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Microsoft drops data center into the sea: ‘It will keep working for five years’

Microsoft has dropped a 40-foot long data-center pod onto the seafloor off the coast from the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, north of Scotland. That’s a fairly remote location, but Microsoft’s thinking behind phase two of its data-center-in-the-sea research, Project Natick, is to bring its cloud servers closer to where people live. [1] [1] By Liam Tung on ZDNet

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“Change like we’ve not seen in decades”—high-end auto designers go electric

Change comes hard. And sometimes, it’s slow. Until recently, no industry played closer to that model more than that of the automobile. Ever since the first series-produced cars of the 1900s placed the big internal combustion lump of iron at the front, the drive wheels at the back, and the passengers in the middle, the form factor of the automobile has stayed largely the same for 100 years. [1] [1] By Jim Resnick on ARS

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Is the CIO losing their grip on tech decisions?

IT leaders are meant to be helping their organisations embrace digital transformation. Yet too many businesses feel the threat of disruption is leaving their company at a disadvantage — and some CIOs are beginning to feel their influence over technology is diminishing. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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Director’s View

Welcome to our second E-zine of 2018.  By the time you read this, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will be well and truly in effect in the 28 countries of the EU, with far reaching implications for most companies with a presence on the Internet. We have had a number of clients enquire what GDPR will mean to consumers and businesses, so hopefully this sheds more light on the subject!

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Build 2018: Microsoft embraces Android and iOS, extends Timeline feature

This week at its Build developers conference, Microsoft announced some significant additions to its mobile offerings. An update to the Microsoft Launcher app for Android will allow enterprise customers to access line of business applications directly from a custom home page on an Android-powered mobile phone. The new features are provisioned by Microsoft Intune. [1] [1] By Ed Bott on ZDNet

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Would You Have Hired Steve Jobs?

It’s easy in retrospect to say you would grab the leader who drove the creation of the iPhone, iPad and so many other things that built Apple into the most valuable company in the world. [1] [1] By Kenneth Roman on Medium

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A dozen Google employees quit over military drone project

Despite protests from employees, Google is still charging ahead with a Department of Defense collaboration to produce machine-learning software for drones. Google hasn’t listened to a contingent of its employees that is unhappy with Google’s involvement in the military-industrial complex, and now a report from Gizmodo says “about a dozen” employees have resigned over the issue. [1] [1] By Ron Amadeo on ARS

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When it comes to smartphones, is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? Apple thinks so. But on Tuesday, in a patent suit with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, the company's lawyers faced off against a Samsung legal team that thinks different. [1] [1] By Stephan Shankland on CNet Read More

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Thought Leadership Breakfast in partnership with Extreme Networks

On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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Four Little-Known Ways WAN Optimization Can Benefit Your Organization

HIGH PERFORMANCE CONNECTIVITY PROVIDES COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE "How WAN optimization ROI is achievable in as little as six months." Over the past nine years, WAN optimization has transformed from a point-product that solved isolated problems into a strategic cornerstone for application delivery. New acceleration capabilities boost user productivity and satisfaction while reducing time to market. WAN optimization can now ...