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Beyond Bitcoin: How Enterprises Can Integrate Blockchain into Business By Kristy Blackmon In 2016, blockchain technology came close to hitting its peak on Gartner's annual Hype Cycle, signaling an imminent shift from an emerging, theoretical technology to widespread adoption. Like cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) before it, blockchain is the tech industry's latest Next Big Thing. Analysts and industry experts say it holds immense potential for organizations, but many business leaders don't yet see a practical application for their operations. While a lot of people know blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, what about enterprise applications in other industries? What exactly is blockchain? The code that makes up blockchain is incredibly complex, and only a few thousand people understand it. On a high level... (more)

A Short History of Programming - Part 3 | @DevOpsSummit #AI #ML #DevOps #FinTech #Blockchain

Code Compiled: A Short History of Programming - Part 3 By Omed Habib Look at how far we’ve come. Just seven decades ago, the word “computer” referred to someone in an office with a pile of charts and a slide rule. Then ENIAC, the first electronic computer, appeared. It was followed quickly by the Commodore 64 personal computer and later, the iPhone. Today, the Sunway TaihuLight crunches data by combining 10,649,600 cores and performing 93 quadrillion floating point operations every second. Where will we be in another seven decades? In part one of this series, we covered how the evolution of hardware shaped the development of programming languages. We then followed up in part two with the impact of the software created by those languages. In this final blog in the series, we’ll look at how programming has taken the leap beyond computers into devices, with an emphasis... (more)

Analyst says Apple has upper hand on Samsung now more than ever

A note  from Drexel Hamilton’s analyst Brian White via Business Insider shares that he believes “Apple has Samsung on the ropes like never before in recent memory.” The competition between the two companies has been intense for years, but there are four factors he believes will help Apple solidify its lead this year. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   Given the Note 7 debacle, last week’s arrest of Samsung’s heir apparent (Lee Jae-yong; Vice Chairman) and an non-traditional Mobile World Congress for Samsung, combined with the iPhone “X” expected to be unveiled this fall, we believe Apple has Samsung on the ropes like never before in recent memory. We’ve started to see more of the fallout from the Note 7 disaster as Samsung dropped out of Fortune’s top 50 most admired companies, while Apple came in at number one. In another company ranking, Samsung... (more)

Is Apple Over?

I started personal computing on an Apple II circa 1977. It was a big step up from the Heathkit and Radio Shack DIY projects I tinkered with in grade school. When IBM introduced the IBM-PC circa 1981, I semi-defected, and in 1984 I became bi-computeral (you know why). My company functioned in a computer multiverse for some time. Macs were for art, music and publishing; PCs were for business; DEC minicomputers were for science, math and engineering. The minicomputers went away by 2000, and then we were just Mac and PC. In 2006, shortly after Macs became Intel inside and Parallels Desktop (a utility that enabled users to run Windows programs on a Mac) debuted, we became a 100 percent Apple shop, and we never looked back. For more than a decade, if Apple manufactured it, we purchased it – in bulk. There was no reason to hyper-evaluate the new specifications; we just sen... (more)

iPhone in the Enterprise Webinar

Chris Hazelton from the 451 Group: "The iPhone has so effectively whetted the appetite of corporate mobility users wanting more feature-rich products that executives are smuggling the device into the enterprise without authorization. No single vendor - as cool as Apple may be - can possibly develop sufficient applications to sate this appetite, so third-party software developers have an immense opportunity to add value. The question is, will Apple decide this is the road it wants to travel? Will it cede the control it so famously exerts over every stage of its products development? Or will it choose for the sake of increased financial opportunity to compete in the enterprise?" Recorded Webcast     ... (more)

Digital Technologies Must Disappear in 2017

Almost a year ago, I wrote these words, "Technology has reached the tipping point for me, it moved from a help to a hindrance."  The plethora of adrenaline and endorphin inducing mobile apps, 24x7 news, notifications, alerts and updates, drip fed my brain and hindered my "deep work and deep thoughts."  In Cal Newport's new book titled, "Deep Work" he posits that most knowledge workers need concentration and substantial time, dedicated and uninterrupted, to produce their best work. He argues that a lot of technologies and open office layouts today inhibit creativity, "deep work" and "deep thoughts," and are the very things that are most highly valued, and one of the key differentiators between humans and robots. Newport argues that we must understand and optimize the conditions that enable our brains to work best.  To sum up his argument, constant drip feeding techno... (more)

The Economy and Enterprise Mobility?

This is the first in a series of five initial articles, in which I'm going to put my thoughts and findings on the subject of Enteprise Mobility. For this article I've decided to tackle the Economy, which is effecting us all in various degrees, according to your geographic location. Firstly I believe that Mobility as a strategy is bucking the trend of any downturn or slowdown in the economies around the world. Look at any analyst report and you will be able to see that Smartphone/Converged Mobile Device (CMD) handset sales are still on the rise, though not as sharply as over a year ago. What is being effected by any fluctuation in the economy, is that companies are looking at their investments that they have already made in Mobility, extremely carefully. This is from the basic level of investments, such as the handsets purchased and used for business, upwards. Any i... (more)

Mac File Recovery

Macintosh Magazine HFS Wrapper is a popular and reliable Mac OS X file system. The HFS+ volume could be made to contain within the HFS file system volume in a way that make it look like the HFS volume and not the HFS+ volume to your system. The HFS Wrapper file system proves beneficial in computers, which does not support HFS+ file system volumes. The HFS Wrapper file system volumes are also intended to help you through a Read Me file, known as 'Where_have_all_my_files_gone?', which explains what you need in a Mac OS X version to use this file system. In some situations, the HFS Wrapper file system volumes may come across corruption and all of your critical data become inaccessible. In such critical situations, Mac Data Recovery is required to retrieve lost, missing or inaccessible data. In a practical scenario, when you run the Disk First Aid utility to make sure ... (more)

The Tablet Is the New King of Mobile Computing

I am now only a few days away from speaking at a Sybase Nordic Roadshow, within the Mobility track and will once again be traveling light with just my iPad to use. So I thought it would be time to address the though of... 'Is the Laptop Becoming Less Attractive?'. I recently read a report that stated, that one in four Americans surveyed are likely to replace their laptop with a tablet device for work or personal use. I think, that as we see more mobile tablet devices, we will see that survey number increase. Even SAP's CIO Oliver Bussmann announced in the WSJ that SAP think that “We believe the tablet is a business tool”. The WSJ article also stated... "Waldorf-based SAP has been quick to capitalize on the freedom tablets afford. The company bought 1,500 iPads for its sales, marketing, and development teams" My colleague Eric Lai confirmed these facts in an article... (more)

Mobile and Social Graphing

Recently I was entering names of contacts in iOS and noticed that from iOS 5 onwards, Apple have allowed us to add new fields for each individual of 'Related People'. Obviously this makes sense with respects to friends or family, though currently this seems to be nothing other than a mere placeholder. Strange for an innovative company, so I am wondering if Apple is building a social feature or future applications that will allow developers and itself to exploit the connections that I am entering, for the benefit of the user of the device ... We will have to wait and see, but you can bet that whatever it it will be game changing. For most people when they think of building a relationships and connections into a computer system, they immediately think of Facebook and so they should as it is the epitome of a social network. Though beyond the Consumer in the Business ... (more)

Looking Back in Mobile

On returning from an awesome SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, I was waiting in the departure lounge for my Virgin Atlantic flight and looked through the iTunesU videos I had on my iPad2. There I saw the Apple WWDC2010 Keynote, one that I had personally attended and decided to view it. Within 10 minutes I was amazed. In the world of mobile we seemed to be fascinated and compelled to look forward, project and speculate but I thought in this blog, I would do quite the opposite. It is only when looking back that we can realize how far we have come and in such a fantastically short time, two years! In fact it seems that the delivery cycles of new devices and OS' is becoming shorter as well as the time Mobile technology advances are in the spotlight, before they become accepted as the norm. Let us take Apple for example as the leaders of innovation, though other device manufact... (more)