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  • CoreOS, OCI Unveil Controversial Open Container Industry Standard July 20, 2017
    CoreOS and the Open Container Initiative on Wednesday introduced image and runtime specifications largely based on Docker's image format technology. However, OCI's decision to model the standard on Docker's de facto platform has raised questions. Some critics have argued for other options. Version 1.0 provides a stable standard for application containers, according to CoreOS CTO […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Has Photobucket Painted Itself Into a Corner? July 20, 2017
    Various celebrities over the years have "broken the Internet" when risqué photos or shocking revelations surfaced, with or without their knowledge or approval. Photo hosting service Photobucket may have surpassed Kim Kardashian's most notorious stunts, though. The company recently changed its user agreement for the hosting of images on third-party sites, and truly may have […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Microsoft Rolls Out Linux Support in SQL Server 2017 Release Candidate July 19, 2017
    Microsoft has announced the availability of its first public release candidate for SQL Server 2017, which includes full support for Linux. SQL Server on Linux improves on earlier previews with several key enhancements, including active directory authentication; transport layer security to encrypt data; and SQL Server Integration Services that add support for Unicode ODBC drivers.
    David Jones
  • Google's Ugly Duckling Glass Becomes Enterprise Swan July 19, 2017
    Google's augmented reality goggles were a flop several years ago -- when intrepid explorers wore the devices in restaurants and bars, sparking reactions ranging from disapproval to outright violence -- but they have become very welcome in the workplace. Their success in a host of business settings led The Team at X on Tuesday to […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • New AI Assistant Digs Up Specialized Info for Makers July 18, 2017
    Avnet last week unveiled a beta version of Ask Avnet, an automated virtual assistant that combines artificial intelligence with on-demand access to industry experts. Ask Avnet targets "engineers, designers, hobbyists, makers and purchasing specialists across the electronics supply chain -- which includes the product manufacturing chain," said Kevin Yapp, SVP for digital transformation at Avnet.
    Richard Adhikari
  • 10th Anniversary iPhone Buzz: Late, Expensive, Possibly Awesome July 18, 2017
    With September fast approaching, speculation has begun to roil about the next generation of iPhones, particularly the iPhone 8, or whatever Apple decides to name its special 10th anniversary edition of its smartphone. However, fans aching to get their hands on the iPhone 8 may have to ache longer than those upgrading to the expected […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • SharkLinux OS Is Destined for Success July 17, 2017
    SharkLinux OS is one of those very rare newcomer distributions that has "Future Big Winner" written all over it. Over my many years of reviewing Linux software and distros for Linux Picks and Pans, I have found that the story of what spurred the developer to create the distro often showcases the driving power that […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • HP Is Back: Should It Rename Itself Compaq? July 17, 2017
    HP just took over the PC market lead worldwide. You probably don't get how incredible this is, so here's an analogy: It's as if a crooked referee put a bunch of lead on a racer who already was overweight and shuffled him to the back of the pack, but in the end, the guy finished […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Fedora 26 Powers Up Cloud, Server, Workstation Systems July 15, 2017
    The Fedora Project has announced the general availability of Fedora 26, the latest version of the fully open source Fedora OS. Fedora Linux is the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL. Fedora 26 comprises a set of base packages that form the foundation of three distinct editions targeting different users. All three […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Alteryx CCO Olivia Duane Adams: Women Do Think Differently July 14, 2017
    Analytics is "about having a sense of curiosity -- the ability to look at data and say, 'what is it telling me?'" said Olivia Duane Adams, chief customer officer at Alteryx. "I define analytics as 'the ability to ingest any and all relevant sources of data that might help answer a question being asked.' Analytics […]
    Vivian Wagner
  • Hyperloop One Test: Beginning of a New Transportation Era? July 14, 2017
    Hyperloop One has conducted a successful first test of a specially designed vehicle to travel in a vacuum environment. The company achieved controlled propulsion and levitation of a Hyperloop One vehicle at 70 mph on a 315-foot test track in the Nevada desert. The test vehicle reached nearly 2Gs of acceleration during its brief 5.3 […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Microsoft Makes Room for Ubuntu at Windows Store July 13, 2017
    Microsoft this week announced the availability of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distro as a free download in the Windows Store. It can be installed on any Windows Insider build, said Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner. One of the advantages to using the Windows Store version of the Ubuntu Linux Distro is that the software can […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Gadget Ogling: Show and Tell, Fidget Folly, and Connected Nightlights July 12, 2017
    The Echo Show is the first in Amazon's line of smart speakers to incorporate a screen, and it seems very much more "speaker with a display" than "tablet with better audio and microphones." It has all the functionality of Echo, including access to Alexa, Amazon's voice-operated assistant. The screen can, for example, provide a more […]
    Kris Holt
  • Microsoft Aims to Boost Internet Connectivity in US Heartland July 11, 2017
    Microsoft has unveiled an ambitious plan that would use technology found in the television white space spectrum to develop affordable broadband Internet access for at least 2 million consumers. The aim is to bridge the technology gap between urban and rural American communities. The spectrum is a currently unused portion in the 600 Mhz frequency […]
    David Jones
  • The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard Shows Which Bits Are Boss July 11, 2017
    If you've ever been curious enough to look through your system's root directory, you may have become a little overwhelmed. Most of the three-letter directory names don't tell you much about what they do, and if you ever needed to make important modifications, it would be tough to know where to look. I'd like to […]
    Jonathan Terrasi
  • Could Tech Nerf North Korea? July 10, 2017
    When a hostile country regularly lobs missiles into the ocean with the stated objective of transforming a U.S. state into a radioactive cloud, we have a problem. One "oops" and we could suddenly become a 49-state nation again. Approaches to North Korea tend to be in-the-box thinking, but there are new technologies that effectively could […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Trustify President Jennifer Mellon: Diversity Is Good Business July 8, 2017
    "My team has always, from day one, been 70 percent female," said Trustify President Jennifer Mellon. "You know, we're not a flower delivery service -- we're doing private investigation. It's not a space women often lead in, so I'm really proud of that. ... Over 45 percent of my team identified with a protected minority […]
    Vivian Wagner
  • IoT Fuels Growth of Linux Malware July 5, 2017
    Malware targeting Linux systems is growing, largely due to a proliferation of devices created to connect to the Internet of Things. That is one of the findings in a report WatchGuard Technologies released last week. The report, which analyzes data gathered from more than 26,000 appliances worldwide, found three Linux malware programs in the top […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • The Stupidly Dangerous Politics of Blame July 3, 2017
    I hope that, like me, you are off this long holiday weekend and have a chance to think about the drama that now surrounds the U.S. administration. What I find fascinating isn't that the government is a bit of a mess but that the accidental transparency of this administration is focusing us more on the […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Google Gives Up Scanning Personal Gmail June 30, 2017
    Google recently announced the end of its policy of scanning user emails for targeted advertising purposes -- a controversial practice that riled privacy advocates and spurred legal challenges. Gmail is the world's most widely used email provider, with more than 1.2 billion users. Google attributed its decision to gains it has made in the enterprise.
    David Jones