All posts on March, 2016


Hacking

Firm Wins Patent for Novel Way to Detect Spearphishing

Hackers in recent weeks have stepped up their efforts to steal employee tax information from companies in all kinds of industries. Typically, the information contained on IRS form W-2 is used to file false tax returns or steal someone’s identity. The situation has become so bad that the IRS earlier this month issued an alert to human resources and payroll professionals about the subject.

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How localized app store optimization delivered a 10X increase in downloads

VB INSIGHT: You have nothing to lose — and everything to gain — by localizing your app to be more aligned with local culture and preferences. Get it right and you can massively extend the reach and appeal of your app without spending a bundle. It’s why VB Insight’s forthcoming practitioner’s guide, which draws on 35 interviews […]

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Sales

CPQ’s Challenge

Virtually every CPQ — configuration, price and quote — software vendor on the planet has a credible solution for the processes from which the category gets its name. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, the world has moved on. Most CPQ is effective for helping promote transactions, especially the sales transaction, in which a buyer or buying entity makes a one-time purchase of a bill of goods.

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Our annual reminder that the Internet has destroyed April Fools’ Day is here early

Proving that there is no concept that people with too much money and time on their hands can’t smother to death in a desperate bid for your love and admiration, the annual parade of April Fools’ fake products has arrived a day early to torment us and make us briefly forget how much we detest […]

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Tesla’s Model 3 event: Everything we know, plus how to watch live

The tedious wait for Tesla’s Model 3 continues. Tonight Tesla CEO Elon Musk is set to unveil the company’s first mass-market car, the Model 3, and you can watch the event live on Tesla’s website starting at 8:30 p.m. PT (11:30 p.m. ET)  — or maybe later, Tesla isn’t always punctual. Like an iPhone launch, excitement for the Model […]

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Teens use Windows 10 IoT Core to run science experiments in space

EXCLUSIVE: Developing for Windows 10 might sound complicated. But 14-year-old Mihir Kasmalkar figured it out. Now he and his classmates at the Valley Christian Schools in San Jose, California — with a little help from Microsoft — are preparing to send a MinnowBoard Max running the Windows 10 IoT Core operating system up to the International […]

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Developers

Microsoft Tells Devs to Talk to the Bots

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and members of his leadership team, speaking to developers Wednesday at the Build 2016 conference, introduced their vision to infuse human speech and machine learning into the company’s consumer and enterprise businesses. Nadella and Executive VP Terry Myerson introduced upgrades to Windows 10 and Cortana as well as technology called “Conversations as a Platform.”

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Disruptive VR startups take their shot to be the next Oculus

SPONSORED: Next week, eight VR startups are hoping to retrace Oculus’s path. They’ll participate at the company’s 2016 Emerging Companies Summit, in a session called the VR Showcase. Each will have an opportunity to describe their VR-based business in front of a live audience of VCs, technology executives, and press.

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Microsoft announces new Edge extensions: Pinterest, Adblock Plus, LastPass, Amazon Assistant, Evernote, and more

Microsoft today announced a slew of incoming Edge extensions. Partners announced include Pinterest, Ad Block, Adblock Plus, LastPass, Amazon Assistant, Evernote, and Page Analyzer powered by Vorlon.js. Exactly two weeks ago, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview build with Edge extension support, arguably the most important feature missing from Microsoft’s new browser. But the […]

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Acer’s Chromebase for Meetings is a $799 machine designed for video conferences

Google today announced the first Chromebase for Meetings device from Acer. It’s a desktop computer designed exclusively for videoconferencing. It costs $799, and it’s available from Google’s partners in U.S, Canada, U.K., Ireland, and Australia. It will become available in more countries later. There have been Chromebase devices before. And two years ago Google itself […]

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Rocket League gets amateur, collegiate, and semi-pro esports competitions

You don’t have to go pro to chase your competitive Rocket League dreams. The exciting car-soccer game is getting official competitions for players at the amateur, collegiate, and semi-pro levels in partnership with esports organizer ESL, American Video Game League, and Rocket League Central. These competitions will serve audiences who are not playing at the highest level […]

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The Calm Before the Next US vs. Apple Storm

Apple got a last-minute reprieve last week. The U.S. government no longer is going after the company to break into the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone, for now. It found another way. So Apple dodged a bullet, this time. However, as terrorism rises, this sticky question will rise again — count on it. Now, when things are quiet, is the best time to debate this issue and come up with a solution.

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Microsoft unveils Graph improvements, Office for Mac add-ins, new Skype SDKs, and Office 365 connectors

At its Build 2016 developer conference in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced three improvements that help developers leverage Microsoft Office. Qi Lu, executive vice president at Microsoft, took the stage to show off what’s new with Microsoft Graph, Office for Mac 2016, Skype, and Office 365. In November 2015, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Graph, which […]

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III Eclipse DLC hits PS4 on April 19

April is the cruelest month. Call of Duty fans will be able to express themselves fully and get out their frustrations with the Eclipse downloadable content (DLC) for Call of Duty: Black Ops III on the PlayStation 4 starting April 19. The new DLC features diverse multiplayer maps, including the re-imaginging of Call of Duty: […]

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