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How Green Is Your Software?

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Without doubt, software is the backbone of virtually all the intelligent solutions designed to support the environment. It’s critical, for example, in efforts to tackle deforestation and reduce emissions. In many instances, however, software is also part and parcel of a rapidly growing carbon footprint. In fact, recent and proliferating digital technologies have begun to worsen many of the environmental problems they are aimed at solving. But companies can make software an integral part of their sustainability efforts by taking its carbon footprint into account in the way it is designed, developed, and deployed and by rethinking some aspects of how the data centers that provide cloud-based services operate.

Let’s be clear: On its own, software doesn’t consume energy or emit any harmful discharge. The problem lies in the way software is developed for use — and then in the way it is used. Software runs

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World Wide Technology Achieves Cisco Advanced DevNet Specialization for Partners

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading $12 billion technology solutions provider, today announced it has achieved Cisco’s Advanced DevNet Specialization for partners, recognizing the company’s capabilities in delivering advanced software and automation solutions for customers.

“We are proud to have earned the Advanced DevNet Specialization,” said Neil Anderson, senior director of network solutions at WWT. “As digital transformation accelerates and evolves enterprise IT operations, businesses are increasingly relying on a mix of software development, network engineering and strategy skills to automate their infrastructure. These businesses need experienced DevNet partners, and Cisco’s designation signifies we have the capabilities and expertise to help them evaluate and deploy these solutions.”

WWT achieved the Advanced recognition, Cisco’s highest DevNet Specialization level for partners, after reaching the Specialized level this spring.

“We are thrilled that World Wide Technology is our first partner to achieve Cisco’s Advanced DevNet Specialization,” said Susie

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How Gaming Could Become The World’s Biggest Media Platform

Founder and CEO at Admix. Pioneer of “in-play.” Previously ran a hypercasual game studio before they were cool.

It’s a few minutes before midnight on April 23, 2020, a month after the lockdown started in most of Europe. But this doesn’t stop me — I am eagerly waiting in front of the biggest stage I have ever seen for a concert to start.

Suddenly, the stage in front of me lights up; huge holograms appear, and the music starts. Around me, 12 million people also start dancing to the beat. No masks, no social distancing. For a moment, it’s like we are in an alternative reality.

In fact, we are in an alternative reality.

My 12 million digital friends and I were not breaking the lockdown to see Travis Scott performing live — this event happened virtually on Fortnite, the ultra-popular online video game. And this experience

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Entrepreneur donates brain-computer company to Tufts

“I want to make sure, given my science background, that we’re focused on doing good and not harm,” said Stibel, cofounder of the venture capital firm Bryant Stibel, whose partners included the late basketball star Kobe Bryant.

BrainGate is based on research conducted at Brown University, where Stibel earned a master’s degree in cognitive science. It uses electrodes implanted in the brain to intercept and translate a person’s thoughts into signals that can control machines. The goal is to allow disabled people to use a robotic arm or transmit text messages over a smartphone, just by thinking about it.

“It is very much mind-reading,” Stibel said. “We are able to interpret signals of the human brain and translate that into output.”

The company has not brought products to market yet. It has been funded through grants from major universities that work with BrainGate on research projects.

But Stibel said brain-computer

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Replacing Software In These 13 Categories Drives The Most Satisfaction

  • Thirteen enterprise software categories are driving a 50% or greater satisfaction rate in companies replacing incumbent vendors with new ones. 
  • Team Collaboration and Web Conferencing software providers tend to the best at understanding the nuances of their customers’ requirements for training, usability, intuitiveness, and implementation.
  • SoftwareReviews’ data of 193 software categories shows that the 13 categories delivering the greatest satisfaction are the easiest to implement as rated by organizations using them.
  • 80% of organizations see a positive change in satisfaction after switching vendors, capitalizing on innovative new features, including improved usability.

These and many other fascinating insights are from recent research completed by SoftwareReviews, a division of Info-Tech Research Group titled Switching Existing Software Vendors Overwhelmingly Drives Increased Satisfaction. A free copy of the report is available for download here. Info-Tech’s business model is based on providing research to enterprise buyers on subscription, alleviating the need to be

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COVID-19 Forces One of the Biggest Surges in Technology Investment in History, Finds World’s Largest Technology Leadership Survey

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Companies spent the equivalent of around US$15bn1 extra a week on technology to enable safe and secure home working during COVID-19, reveals the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. This was one of the biggest surges in technology investment in history – with the world’s IT leaders spending more than their annual budget rise2 in just three months, as the global crisis hit, and lockdowns began to be enforced.

The largest technology leadership survey in the world of over 4,200 IT leaders, analyzing responses from organizations with a combined technology spend of over US$250bn, also found that security and privacy is the top investment during COVID-19, and cyber security (35%) is now the most “in demand” technology skill in the world. This is the first time a security related skill has topped the list of global technology skills shortages for over a decade. Four in

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Global Military Computer Market to 2026 – Industry Analysis, Trends, Market Size, and Forecasts – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Military Computer Market: Global Industry Analysis, Trends, Market Size, and Forecasts up to 2026” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The report on the global military computer market provides qualitative and quantitative analysis for the period from 2018 to 2026.

The report predicts the global military computer market to grow with a CAGR of 5.9% over the forecast period from 2020-2026. The study on military computer market covers the analysis of the leading geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW for the period of 2018 to 2026.

The report on military computer market is a comprehensive study and presentation of drivers, restraints, opportunities, demand factors, market size, forecasts, and trends in the global military computer market over the period of 2018 to 2026. Moreover, the report is a collective presentation of primary and secondary research findings.

Porter’s five forces model in the report

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Huawei to replace Google on smartphones as it faces US threat

TAIPEI — Huawei Technologies on Thursday remained defiant in the teeth of a U.S. crackdown, insisting it will put its own operating system into its smartphones and expand its ecosystem of apps as it tries to survive a battle over tech between Washington and Beijing.

The Chinese tech champion — the world’s biggest seller of smartphones in the most recent quarter — said all its phones next year will be upgraded to support HarmonyOS, the company’s own version of Google’s Android operating system.

“We are going to release all the development kits for smartphones this December,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer electronics business group, told the company’s developer conference on Thursday.

“Huawei will play a role to help all the Chinese developers to expand to the global market and help all the global developers to better service Chinese users. Like ByteDance’s TikTok does so well in servicing overseas customers

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Is software now everybody’s job? The implications of low-code and no-code for developers

What are the implications of the growing low-code/no-code movement to professional developers and their business counterparts?

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Some industry experts argue that the time has come for business users to be able to steer their own destinies when it comes to application development. That’s the message conveyed at a recent conference focused on this very topic, sponsored and hosted by Ninox. (I was a participant and moderator at the event.) The Covid-19 crisis illustrated the advantages low-code and no-code are bringing to the world. “Some IT organizations are faring better if they already have low-code platforms in their tool belts,” according to John Bratincevic, analyst with Forrester. “They have more agile ways of development, and the scale of having many businesspeople on a platform.” 

If there is one silver lining that came out of the crisis, it is an acceleration toward user-driven application development and deployment, agreed

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The worst technology company in the world

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here.

Hola pandemic pals,
                                    The absolute hardest thing about writing a weekly coronavirus newsletter is coming up with the lede paragraph. I always spend more time than I should trying to come up with something emotional and honest that’s also hopeful and bright. 

But it never quite works out that way. Not only is polite small talk not in my wheel house, but I don’t feel hopeful and bright and none of the news I have to share can back up those tones. 

And that means more doom and gloom. But I think it’s necessary. Our biggest failures during the pandemic, globally, haven’t been technological or scientific ones. We have everything we need to end the pandemic whenever we, the global

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