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RSS Big Data

  • IBM preps Watson AI services to run on Kubernetes 02/12/2019
    Two of IBM’s Watson-branded collection of machine-intelligence services will be available to run as standalone applications in the public or private cloud of your choice. IBM is delivering these local Watson services atop IBM Cloud Private for Data, a combined analytics and data governance platform that can be deployed on Kubernetes. Ruchir Puri, CTO and chief architect for […]
  • 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 […]

RSS Business

  • Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy 03/25/2019
    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 03/01/2019
    The laptop world is a-changing. New CPUs and GPUs—yes, mobile discrete GPUs—are creating a new generation of laptops that are thinner, lighter, and faster than ever, even gaming laptops. We have lots of news from CES to share, as well as first looks and the first few reviews of the latest mobile PCs.The first big […]
  • Best external drives for backup, storage, and portability 02/06/2019
    Anyone who uses a PC should have an external drive. It’s not only a useful means of data backup and storage, it also allows you to transport files from your desktop or laptop to another device.Xbox One X one users, as well, would be wise to invest in an external drive as a way of augmenting […]

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

  • Facebook’s blockchain cryptocurrency could mean big money – and kill 'fake news' 03/20/2019
    Facebook is developing its own cryptocurrency for payments, according to at least two reports, a move that has the potential to make the social network billions of dollars while also helping to eliminate fake news and bots.Although the social media giant has not publicly commented on reports from Bloomberg and The New York Times, it […]
  • IBM launches global blockchain-based payments network 03/18/2019
    IBM today unveiled Blockchain World Wire, a near real-time global payments network based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) for regulated financial firms.The blockchain-based network will offer a new way for  cross-border payment exchange and international settlement. (The settlements can be done in five to 10 seconds.) The network is currently able to transfer funds to more than […]
  • Jenkins tries to reinvent itself as cloud-native for Kubernetes 03/15/2019
    The popular but troubled Jenkins CI/CD system is being reworked to support cloud-native applications on the Kubernetes container-orchestration platform. The Jenkins X project is a response to user concerns that Jenkins had lost its luster and had developed configuration and stability issues.Jenkins X is intended for Kubernetes users who want to adopt CI/CD or who […]

RSS Data Center

  • Cisco spreads AI across Webex meetings 03/19/2019
    Cisco Webex has rolled out a package of AI-based features that brings together recently acquired technologies it says will make business meetings more efficient and intuitive.The Webex conferencing tool enhancements, which include faster meeting startup, a better way to know the people attending a meeting and facial-recognition improvements will help customers more effectively collaborate from […]
  • DoE plans world's fastest supercomputer 03/19/2019
    The U.S. Department of Energy says it is working on a supercomputer that will break the target of exaFLOP computation – a quintillion (1018)  floating-point computations per second – in order to handle high-performance computing and artificial intelligence.Being built in conjunction with Intel and Cray Computing,  the Aurora supercomputer will  cost more than half a […]
  • Exec: How SDN, SD-WAN, security fit in VMware's strategy 03/15/2019
    VMware networking and security chief Tom Gillis looks at competing with Cisco and how the company will bolster NSX and more.(Insider Story)

RSS Enterprise Software

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RSS Hardware

  • The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice 03/18/2019
    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: […]
  • Best gaming mouse: Find your perfect match 03/11/2019
    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 […]
  • Best gaming mouse: Find your perfect match 03/11/2019
    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 […]

RSS IT Management

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RSS Mobile

  • IT needs to make mobile unified communications a priority 03/25/2019
    The need for safe, reliable, and easy-to-use communications tools has given rise to unified communications (UC), a strategy that integrates multiple communications modalities under a single management and security umbrella. The result is more effective communication, improved collaboration, and a boost to security and regulatory policies. Now that mobility is the primary networking vehicle for […]
  • Why you should stop using mobile data 03/23/2019
    The worst thing about digital distraction is that the problem keeps growing. The time spent, the distraction, the damage — the toll of smartphone addiction never stops increasing.I have come up with a simple solution that will not only improve your life, and the life of your company, but also get Google to buy you […]
  • Wireless spectrum shortage? Not so fast 03/07/2019
    There’s no shortage of the radio spectrum essential to wireless communications, thanks to greater spectral efficiency and improving regulatory policies. But vigilance is required.(Insider Story)

RSS Networking

RSS Operating Systems

  • When Windows 10 feature upgrades collide 03/19/2019
    A pair of Windows 10 feature upgrades will soon collide, with one just beginning to get traction on PCs as its successor readies for release.It's unclear how Microsoft will handle the dilemma, which traces its roots to the debacle last year when the company was forced to pull the fall feature upgrade after it deleted […]
  • 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. [ […]
  • 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. [ […]

RSS Security

  • Get a two-year subscription to Ivacy VPN for only $2.03/mo 03/25/2019
    If you use the internet (which you clearly do), you likely know how important it is to protect your data in an increasingly dangerous cyber environment. But like other essential tasks that tend to be tedious (like filing taxes early and brushing your teeth for the full two minutes), most installing and running a VPN […]
  • Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front 03/25/2019
    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.
  • Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front 03/25/2019
    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

  • 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

  • What is hyperconvergence? 02/07/2019
    Hyperconvergence is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system in an effort to reduce data center complexity and increase scalability. Hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking, and they typically run on standard, off-the-shelf servers. Multiple nodes can be clustered together to create […]
  • Best external drives for backup, storage, and portability 02/06/2019
    Anyone who uses a PC should have an external drive. It’s not only a useful means of data backup and storage, it also allows you to transport files from your desktop or laptop to another device.Xbox One X one users, as well, would be wise to invest in an external drive as a way of augmenting […]
  • Best external drives for backup, storage, and portability 02/06/2019
    Anyone who uses a PC should have an external drive. It’s not only a useful means of data backup and storage, it also allows you to transport files from your desktop or laptop to another device.Xbox One X one users, as well, would be wise to invest in an external drive as a way of augmenting […]

RSS Unified Communications

  • IT needs to make mobile unified communications a priority 03/25/2019
    The need for safe, reliable, and easy-to-use communications tools has given rise to unified communications (UC), a strategy that integrates multiple communications modalities under a single management and security umbrella. The result is more effective communication, improved collaboration, and a boost to security and regulatory policies. Now that mobility is the primary networking vehicle for […]
  • 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
    Voice, video, email, file sharing, collaboration – organizations need a solid strategy to assure more manageable, cost-effective, and secure enterprise communications.(Insider Story)

RSS Virtualization

  • How to adopt a disruptive network technology with minimal disruption 02/27/2019
    Emerging network technologies such as SDN, SD-WAN and intent-based networking promise to improve service and streamline operations, but don't let the transition process throw a wrench into existing activities.(Insider Story)
  • VMware’s ongoing reinvention 02/20/2019
    VMware’s introduction of x86 server-virtualization technology was a game-changing event in the history of enterprise computing. But if you look at VMware’s corporate messaging today, it’s almost as if server virtualization has been scrubbed from the lexicon. Instead, VMware highlights its multi-cloud strategies, software-defined data centers, networking, hyperconverged infrastructures, security, SD-WAN, containers, blockchain, IoT and […]
  • What is hyperconvergence? 02/07/2019
    Hyperconvergence is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system in an effort to reduce data center complexity and increase scalability. Hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking, and they typically run on standard, off-the-shelf servers. Multiple nodes can be clustered together to create […]

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