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The Board Directors You Need for a Digital Transformation – Harvard Business Review

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Photo by Ferdinand Stohr When the term digital transformation was first bandied about by consultants and business publications, its implications were more about keeping up and catching up than true transformation. Additionally, at first it was only applied to large, traditional organizations struggling, or experimenting, in an increasingly digital economy. But true digital transformation requires so much more. As evidenced by the recent Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods, we’re living in a…

How TV Tuned In More Ad Dollars: Digital Doubts, Drugs and Desperation – Variety

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Advertisers are rushing back to TV because they don’t think they have anywhere else to go. The nation’s five English-language broadcast networks trumped lowered expectations and eked out an approximate 4% gain in the volume of advance advertising commitments they secured for their next cycle of primetime programming, according to Variety estimates, part of the annual haggling of TV’s “upfront” marketplace. The networks secured between $8.78 billion and $9.62 billion,…

Asus ROG GX800VH review: A ludicrous liquid-cooled $6000-plus laptop – Ars Technica

Thursday, July 13, 2017

reader comments 58 The Asus ROG GX800VH, a liquid cooled monstrosity of a gaming laptop, is one of those things that, like 4K phones or the Apple Watch, is wholly unnecessary yet awfully desirable. Beneath its fully mechanical, RGB-lit keyboard is Intel’s top-of-the-line mobile i7-7820HK processor, which is based on the same Kaby Lake architecture as the i7-7700K and is similarly overclockable. There are two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards paired…

Qatar Airways offers a glimpse of the new laptop security regime – USA TODAY

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Qatar Airways has a gate-side check for electronics larger than cellphones in carry-on bags for flights bound to the U.S. Workers swab a laptop and its cord on July 12, 2017, for traces of explosives before placing them in duty-free bags, which remain sealed until the passenger is aboard the plane. (Photo: Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY) DOHA, Qatar — As the Department of Homeland Security ramps up airline security, I got…

Leaving behind a digital legacy for loved ones – CNN

Thursday, July 13, 2017

In “Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive,” writer Allison Gilbert explores projects and plans for people to grieve, celebrate and share memories of friends and family who passed away. Working with photos sent to her, Dutch artist Miranda van Dijk transfers images onto fabric that’s shaped into a flower, leaf or set of branches. Gilbert used a picture of her husband’s grandparents, as well as other family…

Sports Direct buys 26% stake in Game Digital – The Guardian

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The founder of Sports Direct, Mike Ashley, has added a near 26% stake in the struggling video games retailer Game Digital to his string of high street investments. Game Digital said Sports Direct, controlled by the billionaire, had acquired 44m shares, amounting to a 25.75% stake. Game released a profit warning last month due to a supply shortage of Nintendo’s Switch console and a weaker lineup of new games. Ashley…

Report: Investigators probing Trump digital campaign operation run by Kushner – CBS News

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Congressional and Justice Department investigators are now probing whether the digital campaign operation run by Trump son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner helped Russia target U.S. voters with fake news stories about Hillary Clinton, according to a new report. McClatchy News first reported that investigators are looking into whether the Trump campaign helped Russian cyber operatives target areas in key states, “where Trump’s digital team and Republican operatives were spotting…

US confirms it has lifted laptop ban on EgyptAir flights – Reuters

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday it has lifted a ban on state-owned EgyptAir passengers using laptops on U.S.-bound flights, leaving just two Middle Eastern airlines still under restrictions first imposed in March. EgyptAir earlier on Wednesday announced the lifting of the restrictions on its Cairo-to-New York flights in a Twitter post, but noted that they remain in effect for flights to London. Saudi…

60 Countries’ Digital Competitiveness, Indexed – Harvard Business Review

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Neasden Control Centre for HBR It is barely 20 years since Sergey Brin and Larry Page registered the domain name google.com, and only 10 years since Steve Jobs walked onto a stage in San Francisco and introduced the iPhone. Yet in this short period, digital technologies have upended our world. We introduced the Digital Evolution Index in HBR in 2015 to trace the emergence of a “digital planet,” how physical…

5 Ways to Help Your Aging Workforce Embrace Digital Transformation – Entrepreneur

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1. Create easy but impactful training programs. This is an obvious one, but it needs to be mentioned because it’s also one of the most effective ways to get older employees on the digital transformation train. Employees in their 20s grew up in the digital age and are accustomed to using things like Google and Facebook profiles, Slack, Hangout and various SaaS tools. Employees in their 30s are probably in…

Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation – Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Investigators at the House and Senate Intelligence committees and the Justice Department are examining whether the Trump campaign’s digital operation — overseen by Jared Kushner — helped guide Russia’s sophisticated voter targeting and fake news attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2016. Congressional and Justice Department investigators are focusing on whether President Donald Trump’s campaign pointed Russian cyber operatives to certain voting jurisdictions in key states — areas where Trump’s digital…

US expects to lift laptop ban soon for remaining flights – CNNMoney

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Passengers flying to the U.S. from four foreign airports still affected by the electronics ban may soon be able to bring their laptops on board the plane. The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday said if security measures are increased at the airports in coming days and weeks, the laptop restriction will be removed. In March, the U.S. banned electronic devices larger than a smartphone from the cabin on flights…

Toshiba in talks with Western Digital, Foxconn over chip unit sale: sources – Reuters

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TOKYO Toshiba Corp (6502.T) is in talks with Western Digital Corp (WDC.O) and Taiwan’s Foxconn, as well as with an already preferred bidder, as it seeks to revive a stalled $18 billion sale of its chip business, banking sources said on Tuesday. The Japanese conglomerate confirmed it was in talks with suitors, but did not name them, noting it had been unable to reach an agreement by a self-imposed June…

This new laptop from Asus is almost as thin as Apple’s MacBook Pro, and it’s cheaper and far more powerful – Business Insider

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Asus/Amazon Asus has released a gaming laptop that’s nearly as thin as Apple’s latest MacBook Pro, but is cheaper and much, much more powerful. It’s called the ROG Zephyrus, and it’s a beautifully-designed machine with a clever trick to keep itself from overheating when you’re playing graphics-intensive video games. Now, I’m not exactly comparing the $2,700 Zephyrus to the $2,800 MacBook Pro, as the two laptops are designed with different users in mind. And…

Texas teen electrocuted after apparent cell phone mishap in bathtub – CBS News

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

LUBBOCK, Texas — Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 14-year-old girl who died after she was electrocuted in a bathtub in Texas.  “It is with heavy hearts that Frenship ISD mourns the loss of Madison Coe,” school officials told CBS affiliate WAFB-TV. “We wish to share our heartfelt sympathy with her family and friends as we carry the burden of this tragedy together.”    Authorities say Coe…

To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels – New York Times

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

White-spaces technology has emerged as a potential solution to that problem. Since 2008, Microsoft and other companies have been involved in tests of television white spaces for internet access. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The technology is sometimes known as “super Wi-Fi” because it behaves like regular Wi-Fi but uses low-powered television channels to cover far greater distances than wireless hot spots. It is also more powerful than cellular…

First Mobile Phone That Never Needs To Be Charged – Inc.com

Monday, July 10, 2017

The phone harvests radio wave energy from a wireless base station (such as Wi-Fi) and converts light through miniature photo-diodes. It used very low power ( microwatts) to transmit back to the base station. As a result, the phone does not have a battery, and thus never needs to be charged. The researchers demonstrated voice call and even skype calls using this battery-free phone. The prototype is made completely of…

Want to sell your old cell phone? Here’s why you shouldn’t use carriers – TechRadar

Monday, July 10, 2017

This feature is brought to you by Decluttr.com  One of the easiest ways to drive down the cost of buying a brand new, flashy cell phone is to sell your old one. But before you even consider carrier buyback schemes, check this even better way to cash out. Popular recycling company Decluttr pays 25% more on average than carrier buyback schemes while delivering faster payments too: a customer usually gets…