As I’ve outlined in my previous posts, we are in the early stages of a digital enterprise transformation tsunami and data is the new currency. By 2020, IDC predicts 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created for every human being on the planet, every second. That’s more data than five times the print collection of the Library of Congress. Every. Year. Never has there been such a motherlode of data for businesses to use to better serve their users and be more efficient. It is a massive challenge for IT organizations to seize this opportunity and fundamentally transform how they manage data and deliver it as a service to their users. It’s a challenge companies in every industry face, but there are some notable differences in how quickly certain industries have embraced the transformation.Some industries fall into the category of fast “digital transformers”: take the fashion industry, for example. In an article on technology trends shaping the fashion … [Read more...] about Vertically challenged: the pace of digital transformation across industries
Java and C continue to lead the Tiobe index of programming language popularity, but both dropped to all-time lows in the just-published August release of the index.The longtime leaders have had to share the programming landscape with a growing number of language options attracting developers, which has caused their slippage in the index. Java’s rating this month was 12.961 percent, a drop of more than six percentage points since August 2016, while C’s rating was 6.477 percent, a year-over-year drop of nearly five points. Java’s rating last month was 13.774 percent while C was rated at 7.321 percent.The Tiobe index measures language popularity using a formula that examines searches on languages in popular search engines such as Google, Wikipedia, and Bing. Tiobe believes Java might be alone in seeing a continuing decline going forward. “Most of the top 10 languages will not go lower, except for Java. It could drop another [five percentage points],” said … [Read more...] about Java and C hit all-time lows in Tiobe language popularity index
“What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work” —Stephen KingRaw talent vs. experience is an age-old conflict, but it has never been more of a hot topic than in the tech industry right now. The number of people with college degrees has grown by over 5 percent in the last decade. Qualifications expire faster, skills become out of date, and adaptability has become king of the jungle. Does this mean experience has to move over to make way for natural talent?When it comes to recruiting in the tech industry, there are typically two schools of thought: those who prefer exciting new talent and those who prefer the security of white paper qualifications and experience in the field. As there is no strict data to say which one works best, employers must make tough decisions to determine if they value one above the other.Talent is more likely to adaptWhen the proverbial **** hits the fan and you find yourself in a high-pressure … [Read more...] about Talent vs. experience: What matters more for a job in technology?
We'd forgive the iPhone 7 for feeling a little under-appreciated, since it seems like all anyone can talk about these days is the next iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone's 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special. We'll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we'll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest. If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8-or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use-it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don't expect the headphone jack to return. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]What's the latest? The rumor: The new iPhone will come with wireless charging. A note by JPMorgan that was … [Read more...] about iPhone 8 rumors: Wireless charging chips that will support both Qi and PMA
Google has added support for up to six users to its virtual assistant device, Google Home. That's a huge leap in the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. It solves many problems related to voice-activated virtual assistants, while also creating some serious privacy concerns. I have three Gmail users in my house who all access the same Google Home device, which is linked to my account. It's used for playing music, watching videos through Nvidia Shield, helping with recipes, asking questions, checking appointments, and other such tasks. Here's the problem: I hate it. My Google search history and YouTube playlists are all messed up. It's full of queries by my wife, guests, kids, and our au pair. My private appointments are accessible to anyone who can ask for them. Anyone can activate my Google Home device by yelling from outside the window and taking control of connected devices like oven, lights, and door lock (I was smart enough to not install smart locks). Worst of … [Read more...] about Google Home can now recognize voices. What does that mean for privacy?
Download Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds The release schedule for Ubuntu 17.10 has been announced, and you can now download the daily build ISO images as well. Daily builds can be useful to watch the progress of Ubuntu 17.10, but are not recommended for normal usage due to possible bugs and changes. Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia: As expected, the first daily build ISO images of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) are based on the current stable release of the operating system, Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), which means that the Unity 7 desktop environment is still there. But it will be replaced in the coming months when the Alpha 2 milestone hits the streets. Ubuntu 17.10 will be yet another standard version, which Canonical will support for nine months with security updates, until July 2018, so it's the perfect testbed for the GNOME 3 migration. Most probably, Canonical will concentrate on offering users the best GNOME desktop experience ever. Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, and Xubuntu also have … [Read more...] about Download Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds
The Internet has emerged as a great place to shop for someone looking for a good deal. Price comparison sites ensure that consumers pay as little as possible, so they often end up with tremendous bargains. However, the adage "If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is" applies to some of these transactions. Shysters have established bogus Web sites advertising name brands for a fraction of their typical costs. These businesses are booming: Online protection company MarkMonitor expects online sales of knockoff goods in 2007 to reach US$119 billion, up from $84 billion last year. Black market goods are not a new phenomenon, but the pervasiveness and anonymity of the Internet unfortunately makes it an effective channel for counterfeit sales. Some fraudsters set up shop using domain names similar to legitimate brands and often plaster known brands' trademarks and logos on their online storefronts. A Wide Variety The companies either fail to note that they are not carrying … [Read more...] about Beware of Online Shysters
"OMG, somebody call the Waaaambulance!" went a comment on last week's column about South by Southwest. I had prepared myself for reader snark following my "it's all about me" piece regarding SXSW's denial of my complimentary press credential request for the Interactive portion of the annual media conference in Austin, Texas. I was pleasantly surprised: only three comments -- and the "waaaambulance" one actually cracked me up. The other two were offended by the facetious reference in my last line to "carpetbagging Yankees" (Hey, as a native Texan, I want you to know that some of my best friends are Yankees. At least I didn't say "damn Yankees"; I didn't need the people who wrote the hit Broadway musical on my case too). Nonetheless, they generally agreed with everything else in the column. I guess I should have left it at "carpetbaggers" -- my apologies. Derek Jeter has yet to weigh in on my pejorative use of "Yankee." What truly surprised me, however, was the strength of a single tweet … [Read more...] about Sour Grapes, Part Deux: SXSW Shows New Media Its True Colors
What was Linux like ten years ago? Linux has improved by leaps and bounds over the last decade, and more and more people have come to appreciate its power and flexibility. But a redditor recently wondered what it was like to run Linux ten years ago, and he got some very interesting responses from Linux veterans. Jari _45 started the thread with this question: As a new user I would like to ask more experienced users what are the differences in Linux nowadays and 10 years ago. EDIT: I am continuously reading all your responses and I really appreciate them. More at Reddit His fellow redditors shared their impressions about the Linux experience from ten years ago: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] 609: "Ubuntu was really starting to get established around 2006-2007 and it definitely drew in a new crowd of people getting … [Read more...] about What was Linux like ten years ago?
Is Linux good for gaming? Linux has come a long way from where it started, and it's certainly made progress when it comes to gaming. But there are still folks who doubt the ability of Linux to run games. One redditor recently asked about gaming on Linux, and he got some very informative responses in the Linux subreddit. JooJoona started the thread: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] I'm planning on building a reasonably high end gaming PC. The problem is that I hate Microsoft, and would like to get completely rid of all their nonsense if possible. The only choise for an OS in that case would be some kind of Linux, I reckon. So how does Linux compare with Windows in regards to gaming? How is performance? How is Steam on Linux? How much would I be restricting myself when it comes to the number of games available if I choose … [Read more...] about Is Linux good for gaming?
Foss Post reviews Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 Ubuntu 17.04 has gotten quite a bit of media coverage in recent days. But one new spin of Ubuntu might be worth considering if you’re a fan of the Budgie desktop. Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 combines the power of Ubuntu with the unique Budgie desktop environment. M. Hanny Sabbagh has a full review of Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 for the Foss Post: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] Budgie is a new desktop interface forked out of GNOME Shell. It is developed by the Solus team. It uses GNOME technologies beside their own modifications to give a better user experience. Ubuntu Budgie is an Ubuntu-based distribution which uses Budgie desktop interface as its default. It’s an official Ubuntu flavor. Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 was the first release of this distribution, which was released 3 days ago. In … [Read more...] about Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 review
Is it safe to install North Korea Linux? North Korea’s version of Linux (Red Star OS) has gotten quite a bit of media coverage, and it’s also attracted the attention of some Linux users. One user wondered in a Reddit thread if it was safe to install Red Star OS to check it out. Behemoth9 started the thread with this post: Is it safe to install Red Star OS? I've seen people install it and get it running in a VM and stuff and it looks interesting but does it report home? I really want to give it a whirl but I'd rather not have Kim Jong Un watching me. I know that it comes with a ton of built in spyware but does it work outside of the DPRK? More at Reddit His fellow Linux redditors responded with their thoughts about North Korea Linux: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] TheMsDosNerd: “I don't know about Red … [Read more...] about Is it safe to install North Korea Linux?
Yesterday I wrote a story about millions of Samsung IoT that are vulnerable to attacks due to zero-day security holes. I have been extremely critical of IoT vendors ignoring the importance of updates and security, putting millions of users at risk. In the case of Samsung, what bothered me the most was that these devices are running Tizen OS, a Linux-based open source operating system that’s hosted by the Linux Foundation.I reached out to the Linux Foundation to discuss the security of the project. Here is an edited version of my interview with Nicko van Someren, Chief Technology Officer, The Linux Foundation.SB: Being a Linux Foundation project, what’s the right place for researchers to report security bugs?[ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]NvS: Like all LF projects, the right place for researchers to report … [Read more...] about Can you trust Linux-based Tizen OS?
I love IoT. I also love mixed reality, and I can see how the two will transform the world around us and take us out of this ugly mess of laptops and smartphones, etc. But IoT vendors like Samsung are ruining it for me, and for everyone else. Samsung makes its money by manufacturing and selling devices. I love Samsung hardware and an own couple of their IoT devices, but I despise their software. Their attempt to create their own crappy and substandard replacement of Google software is hurting the company. Samsung is ruining IoT for me. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]According to Israeli researcher Amihai Neiderman, Samsung's Linux-based Tizen OS has more than 40 zero-day flaws. Many of these allow an attacker to remotely compromise Tizen OS powered devices. Tizen OS powers Samsung’s smart devices, including my 4K … [Read more...] about Samsung’s IoT devices are a hacker’s dreamland
Why is Ubuntu Linux so popular? Ubuntu Linux has been around for a long time, and over the years it has proven to one of the most popular Linux distributions ever. But what has made it so popular? A redditor recently asked that question in the Linux subreddit and got some interesting answers. Quardah started the thread with this post: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] Honest question: Why is Ubuntu popular? I am strongly wondering why is Ubuntu this popular. I don't feel like it addresses any "role" for a distro. All the other "big" distros are really specific into their specialization… I am having a hard time why Ubuntu has become popular. I personally view it as a distro popularized by a private industry? Is it popular because it managed to build a community or because it's easy to work with? More at Reddit His … [Read more...] about Why is Ubuntu Linux so popular?
I don't remember when I last used my phone. Seriously. No, really, I am not a tech-denying hipster who brags about using command line for everything or who uses technologies that are deemed ancient even by the Amish community's standards. I don't live under a rock. On the contrary, I live on the cutting edge, using the latest technologies as and when possible. What I actually meant was that while I was using my phone, I was not using it. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]OK, I get it. It's confusing. As a writer, I spend a lot of my time in a web browser reading, or in a word processor writing. I utilize my laptop exclusively for work and personal use. I tried the iPad Pro and bought all the possible keyboards for it, but it can't replace my laptop as a primary typing device let alone do all that I do on the laptop -- image … [Read more...] about IoT is going to kill your smartphones
Install OpenShot video editor in Ubuntu 16.10 and Linux Mint 1 OpenShot is a free and open source video editor. It is cross-platform and offers many powerful video editing features. Here’s a video preview of OpenShot 2.3’s new features: LinuxG has helpful instructions on how you can install OpenShot 2.3 in Ubuntu 16.10 and Linux Mint 18: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] In order to successfully install OpenShot on Ubuntu, you have to add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the openshot-qt package: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install openshot-qt More at LinuxG 5 money managers for Linux Linux offers tons of great applications for any desktop user, but did you know that you can also get some very useful money managing apps? … [Read more...] about Install OpenShot 2.3 in Ubuntu 16.10 and Linux Mint 18
Has Ubuntu become boring? Ubuntu has long been one of the best known and most popular Linux distributions. But has it become too boring and predictable to retain the interest of users? One writer at OMG Ubuntu asked that question after looking at a chart of Google search volume for Ubuntu from 2004 to 2017. Joey Sneddon reports for OMG Ubuntu: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] This graph represents Google search volume for Ubuntu (the OS) from 2004 until now, 2017. Looking at the image it is hard to not conclude one thing: that interest in Ubuntu has peaked. But has it? I think there are a couple of possible reasons why people Google for information on or about Ubuntu less than they used to. And most of those reasons are actually positive. 1. Ubuntu got boring 2. It Now “Just Works” 3. Ubuntu Phone Didn’t … [Read more...] about Has Ubuntu Linux become boring?
Linux distros and software bugs Linux is one of the best operating systems around, but no OS is perfect. All operating systems end up having bugs of one kind or another, including your favorite Linux distributions. A writer at MakeUseOf has listed six reasons why Linux distributions often have their share of bugs. Bertel King Jr. reports for MakeUseOf: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] I’ve been a long-time GNOME user, but for the past few months, I was in a loving relationship with Elementary OS. I found much to love in the minimalist Linux-based operating system, and I encouraged readers to give it a try. But that has changed. The number of bugs I encountered grew over time, and I’ve recently had enough. As a freelance writer, the only thing I need is a working laptop. If that’s not reliable, then … [Read more...] about Why do Linux distributions have software bugs?
Are Linux users weird? Let’s face it, Linux users have often been portrayed in the media as being a little…er…different than macOS or Windows users. But now a writer at Network World is convinced that the days of Linux users being viewed as eccentric are finally coming to an end. Bryan Lunduke reports for Network World: Back to the Starbucks from a few days back. There I was, writing an article about GNOME—my laptop properly adorned with EFF, openSUSE and FSF stickers. I look up to gaze around the room (gotta give those eyes a screen break every so often), and I see a woman working at another table. Her laptop had stickers, too—Arch Linux and EFF. A few days before that, I met a guy running KDE on top of Ubuntu. We had a nice chat about it. He won the sticker contest hands down—seemed to have picked up a swag sticker from every booth at every Linux conference since the beginning of time. Not a single bit of the top of his laptop was visible under … [Read more...] about Are Linux users weird? InfoWorld