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Apple undercuts Facebook in the augmented reality platform war

Facebook’s grand vision for augmented reality was that it would make it easy for any developer to build and distribute an AR experience — as long as it lived inside Facebook’s app. But Apple has once again used its control of the mobile operating system to build a wider platform than Facebook can, this time with AR that lives inside developers’ own apps. [1] [1] By Josh Constine on TechCrunch

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The Internet of Things? It’s really a giant robot and we don’t know how to fix it

The rise of a global Internet of Things network is ultimately creating a giant, internet-connected global robot which is so disparate and insecure that cyberattacks against it are going to cause major societal problems if it isn’t regulated. With more and more devices becoming connected to the internet -ranging from kitchen appliances, to motor vehicles to entire power stations – soon cybersecurity professionals won’t just be responsible for ensuring computer networks are safe, they’ll need required to ensure all the connected devices in the world are safe. [1] [1]…

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HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won’t be HPE Last

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has hatched a radical plan to overhaul processes, investments, people and overheads in a project that is “likely to determine” its “relevance in the years ahead.” HPE Next is an initiative which will sit under the control of Jon Faust – senior veep of finance, worldwide financial planning and analysis, and global functions – CEO Meg Whitman confirmed in a memo to staff, seen by El Reg. [1] [1] By Paul Kenurt on The Register

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What is Windows 10 S?

Microsoft is taking on Google’s Chrome OS with a new version of Windows: Windows 10 S. The new version of Windows 10 S is going to be targetted towards schools, and it’s effectively a lightweight version of Windows 10. Windows 10 S is going to power cheap new Windows 10 devices, where the main target customers are schools and students. [1] [1] By Mehedi Hassan on MSPowerUser

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Marketing magic meets big data: How to make technology and creativity work together

Marketing is increasingly high tech; big data and customer relationship management now have a clear role to play along with the more established creative marketing disciplines. ZDNet recently spoke to execs at the recent Data IQ Summit 2017 in London to find out how they are using new technology to develop insights and engage with customers better. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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Ransomware: WannaCry was basic, next time could be much worse

As organisations across the globe attempt to get back to normal in the messy aftermath of the huge WannaCry ransomware attack, cybersecurity professionals say it should act as a warning of the impact even basic malware can have. Thanks to its worm-like features, the WannaCry ransomware was able to quickly spread itself across an infected network, taking advantage of a vulnerability in some versions of Windows. Microsoft even released an emergency patch for its long unsupported operating systems. [1] [1] By…

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CIO Strategies: Four ways to help tech engage with business

CIOs are bombarded by digital innovation, so what is the best way for IT leaders to embrace the power of technology-enabled transformation and to be a genuine agent for change? We speak to four IT leaders about best practice examples, and some of the techniques that can help drive positive change in the business. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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Dell EMC Fires Sales Scofflaws For Creating Channel Conflict

Dell EMC Channel Chief John Byrne is following through on a promise to terminate salespeople who violate deal registration, and he’s using their firings as an example of the company’s commitment to the channel. Dell EMC sales reps can lose their jobs, and partners can be kicked out of the channel program for violating deal registration. Partners said the strict rules of engagement are a turning point for the Dell Technologies culture. [1] [1] By Matt Brown on CRN

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Yes, Blockchain could reverse the course of civilization and upend the world’s most powerful companies

“Blockchain technology represents the second generation of the internet.” If that sounds like a hyperbole, it wasn’t the biggest one that Alex Tapscott unleashed on the executives and managers at the Digital Business World Congress in Madrid on Wednesday. He argued that Blockchain will disempower banks, make the energy grid far more efficient, fix the music industry, and save journalism. And the craziest part was that his arguments came across a lot more like an entrepreneur explaining a pitch deck…

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