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Top 3 enterprise tech trends to watch in 2020

If blockchain felt more like hype than reality in 2019, prepare for that to change. Industry watchers expect 2020 to be the year the distributed ledger technology matures and we see use cases that go beyond cryptocurrency. Areas where experts envision growth include data security, the supply chain and electronic health records. [1] [1] Michelle Davidson on ComputerWorld

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Here’s what will happen to your Windows 7 PC on January 15, 2020

Microsoft has been warning Windows 7 users for the past year-plus that after January 14, 2020, they’ll get no more security updates to the operating system for free. Even though users will be able to continue to run Windows 7 after that date, they’ll be more susceptible to potential security problems. [1] [1] By Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet

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Microsoft is planning to phase out the Windows 10 Store for Business

Microsoft is continuing to try to clean up its digital app-store mess. Its latest planned move, according to my contacts: Get rid of the Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education. The Microsoft Store, originally known as the Windows Store, is Microsoft’s online app store that is built into Windows 10. [1] [1] By Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet

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Big tech is thinking about digital ethics, and small businesses need to keep up

From Google’s commitment to responsible technology to Microsoft’s guidelines for “ethical and trustworthy AI”, it is now the norm to see big tech commit to digital ethics. The concepts of “ethical frameworks” or “responsible innovation” may sound nebulous, but it is now also up to small and medium businesses (SMBs) to make sure that the technology they deploy is used ethically. [1] [1] By Daphne Leprince-Ringuet on ZDNet

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The world’s top management gurus in 2019-20

INSEAD business school professors and C-suite advisers W Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, the authors of the Blue Ocean series of books and co-directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, have been confirmed as the world’s most influential management thinkers. [1] [1] On CIO

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Hacking and cyber espionage: The countries that are going to emerge as major threats in the 2020s

The continuing rise of state-backed hackers has been one of the most dramatic cybersecurity developments of recent years. And now it seems a new set of countries are keen to use the same tactics as some of their larger and more powerful rivals. Cyber espionage has been going on pretty much since the dawn of the web, with Russia, China, Iran and North Korea generally seen as the countries most likely to be engaging in cyber-espionage campaigns against Western targets….

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Forget quantum supremacy: This quantum-computing milestone could be just as important

A local bus bouncing its way through downtown Lisbon and onto its elegant waterfront might seem an unlikely vehicle to deliver the weird future of quantum computing. The bus itself is unremarkable, its journey from the outskirts of Portugal’s capital into the city centre largely indistinguishable from most of the other buses on the busy roads. But this bus, and a few others like it, represents one of the first real-world usages of quantum computing. [1] [1] By Steve Ranger…

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Microsoft Security Essentials updates not included in Windows 7 ESU

Once Windows 7 reaches end-of-support (EOS) on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will also stop updating Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for Windows 7. Companies who purchase Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) will not receive special treatment, and they’ll have to switch their antivirus app. [1] [1] By Catalin Cimpanu on ZDNet

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Special report: Blockchain in business: Where are we now, and predictions for the next decade

Has blockchain overcome its initial hurdles to become a mainstream technology? TechRepublic Premium wanted to know. To better understand industry attitudes toward blockchain, a recent TechRepublic Premium survey measured the awareness, interest, and the extent to which technology professionals believe blockchain will impact business. [1] [1] On TechRepublic

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Microsoft: We’re creating a new Rust-like programming language for secure coding

Microsoft can’t just throw away older Windows code, but the company’s Project Verona aims to make older low-level components in Windows 10 more secure by integrating Mozilla-developed Rust. The company recently revealed that its trials with Rust over C and C++ to remove insecure code from Windows had hit its targets. But why did Microsoft do this? [1] [1] By Liam Tung on ZDNet

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