Semi Truths A robust intellectual property regime allows complex industries to flourish. There's just no other way to induce companies to invest in R&D that may not pay off for years. Once their rights are protected, patent holders can offer their inventions to other to build on. This is how industries like the electrical system, automotive industry, computer business, and telecommunications network were established.
Semi Truths By now, the shape of many major hacks is apparent. They start with a targeted attack on an individual email account, and, once inside, spread to the rest of the organization. Current standards vouch only for the sending email server, not the specific sending account. Adoption of a more thorough standard, S/MIME, would narrow it down to the individual sender, ending spear-phishing entirely. Inky Phish Fence implements S/MIME for this purpose.
Semi Truths A review of the new convertible 2-in-1 notebook gives it high marks for durability and functionality. With hot-swappable dual batteries, this unit is ready to take on heavy-duty tasks in the field, riding with public safety, or on military sorties.
Semi Truths Dell Data Guardian is a new type of security product that eschews Maginot-line-type walls and instead goes for protecting the data itself. Each file has its own encryption and security policy. This granular approach allows for a highly tuned security regime, under which some files are free to roam and others are restricted in multiple ways.
Semi Truths Dell EMC world was alive with buzz words this year, but there was plenty of substance if you dug around a bit. Aside from the infrastructure hardware and software that makes up much of Dell's current portfolio, executives presented views of the company's forays into augmented and virtual reality, the Internet of Things and various endpoint developments.
Semi Truths IBM has mostly abandoned the consumer segment over the past decade and a half. It no longer sells endpoints to individuals. But it does provide cloud services consumed by individuals. The Weather Company, which IBM bought in early 2016, is one example. More recently, it has mounted an effort to provide cognitive computing, via services like Watson, to consumers in smart homes. It hopes to do so not directly, but through channels like communications providers, which already have strong relationships with consumers.
Semi Truths A new piece of malware is running rampant in China, even though its crafters have already been arrested. It exploits new methods of distribution, but still relies on human weakness, which seems to be abundant. Phishing (general) and spear-phishing (targeted) techniques fool at least some of the people some of the time. Such techniques brought down the Democrats in the recent election. And yet, there are simple tools that that can all but eliminate these spoofing attack. The best tools use cryptographic identity verification.
Semi Truths The North American rugged market is a specialty area with tough requirements and rich margins. Panasonic is the traditional leader, but Dell's rugged division is keeping Panasonic on its toes. This article assesses their relative positions, focusing on two areas: the full-rugged workhorse notebook and the semi-rugged class of less-expensive, but still robust notebooks.
Semi Truths The latest revelation of hacking and incompetence at the Yahoo only underscores how low this platform has fallen. Really, there's hardly anything left for Verizon to pick over. My own history of email at Yahoo is instructive, illustrating the swamp that is now Yahoo.
Semi Truths In migrating its workflow design platform to a cloud environment, Nintex positions itself as an honest broker for a wide variety of connected services like Salesforce, Box and DocuSign. What began as a workflow design add-on to Microsoft SharePoint has turned into a full-service workflow and document management system.
Semi Truths Blockchain started life as the computing schema behind Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, but it has become clear that blockchain is a fundamental technology with many uses as a quasi-public ledger for multiple parties engaged in all sorts of transactions.
Semi Truths Dell Technologies held its first combined conference in Austin last week, blending Dell World and EMC World into a single venue. This marks the last time of event will be held in Texas. It's just grown too big. Next year, attendees will find themselves in Las Vegas. A year after blending the two companies, the combined entity seems to be gaining momentum.
Semi Truths Qualcomm put Teams Blue and Orange in a large room together for three days with tools and IoT components, including a complete circuit board with a Snapdragon processor on it, and told them to come up with an invention that could save a life. They both did, but only one team could win the $25,000 prize.
Semi Truths DocuSign, a "unicorn" that helps companies achieve full digital transformation by eliminating paper from workflows, has come of age. With 100 million users now in 188 countries, a wide range of partners around the world, and continuous diligent investment, the company has made itself into the choice for ecosystems such as SAP, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce. Since I first started covering the company five years ago, it has grown tenfold.
Semi Truths Much of the front office has been automated, including customer relationship management and marketing. But sales itself has been adrift in business process automation. Sales engagement platforms are beginning to remedy that situation by pulling together monitoring and communication tools that reveal exactly how customers are connecting with marketing material at a granular level. This knowledge helps accelerate close rates and allows management to bottle the alchemy of the company's best sales people and pass it around to the rest of the team.
Semi Truths Nintex has been in the business of providing software to automate corporate workflows for years. In July, the company introduced an analytics package, called Hawkeye, that lets workflow professionals measure their effectiveness. Over time, Nintex expects to build this capability out to include a wider range of data sources and more refined views of workflow performance.
Semi Truths Lenovo recently came out with an OLED-screen notebook in its flagship ThinkPad line. The X1 Yoga has the efficient business characteristics associated with the company's commercial systems and yet some of the caprice and fun of the Yoga lineup, which is normally targeted at individuals. This article reviews the system, finding it pricey but worth it.
Semi Truths IBM has reinvented itself pretty much continuously since its founding more than 100 years ago. Now, the company is moving its focus to providing infrastructure for the coming era of cognitive workloads, the complex, AI-oriented, real-time analysis of vast troves of heterogeneous data coming from systems both inside and outside enterprises.
Semi Truths Sailing a small boat with my hands occupied convinced me that a small hands-free smart device on the wrist might not be such a bad thing. The Apple Watch currently on the market is just a placeholder for what will ultimately be the real product, the future version of the smartwatch that will be the robust tiny computer with seamless input/output (I/O) we’re all looking for.
Semi Truths If identity validation involves complex AI computation, then no one except the behemoths will be able to do it anymore, which may be the idea.