to interpret … Continue reading

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Invisible Mercedes Brings James Bond Technology To Life


Usually I don’t promote companies or products. But this is too good to let pass. RT from TechCast.org: From the Yahoo Auto Blog (By Justin Hyde | Motoramic): In a promotion for its first production fuel-cell vehicle in Germany, Mercedes-Benz turned a … Continue reading

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BrailleTouch keyboard allows typing on a phone without looking


By Ryan Paul | Published about a month ago A group of researchers at Georgia Tech have created a new piece of software called BrailleTouch that allows users to type on a smartphone without looking at the screen. It takes … Continue reading

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‘Open-Source’ Robotic Surgery Platform


From eHealthServer.com: Robotics experts at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Washington (UW) have completed a set of seven advanced robotic surgery systems for use by major medical research laboratories throughout the United States. After a round … Continue reading

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Smart Pill “Phones Home” From the Stomach to Remind You to Take Your Medicine


A smart pill with ‘edible microchip’ tells you and your doctor when the next dose is due: A patch on the skin will pick up a signal once tablet is swallowed and relay this to a smart phone The system … Continue reading

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Ten Preventable Social Marketing Mistakes


Terri Seymour ponders about 10 Preventable Social Marketing Mistakes. She writes: Social media have made a profound impact on the way businesses market their products and services. Did you think Facebook and Twitter wouldn’t last when they first came out? Many of … Continue reading

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