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Gartner sees IT spending hitting $3.7T in 2018, led by blockchain, AI, IoT

Global information technology spending will reach $3.7 trillion in 2018, up 4.5 percent from 2017, as Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence, and blockchain drive growth, according to Gartner. Gartner noted that there’s a good bit of uncertainty for 2018 including Brexit, currency issues, and politics, but businesses are going to invest in IT to drive revenue growth. [1] [1] By Larry Dignan on ZDNet

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Cybersecurity in 2018: A roundup of predictions

As IT systems evolve — in offices, data centres, production facilities, transportation systems, homes and all points in between — so the arms race between security professionals and an ever-changing cast of bad actors involves new challenges for the former and fresh opportunities for the latter. [1] [1] By Charles McLellan on TechPro

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Windows 10 of the future? Microsoft works on mind control for apps

Microsoft has been working on brain-computer interfaces for years. But now it has a patent for a brain-sensing system that could improve the experience of apps when using gesture-based systems on augmented-reality headsets and PCs. The patent, called ‘ Changing an application state using neurological data‘, draws on research into using electroencephalography (EEG) nodes to measure brain activity. [1] [1] By Liam Tung on ZDNet

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The scandals of IT: Tech’s year-long bumpy ride

From sexism and racism on social media to influence peddling at Samsung and the Wild West world of distasteful YouTube videos, 2017 left a bad taste for many. Here’s a look at eight tech industry scandals that burst into view. [1] [1] By Christina Tynan-Wood on ComputerWorld

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Cloud computing: Three strategies for making the most of on-demand

Digital transformation through the use of cloud computingremains a work in progress. Research company Forrester says cloud is no longer about cheap servers or storage, and is instead the best platform to turn innovative ideas into great software quickly. The researcher suggests cloud will accelerate enterprise transformation everywhere through 2018 as it becomes a must-have business technology. [1] [1] By Mark Samuel on ZDNet

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CES 2018: Microsoft’s IoT strategy is about the cloud more than the ‘things’

Buried in a January 5 press release about Kohler’s introduction of voice-command technology into the bathroom is a single reference to Microsoft Azure. At CES 2018, Kohler — a designer of kitchen and bath products — is taking the wraps off a voice-lighted mirror that works with Amazon’s Alexa. [1] [1] By Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet

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Cloud computing: Google’s new GPU service offers cut-price machine learning

Google has introduced a new option for users of its cloud computing services that could provide cut-price processing, so long as they are willing to put up with a couple of limitations. In May 2015, Google Cloud introduced ‘Preemptible’ virtual machines (VMs), cheap but short-lived compute instances suitable for batch jobs and fault-tolerant workloads. [1] [1] By Steve Ranger on ZDNet

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Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018

Artificial intelligence, immersive experiences, digital twins, event-thinking and continuous adaptive security create a foundation for the next generation of digital business models and ecosystems. How do designers make cars safer? They treat them like a school of fish. Safe Swarm, recently unveiled by Honda, uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow cars to pass information on to other cars in the vicinity. [1] [1] By Kasey Panetta on Gartner

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Speech recognition grows up and goes mobile

For three decades this was speech recognition: You would talk to your computer, typically using a head-mounted microphone and either the unpublicized speech-recognition app in Microsoft Windows or a version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, from Nuance Communications. If you enunciated carefully, words would appear on the screen or commands would be executed. [1] [1] On ComputerWorld

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Decision time is here for blockchain, but are enterprises ready?

Blockchain — the purportedly immutable global database — has been in the headlines for several years now, and it’s looking like 2018 will be the year that IT and business leaders have to decide whether to move forward in a serious way with it. That means, of course, committing both budget dollars and peoples’ time building out capabilities. [1] [1] By Joe Mckendrick on ZDNet

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