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A.I. meets music: how new tech is changing how people play instruments

Music has evolved widely throughout history. How does technology help in this evolutionary process?

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FTC vs. Qualcomm: No license, no chips

The court should refuse Qualcomm’s motion to dismiss the antitrust suit.

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For real Windows 10 privacy, you need the China Government Edition

Windows 10 is infamous for having snooping baked in, but one government stood up for user privacy. Oh, the irony!

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Can Dell change endpoint security?

Traditional PC security is failing most companies, and a new approach is required if enterprises are to be protected. Can PC vendors like Dell dramatically improve endpoint security?

But thanks for getting back to me. Yeah. Really...

IT pilot fish gets copied on an email chain from a sales person: Have these products passed quality control, and can they be sold? Hmm, fish thinks, maybe our inventory system has a problem. Or maybe not...

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We need virtual assistants that talk to each other

A lot of companies have developed voice-based virtual assistants, but you still have to choose one and stick with it.You shouldn't have to.

Hey, those variables don't grow on trees, y'know!

This IT shop's boss wants a new column added to a key database -- one that will hold the file-creation date for every set of customer data. Consultant's response: That's going to be a very, VERY big job.

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The top 5 mistakes enterprise devs make when building mobile apps

While many organizations have embraced the need for mobile apps to get work done or address customer needs, development efforts sometimes fail. Here's why.

10,000 points of failure, but only one is the user

Late one night, this IT pilot fish gets locked out of online access to his credit card account -- for the second time in three months. But this time, at least he gets an explanation.

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WWDC: Apple plays catch-up

Yawn. Wake me up when Apple announces something new and innovative.

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WWDC 2017: An enterprise perspective on Apple’s iOS 11

Apple’s iOS 11 will bring a range of improvements to iOS-using enterprises, I've looked at some of these in this report.

Now THAT'S what we call a rounding error!

The company's new time-clock system goes live, and this IT pilot fish has finally figured out exactly how it works -- and is not happy.

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IT careers: Should you leave?

Ask yourself a couple of key questions before quitting the job you have.

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How drones are advancing civil engineering and surveying

Drones mean a quantum leap for surveying. They provide eyes that can reach and hover above specific sites. Their height and cameras can be adjusted remotely. And, equipped with sensors, they can measure, transmit and store data.

Not the kind of job security we were looking for

Linux admin pilot fish at a manufacturer discovers he has been "volunteered" to deal with an open-way-too-long trouble ticket for a Linux workstation. But wait -- wasn't this supposed to be outsourced?

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Apple's WWDC 2017 announcements: First thoughts for the enterprise

Powerful new platforms present some opportunity, but AR will be the big show.

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WWDC: iPad’s big advantage: engagement

iPads already get more in-app attention from users, how will Apple capitalize on this at WWDC?

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3 steps to better IT career management

While every career involves a bit of luck and serendipity, they can and should be managed.

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Amazon Go is a great mobile solution, but for the wrong problem

Mobile-accessed video analytics could be a wonderful retail technology, but only if it’s used to attack the right problem.

Just one more reason to love Mondays

It's first thing Monday morning when this bank suddenly discovers it's not receiving some mission-critical data on its primary data feed. What's gone wrong? (Or, more to the point -- what hasn't?)

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