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PayPal formally launches its Venmo debit card

Venmo, PayPal’s largely unmonetized social payments platform, is rolling out a MasterCard debit card that will let users make in-store payments with their Venmo balance. The move is a sign that Venmo will become an even greater driver of PayPal’s growth going forward. Venmo is the darling of PayPal’s product portfolio and the undisputed leader in the person-to-person payments space…. Read more →

​GitLab moves from Azure to Google Cloud Platform

When Microsoft acquired GitHub, a lot of open-source GitHub users weren’t happy. At least 100,000 of them were upset enough to move to a leading GitHub rival, GitLab. Now, GitLab is moving its code repositories from Microsoft Azure to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Andrew Newdigate, GitLab’s Google Cloud Platform Migration Project Lead, explained GitLab was making the move to improve… Read more →

Influenster’s ReviewSource connects customer reviews to e-commerce brands

Video: Why these 4 startups could propel e-commerce in 2018 New York-based product discovery and reviews platform Influenster hopes to help consumer brands take advantage of the non-incentivised reviews that ordinary consumers leave on its platform. Read also: What trends will dominate influencer marketing in 2018? Its ReviewSource platform syncs reviews made on its platform to brand sites. ReviewSource is… Read more →

Research: CIO gender diversity is good for business

Although the topic of gender diversity in technology has received much attention, there has been less research specifically looking at diversity and the CIO role. The huge professional services company, Deloitte, completed a recent study examining this important topic. It’s called Smashing IT’s glass ceiling: Perspectives from leading women CIOs (pdf). Deloitte employs 85,000 people with revenue of $40 billion,… Read more →

Which Amazon Echo to buy? How to pick the best Alexa device for your needs

Amazon Echo Show adds a touchscreen to the Alexa experience Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in May 2017. It’s been republished in June 2018 with all the new Alexa options Amazon introduced in the past year. You know what Alexa does. She turns on your lights. She plays your songs. She answers your math questions. She wakes you… Read more →

Windows 10 how-to: Ed Bott’s free tech support and troubleshooting guide

Windows 10 upgrade: Survey finds half of users experience problems Being a Windows expert doesn’t mean you have to memorize every shortcut and secret. You just have to know where to find those details when you need them. That’s the point of this page, where I’ve collected the links I regularly use to find information and download tools and utilities…. Read more →

AT&T buys AppNexus, extends into ad tech after Time Warner purchase

AT&T said it will acquire AppNexus, an ad-tech company, in a bid to build a digital advertising juggernaut to go along with its Time Warner purchase. Under the deal, AppNexus will become part of AT&T advertising and analytics. Brian Lesser, CEO of AT&T’s advertising and analytics unit, had been the CEO of GroupM and an AppNexus board member. AT&T’s move… Read more →

PGP encryption won’t protect your data. But PURBs can.

Getty Images/iStockphoto special feature Cyberwar and the Future of Cybersecurity Today’s security threats have expanded in scope and seriousness. There can now be millions — or even billions — of dollars at risk when information security isn’t handled properly. Read More Most encrypted data formats have plaintext headers, because, how the heck are you supposed to know anything about the… Read more →

​Cloud wars 2018: 6 things we learned in the first half

With the first half of 2018 coming to a close it’s worth revisiting the cloud battle to see how the year is shaping up. The pecking order outlined in our top cloud providers of 2018 hasn’t changed, but there are clearly moving parts worth pondering. With that take in mind, let’s go through the year (so far) in cloud computing…. Read more →

Agile software development still more a feel-good term than reality

When one of the co-authors of the Agile Manifesto calls on developers to run away from agile development initiatives, you know something has lost its way. Photo: Joe McKendrick “It breaks my heart to see the ideas we wrote about in the Agile Manifesto used to make developers’ lives worse, instead of better,” Ron Jeffries, co-creator of the Extreme Programming… Read more →