IDG Contributor Network: Is business modernization on your agenda?

Any non-startup or digitally born company has built up legacy ‘technology debt’ that limits success as a digital business. The costs of a brittle architecture are enumerated in higher maintenance dollars, greater risk of failure, and limited future …

Any non-startup or digitally born company has built up legacy 'technology debt' that limits success as a digital business. The costs of a brittle architecture are enumerated in higher maintenance dollars, greater risk of failure, and limited future use.

For many organizations, it is time to build a foundation for the future and thereby, eliminate one of the biggest drags on time to market. For this reasons, business modernization is an agenda item for CIOs and their enterprise architects. However, how do you tie modernization to the business agenda and prove the business value of making the investment. This is the question that I asked the #CIOChat.

To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Q&A: What Most CIOs Overlook When Trying to Accelerate Innovation

Software testing has recently become a CIO-level topic of interest. The reason? Testing is routinely cited as the #1 bottleneck to modern application delivery.But there’s good news: software testing, like many other IT functions, can benefit from au…

Software testing has recently become a CIO-level topic of interest. The reason? Testing is routinely cited as the #1 bottleneck to modern application delivery.

But there’s good news: software testing, like many other IT functions, can benefit from automation that eliminates delays, accelerates innovation, and reduces costs. We recently caught up with Clark Golestani, previously President of Emerging Businesses and Global CIO for Merck and presently the Managing Director of C Sensei Group, to explore why any CIO concerned about innovation speed and digital transformation success should make software testing a top concern.

Q. Why should CIOs be concerned about software testing?

To read this article in full, please click here

Amazon launches free, ad-supported music service for Echo users in the US

Amazon launched its Prime Music streaming service in February 2018 in India and Prime Music was offered for free with Amazon Prime subscription. Today, Amazon has launched a new ad-supported music service to take on the rivals and this is different…

Amazon launched its Prime Music streaming service in February 2018 in India and Prime Music was offered for free with Amazon Prime subscription. Today, Amazon has launched a new ad-supported music service to take on the rivals and this is different from Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime Music. Google recently started offering free streaming of YouTube Music for Google Home users and in same lines, Amazon's new ad-supported music service will allow Echo owners to play free music on their Echo devices. The new music service carries the same catalog of overall two million songs as the Prime Music. Until today, Echo users who wanted to stream music from Amazon had to pay for an annual subscription to Prime or monthly subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited. Additionally, for a free service, users had to use a third-party provider like Spotify or Pandora to play free music. With the launch of Amazon's free music service, users would now have access to play a station based on an artist, song, genre, era and hear Amazon Music's top global playlists. According to reports, Amazon had already been in touch with the labels in order to obtain music streaming license and compete with Spotify. The free ad-supported ...

Google starts offering YouTube Music for free for Google Home users

YouTube Music was launched in India last month with the company offering a free version with ads and Premium version starting at Rs.99 per month. YouTube Music Premium comes with background play, offline downloads, and an ad-free experience. Today,…

YouTube Music was launched in India last month with the company offering a free version with ads and Premium version starting at Rs.99 per month. YouTube Music Premium comes with background play, offline downloads, and an ad-free experience. Today, Google has announced that YouTube Music can be streamed for free on Google Home and other Google Assistant powered smart speakers. Users can ask Google Home to play the right music for any moment or mood, and YouTube Music will play the perfect station, customized to the user's taste. On the free version, there is no support for the ability to request specific albums, songs, artists, and playlists on-demand. But, users can upgrade to YouTube Premium to enjoy the benefits of the subscription including player controls like unlimited skips and song replay. Google is offering a 30-day free trial of YouTube Premium for new users. In order to select YouTube Music as the default music service on Google Home, navigate to Account Settings in your Google Home app, tap Services, and select Music. Then, select YouTube Music as the default music service. If you are setting up a new Google Home speaker, choose YouTube Music as the default music service during the setup ...

Moto Z4 with 6.4-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 675, 48MP Rear camera surfaces

Motorola launched the Moto Z3 and Z3 Play last year in India with support for Moto Mods. The rumours about the successor to the Z3 smartphone has been all over the web for over six months now and today, new reports have emerged regarding the key sp…

Motorola launched the Moto Z3 and Z3 Play last year in India with support for Moto Mods. The rumours about the successor to the Z3 smartphone has been all over the web for over six months now and today, new reports have emerged regarding the key specifications and features of the upcoming Moto Z4 smartphone. Moto Z4 is said to be powered by the Snapdragon 675 Octa Core SoC along with support for Moto Mods. The Z4 will also have support for 5G with the help of 5G Mod from Motorola. The smartphone will reportedly flaunt a 6.4-inch OLED display with a full-HD resolution. With regards to optics, the Z4 is said to have a single 48MP rear camera and like the other 48MP camera smartphones in the market, the Z4 will use Quad Pixel technology to combine four pixels into a single large pixel in order to deliver images in 12MP resolution. The front-facing camera is said to be a 25MP shooter with support for a Group Selfie mode. The camera will reportedly feature AI mode, Night Vision mode, 6MP photos to deliver "incredibly sharp" images in low lighting conditions, etc. All these are said to be backed up by a 3600mAh ...

Apple said to revamp Find my Phone app, launch tracking hardware

The Cupertino tech giant Apple is right now busy with a lot of things — 2019 iPhones, iOS13, WWDC June Keynotes and much more. Amidst this, Apple is revamping its Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps under the codename “GreenTorch”.

Accordin…

The Cupertino tech giant Apple is right now busy with a lot of things -- 2019 iPhones, iOS13, WWDC June Keynotes and much more. Amidst this, Apple is revamping its Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps under the codename “GreenTorch”. According to new reports, the upcoming app will have the features of both apps but combined in a single app. It will be available on both iOS and on macOS, as a Marzipan app. This app is expected to come with a feature called “Find Network”, where a device can be tracked even when not connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data. The location can be shared with both family and friends sharing requests to other people. In fact, all devices from a user can be located using the unified app, including AirPods. Right now, the company is working on a new hardware product, known only as “B389”, which can be attached to any item like a tag. The hardware will be paired to the user's iCloud account proximity enabling users to receive notifications when their device gets too far away from the tag. The location of a tag can also be shared with friends or family. Notably, users will be able ...

Instagram could hide the number of likes on photos

In a recent development, Facebook-owned Instagram is considering hiding the number of likes a post gets. This unreleased feature was first noted by social media researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who constantly discovers hidden changes within social med…

In a recent development, Facebook-owned Instagram is considering hiding the number of likes a post gets. This unreleased feature was first noted by social media researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who constantly discovers hidden changes within social media applications. According to Instagram, " We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes you get. During this test, only the person who shared a post will see the total number of likes it gets." Instagram is testing hiding like count from audiences, as stated in the app: "We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get" pic.twitter.com/MN7woHowVN — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 18, 2019 Once the feature gets rolled out, only the person who posted a photo will be able to see the number of likes it’s received. The Instagram spokesperson said: "We’re not testing this at the moment, but exploring ways to reduce pressure on Instagram is something we’re always thinking about." This move comes as a consequence of the British Information Commissioner’s Office recommendation to ban these features in order to protect the safety and privacy of the platforms’ youngest users. Source

How H-1B changes will impact U.S. IT

For many companies, the H-1B visa program has been a valuable source for IT talent. The program, which awards 85,000 visas to foreign workers each spring based on a lottery system, has also been met with controversy, not just as a perceived means for r…

For many companies, the H-1B visa program has been a valuable source for IT talent. The program, which awards 85,000 visas to foreign workers each spring based on a lottery system, has also been met with controversy, not just as a perceived means for replacing American workers but also for the administrative burden of its process, which has had a limiting effect on which companies apply.

To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)