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IOVOX wins Big Data and IoT Excellence Award

IOVOX also honored as a finalist in the Data 50 and Professional Sales Awards SAN FRANCISCO AND LONDON, May 23, 2017 – IOVOX, a global call analytics company, has added to its growing trophy case having won the Outstanding Analytics Infrastructure Award at Computingrsquo;s 2017 Big Data and IoT Excellence Awards.
IOVOX was shortlisted along with Aqulia Insight, IBM and Zebra Technologies and was declared winner by a judging panel which included representatives from Computing,... Source: RealWire

IBM tells thousands of remote employees to come back to office...

While selling benefits of “teleworkrdquo; to others, IBM forces relocation in stealth layoff.

Quantum volume: One number to benchmark a quantum computer

Quantum computing benchmark looks at fundamental limit of computer, not speed.

New ransomware Jaff demands $3,700 payments

Attackers behind the highly successful Locky and Bart ransomware campaigns have returned with a new creation: A malicious file-encrypting program called Jaff that asks victims for payments of around $3,700.Like Locky and Bart, Jaff is distributed via malicious spam emails sent by the Necurs botnet, according to researchers from Malwarebytes. Necurs first appeared in 2012 and is one of the largest and longest-running botnets aroundnbsp;today.[ Make threat intelligence meaningful: A 4-point plan. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security Report newsletter. ]According to an April analysis by researchers from IBM Security, Necurs is made up of about 6 million infected computers and is capable of sending batches of millions of emails at a time.
It is also indirectly responsible for a large percentage of the world's cybercrime because it's the main distribution channel for some of the worst banking Trojan and ransomware programs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Nvidia GPU Cloud bundles frameworks and tools for AI app dev

Over the past couple of years, every major cloud vendor added GPU resources as standard issue: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM.
In most every case, those GPUs come from Nvidia, the premier supplier of GPUs for high-performance computing and the de fa...

NoSQL, no problem: Why MySQL is still king

MySQL is a bit of an attention hog. With relational databases supposedly put on deathwatch by NoSQL, MySQL should have been edging gracefully to the exit by now (or not so gracefully, like IBM's DB2).Instead, MySQL remains neck-and-neck with Oracle ...

Java modularity specification opposed by Red Hat, IBM is voted down

A Java modularity specification failed to pass in a vote by Java executive committee members, leaving the future of the technology in question. The issue could hold up the planned July 27 release of Java 9, which is slated to include modularity.Balloting on Java Specification Request 376 was completed on Monday.

The modular plan for Java, intended to make it easier to scale the platform, has been opposed by companies including Red Hat and IBM. Red Hat, in particular, questioned many parts of the plan, including raising issues about potential application compatibility problems.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Windows 10 S: Too smart for schools alone

When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella helped introduced Windows 10 S last week, he related a tear-inducing story of how much technology could help poor kids learn in the modern world, citing his own youth in India.

That’s effective for getting media attention, but not so much for succeeding in the market.After struggling for nearly a decade, Google’s Chrome OS recently has begun picking up traction in schools, so of course that’s the new battlefront for technology pundits.

The theory is that whoever wins the school wins the next generation.

That’s provably false: Apple “owned” the education market in the 1980s but never owned the mass market, and IBM “owned” the education market in the 1990s but only very briefly owned the mass market.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Java modular battle heats up as Oracle criticizes Red Hat, IBM

Amidst a budding controversy surrounding the module system planned for Java, Oracle’s chief Java architect, Mark Reinhold, lashed out today at Red Hat and IBM’s opposition, saying the companies are just guarding their own self interests.In an open letter to the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Commitee published Friday morning, Reinhold was highly critical of the two rival vendors.

The current disagreement centers on Java Specification Request 376, which focuses on the module system featured as part of Project Jigsaw. Red Hat Mid­dle­ware ini­tially agreed to the goals and re­quire­ments of the JSR, but then worked con­sis­tently to un­der­mine them, Reinhold said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Threatpost News Wrap, May 5, 2017

The news of the week is discussed, including the Gmail/Google Docs phishing attack, the Intel AMT vulnerability, IBM's malware-laden USB drives, and drone security.

Don’t fear the robots, embrace the potential

A new study suggests that business and IT automation is taking over tasks, not jobs.The implementation of robotic process automation (RPA) is enabling enterprises to execute business processes 5-10 times faster with an average of 37 percent fewer resources, according to a report released this week by Information Services Group (ISG). However, the productivity gains are not necessarily leading to mass layoffs, but rather the redeployment of employees to handle higher-value tasks and a greater volume of work, according to ISG[ Jump into Microsoft’s drag-and-drop machine learning studio: Get started with Azure Machine Learning. | The InfoWorld review roundup: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning in the cloud. ]Automation is creating a polar shift in how work gets done,” says ISG partner Craig Nelson. “While in the past humans have been supported by technology, we are now seeing a shift to technology being supported by humans to manage and operate business processes.  This shift is eliminating much of the mundane cut-paste-and-compare work that humans manage in the cracks between enterprise systems.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Oracle rethinks modular Java plan after Red Hat’s objections

Oracle's chief Java architect has proposed tweaks to Java's modular plan.

The revisions were said to be not in response to recent objections by Red Hat and IBM, but they do appear to address one of the concerns.In a post to an openjdk mailing list o...