Christmas Web: Will Cyber Monday Break the Internet in 2015?

While Thanksgiving remains a solely American holiday, businesses around the globe have for decades looked to the day after Turkey Day as the official start of the holiday shopping season. As crazed shoppers descend on stores the world over in search of the season’s newest and trendiest products being offered at insane holiday discounts, retail […]

Did the U.S. Government Learn Anything From the ACA Website Failure?

Healthcare.gov, the website designed to help consumers compare and purchase health insurance as a part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, officially launched on October 1, 2013. The site was immediately plagued by serious problems that made it difficult for many users to navigate. In the months that followed, the Obama administration fought hard to […]

Can Printed Money Be Replaced by Digital Payments?

Digital payments are quickly becoming widely accepted. A recent report by Juniper Research suggests digital payments will increase by $2.2 trillion over the next five years. The results of the study are especially pertinent for e-commerce sites as the largest percentage of increased digital spending will occur through the virtual purchase of consumer goods. More […]

Geek In The New Year

Geek Ethicist Santa

It’s almost 2014. We are finishing our holiday shopping, planning New Year’s events and getting ready to feast on all the good food of the season. I’m no Isaac Asimov–his predictions for 2014 were remarkably accurate and his writing was incredible–but I’ve got a few predictions of my own for 2014 and beyond. Some trends to […]

Taming the Trolls

Taming The Trolls

What are trolls? Why do they flame? These are important questions. We’ve discussed the pros and cons of a comments section and now, as promised, we will explore the research surrounding online comments and methods for dealing with flaming trolls. While there really is no concrete demographic for trolls, certain characteristic behaviors are exhibited by […]

The Internet of Things: 5 Reasons It Matters

Hold up–what is the Internet of Things (IoT)? Let’s break it down, for those slightly less tech-savvy: “it’s socialization of everything, from simple everyday devices to industrial devices,” explains Internet of Things Council member, Michael Koster. Wikipedia further defines the Internet of Things as “uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure.”  Techopedia puts it […]

Converting Visitors Into Customers

In the olden days, about twenty-plus one or two years ago, to be exact, marketing involved several factors in converting the mildly interested into the valued customer. Naturally, it included advertising of some sort, even if it was in the printed Yellow Pages (humongous telephone book for business listings). Before internet searches, and as businesses […]