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IDG Contributor Network: Does Twitter encourage a ‘no filter’ attitude?

I’m starting to hate Twitter these days. Since 2008, it’s been an ever-flowing channel of communication -- direct and unfiltered. Celebrities, basketball stars, and even Presidents can post with reckless abandon. We’ve been living in the age of unfiltered status updates for almost ten years now, but it makes me wonder if there is a better way to share thoughts spontaneously...but with a little more civility. As a recent example, President T...
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Why your next business phone will be an Amazon Echo

"The phone is already dead." That's what Microsoft visionary and HoloLens honcho Alex Kipman said this week. The "phone call is making a comeback." That's what one tech publication said this week, based in part on wishful thinking by MIT egghead and Reclaiming Conversation author Sherry Turkle. Could both be true? The answer is yes. Phones are definitely dead. Phone calls are forever. But the reasons why may surprise you. Phones' fatal flaw...
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CW@50: A look at life on the job in IT through cartoons

News flash: There’s a shortage of IT professionals with Cobol expertise and other mainframe skills. Or maybe you’ve heard that before. We’ve been reporting since at least 2002 that Cobol skills were in short supply and that the situation was going to get worse because older mainframe experts would soon be retiring and young programmers had no interest in learning mainframe skills. That might not seem like much of a problem, but as we pointe...
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H-1B visa demand slips; analysts see Trump effect

The U.S. government today said it received 199,000 H-1B visa petitions for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year -- 37,000 less than in 2016. The government will issue 85,000 visas distributed via a computer-generated lottery. The winners will be able to use their visas at the start of the federal fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. [ Further reading: Hottest jobs, cities and industries for IT pay in 2017 ] Industry analysts see President Donald Trum...
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An introduction to six types of VPN software

A VPN is simply an encrypted connection between two computers, each side running VPN software. The two sides, however, are not equal. The software that you, as the user of a VPN service deal with, is known as the VPN client. The software run by a VPN company is a VPN server. The encrypted connection always starteds with a VPN client making a request to a VPN server. There are many different flavors of VPN connections, each with its own corr...
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Toshiba’s memory biz sale attracts many, including Apple

Apple may be considering partnering with its China-based supplier Foxconn to purchase a major stake in Toshiba's semiconductor unit. In January, Toshiba officially announced it would seek to sell a portion of its flash memory business, including the SSD business of the Storage & Electronic Device Solutions Division, to a not-yet-named buyer. [ Further reading: Face-to-face without frustration: The HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms ] The ...
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Microsoft begins denying updates to some Windows 7 users

Microsoft this week began blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs equipped with the very newest processors from receiving security updates, making good on a policy it announced but did not implement last year. But the company also refused to provide security fixes to Windows 7 systems that were powered by AMD's "Carrizo" CPUs, an architecture that was supposed to continue receiving patches. The decree that led to the update bans, whether allowable o...
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IDG Contributor Network: Cars and the IoT: The lane lines are blurring

We're in the booming era of the internet of things -- things are changing, and changing fast. IoT is touching almost everything in both the commercial and consumer worlds. In parallel, the automotive industry is going through a major rebirth , in some cases kicking and screaming. Where the automakers (in their parlance, OEMs) have had over 100 years of self-centricity -- and not having to deal with "ecosystems" other than their respective g...
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Quantum computing advances toward the enterprise

  Quantum computing may still sound like the stuff of science fiction, but within the next 10 years, it could be a reality .  "Systems are still pretty rudimentary," said Charles King, an analyst with Pund-IT.  "Though they perform some specific kinds of calculations faster than traditional computers, they are defined by their limitations. When true, fully operable quantum systems come online, they will force the IT industry, public and pri...
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10+ Apple MacBook Pro Touchbar tips

I’ve been using a MacBook Pro with Touchbar for a few months, and I’ve become quite familiar with its new user interface features – to the extent that I feel Laptop magazine was incredibly unfair in its recent criticism of the computer. Why Laptop got it wrong You can use the Touchbar to do so much more, and while I guess Laptop hasn’t yet actually tried to use their Mac in any meaningful sense, I have, and I find the Touchbar a fluid way t...
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50% off BioShock: The Collection for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - Deal Alert

50% off BioShock: The Collection for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - Deal Alert | GameStar Shopping links may be manually or programmatically inserted into this content, and our site may receive payment for activity generated through them. They should not be interpreted as editorial endorsements. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Credit: Amazon ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad").lazyLoadAd({thr...
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