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Microsoft tells enterprises to be on Edge

Microsoft on Wednesday kicked off an Edge-is-for-enterprise effort, detailing the corporate features that have been baked into the under-construction browser so far and urging business users to give Edge a go. [1] [1] By Gregg Keizer on ComputerWorld

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How digital and marketing executives are taking charge of digital transformation

Increasing numbers of non-IT executives are taking responsibility for business change projects on behalf of their organisations. Here, three digital and marketing leaders explain how to deliver digital transformation projects that boost business operations and customer experiences. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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Enterprise organizations plan to double AI deployments by 2020

Enterprise organizations with artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) deployments plan to double their project numbers within the next year. On Monday, Gartner said that 59 percent of organizations have some form of AI deployment in operation today. Based on a survey of IT and business executives conducted online in December 2018, the research agency estimates that the average company has four AI or ML projects in place. [1] [1] By Charlie Osborne on ZDNet

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Now Microsoft wants to use AI to save history

Technology is driving globalization to the benefit of some, but it’s also brought with it destruction of cultures, such as the widespread loss of languages as the world gravitates towards a handful of dominant languages. And while many fear that artificial intelligence (AI) will be the end of human history, Microsoft wants to use AI to record and protect cultural history at threat from globalisation. [1] [1] By Liam Tung on ZDNet

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One issue is probably to blame for your IT outages and data losses – and it’s not hackers

A hardware failure is most likely to cause unexpected downtime or data loss, but the damage caused by security threats like viruses and ransomware continues to rise. Broken equipment and human error remain the top causes of data loss over the last 12 months, while hardware failures, connectivity issues and problems caused by upgrades or patching are blamed as the biggest causes of downtime in a survey of 400 IT decision-makers. [1] [1] By Steve Ranger on ZDNet

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This new ransomware is targeting network attached storage devices

A newly discovered form of ransomware is targeting network storage devices by brute-forcing weak credentials and exploiting known vulnerabilities in their systems. Dubbed eCh0raix after a string of code, the new form of file-locking malware emerged in June and has been detailed by cybersecurity researchers at Anomali. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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The state of AI in 2019: Breakthroughs in machine learning, natural language processing, games, and knowledge graphs

AI is one of the most rapidly growing domains today. Keeping track and taking stock of AI requires not just constant attention, but also the ability to dissect and evaluate across a number of dimensions. This is exactly what Air Street Capital and RAAISfounder Nathan Benaich and AI angel investor, and UCL IIPPVisiting Professor Ian Hogarth have done. [1] [1] By George Anadiotis on ZDNet

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Steering technology towards a more trustworthy future

The power of technologies such as AI and big data is raising legitimate concerns about the direction in which they are heading and their social impact. But as delegates at Fujitsu Forum Tokyo 2019 heard, there are approaches that enhance rather than erode trust in a digital future. [1] [1] By Kenny MacIver on CIO

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Multicloud: Everything you need to know about the biggest trend in cloud computing

Cloud computing adoption is well established in enterprises, SMEs and startups. But how much cloud should a business adopt? How should workloads be deployed — across public, private and hybrid clouds? And if multiple cloud providers (public and/or private) are used, which ones should you choose, and how can they be managed to a business’s best advantage? [1] [1] By Charles McLellan on ZDNet

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Cybersecurity: Why one old web scam is on the rise again

Cyber criminals are going back to the future by conducting attacks utilising various kind of domain fraud – and almost all organisations with an online presence are potentially at risk. These campaigns were quite common in the early days of the World Wide Web, but over two decades on, domain fraud is now stronger than ever, taking advantage of the sheer variety of top level domains (TLD) available to choose from. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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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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