Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.

Streetline Wants to Make Smart Cities a Reality

Do you remember the last time you struggled for what seemed like an eternity to find a parking spot? One way streets. No right turn signs. If only there was a better way to find a parking spot. Well, Streetline believes they have the answer. Streetline uses sensors to deliver parking availability data to their app, informing users not only about the location but also the cost of available sensor-enabled parking spots.

At the recent Apps World North America, I stopped by the Streetline booth and followed-up with Streetline's PR manager, Brittany Blasing, about how the company is working on creating the next-generation “smart” city, beginning with smart parking.

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3 Keys to Taking Your E-Commerce Site Global

Cloud-based platforms and services have made going global more of a plug-and-play proposition than ever before. You can plug specialized modules into your workflow that let you translate content, run analytics, edit across websites and more, without leaving your CMS.

The remaining challenges are more strategic in nature.

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Is the Chief Digital Officer Here to Stay?

Every time I hear about the rise of the Chief Digital Officer, I picture a super hero with a big “CDO” logo on its chest. Why? Because there aren’t many Chief Digital Officers and when you find a brand that has one, they’re tasked with “shaking things up” and “saving the day” somehow.

But this is going to change according to Gartner. In a report by the research firm, it predicted that 25 percent of large global organizations will have appointed Chief Digital Officers by 2015. Though right around the corner, many brands are still wondering what a Chief Digital Officer even does?

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Apple wants to predict heart attacks

Working with audio engineer Tomlinson Holman, Apple is working on predicting heart attacks through a device that runs on sensor technology.

"Holman is known for developing several notable audio technologies, including Lucasfilm's THX system and the first 10.2 sound system.

This isn't the first we've heard of Apple's interest in medicine — last month some of Apple's top executives reportedly met with the US Food and Drug Administration to discuss the potential for 'mobile medical applications."

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Self-driving cars are the offices of the future

Telecommuting is becoming more and more popular today because let's face it, no one wants to sit in hours upon hours of traffic. But what if there was a way that you could work during that commute? Meet Regus, a company that believes the future is a self-driving office. On Monday, Regus unveiled an autonomous concept car called the XchangE that is set up to bring productiveness to traffic jams.

"It's important to note that radical ideas for concept cars get dreamed up all the time, but it's actually very rare that they go into production."

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