Reports: CIOs, other execs wrangle over corporate IT spending | Qualcomm targets self-driving cars with wireless charging | Google elaborates on debut of stand-alone Daydream
May 22, 2017
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Reports: CIOs, other execs wrangle over corporate IT spending
Reports: CIOs, other execs wrangle over corporate IT spending
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CIOs still retain control of corporate tech purchases, but other business executives also are making decisions on what digital products to buy, according to reports from CompTIA and Forrester Research. CompTIA said 36% of businesses are letting executives other than CIOs provide input on purchasing decisions.
CIO online (5/22) 
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Qualcomm targets self-driving cars with wireless charging
Qualcomm is developing wireless, self-charging technology for electric cars, and it tested the technology at a track in Versailles, France, on Thursday. Embedded charging pads on the road were used to allow the vehicle to charge while in motion.
Reuters (5/18) 
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Google elaborates on debut of stand-alone Daydream
Google is following up the announcement of its stand-alone Daydream virtual reality headset by noting more than 150 apps have already been developed for the device, which is expected to go to market this year. The company has also teased what developers can expect in Daydream 2.0.
VentureBeat (5/18) 
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IT Channel
Toshiba's chip unit auction heats up
Broadcom and a group led by private equity firm KKR reportedly have taken the lead in acquiring Toshiba's memory-chip business as the second round of bidding concludes. Bain Capital has teamed up with SK Hynix to bid for the chip unit, which may sell for $18 billion to $20 billion to help alleviate Toshiba's financial woes.
Reuters (5/19),  Bloomberg (5/19),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/19) 
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Google looks to channel partner Agosto for cloud IoT technology
Google hired channel partner Agosto to design a crucial piece of its new internet of things service. Minneapolis-based IoT specialist Agosto last year developed the open-source MQTT broker that runs Google's Cloud IoT Core.
CRN (U.S.) (5/18) 
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IT Workforce
Cloud users with a digital transformation plan gain a competitive edge
A digital transformation strategy that aligns business strategies and IT innovation will allow cloud users to both meet customer needs and sustain long-term business growth, Manek Dubash writes. "From a technology point of view, from fixed infrastructure and proprietary IT, businesses using cloud are free to take more risks and are able to respond quickly to changing market conditions," Aspect Software's Stephen Ball said.
ZDNet (5/18) 
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Policy Watch
White House wants governmentwide cybersecurity policies
Governmentwide management of cybersecurity policies and decisions would reduce the risk of agencies relying on legacy technology, said White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce. "If we allow individual departments and agencies to fend for themselves, we often will get the lowest common denominator as our weakest link in what is an interlinked federal network," he said.
Nextgov (5/18),  Federal Computer Week (5/19) 
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CompTIA News
CompTIA offers mini-boot camp
A mini-boot camp on CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+), the newest certification from the world's leading technology association, will be offered next month at the AFCEA International Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore. The comprehensive, five-hour program on June 15 is free for active military personnel and government employees. Visit CompTIA CSA+ mini-boot camp to register or for more information.
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Social media and your business
Millions of people use social media to share, engage and discover. Businesses can utilize this unique type of active participation to establish their expertise, increase online visibility, drive traffic, and generate business. The "CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Social Media" explains the ins and outs of blogging, video, B2B social networking, and engaging with individuals and businesses via social media. Visit CompTIA Insight & Tools to download a free copy.
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Work smarter, safer online in public places
The convenience of public Wi-Fi is offset by security considerations over working with sensitive corporate or personal data in an open environment. This CompTIA Blog article offers advice on how to work smarter and safer when online in public places.
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