ORLANDO, Fla. – The wide variety of collaboration and communications tools now available to businesses can help connect employees in different locations, but can also result in fragmented and siloed conversations.With that in mind, a new breed of team collaboration chat apps has emerged in recent years that, in many cases, incorporate video and voice call functionality alongside text-based messaging.That means enterprise organizations can begin to consolidate some of their existing communication tools into a single platform deployed across the business, according to a panel of CIOs at the Enterprise Connect conference here in Orlando.Jason Kasch, CIO at Structural Group, a Maryland-based engineering and construction firm, said his company had previously used a range of applications to connect staffers – everything from Microsoft’s Yammer and Oracle Social Network to group text messaging platform GroupMe and Slack.“We had a bunch of different products where people were collaborating and the one piece that was missing was a central contact point,” Kasch explained.“If everyone was on a different platform, they didn’t have the ability to single point click to start a video conference or a conversation immediately.”
It isn’t even close to Halloween this year, but that hasn’t stopped Blizzard from injecting Hearthstone with a hefty dose of spookiness.Available in April for $50, the expansion Hearthstone: The Witchwood introduces well over 100 cards, along with a single-player mode that is free to everyone.The expansion’s teaser trailer sets the mood, with creepy Victorian architecture of Gilneas and a tune similar to Macbeth‘s classic “Song of the Witches.” Villagers carrying torches look around in fear at the evil rats, trees, ghosts, and werewolves ready to rip them limb from limb.In the free “Monster Hunter” single-player experience, you’ll explore the mysterious Witchwood in order to destroy the evil force causing the area to fall into darkness.You’ll choose from one of four heroes — all provided for you — and fight through eight battles before going up against the final boss.You’ll earn loot with each battle won, which can be chosen from three possible “buckets,” and other cards will be added at certain points to improve your hero’s abilities.
They're also used by TV production companies where using a regular video camera would be impossible.For a chest mount a box design will be more stable.The best in the business just gets betterWeight: 118g | Waterproof: 10m | 4K video: Up to 60fps | 1080: up to 240fps | 720: up to 240fps | Stills resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 1-3hrs estWhile it may appear to be a minor update from the Hero5 Black on the outside, a lot's changed on the inside.Other highlights include an improved image stabilization system, while the Hero6 Black offers a wider dynamic range and better low-light performance than the Hero5 Black.
Semiconductors--a class of materials that can function as both electrical conductor and insulator, depending on the circumstances--are an essential technology for all modern electronic innovations.Silicon has long been the most famous semiconductor, but in recent years researchers have studied a wider range of materials, including molecules that can be tailored to serve specific electronic needs.Perhaps appropriately, one of the most cutting-edge electronics--supercomputers--are indispensable research tools for studying complex semiconducting materials at a fundamental level.It recently published its results in Nature Materials."New kinds of semiconductors, organic semiconductors, are starting to get used in new device concepts," said team leader Dr. Frank Ortmann."Some of these are already on the market, but some are still limited by their inefficiency.
BrewDog is the first major brand to have its International Women's Day work detonate in its face.The launch of Pink IPA came with a promise from the brand to donate 20% of profits from the new beer, and its best-selling Punk IPA product, to a STEM charity furthering women's education for the next four weeks.There has been a division in the industry; as always there are those who subscribe to Oscar Wilde's mantra 'the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about' but others thing BrewDog's latest stunt has badly backfired.A send-up of lazy marketing effortsThe pink bottle was supposed to be a "send-up of the lazy marketing efforts targeting the female market".Sarah Warman, global head of marketing at BrewDog even acknowledged: "There is a long history of products that pander and patronise through harmful, sexist stereotypes and vulgar imagery, and we’re rallying to put an end to this nonsense.
Huge private sector investment, strong government backing and young talent are together rallying behind the growth of China’s cloud computing industry.In a short space of time, China has emerged as a global leader in data-intensive computing that covers Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality (VR), Online-to-Offline (O2O), Smart Cars and Online Payments.In order to support these new business verticals, China is scaling up its IT infrastructure and technical expertise.However, rather than building large new server rooms or hiring teams of technicians to manage clunky IT equipment, companies are instead turning to the cloud to power their business expansion.Download this white paper to find out more.
VMware's delivered an on-premises-capable version of its Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) that can migrate private clouds to public clouds, and software-defined data centres among any VMware-powered cloud.The company has observed that the complexity involved in lifting and shifting an app to the public cloud means it is possible to resist a swift move, but wants to ensure that you don't feel that running VMware prevents you from taking advantage of infrastructure-as-a-service.Enter HCX, which not only moves a VM - an old trick long-since handled by vMotion - but also brings its networking, firewall and storage entanglements along for the ride.HCX also works with IBM's cloud and Amazon's, and the latter's special version running vSphere just expanded into Europe at AWS' London facilities.VMware has also promised Asian and European expansion by the end of 2018.VMware's Amazonian iteration has also added stretched clusters, meaning workloads can run across availability zones and deliver zero recovery point objectives.
Amid the growing use of mobile devices for work by federal employees, U.S. defense and intelligence agencies are fast adopting biometrics and other alternative ways of computers, smartphones and tablets, according to a new report.More than 90% of federal agency IT officials in an online survey said their organizations provide secure mobile access for work-issued devices, but less than 20% support workers' personal devices to access most agency systems.Even so, the U.S. government is outpacing the private sector in deploying the latest endpoint mobile security technology, a study of the survey revealed.One top need indicated by those surveyed is the ability to centrally manage and configure mobile devices and remotely lock down devices and recover data if a breach occurs.One problem with relying on consumer-based security measures is that it simply doesn't meet government standards, according to Patrick Hevesi, a Gartner research director.Consumer biometrics, such as fingerprint readers and facial recognition technology on mobile devices, do not typically meet the federal government's higher hardware and software standards.
Multicloud deployments are all the rage these days, and for good reason.They provide the ultimate in enterprises flexibility, letting you mix and match cloud services to meet your exact needs.As a result, they increase business agility and operational cost-efficiency.But the trade-offs are clear.Using multicloud means having more complexity.Moreover, you’re mixing the cloud services with existing legacy on-premises systems, not to mention systems outside of enterprise such as exchanges.
Polestar may not be quite ready to start shipping its electric sports car quite yet, but that doesn’t mean the Volvo sibling can’t tease us a little beforehand.Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 is the Polestar 1 in its most appealing form yet, a matte gray finish that the automaker would be mad not to carry over to production.Though we saw the Polestar 1 unveiled back in October 2017, the intervening months haven’t dimmed the car’s distinctive appeal.It’s a compelling mix of Volvo DNA – unsurprising, given how much of the Swedish automaker’s vehicles that Polestar will be using – with a more aggressive twist.That starts with the toothsome grille.The frame may be Volvo-esque in its shape, but the Polestar mesh is more akin to a high-end watch band or perhaps the maw of an industrial metal shredder.
A Chinese blogger has been put in jail for 15 days and will have to pay a £57 fine for offering free sex at a Hilton Hotel.The 19-year-old posted on Sina Weibo - a Chinese social media platform similar to Twitter - on Thursday (1 March): "Somebody come get me...Her post quickly went viral in Sanya, on the Chinese island of Hainan, and hundreds of strangers appeared at the hotel.She also posted a video of herself in a bikini to entice people but later said it was a joke and pleaded with users to stop sharing the post.The profile is under the name "Qianjin Yeye" however it is not confirmed if this is her real name.People were even calling the front desk of the Hilton Hotel, according to the Mirror.
The Geneva Auto Show is where companies from all over the automotive spectrum convene to flaunt their latest and greatest creations.Anything goes: supercars, electric commuters, rugged SUVs, humble econoboxes, and futuristic concepts.The European-spec A6 will launch with a turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 engine tuned to send 340 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission and, of course, Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.The six-cylinder gains a trick belt starter alternator (BAS) linked to a lithium-ion battery pack to form a fuel-saving mild hybrid system.Smarter and cleaner, the new A6 will go on sale in its home country of Germany this summer.The performance-flavored S- and RS-badged models will follow later in the production run.
Stuck inside because of the ongoing snow?Make the most of your hours spent hibernating and get ahead on your bullet journal pages for March.This month sees the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere (on Tuesday 20 March) so take inspiration and use lots of light floral colours, plants and leaves in your doodles.And in the spirit of a new season why not also try out some spreads you haven’t used before - a mood tracker or a new playlist?Use these Pinterest ideas to get started.1,875 Likes, 12 Comments - BJC | Bujo collection (@bulletjournalcollection) on Instagram: “Gorgeous March page from @girlwithabujo .
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus have come to fight for Apple's smartphone crown with new features and a super-charged camera.But the iPhone X won't go down easily, and deciding between the newest Galaxy and iPhone may prove tougher than ever.Here's what to look for before you make your final choice.Prices vary from carrier to carrier, they run for about US$720 (£739, AU$1,199) and US$840 for the 64GB version.Both phones are glass on glass with metal frames and barely-there bezels.The iPhone comes in monochromatic Space Grey and Silver, while the S9 comes in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple and Titanium Grey.
The report stems from 1,000 gamers located in North America that have already purchased, sold, and traded virtual items online at least once.Two-thirds of those surveyed want more opportunities to use cryptocurrency within popular gaming networks, such as Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network.A larger 87 percent have never even attempted to use digital coins in games and online gaming networks.For those that have bought, sold, and traded virtual goods, 64 percent of those gamers feel the process needs major improvement.“The virtual gaming items market is plagued by high fees and exchange rates, rampant fraud, inefficient intermediaries and slow transaction times — issues that could be solved by the widespread adoption of cryptocurrency,” the company says.Based on the survey, 55 percent already own some form of cryptocurrency.
A recent hands-on preview of HTC’s Vive Focus mobile virtual reality headset reveals that the device, currently only available in China, relies on the same lenses and displays that will be used in HTC’s next-generation VR headset for the PC: The Vive Pro.It serves as a “premium” alternative to other stand-alone VR headsets sold on the Chinese market, sporting premium components and a premium price tag of around $525 before tax.Instead, it contains everything you need for an untethered virtual reality experience.Powering this headset is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor typically found in high-end smartphones.Behind each lens is a 1,600 x 1,440 OLED display, higher than the 1,280 x 1,400 per-eye resolution seen with Lenovo’s Mirage Solo headset.As for other features, the Vive Focus sports a refresh rate of 75Hz, slightly below the vomit-preventive 90Hz rendered by the HTC Vive and upcoming Vive Pro.
Unite’s former political director Jennie Formby, her successor Anneliese Midgley, the GMB’s Lisa Johnson and Labour’s governance and membership director Emilie Oldknow are each being urged to apply for the post.Current general secretary Iain McNicol surprised the party on Friday when he announced he was resigning after nearly seven years, with one source claiming it was made clear to him he ought to step aside.McNicol’s impending departure has sparked an intense battle to succeed him, with Formby the current front runner as senior allies of Jeremy Corbyn believe she is the right person to take the helm.Under one radical plan, her supporters want to draft a fast-tracked timetable to fill the vacancy within weeks, and believe she will be the only name on a shortlist drafted by the National Executive Committee (NEC)’s officers.But Formby’s unpopularity among some key senior figures in the party and other unions has prompted moves to find a ‘compromise’ candidate who would have a better chance of uniting the Labour movement.Midgley, Johnson and Oldknow are seen as having the experience of working constructively across the party and unions in a non-factional way, multiple sources said.
Finding yourself responsible for an icon can be a blessing as a curse, something Porsche is all too familiar with when it comes to the 911.Responsible for leading that change is August Achleitner, who has some Porsche legacy of his own indeed.“The decisive factor is that the 911 generates a driving feeling that no other car can impart,” the 911 model line director says, having held that position for almost two decades.“We know where we’re from and where we want to go.”Still, 911 mainstays like the flat-six engine mounted at the rear are going to face increasing pressure to embrace new powertrains.Porsche hasn’t been slow to adopt electrification, though that’s primarily found in its more recently-created vehicles, like the Panamera four-door.
NASA has completed a study that took massive amounts of satellite data to give a clear picture of how Antarctic ice flow into the ocean has changed.According to the study, the information gives the clearest picture yet of how ice loss is accelerating in the region.NASA says that the findings confirm that ice loss is accelerating from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.NASA used a computer-vision technique that compiled data from thousands of satellite images to give a very precise reading of the changes in ice-sheet motion.This work is expected to provide a baseline for future measurements of ice change in the Antarctic.The data can also be used to validate numerical ice sheet models that predict sea levels.
At the time of writing this, Eastern Ghouta is under heavy siege, one of the last rebel instalments as Bashar Assad’s air force indiscriminately lays waste to beleaguered enclave east of the capital.Again the pictures of pale corpses of children have surfed the net.History will look back upon the 21st century genocide as one of shame for humanity.Which is why when you see the Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry insisting that Labour has the right answers to global conflicts, you feel a sense of anger crashing through the despondency.Thornberry recently penned an article in the Guardian that basically said Jeremy Corbyn was right on everything, pure as white light and infallible.The humanitarian crisis in Syria should hammer home that the left are not any more morally righteous than the right.