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Should you buy or build your own software?

7 hours 30 min ago
The build versus buy conundrum is without doubt a big decision for any company looking to adopt a new piece of software; each route has its own merits and both will be a costly exercise so it’s very important to make the right decision. Although packaged software has now been used for decades there are still many systems developed in-house, perhaps increasingly so now that development skills are on the increase and coding is getting easier and even being taught to children in schools. In fact, IT analyst IDC recently predicted that most of 2017’s IT spending will go on… [Continue Reading]
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Acer shocks PC gaming world with incredibly thin and light Predator Triton 700 laptop

8 hours 44 min ago
Earlier today, Acer unveiled its new line of Windows computers. While they all look great, there was one model that damn-near knocked me off my chair. The Predator Triton 700, as it is called, is yet another gaming laptop that a manufacturer is calling thin and light. Yeah, we have heard that before -- "thin" for a gaming notebook is often still rather chunky. There it was, though -- an honest to goodness svelte portable PC. It is a mere 18.9 mm thick and 5.7 pounds. The thin aluminum body is just part of the story, however, as it also… [Continue Reading]
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Put the BI in Big Data by going data native

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 20:52
Customer drop-off, supply chain problems, lack of competitor awareness -- there are a plethora of critical business problems out there, but the answer is a panacea -- actionable big data. For any company struggling to understand what direction to take its business decisions, there is often a disconnect between its business intelligence (BI) and its big data. Companies are amassing more data than ever, with Gartner predicting it will continue to grow by 800 percent over the next five years -- yet 80 percent will be unstructured. Herein lies the breakdown -- companies need robust storage, processing, and analysis to… [Continue Reading]
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Get 'Computer Security Handbook (6th Edition)' ebook ($130 value) FREE for a limited time

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:59
Computer security touches every part of our daily lives, from our computers and connected devices, to the wireless signals around us, and breaches often have real and immediate financial, privacy, and safety consequences. Written for professionals and college students (but accessible to all), the Computer Security Handbook from Wiley provides comprehensive best guidance about how to minimize hacking, fraud, human error, the effects of natural disasters, and more. It usually retails for $130, but BetaNews readers can get it entirely for free. The ebook, contains advice from top professionals working in the real world about how to minimize the possibility… [Continue Reading]
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How to optimize your app for the App Store and Google Play

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:55
The app-economy competition is fierce. Facebook owns four out of the five most downloaded apps worldwide, but startups are still leaping into the fight to claim new and old markets. For these startups, Facebook is often the least of their worries as, according to research from Gartner, we only actually use between six and ten apps on average and end up neglecting or deleting the rest. It’s tough for app developers to break through the noise, let alone get into that top ten. So what does this mean for startups trying to break into the space? You have to put… [Continue Reading]
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New report shows the number of requests for user data Facebook receives from global governments

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:14
Today Facebook publishes its Global Government Requests Report, revealing just how many data requests the social network has received from governments around the world. This time around, the report covers the second half of 2016, and it shows a mixed-bag of figures. While the number of items that had to be restricted due to contravention of local laws dropped, the number of government data requests increased by 9 percent compared to the previous six months. Facebook is well-aware that it faces scrutiny and criticism for its willingness to comply with data requests, and the company tries to allay fears by… [Continue Reading]
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Razer unveils Lancehead gaming mice

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:49
PC gamers have many decisions to make when buying peripherals. Price and brands aside, there are various technologies and style choices. For instance, if you buy a mechanical keyboard, what types of switches should you get? The toughest decision is probably when selecting a mouse -- do you want wired or wireless? While a cordless variant may look nicer, a wired mouse doesn't need a battery and can have less lag. Today, Razer announces a new product that might make choosing a mouse even tougher. The Lancehead wireless gaming mouse is chock full of cool features, including a super-high 16,000 DPI… [Continue Reading]
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WeWork launches store for services and software

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:00
WeWork wants to make sure you never leave it, and it's trying to keep you as a customer by releasing its own tools store. Called Services Store, the new offering gives users simple access to a wide variety of tools and apps, and sometimes even exclusives. Once logged in, users can search, purchase and download a wide variety of enterprise apps. They can also leave reviews for different products, to help others find the perfect app for their business. The platform was built by WeWork, in cooperation with quite a few partners: Salesforce, Lyft, Upwork, Zendesk, Xero, Slack, Amazon Web Services,… [Continue Reading]
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Thinkware X550 dash cam review

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 17:56
It's always a good idea to use a dash cam when you get behind the wheel. In case you have a close call or get into an accident, you'll have a video that you can show to the authorities or your insurance company. But there's also an entertaining side to it as well, which is just as important to some folks, as you can also record a spirited drive on a fun road or some interesting things that you stumble upon on your daily commute. Pretty much all dash cams let you do those things, but some do it better than… [Continue Reading]
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34 percent of US government agencies have had data breaches in the last year

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:07
According to a new report from systems security specialist Thales e-Security and 451 Research, US federal agencies are facing threats caused by legacy systems, spending and staffing issues. 65 percent have experienced a data breach at some stage in the past with 34 percent having one in the last year. Almost all agencies (96 percent) consider themselves 'vulnerable', with half (48 percent) stating they are 'very' or 'extremely' vulnerable. This number is higher than any other US sector polled for the 2017 Data Threat Report. Pressures to adopt advanced technologies (cloud, Big Data, IoT, and containers) are only making the… [Continue Reading]
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New approach protects IoT devices via a secure network

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:49
Up to now the security model for protecting IoT devices has been similar to that used for PCs, relying on patches which need to be installed by the user. Now though internet security and performance company Cloudflare is launching a new service called Orbit which streamlines patching and adds an additional layer of security thanks to the use of a secure global network. Using Orbit, IoT manufacturers can restrict their devices so they only connect to the internet through Cloudflare's network. Then, if there is a security vulnerability, the IoT manufacturer can perform a 'virtual patch,' across all of their… [Continue Reading]
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Most businesses will migrate to Windows 10 by the end of 2017

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:46
Businesses will move to Windows 10 faster than they have moved to previous operating systems, according to a new report by Gartner. Surveying businesses everywhere, Gartner believes 85 percent of businesses will have migrated to Windows 10 before the year ends. First of all, Gartner’s research director Ranjit Atwal says the time to evaluate and deploy Windows 10 has come down, from 23 months to 21 months. Large businesses that are yet to start the migration, are delaying because of legacy applications. "Large businesses are either already engaged in Windows 10 upgrades or have delayed upgrading until 2018," Atwal says. "This… [Continue Reading]
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Chuwi LapBook 12.3 costs $349, launches in May

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:33
I walked away impressed after reviewing the Chuwi LapBook 14.1. There's something charming about a laptop that gets the basics right at an affordable price point. The new LapBook 12.3 is shaping up to be even more impressive, featuring more attractive hardware at a still-competitive price. The LapBook 12.3 is designed for consumers in the market for a more portable laptop, featuring a 12.3-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,736 by 1,824. That's pretty impressive for a budget offering, considering that there are premium laptops that ship with lesser screens. The processor is an Intel Apollo Lake N3450, coupled… [Continue Reading]
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Logitech launches Universal Folio keyboard case for iPad, Android, and Windows 10 tablets

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:56
I recently bought the all-new iPad 2017 and love it very much. The problem? There aren't many cases for it. While some first-gen iPad Air cases may work with it, that is not a guarantee. Sure, there are some universal cases that leverage elastic straps to accommodate many models, but those are often a poor experience. Today, Logitech announces an all-new universal keyboard case that actually looks good. Rather than use cheap elastic, the company has come up with some brilliant 4-point adjustable grips. This looks to be a very elegant product that solves a common problem. Of course, it will not… [Continue Reading]
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Attackers shift away from file-based techniques

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:08
Cyber attack methods are becoming more sophisticated in order to bypass traditional file-scanning protection systems according to a new study. Endpoint protection specialist SentinelOne has used filtered data from more than one million SentinelOne Enterprise Platform agents deployed worldwide to carry out behavioral analysis of malware programs that bypassed firewalls and network controls to infect devices. This data has been used to create the company's first Enterprise Risk Index which focuses on three risk categories. These are, attacks from document-based files, largely associated with Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF, attacks detected from traditional portable executable-based files, and attacks detected only… [Continue Reading]
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Capture, edit and share your desktop with Icecream Screen Recorder

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:51
Desktop recorders are common on the PC and we’ve regularly covered them here, but does Icecream Screen Recorder have enough to stand out from the crowd? A handy set of capture types doesn’t stop with full screen, window and freehand rectangles. The program can also capture a fixed-size rectangle around your mouse cursor, very useful when you need to focus on a particular area of the screen. Recordings can be started, paused and resumed or stopped with a click, or a fully customizable hotkey. The program can record audio from your microphone and/ or the system speakers, as well as… [Continue Reading]
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Uncontrolled user access is a weak link in corporate governance

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:07
Correct handling of corporate data is important not just to guard against security threats and data breaches, but to avoid the risk of regulatory fines and lawsuits too. But a new report from secure erasing specialist Blancco Technology Group shows the two weakest links in a company's data governance program are uncontrolled user access to data (53 percent) and managing where data is stored (43 percent). Data protection and regulatory compliance are further complicated by the fact that organizations are often too lenient in allowing employees to transfer data both inside and outside their organizations. For instance, 69 percent of the… [Continue Reading]
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Can Amazon's Echo Dot make a good SIDS alarm?

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:37
It was 15 years ago this week that my son Chase Cringely died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at age 74 days. I wrote about it at the time and there was a great outpouring of support from readers. Back then, before the advent of social media, parents didn’t get a chance to grieve in print the way Mary Alyce and I did. We shed a light on SIDS and, for a couple years, even led to some progress in combating the condition, which still kills about 4,000 American babies each year. When you lose a child, especially one… [Continue Reading]
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GE Appliances connected window air conditioners get Amazon Alexa support

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 01:53
Summer is right around the corner, meaning the temperatures in many places will begin rising to uncomfortable levels. It's funny -- in the winter, many people get cold and dream of summer, and once that season comes, they complain about the hot weather. There' s just no pleasing some folks! Thankfully, with the invention of air conditioning, human beings can use technology to stay cool. If you aren't lucky enough to have central air in your home, a window unit is the next best thing. Today, GE Appliances announces that its Wi-Fi connected window models are getting Amazon Alexa support. In other… [Continue Reading]
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Four million Brits can't work from home because of poor connectivity

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 01:49
If your telecom's poor connectivity is preventing you from working from home, you're not alone. There are four million Brits suffering from the same woes, according to new research from, the price comparison and switching service. In the past year, almost half (43 percent) of employees in the UK have worked from home at least once. Among the younger workforce, those aged 18 - 34, the percentage jumps to 55. Yet, 58 percent have suffered from slow speeds and poor call quality. The problems were so pervasive that 46 percent of those with issues believe they can no longer… [Continue Reading]
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