‘Digital Transformation’: What’s So New About It?

Mobility, data, the Internet Of Things, cloud computing. These are the terms that IT hears again and again. In fact, there’s a term for what all these mean for business and IT: “Digital Transformation.” However, what’s new about it? At this year’s Interop conference, Prashanth Shenoy, Cisco’s senior director for enterprise networks and mobility, explained how these technologies are now mature enough to really affect business and begin the transformation that we’re heard so much about.


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Congresswoman sends News Genius a strongly worded letter about recent annotations harassing female writers

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Annotation website Genius has been at the center of a brewing media controversy. 

On Tuesday, the whole situation jumped up a notch thanks to a letter from a sitting congresswoman.

Representative Katherine Clark of the 5th District of Massachusetts penned a letter to Genius CEO and cofounder Tom Lehman to express concerns about “the Genius online annotation platform and its lack of safeguards against Internet harassment and abuse.”

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Genius, which started out as a website to annotate rap lyrics, has been building out a larger editorial operation in hopes of reaching a larger audience.  Read more…

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This app teaches Australia about its 500 Indigenous first nations

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When Kevin Rudd was prime minister of Australia, Ngarluma man Tyson Mowarin was struck that the Mandarin-speaking leader could say hello at the foot of the Great Wall of China, but could not say hello in the local indigenous language at the foot of Uluru.

Using Welcome to Country, his free iOS app that uses geo-location to deliver users cultural information about Aboriginal groups indigenous to the area, Mowarin told Mashable Australia he hopes to ensure all Australians know as much about the country’s native people as they do about countries across the ocean.

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The iPhone 6s outperforms the 2015 MacBook in some tests, which says a lot about the iPad Pro

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Although the iPhone’s ‘s’ models aren’t normally as hype-worthy as the full version upgrades, one thing you can always expect out of them is top notch performance. This year’s iPhone 6s, however, has the special honor of being as powerful as one of Apple’s newest laptops, the 2015 MacBook. John Gruber from Daring Fireball benchmarked the iPhone 6S using Geerkbench 3, a multi-platform testing tool designed to measure overall computer performance. Needless to say, the results are impressive. The phone’s A9 chip can outperform or beat the $ 1300 1.1 Ghz MacBook, and nearly go head to head with the 1.3Ghz model: Test iPhone 6s…

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IDG Contributor Network: 5 myths about data encryption

It’s a heartache, nothing but a heartache. Hits you when it’s too late, hits you when you’re down. It’s a fools’ game, nothing but a fool’s game. Standing in the cold rain, feeling like a clown.

When singer Bonnie Tyler recorded in her distinctive raspy voice “It’s A Heartache” in 1978, you’d think she was an oracle of sorts, predicting the rocky road that encryption would have to travel.

Just a year earlier in 1977 the Encryption Standard (DES) became the federal standard for block symmetric encryption (FIPS 46). But, oh, what a disappointment encryption DES would become. In less than 20 years since its inception, DES would be declared DOA (dead on arrival), impenetrable NOT.

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