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Detection and protection from crypto romance scams

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You likely know what risks you face if you invest in cryptocurrency. The crypto market is highly volatile, and its decentralized status means no central authority backs the value of digital currencies. Another threat to investors is crypto romance scams.

Anyone who owns any form of cryptocurrency is a potential target for crypto romance scams. Here’s how to detect them and strategies to protect your finances from malicious cybercriminals.

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CISOs look to balance transformation and cybersecurity

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A new survey reveals that while CISOs are still experiencing challenges around visibility, intelligence and control, nearly half (47 percent) are proactively focused on digital transformation and cloud migration.

The study of 600 UK CISOs from BlueFort Security finds most have moved beyond the challenges of a widespread shift to remote working and are now focused on digital transformation and migration to the cloud, despite an uncertain world picture and bleak economic environment.

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Kensington releases SlimBlade Pro Trackball

There are typically two types of people in this world -- those that like mice, and those that prefer trackpads. There is a third group of computer user, however, that is quite small comparatively, but very passionate -- trackball lovers. While trackballs have largely fallen out of favor with most consumers, there are still some folks that swear by them.

Today, Kensington releases a new trackball that is sure to make fans of the product type very excited. Called "SlimBlade Pro," the beautiful trackball can connect to a computer wirelessly or wired (via USB). The product features a large 55mm trackball, Optical Tracking Technology, and 128-bit AES Encryption.

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StarTech.com DK31C3MNCR is a premium USB-C Docking Station for Chromebooks

A Chromebook is a laptop running Google's Linux-based ChromeOS operating system. However, when you connect such a notebook to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, it becomes a makeshift desktop computer.

The most elegant way to transform a laptop into a desktop is with a USB-C docking station. But how can you be sure your Chromebook is compatible? Well, if the dock is officially certified as "Works With Chromebook," then you can be assured that it will work flawlessly.

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Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 25252 and highlights new known issues

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Thanksgiving is done and dusted for another year, but Microsoft has something for Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel to be thankful for -- a new Windows 11 Build!

Build 25252 comes with a handful of improvements and fixes, but also highlights some new known issues.

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Pressure on developers puts digital transformation efforts at risk

One of the side effects of the pandemic has been a boost to digital transformation efforts. But in the rush to innovate businesses are struggling to find developer talent.

New research shows 72 percent of tech teams have a skills shortage with two million vacancies for tech jobs advertised between May 2021 and 2022 in the UK alone, and tech salaries almost 80 percent higher than those for non-IT roles.

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Demand for automation is surging -- here's how to get projects right

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The pandemic accelerated the digital transformation efforts that had already been a top priority for businesses industry wide. In early 2020, many organizations were thrust abruptly into survival mode, forced to rapidly support remote work and find new ways to ensure the success of both employees and customers.

Now, we are in a challenging economic climate where technology innovation has once again become critical to help organizations drive continued efficiency and growth right now. Automation increasingly sits front-and-center in these efforts, helping to drive down costs, enhance productivity, and add value across the business. But to work effectively, automation solutions must be deployed as components in the strategic technology landscape, not as quick fix, throwaway tools.

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Becoming a data-informed organization

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We hear a lot of talk these days about the virtues of data-driven organizations. That’s certainly reasonable up to a point -- but what does it really mean? When it comes to routine operational decisions, in particular, the current bias seems to favor increased automation over human judgment. The data doesn’t lie -- or so the story goes -- so we’re better off deferring to programmatic decision models.

That may be reasonable for some situations, but when you’re operating in a complex and nuanced domain, take casualty insurance claims for example, that highly automated decision paradigm can begin to fall apart very quickly. Thousands of different variables come into play. Medical records and accident reports contain subtle details that provide vital clues about potential risks. To complicate matters further, important minutiae are often buried deep inside the narrative content.

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Data privacy and the changes enterprises need to be ready for [Q&A]

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It has been estimated that there are some 43 zetabytes of data stored by enterprises today that are inaccessible and not commercialized due to privacy concerns, operational complexity and regulations.

With the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) becoming fully operational on January 1 2023 and other legislation in place or coming around the world, the need for businesses to find new data accessibility methods that are compliance-friendly is very real.

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3 predictions that will shape the open source landscape in 2023

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Digital transformation remains a highly important topic for enterprises that keeps evolving. With ongoing economic uncertainties, like rising inflation, market turbulence, and the energy and cost of living crisis, businesses are realizing they must do more with less over the coming year. 

Organizations are gearing towards technologies that can enable their systems and processes to support each other seamlessly and enable them to drive efficiencies. In particular, they are turning to open source technologies to improve connectivity, observability and security in their ever-growing tech stacks. 

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Next wave of digital transformation: What should you know?

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We’re all witnessing how the second wave of digital transformation (DT) or the so-called "digital transformation v2.0" is gaining steam. How does it differ from the primary version and what should you expect from it? How can it impact your digital strategy and what top priorities should you focus on?

91 percent of organizations have already implemented at least some digital initiatives, while the global spending on DT has passed a 1.5 trillion threshold and is predicted to reach 2.8 trillion by 2025. Sooner or later, every business that wants to survive the competition will face this next wave of digital transformation inevitably. What is it like and how to prepare for it to get transformed painlessly? Let’s get your ducks in a row so that you’re ready for the next step in your DT journey.

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Insecure and inaccessible code can hinder investment in connected vehicles and limit innovation

Self Driving Car

Automakers are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) in a bid to create more personalized user experiences in connected vehicles. In March 2022, Google’s Waymo revealed driverless ride-hailing services were soon to be offered in cities such as San Francisco -- highlighting how the use of AI technology has increased as a result of companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and others entering the automobile market.

It's clear that manufacturers are seeking to deliver the best possible user experience (UX), but vehicle safety and regulation needs to be carefully examined. And as this technology is more widely adopted, software developers will eventually be seen as the new mechanics.

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Best Windows apps this week

Five-hundred-and-eighteen 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.

Microsoft confirmed a new Remote Desktop connection issue this week that is affecting Enterprise and business customers for the most part. Microsoft did adjust the safeguard hold for devices with certain games or apps, so that more devices may be able to upgrade to Windows 11 2022 Update.

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Digital transformation needs culture change as well as tech

Digital transformation

Prioritizing culture, alongside technology change, can lead to significant increases in revenue according to new research from Telstra.

The study finds that 85 percent of senior technology decision-makers in the UK believe that technology implementation is an empowering force when it comes to employees delivering value for their organizations. But it can be used as a tool to both reinforce (77 percent) and change (82 percent) culture within the organization too.

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Plugable launches USBC-6950PDZ USB-C Dual HDMI Mini Docking Station

There are so many docks and docking stations nowadays, that it can be hard to get excited about them. Look, I get it, they all pretty much do the same thing -- turn your laptop into a desktop while also charging it. The thing is, not all of them are created equally. In fact, some are much better than others.

With all of that said, today, trusted manufacturer Plugable launches an all-new USB-C docking station. Called "USBC-6950PDZ," the dock comes with all the ports that you'd expect, but in a conveniently small body. It can easily fit inside your bag when traveling.

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