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RSS Big Data

  • What is Julia? A fresh approach to numerical computing 06/27/2018
    Julia is a free open source, high-level, high-performance, dynamic programming language for numerical computing. It has the development convenience of a dynamic language with the performance of a compiled statically typed language, thanks in part to a JIT-compiler based on LLVM that generates native machine code, and in part to a design that implements type stability […]
  • IBM launches new availability zones worldwide for hybrid enterprise clouds 06/11/2018
    CIOs and data center managers who run large hybrid clouds worldwide have a good chance of hearing IBM knock on their doors in the next few months.That's because IBM is opening 18 new "availability zones" for its public cloud across the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific. An availability zone is an isolated physical location within a […]
  • What is TensorFlow? The machine learning library explained 06/06/2018
    Machine learning is a complex discipline. But implementing machine learning models is far less daunting and difficult than it used to be, thanks to machine learning frameworks—such as Google’s TensorFlow—that ease the process of acquiring data, training models, serving predictions, and refining future results.Created by the Google Brain team, TensorFlow is an open source library […]

RSS Business

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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

  • Microsoft lures Windows 2008 users to cloud with offer of extra support 07/17/2018
    Microsoft is dangling three years of additional support in front of customers running Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 if they move the servers' workloads to Redmond's cloud-based Azure.SQL Server 2008 -- and its follow-up, SQL Server 2008 R2 -- exit support July 9, 2019, or less than a year from now. Windows Server […]
  • Happy Amazon Crash Day 07/17/2018
    On one of the biggest shopping days of the year for Amazon.com the company’s web site crapped out intermittently for hours yesterday.Instead of Prime Day purchases, many customers just got error messages and pictures of the dogs of Amazon, along with a message from Amazon that read: "Sorry, we're experiencing unusually heavy traffic. Please try […]
  • The top 3 disruptive FinTech technologies to watch in 2018 07/09/2018
    The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is widely expected to limit the amount of data companies can use for data mining, but new research suggests that it will actually be a boon for the FinTech industry.One result of the GDPR is that businesses will have access to honestly sourced data from consumers using a […]

RSS Data Center

  • Why NVMe? Users weigh benefits of NVMe-accelerated flash storage 07/19/2018
    IBM has an answer for some of the biggest trends in enterprise data storage – including Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), artificial intelligence, multi-cloud environments and containers – and it comes in a 2U package.The new FlashSystem 9100 is an all-flash NVMe-accelerated storage platform. It delivers up to 2 petabytes of effective storage in 2U and […]
  • Happy Amazon Crash Day 07/17/2018
    On one of the biggest shopping days of the year for Amazon.com the company’s web site crapped out intermittently for hours yesterday.Instead of Prime Day purchases, many customers just got error messages and pictures of the dogs of Amazon, along with a message from Amazon that read: "Sorry, we're experiencing unusually heavy traffic. Please try […]
  • Extreme faces challenges, girds for future networking battles 07/16/2018
    Extreme Networks is contending for greater influence from the data center to the network edge, but it has some obstacles to overcome.The company is still grappling with how to best integrate, use and effectively sell the technologies it has acquired from Avaya and Brocade in the past year, as well as incorporate and develop its […]

RSS Enterprise Software

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RSS Hardware

  • Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best tech, electronics, PC, and mobile deals 07/17/2018
    For Amazon Prime Day 2018, the retailer has upped its game considerably. Its annual summer sale may not yet rival Black Friday, but this year’s event is a bright spot in an otherwise ho-hum season of bargain hunting.Tech enthusiasts will find plenty to dig into. Discounts range from good to excellent in multiple categories—you’ll find […]
  • Enterprise PC-buying spree spurs first shipment climb in six years 07/16/2018
    Shipments of traditional personal computers during the second quarter of 2018 grew by nearly 3% year over year, the largest increase since 2012, research firm IDC said last week.According to IDC, computer makers shipped approximately 62.3 million systems in the June quarter. Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple and Acer were the top five OEMs (original equipment […]
  • As bitcoin values slide, high-end GPU prices drop, too 07/10/2018
    The processing power of high-end gaming cards made them ideal for cryptocurrency mining rigs and they were in hot demand when Bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital token prices leaped to unprecedented heights in late 2017 and early 2018.That trend now appears to be reversing; add-in board (AIB) prices appear to be declining and supplies increasing […]

RSS IT Management

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RSS Mobile

  • Google faces $5B fine over Android browser and search engine ties 07/18/2018
    Google has been ordered to pay a $5.05 billion fine and stop forcing Android smartphone makers to install its search engine and browser on their phones. That decision was handed down by the European Union's antitrust authority on Wednesday.The ruling could open the way for smartphone makers to offer more choice, with devices running different […]
  • Why your smartphone needs 5 cameras 07/14/2018
    Who knew that the camera in your phone would turn out to be the most popular, useful and important technology in your life?The human race will take 1.3 trillion photos this year, according to Keypoint Intelligence/InfoTrends. Smartphones will be used for 87% of them.Most of these pictures are useless and frivolous — not only selfies, […]
  • 8 technologies driving health care M&As 07/13/2018
    Tech is good medicine for heath care acquisitionsImage by Getty ImagesThe U.S. department of labor forecasts that the healthcare industry will add 4 million new jobs by 2016.That should be a daunting prospect for anyone working in that industry — particularly given that the rising cost of healthcare (18 percent of GDP in 2016, up […]

RSS Networking

  • Extreme faces challenges, girds for future networking battles 07/16/2018
    Extreme Networks is contending for greater influence from the data center to the network edge, but it has some obstacles to overcome.The company is still grappling with how to best integrate, use and effectively sell the technologies it has acquired from Avaya and Brocade in the past year, as well as incorporate and develop its […]
  • Best wireless routers: Reviews and buying advice 07/10/2018
    A great wireless router is an essential element of tech life, whether you’re building out a smart home or you just want the best experience streaming music and video at home. We pick the best models here, because even those of us fortunate enough to have ethernet drops in every room have devices—smartphones and tablets, […]
  • IEEE sets fog computing standard for compute, storage, control and networking technology 07/02/2018
    Looking to seriously amplify the use of fog computing, the IEEE has defined a standard that will lay the official groundwork to ensure that devices, sensors, monitors, and services are interoperable and will work together to process the seemingly boundless data streams that will come from IoT, 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) systems.The standard, known as […]

RSS Operating Systems

  • Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong 05/26/2018
    Google’s slow, limited, browser-only, cloud-centric laptop platform is now the most powerful and capable user platform on the planet.Yeah, I said it.Apple fans laugh at this idea, saying that a MacBook Pro can run the Chrome browser and gain all the benefits of a Chromebook, as well as all the benefits and leading-edge content-creation tools […]
  • Best new Windows 10 security features: The privacy edition 05/14/2018
    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. [ […]
  • Confused about mobile platforms? You’re not alone. Here’s clarity. 04/21/2018
    What in the heck is going on?The world of mobile and IoT operating systems used to be pretty stable and comprehensible. Suddenly, however, surprising events and weird changes have left everyone scratching their heads.Here are the questions I’m hearing about these operating systems — and the answers.[ Further reading: How AR and VR will change […]

RSS Security

  • Why Windows 7 updates are getting bigger 07/19/2018
    Windows 7's security rollups, the most comprehensive of the fixes it pushes out each Patch Tuesday, have doubled in size since Microsoft revamped the veteran operating system's update regimen in 2016.According to Microsoft's own data, what it calls the "Security Quality Monthly Rollup" (rollup from here on) grew by more than 90% from the first […]
  • Mingis on Tech: The blockchain evolution moves from services...to smartphones? 07/18/2018
    If 2017 was the year many tech firms suddenly looked around and realized they needed to be part of the blockchain craze, this is the year companies in a variety of industries have begun actively experimenting with the distributed ledger technology.Helping to make that possible – especially for firms with no experience in building out […]
  • Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front 07/17/2018
    A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

RSS Small Business

  • 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 […]
  • 8 great small business productivity and collaboration apps 04/11/2017
    Small business owners, whether working in a busy office, on the road or from home, can easily get distracted – and overwhelmed. From email (and text) messages bombarding their inboxes and smart phones, to having to stop what they are doing to attend meetings or put out fires, to the temptation to check social media, […]

RSS Storage

  • Why NVMe? Users weigh benefits of NVMe-accelerated flash storage 07/19/2018
    IBM has an answer for some of the biggest trends in enterprise data storage – including Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), artificial intelligence, multi-cloud environments and containers – and it comes in a 2U package.The new FlashSystem 9100 is an all-flash NVMe-accelerated storage platform. It delivers up to 2 petabytes of effective storage in 2U and […]
  • Backup vs. archive: Why it’s important to know the difference 07/09/2018
    If you want to make a backup person apoplectic, call an old backup an archive.It’s just shy of saying that data on a RAID array doesn’t need to be backed up. The good news is that the differences between backup and archive are quite stark and easy to understand.[ Check out AI boosts data-center availability, […]
  • Google cloud storage gets a boost with managed NAS service 06/29/2018
    Google is adding to its cloud storage portfolio with the debut of a network attached storage (NAS) service.Google Cloud Filestore is managed file storage for applications that require a file system interface and shared file system for data. It lets users stand up managed NAS with their Google Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine instances, promising […]

RSS Unified Communications

  • 10 competitors Cisco just can't kill off 05/11/2018
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  • 8 lesser-known videoconferencing options for work 02/02/2018
    8 lesser-known videoconferencing options for workImage by Peter Sayer/IDGServices like Microsoft’s Skype for Business or Google Hangouts mean you no longer need to turn to a specialist conferencing provider to collaborate with distant colleagues “face to face.”To read this article in full, please click here
  • Amazon's Echo Show could disrupt enterprise-class unified communications 05/11/2017
    Amazon is on the verge of disrupting the enterprise videoconferencing and unified communications markets dominated by Cisco and Avaya with its new Amazon Echo Show device.Echo Show, announced Tuesday, is being marketed initially to consumers for $230 and will ship on June 28. It works with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, and features a 7-in. touchscreen […]

RSS Virtualization

  • What's the future of server virtualization? 07/11/2018
    Server virtualization is one of those technologies that’s simple in concept and profound in its impact on enterprise data centers.What if, instead of running one operating system instance and one application per server, you could add a layer of software, known as a hypervisor, that enables you to run multiple operating system instances and associated […]
  • Windows Server 2019 embraces SDN 06/05/2018
    When Windows Server 2019 is released this fall, the updates will include features that enterprises can use to leverage software-defined networking (SDN).To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • SDNs and NFV are complementary and core components of modernized networks 06/05/2018
    The terms software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are often used interchangeably, which is incorrect.  In a sense, the two are tied together as companies start using NFV as part of their SDN plans but that doesn’t have to be the case.Enterprises could maintain their current network architecture and shift to NFV […]

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