• Apple, iOS, and IBM are transforming retail, one shop at a time
    by Jonny Evans on May 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Yet more evidence proves Apple has become a peer enterprise technology vendor, this time in the shape of an Apple and IBM project to digitally transform business processes at South Florida’s leading furniture chain, City Furniture. I caught up with City Furniture CIO, Steve Wilder, to find out more.iOS for the enterprise This is another of the rapidly growing number of iOS in the enterprise stories. City Furniture has worked with Apple and IBM to deploy a three IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps: Sales Assist, Payment and Finance. The apps were built using the Swift language. These new solutions are already proving their value, but Apple’s contribution in their development was a big reason the furniture chain chose them.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Is Now a Good Time to Buy a New NVIDIA or AMD Graphics Card?
    by Michael Crider on May 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    A few years ago, people were predicting the death of PC gaming as we know it. Those people are feasting on an abundance of humble pie, as PC games remain a cornerstone of the industry: digital delivery gives us more variety than ever before, and even the relatively niche market of performance gaming hardware has never been more healthy. But even the most humble of PC gamers needs a graphics card (well, sort of), and it’s one of the most frequent upgrades gamers make. But is now a good time to buy one?Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Google I/O: What about Android on Chrome OS?
    by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on May 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    The hottest tech-show ticket these days is Google I/O. In the just-finished 2017 conference, Google announced lots of great stuff, including a lightweight version of Android, Android Go; a first look at the next version of Android, Android O; and a major upgrade to Google Home. One thing that was noticeably missing, however: big news about Android apps on Chrome OS.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Why I’m worried about Microsoft Teams deployment
    by John Brandon on May 23, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I did a deep dive into the features in Microsoft Teams, which is essentially a collaborative chat application for Office users (a.k.a., a Slack competitor).I wanted to find out what it’s like to use Teams with an actual team for actual work. Fortunately, I’ve started doing some work with a local college -- I’m mostly there to help with mentoring and development. It’s a team of around 12 people, and I’ll have more findings to share in the coming weeks, but there’s one initial concern.I’m starting to wonder if people will “get” how to use Teams.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Samsung Galaxy Book 12: A top 2-in-1 for the enterprise
    by Brian Nadel on May 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Picking up where last year’s Galaxy TabPro S left off, the Samsung Galaxy Book 12 tablet takes the lead in performance and mobile amenities while keeping its thickness and weight down. I lived and worked with the Galaxy Book 2-in-1 device for several days, and it’s now my top choice for executives and other mobile workers who need to travel light.At 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 in. and 1.6 lb., the Galaxy Book is slightly bigger and heavier than the TabPro S it replaces. Still, it’s thinner and about 3 oz. lighter than Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. With its detachable keyboard case and tiny AC adapter (which, fortunately, does not require a three-prong outlet), the Galaxy Book hits the road at 2.7 lb., compared to the Surface Pro 4’s travel weight of 2.9 lb.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • How to Play Bluetooth Audio from Only a Specific App on the Galaxy S8
    by Cameron Summerson on May 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Bluetooth 5.0 is so cool. It lets you do things with Bluetooth audio that have been on our wish lists for a long time—like separate the audio from a specific app (say, Music) and only play it over a Bluetooth connection, keeping other media audio (like navigation sounds) on the phone.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Five Awesome Spotify Features for Crafting Perfect Playlists
    by Harry Guinness on May 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I love Spotify. I listen to hundreds of hours of music with it every year. While there are great tools like the Daily Mixes that make it easy to find music to listen to, sometimes you just want a playlist of your own design. With almost every song you could ever want at your fingertips, however, putting together an awesome playlist can be tricky. How do you remember all the songs you want to add? Here’s some useful Spotify features that can help.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How Long Will Microsoft Support My Version of Windows With Security Updates?
    by Chris Hoffman on May 23, 2017 at 10:40 am

    The recent WannaCry ransomware attack demonstrates the importance of automatic security updates. No matter how careful you are, malware could exploit a security hole over the network and gain control of your system—unless you install security patches.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • 4 ways blockchain is the new business collaboration tool
    by Lucas Mearian on May 23, 2017 at 10:01 am

    While blockchain may have cut its teeth on the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, the distributed electronic ledger technology is quickly making inroads across a variety of industries.That's mainly because of its innate security and its potential for improving systems  operations all while reducing costs and creating new revenue streams.David Schatsky, a managing director at consultancy Deloitte LLP, believes blockchain's diversity speaks to its versatility in addressing business needs, but "the impact that blockchain will have on businesses in various industries is not yet fully understood."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Connecting with work from the road? Here's how to stay safe
    by Ryan Francis on May 23, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Every company has workaholics who can’t leave their duties behind when heading out on vacation. They're kind of worker who, if the hotel doesn’t have Wi-Fi, will rush to the closest coffee shop or eatery to stay connected, check email and jump onto a video conference call.Those are the kinds of insecure wireless networks that make IT security managers nervous. And for good reason. Public Wi-Fi networks at cafes and coffee shops are open to, and can be accessed by, anyone, according to mobile security vendor iPass. They require neither security keys and passphrases nor firewall protection. That leaves  employees vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • There really ARE better ways to stay awake...
    by Sharky on May 23, 2017 at 10:00 am

    IT pilot fish is working late one night when there's a slight case of user error -- with more-than-slight consequences."There was a bank of network switches in a cabinet in cubeland -- no more room in the cable closet," says fish. "It was taken down when a colleague used a coffee jug and one of those in-the-cup immersion heaters to make tea."He forgot about his boiling water, and after giving the switches 15 minutes of a damn good steaming, the pot was dry."There followed an almighty bang and a flash of actinic light."And that was that for the switches plugged into the same line sans surge protection."Sharky's burning the midnight tea -- er, oil -- waiting for your story to arrive. So send me your true tale of IT life at, and you'll score a sharp Shark shirt if I use it. Comment on today's tale at Sharky's Google+ community, and read thousands of great old tales in the Sharkives.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • 5 ways to stop future global malware attacks
    by Preston Gralla on May 22, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    The global WannaCry ransomware attack, which crippled hospitals, government organizations, companies and individuals around the world, didn’t have to happen. It was no grand technological feat perpetrated by genius hacker masterminds. Instead, it took advantage of the lazy, patchwork way organizations handle security and the seamy roles that the National Security Agency (NSA) and big tech companies play in undermining security in the internet age.And that, in fact, is a piece of good news. Because it means that stopping the next global malware attack needn’t be impossible. Here are five steps that can do it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • 25% off Pac-Man Connect and Play With 12 Classic Games - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on May 22, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Bandai's Pac-Man Connect and Play brings back your favorite classic video games right to your television. Connect the included cords directly into your television A/V jacks, and head back in time. Featuring 12 Classic games like: Pac-Man, Pac-Man Plus, Bosconian, Galaxian, Mappy, Super Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, New Rally X, Pac & Pal and Xevious. Not to mention, Pac-Man 256, which offers fans the chance to play the coveted level once made unavailable due to a bug in the program of the supposedly never-ending game. The list price of $19.99 has been reduced 25% down to $14.96 on Amazon, where it's currently listed as a #1 Best Seller. Get your Father's Day shopping done right now. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • No, Windows XP didn't fuel WannaCry
    by Gregg Keizer on May 22, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    The global WannaCry attack that started 10 days ago touched just a handful of Windows XP PCs, a security expert said Monday, contradicting the narrative that the aged OS was largely responsible for the ransomware's crippling impact."There were no real WannaCry infections of Windows XP," said Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab's global research and analysis team, in an interview Monday. "We've seen only a handful of cases, less than a dozen, and it looks like most of them were testers [self-infecting systems]."[ Further reading: Fighting ransomware: A fresh look at Windows Server approaches ]Raiu's claim countered an assertion made by virtually every media report and blog post published after "WannaCry" emerged June 12. Countless news stories blamed Windows XP, which Microsoft retired three years ago, for falling victim to the attack because the vulnerability that WannaCry exploited had not been patched in the obsolete OS.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please […]

  • How to Delete Conversations in the Alexa App
    by Craig Lloyd on May 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    If you want to keep your conversations list in the Alexa app from getting out of control, here’s how to delete certain conversations that you’re no longer participating in.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Winning the war on ransomware
    by Rob Cheng on May 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Back in the ‘70s, the United States suffered a severe oil shortage.Lines at the gas station filled city blocks. Thieves siphoned gasoline not to save money but time. In response, the federal government created a measurement, miles per gallon. Since then, MPG has become a factor in many car purchase decisions. Today, fuel efficiency has improved threefold, and we have hybrid and electric cars.We are facing another crisis that threatens our way of life — ransomware. Cybercriminals hold hostage individual, public sector and enterprise data with remarkable ease and frequency. Although paying ransoms may solve a short-term problem, it almost guarantees that attacks will continue creating a larger threat to our digital society.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Geek Trivia: The Iconic Chest-Bursting Scene In The Horror Film Alien Was Inspired By?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on May 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    The Iconic Chest-Bursting Scene In The Horror Film Alien Was Inspired By? Insect Molting Crohn's Disease Tropical Parasites Medieval Torture MethodsThink you know the answer? […]

  • The Cheapest Ways to Stream NHL Hockey (Even If You Don’t Have Cable)
    by Justin Pot on May 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    If you’re like me, you watch hockey, and…basically no other sports. You also, like me, would like to skip the cable subscription. So what’s the cheapest way to watch NHL hockey online so you can cut the cord?Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • 60% off AUKEY USB-C to HDMI Adapter, 4k 1080p Support - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on May 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Compatible with the new Macbooks, Chromebooks and more, this reversible connector from Aukey is USB-C to HDMI. Mirror or extend your display and experience the lightning fast data transfer speeds that come with this new generation of USB technology. The adapter's typical list price of $39.99 has been reduced 60% down to just $15.99. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • How to Share Your Nest Cam Feed with Someone Else
    by Eric Ravenscraft on May 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Your Nest Cam can help you keep an eye on your home from anywhere you are, but more eyes you trust to watch your stuff is more comforting. If you want someone else to check in once in a while, you can share your Nest Cam feed with a simple, password-protected link.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Save 24% on Amazon's Echo Dot By Buying Certified Refurbished Right Now - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on May 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. Echo Dot can hear you from across the room, even while music is playing. When you want to use Echo Dot, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Dot responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Buying a certified refurbished Dot typically saves you 10%, but right now Amazon is offering a 16% discount on that discount, so you'll be paying just $37.99 -- a total 24% discount over its "brand new" counterpart. Amazon's certified refurbished program ensures […]

  • Never Buy $40 HDMI Cables: They’re No Better Than the Cheap Ones
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on May 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    When it comes to setting up your home media center, be it modest TV with a sound bar or a 60″ 4K HDTV monster with premium surround sound, splash all the cash you want on the TV and speakers—but don’t spend...Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Automation and the end of accounting
    by Ben Kepes on May 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Recently I’ve been spending time looking at the various initiatives that the accounting software vendors have in terms of applying automation (via artificial intelligence) to their core offerings. While my assessment is that there is little happening in the enterprise space around this topic, in the small- and mid-sized accounting space there is huge amounts of work being done on this. I have seen development from a number of the main players in the space aligned to this automation theme and recently spent some time at Xero’s global HQ talking to their own machine learning team.It is hardly surprising that Xero is at the forefront of talking about machine learning — its CEO, Rod Drury, has been waxing poetic for some time about the company’s move to Amazon Web Services and what that move enables in terms of utilizing the higher-level machine learning services that the Amazon cloud offers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Is Now a Good Time to Buy an SSD?
    by Michael Crider on May 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Solid state drives are the future! Actually, they’re the present. While SSDs were a luxury for computer buyers a few years ago, now they’re more or less standard unless you’re going super-cheap or storing multiple terabytes of data, where conventional hard drives still rule. But if you’re looking to update to a super-speedy flash storage drive, is right now a good time?Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • 47% off Pecham Vertical Stand for PS4 with Cooling Fan and Dual Controller Charging - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on May 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Keep your PS4 or PS4 Slim compact, organized and functioning properly with this vertical stand from Pecham. It features an integrated cooling fan, dual controller changing and a USB hub for powering & charging your phone or other devices as needed. Pecham's stand currently averages 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 185 people on Amazon (82% rate the full 5 stars: read reviews here), where its list price of $29.99 has been reduced 47% to just $15.99. See this deal now on Amazon. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Leak: Secret Facebook rules on what violence, self-harm and child abuse can be posted
    by Darlene Storm on May 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Facebook allows users to livestream self-harm, post videos of violent deaths and photos of non-sexual child abuse, but comments which threaten to harm President Donald Trump are to be deleted, according to Facebook’s secret rule books for monitoring what its 2 billion users can post.The Guardian got hold of leaked copies of over 100 internal Facebook manuals and documents that tell moderators how to handle content which includes violence, sex, hate speech, terrorism, nudity, self-harm, revenge porn and more controversial content – even cannibalism.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • What Is Media Volume Sync on the Galaxy S8?
    by Cameron Summerson on May 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Once upon a time, Android devices and Bluetooth audio devices handled their respective volume outputs independently of one another. Then Google linked Bluetooth and system volume together for a more unified experience. Now Samsung is letting you undo that on the fly.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Amazon successfully fights off pricebots
    by Evan Schuman on May 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    One big downside of the plethora of e-commerce shopping bots out there today is that they create the impression of a difference when there may not be one. If I may give my two cents’ worth, is a two-cent difference meaningful, especially when shipping prices are far more than that?Significant difference or not, shoppers love them. And even more importantly, they act on them. When a bot lists a product and shows 20 different sites, the ranking by lowest price is almost always selected. After price, reputation and customer reviews can play a role, but none persuade as effectively as price.That’s why Walmart, which wears its tagline about having the lowest prices the way Marley’s Ghost wears his chains (each one is weighed down by bad decisions made years ago), takes pricebots so seriously. Unfortunately for Walmart, so does Amazon. And Amazon doesn’t seem to care one bit for Walmart’s price trackers — and chose to block them all.To read this article […]

  • WWDC 2017: 10+ predictions for enterprise IT
    by Jonny Evans on May 22, 2017 at 10:48 am

    There is little argument that Apple’s solutions have entered the cutting edge of enterprise IT, empowering digital transformation across some of the world’s biggest companies. With this in mind I thought it might be interesting to put together just a few details concerning Apple’s enterprise-focused improvements you can expect to see revealed at the company’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference next month.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • And that's why we troubleshoot first
    by Sharky on May 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    IT support pilot fish who works for a public library system gets a work order from one of the branches: One of the PCs that's available for public use is making a beeping sound."Trying to troubleshoot the device, I asked the onsite staff to be sure that there wasn't something on the keyboard that might be pushing down a key," says fish."I had them clean the keyboard. I asked if there was a pattern to the beeping. Just random beeping, they said."They were getting ready to open the library and told me the beeping was 'kind of loud,' and asked if there was any way I could come out and fix it soon. I told them them to just unplug the PC because I wouldn't make it out for a few days, and that way at least it wouldn't bother anyone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • For enterprise protection, antivirus software is no longer enough
    by Ryan Francis on May 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Antivirus software to protect corporate systems from malware is like a flu shot. You should have it, but it won't likely protect you from every strain of the flu.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • What’s the Difference Between a Full Frame and Crop Sensor Camera?
    by Harry Guinness on May 22, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Camera sensors come in different sizes. The one in your smartphone is a lot smaller than the one in my Canon 5D MKIII, a professional DSLR. For high quality mirrorless and DSLR cameras, there are two main sensor sizes: 35mm (generally referred to as “full frame”) and APS-C (normally called a “crop sensor” or “crop camera”). Let’s look at the difference between the two.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How to Delete, Move, or Rename Locked Files in Windows
    by Chris Hoffman on May 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Windows won’t allow you to modify files that open programs have locked. if you try to delete a file and see a message that it’s open in another program, you’ll have to unlock the file (or close the program).Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Windows Defender does not defend Windows 7 against WannaCry
    by Michael Horowitz on May 22, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Thanks to Kaspersky, we now know that 98% of the Windows machines infected by WannaCry/WannaCrypt were running Windows 7. Since, once it gets a foothold, the malware can infect an entire network, most of the attention was focused on LAN based attacks. My previous blog was about using the Windows firewall as a defensive measure.But any malware can spread in multiple ways so there is always a need for anti-malware software on Windows PCs. The May 12th blog post, Customer Guidance for WannaCrypt attacks, in which Microsoft announced the release of a bug fix for Windows XP, mentioned that To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Geek Trivia: Many Airlines, To Prevent Disruption Of Cockpit Operations, Require Their Pilots and Co-Pilots To?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on May 21, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Many Airlines, To Prevent Disruption Of Cockpit Operations, Require Their Pilots and Co-Pilots To? Use Different Allergy Medications Engage In Biphasic Sleep Eat Different Entrees Skip Bathroom BreaksThink you know the answer? […]

  • 10 Hidden Gestures and Shortcuts on the iPhone
    by Chris Hoffman on May 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Your iPhone is packed with hidden touch gestures and shortcuts you could use, if only you knew about them. You might have discovered some of these already, but Apple is always adding more new gestures. Here are 10 of our favorites.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Geek Trivia: Where Did Horses Originate From?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on May 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Where Did Horses Originate From? East Asia North Africa Northern Europe North AmericaThink you know the answer? […]

  • Google, A.I. and the rise of the super-sensor
    by Mike Elgan on May 20, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Google dazzled developers this week with a new feature called Google Lens.Appearing first in Google Assistant and Google Photos, Google Lens uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) to specifically identify things in the frame of a smartphone camera.In Google's demo, not only did Google Lens identify a flower, but the species of flower. The demo also showed the automatic login to a wireless router when Google Lens was pointed at the router barcodes. And finally, Google Lens was shown identifying businesses by sight, popping up Google Maps cards for each establishment.Google Lens is shiny and fun. But from the resulting media commentary, it was clear that the real implications were generally lost.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • From Pac-Man to Pianos: The Dumbest Touch Bar Apps We Could Find
    by Justin Pot on May 20, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Apple put a touch screen on their keyboard, but they don’t want developers using it as a display. No sir.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • The ransomware epidemic: How to prep for a shakedown
    by Ryan Francis on May 19, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    'Know your enemy' – understanding what to prepare forImage by ReutersWhile ransomware isn't new, this once-simple criminal hacker tactic has morphed into a devastatingly effective weapon wielded by more advanced cyber-criminals -- as seen with the recent Wannacry outbreack. These sophisticated attackers are highly motivated by the profitable nature of their efforts. Dan Larson, technical director at CrowdStrike, looks at the current state of ransomware, why organizations should take  threats seriously and how to build a strong defense.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • How to Enable the Compass in Apple Maps
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on May 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    It’s incredibly useful to see both a map and a compass at the same time, but Apple Maps doesn’t display both by default. With a quick tweak, we can fix that, and put the two tools in the same place at the same time.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Microsoft does enterprise no favors when it won't explain Windows 10's schedule
    by Gregg Keizer on May 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Microsoft has failed to explain to corporate customers the repercussions of the twice-a-year schedule that will deliver Windows 10 upgrades each March and September, an analyst argued today.There are too many uncertainties about the upgrade schedule, a critical part of Microsoft's "Windows as a service" model, said Michael Cherry, analyst with Directions on Microsoft.[ Related: Fix Windows 10 problems with these free Microsoft tools ]"Customers shouldn't have to figure this out," Cherry said, referring to unanswered questions he had after participating in an online "Ask Me Anything"-style discussion that Microsoft hosted two weeks ago. "We shouldn't even be having this conversation about, 'Maybe they mean this, or maybe they mean that.' They should have told us, 'Here's how it works, here's the documentation, here's the TechNet article, here's everything.'"To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • How to Exclude Certain Users in a Twitter Reply
    by Craig Lloyd on May 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Twitter made recent changes to its web interface that removes usernames from replies, but this makes it a bit more difficult to exclude certain users from a reply. Here’s how it works now.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Geek Trivia: Which Of These Hobbies Increases The Participant’s Ability To Lucid Dream?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on May 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Which Of These Hobbies Increases The Participant’s Ability To Lucid Dream? Golfing Video Gaming Spelunking YogaThink you know the answer? […]

  • The Windows firewall is the overlooked defense against WannaCry and Adylkuzz
    by Michael Horowitz on May 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Despite all the attention currently focused on Windows computers being infected with WannaCry ransomware, a defensive strategy has been overlooked. This being a Defensive Computing blog, I feel the need to point it out.The story being told everywhere else is simplistic and incomplete. Basically, the story is that Windows computers without the appropriate bug fix are getting infected over the network by WannaCry ransomware and the Adylkuzz cryptocurrency miner. We are accustomed to this story. Bugs in software need patches. WannaCry exploits a bug in Windows, so we need to install the patch. For a couple days, I too, ascribed to this knee-jerk theme. But there is a gap in this simplistic take on the issue. Let me explain. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • 15 reasons Apple leads the mobile enterprise
    by Jonny Evans on May 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Apple Chief Financial Officer, Luca Maestri, set tongues wagging when he claimed the company had just set a “new enterprise revenue record”, though he didn’t say why. I thought I’d try to explain it for him.BYO Apple Digital transformation is the dominant story of today – not just in IT, but everywhere else as well. History will show that almost every part of life was impacted by mobile technology, and Apple’s guaranteed place in tomorrow’s enterprise is just one component of this.The iPhone spawned the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution, one which itself spawned empowered workforces demanding choice: Choice in platform, choice in software, choice in working hours.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • 53% off Linksys Cable Modem for Comcast, Eliminate Rental Fees - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on May 19, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    The Linksys DPC3008 Cable Modem delivers high-speed broadband connectivity to your home and office with download speeds up to 340 Mbps and upload speeds up to 120 Mbps. The Gigabit Ethernet port provides high-speed network performance, while DOCSIS 3.0 support ensures you can connect directly to your existing cable broadband service. Comcast-certified, the DPC3008's simple setup allows you to get connected quickly and easily. It also allows you to stop paying monthly modem-rental fees. If you have broadband internet from Comcast or similar providers, you're probably paying a monthly fee to rent the cable modem, so do the math and you may find this one pays for itself in short time. The Linksys modem typically lists for $42.92, but with this deal you get it for 53% off, or just $19.99. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Who you gonna call?: Getting ready for the next cyber disaster
    by Sandra Henry-Stocker on May 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Are you ready for the next cyber disaster? You may not ever be fully ready. Given the ever-increasing number and variety of threats out there, it's hard to imagine the many ways in which you could be hit. Twenty years ago, who would have imagined 9/11 or ransomware or the sophistication of today's social engineering techniques? But even if you can't be fully prepared, you can avoid being totally unprepared.There are many things that you can do to be more likely to recover from a major attack or limit how hard it hits you. Being more in touch, more aware, and more prepared are key. Given the proliferation and variety of the threats today, avoiding disaster is a big deal and limiting impact a worthy goal. What are those who deal these issues everyday trying to tell us and how can we put their insights to good use?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Nest Thermostat Currently Discounted 6% - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on May 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    A thinner, sleeker design. A bigger, sharper display. The 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat is more beautiful than ever. With Farsight, it lights up when it sees you coming and shows you the time or temperature from across the room. And the Nest Thermostat is proven to save energy. Independent studies have proven that the Nest Learning Thermostat saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. That means that in two years, it can pay for itself. Or maybe a bit less, since its currently discounted 6% off its typical list price. See the Nest Thermostat deal on Amazon now, while you can.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Why we love HR (special job-offer edition)
    by Sharky on May 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

    It's job-hunting time for this IT pilot fish, and his first two interviews both look like they'll turn into job offers."One was at a large parcel delivery service, and the other was at a midsize marketing company," says fish. "I had worked at the the marketing company several years earlier as a contract programmer, and they were interviewing for a technical manager."That's who fish hears back from first. But the HR rep begins by telling fish that the technical manager job is off the table. Why? fish asks -- I did that job in all but title before.HR guy reiterates that it's off the table, but offers fish a position as a database analyst/developer. The salary isn't bad, though it's several thousand less than fish is aiming for.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]