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Conversational AI goes mainstream at Capital One bank

Capital One is one of the largest banks in the world, with revenue over $27 billion. They are also behind the ubiquitous “What’s in your wallet?” television commercials. To take a deep dive, I invited Capital One’s head of conversational AI, Ken Dodelin, as my guest on the CXOTalk series of conversations with business and technology innovators. Also read: CIO… Read more →

Microsoft wish list: How to keep customers happy and make money in 2019

From a business perspective, Microsoft had a pretty good 2018. That’s especially true when you examine the company’s revenue, profits, stock price, and momentum against other giant tech companies, especially Apple, Google, and especially Facebook. Those three stalwarts of the once-mighty FAANG displayed rare weakness in 2018, while Microsoft looks poised to end the year with the largest market cap… Read more →

Biggest storage stories of 2019

Four cost-effective alternatives to public cloud storage Listening to cloud vendors, you’d think it isn’t possible for enterprise data center storage to compete on cost. That’s just wrong. Here are four companies that offer lower-cost alternatives to the big cloud services. Read More In no particular order, here is what to expect in 2019. NVMe bulks up NVMe sales doubled… Read more →

Three ways DevOps will be more finely tuned in 2019

“DevOps is no longer a fringe movement.” Cloud, security and AI will more finely tune DevOps. Photo: Joe McKendrick That’s the word from Wesley Pullen, chief DevOps strategist at Electric Cloud, in a presentation at the recent DevOps Enterprise Summit. There are now enough proof points on implementations to justify DevOps to senior executives as a strategy for attaining competitive… Read more →

Ransomware suspected in cyberattack that crippled major US newspapers

The Ryuk ransomware strain is the primary suspect in a cyberattack that caused printing and delivery disruptions for several major US newspapers over the weekend. The attack reportedly affected printing centers operated by Tribune Publishing and former Tribune Publishing property, the Los Angeles Times. All Tribune Publishing newspapers were impacted to some degree by the cyber-attack. The print editions of… Read more →

EU to fund bug bounty programs for 14 open source projects starting January 2019

The European Union will foot the bill for bug bounty programs for 14 open source projects, EU Member of Parliament Julia Reda announced this week. The 14 projects are, in alphabetical order, 7-zip, Apache Kafka, Apache Tomcat, Digital Signature Services (DSS), Drupal, Filezilla, FLUX TL, the GNU C Library (glibc), KeePass, midPoint, Notepad++, PuTTY, the Symfony PHP framework, VLC Media… Read more →

Five major challenges facing Apple in 2019

2019 looks set to be one of the toughest years that Apple has faced this millennium. It’s bad enough that Mac sales are pretty much flatlined, and iPad sales are on a downward trajectory, but what makes Apple’s predicament much worse is that iPhone sales – along with smartphone sales in general – are weakening, and investors have become agitated… Read more →

PewDiePie versus T-Series silliness reveals battle for the soul of YouTube

A very bizarre battle has been raging across YouTube and beyond between two unlikely, overnight rivals. Actually, it is more of a one-sided scream of rage emitted by YouTube sensation PewDiePie, aka 29-year-old Swedish National Felix Kjellberg who makes roughly $15 million a year through his YouTube gaming videos, and his devout followers such as Mr. Beast. The object of… Read more →

Pewdepie versus T-Series silliness reveals battle for the soul of Youtube

A very bizarre battle has been raging across Youtube and beyond between two unlikely, overnight rivals. Actually, it is more of a one-sided scream of rage emitted by Youtube sensation Pewdepie, aka 29-year-old Swedish National Felix Kjellberg who makes roughly $15 million a year through his Youtube gaming videos, and his devout followers such as Mr. Beast. The object of… Read more →

How drone forensics can reveal pilot identity

Researchers take apart drones to find data for investigations. (Image: VTO Labs) VTO Labs Drones can be used for good, but it depends on who’s flying them. The recent drama at London’s Gatwick Airport is a real-life example of how even an amateur drone pilot can disrupt major infrastructure. Now that suspects have been arrested and a drone has been… Read more →

Hackers steal personal info of 1,000 North Korean defectors

Hackers have stolen the personal information of almost 1,000 North Korean defectors, the South Korean government revealed today. Only information from one of the 25 defector support centers was stolen, officials said. The hack took place after an employee of a defector support center opened a malicious document he received via email on Monday, December 19, 2018. The hacked support… Read more →