The paradox of cloud data: it saves money, but can be costly, too

Let’s face it. The cloud has the potential for creating many new silos, some which may prove to be more costly and insidious than the on-premises systems they replace. Enterprises may end up paying endless subscription fees for data and applications hardly anybody uses, as well as getting occasional jolts of sticker shock as monthly cloud bills roll in. Escalating… Read more →

Why the time is ripe for citizen developers

Readers of this blogsite will know that over the years, we have been an advocating for providing business users with the tools and support to build their own technology solutions. When service-oriented architecture first came on the scene, the emphasis was to break down monolithic applications that only IT could love into bite-size services that could potentially be assembled and… Read more →

Uber says data breach compromised 380K users in Singapore

Uber says an estimated 380,000 users in Singapore were impacted by the 2016 data breach that compromised 58 million accounts globally, but finds no incidents of fraud related to the attack. The ride-sharing operator posted a statement on its website Friday with the update, noting that the figure was “an approximation rather than an accurate and definitive count”. The number… Read more →

Google shutting down Project Tango in March 2018

Google announced Friday it will stop supporting Project Tango, its first augmented reality platform for developers, on March 1, 2018. The end of Project Tango comes as Google focuses on ARCore to build AR apps and games for Android devices. “As we focus on bringing augmented reality to the entire Android ecosystem with ARCore, we’re turning down support of Tango…. Read more →

BlackBerry officially ends support for Priv, outlines BB10 plans

BlackBerry on Friday said that it will end regular monthly security updates for its Android-powered handset Priv. Released in November 2015, the Priv — named as a hat tip to BlackBerry’s focus on privacy — was touted by BlackBerry CEO John Chen as the most secure Android phone on the market. Its launch came as the Canadian tech company was… Read more →

Microsoft’s Cortana now has 230 skills (and Amazon’s Alexa, 25,000)

Video: Your Skype account just got a new contact: AI assistant Cortana There are currently 230 skills, or supplemental apps, available for Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant, while there are at least 25,000 for Amazon’s Alexa. (Credit: Microsoft) No, that’s not a typo. I’m not missing a comma or some zeros. There are only 230 Cortana skills, as of December 2017…. Read more →

Get a lifetime subscription to Fleeq for $49

ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter scours the web for great deals on computers, phones, services and much more. Prices and availability are accurate at the time deals are shared. Some products and services may not be available outside the U.S. Follow BBH on Facebook and Twitter, where he’s known as The Cheapskate. Fleeq employs a simple content-creation tool that lets you… Read more →

Netflix is watching you. We’re all watching you

Over the weekend, people got a bit freaked out when Netflix sent out a cheeky tweet, indicating that it was tracking views of its original movie, The Christmas Prince. Netflix, in essence, has admitted it is analyzing viewership metadata the same way that popular news and editorial websites (yes, like ZDNet, which is owned by CBS) looks at page views… Read more →

Micro-fortresses everywhere: The cloud security model and the software-defined perimeter

Aerial photograph of the Tobolsk Kremlin by Russian President Dimitry Medvedev, released under Creative Commons 4.0. There is a fortress atop a hill overseeing two rivers: One natural, the other a man-made canal. The first building made there was wooden, but by 1683, the Cossacks who had conquered Siberia has grown tired of soft perimeters. They sent for Russians from… Read more →

Windows 10 tip: How to disable unwanted startup programs

Right-click the column headings to add details about the impact of auto-starting programs. Click to enlarge Every time you start your PC, Windows checks in more than a dozen places to see if you (or, more likely, some program you installed) has specified that a program should start automatically. Those auto-start programs can run as a result of entries in… Read more →

Hex Star Wars cases: Soft leather protects your Apple iPhone X better than the Force

Smartphones Portable power sources: From sleek chargers to 50-pound powerhouses, there’s a size for everyone Source Article from Star Wars cases: Soft leather protects your Apple iPhone X better than the Force blogs for ZDNetLatest blogs for ZDNet×144.png

Robots will soon be able to taste and smell your bad cooking

Rewired, a robotics-focused “venture studio” based in London and Lausanne, Switzerland, just struck a partnership with a company called Aromyx, which is bringing two long-neglected senses into the digital world. Based in Palo Alto, Aromyx develops technologies that enable scientific, reproducible measurement and digitization of taste and scent. They’ve commercialized the human olfactory system. Digitally replicating taste and smell in… Read more →