All posts on January, 2017


Juniper battles Cisco and Huawei with new cloud infrastructure software, switches

Helping customers transform their enterprise environments to the cloud is the driving strategy behind new software, switches and services introduced this week from Juniper Networks.

The networking company is introducing what it calls the third pillar of its Unite architecture – the previous two focusing on enterprise and branch office networking. Unite Cloud combines Juniper’s switches and software to simplify management and growth of corporate cloud computing.

+More on Network World: Has Cisco broken out of the network hardware box?+

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26% off iClever Portable Folding Bluetooth Keyboard – Deal Alert

I have to admit I always loved the physical keyboard on my old Blackberry. It’s been years since I switched to an iPhone, but there are times my fingers still crave the mechanical feedback of physical keys. When I’m sitting in an airport seven sentences deep on an email, and I’ve got only a few minutes to bang the rest out, I really can’t stand it — wildly bonking away on that piece of glass. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had that keyboard back?”, I say to my fingers. With a sad look, they agree.

They do make portable bluetooth keyboards, so of course there are plenty of options out there for me, but I’ve never found one portable enough that it just effortlessly became one of my travel accessories. Until now, I suppose. A company called iClever makes a folding portable Bluetooth keyboard that I recently tested, and I believe it has just about everything I need.

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IDG Contributor Network: 5 gadgets for the best Super Bowl party ever

The big game is this Sunday, and it’s time to get prepped.

This is the best gear to make sure you have all of the video streaming perfectly, your audio setup has enough punch to match the tackles, and you’re in full control.

1. Roku Ultra ($120)

My favorite media streaming device right now, the Roku Ultra streams content in 4K and in HDR. The bonus for game day this Sunday is that you can use the FOX Sports GO app to watch the game, no other cable or sat provider required. https://www.foxsportsgo.com/

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If you want privacy you need to run Linux

I recently bashed Windows for being too darn snoopy, but you know what? It’s not just Windows. Ever since Yosemite came out, Apple’s macOS has been just as untrustworthy. As for Chrome OS, Android and iOS, come on! They’re all built around cloud services; by design, they share everything you do with third-party services. What’s the answer? Desktop Linux.

With President Trump considering asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit and Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general pick, wanting cryptographic back doors, I think privacy is more important than ever.

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IDG Contributor Network: The Adoptly app to ‘swipe right’ on a baby adoption was all a fake

An art project for a new adoption app tried to trick the media, and to say it was a raging success in showing what’s wrong with society might be a vast overstatement.

This month, a Kickstarter campaign popped up for an app that borrows from the Tinder model of swiping left or right. I wrote about the app myself, and so did many other outlets, but it was all with a heavy dose of skepticism. In my article, I spoke with several experts who said the app was ridiculous. And, others said it could help raise awareness.

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Government

Silicon Valley Up in Arms Over Proposed H-1B Overhaul

Silicon Valley is in an uproar over a proposed new executive order that would overhaul existing foreign worker visa policies. The Trump administration’s goal apparently is to prioritize the hiring of American workers and change the way U.S. companies can recruit skilled professionals from other countries. Policy should “prioritize the protection of American workers,” the draft reportedly states.

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Apple’s diversity commitment faces test at shareholder meeting

Apple celebrates diversity, but a big test to its commitment to being inclusive will come at next month’s shareholder meeting.

The company is encouraging a vote against a proposal by shareholders to implement an accelerated hiring policy “to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors.”

But Apple’s senior management and board, who are mostly white, fails to represent the company’s “diversity and inclusion,” argued shareholders Zevin Asset Management and Antonio Avian Maldonado II. They explained their position Tuesday in a rebuttal to Apple’s opposition filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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