Apple kit could let iPhones become hardware wallets | Survey: More are ditching wired broadband for smartphones | Exit strategies for vendor contracts: 7 tips
June 14, 2019
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Apple kit could let iPhones become hardware wallets
Apple kit could let iPhones become hardware wallets
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The release of Apple's CryptoKit could lead to the use of iPhones as hardware wallets for cryptocurrencies. Apple says the kit will enable app developers to create secure hashes for authentication and cryptographic keys.
Computerworld (6/14) 
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Survey: More are ditching wired broadband for smartphones
The number of people who primarily connect to the internet via their smartphones has nearly doubled since 2013, the Pew Research Center reports, with the trend especially acute among respondents aged 18 to 29. Pew says 37% use phones as their primary connection link, a figure that climbs to 58% among the younger demographic, with 23% of all responders saying they don't need a wired broadband link because of their phones.
USA Today (6/13) 
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IT Channel
Exit strategies for vendor contracts: 7 tips
Exit strategies for vendor contracts: 7 tips
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Business technology journalist John Edwards offers seven tips for IT leaders seeking exit strategies for bad vendor contracts. He notes that building a case, renegotiating and seeking maximum flexibility are among the important tactics leaders can use.
CIO (free registration) (6/13) 
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VMware adds Avi to security and networking lineup
VMware has agreed to purchase Avi Networks, adding an application delivery controller defined by software to its security and networking capabilities. Neither company disclosed financial details; the deal is expected to go through by the start of August.
Channel Futures (6/13) 
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IT Workforce
Why tech industry's churn rate is so high
Stagnant salaries and lack of career opportunity are two of the biggest reasons for the 13.2% technology employee churn rate, writes Zoe Morris, president of technology recruiter company Nelson Frank. She adds that company culture, specifically around issues of inclusion and diversity, is also significant.
InformationWeek (6/14) 
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Today's volatility makes employee development ever more important
In the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world of business, employees need coaching and commitment to continue their professional development, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. Leaders should encourage employees to regularly reflect on their careers and have a plan for action that's flexible to change, she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/13) 
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Policy Watch
Ransomware bigger in 2019, but cryptojacking slows
Ransomware attacks rose 167% in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter, states a report from Cybersecurity Threatscape. Hacktivism, or good-hat hacking, makes up 15% of cyberhacks, and cryptojacking has fallen significantly.
TechRepublic (6/13) 
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CompTIA News
Skills needed for IoT success
IoT-specific roles such as IoT Architect or IoT Security Specialist are not the only things companies should consider as they expand their involvement with IoT. Improvement is often needed in foundational areas such as security, networking and cloud computing. For more on the role of skills and IoT, visit CompTIA Insight & Tools and download a free copy of the report "2019 Trends in Internet of Things."
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Blockchain and the IT channel
There are plenty of reasons for technology solution providers to get excited about blockchain, but there's also a lot to do before most can develop successful practices, according to members of CompTIA's Blockchain Advisory Council. Visit the CompTIA Blog for more on what it takes to build a successful blockchain business.
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CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ beta exam
CompTIA is currently delivering a beta exam update of its Cloud Essentials+ certification. The beta exam has been significantly changed and updated with 80% to 90% new content that addresses market demand and employers' needs for professionals with validated cloud business skills. To find out if this certification is right for your career aspirations, visit CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ for more information.
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