IDG Contributor Network: Key cloud trends for 2018

The rate of cloud adoption will continue to rise in 2018. As more CIOs remain plagued by the enormous costs of managing infrastructure while dealing with high costs of delivering availability, security and performance, cloud services will become har…

The rate of cloud adoption will continue to rise in 2018. As more CIOs remain plagued by the enormous costs of managing infrastructure while dealing with high costs of delivering availability, security and performance, cloud services will become harder to ignore. With the economy booming, enterprises can often overlook inefficiencies and real infrastructure costs. However, forward-looking CIOs will start preparing for the inevitable downturn by focusing on reigning in costs and reducing operational risk.

Here are some realizations that enterprises are likely to have in 2018

Enterprises realize that internal clouds are not the answer

Over the past few years, several enterprises have decided to virtualize their data centers to make it easier and faster to deliver infrastructure to their developers. This is a good idea and has had a significant impact on the lead time for infrastructure access for developers. However, enterprises have begun to realize that running hybrid infrastructure is not necessarily cheaper for the enterprise. Even though developers are now able to access infrastructure faster, other costs remain. For example, virtualized infrastructure can cause centralization. In the event of an infrastructure outage, multiple services and applications can be impacted.

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Google Gboard for iOS gets dedicated GIF-making button

Google has silently rolled out an update to its Gboard app which brings the Gif-Making button to the main screen right next to the word suggestion bar. Though this feature is available since last September, it is hidden behind the emoji button on the bottom. With this new change, accessing the button is more convenient. 

The Gif-making button with its new placement allows you to quickly create your own funny reactions and send it as Gifs while chatting. You can use your front or rear camera to create ‘Loop’ a small three-second Boomerang like clip or ‘Fast-Forward’ one or two-second clips. Once you are done, you can copy paste the gif to send it to your friends.

Turning small video clips isn’t a new feature, there are many 3rd party apps that can do it. In Fact, Google’s own Motion Stills app makes it possible. But bringing the Gif-making button to the home screen is the easiest way to create funny reactions. For now, the update is just available to iOS, but we can expect it to land in Android very soon.

Source | Via

Google has silently rolled out an update to its Gboard app which brings the Gif-Making button to the main screen right next to the word suggestion bar. Though this feature is available since last September, it is hidden behind the emoji button on the bottom. With this new change, accessing the button is more convenient.  The Gif-making button with its new placement allows you to quickly create your own funny reactions and send it as Gifs while chatting. You can use your front or rear camera to create 'Loop' a small three-second Boomerang like clip or 'Fast-Forward' one or two-second clips. Once you are done, you can copy paste the gif to send it to your friends. Turning small video clips isn't a new feature, there are many 3rd party apps that can do it. In Fact, Google's own Motion Stills app makes it possible. But bringing the Gif-making button to the home screen is the easiest way to create funny reactions. For now, the update is just available to iOS, but we can expect it to land in Android very soon. Source | Via

MailChimp

Small businesses looking to get started with email marketing software should definitely give MailChimp a chance.

Small businesses looking to get started with email marketing software should definitely give MailChimp a chance.

Facebook said to be testing new ‘Today In’ local news and events section in the app

Facebook wants to make it easier for us to stay updated with local news and events dubbed ‘Today In’. Testing of the feature is running in just six cities for now: New Orleans, La.; Little Rock, Ark.; Billings, Mont.; Peoria, Ill.; Olympia, Wash.; and Binghamton, N.Y.

Users from the mentioned places will be able to explore the new section to see local information, like stories from local publishers or emergency updates from local authorities. The company is using machine-learning software to surface content in the new section. According to the Facebook’s spokesperson, former NBC news anchor Campbell Brown will approve and overlook the local news publishers who appear in the new section.

Furthermore, the company says that it is all part of Facebook’s Journalism Project initiative which Facebook launched shortly after last year’s U.S. presidential election. The company has already launched few other news-related features last year including breaking news label and a label identifying stories disputed by outside fact-checkers.

Though the news section will bring in more traffic for publishers, it doesn’t bring any revenue at least during the time of launch. Even the getting traffic is questionable since it is dependent on how often Facebook users use the feature. Facebook will eventually roll this out to more cities. …

Facebook wants to make it easier for us to stay updated with local news and events dubbed 'Today In'. Testing of the feature is running in just six cities for now: New Orleans, La.; Little Rock, Ark.; Billings, Mont.; Peoria, Ill.; Olympia, Wash.; and Binghamton, N.Y. Users from the mentioned places will be able to explore the new section to see local information, like stories from local publishers or emergency updates from local authorities. The company is using machine-learning software to surface content in the new section. According to the Facebook's spokesperson, former NBC news anchor Campbell Brown will approve and overlook the local news publishers who appear in the new section. Furthermore, the company says that it is all part of Facebook’s Journalism Project initiative which Facebook launched shortly after last year’s U.S. presidential election. The company has already launched few other news-related features last year including breaking news label and a label identifying stories disputed by outside fact-checkers. Though the news section will bring in more traffic for publishers, it doesn't bring any revenue at least during the time of launch. Even the getting traffic is questionable since it is dependent on how often Facebook users use the feature. Facebook will eventually roll this out to more cities. ...

To achieve agile at scale, move technology out of IT

I was talking with Dave Castellani, who as senior vice president and business information officer, runs IT for $25 billion New York Life Insurance Company, and we got onto the discussion of shadow IT. When Dave posited that CIOs would be better off “unleashing shadow IT” rather than attempting to contain it, I asked him to tell me more. Our conversation quickly became a discussion about the wholesale overhaul of the IT operating model.

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What is shadow IT?

These days, shadow IT is any activity that happens outside of the IT organization that involves coding, the purchase of a tool or equipment, or the establishment of core infrastructure. If these activities have an impact on scalability, repeatability and availability across the enterprise, they are shadow IT. This form of shadow IT needs to be controlled and contained.

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I was talking with Dave Castellani, who as senior vice president and business information officer, runs IT for $25 billion New York Life Insurance Company, and we got onto the discussion of shadow IT. When Dave posited that CIOs would be better off “unleashing shadow IT” rather than attempting to contain it, I asked him to tell me more. Our conversation quickly became a discussion about the wholesale overhaul of the IT operating model.

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What is shadow IT?

These days, shadow IT is any activity that happens outside of the IT organization that involves coding, the purchase of a tool or equipment, or the establishment of core infrastructure. If these activities have an impact on scalability, repeatability and availability across the enterprise, they are shadow IT. This form of shadow IT needs to be controlled and contained.

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New technologies take aim at IT’s diversity problem

If your company is having difficulty establishing a diverse workforce, you can stop blaming the pipeline. That’s the collective message sent by new HR technologies that help organizations remove bias from their hiring practices and identify and retain female talent. Coincidentally, these new tools are all designed by women.

First, there’s Talent Sonar. Founder and CEO Laura Mather says Talent Sonar’s acquisition platform removes applicant and college names from resumes to help prevent bias when hiring managers see a typically female first name — like Mary or Linda — or read that an applicant attended a historically black college. It also analyses the language used in job descriptions to make employers more approachable.

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If your company is having difficulty establishing a diverse workforce, you can stop blaming the pipeline. That’s the collective message sent by new HR technologies that help organizations remove bias from their hiring practices and identify and retain female talent. Coincidentally, these new tools are all designed by women.

First, there’s Talent Sonar. Founder and CEO Laura Mather says Talent Sonar’s acquisition platform removes applicant and college names from resumes to help prevent bias when hiring managers see a typically female first name — like Mary or Linda — or read that an applicant attended a historically black college. It also analyses the language used in job descriptions to make employers more approachable.

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Microsoft launches redesigned Skype for Desktop for Windows and Mac

Microsoft had launched redesigned Skype for mobile back in June, and the company has been testing its mobile interface changes in desktop versions of its apps. The redesigned interface mostly focused on media sharing and social expression tools. Today the company has publicly launched the redesigned Skype for the desktop. The new design lets you customize the look of … Continue reading “Microsoft launches redesigned Skype for Desktop for Windows and Mac”

Microsoft had launched redesigned Skype for mobile back in June, and the company has been testing its mobile interface changes in desktop versions of its apps. The redesigned interface mostly focused on media sharing and social expression tools. Today the company has publicly launched the redesigned Skype for the desktop. The new design lets you customize the look of … Continue reading "Microsoft launches redesigned Skype for Desktop for Windows and Mac"

Memrise

Freemium study app Memrise has a wealth of content in foreign languages as well as other subjects. Beginners will find it’s a valuable resource.

Freemium study app Memrise has a wealth of content in foreign languages as well as other subjects. Beginners will find it's a valuable resource.

Q&A: Ray Bingham on Canyon Bridge, Imagination

EE Times caught up with Ray Bingham, partner at Canyon Bridge. Our discussion covered questions about his firm’s relationship with Tallwood VC which bought MIPS, how Canyon Bridge plans to rebuild Imagination, who Canyon Bridge really is.

EE Times caught up with Ray Bingham, partner at Canyon Bridge. Our discussion covered questions about his firm's relationship with Tallwood VC which bought MIPS, how Canyon Bridge plans to rebuild Imagination, who Canyon Bridge really is.