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Blake Dowling has 40 articles published.

Blake Dowling is chief business development officer at Aegis Business Technologies. His technology columns are published by several organizations. Contact him at dowlingb@aegisbiztech.com or at www.aegisbiztech.com

Blake Dowling: WikiLeaks, cherry blossoms and pandemics

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WikiLeaks is at it again. They are dropping new information (unverified) on the web about the Engineering Development Group. Who are they? They are the CIA, specifically its elite hacking unit. Not too cool for national security potentially but good to know if you care about your digital privacy, or if you are an enemy of the state with something to hide. If you have never checked out the site, it is very interesting. The part that grabbed me was…

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Blake Dowling: Apples to Apples

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How many of us use Apple products in our day to day business, political and personal lives? When I switched from a Treo to an iPhone 3GS in 2009, it was a game changer for workplace mobility; a truly wonderful device (which I still have as a paperweight). I read Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs last year; it was tremendous. The chapter describing the creation of the 1984 Apple Super Bowl ad and the launch of the iPhone years…

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Blake Dowling: Dark Data, Dark Web, Dark Side?

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Let’s see … what should I write about today? Pretending to murder the President of the United States? No, that’s been done. It was ironic as I was posting my Memorial column about togetherness and unity on Twitter the other day and I see all these Tweets about Kathy Griffin. Let’s see what she is up to, hmmm beheading the President. That is exactly what I was talking about in the piece, people behaving so, so badly that it is…

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Blake Dowling: Ransomware, the Mob catching up with the times

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Attending a Florida Public Relations Association professional development session, seeing many of the state’s best PR pros in the room was thrilling. Nanette Schimpf from Moore Communications Group; my man Rick Oppenheim (from RB Oppenheim Associates) and the main sponsor of the event, the rock-solid team at Sachs Media Group represented by Ryan Cohn and Jon Peck. The event began with a breakfast that featured the most spectacular bacon, so I was ready for anything – bacon is power, bacon…

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Blake Dowling: Who knows what innovation will bring next?

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Have you checked out the latest version of the digital personal assistant, Alexa, that is specially designed for Senior Citizens? It’s called Alexa Silver. It’s super loud and you can only order it by check. It also has an “uh huh” function that it says when you are telling rambling stories. Fake news alert, it’s actually from an SNL skit. Awesome to see Lorne Michaels and his team still cranking out gold after all these years, watch it here. (Shoutout…

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Blake Dowling: WannaCry? No.

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Ransomware has become the fastest growing cyber threat; last week it was a variation called Fatboy, this week is WannaCry. The criminals are targeting everyone from home users to health care systems to big business. Data show that there has been an average of more than 4,000 ransomware attacks every day of this year. That is some serious volume. I know of a dozen entities that have been hit, some hit hard, like 1997 John Lynch chasing you down. On…

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Blake Dowling: A new (politically incorrect) cyber threat, linked to Big Macs

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For better or worse, we live in a politically correct world. On one hand, efforts in that area have created increased awareness of sexism and other social injustices. On the other, some PC speak is patently ridiculous. I read somewhere that is politically incorrect to the word “fat.” I’m told we should say EWI — Enhanced Weight Individual (or stout, overweight, etc.). So, you cannot say “fat-free?” If that’s the case, there’d be a lot of rebranding in the packaged…

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