A Computer That Can Predict the Future

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If you’re like most people, chances are you didn’t always get what you wanted for Christmas when you were growing up. A wool sweater is no substitute for a bike, but you have to give your parents credit for keeping you warm during harsh winters.

Today, knowing what your kids want under the tree is as easy as watching the trends. Or, you can enlist the help of a supercomputer that can do that for you. One example is

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What IT Pros Want the Most Is Not Money

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Recruiting top knack is a sure way to success, but talented people don’t grow on trees. High aptitude needs to be lured in. You can’t expect to build a great team if the incentive isn’t there.

In response to a new Dice survey, 45 percent of respondents occupying various positions in tech said they wanted more of a work-life balance, but couldn’t achieve it. 27 percent said work-life balance was a myth, and only 5 percent claimed that this was a top priority for them.

Here’s where it gets interesting. According to the data, bigger companies with a more stable future are more afraid than smaller ones when it comes to

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5 Cloud Myths That Seriously Need to Go Away

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Anyone landing on this page should already be acquainted with terms like public and private cloud, SaaS, IaaS, Paas, hybrid cloud, etc., so we’ll spare you the agony of reading first-grade tech literature. However, as we noted in the past time and time again, not everyone who grasps cloud computing knows what to fear and what to embrace.

For example, security remains a top concern even for tech leaders, yet cloud vendors have already proved that their heuristic systems can be much more effective at stopping cybercriminals in their tracks. But then there are also some exaggerated benefits, like the cloud being the cheaper solution 100% of the time, or that everything just works in the cloud. Below, we deal a heavy blow to 5 relentless myths about cloud computing that always claw their way up tech leaders’ spines, no matter how much evidence mounts against them.

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Security-as-an-Excuse

Tucked inside Forrester’s Cloud Predictions for 2016 is a tidbit about cloud security that I simply gave to share with our readers. Consider it a “quote of the day” substitute. But first, some context.

Analysts predict that, after reaching mainstream appeal in 2015, the cloud is set to shift into the next gear with the focus on expanding use cases and automation. As a result of this, the big boys will get bigger, and small players will have to up their game or die. Specifically, 2016 will be a shakeup year which will force many current providers to refocus on a narrower field, retreat from cloud or exit

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How Often Do You Pull Out Your “Digital Cigarette?”

Contextual analytics is a useful tool for assessing effectiveness of your advertising efforts. Knowing when and where your customers are likely to view your ads can make or break your campaign, so it’s important to check the trends every now and then.

People are social creatures. They like to get together and chat when they finish work or during weekends, be it at home, in another person’s home, in bars and restaurants, clubs, art galleries, etc. But people also do a lot of their communication and socializing on their smartphones. In fact, the smartphone has become every marketer’s best bet in terms of platform

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The Real Reason Why Millenials Aren’t Answering Their Phones

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When speaker Ryan Jenkins was approached by an audience member saying that his Millennial workforce was much more comfortable with texting compared to phone calls, he took it as further evidence that this was indeed the case and identified five reasons why this might be.

To his credit, Jenkins dots the “i” with some of his observations. Chief among them is the presumptuous nature of the practice, which implies that you drop everything to pick up the phone, without any fair warning as to what the caller has to say and how it will affect your workflow, or for how long. But that’s where I draw the line regarding the negative side of voice calls. Characterizations like time consuming, distracting, superfluous, and ineffective are the product of a subjective analysis, even though none of these are false either

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Research Uncovers Strong Correlation Between Competition and Creativity

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Collaboration has some undeniable perks, from brainstorming to actually building upon an idea. But what about creating things that don’t require the input of an entire team? A logo, for instance. Can the rivalry between a bunch of designers racing to draw the best design for one paying company actually improve the outcome? As it turns out, it can. But only when the competition dial is turned to just the right level

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VR Conferencing Could Soon Be a “Reality”

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One of the best assets in the Unified Communications suite, video conferencing is enjoying a fair dose of popularity among adopters, as enterprises and small businesses alike demand higher-quality, lower-cost video tech to reduce travel and improve collaboration. Just like mobility took Africa by storm before the country could even set up landlines, so could VR take on the business sector before everyone has a chance to adjust their webcam.

In its latest report detailing the top technological trends, Juniper identifies 2016 as the watershed year for VR headsets, both in terms of product launches and consumer roll-outs

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3 (Busted) Myths About Communication

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The Unified Communications (UC) market is chock full of media meant to promote the use of technology for communication and collaboration. Overall, that’s a good thing. But the nature of the materials is often abstract, trading the human element for the tech jargon.

In reality, technology only assists the transmission of information, which can actually detrimental to communications in the absence of basic skills, such as friendliness, feedback, or eye contact (in the case of video calling). Below, we bust three myths about “good communication” that get tossed around in marketing materials, including counter-marketing ones

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Confidence – An Essential ‘Drug’ for Success

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Your recent performance hasn’t been stellar, and it might even have cost you a promotion. Then again, has anyone told you for a fact that you were lined up for advancement? Is there even a position waiting to be filled?

People generally know when they do good and when they do bad, but there are plenty of exceptions. Often are the times when the illusion of failure affects our decision-making, and the illusion of success empowers us to fare much better than we’d expected. In short, success and failure that hasn’t occurred yet is just in our head. Which makes choosing what you believe very important, so long as you are aware of what you are doing. According to Dilbert author Scott Adams, “Confidence is similar to will power in the sense that neither of them exists and yet society is quite certain they do

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