Lamont Wood

Contributing Writer

Lamont Wood is a freelance writer in San Antonio.

Augmented reality: Next-gen headsets show business promise

Smartphone CPUs put desktops to shame

Smartphone CPUs put desktops to shame

Using a smartphone can involve CPU cores of multiple sizes, plus graphics processors, video processors, signal processors, and more.

The march toward exascale computers

The march toward exascale computers

Petaflop supercomputers have become standard. But be prepared to pay: These machines can be as expensive to operate as they are to purchase.

How iris scanning improves smartphone security

How iris scanning improves smartphone security

Samsung and other vendors are beginning to incorporate iris scanning into their mobile devices. We examine how this security technology works, its advantages and its drawbacks.

Side channel power, the new security front

Side channel power, the new security front

Previously seen as a way to crack system security, power analysis has been enlisted as a new form of protection for information technology.

Printer security: Is your company's data really safe?

Printer security: Is your company's data really safe?

IT managers have found that printers can pose major cybersecurity risks --assuming they pay any attention to them at all.

SWSX highlights bright and dark tech futures

SWSX highlights bright and dark tech futures

Some panelists also talked about uncertainty: The worlds of big data, AI, and government are just beginning to collide, and public policy decisions made now will cast shadows far into the future.

At the office, diversity works, but shorter work weeks may not

At the office, diversity works, but shorter work weeks may not

Achieving a diversified staff in a tech firm can't be done casually, and offering prospective employees a shorter work week may or may not entice them to sign up.

Multi-factor authentication goes mainstream

Multi-factor authentication goes mainstream

Online services have found that users are willing to turn their smartphones into combination security tokens and biometric scanners. The long-term impact on security isn’t clear yet.

Mobile apps get the crowdsourcing treatment

Mobile apps get the crowdsourcing treatment

Savvy organizations are using social media tools to tap the brainpower of their staffs, and they’re using the feedback to build more innovative enterprise mobile apps.

Real-time computing: Gateway to the Internet of Things?

Real-time computing: Gateway to the Internet of Things?

Real-time computing may have reached the point that PCs reached in the early 1980s: Poised to revolutionize the way things are done.

Smart machines at work: AI gets a job

Smart machines at work: AI gets a job

Artificial intelligence has found its way into real-world work situations with the latest generation of smart machines. But machines won't be replacing humans anytime soon.

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