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Office 365: Enterprise usage doesn't translate into enterprise value

Although enterprise subscribers to Office 365 typically use a large number of the in-the-cloud-and-on-premises suite's components, only two – email and the Office applications – provide significant value, a recently-released survey showed. The disconnect between usage and value was portrayed by research firm Gartner, which in mid-2017 polled more than 160 IT professionals to collect opinions on Office 365 in the enterprise. "There's a basel...
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Maersk, IBM create world's first blockchain-based, electronic shipping platform

Maersk and IBM today announced a joint venture to deploy a blockchain-based  electronic shipping system that will digitize supply chains and track international cargo in real time. The new platform could save the global shipping industry billions of dollars a year by replacing the current EDI- and paper-based system, which can leave containers in receiving yards for weeks, according to the companies. Blockchain will enable a single view via...
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Why Amazon is the new Microsoft

A few years ago, chatbots were supposed to take over as a leading way to interact with the internet. They would live on our phones and in our messaging apps. Whenever we needed anything, all we had to do was type out a question. Things are turning out ... differently. Chatbots, bots, virtual assistants and agents are all about the conversational UI — about interacting with a computer through natural-language words and sentences. The convent...
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Reports say Win10 Creators Update users are being forced to Fall Creators Update. Again.

Microsoft’s documentation runs all over the place, but yesterday an announcement from ‘Softie John Cable is widely interpreted as saying that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, is now ready for business use. Gregg Keizer has details . Cable says: Fall Creators Update (version 1709) is fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide! Full availability is the final phase of our rollout process. … Enterprise...
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The scandals of IT: Tech's year-long bumpy ride

Slideshow From sexism and racism on social media to influence peddling at Samsung and the Wild West world of distasteful YouTube videos, 2017 left a bad taste for many. Here's a look at eight tech industry scandals that burst into view. By Christina Tynan-Wood , Computerworld| Jan 11, 2018 10:35 AM PT SLIDEFEATURED PRODUCTS A year of scandal 2017 was a tough year for many. It exposed the dark side of human nature most people have long tried...
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Mingis on Tech: How networking will evolve in 2018

News Analysis From Cisco's big plans for intent-based networking to SD-WAN, 5G and IoT, the networking industry is in the midst of big changes. Network World's Brandon Butler explains what's happening, and why. Mingis on Tech Mingis on Tech: How networking will evolve in 2018 From Cisco's plans for intent-based networking to SD-WAN, IoT and 5G pilot programs, the networking industry is growing and changing by leaps and bounds. Here's what's...
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Samsung takes on Microsoft and Google with its Flip collaborative whiteboard

Samsung unveiled its take on the collaborative digital whiteboard at CES today, launching its Flip display. Digital whiteboards are getting a lot of attention from a number of large vendors, including Google, Microsoft and Cisco. All aim to replace traditional flip charts and whiteboards with touchscreen-enabled hardware designed to ease collaboration during meetings and brainstorming sessions. Up to four different participants can interact...
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Browser makers build bulwarks to stump Spectre attacks

Amid the panicked response this week to the news of significant, though not-yet-exploited, vulnerabilities in the vast bulk of the world's microprocessors, it went almost unnoticed that most browser makers responded by updating their wares in the hope of fending off possible web-based attacks. The Google-driven revelations - it was members of the search firm's Project Zero security team who identified the multiple flaws in processors design...
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Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4056894 signals early, abbreviated Patch Tuesday

Last night Microsoft released KB 4056894 , the 2018-01 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7. Spurred by early disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities , Microsoft has done yeoman work getting the software part of the patches pushed out the Automatic Update chute. That said, Windows patches are only part of a very formidable picture. Where we stand with Windows patches As of this morning, all of the supported versions ...
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IDG Contributor Network: With an AI back end, could we create an anti-abuse OS?

This is going to seem like a huge stretch, but hear me out, because I think operating systems could become a far more powerful tool to help us moderate our own behavior than they now are. The reason I’m starting with the OS – and it could be any OS – is that it is pervasive, and it is largely within our control.  Currently, much of the monitoring that surrounds us is designed to prove wrongdoing or capture information that could be used aga...
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Rotten Apple

Golly! Some people are excited about being able to take advantage of Apple’s “generous” offer of cheap batteries for earlier-model iPhones. Give me a break. Apple deliberately ripped you off by slowing down out-of-date iPhones. It’s time to stop drinking Cupertino’s Kool-Aid and see Apple for what it really is: rotten. To get you up to speed if you spent the holiday season having a good time rather than watching technology news: A user disc...
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Will Google kill Chrome OS and Android in 2018?

If we learned anything in 2017, it’s this: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. You may have heard, for example, that Google is preparing a new unified operating system to replace Chrome OS (the operating system that powers Chromebooks) and Android (the operating system that powers most smartphones). Facts and forecasts are often packed together to persuade you of the premise that Google intends to replace Chrome OS and Androi...
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Apple makes its intent on the battery fiasco clear. And not in the way it wanted.

As a longtime fan of Apple products and the company's mastery of marketing strategy, I was initially in Apple's corner when it confirmed that it had been deliberately slowing down older iPhones. It was the only way to halt a much worse problem, namely that the devices would periodically shut down without notice. This all happened because the batteries would weaken over time. But when Apple issued its "apology" on Thursday (Dec. 28), it went...
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High-demand tasks for the Surface Book 2 swamp a plugged-in battery

Woody on Windows By Woody Leonhard , Columnist, Computerworld | Dec 28, 2017 5:04 AM PT News Analysis In a surprising, and disappointing, demo from Digital Trends, a plugged-in Surface Book 2 running common but demanding tasks shows battery drain. Mark Coppock at Digital Trends has just published the results of a series of tests that he ran on Microsoft’s flagship Surface Book 2. Running Destiny 2 at high resolution/frame rate, or Adobe Pre...
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Definitely not something to make light of

Contractor pilot fish comes back from lunch one afternoon in early December to a corporate data center that looks like it's been abandoned. "I find the junior computer operator in shock," fish reports. "Silence reigns in IT, and Operations is clearly the scapegoat." Fish soon gets the story: Power has gone out for the office full of programmers. They've gone to lunch in disgust, having first terrorized the junior operator with dire threats ...
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It's all about getting into the holiday spirit(s)

Opinion It's the early 1980s, and this outsourcer's mainframes have to run 24/7 -- and one computer operator pilot fish finds out just what that means when he's scheduled to work on Christmas Day. He's depressed when he walks into the sterility of the computer room for his evening shift. A good old-fashioned Christmas looks like it's not in the cards this year. Then a co-worker spots him and calls out, "Hi -- do you want a drink?" What do y...
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Dual-screen clamshell devices will kill the tablet

Phones have on-screen keyboards. Laptops have clamshell designs. The next-generation enterprise mobile device will have both. A dual-screen clamshell mobile device makes sense. Smartphone makers want to maximize screen real estate. This form factor doubles it to the size of a small tablet. Tablet makers want portability. The dual-screen clamshell mobile enables a tablet to be folded in half and put into a pocket. Above all, dual-screen clam...
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Time to install Microsoft patches, except KB 4054517 for Win10 Fall Creators Update

December has brought a few surprises in Windows PatchLand, but by and large, the coast is clear. “Clear,” that is, unless you made the mistake of installing the Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709 (or got pushed into it ), before the nominal four-month testing period lapsed. In broad terms, it’s safe to install this month’s Windows and Office patches, unless you’re using Win10 1709, although there are a few obscure gotchas that may bit...
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About Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT

What do IT workers want? Fair paychecks, challenging work and ample opportunities for growth, for starters. Our annual listing showcases the organizations that excel at keeping their employees engaged and loyal with compensation, training and access to hot technologies. The report is published every June. Nominate an organization for our 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list. The 2018 Best Places to Work in IT will be announced in June 2018. ...
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The top Chromebook tips (and more!) of 2017

It's no stretch to say 2017's been the year of the Chromebook for Google. Over the past 12 months, we've seen transformational new steps in the ongoing alignment of Android and Chrome OS , including the official launch of Android app support for Chromebooks . Along with all the platform-level changes, Google launched one of its most interesting homemade hardware products in quite some time: the luxury-level Pixelbook , which is the company'...
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Will augmented reality make lying obsolete?

I’m putting the liars on notice. The most underappreciated application for the combination of augmented reality (A.R.) and artificial intelligence (A.I.) is persistent lie detection. Smartphones and smart glasses will soon support apps that show you in real time whether the person you’re talking to is telling the truth or lying. Imagine how that will affect business meetings, sales presentations, job interviews and department status updates...
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Call on line 2! Eight ways to add a second line to your smartphone

Can you imagine someone crazy enough to carry around two smartphones? That’s two phones to keep charged, two phones to keep track of, two phones to stow in your pocket, purse or carry-on. Madness! Actually, for many it’s not a question of sanity; it’s a matter of necessity. Perhaps your company issued you a phone for business purposes but won’t let you use it for personal calls. Or you’ve started your own business and need a dedicated line....
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20 Android tips and tricks you shouldn't miss from 2017

'Tis the season for kicking back, crankin' up the fireplace, and finding some time-saving new tricks for that pretty slab o' glass in your pocket. Enhanced efficiency is one heck of a holiday treat, after all — and one that keeps paying off for months to come. Hey, productivity matters, and there's never a shortage of fresh Android shortcuts and enhancements just waiting to be embraced. In case you missed any of 'em the first go-round or ma...
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How Apple’s Safari browser can save your Christmas

While I see online ads as a necessary evil if you want to keep websites in business, I’m so annoyed at the way the latest ads services seem so focused on ruining everybody’s Christmas surprise. This is what happens: Ads sites track where you go online; retailers track you too and all this information is shared. Look at an item online, see an ad for it on the next page you go to. Not only is this behavioural retargeting vastly creepy, but wh...
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10 reasons why Apple should acquire Shazam

TechCrunch claims Apple will purchase leading music recognition service, Shazam. Apple has now confirmed the deal. Here are just 10 reasons such a deal makes sense: Shazam’s Apple story Founded in 1999, Shazam first came to prominence on Apple’s platforms as a great tool for iPod users. Years later, it became one of the first apps to appear on the App Store, and it was one of the first available iPad apps too. "Shazam was one of the inaugur...
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With smartphones like these, why do we need laptops?

Smartphones are supercomputers. Or, at least, they’re significantly more powerful than supercomputers were ten years ago. And way more powerful than desktops were five years ago. Smartphones also offer killer benefits that laptops don’t — namely, longer battery life and biometric security. So why are we still using laptops? Microsoft’s smartphone-based laptops Microsoft and Qualcomm this week announced a new kind of laptop. In a nutshell, i...
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Microsoft quietly repairs Windows Defender security hole CVE-2017-11937

Many malware researchers were surprised to find an unexpected patch on their machines yesterday. It didn’t arrive through the front door — Windows Update wasn’t involved. Instead, the new version of mpengine.dll arrived automatically, around the back, even if you have Windows Update turned off. This vulnerability is particularly nasty. If the Malware Protection Engine scans a jimmied file, the file can take over your computer and run whatev...
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How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy

Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to ramp up their efforts to test blockchain technology as part of a new method of establishing trust in a digital economy. New research from consultancy Deloitte LLP shows a "trust economy" is now developing around person-to-person (P2P) transactions enabled by blockchain technology and not dependent on more traditional methods such as credit ratings or guaranteed cashier's checks. "Rather, ...
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Is your company a great place to work in IT?

Computerworld's annual Best Places to Work in IT list showcases organizations that offer top compensation, training and access to hot technologies. Nominate an organization for the 2018 list! (survey.researchresults.com) To read this article in full, please click here Original link
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Need Stocking Stuffers? See Amazon's Highest Rated Tech Deals Under $25 - Deal Alert

DealPost Amazon This month, you'll probably need to buy stocking stuffers and cheap little gadgety things for co-workers, extended family members, or to fill in gaps last-minute when you find yourself asking, "Did I buy enough?".  Amazon has deals running every day, so we've filtered their list of active deals down to just the tech categories, and only the deals $25 or less with 4 or 5 star ratings .  Discounted USB cords, chargers, phone a...
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