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10 extensions to add to Google Chrome, now in its 10th year that really add to its power. Extensions such as OneTab to save tabs for later viewing, password management or Kopernio for slipping through paywalls and more! ... See MoreSee Less
Top list of search engines, including web search engines, videos search engines, meta-search engines, image search engines, academic search engines, blog search engines, directories, private search en...
Bing's got a new image search function that beats Google hands-down.
Unlike Google, you can paste images directly as well as URLs (like Google) or upload images. You can also take photos and use those - so great as a search tool with cell phones.
Another feature that's not (yet) on Google is the ability to crop bits from an image and so zoom in. In a test of a complex photo, it was confused on the location when using the full photo but got it completely right when I cropped the photo to key bits.
Unfortunately it's not great with faces. I put in a group photo and then cropped to just people I knew had lots of web images. It didn't find one. However for backgrounds, buildings and most other images I tried it does a great job.
A really useful tool in the #OSINT and #Search Armoury.
How to Spot Real and Fake News – Critically Appraising Information buff.ly/2x3z4qB
With 5 questions to test yourself: "John McCain Photographed Alongside Osama Bin Laden." Real or Fake? "California Governor to Relocate Veterans Cemetery to Make Way for Affordable Housing." Real or Fake? "New Species of Deadly Spider Kills Five in U.S." Real or Fake? "Firefighters Forced to Buy More Expensive Data Package During Wildfire." Real or Fake? "President Trump's Personal Lawyer Tweets that Hillary Clinton Will Get 'Free Room and Board' in Prison." Real or Fake? ... See MoreSee Less
Although it's now harder to find people than when Facebook search was launched, it still work. Mary Ellen Bates describes how in her latest blog post - giving some great examples. #OSINT #CompetitiveIntelligence #CI ... See MoreSee Less
25 Industries That 3D Printing Could Disrupt - from Art to Construction to Food to Pharma, Regenerative Medicine and Toys. buff.ly/2C4OQGs
I recently posted 43 quotes from corporate leaders who ignored disruptive innovations (buff.ly/2nEOg8i) that transformed the industries they once led. 3D Printing is another disruptive technology that promises to change many industries. Ignore it at your peril - whether you are in construction, or medicine or many more industrial areas. Here's a list of 25 industries that are likely to be disrupted by 3D Printing.
43 Quotes from corporate leaders when faced with disruptive innovations about to steal their business. E.g. “Neither RedBox nor Netflix are even on the radar screen in terms of competition” (Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes in 2008)
Lots more - that seemed sensible to the corporate execs at the time but in hindsight were crazy. Competitive & Marketing Intelligence are needed to identify the threats from innovation - not just experience that will have been honed in an old world that's changed due to the innovations.
It's not a new problem. In 1876, Western Union Telegraph company was offered the chance to purchase the patent on Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. William Orton, President of Western Union, failed to see the value of the newly invented device. “What use could this company make of an electrical toy?”
With the iPhone as a glaring example, and stretching through Amazon and e-commerce and more recently blockchain and bitcoin, many innovations have initially been met with derision by big company CEOs....
I'm a fan of DuckDuckGo - even though I'm also a regular user of Google and Bing. However I'm also aware how these search engines track everything I do - all the sites I visit and so on. DuckDuckGo doesn't and in this article Gabriel Weinberg the founder of DuckDuckGo explains the benefits of using this search engine. He also explains how you can still be profitable without tracking everybody as is done by Google.
For an alternative search approach, where you can remain anonymous and keep your searches hidden, consider switching - not just on desktops but also on mobiles. ... See MoreSee Less
Social Media is much more than Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. There are at least 10 different categories - and your should know them so you can benefit not just business marketing but also marketing & competitor research.
The article describes the following 10 categories: • Social networks—Connect with people • Media sharing networks—Share photos, videos, and other media • Discussion forums—Share news and ideas • Bookmarking and content curation networks—Discover, save, and share new content • Consumer review networks—Find and review businesses • Blogging and publishing networks—Publish content online • Interest-based networks—Share interests and hobbies • Social shopping networks—Shop online • Sharing economy networks—Trade goods and services • Anonymous social networks—Communicate anonymously
In fact I would add to this - by splitting out the first category (Social networks) into purely social networks such as Facebook from business networks like LinkedIn). I also view Twitter as a blogging network and include it as blogs / microblogs. However the basic principle of knowing how social media isn't all the same and knowing differences is still valid. ... See MoreSee Less
Forecasting involves recognizing how current patterns may impact the future and requires both creativity and logic. It’s also a learnable skill - that needs an ability to alternate between broad and narrow (focused) ways of thinking - in a six-step methodology.
Often there is a conflict between the two aspects - so creativity gets rejected in favour of logical approaches or vice versa. This leads to the risk of strategic failures where a business fails to anticipate and prepare for future changes appropriately - as can be seen with how Blackberry never met the challenge thrown up by the launch of Apple's iPhone.
10 Statistics that Prove the Value of Competitive Intelligence for Business Success
John Pepper, Chairman at Procter & Gamble, said it best, "I can’t imagine a time in history when the competencies, the skills, and the knowledge of the men and women in competitive intelligence ... are more needed and more relevant to a company being able to design a winning strategy and act on it."
Here are 10 statistics on why CI works. (The original article at the end gives links to the sources of the following figures). 1. 90% of Fortune 500 companies practice competitive intelligence. 2. 70% of large enterprises believe that having competitive intelligence in the past would have increased the effectiveness of previous campaigns. 3. Over 73% of businesses are investing more than 20% of overall technology budgets on intelligence and data analytics 4. 56% of CEOs see cross-sector competition on the rise, and plan to enter new markets in the next three years 5. When it comes to informing senior-level decisions, 70% of executives consider predictive intelligence the most critical data insight, followed by trend insights 6. 72% of business leaders say that their organizations will be susceptible to threats from digital market disruptions in the next three years 7. 80% of CEOs say that mobile technology and analytics are key to their strategy 8. On average, businesses are only analyzing 12% of their data, leaving a lot of untapped opportunities and critical insights 9. 69% of organizations that have used an external partner to gain better data insight report positive results from that decision 10. Only 35% of CEOs say they are very confident about their business growth prospects in the coming year buff.ly/2E0WtK8... See MoreSee Less
President Obama calls President Trump a complete dipsh*t in -https://buff.ly/2EV55SC except he doesn't. It's an example of how #FakeNews can now be generated as a deep fake - computational propaganda is a growing problem and can be hard to spot.
Sam Gregory, an expert on such areas is interviewed by HBR. The problem is not just to politicians. It can also impact business as business is about reputation, and deep fakes can target reputations by making leaders appear to say things or support ideas that they don’t actually endorse. buff.ly/2mH49uq... See MoreSee Less
In March 2018 President Trump’s tweets claiming Amazon pays “little or no taxes to state & local governments” sent Amazon’s stock to its worst monthly performance in 2 years. Trump's facts were wrong & the stock price recovered. Companies are really vulnerable to misinformation on social media. The truth is nobody is safe from this kind of damage. The spread of falsity has implications for our democracies, economies, businesses & even national security.
False news traveled farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in every category of information, sometimes by an order of magnitude, and false political news traveled farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than any other type.
The importance of understanding this phenomenon is difficult to overstate. And, in all likelihood, the problem will get worse before it gets better, because the technology for manipulating video and audio is improving, making distortions of reality more convincing and more difficult to detect. The good news, though, is that researchers, AI experts, and social media platforms themselves are taking the issue seriously and digging into both the nature of the problem and potential solutions.
A successful fight will require four interrelated approaches — educating the players, changing their incentives, improving technological tools, and (the right amount of) governmental oversight — and the answers to five key questions:
• How can we educate people to spot and resist falsity? • How can we disincentivize the spread of falsity and incentivize the spread of good-faith communication and truth? • How can technological tools — algorithms in particular — be used to contain false information? • How can regulators usefully weigh in without destroying the economic and social value created by social media? • And, perhaps most important, Who gets to decide what’s true and what’s false? ... See MoreSee Less
“Google Search Operators: The Complete List (42 Advanced Operators)” buff.ly/2IUEVpc
This gives a list along with examples of Google's search operators for advanced search. Unusually the list is pretty much correct. Usually such lists include operators that have been deprecated. This one gets it right - with two exceptions (that do work but I'd not recommend). 1) Define: - yes it works great. But you just need to type Define <word> - no need to view it as a separate operator. 2) AROUND - this can give very odd results so I don't recommend using it. If you do, don't combine it with other operators as that does tend to give poor results.
I'd also question the comments on the #..# search - I've found that does work, while brackets around expressions sometimes gives odd results so I generally only use brackets when searching on Bing and not Google.
Nevertheless, a good list - at least until Google kills more operators. ... See MoreSee Less
Management Guru Seth Godin recently posted on his blog 5 tips on improving presentations.
1) Make it shorter. No extra points for filling your time. 2) Be really clear about what it’s for. If the presentation works, what will change? Who will be changed? Will people take a different course of action because of your work? If not, then why do you do a presentation? 3) Don’t use slides as a teleprompter. If you have details, write them up in a short memo and give it to us after the presentation. 4) Don’t sing, don’t dance, don’t tell jokes. If those three skills are foreign to you, this is not a good time to try them out. 5) Be here now. The reason you’re giving a presentation and not sending us a memo is that your personal presence, your energy and your humanity add value. Don’t hide them. Don’t use a prescribed format if that format doesn’t match the best version of you.
And a bonus: the best presentation is one you actually give. Don’t hide. Don’t postpone it. We need to hear from you.
A presentation is expensive. It’s many of us, in real time, in sync, all watching you do your thing. If you’re going to do it live, make it worth it. For us and for you.
As a bonus, Seth Godin links to a fascinating podcast on time and doing things in real time. What is special about time and doing it live? The difference is about doing things "in sync" i.e. live versus asynchronously. Godin gives lots of examples e.g. Mark Twain. How did Twain make his living? The answer (surprisingly) is not from his books BUT from the lectures he gave as a result of his books.
(And the Podcast itself is an example on doing a Podcast that's worth listening to).
You're Probably Keeping Tabs on Your Competitors All Wrong
Many companies think they do #CI but get it wrong. A Fuld study showed that 45% of competitive analyses had no actual impact on management decisions, even from experienced CI Professionals.
For many companies CI processes haven't changed since the 1980s despite the rapid explosion in data availability. 3 mistakes companies make are - to do CI research periodically (even annually) rather than continually/daily - ignoring the whole picture and sources that appear unimportant - hoarding intelligence into silos and restricting access so that some who need it don't see it buff.ly/2DehoJ6... See MoreSee Less
Decision Trees are a great management & strategy tool to examine options in complex decisions. Daniel Finkelstein of the London Times shows how they may have been used by David Davis, the UK Minister for #Brexit who has just resigned. Finkelstein explains their use - mentioning Barry Nalebuff and Avinash Dixit's book "The Art of Strategy: A Game-Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life". ((Nalebuff also wrote Co-opertition with Adam Brandenberger - another essential strategy text giving tips to beat competition using a game theory model and PARTS analysis)
Finkelstein explains that to really benefit, start from where you want to end up, and see what actions you need to take to get there. He suggests that Davis resigned when he realised that the result wanted was impossible in the timescales required and hence resignation was preferable than failure. The approach can be used for any complex management decision. buff.ly/2NaOkr3
The last time David Davis resigned I was as baffled as everyone else. In 2008 he was David Cameron’s shadow home secretary and looked set fair to hold the office itself. Suddenly he stood down. He.....