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  • Data on demand: Dynamic architecture for a high-speed age May 12, 2020
    The amount of data generated by businesses today has reached unprecedented levels following successive waves of digitalization across products, services, operations, and supply chains, and as a result of ubiquitous cloud computing technology. Data volumes are set to increase further still, as 5G leads to exponential growth in connectivity and makes largescale IoT deployments a…
    Claire Beatty
  • Health systems are in need of radical change; virtual care will lead the way April 30, 2020
    The covid-19 pandemic has shown us how much health care is in need of not just tweaking but radical change. The pressure on global health systems, providers, and staff has already been increasing to unsustainable levels. But it also illustrates how much can be achieved in times of crisis: for example, China and the UK…
    Jason Sparapani
  • Why the coronavirus lockdown is making the internet stronger than ever April 7, 2020
    Just like that, our internet connection has become an umbilical to the outside world. We now depend on it to do our jobs, to go to school, and to see other people. It is our primary source of entertainment. And we’re using it a lot. Between January and late March, internet traffic increased by around…
    Will Heaven
  • CIOs are uniquely poised to lead digital transformation April 1, 2020
    It’s an unheralded strength: IT operates outside corporate silos. That gives IT staffs—and the CIOs who lead them—unique advantages in the move toward digital transformation. Traditionally, IT’s primary role was to keep the lights on. Computing services were behind the scenes, running the back office, and otherwise enabling the company’s “real work.” In long-held perceptions,…
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  • Zoom is facing questions about how private or secure it really is April 1, 2020
    The news: Video-conferencing platform Zoom claims it uses end-to-end encryption, but it is still able to access video and audio from meetings hosted on its app, The Intercept reported yesterday. On the same day, Vice revealed that Zoom is leaking thousands of users’ email addresses and photos, and letting strangers try to initiate calls with…
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  • Pixar’s computer graphics pioneers have won the $1 million Turing Award March 18, 2020
    Two men who invented game-changing 3D computer graphics techniques now widely used in the film industry have won the highest distinction in computer science: the Turing Award. If you enjoyed Toy Story, The Lord of the Rings, Finding Nemo, Titanic, Avatar, or Jurassic Park, you have them to thank. Who are they? Edwin Catmull and…
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  • A new computer chip mimics the neurocircuitry of our noses to smell March 16, 2020
    Of all the things our brain can do, the way it helps us smell is one of the best understood. When an odor hits the olfactory cells in our nose, they send a signal to the corresponding cluster of neurons in the brain known as the olfactory bulb. The bulb then ferries the signal out…
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  • Chinese hackers and others are exploiting coronavirus fears for cyber espionage March 12, 2020
    Government-sponsored and criminal hackers from around the world are taking advantage of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to spy on adversaries, according to multiple cybersecurity threat intelligence companies. Hacking groups aligned with the Chinese and Russian governments, among others, have been sending out malicious email attachments about  the virus in recent weeks. Governments Two hacking groups…
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  • Smartphone innovation in the third decade of the 21st century March 5, 2020
    2019 was a year of triumphs and challenges for the smartphone industry. It was a time when manufacturers encountered an almost continual decline of global shipments—but it also marked the introduction of sophisticated new features such as foldable screens and long-awaited 5G technology. Though far from mature, these early drafts are helping establish a solid…
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  • Leading with a security-first mentality March 4, 2020
    As technology rapidly develops, the number of security and privacy concerns will only continue to grow. In this episode, we look at how companies can build cybersecurity into their business strategies—instead of scrambling to respond when a breach happens. Even with danger lurking around the corner, today’s guest, cybersecurity expert Ann Cavoukian, argues that companies…
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