The energy sector is facing unprecedented disruption. This follows a general disruptive trend driven by the internet bringing down the walls that traditional industries have used to protect their value chain position. The overall movement away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy has coincided with the decentralization of existing energy systems via renewables like solar and wind amidst a climate of deregulation.
Streaming Giants: The Global Growth of OTT Subscription Video On-Demand Services
The subscription video on-demand (SVOD) streaming landscape is becoming increasingly crowded with big brand names. It started with the pioneering innovators like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. But recently a new crop of media giants is joining the fray. Disney+ and Apple TV+ launched late in 2019, and two new entrants are coming soon — Comcast’s Peacock (April 2020) and AT&T’s HBO Max (May 2020).
Data is one of the most valuable commodities in the world. This means the most valuable companies are the ones collecting and harnessing the most data, such as Facebook, Amazon, and Alphabet. These trillion-dollar global tech behemoths are able to store and analyze their own data in-house, without needing to collaborate with any other partners.
Application Code Obfuscation For Stronger App Defense
Software programs and applications have completely changed the way we do business, but they have also opened up new avenues for attack, espionage, and theft. As a developer, you’ve spent many hours developing and debugging code. After all that effort, the last thing you want is for someone else to reuse and benefit from it, or worse, to hijack it for malicious purposes.
Ensemble Forecasts for Extreme Weather Early Warning Systems
On October 27th, the most severe storm in over the past 50 years struck South-Eastern Estonia. Falling trees, flying roofs, and severe winds wreaked havoc over the area. Electricity was lost in more than 60,000 households, impacting the vast majority of this coarsely populated area. For many, the ensuing power outages lasted for over three days. After the storm, residents in high-risk areas complained that advisories and warnings before the storm were either unclear or nonexistent.
With the number of app downloads approaching 200 billion per year, and users installing an average of 35 apps on their smartphone, it’s clear that apps have become fully integrated into everyday life. However, this also means that bad actors target apps, and are looking to steal money or data or to hijack them for their own malicious ends.