All posts on August, 2016


Operating Systems

Google Fills Nexus Devices With Rich Nougat Features

Google on Monday began rolling out its long-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat release to Nexus smartphones and tablets. The new operating system became available as a beta release, known only as “Android N,” earlier this year. The experiences of developers and other users led to more than 250 new features, including improved multitasking, stronger battery life and tighter security features.

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Exclusives

Pegasystems CTO Don Schuerman: Trust the Technology

Customers may not understand the processes that drive their experiences, and they’re not eager to look under the hood, suggested Don Schuerman, CTO of Pegasystems. “The contemporary customer doesn’t really care about CRM. They care about the experience they have, and in most cases they know little or nothing about the fact that there’s a technology behind the scenes called CRM.

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Home Tech

Netgear’s Orbi WiFi Promises Strong Signal All Through the House

Netgear on Monday announced the Orbi WiFi System, designed to eliminate dead spots in smart homes. Orbi’s system “is similar to using a network extender, but Netgear has improved on this approach with a dedicated band for communication with the satellite devices,” explained Bill Ablondi, a research director at Strategy Analytics. The initial Orbi system will be available in September for $400.

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Reviews

Latest Slackware Version Doesn’t Cut Newbies any Slack

Slackware is one of those Linux distros often described as being difficult to use. The Slackware Project version 14.2 released on July 1 does little to change that view — at least, as far as installing it is concerned. Its KDE desktop is probably the most contemporary trait. Other than an update under the hood, it offers little that’s new in terms of usability and few new features.

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Tech Buzz

From the Olympic Non-Robbery to Ford Getting Out of Cars, to Evil NSA: A Strange Week

There were three stories that caught my eye last week that I think deserve some additional discussion. One is the alleged robbery of U.S. Olympians followed by questions of whether it really happened because their phones weren’t stolen. There may be a legitimate reason for that, and it’s one that suggests a lot of folks will be getting huge cellphone bills next month.

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Consumer Security

Russian Gang Suspected of Hacking Oracle’s POS System

Oracle has been investigating a point-of-sale system breach that may be the work of Russian cyberthieves. Hackers compromised at least 700 computers on the MICROS POS system, used by hundreds of thousands of hotels, restaurants and retail outlets worldwide to process credit card transactions, Krebs on Security reported earlier this month. More than 330,000 cash registers worldwide use MICROS.

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Deals

Lights Out for Gawker.com

Gawker Media owner Nick Denton has revealed that Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Jezebel and Deadspin will continue with their current writers and other staff members following the company’s sale to Univision, but that neither he nor Gawker.com will be included in the transition. The Gawker sites will be joining The Onion, ClickHole and other Web properties in Fusion Media Group.

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Enterprise Apps

Enterprise Software’s Future

What’s the direction of the software industry? I’m not indulging in idle curiosity — things are changing, and today’s events are signaling a significant shift. The rollout of Software as a Service and the emergence of relatively good platforms — which will only get better — suggest to me that the software industry of 2000, in which cloud and SaaS began to emerge, is now well in the past.

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Wall Street

Cisco Delivers Good News, Bad News: Solid Earnings, Job Cuts

Cisco Systems will cut up to 5,500 employees from its 73,000-strong global workforce, the company announced Wednesday as part of its Q4 earnings report. The restructuring will allow further investment in key priority areas such as security, the Internet of Things, collaboration, next-generation data center and cloud, the company said, along with optimization of costs in lower-growth areas.

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