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Taking a look at the lighter side of IT - technology may be a serious business but it rarely fails to raise a smile too.

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  • A Christmas Kard

    Ryan Priest 11 Dec 2020
  • For Christmas, we got you the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime. A special surprise from October 2020. A hologram of Robert Kardashian. Here is the transcript in full: “Happy Christmas, reader. ...

  • Data day job

    Ryan Priest 02 Dec 2020
  • A senior lecturer in management at the University of Exeter has suggested a number of wise-cracking robots have the emotional intelligence required to make them suitable for leadership roles. ...

  • Humerus for a moment

    Ryan Priest 25 Nov 2020
  • This dystopian shambles of a year has reached a new, personal low, after a PR email revealed that a robotics company based in Reading has completed its first successful trial of a VR-controlled ...

  • Vax doesn’t have to be vexing

    Ryan Priest 18 Nov 2020
  • The Labour Party has called for emergency laws to prevent social media companies from playing host to anti-vaccine content. You’d’ve thought the ruling elite would have already got the memo to ...

  • A dopey Photoshop

    Ryan Priest 11 Nov 2020
  • We’re not ashamed to admit we don’t understand how the graphic tweeted by Boris Johnson to congratulate president-elect Joe Biden came to faintly display “Trump” in the background. Downing Street’s ...

  • Welcome to the A. List

    Ryan Priest 29 Oct 2020
  • We recently noticed a feature on the BBC’s website titled The man who taught Uber how to say sorry. After a frantic scan of the article, we learned the name of this man, and can therefore sadly ...

  • Chatting Schmidt

    Ryan Priest 22 Oct 2020
  • Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt spends his webcam chat for the Wall Street Journal Tech Live event insisting we should all be grateful to the tech giants, despite the fact they’ve become, by his own ...

  • The codecracker suite

    Ryan Priest 14 Oct 2020
  • It was the summer of 2017, and a stock photo taken in Girona two years earlier was about to go global. That same summer, an Atlanta photographer walked through the doors of a dance studio to help ...

  • QiuiAnon

    Ryan Priest 07 Oct 2020
  • A smart chastity cage that can only be controlled via its app was vulnerable to hackers putting almost 40,000 penises on lockdown, research has revealed. Sex toy manufacturer Qiui muses on its ...

  • Bald misrepresentations

    Ryan Priest 01 Oct 2020
  • A report has exposed Amazon’s robotic workforce for increasing the warehouse injury rate of its human peers. The Center for Investigative Reporting says the data it obtained lays bare “a mounting ...

  • Bush chucker challenge

    Ryan Priest 23 Sep 2020
  • A crack squad of Openreach engineers dispatched to investigate a Welsh village’s long-running broadband mystery has managed to pinpoint the unwitting culprits. “One morning during lockdown, we ...

  • You flotsam, you jetsam

    Ryan Priest 16 Sep 2020
  • The UK Space Agency has chosen seven firms to award with funding in the interest of tracking all the crap we’ve left in the sky. You might be reading this on the back of watching Climate Change – ...

  • Amstrop

    Ryan Priest 11 Sep 2020
  • The reality of our planet living through a pandemic has seen office culture successfully adapt to 数字货币home working, but as businesses start building towards their employees’ safe return, one impatient ...

  • Project Gertrude

    Ryan Priest 02 Sep 2020
  • As a pig called Gertrude demonstrated Neuralink’s brain implant technology – spiking in mental activity whenever she thought about food before toiling on a treadmill for an inconsequential period ...

  • For your iPod only

    Ryan Priest 20 Aug 2020
  • Former iPod engineer David Shayer has revealed Apple worked on a “top secret” project to create a “special” version of the device for the US government in 2005. Shayer claimed only he and three ...

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  • The impact of blockchain in COVID-19 pandemic

    Organizations across several industries from healthcare to retail are turning to blockchain to help support critical business ...

  • Top 5 digital transformation trends of 2021

    In 2021, low-code, MLOps, multi-cloud management and data streaming will drive business agility and speed companies along in ...

  • Private 5G companies show major potential

    Companies across several vectors are deploying their own private 5G networks to solve business challenges. Here, experts dive ...

SearchSecurity

  • How to perform a cybersecurity risk assessment, step by step

    This five-step framework for performing a cybersecurity risk assessment will help your organization prevent and reduce costly ...

  • 6 common types of cyber attacks and how to prevent them

    To prevail in the battle against cybercrime, companies must understand how they are being attacked. Here are the six most ...

  • The enterprise case for implementing live-fire cyber skilling

    Companies continue to grapple with the cybersecurity skills gap, but Adi Dar offers a way to ensure security teams are properly ...

SearchNetworking

  • 5 networking startups helping enterprises adapt and prepare

    Even in a global pandemic, these five networking startups continue to impress. Learn how their innovative technologies can help ...

  • Private 5G networks to gain momentum in 2021

    Enterprises using industrial IoT devices are among the early adopters of private 5G networks, which could become an $8 billion ...

  • Ensure network resilience with redundancy and skills

    Ensuring network resilience doesn't just mean building redundancy in network infrastructure. It should also include planning ...

SearchDataCenter

  • Server failure, Linux comprise 2020 data center management tips

    When you work in IT, you should consistently try to expand your knowledge base. This tip roundup explores recent content about ...

  • Smart UPS features for better backup power

    Vendors now offer UPSes with functions that help regulate voltage and maintain battery health. Before you upgrade, evaluate costs...

  • Data center market M&A deals hit new high in 2020

    This year proved to be a banner year for data center mergers and acquisitions with 113 deals valued at over $30 billion, a pace ...

SearchDataManagement

  • What FAIR data management means for your enterprise

    The FAIR principles were made to promote the sharing of data in the research field, but their guidance can help organizations in ...

  • Emerging data management trends to watch in 2021

    A number of nascent efforts across the enterprise data landscape became manifest in 2020 that are likely to become larger trends ...

  • Data lineage documentation imperative to data quality

    Understanding the detailed journey of data elements throughout the data pipeline can help an enterprise maintain data quality and...

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