Mobile payments may soar, thanks to COVID-19
Mon, 11 May 2020 07:09:00 -0700

One of the most frequently asked questions in these days of pandemic is, "When will things get back to normal?" Valid answers are generally, "They won't. Goodbye, handshakes" and "In stages, ending when a vaccine is approved and widely distributed." When it comes to payments, the answers are more complicated, but not any more comforting.

Paper money and coins have been plummeting in usage for years, and COVID-19 certainly isn't going to help. From a retail and finance perspective, those paper and metal currencies are more expensive to manage (to count, to secure), are easy theft targets (stolen stacks of non-marked $20s are about as non-traceable as possible) and a lot slower typically than using mobile payments or credit/debit cards.

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Wearables get their killer app: saving you from killer viruses
Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:33:00 -0700

Until now, smart watches, rings and glasses offered useful features, but were optional -- that's changing fast. Soon our lives and businesses will depend on them.

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Wearables get their killer app: saving you from killer viruses
Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:00:00 -0700

Every wildly successful computing platform gains that success because of a "killer app" -- a software category or usage model that compels people to embrace it en masse.

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I've finally figured out why foldable phones actually exist
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:29:00 -0700

Ever since the first foldable phones were foisted upon us, I've been struggling to understand their purpose.

They're cool, sure — and technologically speaking, they're incredibly impressive. But from a practical, ten-fingered human perspective, what benefit do they actually provide? I've yet to hear a single unambiguous answer. And that's to say nothing of all the significant downsides and compromises they require.

At first, I assumed the foldable phone fad was similar to other questionable-benefit smartphone trends of the moment — counterproductive elements like "waterfall displays," cutouts in the active viewing areas of screens in exchange for smaller borders around said panels, and heck, even 5G — in that it was ultimately conceived as a way to make appliance-like devices seem new, exciting, and meaningfully different from their predecessors (and thus suddenly worth buying at a time when most of us are content to stick with our current phones for increasingly long periods).

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Q&A: How Baptist Health saved $13M using AI to reduce readmissions
Tue, 10 Mar 2020 03:00:00 -0700

Baptist Health is a three-hospital, nonprofit system serving Montgomery, Ala. and the surrounding region. It has 680 beds, 550 affiliated physicians and is the largest private employer in the area.

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Containers on the desktop? You bet — on Windows 10X
Mon, 09 Mar 2020 03:00:00 -0700

Although containers emerged from the land of Linux, Microsoft has wholeheartedly embraced them. Beginning with Windows Server 2016, the company began offering two types of Docker-compatible containers: Windows Server containers and Hyper-V containers. And six years after that fateful day when Microsoft declared its love for Linux, developers today routinely plug apps in Docker containers on any Linux distro supported by the Windows Linux Subsystem or the Azure cloud.

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Facebook changes its Libra plans to include more cryptocurrencies
Thu, 05 Mar 2020 03:00:00 -0800

Facebook’s plans to launch its Libra cryptocurrency tied to cash appear to be making a course correction, as the social network now appears to be planning to support not only its own digital token through its online wallet but others offered by central banks.

Libra, a cryptocurrency transacted across an immutable blockchain ledger, was expected to be a single currency for all global transactions. It is now expected to be just one digital payment method for Facebook, whose plans now include the support of government-backed fiat-money, such as the U.S. dollar and the Euro, according to Bloomberg reports.

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How the Apple Car will drive IT change
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 11:28:00 -0800

Don't think of the coming iCar as a car. It's a remote office with a supercomputer inside that will change the way you think about cars -- just as the iPhone changed how you use phones.

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1. Wi-Fi 6E is coming to the Apple enterprise

Apple will introduce a faster form of Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, into iPhones starting with the iPhone 13 series, according to the analysts at Barclays. What is this? Why does it matter? And what might this mean for your enterprise?

A year in eight days

Given that most Apple users haven’t yet installed Wi-Fi 6 routers in their homes and offices because of the cost of that equipment, news of a follow-up standard may not seem terribly important —particularly after the traumatic year that is the first week of 2021, one of the more benign highlights is that the Wi-Fi Alliance has begun certifying Wi-Fi 6E devices.

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2. Apple may put (self-developed) 5G modems in iPads next year

Apple’s world-class silicon design teams may be close to introducing internally-developed 5G modems inside iPads as soon as 2021, a report claims.

Apple has invested billions in 5G development

The report suggests the first Apple-developed 5G modems may be made available inside new mini-LED iPad Pro models starting in 2021.

The fresh speculation matches the 2019 prediction that, “it seems possible the company will ship its first 5G modem in an iPad or other device, rather than deploying it across all its mobile products at the same time.”

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3. Why just about everyone is wrong about 5G
The next generation of mobile broadband will neither solve all our problems nor cause new ones.
4. WFH? Tips for better Wi-Fi network performance

Whatever platform you use, you’ll want to optimize Wi-Fi performance when you work from home, as it’s hard to stay productive when your network crawls.

Start in the right place

Never ignore the basics:

  • Move your router so it is not on the floor and isn’t behind any large objects.
  • Update the software on all your equipment, including your router, printer and any other connected device.
  • Restart everything, including disconnecting your router from power for a moment or two.
  • Consider extending your network, or replacing it with a mesh network of some kind.

Change your Wi-Fi password

Changing your Wi-Fi password will knock all your devices (including those you've forgotten about) off the network; this is a good thing, as you can reintroduce them as and when you need them.

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5. At this point, 5G is a bad joke

Who doesn't want more bandwidth?

I sure do, and I currently have 300Mbps to my home office via Spectrum cable. What I really want is a Gigabit via fiber optic to my doorstep. Maybe I'll get it someday. But, what I do know for a fact is I'm not going to get Gigabit-per-second speeds from 5G. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever.

At the moment, there are a lot of things the telecomms are telling you in one ad after another that's just not true. I know – shocking news right? But, even by their standards, 5G is pretty bogus.

Let's start with the name itself. There is no single "5G." There are, in fact, three different varieties, with very different kinds of performance.

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6. Edge computing and 5G give business apps a boost

Over the past decade, advances in cloud computing have driven a centralized approach to system administration and operations, while the growth of mobile computing, SaaS, and the internet of things (IoT) have driven computing toward a distributed architecture. With the rollout of 5G and edge computing technologies, companies are now looking to take advantage of both approaches while boosting performance for their applications.

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