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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


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.


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

‘Next Big Thing’ Industry Outlook 2019

‘Next Big Thing’ Industry Outlook 2019

The pace, scope, and accessibility of innovation today provides organizations an ever-expanding array of digital transformation tools; but it also brings new challenges in orchestrating technology, people, and process. This is one of the key themes explored in the “IT Industry Outlook 2019,” the annual report published by CompTIA, the leading association for the global tech industry.

CompTIA’s “IT Industry Outlook 2019” explores 12 trends shaping the tech landscape, its workforce, and its business models in the year ahead.

  1. Cloud, Edge and 5G Form the Modern Economic Infrastructure
  2. IoT and AI Open New Possibilities in Ambient Computing
  3. Distributed Technology Models Challenge Existing Structures
  4. Stackable Technologies Supercharge Digitization Efforts
  5. Business of Emerging Technology Prompts Sales Channels Reinvention
  6. Hyper-personalization Takes Customer Experience to Next Level
  7. Partnerships Bridge Gaps in New Tech Ecosystem
  8. Persistent Tech-Worker Shortages Fuel New, Creative Solutions
  9. Digital-Human Models Begin to Shape the Workplace of Tomorrow
  10. Technology Professionals Take the Lead in Anticipating Unintended Consequences
  11. High Tech Increasingly Transforms Low Tech
  12. Global Tech Hubs Put Spotlight on the Ingredients for Innovation

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On the strength of this innovation, CompTIA projects global industry growth of 4 percent, with upside potential of 6.4 percent. Conversely, an economic slowdown, exacerbated by international trade turmoil, could push the growth forecast to its low-end projection of 1.5 percent. Growth expectations for the U.S. market are in line with the global projection.

“It’s an exciting time as we embark on the next wave of innovation. Technology is more accessible than ever; and there are more opportunities to use technology to build and grow organizations,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.

“While the potential is great, the challenges and anxieties are great, too,” Thibodeaux continued. “Our mission is to work with the tech community, and the workforce of today and tomorrow, to turn the possibilities of innovation into the realities of real-word benefits for the users of technology.”

Among factors cited by industry executives surveyed by CompTIA that will help drive growth in the year ahead is their ability to reach new customer segments, and successfully selling new business lines and launching new products, such as in emerging technology areas.

CompTIA’s IT Industry Business Confidence Index remains in solidly positive territory, but there are a number of concerns on the minds of industry executives. Beyond the usual concern over customer spending weakness, executives cited the possibility of an unexpected shock, such as a financial crisis, government turmoil, and margin pressure as factors that could hinder growth.

Read the complete article here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comptia-it-industry-outlook-2019-next-big-thing-gives-way-to-fusion-of-technology-building-blocks-people-and-processes-300786273.html