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Cities don’t always respond effectively to the needs of their communities. Frequently, those needs get encumbered by red tape. As a result, technology is evolving to create more fluid communication between the people and the polity, and IBM is betting that it won’t be long before you’ll notice it.

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Though you can’t deny the convenience of online shopping, there’s something nice about shopping at brick-and-mortar shops. There’s the face-to-face access to customer service, the tactile experience of merchandise, not to mention, the occasion to get out of your home and encounter other consumers like you. What we really need is the best of both worlds, and IBM researchers are already working on it.

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Digital Security: 5 Future Technology Predictions from IBM

Your behavior is packed with data that can be utilized to maximize your digital security. IBM researchers are looking at the unique behaviors of...

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Your behavior is packed with data that can be utilized to maximize your digital security. IBM researchers are looking at the unique behaviors of individuals to develop the next generation of privacy and protection.

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In a world driven by data, business leaders are working to turn the insights offered by big data into meaningful information to make their companies more competitive. In one study conducted by IBM, 75 percent of leaders attributed the value of analytics solutions to their ability to increase revenue, as well as improving business functions such as speed and accuracy of decision making, and generating innovative ideas. But before leaders can actually use data to do these things, they must have full confidence in the business and data analysts, as well as in the data itself.

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This content is brought to you by IBM. GOOD and IBM have teamed up to bring you the Figures of Progress series to explore the different ways that information has revolutionized our world. Click here to read more stories.

In the past, managing your finances often meant balancing your checkbook at the kitchen table at night or making an appointment with a financial advisor at the bank. But today, managing your finances with speed, convenience, and accuracy has advanced by leaps and bounds thanks to the powerful technology that anyone can access. Since 1983, Intuit has worked to simplify financials, and is the powerhouse behind household names such as Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax and Mint.com.

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This content is brought to you by IBM. GOOD and IBM have teamed up to bring you the Figures of Progress series to explore the different ways that information has revolutionized our world. Click here to read more stories.

Not too long ago, real-time project collaboration in the office meant that team members had to convene in conference rooms and brainstorm using whiteboards or notepads. Today, distance is no longer an obstacle to real-time collaboration, and cloud-based services like Trello are gaining popularity because they allow productivity and information exchange from anywhere. As lead designer at Fog Creek (the company that created Trello), Bobby Grace works to make sure the company’s cloud-based software maximizes efficiency and continues to rethink the human side of productivity, without complex bells and whistles to confuse or inhibit it.

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