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10 things in tech you need to know today

Here is the tech news you need to know. 1. Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Note 8, coming on September 15.The successor to the ill-fated Note 7 has design and specs similar to the Galaxy S8+, but adds a dual camera setup, the signature S-Pen, and a starting...

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Securing Your Linux System Bit by Bit

As daunting as securing your Linux system might seem, one thing to remember is that every extra step makes a difference. It's almost always better to make a modest stride than let uncertainty keep you from starting. Fortunately, there are a few basic techniques that...

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Acer Aspire Switch 11 V

Acer Aspire hybrid tablet This midrange detachable-hybrid tablet has earned the Editors' Choice award from PCMag.com just as its predecessor, the Acer Aspire Switch 11 did. This model is faster, slightly slimmer and now comes with Windows 10. It's also more affordably...

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HP Battery Recall Grows

HP has expanded its battery recall Speaking of overheating batteries ... HP has expanded its battery recall that began in June. Another 101,000 HP Notebook Batteries have been recalled with the model numbers: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL, 6EBVA. If...

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Samsung Factory Catches Fire

Explosion-prone Samsung Note 7 causes fire As if we needed further proof that the overheating / explosion-prone Samsung Note 7 batteries were a problem, some of them combusted in a factory and caused a fire. According to online and local sources, the fire in the...

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The Real Cost of Employee Downtime

Employee Downtime Affects Your Bottom Line For some businesses, employee downtime caused by interruptions in the IT infrastructure is recognized instantly as unacceptable. In a healthcare practice, for example, network access to a patient's medical records must occur...

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  • IDG Contributor Network: Before you build your bot: what it takes to make a successful chatbot
    by Anamita Guha on October 19, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    With hundreds of new bots popping up daily, it seems everyone is exploring chatbot development. In fact, the chatbot market size is estimated to grow from $703.3 million in 2016 to $3.2 billion by 2021. In an ever-expanding sea of chatbots, how do you stand out from the crowd? With 49.4 percent of people saying they would rather contact a business through messaging over phone, building a chatbot should be on your to-do list. Here are some tips and tricks to make your chatbot successful.1. Chatty chatbots are best The best chatbots sound and read human. People make the occasional typo or spelling mistake—and so should your chatbot. If every response is typed flawlessly, it could come across as robotic and too structured. Give your bot the freedom to be a little casual, code in the occasional typo—and always remember to keep it conversational.  The best bots learn from the conversation and weave those learnings into the bot/human exchange.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • RacerD detects hard-to-find race conditions in Java code
    by Paul Krill on October 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Facebook has begun offering broad access to RacerD, a tool intended to tackle the longstanding problem of race conditions in software.RacerD had been available as a prototype, accessible in Facebook’s open source code base only through a series of backdoor options, said codeveloper Sam Blackshear, a Facebook research scientist. Now, the tool will run by default in Facebook’s open source Infer static analysis tool for bug detection. Initially, RacerD is available only for Java code. But plans call for expanding coverage to other languages, including C++.[ The new Java versions are here! Learn everything you need to know about what’s new in Java SE 9 and what’s new in Java EE 8. | The big 4 Java IDEs reviewed: See how Eclipse, NetBeans, JDeveloper, and IntelliJ IDEA stack up. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]With race conditions, overlapping processes trying to access the same data concurrently can cause conflicts in programs. These concurrency errors can be difficult to debug or even reproduce. “This has really been a hard problem” in computing for about 50 years, said Peter O’Hearn, a research scientist on the Infer team and co-author of RacerD.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Making sense of co-bots
    by Ali Din on October 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    We’ve all heard the term “robot” since the days of Rosie from the Jetsons. Recently, the buzz is about virtual robots and AI. However, the term “co-bots” has also been around for a while, and because of the interesting conversations lately about robots taking over human jobs, it seems to be a worthwhile topic to bring up here.What’s a co-bot? Co-bots, also known as collaborative robots, work with people. In this video example, you’ll see a co-bot at one of Amazon’s warehouses. The co-bot fetches an entire shelf of goods (that weigh more than what a person could lift) and brings them to a human packer. The person selects the items, manually boxes them, tapes them up, and puts them on the conveyor belt.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • 25% off Dyson V6 Motor Head Cord-free Vacuum - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on October 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    The powerful, portable and wire-free Dyson V6 Motorhead vacuum is currently discounted by a generous $100 on Amazon, where it averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 1,000 reviewers. The Dyson V6 Motorhead cordless vacuum has an overall cleaning performance that beats most full-size corded vacuums -- without the hassle of a cord. Compared to the upright market, the Dyson V6 Motorhead vacuum has one of the highest geometric average pickup performances, dust loaded, when hard floor, creviced hard floor, and carpet results are combined. Its Direct-drive cleaner head provides 75% more power on carpets than the Dyson V6 vacuum. The V6 Motorhead's typical list price has been reduced 25%, or $100, so you can pick it up for $299. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • BrandPost: 4 Steps One Business Took on Its Journey to Digital Transformation
    by Brand Post on October 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

    By Gary Thome, Vice President and Chief Technologist, HPE Software-Defined and Cloud Group As I travel the world and talk with customers, each has a similar yet different story: Their business is changing and often factors completely out of their control are disrupting the status quo. These businesses understand that they need to rethink IT and make some dramatic changes, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution.Instead of letting infrastructure hold them back, these companies are succeeding by implementing today’s newest technologies and partnering with industry experts. And what they’re finding may surprise you: The new era of hybrid IT is improving the way they run their business and is helping them deliver new and differentiated services. By embracing the additional values hybrid IT provides, businesses can create their right mix of public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises solutions, while deploying services where they are best suited to be run.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

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