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Ubuntu Core 20 Brings Better Industrial IoT Control

Canonical on Feb. 2 made available Ubuntu Core 20. This new Ubuntu Core version boasts notable new device security innovations. Given the increasing numbers and sophistication of attacks by individual and state-sponsored cybercriminals, Canonical's efforts should be welcomed by both IoT device maker...

How to Buy a Linux-Powered Laptop

Buying Linux-powered laptops should be easy, especially on big-name manufacturers' websites. But it isn't. You must employ workarounds to succeed or spend caches of money! Some computer makers sell Linux-only hardware. Only a few of the major computer manufacturers cater to providing Linux Inside.

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Why Are Homes and Autos Still Built the Old Fashioned Way?

We could build homes that stand up to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and other disasters. We could build cars that are lighter and more fuel-efficient. Like the opening for the old TV show, "The Six Million Dollar Man," we have the technology. So why don't we use it? The reason is that people who ...

Lenovo Expands Linux-Ready Computer Line

As the next step in its Linux expansion program, Lenovo has launched Linux-ready ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs pre-installed with Canonical's Ubuntu technology. The company also now brings Linux certification to its ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio, along with easing deployment for d...

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Website Development Contracts, Part 3: Important Cloud and SLA Considerations

The cloud is an essential component of all e-commerce sites. Not all clouds, however, are created equal. The key thing here is reliability. Making sure that the cloud service and Service Level Agreement (SLA) are right for your business may not be clear before you enter into a website development co...

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Tech Products That Make It Easier to Stay Home

Being locked up at home due to the pandemic can drive people a little nuts. Several technology products have been particularly helpful while sheltering in place, making this semi-forced timeout feel less like a punishment and more like something I could endure. The Atmoph Window 2, for example, look...

High-Tech Firms Challenged to Give More Than Lip Service to BLM

Brands and retailers around the world posted black squares on their Instagram feeds in response to "Blackout Tuesday," to show support for protests against a police officer's killing of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis. By Wednesday, there were 28.6 million posts on the #blackouttuesday page la...

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Jack Dorsey and the End of Twitter

I'm a member of what is likely a reasonably sizable informal group of people who trained to be a CEO but declined the job -- in my case, several times. So I don't envy the position that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is in as he tries to figure out a way to do the right thing concerning the spread of fals...

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4 Amazing Things Nvidia Showcased at Its Virtual GTC

Nvidia just held its GTC event, and of the virtual keynotes I've seen so far, CEO Jensen Huang's was the best. That's because the company made the decision to cut it into segments, mostly under 16 minutes, so viewers didn't have to watch things they weren't interested in. Jensen mixed up the content...

Ubuntu ‘Focal Fossa’ Homes In on Enterprise Security

Canonical has announced the general availability of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, codenamed "Focal Fossa." This major upgrade places particular emphasis on security and performance. Released once every two years, the new long-term support version provides a platform for enterprise IT infrastructures and workloa...

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Getting Autonomous Car Technology Right

Autonomous car efforts aren't looking very good. It is becoming clear that the five-level ranking system is stupid. The reality is that the definition of "autonomous" is binary: Either the car can drive itself or it can't. The fact is that car makers don't want to take the final step to autonomy -- ...

Unsigned Firmware Puts Windows, Linux Peripherals at Risk

Eclypsium has released new research that identifies and confirms unsigned firmware in WiFi adapters, USB hubs, trackpads and cameras used in Windows and Linux computer and server products from Lenovo, Dell, HP and other major manufacturers. Eclypsium also demonstrated a successful attack on a server...

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Rumblings in the Cloud

One of the old sayings is that there are "lies, damned lies and statistics," with the implication being you really can't trust most reported numbers. Still, we've often thought that you could trust rankings. One current set of rankings involves cloud providers. The general impression was that Amazon...

Business/Customer Sweet Spots: ECT News Roundtable, Episode 2

If you're a small business owner or a key member of an enterprise executive team, you want your firm to succeed. If you're a customer, you want to be treated well. Those goals are not diametrically opposed, but very often it seems that companies and customers are at cross-purposes. ECT News Network ...

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