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Getting the most from your data: Five reasons organizations need a Chief Data Officer

Data is the heart of modern business -- the fuel powering organizations forward. However, many are still struggling to unlock value from the wealth of information they hold, with organizations across EMEA unable to use a third (33 percent) of their data effectively. For some, a primary reason for such ineffective use of data is the absence of a C-suite executive with accountability to modernize technology, author enterprise data strategy, and accelerate a data-driven culture: the Chief Data Officer (CDO).

Some believe the C-suite is already overcrowded and the thought of adding another position is unappealing, but in the contemporary business landscape, data is increasingly shaping corporate strategy. Without a CDO, the C-suite will miss key opportunities.

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Network security threats increase along with complexity

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New research from Daisy Corporate Services in the UK shows that 69 percent of organizations have seen an uptick in network security threats over the last 18 months.

The survey, of 250 UK IT decision-makers, highlights that growing network complexity is making it more difficult and costly for organizations to secure and manage their networks.

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Any Video Converter Free 9 sports brand new interface alongside important tweaks and improvements

Anvsoft Inc has announced the release of Any Video Converter Free 9.0 its freeware video conversion and editing tool for Windows PCs and Macs.

The new release is marked by a brand-new user interface, which provides one-click access to all available tools, as well as several related improvements and tweaks.

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Best Windows apps this week

Six-hundred in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 and 11 on the Microsoft Store and elsewhere in the past seven days.

Many of the AI features that Microsoft is working on currently in Windows will only be available on Copilot+ PCs. This creates a multi-tier system of Windows users.

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Using gen AI to ease the IT workload [Q&A]

The IT industry has been experiencing major turnover and burnout issues for years, and skilled workers are a rare commodity nowadays.

We spoke with Ariel Gesto, CEO and founder of InvGate, to find out how IT workers can automate tasks or make some tasks much easier to solve with gen AI.

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Looking To boost profit margins with smart promotional tactics? What you should consider

Businesses are constantly seeking ways to enhance their profit margins, and smart promotional tactics can play a crucial role in achieving this goal. Promotions are not merely about attracting attention; they are strategic tools that, when executed effectively, can drive sales, increase customer loyalty, and strengthen brand presence.

By understanding key elements such as data utilization, compelling offers, and strategic timing, businesses can optimize their promotional efforts. This article explores essential considerations for leveraging data, crafting attractive incentives, and timing promotions to maximize impact. Through thoughtful planning and execution, businesses can turn promotional activities into powerful drivers of profit and growth.

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Joe Biden implements Kaspersky ban ahead of debate with Donald Trump, citing national security concerns

In a preemptive move ahead of the upcoming presidential debate with Donald Trump (just a week away), the Biden administration has enforced a significant ban on Kaspersky Lab, Inc., prohibiting all transactions involving the company’s cybersecurity products by U.S. persons. This decision, enacted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a part of broader efforts to bolster national security, addressing concerns over potential vulnerabilities that foreign entities could exploit.

The timing of the ban aligns strategically with the political calendar, setting the stage for national security to be a focal point in the debate. The Department of Commerce has labeled Kaspersky's cybersecurity products as potential risks due to the company's alleged ties to the Russian government. Starting from July 20, 2024, U.S. entities are prohibited from engaging in any new transactions involving Kaspersky's products. By September 29, 2024, further restrictions will prohibit Kaspersky’s operations within the U.S. and with U.S. persons.

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Apple launches Final Cut Pro updates for iPad and Mac, introduces new AI features

Apple today unveiled the latest versions of its video editing software, Final Cut Pro, for both iPad and Mac, delivering enhancements that leverage the power of artificial intelligence to streamline video production processes. The release includes Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 and Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8, both designed to improve the efficiency and flexibility of video editing workflows.

Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 harnesses the power of the new iPad Pro equipped with the M4 chip, offering up to twice the rendering speed and supporting four times as many streams of ProRes RAW compared to its M1 predecessor. A standout feature of the new version is the Live Multicam capability, allowing users to connect and control up to four cameras wirelessly. This feature is supported by the new Final Cut Camera app, which can also function independently on iPhone and iPad devices, providing advanced settings such as manual focus and ISO control.

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TEAMGROUP unveils X1 MAX USB flash drive

TEAMGROUP has officially unveiled the X1 MAX USB flash drive, boasting exceptional performance with read and write speeds reaching up to 1,000 MB/s and a significant storage capacity of 1TB.

The X1 MAX is not only fast but also versatile, supporting both Type-C and Type-A interfaces to ensure compatibility across various devices such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. This feature enhances its utility for professionals who require reliable and swift data transfer capabilities while juggling multiple devices.

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Get 'Mastering Linux Administration -- Second Edition' (worth $39.99) for FREE

Mastering Linux Administration helps you harness the power of Linux in modern data center management, leveraging its unparalleled versatility for efficiently managing your workloads in on-premises and cloud environments.

In this second edition, you’ll find updates on the latest advancements in Linux administration. Starting with Linux installation on on-premises systems, this book helps you master the Linux command line, files, packages, and filesystems.

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Satechi launches new Qi2 Wireless Car Charger with 15W fast charging

Get ready to power up your road trips and daily drives with Satechi's latest product: the Qi2 Wireless Car Charger. Tapping into the newest Qi2 technology, this charger brings you an impressive 15W of power to keep your device juiced up and ready to go.

This charger is designed with the road in mind. It sports a powerful magnetic hold ensuring your Qi2-enabled devices stay securely fastened, no matter if you're gliding on the freeway or hitting some off-road adventures. The charger also features a gentle silicone charging puck that does more than just charge -- it protects your phone from scratches and is built to withstand the test of time without cracking. What's more, it comes with a handy one-meter USB-C cable and a 25W CLA (Cigarette Light Adapter) which you can also plug into other peripherals.

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Enterprises could get a false sense of security from single sign-on

Enterprises could be exposing themselves to by increasingly relying on single sign-on (SSO) according to a new report from Doyensec, in collaboration with Teleport.

Although sold by identity providers (IdPs) for their convenience and security, SSO solutions can amplify the impact of breaches. The research shows these impacts can be significantly mitigated once additional layers of security are placed between the IdP and the linked applications and services.

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Website X5 2024.2 adds direct Stripe integration, drops eCommerce support from Evo edition

Italian developer Incomedia has released Website X5 Evo 2024.2 Evo and Website X5 Pro 2024.2, the second major update of the year of its user-friendly, wizard-driven website builder for Windows.

Version 2024.2 continues a recent focus on updating and optimizing the program’s underlying engine but includes several new features while removing all shop-building capabilities from the lower-end Evo product.

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Critical vulnerabilities rise but remediation times improve

A new report from security testing platform Synack shows a rise in critical-severity vulnerabilities in 2023 compared to 2022.

On a positive note though, despite mounting pressures on security teams, organizations have reduced their mean time to remediation for critical-severity vulnerabilities by 24 days and high-severity vulnerabilities by 18 days, down to 56 and 74 days, respectively.

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Balancing Large Language Model adoption with robust API security

The popularity of Large Language Models (LLMs) has prompted an unprecedented wave of interest and experimentation in AI and machine learning solutions. Far from simply using popular LLMs for sporadic background research and writing assistance, LLMs have now matured to the degree where particular solutions are being used within specific workflows to solve genuine business problems.

Industries such as retail, education, technology, and manufacturing are using LLMs to create innovative business solutions, delivering the required tools to automate complex processes, enhance customer experiences, and obtain actionable insights from large datasets.

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