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RSS Big Data

  • Built for realtime: Big data messaging with Apache Kafka, Part 2 10/02/2018
    In the first half of this JavaWorld introduction to Apache Kafka, you developed a couple of small-scale producer/consumer applications using Kafka. From these exercises you should be familiar with the basics of the Apache Kafka messaging system. In this second half, you'll learn how to use partitions to distribute load and scale your application horizontally, […]
  • Built for realtime: Big data messaging with Apache Kafka, Part 1 10/02/2018
    When the big data movement started it was mostly focused on batch processing. Distributed data storage and querying tools like MapReduce, Hive, and Pig were all designed to process data in batches rather than continuously. Businesses would run multiple jobs every night to extract data from a database, then analyze, transform, and eventually store the […]
  • The best open source software for data storage and analytics 09/26/2018
    The best open source software for data storage and analyticsImage by IDGNothing is bigger these days than data, data, data. We have more data than ever before, and we have more ways to store and analyze it—SQL databases, NoSQL databases, distributed OLTP databases, distributed OLAP platforms, distributed hybrid OLTP/OLAP platforms. Our 2018 Bossie winners in […]

RSS Business

  • Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy 12/26/2018
    When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We’ll […]
  • The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more 11/13/2018
    Today’s best laptops bask in the glow of Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs, which at last bring quad-core performance to mainstream machines. The only thing missing is Oprah shouting, “And you get an 8th-gen quad-core laptop!”There’s plenty of good news with this new generation. Our favorite convertible laptop, HP’s Spectre x360 13, sports a quad-core 8th-gen chip […]
  • Best Android phones 2018: What should you buy? 09/27/2018
    Choosing the best Android phone for you is a big decision. The Android universe teems with options, from super-expensive flagship phones, to affordable models that make a few calculated compromises, to models expressly designed for, say, great photography. Chances are that whichever phone you buy, you’ll keep it for at least two years. So we’ve made picks […]

RSS BYOD

  • How the iPhone begat shadow IT and enterprise mobility 06/29/2017
    Ten years ago today, the first iPhone arrived, sporting an all-new user interface built on a multi-touch screen and a virtual keyboard that soon replaced all that had come before for mobile devices.Combined with internet access and, later, an online app store that offered enterprise applications, the iPhone allowed workers to treat their cell phone as […]
  • Mingis on Tech: The alphabet soup of mobile device management 06/07/2017
    You know how easy it's become to use your own smartphone or tablet to do company work? Remember how it wasn't always that easy -- or something even allowed by many companies in the early Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) days?You can thank mobile device management (MDM) software, which grew out of the BYOD trend and morphed into […]
  • 5 ways to keep virtual assistants from sharing your company's secrets 04/19/2017
    Virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Now have the potential to make enterprise workers more productive. But do “always listening” assistants pose a serious threat to security and privacy, too?Nineteen percent of organizations are already using intelligent digital assistants, such as Siri and Cortana, for work-related tasks, according to Spiceworks’ October 2016 […]

RSS Cloud Computing

  • SAP targets counterfeit drugs with blockchain tracker 01/17/2019
    SAP has launched a supply chain tracking service based on blockchain that will enable drug wholesalers to authenticate pharmaceutical packaging returned from hospitals and pharmacies.The Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences will initially be used to trace the return of unused drugs to wholesalers, but SAP this week said it plans to expand use of the […]
  • Start-up Devvio claims its blockchain can handle 8M transactions a second 01/17/2019
    A start-up firm claims its highly efficient distributed ledger protocol can address all the major problems facing blockchain networks, including being able to scale for global financial business by executing up to eight million transactions per second (TPS).The new blockchain protocol, called Devv, was unveiled and demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas last week.If the […]
  • 19 tools to tame Kubernetes deployments 01/16/2019
    Take advantage of these Kubernetes companions to simplify app definitions, enhance monitoring, ease cloud deployments, and more(Insider Story)

RSS Data Center

  • Cisco bets $660M on silicon-photonics firm Luxtera 12/18/2018
    Cisco says it is buying optical-semiconductor firm Luxtera for $660 million and will build its silicon photonics into future enterprise data-center, webscale, and service-provider networking gear.This photonic technology is essential to keep up with projected massive increases in IP traffic volume over the next four years, according to Cisco's networking chief."Optics is a fundamental technology […]
  • How we selected 10 hot data-center virtualization startups to watch 12/12/2018
    The selection process for our roundup of 10 data-center virtualization startups to watch began with 33 recommendations and nominations that were sent via HARO, LinkedIn, Twitter, and subscribers to the Startup50 email newsletter.Several of those startups had to be eliminated right off the bat not because they wouldn’t be a good fit for this roundup […]
  • 2019: Look for improvements to software-defined data-center networks 12/10/2018
    IDG To help IT pros attain top performance for their software-defined data-center networks (SDDCN), we have identified 10 crucial technology areas to watch and evaluate during 2019.SDDCN performance requires advanced network software to provision, manage and secure high-speed traffic flows, and network administrators need automated solutions to monitor and deliver reliable quality of service to […]

RSS Enterprise Software

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RSS Hardware

  • Best gaming mouse: Find your perfect match 01/14/2019
    The mouse is a simple tool: point and click. That’s it. But if you’re a PC gamer, you know that pushing virtual paper around on your desktop isn’t the same as fragging bots and shooting zombies. (Not even remotely.) What’s more, picking the right gaming mouse is an intensely personal decision. Every little detail—its overall shape […]
  • Windows 10 1903 to seize 7GB of user storage space for smoother upgrades 01/08/2019
    Windows 10's next feature upgrade will commandeer 7GB of a personal computer's storage space to better ensure updates are properly processed, Microsoft announced Monday.The drive space, dubbed "Reserved storage," will be set aside starting with what Microsoft will likely name "Windows 10 April 2019 Update" and mark as 1903 in its four-character yymm label. The […]
  • The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice 01/03/2019
    The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: […]

RSS IT Management

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RSS Mobile

  • Mingis on Tech: All about Google Fi 01/17/2019
    In the beginning (2015), it was known simply as Project Fi.Then late last year, Google renamed its foray into cellular service: It's now called Google Fi.Just this week, Google announced that Google Fi was getting a few new features: Rich Communications Services for messaging and faster international speeds, which bring it closer to the offerings […]
  • Cisco targets mobile enterprise apps with geolocation technology 01/14/2019
    Cisco is rolling out a cloud-based geolocation package it expects will help customers grow mobile location services and integrate data from those services into enterprise analytics and business applications.The package, called DNA Spaces, is comprised of Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experience (CMX) wireless suite and enterprise geolocation technology purchased from July Systems. Cisco CMX is a […]
  • Apple’s AirPower wireless charger may already be in production – and shipping soon 01/14/2019
    After failing to meet its own shipping timeline in 2018, Apple is now thought to have two manufacturers ramping up production of its AirPower wireless charging pad, according to a Hong Kong-based website that specializes in device charging news.As first reported by MacRumors, the website ChargerLAB tweeted out this morning that it had "just learned […]

RSS Networking

  • Mingis on Tech: All about Google Fi 01/17/2019
    In the beginning (2015), it was known simply as Project Fi.Then late last year, Google renamed its foray into cellular service: It's now called Google Fi.Just this week, Google announced that Google Fi was getting a few new features: Rich Communications Services for messaging and faster international speeds, which bring it closer to the offerings […]
  • Cisco targets mobile enterprise apps with geolocation technology 01/14/2019
    Cisco is rolling out a cloud-based geolocation package it expects will help customers grow mobile location services and integrate data from those services into enterprise analytics and business applications.The package, called DNA Spaces, is comprised of Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experience (CMX) wireless suite and enterprise geolocation technology purchased from July Systems. Cisco CMX is a […]
  • Edge computing best practices 01/10/2019
    Edge computing requires a change in thinking from the current IT environment dominated by data centers and cloud-based services. Here are some best practices to consider when building a strategy for the edge.(Insider Story)

RSS Operating Systems

  • Best new Windows 10 security features: More patching, updating flexibility 10/16/2018
    With the new era of Windows as a service, Microsoft is rolling out changes to the operating system twice a year. Many of those changes will allow you to improve your security posture and offer more security choices. You no longer have to wait for a new operating system to deploy new security features. [ […]
  • Turning old PCs into new Chromebooks 09/28/2018
    Every organization, big or small, has a hidden asset: Old laptops and desktops that have outlived their usefulness, are too slow for today’s software or use less secure operating systems. Admittedly, that doesn’t sound like anything of great value. But it’s easy to breathe new life into those machines by converting them into Chromebooks.Because the […]
  • Windows on Chromebooks? Stay tuned. 08/27/2018
    Windows 10 on Chromebooks? At first, it sounds downright stupid. You can already do just about everything on a Chromebook with Chrome OS, including running a ton of Windows apps. Why bother? I have some ideas, but first, the background.The eagle-eyed developers at XDA Developers have spotted a new Google Pixelbook firmware branch. This new […]

RSS Security

  • Temporary micropatch available for zero-day Windows exploit 01/18/2019
    Microsoft has left two publicly known vulnerabilities unpatched in Windows this month, but researchers have stepped in and created temporary patches that can be easily applied to protect systems until an official fix becomes available.During the last two weeks of December, a security enthusiast who uses the online handle SandboxEscaper released details and proof-of-concept exploit […]
  • Get 3 Years of NordVPN Service for Just $2.99 Per Month - Deal Alert 01/18/2019
    NordVPN promises a private and fast path through the public internet, with no logs, unmetered access for 6 simultaneous devices and access to 5,232 servers worldwide. They are currently running a promotion, but you'll have to use this link to find it. Its typical price has been discounted for 3 years of service -- a […]
  • Rocke coinminer disables cloud protection agents 01/17/2019
    A group of hackers that specializes in infecting servers with cryptocurrency mining software has started disabling security software agents used in cloud environments to evade detection. Known as Rocke in the security industry, the group has been active since at least April 2018 and is known for exploiting critical vulnerabilities in web application frameworks and […]

RSS Small Business

  • Intuit adds AI, enterprise features to QuickBooks online 10/17/2018
    Intuit is aiming for the mid-market with an extension of its QuickBooks Online financial management tool that it hopes will let it take business away from the likes of Microsoft, Sage and Oracle.It's designed to help QuickBooks customers delay the move to a full-fledged ERP system — and perhaps even to woo a few beginning […]
  • How to produce a must-see small business video 05/03/2017
    When recently surveyed by Animoto, an online video company, more than half of small and midsized business owners (55 percent) responded that video marketing was a “must-have” to stay relevant. An even larger number responded that video marketing had a direct impact on their business.[ Related: 6 ways video can boost your business ]And while […]
  • FCC's deregulation of business data lines could mean a price hike 04/14/2017
    If you operate a small or medium-size U.S. business, you can expect to pay more for broadband services in the near future because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to deregulate providers of business data lines, critics of the proposal say.Users of ATMs, shoppers in stores that use credit card scanners, and mobile phone customers […]

RSS Storage

  • How to pick an off-site data-backup method 12/18/2018
    When determining how to move data to a backup facility, you must balance cost, risk level, speed of data recovery, and how much data you can afford to lose.(Insider Story)
  • What is an SSD? How solid state drives work 12/07/2018
    That whirring you hear when you boot your computer or when it wakes from sleep mode is the sound of your hard drive’s magnetic disks beginning to spin. Conceptually not dissimilar to a record player, a hard disk drive (HDD) is an electromechanical device with an actuator arm that positions itself over spinning disks, called […]
  • What's hot in enterprise networking for 2019 12/05/2018
    With 2019 just around the corner there's a lot of  developments and advances coming that will affect how enterprises make use of technologies for SD-WAN, IoT, Wi-Fi, data centers, the cloud and more. Here's a selection of some of the coming trends that industry pros see coming next year.What will be hot for Cisco in […]

RSS Unified Communications

  • Collaboration 2019: Teams, Slack and what’s coming 12/28/2018
    The booming team collaboration market is likely to continue booming in 2019 as companies roll out chat apps more widely across their operations.With Microsoft leveraging the ubiquity of its Office suite to push Teams, and Slack doubling down on its still-evolving enterprise push, the two leaders in the market are likely to continue to try […]
  • How to tame enterprise communications services 12/11/2018
    Communications capabilities are essential to the success of organizations everywhere. Voice, email, text messaging, multimedia messaging, file sharing, streaming video, conferencing, collaboration, and more – you can’t do business without them. But as traffic volumes and the number of communications services in use continue to grow, so do the IT and operational challenges.Communications services have […]
  • Cisco’s Webex Teams gets BroadCloud Calling integration 11/14/2018
    Cisco has added cloud calling to its Webex Teams messaging app – something the company called a “significant step” in the integration of BroadSoft’s technology stack  following the completion of this year’s $1.9 billion acquisition.The combination is designed to provide an “enterprise-grade” cloud-based PBX [private branch exchange] phone system in addition to existing message and […]

RSS Virtualization

  • Microsoft puts desktop apps in containers with Windows Sandbox 12/19/2018
    Microsoft has shipped a new feature in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise builds 18305 and up that let users create throwaway desktop environments for testing and developing software.Normally, developers have to spin up a virtual machine or use a separate system specifically for running new or untrusted apps. But the new feature, called Windows Sandbox, […]
  • How we selected 10 hot data-center virtualization startups to watch 12/12/2018
    The selection process for our roundup of 10 data-center virtualization startups to watch began with 33 recommendations and nominations that were sent via HARO, LinkedIn, Twitter, and subscribers to the Startup50 email newsletter.Several of those startups had to be eliminated right off the bat not because they wouldn’t be a good fit for this roundup […]
  • Making the right hyperconvergence choice: HCI hardware or software? 11/12/2018
    Once a niche technology, primarily attractive to organizations with specific needs, such as streamlining operations at branch offices, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is rapidly finding a wide customer base.HCI is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system; hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking.Enterprises […]

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