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Give Europe a chance

A bold new plan aims to restore Europe to a leading role as an innovator

There was a time when Europe was leading world markets as a source of innovators, patents, and product development; progress and growth forged the common market, the foundation of the EU.

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Get ready for the third great network leap in the third millennium

What will be the next great leap forward for networks?

The importance of mobile networks has grown phenomenally this millennium. They have been the telecom growth vehicle worldwide as fixed broadband services have essentially grown just as fast as legacy voice and data service revenues have declined. This mobile growth has been driven by three great network leaps, and this post reflects about how the third is different from the two previous ones.

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Four reasons chip implants aren’t mainstream

A lack of encryption means data could be stolen from your implanted chip in, for example, a crowded street

Implantable NFC chips have been on sale in US and European markets for four or five years, but we don’t have cyborgs walking the streets of our cities. Why not?
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It’s time: The value of diversity and inclusion in the Networked Society

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When we talk about the Networked Society we normally talk about the outputs – the benefits that flow from disrupting and transforming established business, economic, and social models. And when we speak of the inputs – the preconditions for disruption and transformation – we often concentrate on the technological factors, such as connectivity, data, energy efficiency, and more. But what about the ideas? Continue reading

Adults adopt action cameras – they’re not just for kids anymore

Action cameras are letting more people share their adventures

The role of classic cameras has been taken over by smartphones. This means that the camera category getting most of the attention is action cameras. For the younger generation, this is nothing new – they are onboard. But are you ready to embrace a creative journey with multiple action cameras, new mounting options and cloud-based editing tools, using the technology your kids already master?
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Streaming disruption: what next for transformed music industry?

The music industry is transforming

I really love music, and I have had the privilege of growing up during some of the most interesting times in music industry history.
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Is the Networked Society ready for the connected person?

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My name is Stanislav, and I’m a connected man. I’ve been living with an NFC chip in my body for a few weeks already: a small (2×12 mm) capsule made of glass and implanted into my left hand between the thumb and the forefinger.

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Dad! My drone is stuck on the roof. Again

Expect more drones this summer. Though maybe not the Drone Boss 3000

The first drone summer is here, with drones taking to the air in large volumes. With this development we will see a number of new phenomena – a kind of digital transformation of previously analog problems. And much of this transition will involve moving drones on and off the roof.

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What will money look like 20 years from now?

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Editor’s note: Today we are featuring an excerpt from a post on the future of money from Ericsson’s Call to Change blog. It was written by Lisa Elénius Taylor, Marketing Manager for M-commerce:

Things have changed a lot in the past twenty years when it comes to money. In 1995, credit cards and checks were the norm, along with good old cash, of course. Discussions in the financial press looked to the future of money as being predominantly digital, which it is today: “Digital money is the ultimate–and inevitable–medium of exchange for an increasingly wired world,” wrote Kelley Holland and Amy Cortese in Business Week that year. Continue reading

Breaking down the walls to technological transformation: a tribute to Jon Snow

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Editor’s note: Today we are featuring a guest post from Pelayo Omotoso, Head of Practice, Core & Cloud, for Ericsson Region Sub-Saharan Africa:

The fourth season of Game of Thrones, the popular HBO TV series adapted from the fantasy novels of George R. R. Martin, is the most watched HBO TV series of all time with a record 18.6 million gross viewers. While often discussed for its stunning and often shocking visuals, I have always been drawn to the strong character narratives that have sustained Martin’s readership through five novels since 1996, with the promise of two more in the works. Continue reading