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IT survival in a digital world

IT Technician Crawley In today’s ever changing marketplace, one wonders: How do businesses survive in the digital age? Most businesses believe that they have a digital presence but it is not enough for them to just have a website and a few social channels. Traditional IT skills center on technology and infrastructure like servers, databases, and telecom systems. Although important, these skills are rapidly becoming insufficient to meet the expectations of digital business. To be clear, traditional IT and the CIO are not going away anytime soon. Businesses and the government run on datacenters and applications that require traditional infrastructure and skills. The deep reservoir of existing systems is not going away anytime soon, which should give some solace to folks with traditional IT skills. Video About IT SurvivalHowever, the writing on the CIO wall is clear: embrace digital technologies, skills, competencies, and business models or your value and influence will decline. Research from PricewaterhouseCoopers on CEO perspectives [PDF] about digital business reinforces the increasing pressure that IT and the CIO will experience going forward. For this research, PwC interviewed 1322 CEOs to gain their views on a broad range of issues including technology, strategy, human capital, diversity, competition and partnering. The firm has conducted similar research for almost 20 years, making this a particularly valuable and trusted resource. Read more Source:Michael Krigsman Image Source:Maurizio...

Samsung SSD held its top spot market in 2014

Samsung SSD market share Samsung held its top spot in the solid-state drive market last year, and is expected to further cement its position and increase revenue in the coming years. According to market research firm IHS, Samsung Electronics held 34 percent market share for 2014, with revenues of $3.996 billion — double that of runner-up Intel, which posted $1.99 billion. Samsung last year began shipping SSDs made using its 3D V-NAND flashes, releasing an array of new line-ups. 3D-VAND stacks memory cells so that it can offer more capacity in the same space. Only Samsung and Japan’s Toshiba are currently producing them. Video About Samsung SSD The South Korean memory chip giant also launched SSDs based on triple-level cells (TLC). TLC offers 3 bits of memory per cell, more than single-level cells (SLC) or multi-level cells (MLC). Lifespan was noted as being shorter, but the company has applied its NVMe interface to increase competence. Samsung is supplying SSDs to Apple for its MacBooks, Samsung insiders say, while it is also in talks with Apple, Google, and Amazon to supply its goods for their datacentres. Strong demand from mobile, PCs, and servers will likely continue to fuel growth. Read more Source:Cho Mu-hyun Image...

Sony Xperia Z4 release date, price, specs and features

Sony Xperia Z4 Review Sony’s next flagship, the Xperia Z4, has been officially announced. Take a look at what’s changed, along with Xperia Z4 release date, price and features. Sony has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z4. The phone is certainly no trendsetter, plumping for the large slab of glass, thin bezels and metal casing that has become the standard spec of the high-end smartphone. In the Xperia Z4’s case it is a 5.2in 1080p display, powered by a 2GHz eight-core Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM. It will come with 32GB of built-in storage, which can be supplemented with up to another 128GB via the microSD slot. Video About Sony Xperia Z4 It all slots in an attractive, and relatively slender, frame. The phone measures 146mm × 72mm × 6.9mm, which is almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy S5, but a millimetre thinner. It has a near identical weight to Samsung’s flagship phone, too, at 145g. The polished metal casing wraps around the edge of the phone, which comes in just that single colour, although you can buy optional covers which come in white, black, copper and aqua green. The standout feature of the Xperia Z4, as with its predecessor, is the camera. The rear camera has a 20.7-megapixel sensor, which Sony claims is particularly strong in low light conditions. Its ISO setting can be pushed all the way up to 12800, making it possible to shoot in dimly-lit conditions without excessive noise, the company claims. Read more Source:Barry Collins Image Source:Oll...

Nexus 5 review: Now with Android 5.1

Nexus 5 Review The Nexus 5 is a smartphone co-developed by Google and LG Electronics that runs the Android operating system. It has been created in collaboration with LG. As with all previous Nexus devices, the Nexus 5 runs on a clean version.   The Nexus 5 is offically over, with Google stating on the Play Store that ‘The Nexus 5 is no longer available for purchase’. We’re a little sad to be honest as this was, and continues to be, an excellent handset for those who want a vanilla Android experience. It’s just received an update too, with Android 5.1 now available with a number of handy tweaks. At launch almost everything about the Nexus 5’s specification was top-drawer, from its Snapdragon 800 processor to its Full HD screen and the very latest version of Android. Phones with this kind of specification usually cost more than £500 SIM-free, but the Nexus 5, astonishingly, was £200 cheaper than that. It’s held out pretty well over the last 18 months too, the offical price ended at £299 but you can find one on eBay for about £250 new or £180 second-hand. At these prices it’s still a serious contender if you’re looking for a SIM-free handset. Read more Source:Chris Finnamore Image Source:John...

Toshiba Satellite P50t B-11D Review

Toshiba Satellite Review A combination of a terrific 4K display and Blu-ray drive make the P50t suitable for movie buffs seeking a solidly-built notebook. Whether you’ll get to the end of a film on that battery is another matter. As a touch 4K laptop, Toshiba Satellite P50T B-11D was expected to make an impact, visually at least. Toshiba call it the ‘world’s first 4K Ultra HD laptop’ and claim it delivers ‘true colour accuracy’, allowing you to see movies, photography and art as the artist intended. To back up that claim, they’ve crammed some solid hardware in there – but is it enough? And what can it really run? This is a very different sort of professional laptop, unlike Toshiba’s own no-nonsense Satellite Pro R50. Like Toshiba’s P55T, this is a statement piece and the price (£1200, about $1800 or AU$2400) reflects that. Toshiba’s stated aim is that this will be the laptop you buy to do high-end video-editing and photoshop work, in place of a Retina MacBook Pro (which, to even get near similar specifications, you’re looking almost double). Realistically, it’ll be bought by executives because it’s both expensive and shiny. Read more Source:Dan Grillopolous Image Source:Vernon...

iOS 9: The features we want to see

iOS 9 Review iOS 9 is the next major iteration of iOS, expected to feature optimization and performance enhancements. We don’t know a lot about iOS 9 yet, but according to rumors, the update may focus more on optimization and stability improvements rather than design changes and new features. Apple has announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will start on 8 June, when iOS 9 and the next version of the Mac OS are set to be revealed. The five-day event will take place in San Francisco and will feature the regular opening day keynote when Apple will unveil its plans for the next-generation operating systems. “We’ve got incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can’t wait to see the next generation of apps they create,” said Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, in a statement announcing the WWDC dates. Video About iOS 9 Those expecting big changes to iOS itself could be disappointed. Reports suggest that iOS 9 will be something of a clean-up operation, looking to fix the bugs and stabilise the code of an operating system that has been through two major overhauls with iOS 7 and iOS 8. Apple is also expected to reduce the footprint of the operating system, providing some crucial extra storage space for those running entry-level devices with a measly 8GB or 16GB of storage. Read more Source:Barry Collins   Image Source:Álvaro...

Crucial BX100 1TB Review

Crucial BX100 1TB Not the best performing SSD around, but not the worst either, the BX100 is a great choice for anyone who wants an affordable SSD. The Crucial MX100 is a great SSD. When I covered it six months ago, it offered an unrivalled price per gigabyte, making the majority of other SSDs seem overly expensive, given the slim difference they offer in performance, for what in some cases amounts to paying twice the price. Until the MX100 arrived, you couldn’t buy a 512GB SSD for such a low price, least of all one which performed well too. It’s obviously proved popular, since Crucial has followed it up with two new models – the BX100 and MX200. The BX100 isn’t a radical departure from the MX100. Once again, it’s not trying to be the fastest drive on the market, something Crucial even says in its own marketing literature. But it’s similarly affordable, with roughly the same pricing as the MX100. Read more Source: Orestis Bastounis Image...

Huawei P8:Huawei new flagship smartphone

Huawei P8 Review Huawei has a new flagship smartphone to boast about and it’s called the P8. Replacing the P7, this Android Lollipop phone squashes a 5.2-inch full HD display into a one-piece metal body and includes an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel camera on the back. The Huawei P8 is the Chinese firm’s latest foray into the flagship market, and it’s arguably its best handset to date after the comparably sedate Ascend P6 and Ascend P7 flagships of the past couple of years. The “Ascend” name has been dropped in favour of the cleaner Huawei P8 moniker, which tidies up its previously messy naming regime. Video About Huawei P8 In terms of price you’re looking at €499 (around £360, $535, AU$685) for the 16GB model, or €599 (around £430, $640, AU$825) for 64GB of internal space, making the Huawei P8 a tad cheaper than the current fleet of 2015 flagships on the market. There’s a 5.2-inch full HD display up front, while the premium metal unibody design comes in at just 6.4mm thick – making the Huawei P8 thinner than the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6. Read more Source: John McCann Image Source:Vikas...

Google of antitrust violations for “abusing search dominance”

Google of antitrust violations The European Commission on Wednesday accused Google of antitrust violations, saying in a so-called statement of objections that the online giant has been using its position in Internet search to favor its own services. The European Union is charging Google with abusing its dominant position in search to promote the company’s other services. The EU has been investigating complaints that Google allegedly diverts traffic from rivals in favour of its own services for several years, and has grown increasingly exasperated at Google’s failure to offer significant remedies. Now it appears the EU is preparing to hit the search giant with a massive fine for antitrust breaches. Video About Google of antitrust violations Google will today be served with a statement of objections from the EU, focusing in particular on the undue prominence given to Google’s Shopping results. The EU will also open a formal investigation into whether Google has abused its position with the Android operating system. Google is by far and away the dominant search provider. Globally, Google accounts for around 62% of the desktop search market, according to NetMarketShare, and it accounts for around nine out of ten searches in the UK. Competitors in markets such as travel, shopping and rival search engines have complained that Google peverts its search results to give its own services an unfair advantage, depriving them of valuable traffic. Read more Source:Barry Collins Image...

Five reasons to choose the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge instead of the HTC One M9

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review Samsung’s striking, high-end Galaxy S6 Edge has the beauty, brains and brawn to take down the iPhone 6 and all the Android competition. I couldn’t decide if the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge or HTC One M9 was the better choice for my next smartphone so about 10 days ago I pre-ordered both. After spending a week with both T-Mobile versions, I returned one and kept the other. My HTC One M9 review was based on the international model and after using the T-Mobile model for a week, my rating should have been an 8.5 out of 9.5, primarily because the camera is not as good as what I found in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Video About Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge I posted my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review yesterday and if the battery life was better I would likely have given it a near perfect 10. Most consumers don’t use their smartphones as heavily as I do so consumers may find the battery perfectly acceptable. Whether or not you think Google adheres to its “don’t be evil” motto, the company likes to think it has a sense of humor. Here are all the best hidden Google tricks to check out. Both the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge are excellent choices and the one we purchase is a personal decision. The One M9 may be the one for you, but these are a few of the reasons I chose the S6 Edge over the M9: Read more Source:Matthew Miller Image Source:Kārlis...

2015: The Death of the Password

Death of the Password Talk about the “death of the password” has been going round for quite some time now. With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, and with passwords presenting numerous security issues, it is not surprising that alternatives to manually entering passwords are becoming popular. Rumours of the death of the password appear to have been greatly exaggerated in the past. But, dare we say it, it does look as if 2015 could be the year when tedious password-based log-in will be replaced by smart context-aware security solutions on mobile devices that know where a user is and whether their location, actions and biometrics (not just voice and fingerprint but ear biometrics and measuring the way you walk) match expected patterns. Only last month Microsoft threw its weight behind alternatives to passwords, blogging about plans to secure Windows 10 with authentication that could combine a traditional PIN with biometrics, such as a fingerprint, to allow the user to sign in to any supported mobile service. Android mobile makers have embraced fingerprint authentication for accessing the phone, while Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint identification feature authenticates access to Apple Pay and now the Apple Watch apps. Video About Death of the password Tech giants are responding to a groundswell of opinion that we are all getting sick of having to remember hundreds of passwords. The younger generation is driving this – 16 to 24 year old consumers in the UK have the greatest appetite for biometric security measures and the greatest need to use them in place of traditional authentication such as passwords – because they are simply...

Get a 480GB solid-state mSATA drive for $139.99

480GB solid-state mSATA Drive The ultimate upgrade for your Ultrabook or other ultra-slim laptop, this mini-SATA drive normally sells for at least $200. Plus: two bonus deals! If you splurged on an Ultrabook or any other pancake-height laptop in the last couple years, chances are good it came with not a lot of storage. My two-year-old Samsung, for example, has just 128GB — and I routinely bump into that low ceiling. Alas, upgrades tend to be pricey, as Ultrabook-friendly mSATA drives (which are tiny, “naked” versions of the enclosed SATA III drives you’re probably used to seeing) have been slower to reach mass production. Video About Crucial M500 480GB mSATA That’s why I’m particularly excited about today’s deal: Today only, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Crucial M500 480GB mSATA internal solid-state drive for $139.99 shipped. It lists for $259.99 and sells elsewhere for at least $200. (Price at Newegg, for example: $226.99.) For $139.99 you’d usually be lucky to score a 256GB drive. This? This is more.Nearly double, in fact. And for me, it would nearly quadruple the available storage in my Samsung, which is humming along just fine save for that one issue. Read more Source: Rick Broida Image Source:Robert...