July 05, 2016

Top tablets with keyboards

The rising popularity of tablets has some people ditching their laptops and desktops for a more portable experience, but the benefits of a full keyboard can still come in handy. The models on this list blur the line between tablet and laptop, usually coining them as "hybrids." The double-life of a hybrid appeases business professionals, students and those who want more PC capabilities in a portable and -- sometimes -- more affordable package. Here are our top recommendations for tablets with complementary keyboard options.

Is your car secure? Maybe not, but enterprise users can still learn something

Ironically - given their brilliant automotive innovations - one example of good security for phones is Google. Sullivan noted how Google aggressively patches the Nexus line. With Chrome OS and the Chrome browser, the Internet giant puts automakers to shame as well. Google updates its software in the background and patches constantly, but the end-user barely notices. Your typical Ford or Buick has nowhere near that level of sophistication for security. Another lesson is related to openness. Mónica noted how the automakers do not report on vulnerabilities as thoroughly and tend to hide behind a curtain, which creates a vicious cycle -- ethical hackers do not get any credit if they find a problem so they lose all incentive to help.

Democratizing Data Takes More Than Just Tech Upgrades

IT teams can’t ignore the cry for data democratization – the broad availability of all the metrics needed to make decisions and measure performance. But the response will not be easy. There are technological challenges involved, of course, but the political hurdles are just as difficult to jump. On both fronts, IT has to lead the way. Technology questions to ask on the way to data democracy Before tackling the thornier political questions that can impede data democracy, IT leaders need to evaluate the technological impediments. ... All of these technology challenges need to be addressed to make data democracy a reality inside the enterprise, but solving them is not enough to destroy the siloes. Many of the walls that separate information were put there by people, and people will need to agree – enthusiastically – to bring them down.

Corporate boards seek more IT expertise, but CIO presence still small

Even if more boards want to add CIOs, they face challenges doing so. Observers say many CIOs lack the experience and expertise to sit on boards -- in particular, boards at the large companies that are the ones currently seeking them out. "They're looking for a business person who has experience with large-scale transformation and has a commercial orientation and governance experience," Banerji said. "They're looking for people who have gone through and faced similar challenges and opportunities and the same scope, scale and complexity as to what they're facing in their current organization. "The challenge is that many operating CIOs do not have meaningful experience interacting with boards," he added, "even if it's just within their own company."

10 cutting-edge tools that take endpoint security to a new level

The best products combine both hunting and gathering approaches and also look at what happens across your network, tie into various security event feeds produced by both internal systems and external malware collectors, work both online and offline across a wide variety of endpoint operating systems and versions, and examine your endpoints in near real-time. The good news is that as these EDR tools become more capable, the sensor or agent that is placed on the endpoint has remained small in size and low in terms of consumed system CPU resources. What is also impressive is that three of the products – ForeScout, Outlier Security and Promisec – are agentless.

3 ways the Internet of Things could help fight climate change

Given the growing number of synergies the IoT creates between different industries, we could see for the first time a simultaneous reduction of industries' environmental footprint, thanks to energy savings and smarter solutions. Even more important is the fact that all those industries have the incentive to increase the adoption of IoT solutions, if they want to keep growing and stay competitive in the global arena. Therefore, the Internet of Things may well be considered a powerful ally in the fight against climate change, precisely at a time when global leaders advocate for more accessible, scalable and economically viable ways to protect our planet. While the disruptive potential of these technologies is quite straightforward, and given the tremendous economic consequences of climate change, the development of the IoT will be also positive

Why Wearables Will Replace Your Smartphone

With the rise of virtual assistants and bots, we'll increasingly talk to our smartphones through wearables instead of poking at their screens. Notifications and updates will be spoken to us through our wireless earbuds. Haptics will nudge and inform us with increasingly sophisticated vibrations. The electronics now used in smartglasses will vanish inside ordinary looking glasses and sunglasses, and we'll use them to take photos and videos with a tap or swipe to see high-resolution mixed- and augmented-reality images. Doppler Labs' Here One earbuds are a great example of the future of all wearables: They're so good they make a smartphone component obsolete. Mixed- and augmented-reality smartglasses will eventually do something similar.

How to use scrum for app development QA testing

Quality assurance (QA) is one area that could benefit from the scrum process. QA often gets short-changed during app development, especially when there are major time to market pressures on applications to get placed into production quickly — for example, the federal government's healthcare database. When QA is done incompletely, or not at all, apps don't end up performing the way they were supposed to perform. ... A pullback of an app from production can be embarrassing —and it can even be more embarrassing if it impacts customers. This is exactly what scrum at the beginning of the development process was designed to prevent—and also an excellent reason for application development managers to consider extending the reach of scrum beyond just app design and prototyping, and into the frequently neglected areas of app QA and checkout.

When intelligent algorithms start spoofing each other, regulation becomes a science

Amicangioli said the probability going forward that there could be unintended AI outcomes is high. From a regulatory perspective, the net behaviour as analysed, could be deemed to be bad, but the author could be deemed to be completely blameless. Much was made of the fact that market regulators were eons behind the complexity that precipitated the 2010 flash crash. So what can regulators do to evolve in a ML markets environment? "I don't believe the government or regulators could ever just hire teams of scientists and compete. These hypothetical problems I have outlined may be around the corner; I don't think they exist today; I could be wrong.

Android is imploding, and there's nothing that can be done to stop it

This is a classic case of too many hardware makers and not enough customers. And while Sony ceasing production in Brazil is down to a number of factors - although the word is that sales in that region didn't pan out as expected - Dell's exit and LG firing executives are both purely down to sales. And it's not because Dell and LG didn't make good hardware. The Dell Venue 8 7000 is probably the best Android business slate available (even if the name is a mouthful). But the tablet market is contracting rapidly, as consumers turn away from pure tablets in favor of 2-in-1 devices. The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed how few tablets were on show at CES this year, and how Google really downplayed tablet features in its new Android

Quote for the day:

"Distilling truth from overwhelming amounts of information is the essence of leadership." -- Carly Fiorina

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