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David Bradley
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  • May 10, 2012
  • 01:58 PM
  • 547 views

Neighbourhood Watch for cloud computing

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Hey, you! Get off of that cloud! Cloud computing is on the rise, as we have discussed her on many an occasion. It’s useful for fast and robust web hosting, it’s great for anywhere email access, for remote file storage and backup (DropBox Wuala GoogleDrive etc), for sharing large media files, whether movies, music files, [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkNeighbourhood Watch for cloud computing
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Sudhir N. Dhage, & B.B. Meshram. (2012) Intrusion detection system in cloud computing environment. International Journal of Cloud Computing, 1(2/3), 261-282. info:/

  • April 24, 2012
  • 09:46 AM
  • 556 views

A hybrid social blogging platform

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

A while back I mentioned FriendLens as a tool for getting a different view of your friends’ Facebook photos. But, there is another Friend Lens being developed by John Gibbons and Arvin Agah of The University of Kansas, in Lawrence, using open source resources. (I suspect they will have to find a different name for [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkA hybrid social blogging platform
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John W. Gibbons, & Arvin Agah. (2012) Friend Lens: novel web content sharing through strategic manipulation of cached html. Int. J. Web Based Communities, 8(2), 242-265. info:/

  • December 1, 2011
  • 11:30 AM
  • 835 views

The privacy payoff

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

What aspects of online privacy do we worry about most? Seemingly, there are three major concerns: The first is that on the internet, data about us is collected permanently, of which we then lose control. Secondly, we are often poorly informed about how the data we provide is going to be used. Thirdly, handing over [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkThe privacy payoff
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Irene Pollach, & Horst Treiblmaier. (2011) The influence of privacy concerns on perceptions of web personalisation. Int. J. Web Science, 1(1/2), 3-20. info:/

  • November 22, 2011
  • 11:30 AM
  • 850 views

22 website quality markers

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Many factors affect the web experience and perception of the quality of a website. Writing in the rather appropriately named International Journal of Information Quality, Jaikrit Kandari of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and colleagues there and at The University of Texas at Arlington, have outlined 21 factors that could be used as a framework [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech Talk22 website quality markers
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Jaikrit Kandari, Erick C. Jones, Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah, & Ram R. Bishu. (2011) Information quality on the World Wide Web: development of a framework. Int. J. Information Quality, 2(4), 324-343. info:/

  • August 16, 2011
  • 11:32 AM
  • 1,474 views

Top 73 idea portals

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Since the 1990s companies and other organizations have created so-called “idea portals” for their customers and employees. These websites are aimed at gleaning new ideas and feedback for new products and services, new features and ways to improve processes. They are to all intents and purposes the online equivalent of the “suggestion box”. In recent [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkTop 73 idea portals
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Jan Finzen, Maximilien Kintz, & Stefan Kobes. (2011) A comparative study of publicly accessible web-based idea portals. Int. J. Technology Marketing, 6(1), 85-98. info:/

  • July 28, 2011
  • 11:00 AM
  • 1,567 views

The music industry is fluxed

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

The music industry is in flux, has been for at least a decade since the heady days of Napster and Kazaa. A lot of things have changed, the old model of consumers draining their bank accounts to simply consume plastic disks is essentially defunct. File sharing really has put paid to that, but perhaps not [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkThe music industry is fluxed
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Vishal Midha, Punit Ahluwalia, & and Jerald Hughes. (2011) A new revenue model: a different approach to reduce music piracy. Int. J. Electronic Finance, 5(3), 249-260. info:/

  • July 25, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,237 views

The myth of the recreational workplace

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Google has decided to wind down its “labs”, the section of its operations from whence the experimental, developmental applications, such as GMail, Buzz, Wave and, of course, Google+ emerged. They are planning to do it gently, and some labs such as those for GMail and Calendar will persist, but this could be the end of [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkThe myth of the recreational workplace
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Torkild Thanem, Sara Värlander, & Stephen Cummings. (2011) Open space . Int. J. Work Organisation and Emotion, 4(1), 78-98. info:/

  • July 6, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,602 views

Don’t get hooked by a phish

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

We’ve all had them, emails supposedly from our bank, or an alert from PayPal, perhaps a purported update from Amazon, they sometimes look seriously suspicious, other times you might not be so sure. The grammar and spelling are rarely perfect, they address you as “Dear Subscriber” rather than by name and the worst of all [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkDon’t get hooked by a phish
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Dharmendra Choukse, Umesh Kumar Singh, & Dimitris Kanellopoulos. (2011) An intelligent anti-phishing solution: password-transaction secure window. Int. J. Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, 3(3), 279-292. info:/

  • June 14, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,564 views

Where in the world? Finding geotagged photos

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Geotagging is de rigueur on most web 2.0 sites these days, location-based social networking tools such as FourSquare, Facebook Places, Gowalla coupled to a GPS-enabled smart phone or other devices are obligatory for the technorati, while countless uploads from millions of digital cameras automatically add a place, or geotag, to your photos opening up a [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkWhere in the world? Finding geotagged photos
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Davide Carboni, Valentina Marotto, & Pietro Zanarini. (2011) Visualisation of geo-tagged pictures in the web. Int. J. Web Eng. Technol., 6(3), 220-242. info:/

  • June 8, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,444 views

What would you pay for digital goods?

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

The advent of digital information goods, whether in ebook or PDF form, existing as a downloadable packet of bits wrapped up in an mp3 file or streamed as an avi movie, has changed our perception of value. Take that mp3…it represents an intangible entity often a free, but illicit download, often of low quality. How [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkWhat would you pay for digital goods?
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Jerald Hughes. (2011) The price of quality in digital information goods: an empirical investigation. Int. J. Services and Standards, 7(1), 35-49. info:/

  • May 31, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,652 views

How to get the most from Q&A sites

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Hundreds of millions of people answer questions online, hoping to assist others in need of information, to show off their intellectual prowess, sometimes to point the questioners to their own products and resources and for many other reasons. Sites such as Yahoo Answers, Quora, Aardvark, Answerbag, eHow, Mahalo Answers, Yedda, wikiHow and many other Q&A [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkHow to get the most from Q&A sites
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Jehwan Oh, Ok-Ran Jeong, Eunseok Lee, & Won Kim. (2011) A framework for collective intelligence from internet Q. Int. J. Web and Grid Services, 7(2), 134-146. info:/

  • May 11, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,750 views

Staying connected even when you’re offline

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

When you switch off your internet-connected computer, whether laptop, desktop or smartphone, any tasks that you initiated also stop, or at least pause in hibernating memory. Resume the machine and the task might continue where it left off, or it might require a restart. It’s all very frustrating, time consuming and wasteful. But, what if [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkStaying connected even when you’re offline
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Oliver Moreno-Puello, & Manuel Rodriguez-Martinez. (2011) Catalogue manager for metadata dissemination in the NetTraveler middleware system. Int. J. Intelligent Information and Database Systems, 5(3), 271-295. info:/

  • April 19, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,505 views

Social learning

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Social networking sites, forums, blogs and wikis are increasingly open, readily available and user friendly and as such have become platforms for human interaction that can foster and promote the development of networks and learning communities. The great potential for unplanned interaction and serendipitous discovery through such tools also seems to have a synergistic effect [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkSocial learning ... Read more »

Margarida Lucas, & António Moreira. (2011) Using social web tools for knowledge construction. Int. J. Technology Enhanced Learning, 3(2), 151-161. info:/

  • April 14, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,762 views

Detecting shape-shifting computer viruses

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Researchers at a software company which makes antivirus and security products have developed a computer tool that can create shape-shifting viruses that elude detection by commercial virus scanners. The aim of the research, published in the current issue of the International Journal of Multimedia Intelligence and Security, is to try to stay one step ahead [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkDetecting shape-shifting computer viruses ... Read more »

Priti Desai, & Mark Stamp. (2011) A highly metamorphic virus generator. Int. J. Multimedia Intelligence and Security, 1(4), 402-407. info:/

  • April 12, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,610 views

Forget passwords, tricky sums are more secure

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Faster, more secure logins for multimedia sites might be possible thanks to a new approach to website and database security. Boolean logins would allow thousands if not millions of users to more quickly access the content to which they are entitled, such as music, video and images. The same approach might also reduce the risk [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkForget passwords, tricky sums are more secure ... Read more »

Nikolaos Bardis, Nikolaos Doukas, & Oleksandr P. Markovskyi. (2011) Fast subscriber identification based on the zero knowledge principle for multimedia content distribution. Int. J. Multimedia Intelligence and Security, 1(4), 363-377. info:/

  • April 7, 2011
  • 02:00 PM
  • 1,632 views

Ethical internet use at work

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Your boss probably knows all about your misuse of the company internet connection, the IT department will have logged your every Facebook access, registered every viral email you sent, and the dozens of page refreshes you did when you were hoping to snipe that last eBay auction. You might think a good boss would be [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkEthical internet use at work ... Read more »

Sharman Lichtenstein. (2011) Ethical issues for internet use policy: balancing employer and employee perspectives. Int. J. Technology Management, 54(2/3), 288-303. info:/

  • March 24, 2011
  • 03:00 PM
  • 1,712 views

Do you socialize while scrobbling?

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

The Last.fm music website apparently has about 40 million active users around the world. The CBS-owned commercial site (and applications) lets you listen to many different kinds of music and has a music recommendation system called the “Audioscrobbler“. This scrobbling system builds a detailed profile of your musical tastes by recording details of the songs [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkDo you socialize while scrobbling?
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Peter Mechant, & Tom Evens. (2011) Interaction in web-based communities: a case study of Last.fm. Int. J. Web Based Communities, 7(2), 234-249. info:/

  • March 22, 2011
  • 01:00 PM
  • 1,720 views

Technology with attitude

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

You might think that a smartphone is a smartphone the world over or that perceptions of tablet PCs are the same from nation to nation. Internationally, speaking, isn’t a laptop still a laptop regardless of location? A new study by researchers in the US and India suggests otherwise. The authors of the study suggest that [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkTechnology with attitude
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Kallol Bagchi, Purnendu Mandal, & Arunabha Mukhopadhyay. (2011) Attitude towards technology development: a cross-cultural study of India and the USA. Int. J. Information Systems and Change Management, 5(1), 3-21. info:/

  • March 15, 2011
  • 03:59 PM
  • 1,595 views

Samsung CoPS a load of knowledge

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

For a company to be as successful as it possibly can be, one aspect of its ethos must be to acknowledge, nurture, and utilize the vast pool of knowledge held by its individual employees and its teams. One company that is apparently exemplary in this regard is South Korean electronics giant, Samsung Electronics, famed for [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkSamsung CoPS a load of knowledge
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Gyewan Moon. (2011) Effective implementation of Communities of Practices (CoPs) in a knowledge habitat: a case study of Samsung Electronics. Int. J. Services and Operations Management, 8(3), 335-346. info:/

  • March 8, 2011
  • 02:00 PM
  • 1,570 views

Building a better Google

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Search engines are big business so it’s perhaps no surprise that the companies running them expend so much energy trying to make their search engine results pages (SERPs) as good as possible. Superficially, this is done for their users, but given that the business models rely on good results generating good advertising revenues it’s also [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkBuilding a better Google
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Qu, G., & Wu, H. (2011) A weighted-graph-based approach for diversifying search results. International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence, 2(1), 15. DOI: 10.1504/IJKWI.2011.038626  

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