Meet the new Microsoft Edge: Your move, Google

In 1995, at the dawn of the Internet era, Marc Andreessen famously predicted that his rocket ship of a startup, Netscape Communications Corporation, would soon reduce Windows to “a poorly debugged set of device drivers.” Netscape is, alas, long gone, and Andreessen’s bold assertion is just a footnote in the great book of Internet Quotes, but it eventually came true. Sort of. What those early combatants in the first browser…

January 15, 2020
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Going solar in the Sunshine State: Why the investment makes sense in 2020

(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto) At the end of last year, my wife and I decided to make an important decision about a significant additional investment in our Florida home. We are going to install a solar energy system in an attempt to generate most of our electrical power. I’ve always been a proponent of self-sufficiency as well as alternative and renewable energy sources. In Florida, we have an abundance of year-round…

January 15, 2020
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Facebook to notify users of third-party app logins

Image: Facebook Facebook launched a new feature this week that will notify users whenever they (or somebody else) logs into a third-party app or website using their Facebook account. This new Facebook feature is called Facebook Notifications and was added to Facebook Login. Facebook Login is a system through which users can use their Facebook account to log into third-party apps and websites, instead of creating a new account on…

January 15, 2020
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Semantics and virtualization, data integration and data governance on the way to the cloud

AtScale is a data virtualization provider for analytics. What this means is that AtScale provides an abstraction layer that enables its users to access the underlying data stores it supports in a streamlined way. Last time we covered AtScale, in November 2016, AtScale had just broken out of the Hadoop box. Today, AtScale announced what it dubs a leap in multi-cloud and hybrid cloud analytics, data platform flexibility and time-to-analysis…

January 15, 2020
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Oracle updates Enterprise Manager with a focus on hybrid deployments

Oracle on Wednesday announced updates to its enterprise management platform, Oracle Enterprise Manager, designed to help organizations with hybrid IT deployments. The new features include include automated database migration, as well as tools for managing hybrid environments.  The updates to the platform align with Oracle’s continued buildout of its own infrastructure offerings.   “Autonomy is the defining technology of a second-generation cloud,” Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison said at…

January 15, 2020
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Tough economy makes Brazilians buy smartphones in the grey market

Sales of smartphones through the grey market had a massive boost in the third quarter of 2019 in Brazil as consumers sought new devices at a lower cost, according to new research. Overall, the Brazilian mobile phone has seen a slight drop in sales in Q3 2019 at 1%, according to IDC. Some 11.3 million units were sold between July and September, of which 10.5 million were smartphones (down by…

January 15, 2020
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P&N Bank discloses data breach, customer account information, balances exposed

P&N Bank is informing customers of a data breach in which personally identifiable information (PII) and sensitive account information was exposed. On Wednesday, a security researcher going under the Twitter handle @vrNicknack pinged Troy Hunt, the operator of the Have I Been Pwned? search engine, with a notice he had received from the bank.  P&N Bank, a division of Police & Nurses Limited and operating in Western Australia, sent the…

January 15, 2020
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Alibaba unveils B2B initiative for US SMBs, as more look for online trade

Alibaba.com has introduced an initiative that will feature weekly offerings for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in the US that are keen to tap the lucrative business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce market. With a potential $23.9 trillion up for grabs, the Chinese e-commerce giant says 72% of US SMBs expect their online B2B revenue to increase.  In addition, 46% of these companies expected their online B2B businesses to grow in volume, with…

January 15, 2020
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Adobe’s first 2020 security patch update fixes code execution vulnerabilities

Adobe’s first security release of 2020 includes fixes for code execution vulnerabilities and information leaks.  As part of the software vendor’s standard security schedule, vulnerabilities have been patched in Illustrator CC 2019 and Adobe Experience Manager.  Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 version 24.0.2 on the Windows platform has received fixes for five memory corruption issues. Deemed critical and tracked as CVE-2020-3710, CVE-2020-3711, CVE-2020-3712, CVE-2020-3713, and CVE-2020-3714, if exploited, the vulnerabilities could…

January 15, 2020
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Worldwide IT spending to reach $3.9 trillion in 2020

Global IT spending is on the up, Gartner says, rising from $3.8 trillion in 2019 to $3.9 trillion in 2020, spurred on by the upcoming end of support for Windows 7 as well as enterprise cloud software purchases.  On Wednesday, the research firm released its latest spending forecast, suggesting that software will be the main driver for spending over 2020, reaching 10.5 percent growth.  See also: PC shipments grew in 2019,…

January 15, 2020
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