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Is Apple solving the privacy and convenience puzzle?

Today, 09:39 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

When Apple in 2016 announced its interest in using ‘differential privacy’ to gather useful information while preserving user privacy, critics panned the firm for still somehow being “behind” other firms who focus less on privacy.

Things have moved on

This was what critics were saying: By insisting on preserving user privacy, Apple leaves itself unable to mine data to gain deeply useful insights and deliver useful services.

That was then.

One year on and we can see Apple’s approach: while continuing to know as little as possible about any individual’s use of their device, it is figuring out how to create useful and actionable services.

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IDG Contributor Network: Must-have features for enterprise VoIP

Today, 09:00 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

If your company has 100+ users and is in the market for a hosted VoIP phone system, be careful.

Remember the scene in the movie Tommy Boy, “Fat Guy in a Little Coat”? You don’t want your company’s new phone system to feel like this.

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You won’t hear it from the salespeople [collective gasp] but most hosted VoIP solutions are designed for micro-size companies. If you want an “enterprise” system, you will have to dig a little to find a provider catering to larger companies.

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Size matters

Today, 06:00 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

It's time to upgrade the older computers at this mid-tier law firm, and after much discussion and research, an IT pilot fish's team has decided to go with what used to be called a bookshelf PC.

"I was very happy with the choice," says fish. "The new slim tower would help many users clear up desk space. It came with 8GB of memory and a speedy solid-state drive. And the case was only about seven inches square and an inch and a half thick.

"We purchased ten units to test and begin the rollout. But when we confronted the big boss with our purchase choice, he was much less pleased than we thought.

"He looked at the slick machine like it was criminal. I felt the mood change, and decided to ask him directly what he thought of our choice.

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