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Feds Charge NSA Contractor Accused of Exposing Russian Hacking

Wired - June 6, 2017 - 1:33am
The arrest of an alleged source of a classified leak to the Intercept offers a lesson in the risks of spilling secrets. The post Feds Charge NSA Contractor Accused of Exposing Russian Hacking appeared first on WIRED.

Everything Apple Announced Today at WWDC

Wired - June 5, 2017 - 10:07pm
The most powerful Mac yet, a long-awaited Siri speaker, and tons of new software upgrades across all of the Apple platforms. The post Everything Apple Announced Today at WWDC appeared first on WIRED.

The 9 Key New Features Coming to iOS 11

Wired - June 5, 2017 - 9:09pm
Here's the stuff we're looking forward to the most. The post The 9 Key New Features Coming to iOS 11 appeared first on WIRED.

Apple’s HomePod Puts Siri in a Speaker

Wired - June 5, 2017 - 8:43pm
The round, mesh device is seven inches tall, and Apple says it sounds amazing. The post Apple's HomePod Puts Siri in a Speaker appeared first on WIRED.

Apple’s Gorgeous New 10.5 Inch iPad Pro Is All Screen, no Bezel

Wired - June 5, 2017 - 8:22pm
The tech industry is waging a war on bezels, and the iPad Pro is the first Apple product to benefit. The post Apple's Gorgeous New 10.5 Inch iPad Pro Is All Screen, no Bezel appeared first on WIRED.

The Beloved Monument Valley Returns With an Amazing Sequel

Wired - June 5, 2017 - 7:46pm
The sequel to the popular iOS game is even deeper and smarter than the original. The post The Beloved Monument Valley Returns With an Amazing Sequel appeared first on WIRED.

The New iMac Pro Is Apple’s Most Bonkers Computer Ever

Wired - June 5, 2017 - 7:16pm
The new iMac Pro is a ridiculously powerful, 5K, space gray all-in-one. The post The New iMac Pro Is Apple's Most Bonkers Computer Ever appeared first on WIRED.

IDG Contributor Network: Strategic guidelines for CIOs to lead the digital age

CIO.com - IT industry - June 5, 2017 - 2:20pm

It’s safe to state that digital innovation has already paved the way for everyday technologies, such as the laptop computers, the Internet, mobile phones and tablets, social media and cloud computing, and it keeps bringing more new technologies, such as the most recent arrivals that include 3D printing, immersive computing, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), while Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics are beginning to reach their long-promised and over-hyped potential. Whenever it is stated that, from a technological perspective, such innovations are quite disruptive, it must be understood that the way digital innovation has transformed the way companies do business and the way is influencing every aspect of human activity is a true and ongoing revolution. The new digital world is drastically changing how people live, communicate, manufacture, produce, learn, collaborate and make decisions, even the most critical ones, in a way that is breaking down traditional barriers to entering markets, such as access to capital for innovation, distribution, customers, information and talent.

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IDG Contributor Network: Blockchain-enabled “smart contracts” solve problems in administering IT ecosystem services

CIO.com - IT industry - June 5, 2017 - 1:09pm

Businesses are moving into a software-defined world with usage-based service contracts and an “Everything-as-a-Service” ecosystem of providers. But there’s a problem: Contracts have not kept up with the desire to buy things in an as-a-service model in an ecosystem. Thus, the contracts provide no accurate way to account for usage adjustments that need to be made. This is a huge, nettlesome problem for service providers and customers, which I’ve recognized for years. Now there is finally a powerful solution, and I’m excited to share with you how blockchain-enabled “smart contracts” can solve this dilemma.

The problem

Companies want to pay for services based only on usage and only pay when they get the results. In addition, companies are moving to as-a-service models delivered across an ecosystem instead of services delivered by just one party. Our current contracting structure is woefully inadequate to administer this environment. No one contract between two entities can appropriately administer usage-based services delivered in an as-a-service (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) and delivered by multiple providers.

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IDG Contributor Network: Upgrade Your Skills to be a Tech Savvy Executive

CIO.com - IT industry - June 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

The pace of change today is unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lifetimes, and it’s only getting faster.  Even relatively tech-savvy people can be overwhelmed sometimes.  Many older, “seasoned,” executives often find their heads spinning while Millennials are seemingly born with the latest gadgets in their hands – or at least trained on them before they even go home from the hospital.

So how can older business leaders keep up with advances in technology?

A low-pressure way to start is by introducing technology in your personal life.  Become more familiar with apps and gadgets on your own time so it’s easier in more formal, high-pressure business settings.  Just as many of us learned to make the transition from typewriters to computers, faxes to emails, and from landlines to pagers to cell phones in our personal lives, we now need to accelerate our ability to learn in a faster, more agile way in the professional world.  Believe it or not, kids (or even grandkids) can be great teachers for us!  Smartphones are super computers in your pocket, and with thousands of new apps being added per day, the options are endless.  Try video chats with family members around the world.  Not only do you get to catch up with people in a more personal way, you get more comfortable with the technology.  Use cloud storage for personal files.  Not only does it free up valuable real estate on your devices, but using a very simple and user-friendly tool like Dropbox or Google Drive gets you more comfortable with the technology, which you can then implement and refine in the workplace.

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IDG Contributor Network: The 5 key components to creating a goal-oriented technical operation

CIO.com - IT industry - June 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

I have been accused in the past of using a “gotcha” question. For those who do not know what that means, a “gotcha” question usually has no incontrovertible answer. “What is the meaning of life?” is probably the most popular example (although most of us know that answer to be 42). My accused gotcha question to IT decision makers is simply: “How do you know IT had a successful month?”

 The answer I’m usually given is short sighted and incomplete, a combination of uptime/fire fighting/upgrades and SLAs. The best answer is, “We met or exceeded all of our defined objectives.” Getting everyone on board with that as the best answer though, can be problematic. The traditional mindset of IT is to be focused mostly on tactical tasks; keeping the lights on stuff. While that will get you to a certain level of IT Nirvana, eventually it will lead to a lot of problems.

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IDG Contributor Network: Why a hackathon may not be a good strategy for your company

CIO.com - IT industry - June 1, 2017 - 6:45pm

Hackathons, or hackfests, are getting a lot of buzz for being a collaborative, crowdsourced way of generating new product or service ideas. Sometimes they’re even touted for ideas that drive change and create a competitive advantage. But if that’s what you have in mind for a hackathon at your company, prepare for a letdown.

The buzz isn’t all hype. Entirely new companies (such as GroupMe, which was acquired by Skype) have been birthed from hackathons. And Facebook’s “like” button originated in an internal hackathon at Facebook. Some hackathons resulted in government entities capturing new ideas on how to improve government services. And an increasing number of companies find hackathons to be an effective strategy for improving employee engagement.

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WWDC 2017: Our Top 3 Predictions

CIO.com - IT industry - June 1, 2017 - 8:00am
Here's what you can expect to be announced during the WWDC keynote on Monday, June 5.

IDG Contributor Network: Why Google is betting big on AI

CIO.com - IT industry - May 30, 2017 - 6:20pm

The recent Google I/O conference saw the internet giant unveil is artificial intelligence intentions. From modest machine learning beginnings, Google has unveiled products that intend to revolutionise our daily lives and bring machine learning into all current applications.

As the development of mobile applications hit the tech world by storm a few years ago, now is the time of AI and Google intends to capitalise with a regime change. In addition to improving the functionality of Google Home, Search and Photos, the media giant unveiled a new innovation called Google Lens. Home can recognise voices, Search recognises and recommends search results, and what Google Lens brings to the table, is interpreting the surroundings and taking actions based on that information. Along with these innovations, improvements to existing technology have made inroads towards a completely AI focused brand.

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IDG Contributor Network: Business is playing a bigger role in tech buying, but the CIO will still dominate

CIO.com - IT industry - May 30, 2017 - 6:17pm

CIOs find themselves at a crossroads: tech buying in business and governments is clearly shifting from the sole or primary control of the CIO and the tech management organization and into the hands of business leaders. But how much is this happening? Anecdotal comments suggest that most tech purchases are now controlled by business executives.

However, in our newly-published research, “C-Suite Tech Purchasing Patterns,” Forrester finds that the business role in tech purchases is growing mostly in the front-end stages of identifying a business need for a technology solution and picking out potential vendor solutions. CIOs and their teams still play a major role in choosing the actual solution, implementing it, and making it sure it works correctly. Business executives will control all phases of the tech purchase process for only 6 percent of total all new U.S. tech purchases by 2018, up from 4 percent in 2013.

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IDG Contributor Network: What the Rise of the Exoskeleton means for the Future of Work

CIO.com - IT industry - May 30, 2017 - 3:55pm

When you hear the word exoskeleton, you might think of super suits that boost physical abilities, perhaps you imagine something from science fiction. However, there is a real change that is occurring in places like Lowes where workers get a boost while lifting or in Mt Sinai hospital where patients regain their physical mobility.  We can now enhance our ability beyond what we were originally designed to do using exoskeletons.

Beyond physical exoskeletons, there is an opportunity to provide a virtual exoskeleton for the knowledge worker.  Exoskeletons focus on taking our human abilities and increasing them using huge amounts of data and sophisticated algorithms.   Rather than replacing workers, this mix of human skill and AI will propel workers into faster and better productivity across a wider range of outputs.  While this might be a silent revolution, it is already delivering results.

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IDG Contributor Network: The 5 key drivers of digital transformation today

CIO.com - IT industry - May 25, 2017 - 3:51pm

A few times each year, senior digital executives from around the world assemble at Forrester's Digital Transformation Summit to check in with each other and Forrester analysts to discuss the current state of digital evolution.  I was pleased to be invited as a guest to the sold-out event, held in early May in Chicago. For those who couldn't spare the two days, here is a summary of key insights and trends.

While there were updates on familiar themes from prior years, such as Agile practices, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing, the major shift this year has been a central focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) across industries and a need for an even more aggressive approach to digital transformation in order to compete. This shift breaks into five inter-related insights.

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IDG Contributor Network: 7 effective strategies executives use to pick a technology partner

CIO.com - IT industry - May 24, 2017 - 1:24pm

Developing custom software is hard, but it doesn’t need to be.

Gone are the days where your company is forced to settle for high priced consultants who delay your project by months, only to be left with a lackluster final product. We interviewed leading global executives to uncover the methods they are using to find their partners.

You may be thinking: “Executives that found a good partner have probably read 100’s of RFP’s”. While RFP’s still play a critical role, the landscape has evolved to much more. New strategies are changing the game for the way vendors are selected. Companies that adopt these seven tactics are finding that they can now consistently produce world class software, on-time and under budget.

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IDG Contributor Network: How Rackspace flew through turbulence in the private cloud

CIO.com - Infrastructure - May 22, 2017 - 8:00pm

This year Rackspace won the Red Hat Innovation Award in two categories: the Cloud Infrastructure and the 2017 Red Hat Innovator of the Year. What sets Rackspace apart from its competitors is the fact that it co-founded OpenStack, along with NASA.

Being there from day one also means Rackspace has seen both sunny and rainy days.

Talking of the sunny days. During the OpenStack Summit (Boston) Jonathan Bryce, the executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, talked about the second generation of cloud, remotely managed private cloud, and Rackspace has already been doing for a while now.

“That's where we've seen growth in our business,” said Thompson, “You can see other vendors in this space trying to provide this as a managed service or as a service type of an offering. Because that's the way I think people are looking to consume complex open source technologies.”

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IDG Contributor Network: How Rackspace flew through turbulence in the private cloud

CIO.com - Infrastructure - May 22, 2017 - 8:00pm

This year Rackspace won the Red Hat Innovation Award in two categories: the Cloud Infrastructure and the 2017 Red Hat Innovator of the Year. What sets Rackspace apart from its competitors is the fact that it co-founded OpenStack, along with NASA.

Being there from day one also means Rackspace has seen both sunny and rainy days.

Talking of the sunny days. During the OpenStack Summit (Boston) Jonathan Bryce, the executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, talked about the second generation of cloud, remotely managed private cloud, and Rackspace has already been doing for a while now.

“That's where we've seen growth in our business,” said Thompson, “You can see other vendors in this space trying to provide this as a managed service or as a service type of an offering. Because that's the way I think people are looking to consume complex open source technologies.”

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