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Announcing TechLauderdale!

Announcing TechLauderdale!

Excited to announce the launch of TechLauderdale: A collaborative effort to enhance the tech ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County. Led by its first President, Alex Funkhouser (yours truly 😊), this collaboration includes the backing of the SFTA, Broward Workshop, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, NSU and Broward College.

We are an organization of collaborative trailblazers passionately curating content, inspiring creativity, building tech brands, and connecting business leaders to cultivate and expand the tech ecosystem in Broward County.

Every company is a technology company, no matter what product or service it provides. The companies that embrace this fact are the ones that shape our world.

You can get involved by sharing your companies events and services through the TechLauderdale website which is designed to aggregate content and services from across Broward County.

Visit the Get Involved the page today!

Here are two articles about TechLauderdale:

TechLauderdale to shine light on Broward’s tech power and resources for startups

South Florida Business Journal

https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2019/03/15/broward-workshop-sfta-launch-techlauderdale.html

Miamian leads largest Latin American tech fund in the world!

Miamian leads largest Latin American tech fund in the world!

Miami resident and Inter Miami F.C. co-owner Marcelo Claure will serve as chief executive officer, responsible for overseeing the new fund’s investments and operations. He will continue in his current roles as chief operating officer of SoftBank, chief executive officer of SoftBank Group International, and chairman of Sprint.

Tokyo-based technology conglomerate SoftBank Group announced Thursday the creation of the $5 billion SoftBank Innovation Fund, the largest technology fund focused exclusively on the fast-growing Latin American market. SoftBank is starting the fund off with $2 billion, and will serve as general partner.

It is also creating the SoftBank Latin America Local Hub, a new company that will partner with SoftBank and its existing portfolio of companies, which includes Uber, WeWork, and DoorDash food delivery service, to help them grow in the region.

BY ROB WILE – https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article227223189.html

No password, no problem! The web’s going password-free (eventually)

No password, no problem! The web’s going password-free (eventually)

The future of the web might be password-free.

Today, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) approved WebAuthn, a new authentication standard that aims to replace the password as a way of securing your online accounts. First announced last year, WebAuthn (which stands for Web Authentication) is already supported by most browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. Its publication as an official web standard should pave the way for wider adoption by individual websites.

The important thing is that WebAuthn is more secure than the weak passwords people end up using for most websites, and it’s simpler than having to remember a string of characters in the first place.

At its core, WebAuthn is an API that allows websites to communicate with a security device to let a user log into their service. This security device can range from a FIDO security key that you simply plug into a USB port on your computer to a more complex biometric device that allows for an additional level of verification. The important thing is that WebAuthn is more secure than the weak passwords people end up using for most websites, and it’s simpler than having to remember a string of characters in the first place.

Now that the standard has been approved by the W3C, the next step is for websites to integrate the standard. Dropbox was one of the first to do so last year, and Microsoft did so soon after. The password isn’t on its last legs just yet, but after today’s announcement, WebAuthn is one step closer to being a viable alternative.

Read the original VERGE article by Jon Porter here:  https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/4/18249895/web-authentication-webauthn-world-wide-web-consortium-w3c-standard-browsers

Google Search on Steroids, 40 things you (probably) didn’t know

Google Search on Steroids, 40 things you (probably) didn’t know

These days, Google Search can do a whole lot more than just look up simple queries. In fact, if you know all of its hidden powers, Search can be a Swiss Army knife that’s always within reach, even when you aren’t actively thinking about its presence.

Try typing site:sherlocktalent.comyou’ll get a detailed list of EVERYTHING on our website

Browse through these 40 advanced functions—and get ready to see Search in a whole new light.

By: BY JR RAPHAEL

Read the complete list here: https://www.fastcompany.com/90308480/40-incredibly-useful-things-you-didnt-know-google-search-could-do

New Era for Intelligence Community in the Cloud

New Era for Intelligence Community in the Cloud

The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) is moving at lightning speed to harness the advantages of migrating its networks to the cloud, enabling faster data consolidation, broader access to time-sensitive information and operationally significant network integration.

Working closely with Amazon Web Services, IC entities have been pursuing a multi-faceted, multi-year initiative to move its networks to the cloud, an effort which appears to have already massively transformed operations into a new, improved era.

Through its $600 million deal with Amazon going back to 2013, IC leaders are citing successes when it comes to a range of cloud-enabled developments, to include a much-increased ability to analyze legacy systems, integrate new ones and rework information networks, senior intelligence leaders describe. Amazon Web Services is credited with building the CIA’s C2S cloud to gather, access and organize data.

A report from Bloomberg quotes the CIA’s Director of Digital Innovation Sean Roche speaking at an Amazon Conference, saying cloud migration has been “nothing short of transformational,” adding that it has “transformed our ability to build new capabilities.”

In a manner consistent with Roche’s comment, an often-discussed phenomenon seems to inform the push for faster commercial cloud migration — namely that multi-year government developmental programs can run the risk, in some instances, of generating technical systems which might be obsolete by the time they are completed. Commercial innovation, therefore, using an open architecture framework, is intended to allow faster, wide-sweeping upgrades more consistent with the most current and impactful innovations.

Read the complete article by By Kris Osborn: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/intelligence-community-migrates-to-cloud-technology-at-lightning-speed