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Security in a New World

The internet has evolved far beyond even what its creators could have imagined. More than 40 years ago it was merely a connection of neurons, a sleeping mind that connected some government entities and universities to one another, allowing them to communicate in a trusted environment. Today it is a vast hive mind that consists of billions of users and devices. It is data, ideas, applications, routers, switches and so much more. It is also the new world of hyperconnectivity…

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The greatest risk with AI is not moving fast enough to deploy it: Microsoft

The greatest risk relating to artificial intelligence (AI) is not deploying it fast enough in all fields of human endeavour, according to Dave Heiner, strategic policy advisor at Microsoft. “Any place [where] intelligence is helpful, which is just about every place, AI could be helpful as well,” Heiner said at the Microsoft Summit in Sydney last week. “There’s just no possibility whatsoever … if AI is just being run by four or five companies, that it can possibly be deployed…

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 update strategy is showing strains

Windows 10’s rapid release machinery and short-lived support schemes showed some strain in 2017, as Microsoft reduced the number of annual feature upgrades and felt enough pressure to extend the lifespan of a 2015 version well into next year. But the radical release-and-support strategy, which Microsoft asserts has transformed Windows into a service, has not resonated with every customer. [1] [1] By Gregg Keizer on ComputerWorld

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Digital transformation: From strategy to execution

Businesses are positioning themselves to take advantage of digital technologies. But key capabilities need to come together if that strategy is to turn into successful execution. I-CIO sat down with Duncan Tait, SEVP, Head of Americas and EMEIA Regions for Fujitsu, to explore the challenges. [1] [1] By Kenny Mclver on CIO

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Automation will impact the global workforce in 2018

Until now, automation has gotten a bad rap. In 2013, Oxford professors Carl Frey and Michael Osborne analyzed 702 occupations and declared 69 million US jobs, or 47 percent of the workforce, would be lost. In 2017, CNBC reported that 65 percent of Americans believed other industries would suffer because of automation, but theirs would be unaffected. [1] [1] By Forrester Research on ZDNet

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Can computers detect emotion and predict how people will react?

No longer the realm of science fiction, computers can now recognize how we feel and analyze our real emotions – regardless of what we say. Seattle-based AI start-up SilverLogic Labs has developed an emotion recognition technology that analyzes and detects human emotions in ways that can predict how people will react or behave. The company claims that this technology can predict emotions and human motivators “more accurately than any other technology available.” [1] [1] By Eileen Brown on ZDNet

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3 cloud trends to watch in the move toward Everything-as-a-Service

Software-as-a-Service and the cloud revolution started a trend that has spread to nearly every corner of the IT world: from Desktop-as-a-Service to Infrastructure-as-a-Service to Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service to Platform-as-a-Service to much, much more. Let’s look at three things to watch as the revolution unfolds. [1] [1] By Jason Hiner on ZDNet

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Amazon and Microsoft are cautious of Africa

Companies like Microsoft and Amazon have been skittish about launching data centres or nodes for cloud networks in South Africa, as they are uncertain about the continent. “If you’re sitting in Redmond or Atlanta, Africa is really scary,” said Liquid Telecom CEO Kyle Whitehill. There are over 50 diverse countries in Africa, and for a multinational that is a scary prospect to navigate, said Whitehill. [1] [1] By Jan Vermeulen on MyBroadBand

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Why digital transformation demands new business culture

As business leaders pursue digital transformation agendas they need to consider what the industry upheaval means for the people within their organizations and how working practices need to change. That is a challenge Laurent Maumet is taking on enthusiastically, helped by the breadth of his role at Soitec, the advanced semiconductor materials manufacturer, where, as well as CIO, he is also VP for both transformation and quality and operations support. [1] [1] By Kenny MacIver on CIO

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Tech Talk: The technology that scares us

The scary thing about technology is that every day can be Halloween when it comes to what worries us in thids hyperpast digital age. Whether it’s the flippant fear that your shiny new device might never show up, more realistic worries that Alexa or Google Home or even Apple’s Siri might be listening in  (and recording) your every word, or the spread of fake news on social media, these are trying times. [1] [1] By Ken Mingis on Computer World

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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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