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Forrester Predicts Net Loss of 1.42 Million US Jobs to Automation by 2032

Automation will claim more than 11 million U.S. jobs over the next decade, according to a new report by Forrester. That's the bad news. The good news is that at the same time automation will create 9.63 million new jobs, for a net job loss for the period of 1.42 million jobs. The report noted that f...

1Password Encourages Developer Security With New Tool Set

Launched under the name Developer Tools, 1Password declared the new features will help developers easily and securely generate, manage and access secrets in their normal workflows. The tools will also help simplify complex processes and improve security

Supply Chain Fears, Inflation, Robust Online Sales Drove Jump in Holiday Returns

While retailers aren't happy with rising return rates, in the current environment, they are a reflection of success. "When you have the kind of growth we've seen in the online channel, that's how you get an overall high return rate," Peter Madden, a director in the retail practice of AlixPartners, a...

Covid Domain Registrations Soar, Many by Bad Actors

Nearly half a million Covid-related domains have been created over the last two years, many of them being used by online fraudsters. The pandemic has created an environment in which bad actors make use of a range of Covid-related "hooks" to commit cybercrime and fraud, impacting consumers and brand...

Average Tech Salary Breaks Six Figures, Some Workers Still Feel Underpaid

The average salary for a tech worker reached US$104,566 in 2021, yet nearly half still feel they're underpaid. The hot recruiting market could be contributing to workers feeling underpaid, maintained Brittany Nisenzon, metro markets manager with Robert Half, a global staffing company.

Play-To-Earn Gaming Faces Hurdles To Rapid Growth

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian raised some eyebrows in the gaming world recently when he predicted that play-to-earn gaming would take over 90 percent of the gaming market in five years. Analysts we spoke with are skeptical of his forecast.

Data Breaches Affected Nearly 6 Billion Accounts in 2021

The biggest breach of the period was actually a combination of several cyber smash-and-grab operations over the years that contained 3.2 billion unique email and password combinations from Netflix, LinkedIn and other online outfits.

More Than One in Three Firms Burned by AI Bias

Bias in AI systems can result in significant losses to companies, according to a new survey by an enterprise AI company. Thirty-six percent of companies revealed they had suffered losses due to AI bias in one or several algorithms, noted a DataRobot survey of over 350 U.S. and U.K. technologists.

Apple MR Specs Will Shun Metaverse: Report

Although Apple is expected to launch a mixed reality product sometime this year, don't expect it to lead its users into the metaverse, according to a prominent watcher of the company. Mark Gurman, who writes the Power On newsletter for Bloomberg, wrote in the latest edition of the publication that t...

Shopping on Social Media Platforms Forecast To Reach $1.2 Trillion by 2025

Shopping on social media platforms is growing at a torrid pace -- three times faster than traditional e-commerce platforms. Most of that growth will be driven by Gen Z and millennial shoppers, reported Accenture, which defines social commerce as shopping on a social media platform where a person's e...

Apple Wearables Holiday Sales Knock It Out of the Park

The burst in sales will contribute to what could be a 20 percent increase in revenue for wearables sold by Apple in 2021 over the previous year. "The earware has become popular, iconic, a must have device," said Ramon T. Llamas, a research director at IDC. "For many iPhone owners, there is really on...

Cybersecurity 2022: More Fraud, More Fakes, More Crypto Scams

Cybercriminals in 2022 will move from identity theft to identity fraud, predicted the Identity Theft Resource Center. Bad actors are accumulating personal identifying information, but they're not using it to target consumers as much as they used to do. Rather, they're using it in credential attacks ...

Talent Firm Flags Best US Cities for Hiring Remote Tech Workers

With remote work here to stay, a conundrum for many firms is where to tap into the stay-at-home workforce. Karat, a maker of a talent platform for developers, has an answer to that riddle. The company has identified what it considers the 10 best cities -- outside major tech hubs like the San Francis...

Collaboration Apps Creating Productivity Concerns for IT Leaders: Study

Growing use of unified communication and collaboration tools in organizations could hurt productivity in the short term, according to a study released last week by a service assurance and cybersecurity company. In a survey commissioned by Netscout, of Westford, Mass., more than nine in 10 of the 30...

Cybersecurity Pros Uneasy Over Prospect of Quantum Sneak Attack

Four out of five cybersecurity pros are fretting over the potential for a sneak attack by an adversary with a quantum computer that will render the encryption on their data ineffective. Quantum computers can process data much faster than most computers today because they use qubits to crunch data, w...

Bots Skew Marketing Analytics, Cost Businesses Millions

Bot activity at websites is skewing marketing analytics and costing businesses millions annually, according to a study by bot detection and mitigation firm Netacea. The company maintained in its report that the skewed analytics problem is as costly to businesses as click fraud, which costs businesse...

Supply Chain Woes, Yearning for Normal, Sway Holiday Buying Habits

Concerns over supply chain snags, delivery delays and a yearning for a return to normal are influencing consumer shopping habits this holiday season. "The biggest change this year is that shopping has started earlier than in the past," observed Dave Sekera, chief U.S. market strategist with Mornings...

Report Finds US Workers Lagging in Digital Skills

One-third of U.S. workers lack digital skills, with 13 percent having no digital skills and 18 percent having, at best, limited digital skills, noted a new report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. In essence, one in six working-age Americans are unable to use email, web sea...

Holidays Fuel Surge of Mobile, Online Phishing Scams

'Tis the season to go phishing. Nothing brings out digital bandits like the holidays, and this year is no exception. Proofpoint, an enterprise digital security company, reports its researchers are seeing a massive global increase in holiday-themed mobile phishing attacks, a.k.a. smishing. It noted t...

Many Consumers Fail To Protect Privacy After Receiving Data Breach Notice

A survey of 1,050 U.S. adult consumers found that 16 percent of the participants in the research took no action after receiving notice of a data breach affecting their accounts. Information from breached accounts can be used for identity fraud or to make employers vulnerable to cyberattacks, includi...

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