IDG Contributor Network: At CES 2019, 5G wireless plays an increasing role

IDG Contributor Network: At CES 2019, 5G wireless plays an increasing role CES 2019 is coming to Las Vegas in early January and every year around this time, my email goes nuts. As a high-profile wireless analyst, I typically get more email every day than I have time to read, from a wide variety of […]

Seagate is testing a blockchain ledger to track hard drives

Seagate is testing a blockchain ledger to track hard drives Seagate is building out a blockchain-based supply chain tracking system that will allow it, storage array maker IBM, its technology integrators and users to follow hard drives from assembly line and installation to end of life. Seagate is working with IBM, which is supplying the […]

BitLocker on self-encrypted SSDs blown; Microsoft advises you switch to software protection

BitLocker on self-encrypted SSDs blown; Microsoft advises you switch to software protection Yesterday, Microsoft released ADV180028, Guidance for configuring BitLocker to enforce software encryption, in response to a clever crack published on Monday by Carlo Meijer and Bernard van Gastel at Radboud University in the Netherlands (PDF). To read this article in full, please click […]

Your emergency isn't MY emergency

Your emergency isn't MY emergency The monitoring console for this data center is lit up like a Christmas tree when this IT pilot fish arrives at work one morning. “We found out there was a power outage,” fish reports. “The UPS did kick in, and so did the generator, but something happened. Fortunately, the facilities […]

Coming soon: Public blockchains for private business data

Coming soon: Public blockchains for private business data Accounting and consultancy firm Ernst & Young (EY) has developed a public blockchain network for private business transactions and plans to launch it next year. Enterprise blockchains typically run on private or permissioned blockchains, which are centrally administered but invitation-only affairs for those using the peer-to-peer, decentralized […]

Apple's big impact on wireless charging: 6 billion+ units to ship by 2023

Apple's big impact on wireless charging: 6 billion+ units to ship by 2023 More than 6 billion wireless chargers are expected to ship over the next five years, a staggering growth rate spurred on by Apple’s entry into the market with the iPhone 8 and X and its failure – so far – to produce […]

Upgrade, downgrade

Upgrade, downgrade This small government agency has its own “data center” with a motley collection of systems — but no budget money for real data-center necessities, says a pilot fish working there. “We had VAXen, Linux servers, Windows servers, a small RAID array and our own private Wi-Fi/broadband network because we needed access to files […]

Apple's little iOS is rapidly changing the retail industry

Apple's little iOS is rapidly changing the retail industry With nine of the top 10 global retailers using iOS devices in their business, it’s clear Apple’s mobile devices are what we expect to find when we go shopping. ‘We’re making great strides’ Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri alluded to the the company’s rapid progress […]