In relying on technology in the workplace, you’re likely familiar with printers that won’t print, elusive Wi-Fi connections, slow computers and other IT frustrations that can derail the work day.If it’s any consolation, the data shows you’re not alone. According to a study by Nintex, 62 per cent of employees think their company’s IT processes are flawed.Specific struggles identified in the study include onboarding tech equipment for new hires (43 per cent), requesting a new computer or other technology device (42 per cent) and app troubleshooting (36 per cent). Even 21 per cent of millennials – supposedly the most tech-savvy generation – have trouble printing documents.For all the trouble that tech gives employees, it’s no surprise that 71 per cent of workers lay the blame on the keepers of office tech – IT teams.The consequences of broken processesIT processes have become so broken that employees actively work around their IT teams … [Read more...] about Workplace tech is broken. How does IT stop the bleeding?
Troy Wolverton, provided by Published 3:49 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Jack Taylor/Getty Images The stock market decline Wednesday hit the biggest tech stocks particularly hard. Together, the FAANG companies — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google — lost a collective $172 billion in value. Amazon was the biggest loser; it shed $56 billion in market capitalization. The stock market took a big bite out of the FAANGs on Wednesday. Collectively, the Big Five tech firms — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google — lost $172 billion in value over the span of a few hours on Wednesday, amid a broad slump in the market. That's about the same amount as Toyota's entire market capitalization — and it's equivalent to the dollar value of the entire gross domestic product of Algeria. Amazon was the big loser of the group. Its shares fell 6% on Wednesday, vaporizing $56 billion of its market capitalization. Apple was next; it lost … [Read more...] about Tech gets demolished: The 5 hottest tech stocks just lost $172 billion in market value (AMZN, FB, AAPL, GOOGL, NFLX)
A 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor,” exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google, advises tech companies to “police tone rather than content” and to not “take sides” when censoring users. The document, which can be read in full here, acknowledges that tech platforms including Google have shifted towards censorship in recent years, moving away from their original commitment to the American tradition of free speech.Responding to the leak, an official Google source said the document should be considered internal research, and not an official company position. It does not recommend a return to those early principles, instead leaving the question open and suggesting Google may “shift with the times,” recommending increased transparency to smooth the process from free speech to censorship. The recommendations appear on pages 81-84 of the briefing. “Google might continue to shift with the times – changing its … [Read more...] about THE GOOD CENSOR: Tech Companies Should ‘Police Tone’, Give Users ‘Positive Guidelines’
Uncertainty about U.S. visas and long waits for green cards were causing a brain drain in Silicon Valley and elsewhere around the country long before Trump's election. Canada has been working for years to grow its technology hubs, putting up recruiting billboards along Bay Area freeways as far back as 2013. But experts say the current climate has made Canada more appealing for some foreign workers. Matthew Kolken, a New York immigration lawyer whose firm helps clients immigrate to both Canada and the U.S., said he's had about a dozen foreign-citizen clients decide to move to Canada even though they were already in the midst of official proceedings to come to the U.S. "They gave up on their American dream," Kolken said. "You want to be able to plan your career and your future. Why would you put your entire career potentially on hold if you have a viable opportunity in a country that has open arms to you?" Two years ago, software engineer Vikram Rangnekar, an Indian … [Read more...] about Neighborly competition: Canada speeds visa process to attract foreign tech workers
By Mikey Campbell Monday, October 08, 2018, 03:33 pm PT (06:33 pm ET) Apple is again in the crosshairs of Uniloc, with the patent aggregator alleging the process by which iPhone and cellular-connected iPad and Apple Watch models infringes on owned intellectual property. In a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on Monday, Uniloc claims Apple infringes on an assigned patent detailing the configuration of a device when it initially connects to a wireless network. Specifically, U.S. Patent No. 6,856,616 for a "System and method for providing service provider configurations for telephones using a central server in a data network telephony system," covers provisioning a "telephone" for use on a mobile data network using an identifying part number, or device identifier. Once recognized by the wireless carrier via SIM card, the device is provided the address to a proxy server through which an initial configuration process is completed. Filed … [Read more...] about Apple’s iPhone network provisioning tech target of patent lawsuit