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Brave browser bets on BATs to the web

The builders of the Brave browser are trying to put a price on online users' attention with blockchain-based tokens that will be traded between publishers, advertisers and those willing to view ads. The project, dubbed "Basic Attention Token" (BAT), will offer a substitute for traditional display advertising, claims Brave Software, the browser's maker as well as the force behind BAT. "Digital advertising is broken," argued the BAT team on i...
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How to choose the right enterprise mobility management tool

It’s almost redundant to refer to a “mobile workforce,” because so much of the workforce today is using mobile devices in some fashion. Managing this large and expanding environment continues to be a huge challenge for IT, and for a growing number of organizations, enterprise mobility management (EMM) is the solution of choice. Recent industry research shows the expected growth in demand for EMM products, which typically incorporate mobile ...
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Wanted: A world where virtual assistants help (without being asked)

Instead of fearing that artificial intelligence (A.I.) will replace us, we should be excited about how A.I. will help us. In a perfect future, our A.I. virtual assistant will know what we're doing, where we're going and — most importantly — what we're saying. They'll know lots of other things, too. And when they sense we need help, they'll whisper suggestions, ideas or facts into our ears, essentially giving us real-time knowledge as we go ...
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The Essential phone that’s not that essential

Perhaps one of the most poorly named products in recent memory, the new Essential phone arrives just in time to make us wonder why it even exists. Using a “modular” design, the idea is to add pieces like a 360-degree camera or maybe some sort of connected home gadget to the smartphone, which runs a stock version of Android. It also uses a slick black enclosure, something that might make you think of a recent Blackberry model. And, the scree...
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60% off Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard - Deal Alert

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IDG Contributor Network: Enabling the multiverse of mini-internets

I am a believer that the Device Virtualization vision will manifest fully one day, but we have a long road to travel to this end game. The related notion of Service Endpoint Agent (SEA) devices that I have written about is simply a continuation of emerging edge and fog computing trends that will ultimately drive the transformation of wireless networks into flexible, new, value-added service offering environments where said services are lite...
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Two of this month’s Win7 patches causing second-screen problems

We now have solid reports of a bug in both of the Windows 7 security patches for this month, KB 4034664 (the monthly rollup, installed by Windows Automatic Update) and KB 4034679 (the manual security-only patch). If you have a Win7 machine with two or more monitors, and there’s something weird happening with the second monitor, you may be able to solve the problem by uninstalling the bad patch. I first read about the problems last Saturday ...
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Smartphones make people distracted and unproductive

Silicon Valley is draining away the economy's most precious resource for its own benefit. OK, I'd better explain that. The economy's most precious resource is human attention — specifically, the attention people pay to their work. No matter what kind of company you own, run or work for, the employees of that company are paid for not only their skill, experience and work, but also for their attention and creativity. When, say, Facebook and G...
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Apple TV: The comeback king

While millions of iOS and Mac users own and enjoy them, it’s true to say that Apple TV is not the world’s most successful Apple product. Apple’s one-time “hobby” is a bit like the white walkers in Game of Thrones, it just keeps coming back. Over the years we’ve seen Apple try lots of things to make the product an absolute essential, and while I think the current model is a brilliant thing for any Mac, iPhone, or iPad user, it has still bare...
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12 improvements in High Sierra's Photos app for Mac

Whether you're an enterprise or consumer user, you probably take a lot of photos with your iPhone — that’s why it’s the most popular camera used on Flickr. When you get those images onto your Mac, though, what can macOS High Sierra’s Photos app do for you? Image matters We’ve looked at Apple’s new image formats , and we are learning all about ARKit , but Photos was the other key highlight to Apple’s High Sierra announcement at WWDC.  Reflec...
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