The Future of Cybersecurity in 2021 and Beyond

The Future of Cybersecurity in 2021 and Beyond

Some enterprises are shifting their business model to focus on virtual workforce, de-emphasizing the need to secure office networks," O'Connor told TechNewsWorld.Another major cybersecurity attack trend focuses on the protective tools and security vendors within the industry, noted Brandon Hoffman, chief information security officer at Netenrich.

The New Era of Cashless, Invisible Payments

The New Era of Cashless, Invisible Payments

A big part of the consumer adoption process for these new payment methods are shoppers' familiarity with biometric fingerprint technology, according to Graziani.

Global EV Sales Growth Leads Industry in 2020

Global EV Sales Growth Leads Industry in 2020

"Europe has shown other markets what is possible when all parts of the puzzle are in place: emissions-based policies with penalties, internal combustion engine vehicle ban target years set, customer incentives, a broad and expanding charging infrastructure, much improved choice of EVs, good EV supply, customer awareness and, ultimately, customer demand," he told TechNewsWorld.

Consumers Becoming More Tolerant of Chatbots for Certain Tasks

Consumers Becoming More Tolerant of Chatbots for Certain Tasks

Researchers see consumers' comfort levels with a variety of chatbot technologies softening towards customer service, scheduling, banking, and therapy.As foundational technologies improve and older consumers who prefer living representatives are replaced by younger people who are accustomed to interacting with virtual agents, chatbots will become common across businesses and industries," said King.

What IT Leaders Would Do Differently if Faced With Another Crisis

What IT Leaders Would Do Differently if Faced With Another Crisis

During the scramble to move and manage workers from home, many companies even discovered that remote work and other tech applications benefitted them in unforeseen ways.

PC Market Upswing Accelerates in Q4 2020

PC Market Upswing Accelerates in Q4 2020

The report revealed that much of the market growth during the year was driven by notebooks and mobile workstation shipments, which increased 44 percent over 2019, reaching 235.1 million.

Amazon Pharmacy Opens for Business

Amazon Pharmacy Opens for Business

"The online pharmacy business is very lucrative, and given Amazon's size, they have a negotiating position with regard to prices that is unmatched next to Walmart," said Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst at the Enderle Group, an advisory services firm in Bend, Ore. He added that Amazon may also have an eye on the market's future growth.

Contact-Tracing Apps Flop in the US

Contact-Tracing Apps Flop in the US

"This fragmentation has resulted in no one approach being predominant, which makes it a challenge for these apps to identify people with COVID and their contacts," he told TechNewsWorld.

Oculus Delays Shipment of Quest 2 Elite Straps Amid Complaints of Premature Breakage

Oculus Delays Shipment of Quest 2 Elite Straps Amid Complaints of Premature Breakage

Some customers who ordered and are still waiting for an Elite Strap and Elite Battery Strap for Quest 2 have received an email from Oculus that maintains their shipments will be delayed, as the company is currently investigating user complaints likely surrounding premature breakage first spotted in late October.

Advanced Skills Shortage Rains on Cloud Advances

Advanced Skills Shortage Rains on Cloud Advances

A Cloud Guru (ACG) in September released the "State of Cloud Learning" report which shows that cloud expertise, measured via certifications and hands-on proficiency, is growing in value for both companies and the individuals who work for them.

Social Media Companies Top Data Grabber List

Social Media Companies Top Data Grabber List

One reason social media platforms collect so much data is that consumers allow a lot of their data to be collected, observed Liz Miller, vice president and a principal analyst at Constellation Research.

Virtual follow-up care is more convenient and just as beneficial to surgical patients

Virtual follow-up care is more convenient and just as beneficial to surgical patients

Moreover, these patients benefit by spending less time waiting at and traveling to the clinic for in-person appointments, according to research findings presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2020.

Consumers Expect More From Brands to Earn Loyalty

Consumers Expect More From Brands to Earn Loyalty

Formation, a company using artificial intelligence to drive loyalty programs for brands like Starbucks and United Airlines, released a report on Wednesday with data that shows that the more personalization tactics a brand uses, the more loyal a consumer is to that brand.

Do's and Don'ts for SMB Cybersecurity Safety

Do's and Don'ts for SMB Cybersecurity Safety

"As the abnormal becomes our new normal, SMBs need to approach remote work by using a combination of cloud-based applications and on-premises solutions to keep employees and systems safe, and ensure business continuity," said Scott Devens, CEO at Untangle.

The Perils of IT Security Hubris

The Perils of IT Security Hubris

Corporate cybersecurity has been increasingly compromised since businesses and organizations began implementing work-from-home (WFH) policies in March as the pandemic continued its spread.

Most Tech and Finance Firms Delaying Office Returns Into 2021

Most Tech and Finance Firms Delaying Office Returns Into 2021

His company recently surveyed 3,500 business executives and decision makers, revealing that managers and workers were not only hesitant to return to an office but felt they were more productive working remotely.

Latest Shopping Trends Emphasize Need for Retail Marketing Foresight

Latest Shopping Trends Emphasize Need for Retail Marketing Foresight

With order online and pick up in-store options gaining importance during the pandemic, it is pivotal for retailers to have a strong omnichannel strategy with a single view of inventory in order to capitalize on changing consumer shopping trends and prepare for the earlier shopping season," explained Sularia.

Return of Remote Workers Brings New Challenges to IT Heads

Return of Remote Workers Brings New Challenges to IT Heads

"Unfortunately, during these times when many organizations have been forced to shift to a more distributed business model, hybrid work practices are causing organizational challenges related to rising cybersecurity risk, defenses being tested, and weaknesses being exposed," Hahad told TechNewsWorld.

Fitness Products Shatter Online Sales Records During Lockdown

Fitness Products Shatter Online Sales Records During Lockdown

Digital at-home exercise sessions and sales of home exercise and health equipment purchased online are fueling new consumer trends that could permanently supplant old shopping routines.The consumer trend for buying athletic equipment online for home use is not showing signs of abating, according to ACI's sales analysis.

Digital Fraud Flourishing During Pandemic: Report

Digital Fraud Flourishing During Pandemic: Report

A group of 15 fraudsters in Russia with identical IP addresses (a fraud ring), who Sift named "Bargain Bear," worked together to test dozens of credit cards and digital wallets by posting fraudulent content listings on an e-commerce marketplace.

Uber Eats Postmates for $2.6B, Bolsters Ground Game

Uber Eats Postmates for $2.6B, Bolsters Ground Game

The company also recently exited eight unprofitable markets for its Uber Eats food delivery service.Gross bookings for Uber Eats grew 54 percent year over year during the first quarter, and Khosrowshahi said the company is focusing additional resources on the service.

The Current State of Open-Source Testing Tools

The Current State of Open-Source Testing Tools

The published report is gleaned from 2,000 global survey respondents that work in functional testing, load/performance testing, or behavior-driven development.

'New Normal' Security Era Begins for US Agencies, Cloud Providers

'New Normal' Security Era Begins for US Agencies, Cloud Providers

"Data security requirements will only continue to be more stringent as more and more data and services are migrated to the cloud," said Brent Hansen, federal chief technology officer at Thales.

Sellers Prep for Continued Storm of E-Commerce Activity

Sellers Prep for Continued Storm of E-Commerce Activity

"SMBs should consider SaaS e-commerce platforms like Shopify and BigCommerce to provide a solution that requires less internal technology to get started and scale their businesses," Lewis recommended.

Microsoft Sacks Editors, Gives Jobs to AI

Microsoft Sacks Editors, Gives Jobs to AI

Some 50 editors working for MSN, Microsoft's news operation, have learned their contracts won't be renewed and their jobs will be performed by artificial intelligence software, according to multiple news reports.

Report: Working From Home May Be a Keeper

Report: Working From Home May Be a Keeper

More than 40 percent of professionals working at home because of the pandemic would prefer to work remotely full time in the future, suggests a new report from Valoir."What was surprising was that the data says more than 40 percent of people prefer working remotely," she told the E-Commerce Times.

A 6-Point Plan to Leapfrog to CX Leadership

A 6-Point Plan to Leapfrog to CX Leadership

For the same telco, implementation of a natural language processing interactive voice response based on a well-mapped customer journey resulted in 30 percent reduction in contact volumes.

DeepFovea: AR/VR rendering, inspired by human vision

DeepFovea: AR/VR rendering, inspired by human vision

Given an image that is rendered sparsely, with a variable resolution that matches the resolution of the retina at each point based on where the fovea is pointed at any given moment, DeepFovea infers the missing data.

Far-Right Spreads COVID-19 Disinformation Epidemic Online

Far-Right Spreads COVID-19 Disinformation Epidemic Online

Far-right groups and individuals in the United States are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to promote disinformation, hate, extremism and authoritarianism, according to a think tank report.For example, mentions of "corona-chan" -- a slang term popular with the extreme right -- are increasing significantly across mainstream and fringe social media platforms.

'Half-Life: Alyx' added nearly 1 million VR users to Steam

'Half-Life: Alyx' added nearly 1 million VR users to Steam

Road to VR has used historical data and direct Valve data to calculate that Steam users added nearly 950,000 VR headsets in April — a huge spike over March.The recently added ability to use the Quest as a PC headset may have spurred gamers ahead of Alyx’s March 23rd launch.