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Ethics and the Internet of Things

Ethics and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has created a series of new ethical dilemmas and they call for a renewed look at the rules and regulations that guide companies as they embrace and implement IoT solutions including smart devices, apps, and gather data from consumers. The issues […]

Should Online Casinos Be Legalized in All US States?

Should Online Casinos Be Legalized in All US States?

For decades, debates across the entire United States have raged on the issue of gambling. From nuanced changes in federal law to local initiatives, many people have advocated for the construction of new casinos and a liberalization of gambling laws in hundreds of jurisdictions. Throughout […]

How to Fund your New Business through Playing Online Poker

How to Fund your New Business through Playing Online Poker

Something you may have never considered as a fantastic opportunity for generating a very handsome level of capital is through the playing of online poker. Whether you plan on playing in the professional leagues, or will just be applying your talents in the casual sectors, there is much money to be made through the cyber format of what has always been one of the world’s most popular card games.


Poker is by no means a difficult game to get to grips with, but you will of course need some of the best relevant services in this gaming department to make the most out of your time and effort. Check out NetBet Casino for some of the most proficient and advanced technologies suited for this leading card game, which have taken this game to new heights.


The Basics of Online Poker


Whether you are very familiar with the rules of Poker, or are a complete newcomer to this high-stakes card game, you will find that the online versions will guide you through its mechanics with much guidance and care.


The best online casinos want you to be able to play their games properly, which is why they will have some of the most advanced guides available. You may also find that there are live streaming dealers available at certain times, and these talented professionals will be more than happy to assist you with whichever qualms you may have through the live chat functions.


Take your game to the next level by ensuring that you play as much as possible. You will soon find that you have what it takes to enter the professional leagues. Although you may find that you are making a fair amount of money playing in the normal fields, playing in the professional or ranked arenas is where the massive winnings can be found.


Playing Professionally – No Small Task


If you have decided that playing in the ranked arenas is indeed the best way forwards for your capital-collecting efforts, then you need to realize that such a decision will indeed require much dedication and effort.


If you are already working, then you will need to take a week off work leading up to your first competition in order to ensure that you have put in enough training and conditioning to gear yourself up to the appropriate level to contend with the big players.


You should never agree to entering a competition until you have spent a lot of time playing in the casual arenas, and are completely confident that your skills and abilities are on par with the requirements for such a heightened level of play.


Upon entering the actual tournament, the most important thing to keep in mind is maintaining peace of mind and a sound judgment. Although you will be playing alone in your room, in front of your computer, and not in a room filled with other players who will be scrutinizing your behavior and expressions, you still need to ensure that you remain as composed and focused as possible.

Do You Have A Tech Idea? Here Are Three Reasons to Incubate Them in Hong Kong

Do You Have A Tech Idea? Here Are Three Reasons to Incubate Them in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has for many years won praise globally for supporting startups. As an Independent Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong works very hard to support businesses and stay ahead of other nations. The developments of the last decade have demonstrated that the world is […]

5 Ways to Improve Communication in a Healthcare Organization

5 Ways to Improve Communication in a Healthcare Organization

When it comes to communication in your healthcare organization, do you believe there is room for improvement? In most organizations this is the case, so it’s essential to keep finding ways to address this important aspect of your healthcare organization. Some simple changes to your […]

How Ladbrokes Has Survived In a Competitive Marketplace

How Ladbrokes Has Survived In a Competitive Marketplace

Following its merger with the Gala Coral Group to form Ladbroke Coral, in July 2015 Ladbrokes was the biggest bookmakers in the UK. It has been operating for over a century, with its founding in 1886, and in that time, the company has had to contend with a rapidly evolving marketplace as well as the massive paradigm shifts in both society’s and individual’s approaches to and views on gambling. For the most part, the company has been successful in meeting these challenges head-on and has proven itself to be adaptable to new circumstances. This is something that goes right back to the company’s early days; just as Ladbrokes had its first taste of real success, the first, and then second, world wars conspired to create unfavourable economic conditions in the United Kingdom and in 1956 the company was sold for £100,000 (£2,290,700 in today’s money).

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Since the beginning of the 1960’s, the company has continued to grow, barring its downgrading from the FTSE 100 to the FTSE 250 and a disappointing year for its e-gaming division in 2013, this growth has been sustained and despite the blips has followed a general upward trend.


Almost all industries have undergone a rapid transformation since the turn of the century and the rise of technology. In particular, smartphones have become ubiquitous and mobile data networks have increased their coverage while reducing prices. It is now possible to shop, gamble, and order food while on the go. James Mullen, the current CEO of Ladbrokes, earlier this year said of the importance of technology to Ladbrokes; “Without it, we have no customer proposition…We control the bits of tech we want to control, and we use the best third-party technology when we feel our tech is not as good and theirs is better.” The results of Millen’s approach to e-gaming speak for themselves; since 2013, when the company took less than half of what it was projecting form digital sources, Ladbrokes has undergone consistent year on year growth in e-gaming profits.

Smart Marketing

In 2015, Ladbrokes embarked upon a three-year marketing strategy. Part of this strategy involved the aforementioned refocus on the group’s technology strategy, as well as a marketing drive to increase footfall in its traditional brick and mortar stores. Since the 1960s when betting shops were formally licensed and regulated, advertising regulations have changed, tending towards becoming more restrictive as the evidence of gambling as an addiction has manifested. Ladbrokes has been successful in its marketing endeavours and has reported higher rates of footfall than at any other time since opening its e-gaming division.


Terminals are a form of gambling machine found in some high-street betting shops. They aim to take various casino and other gambling games and render them digitally. These terminals, virtual roulette being the most popular, now account for around 40% of all the money taken by bookmakers. This has meant that many high street betting shops now more closely resemble virtual casinos.

Ladbrokes has proven itself to be a resilient and adaptable company that has successfully risen to all the obstacles it has encountered thus far. Based on its performance over the last few years, it is showing no signs of slowing down in its ambition or its growth.

Ways to help your business bounce back on its feet

Ways to help your business bounce back on its feet

Occasionally companies find themselves experiencing issues that can come from incompetent management, imperfect strategy, or a couple of other small issues that negatively impact the entire enterprise. Some businesses need someone to come in and assist with establishing good corporate governance practices to change the […]

Defrost Your Chest Freezer in 3 Quick and Easy Steps

Defrost Your Chest Freezer in 3 Quick and Easy Steps

How long has it been since you defrosted your chest freezer? If you’re like most people, it may be hard to remember the last time you completed this task. However, regular maintenance of all your commercial kitchen equipment – including your chest freezer – is […]

How Long Does Carpet Cleaning Take?

How Long Does Carpet Cleaning Take?

People who want to use professionals to perform carpet cleaning can often be deterred by not knowing how much it will cost and how long the job will take. The first question can usually be answered easily enough, as most companies that carry out carpet cleaning jobs will have set prices for certain jobs and will let you know what these are upfront. In regards to how long the job will take, this can vary. There are a few factors that need to be taken into consideration when a company gives a quote in regards to how long a job will take. These factors include:

  • The size of the area that needs to be cleaned
  • The condition of the carpet
  • What the carpet is made of
  • The severity of the stains

In additional to the carpet cleaning time, it’s also important to take into account how long the carpets will take to dry and how long it will take to put back all furniture. This is especially important in offices and workplaces that need to minimise downtime.

Size of Area to Be Cleaned

This will most likely be the biggest factor that will be taken into consideration. Generally, a small room with less floor space will require less carpet cleaning time than larger rooms. Smaller rooms like studies can take around 20 to 30 minutes to complete, while larger rooms such as master bedrooms or living rooms may take 30 to 40 minutes. It’s important to keep in mind that these are just guidelines. Depending on the condition of the carpet or the type of cleaning that’s being performed, it may take longer to complete the job. Carpet cleaning companies should be able to give you an accurate indication in regards to how much time it will take to clean your space when provided with the exact dimensions of your room.

The Condition of the Carpets

As previously mentioned, the condition that the carpets are in may affect the amount of time it takes to properly clean them. Carpets that are heavily soiled will often take longer to clean than carpets that just need a standard clean. If the carpets have stains that require special attention, this will add extra time to the job.

What the Carpet Is Made Of

What your carpets are made of can also have an effect on the time taken to clean them, as different fibre types often require different cleaning methods. Companies that specialise in carpet cleaning will be able to assess your carpets and give you a more accurate quote in regards to how long your carpet cleaning job will take.

Severity of Stains

While it’s easy to estimate how long simple cleaning jobs will take, it can be more difficult when it comes to severe stains. However, carpet cleaning experts will be experienced in this area and will likely have seen stains like the ones your carpet has before. This means they will be able to give you a reasonable time frame in regards to how long the job will take from start to finish.

The Advantages of Using Freestanding Jib Cranes

The Advantages of Using Freestanding Jib Cranes

Free standing jib cranes are a popular choice in many industrial areas, and for good reason. Lifting equipment is an important part of warehouses and factories, as it prevents injury that can be caused by manual labour as well as enabling larger loads to be […]

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The Internet of Things has created a series of new ethical dilemmas and they call for a renewed look at the rules and regulations that guide companies as they embrace and implement IoT solutions including smart devices, apps, and gather data from consumers.

The issues of automation, data privacy, individual rights and security all play a role in these emerging set of guidelines, but before we regulate, we need more time and understanding of the ins and outs of these larger questions.

Who is responsible for the behavior of automated devices?

Let’s say an automated car is driving down a roadway, and a pedestrian enters it. To avoid the pedestrian, the car must crash itself into an obstacle that might injure or kill its occupant. If it does not take evasive action, it may seriously injure or kill the pedestrian.

What does the car do? How does it decide? In the aftermath, who is responsible for that choice? Is it the car’s occupant and owner, or the manufacturer who programmed the intelligence in the vehicle to weigh choices?

Yes, this is an extreme example, but it is an example of the ethical dilemma that anyone automating devices and processes must face: what if the smart device has to make a tough choice? Neither one is a good decision, but a choice must be made.

This could arise in smart cars, manufacturing, smart homes, and many more applications. There is no clear line yet about how these decisions should be weighed, and there are no regulations in place.

It’s likely these regulations will arise as situations develop and are legally tested. In the meantime, a baseline must be established.

What data is private and what can be shared? With who?

This issue has already arisen in some ways. In a murder case, the transcripts from an “always listening” Alexa device were demanded by lawyers in a homicide case. The FBI asked Apple to hack an iPhone and retrieve data desired to assist with an investigation.

If you as an individual put one of these devices in your home, are you authorizing constant surveillance? Can what you said in the privacy of your own home be used against you, or do you have an expectation of privacy?

Apple answered these questions by simply telling the FBI no. The process was not as simple as just “hacking an iPhone.” To bypass the phone’s native security, a new operating system would need to be created. The FBI did it anyway eventually but without Apple’s help. The tech company has decided that their user’s privacy overrides the need to know of law enforcement.

Amazon answered in a similar matter, but before the case could get too far, the suspect handed over records voluntarily, and Amazon then compiled.

In these cases, it seems like the tech companies have decided that customers should have an expectation of privacy, and while the law has not been fully tested, it seems they will get their wish.

These, however, are more extreme cases. What about app data, personal information including location voluntarily shared with Google and other services? Once we agree to the terms and conditions of location services, exactly what are we making public?

Workout apps like Strava and Map My Run/Ride can easily be used to see a user’s location at various times simply by looking at their social media feeds and the information they have shared there, at least if they have chosen to make it public. Even “private” or “only friends” posts can be easily discovered using a sneaky friend request, or gaining access to an authorized account.

Medical data, health data, data gathered from devices or apps like Progressive Snap Shot all fall into question here. Can your speeding habits or driving while texting be reported to law enforcement in the name of safety? Or is that information exclusively for use by your insurance provider?

The gray area here is perhaps larger than the black or the white. We all want to be protected whenever possible from others who might cause us harm. However, how far can we go to gather that data? This area is likely to be a topic for courts for years to come.

Community Good vs. Individual Rights

Is it good for us to know the possible causation of certain diseases or behaviors based on lifestyle and common choices? When a phone or app malfunctions, is it in the interest of all users of that device to have that data? Certainly.

However, if an individual does not want to share personal data or other information about themselves with software developers, companies, or even government entities, can we compel them to do so?

The answer is in most cases no, but by far not all. If a person is infected with a potentially contagious disease or is a known criminal or predator guilty of certain crimes, it is of course in the interest of public safety to have that information available.

Even when it comes to simple apps like Siri, is it worth it to give up some privacy to let the system learn from you and become a better digital assistant? What of Apple’s new feature in Safari preventing cross-site tracking, making some tools marketers have been using for years obsolete?

If individuals saw that sharing some data would be better for everyone overall, will they be more inclined to do so?

The questions surrounding the ethics of the Internet of Things are far greater than any answers we have so far. Until more time passes, and we have had more issues presented both legally and morally, they will likely remain unanswered. It will take time to build a new code surrounding these issues, and we can all play a role in those discussions.