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HP's Elite x2 is the Surface Pro 4 update we wish Microsoft would make

CIO.com - News - May 10, 2017 - 11:00am

HP's Elite x2 could be the right Surface clone at the right time. On Monday, Microsoft's Panos Panay crushed our dreams (and those of many others, no doubt) when he said there'd be no Surface Pro 5 in the near future to replace the rapidly aging Surface Pro 4. C'mon, Microsoft, it's been 18 months—only Apple can string its users along for years!

Enter HP's Elite x2 1012 G2. Announced Wednesday, it'll ship in July with a starting price of $1,099. Read on to see how it offers all the updated parts we'd love to have in the Surface Pro 4, let alone the mythical Surface Pro 5. 

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The 'Amazon effect' will drive autonomous vehicles, Nvidia CEO says

CIO.com - News - May 10, 2017 - 2:20am

What's the relationship between Amazon and autonomous vehicles? Amazon is changing the way products and services are delivered to customers, and so will autonomous vehicles, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang believes.

The "Amazon effect," Huang said, will turn transportation on its head. Autonomous technology will play a big role for more point-to-point movement of products and people.

Amazon has announced Prime Air, a future-looking program in which unmanned aerial vehicles will deliver products in under 30 minutes. Nvidia is backing the idea of autonomous cabs, and providing hardware and mapping technology for accurate point-to-point navigation.

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Categories: Opinion

Apple quietly acquires Beddit’s sleep-tracking monitor and iOS app

CIO.com - News - May 10, 2017 - 12:39am

To help you get a better night’s sleep, Apple will now be using Beddit’s sleep monitor system.

On Monday, May 8, Beddit updated its privacy policy to reflect that that company had been acquired by Apple. “Your personal data will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Apple Privacy Policy,” reads Beddit’s updated website, linking to Apple’s consumer privacy hub. The acquisition took place quietly and was made public by CNBC and MacRumors a day after Beddit updated its website.

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Categories: Opinion

How to protect your Google and Facebook accounts with a security key

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 11:53pm

In late March when I got an unsettling message on my Gmail account: "Warning: Google may have detected government-backed attackers trying to steal your password."

Google sends them out when it detects a "government-backed attacker" has attempted to hack an account through phishing or malware.

Last time I saw one, I added two-factor authentication to many of my accounts. This time it prompted me to ask: Can I do even better?

Martyn Williams/IDGNS

A security warning message displayed by Google.

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Categories: Opinion

New IoT malware targets 100,000 IP cameras via known flaw

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 11:47pm

Over 100,000 internet-connected cameras may be falling prey to a new IoT malware that’s spreading through recently disclosed vulnerabilities in the products.  

The malware, called Persirai, has been found infecting Chinese-made wireless cameras since last month, security firm Trend Micro said on Tuesday. The malware does so by exploiting flaws in the cameras that a security researcher reported back in March.  

The researcher, Pierre Kim, found that the vulnerabilities can allow an attacker to remotely execute code on the cameras, effectively hijacking them.

At least 1,250 camera models produced by a Chinese manufacturer possess the bugs, the researcher went on to claim.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Is the death of the smartphone upon us?

CIO.com - Opinion - May 9, 2017 - 10:45pm

In the 10 years since Apple dropped the first iPhone, smartphones have become the most important cultural artefact of the last decade. Sales of the devices have saturated the global market to the point that everyone who wants one, has one.

This has led many analysts to predict the demise of the smartphone as other technologies evolve to supersede it. However, others maintain that these handheld devices represent the evolutionary endpoint of a certain type of design and will endure for years to come.

Arguments for both sides hold water, but if one looks at the shift in the last 10 years from PC to smartphone, it poses the question: What comes next?

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Categories: Opinion

Microsoft fixes 55 vulnerabilities, 3 exploited by Russian cyberspies

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 10:21pm

Microsoft released security patches Tuesday for 55 vulnerabilities across the company's products, including for three flaws that are already exploited in targeted attacks by cyberespionage groups.

Fifteen of the vulnerabilities fixed in Microsoft's patch bundle for May are rated as critical and they affect Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and the malware protection engine used in most of the company's anti-malware products.

System administrators should prioritize the Microsoft Office patches because they address two vulnerabilities that attackers have exploited in targeted attacks over the past two months. Both of these flaws, CVE-2017-0261 and CVE-2017-0262, stem from how Microsoft Office handles Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) image files and can lead to remote code execution on the underlying system.

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Categories: Opinion

Why Edward Snowden loves open source

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 8:52pm

Infamous government hacker Edward Snowden believes open source is a fundamentally better way to use technology compared to proprietary technology that he believes disempowers users.

Snowden was interviewed at the open source cloud computing project OpenStack Summit in Boston via video from a non-descript location and spoke about his personal use of open source technology. In 2013 Snowden, then a government contractor, leaked classified information about government surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, which brought him worldwide fame.

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Categories: Opinion

This tiny drone can be carried and deployed by soldiers

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 8:49pm

Drone-maker AeroVironment has developed a handheld quadcopter that it says can be carried by soldiers on the battlefield and quickly deployed to get an aerial look at a potentially hostile location.

The drone, called Snipe Nano Quad, has retractable rotor arms so it can be carried in a compact form and unpacked when needed. It weighs just 140 grams (5 ounces).

It's equipped with cameras that can send a visible or infrared image back to a handheld controller unit. The infrared view provides a way to see the body heat of a person who may be hidden.

The drone has a top speed of around 20 miles per hour and a radio range of about 1 kilometer. It has a battery life of about 15 minutes, and its size means its difficult to spot when in the sky, said the maker.

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Categories: Opinion

Verizon taps into open source, white box fervor with new CPE offering

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 8:30pm

Verizon this week said it would begin offering x86-based servers with OpenStack software aimed at customers looking to support all manner of advanced cloud, software defined networking and network functions virtualization-based enterprises.

+More on Network World: Extreme offers glimpse of integrated Avaya, Brocade technology future+

According to Verizon, letting customers use a combination of off the shelf hardware over a distributed deployment of OpenStack will let them decouple hardware from software and frees them from proprietary hardware. OpenStack is developed by some 150 companies from AT&T to IBM and Red Hat to Cisco, Dell EMC and others. The open software controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center, managed typically through a single dashboard.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Chatty chatbots and the 'time to frustration'

CIO.com - Opinion - May 9, 2017 - 8:00pm

Chatbots have been getting a lot of attention recently through a combination of trends: advances in natural language processing (NLP), a resurgence of chat and chat channels (think Facebook Messenger, Slack, Hipchat etc), ubiquitous mobility and advances artificial intelligence — including the emergence of A.I. systems that are beginning to understand the intent of spoken or written words. In addition, consumer and user familiarity with this low-hassle, unintrusive channel makes chat a preferred mechanism for several interaction scenarios.

As enterprises look to capitalize on chat, an option that offers connectivity and always-on communication and interaction channels, they have to be aware of the maturity of the channel and balance that with the need to maintain the quality of customer interactions and experience. This is hard to do, and it can conflict with the allure of a cheaper-to-maintain and scale-out customer experience and interactivity channel.

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Categories: Opinion

Enterprise alert: Microsoft slates next Windows 10 LTSB release for 2019

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 7:22pm

Microsoft won't issue another Windows 10 "Long-term Servicing Branch" (LTSB) build until 2019, a company official said last week.

"The next LTSB release is expected for 2019," Nathan Mercer, senior product marketing manager, said in an "Ask me anything"-style Q&A last week. "Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016 is the current LTSB release."

[ Related: Fix Windows 10 problems with these free Microsoft tools ]

The three-year gap between the current and future LTSB versions will be the longest yet for Windows 10's most constant edition. Microsoft labeled the debut release -- mid-2015's 1507, the latter the firm's yymm identifier for each feature upgrade -- as LTSB, then did the same with the next year's 1607. As Mercer noted, 1607 is the current LTSB release.

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Categories: Opinion

HSBC: Why machine learning is accelerating cloud adoption

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 6:19pm

The financial sector may be one of the more cautious industries when it comes to adopting the cloud. But for HSBC the ability to analyse large volumes of information and access machine learning tools via APIs has served as a catalyst for its own cloud ambitions.

Banks are, by their nature, data-intensive organisations, and HSBC -- one of the world's largest banks, with 37 million customers and billions of dollars in assets -- is certainly no exception.

The 150-year old lender has around 100 petabytes of information across its organisation, and that figure is growing fast, too, as customers change the way they bank, favouring digital interactions over traditional methods.

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Categories: Opinion

VA turns to Congress to expand telemedicine

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 6:18pm

For all of its administrative challenges in providing essential healthcare, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been recognized for its successes in delivering telemedicine to reach rural and remote patients who might live hours from the nearest VA facility.

But it could do more.

Officials from the VA recently made their way to Capitol Hill to appeal for legislation that would grant the agency greater flexibility in providing remote health services to the military community. In particular, the VA is putting a "special emphasis" on improving the delivery of health services for veterans in rural and "underserved" areas, according to Dr. Kevin Galpin, executive director of telehealth services at the Veterans Health Administration.

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Categories: Opinion

Stratasys unveils an assembly line of cloud-controlled robotic 3D printers

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 6:17pm

Stratasys is developing a cloud-service platform that comprises expandable, server rack-like modular 3D printer units configured under one software platform to work simultaneously to mass produce parts.

The assembly line-style 3D printing platform will reside both in Stratasys' own facilities as well as on the premises of business partners who can use the new Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator system to build their own parts or allow customers to use it for their own manufacturing needs.

Stratasys

Each 3D "print cell" (an individual 3D printer) in the array can produce a different print job to enable mass customization in volume production environments. Additional print cells can be added at any time to the scalable platform, and there is no theoretical limit to the number of cells, according to Tim Bohling, chief marketing officer at Stratasys.

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Categories: Opinion

Amadeus picks VMware Integrated OpenStack for private cloud

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 6:14pm

If you've traveled at all, it's likely you will have crossed paths with products from Amadeus IT Group -- whether that's the software that manages flight searches and hotel bookings or boarding a plane. Now the 30-year-old company has picked VMware to deliver a private OpenStack-based cloud, to support VMware vSphere workloads and as part of a wider digital transformation.

Amadeus built its own private cloud to better address the agility, stability and scale needs of its own internal operations team and those of its customers.

"[Travel] is a very specific segment and a very demanding environment," says Udo Sebald, who runs service portfolio management at Amadeus. "The systems that we operate have to scale to a very large number of transactions - if you imagine we process 3.8 billion transactions per day in peak situations it gives you an impression. Our systems need to be very scalable and flexible to satisfy peak demands."

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Categories: Opinion

Vendors dropping out of OpenStack a sign of good health

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 6:11pm

As vendors withdraw their support for open source infrastructure platform OpenStack, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has said this is a sign of a healthy, maturing project -- but that the OpenStack community needs to have a frank conversation with itself about where it's headed.

Speaking with Computerworld UK, Shuttleworth says he is "excited about the maturing of OpenStack."

"Some people will say it's going to get boring without all of the fighting, without all of the vendors showing up to have opinions," he says. "Actually, I think this is what OpenStack needs -- maturity."

In 2016, HP and Cisco both significantly cut their OpenStack operations. Intel pulled the funding on its joint Innovation Centre, originally opened with Rackspace. And Mirantis also took the axe to its OpenStack engineer workforce, following an acquisition of TCP Cloud.

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Categories: Opinion

3 top travel apps worth revisiting

CIO.com - Opinion - May 9, 2017 - 5:24pm

Oh, the excitement of summer travel. Discovering new places. Making new friends. Getting dragged from your airplane seat against your will. What’s not to love?

Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20, but, no doubt, you’re already scheming your escape. So, in the spirit of planning quality goof-off time, I’ve revisited three venerable travel apps to see what’s new and noteworthy. I recommend using all three apps, for various reasons.

TripAdvisor

If you’ve not used TripAdvisor in a while, you may be surprised to see how far the app has grown. In years past, I primarily relied upon TripAdvisor for reviews of hotels and B&Bs. Now, there’s a lot more the app and website can do.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: How OpenStack is listening to the community and improving the project

CIO.com - Opinion - May 9, 2017 - 5:16pm

Pictured: Thierry Carrez, VP of Engineering at OpenStack Foundation, and Lauren Sell, VP of Marketing & Community Services at OpenStack Foundation on stage at OpenStack Summit, Boston 

OpenStack is growing at an unprecedented rate. According to Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director at OpenStack Foundation, OpenStack deployments are enjoying a 44 percent year-on-year growth. More than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies are now using OpenStack.

With growth comes new sets of challenges and opportunities.

This explosive growth of OpenStack also means explosive growth of the community around this project. And it’s very critical for any open source project to listen to and address the needs of the community.

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Categories: Opinion

Google case raises doubts about German news copyright law

CIO.com - News - May 9, 2017 - 4:43pm

German news publishers suing Google for copyright dues under a 2013 law may get more than they bargained for, with implications for readers and newspapers throughout the EU.

Rather than rule in their favor, the Berlin court hearing their case has raised doubts about the validity of the very law they sought to enforce: It has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to rule on whether the German government should have notified the European Commission of its introduction.

Such notifications are required when EU member states pass laws that may create barriers to the free provision of internet and digital services.

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