IT Convergence Trend Alters Approach to Federal Market


Federal agencies have begun using an emerging IT tool to manage the huge amount of data the U.S. government generates and stores. Federal IT managers recently have embraced the concept of convergence, which has been gaining traction in the private sector. Agencies also have indicated that the approach may be useful for other federal IT applications. Spurred by several rounds of IT reform directives from the U.S. Congress and the White House Office of Management and Budget, agencies have begun seeking innovative methods to improve data storage.

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5 things you can do with the new Google Assistant

How in the world did we manage to survive for a few millennia without voice-activated virtual assistants? I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that we drove around without being able to ask our phones for driving directions. But now the idea of being unable to do that is downright scary.

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Steam now lets you move specific game installation folders

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The change patches one of Steam’s shortcomings and should make it easier to manage sprawling game libraries or free up disk space.

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Snap Lines Up Bankers for Spring IPO


Snap this week hired Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group to manage its IPO, according to multiple reports citing people familiar with the matter. JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Allen & Co., Barclays and Credit Suisse Group reportedly also will play a role. The IPO, expected as early as this spring, could result in a valuation of $25 billion or more. That would make Snap one of the highest-profile IPOs in years. It also would make it the biggest company to go public on an exchange in the U.S. since Alibaba’s 2014 debut.

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Facebook is keeping its employees' politics in check with bias training

Facebook is training its top leaders and employees on how to manage their political bias. According to the social network’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, it needed to educate its employees on all forms of bias following the trending topics controversy last month.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/06/24/facebook-is-keeping-its-employees-politics-in-check-with-bias-training.html

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Facebook pays 10-year-old $10,000 for finding Instagram security flaw

Plenty of tech companies are offering very generous rewards to those who manage to find security loopholes in their networks — just ask 10-year-old Jani, who isn’t even old enough to have an Instagram account but still managed to hack the social media network.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/05/04/facebook-pays-10-year-old-10000-for-finding-instagram-security-flaw.html

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Apple launches 'Podcasts Connect' Web portal for managing digital content

Article Image Apple on Tuesday made it easier for podcaster to validate, publish and manage their content online with the launch of a new iTunes Connect-based Web service called Podcasts Connect.

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Microsoft Rolls Its Own Linux Distro


Microsoft is building its own Linux distribution to manage cloud networks. Through the Azure Cloud Switch, or ACS, Microsoft aims to help network operators rapidly add the network features they need, while avoiding changes that would increase risk and complexity, said Kamala Subramaniam, principal architect for Azure Networking. The challenge for maintaining cloud and enterprise networks “is integrating the radically different software running on each different type of switch into a cloud-wide network management platform.”

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How Microsoft, Lenovo and Clickfree Damage Their Collective Brand Experience


What is a collective brand experience, and why is it so important for companies to understand and manage it correctly? It can’t be ignored, because it will grow on its own and in harmful ways. However, most don’t even understand the concept and are shooting themselves in the foot on a daily basis. Companies understand the brand. Even so, only some do a good job at building, nurturing and protecting their own brand. A collective brand experience goes beyond that. It can either build or break a brand.

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Feds Struggle to Corral Data


U.S. government agencies are struggling to manage the huge amount of data they generate or process, despite the goals of a program designed to operate thousands of data centers more efficiently. The idea behind the FDCCI was to save space, energy and IT costs by consolidating woefully underutilized electronic data storage centers into fewer sites and servers. The battle is ongoing, with some advances here, and some retreats there. However, on the whole, federal agencies are far from meeting data management challenges.

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Netiquette: Saying farewell

So many folks manage to lose their netiquette heads when they scramble, legs flailing and akimbo, toward the denouement of events and life chapters. So here is the ultimate (get it?) digital-etiquette guide to a polite big finish.

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Federal Initiative Aims to Spur Software Development


The allure of Big Data stems from the ability to use advanced technology to manage and manipulate huge amounts of information. Not only that, Big Data offers the opportunity for unlocking information not previously available, and even not previously knowable.
However, the software required to underpin Big Data and related IT advances may not be up to the task. A federal agency within the U.S. Department of Defense now contends that increasingly powerful and complex IT systems will require similar advances in software.

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IT Providers Stew Over Big Data Privacy Regulation


With the emergence of the Big Data era, technology developers see major benefits in the ability to manage huge volumes of information. However, with an onslaught of data breaches such as the recent hacking of the Target retail chain, consumers and their representatives in government are increasingly nervous about bigger threats to privacy.
“The immense volume, diversity and potential value of data will have profound implications for privacy, the economy and public policy,” said John Podesta, counselor to President Obama.

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