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See, you just have to ask them the right way

Go-live date for this big application update is now just days away, but it still needs to be tested to integrate with the payroll system -- and Payroll isn't helping.

Throwback Thursday: Shh! Don't tell!

In this company's IT department, they spell DBA G-O-D -- which wouldn't be such a problem if it didn't mean a new database-oriented application will run so S-L-O-W.


Top-level executive support, redefined

This multinational company needs a new call-center system for its US division -- but what it's got is a penny-pinching division president who wants to run the project.

Well, he was half-right -- it WAS plugged in...

Flashback to the late 1980s, when this IT pilot fish working for a large city's Board of Education gets a call about a green-screen terminal that has stopped working.

Microsoft’s new Surface Hub 2: potential game changer for conference rooms

The Surface Hub 2 could be a significant to digital conferencing and collaboration.

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Will Apple play nice with others to make Siri smarter?

We’re going to hear lots about embedded vision product development during the Embedded Vision Summit, but the first announcement may have implications for Apple's machine learning systems.

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Charter Spectrum Mobile joining wonderful world of wireless

Charter Spectrum is getting ready to enter wireless. Their new service potentially called Spectrum Mobile is similar to Comcast Xfinity Mobile which launched one year ago. I have some suggestions to help them be successful in wireless....

Overboard

IT pilot fish at a maritime support company gets a call from a field employee whose laptop has been running slowly for some reason -- but he thinks he's found a solution.

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Easy mobile security the Faraday way

Wireless attacks are unpredictable and complicated. Here’s an easy way to block everything.

Success at last!

This pilot fish changes jobs, moving from a small software company to a large state college -- and there's a bit of culture shock when it comes to basic equipment.

Throwback Thursday: Why comments were invented

IT gets request to provide employee data for the company-wide address book -- no big deal. But two years later, bosses get cell phones and it's time to change the code...

Well, it's secure, all right...

Small IT consultancy gets a contract with a very big company -- one that makes security a top priority. On Day 1, everything is fine. But Day 2 is a different story.

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Location-based services move beyond mobile and into enterprise apps

The ability to access location-based services (LBS) via a real-time API/SDK is critical to making future services and applications useful, especially in business.

Smarter than you thought

Newly hired systems analyst doesn't really grasp systems, but she does knows how to throw lots of jargon around at managers -- and how to finesse an impossible situation.

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Why Verizon is funding a wireless competitor, Visible

Why is Verizon Wireless funding the new wireless competitor called Visible? How Visible could impact the wireless industry and Verizon growth going forward.

And thanks so much for your input, boss!

It's 1999, but this IT department's big crisis isn't Y2k -- it's the Melissa virus, and all the teams are gathered to devise a plan for cleaning up the infection.

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Watch out for Gmail’s new Confidential Mode

It’s easy and useful, but Google’s new ‘secure email’ is neither secure nor email.

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Apple Pay: ‘Hey, Siri, get me a Goldman Sachs mortgage’

News Apple may work with Goldman Sachs to launch credit services via Apple Pay shouldn’t surprise anyone -- technology is transforming the entire financial system as your iPhone becomes more than a wallet.

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HoloLens and anticipating the next big smartphone/PC-converged solution

But, when it comes to Microsoft versus Apple in this space, will history repeat itself?

Clean, redefined

IT support pilot fish gets an instant message from one of the company's front-line techs, who has a customer on the line -- wanting to know how to clean his flash drive.

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