Day: April 7, 2020

Your boobs are about to be disrupted — here’s why

It’s a private quest every woman has been on since her pre-teens. We’ve all been on various excursions to the mall, high street or local lingerie boutique in the hope that somewhere, out there, exists the mythical perfect bra.

The problem is that traditional lingerie and sports clothing stores have long offered standard sizes, fabrics, designs, and capabilities, with little chance for customization. Industry giants like Victoria’s Secret are now seeing major criticism and declining sales numbers due to the demand for lingerie that isn’t just sexy but also designed for different shapes, activities, functions, and, most importantly, comfort.


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Utilities get cloud computing religion

A recent study shows that a large majority (71 percent) of utilities now use cloud computing systems, up from 45 percent three years ago. This has been largely a reaction to the amount of data they deal with these days and the opportunity to be innovative with that data. 

Where is the data coming from? Smart meters that send and receive data for centralized analysis, new net meters allowing customers to sell back power generated by solar and wind systems, and the need to manage demand using smart grid technology, including having connections to IoT devices in homes and businesses.

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Inside Microsoft’s latest OS: Azure RTOS

Microsoft’s collection of operating systems continues to grow. We’re all aware of Windows and its moves into Linux with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) and in Azure through the SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) networking platform. The secure IoT Azure Sphere is also increasingly familiar. Now there’s another Microsoft OS out there, one that’s a lot more specialized but starting to get more attention from silicon vendors.

Microsoft’s 2019 acquisition of Express Logic brought its ThreadX real-time operating system into the Azure fold. Now branded as Azure RTOS, it’s an industrial-grade, real-time operating system for devices

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How CIOs can help in the fight against COVID-19

There’s no shortage of IT vendors pitching free trials of cloud-based tools they promise will help deal with the COVID-19 crisis many enterprises are facing.

Most are, at best, addressing the side-effects on business of social-distancing policies governments have introduced to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

But there may be ways to put your organization’s data and IT systems to use in combatting the pandemic head on by helping identify cases, track their spread or promote measures to prevent it. A host of companies beyond the healthcare sector can play a role in reducing the pandemic’s impacts, including

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