Recent Problems May Slow Things Down

Spectre and Meltdown. They may share the name of, or sound like, evil organizations for a Bond movie, but they are very real problems that exist in an enormous number of computing devices, ones that we depend on a lot. While we deal with the short-term fallout, the longer-term consequences may actually solve some problems for us, but only if we take a different approach to how we do our jobs.

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Calgary Didn’t Make The List

Amazon announced their 20 finalists for HQ2, and Calgary wasn’t on it. A comparison of the cities that did make it is available on Re/Code. That Calgary didn’t make the list is a bit disappointing, and frankly, I’m not convinced that Toronto is the best option in Canada. No city outside the US or Canada made the list.

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Non-Disclosure Isn’t All-Powerful

To hear some people talk about it, a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a way to hide information and protect someone or an organization from the disclosure of harmful information. This, however, is not true. While an NDA does carry a significant amount of weight, it isn’t all-powerful.

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Are Smartphones The Right Target?

An activist shareholder group wants to target Apple to get to them look into issues with smartphone addiction, specifically with younger users. While there are still questions about whether smartphone addiction is a real thing or not, continued study is certainly a very worthwhile endeavour. But I’m wondering if these groups are focusing on the right target?

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Apple Being Un-Apple

The recent battery/processor speed fiasco has shown us an Apple acting very un-Apple-like. Normally, Apple is actually pretty good about making clear when they are changing something, and giving people an obvious option on how they want it handled. But with the battery-saving “feature”, Apple fumbled the ball rather badly, and are now having to scramble to catch up.

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Blackberry’s Continued Recovery

Blackberry beat earnings estimates for the most recent quarter, even though revenue itself was down. The transition to a software and services company is essentially complete, as the company continues to reinvent itself and stay relevant.

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The Challenges of Time Synchronization

One of the requirements of the MiFID II rules addresses time synchronization. The folks at Itiviti (My friend Jim Northey works there) have published some thoughts on it. I thought I would express some opinions, because this is an issue that goes back a long time here in North America.

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