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  • It might be time to move on from BBM. The consumer version of the BlackBerry Messenger will shut down on May 31. Emtek, the Indonesia-based company that partnered with BlackBerry in 2016, just announced the closure. It’s important to note, BBM will still exist and BlackBerry today revealed a plan to open its enterprise-version of […]
    Apr 18
  • Waymo is making its ride-hailing app more widely available by putting it on the Google Play store as the self-driving car company prepares to open its service to more Phoenix residents. The company, which spun out to become a business under Alphabet, launched a limited commercial robotaxi service called Waymo One in the Phoenix area […]
    Apr 16
  • Competition in the Chinese internet has for years been about who controls your mobile apps. These days, giants are increasingly turning to offline scenarios, including what’s going on behind the dashboard in your car. On Tuesday, Alibaba announced at the annual Shanghai Auto Show that it’s developing apps for connected cars that will let drivers […]
    Apr 16
  • We put together a list of venture funds operated by some of the larger food and beverage producers, covering literally everything from soup to nuts (plus lunch meat and soda, too!).
    Apr 20
  • Africa has made its global IPO debut. Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia—a $1 billion-valued company—began trading live on the NYSE last week. The stock offering made Jumia the first upstart operating in Africa to list on a major global exchange. This raises expectations for unicorns and IPOs to create the continent’s first wave of startup moguls. […]
    Apr 20
  • In this week's newsletter: More IPOs, Boston Dynamics dog-like robot makes its debut and Ro raises $85M.
    Apr 20
  • Fastly, the content delivery network that’s raised $219 million in financing from investors (according to Crunchbase), is ready for its close up in the public markets. The eight-year-old company is one of several businesses that improve the download time and delivery of different websites to internet browsers and it has just filed for an IPO. […]
    Apr 19
  • Ramotion is a remote branding and product design agency that has worked with Bay Area tech startups since 2014. While they typically do branding for funded, fast-growing startups, Ramotion has helped companies ranging from Bitmoji’s early brand identity to Mozilla’s rebrand. We spoke to Ramotion’s CEO Denis Pakhaliuk about their iterative approach, his favorite branding […]
    Apr 19

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  • You now have access to a treasure trove of government info through your smart speaker if you live in the UK. The British government has made over 12,000 pieces of Gov.uk information available through Alexa and Google Assistant, saving you the troubl...
    Yesterday, 22:58
  • The $2,000 Galaxy Fold is already off to a bumpy start no thanks to some broken review units (ours is fine, by the way), and though the April 26th launch in the US remains unaffected, folks on the other side of the world aren't as lucky. Over the wee...
    Yesterday, 20:55
  • There have been many attempts at teaching robots how to grab delicate objects, but they tend to rely on rough approximations that quickly fall apart in real life. MIT researchers may have a better solution: teach robots to predict how even the squis...
    Yesterday, 19:27
  • Epic is increasingly turning Fortnite's big events into participatory affairs. A floating rune has been traveling across the game map, but it only moves closer to its objective whenever it takes a collective 100 million damage from Fortnite servers...
    Yesterday, 18:01
  • As clever as Google Lens can be, it's still quite limited in what it can do before it points you to another app. You might not have to lean on those other apps quite so often n the near future. In the wake of an initial discovery earlier in April,...
    Yesterday, 16:33
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  • After years of writing one-off articles and technical books for all the major venues, I recall the day in late 2007 when I was asked if I would like to write a weekly column for InfoWorld called Enterprise Windows—a dream come true and a wonderful privilege, to be sure.

    My first column was titled “Save XP? Why bother?,” which took an at-odds position directly against InfoWorld’s popular “Save XP” campaign. I received about 100 comments (many of them too nasty and profane to quote). If I was going to press on, I needed to do two things. First, grow a thicker skin (after wiping away the tears). Second, keep telling the truth from my perspective, though that would mean being at odds with readers at times, my editor at times, with fellow IT professionals at times, and with even Microsoft at times. I did so, to the best of my abilities, for nearly a decade.

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    Nov 30 '16
  • I’ve read many stories that say IaaS is the future of computing. I disagree. All IaaS does is take the ghosts of networks past and shove them into the cloud. Granted, there are a few benefits in IaaS—mainly that it’s not all legacy infrastructure running in cloud VMs. But when I think of the future of computing, and more specifically the future of cloud computing, I see SaaS offerings like Office 365 as the last “aaS” standing.

    In other words, I see IaaS and PaaS as interim technologies, not as the long-term future. They’re cloud-based halfway houses for the datacenters that IT has long focused on. But the move to SaaS means you won’t ultimately need to run anything like a datacenter, whether locally or in the cloud.

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    Nov 18 '16
  • Microsoft has formally unveiled Teams, its long-rumored competitor to the popular Slack and Atlassian HipChat business messaging platforms. So how do you enable it in your organization?

    Assuming you have an Office 365 plan that includes Teams (most do), go to your Office 365 portal’s Admin settings, click the Services & Add-ins option, scroll down to the Microsoft Teams option (shown in Figure 1), click it, and set the switch to On. You’ll then get a variety of settings to choose from; the default is for all options to be enabled with the exception of bots.

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    Nov 9 '16