Tech-Fluent Leaders Can Make the Case for Technology Investments

The COVID-19 pandemic heralded great unemployment across the country earlier this year. In hard-hit Washington state, a record number of financially stricken citizens sought unemployment benefits, overwhelming public agencies.

In looking at state public services, which were stymied by a lack of IT support, The Seattle Times recently found a beacon of hope in Suzi LeVine, the state’s Employment Security Department commissioner. A former Microsoft executive, LeVine possesses the aptitude and, specifically, the “exceptional tech fluency” to match resources against the challenges, the newspaper says. She knows how to solve the problem and how to speak to it.

Deloitte defines tech fluency as “the ability to broadly understand and confidently discuss IT concepts.” The firm regularly examines the idea that corporate CIOs should not only possess tech fluency but also learn the language of business. These combined capabilities result in more comprehensive and convincing technology leadership. Greater tech fluency lends

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David Byrne nixes TikTok debut, unveils We Are Not Divided website and Spike Lee-directed ‘American Utopia’ | Entertainment

Winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe and multiple Grammy Awards seemed to come easily for veteran music maverick David Byrne, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 as the co-founder of the boundary-stretching band Talking Heads.

But making his first TikTok dance challenge video? Or, rather, trying to make his first TikTok dance challenge video? Surprisingly difficult.

So difficult, in fact, that the Scottish-born, New York-based Byrne recently abandoned what would have been his official TikTok debut. It had been planned to promote the launch last week of his new six-week online collaborative journalism initiative, We Are Not Divided, an offshoot of Reasons to be Cheerful. Byrne launched Reasons to be Cheerful last year as a “solutions journalism” website, which he described at the time as “part magazine, part therapy session, part blueprint for a better world.”

In hindsight, creating the website — and

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Consumer Spending Rises in August

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While the trucking industry’s financial health continues to excel, the overall U.S. economy is trying to gain momentum.

According to the Department of Commerce, consumers increased retail spending for the fourth month in a row in August, albeit at a slower pace than earlier in the summer.

Retail sales, which make up about 25% of total consumer spending, rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6% in August from July.

Jonathan Gold

We could be in for a much happier holiday season than many had thought.

Jonathan Gold, National Retail Federation

Spending on computers and other electronic items increased by 0.8% because many school districts are teaching online classes.

August usually is a big month for back-to-school shopping. Clothing sales rose 2.9% in August after a 20% decline in the past year, and furniture was up 2.1%, but grocery store spending dropped 1.6%, and

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The Linux Laptop Market Has A Pricing Problem

Desktop Linux is always going to have an area of opportunity: more adoption among “typical” PC users. They need a computer for less demanding everyday tasks like web shopping, the occasional video conference, keeping tabs on social media, and maybe some light gaming. They don’t need 8 cores or blistering performance. So why does it feel like everyone inside our Linux echo chamber — the people covering the distros and the hardware — only focus their hype on the expensive bleeding edge? Headlines and videos seems dominated by the System76 Lemur Pros, Lenovo ThinkPads and XPS Developer Editions of the world. Where are the affordable Linux laptops, and why aren’t we talking more about them?

I’m guilty of encouraging and perpetuating this behavior; I do it myself all the time. What, you think I’ll turn down the newest and shiniest?

Most hardware

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The best smartphones you can buy for under R10,000

Flagship smartphones offer fantastic features but they also have expensive price tags, often requiring buyers to fork out about R30,000.

While these smartphones offer impressive performance and features for those who can afford them, this is simply not a realistic price to pay for a smartphone for many South Africans.

However, some users still want a smartphone that has a premium look and feel, and that offers impressive performance.

These users could spend up to R10,000 for a smartphone that offers high-quality performance and build quality.

While these handsets might not be as powerful as their R30,000 counterparts, they offer superior value for money.

If you have a budget of R10,000 for a new smartphone, there are many great options for you to choose from.

We have picked some of the best smartphones currently available in South Africa that cost under R10,000.

The prices for these smartphones are sourced from

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Infor CTO Defines Key Cornerstones Driving The Future Of Software

Technologists love to talk about the future. Some of them even self-style themselves as ‘futurists’. These are the kind of guys (all genders) that like to tell you that their grandchildren will probably live to 150-years of age due to the ever-advancing envelope of medical science.  

Software industry visionaries and luminaries are arguably somewhat more pragmatic, but no less prescient in their ability to be able to think about the next-big-thing and talk about likely platform-level shifts that will impact the way we use devices in the near future. 

The next big thing? Always, about 5-10 years away

When will the next Twitter, Instagram, iPad or Internet of Something (IoS) happen? Nobody really knows, so that’s why software visionaries usually say, “Oh, between five and ten years from now.” It’s a safe bet and they’re probably right.

Too humble

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TCL announces two Android tablets, new true wireless earbuds, and a smartwatch for seniors

As part of its IFA 2020 announcements, TCL is today launching a slew of new gadgets including a pair of tablets, new true wireless earbuds, and a smartwatch for seniors.

The Android tablets are perhaps the most interesting products of the bunch, as the higher-end model features a 10.36-inch widescreen (2000×1200) display with slim bezels; it even comes with a stylus. The internal specs aren’t going to come anywhere close to something like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7, but the company is positioning the TCL 10 Tab Max as an excellent choice for watching videos or conducting video calls thanks to its dual far-field microphones. It’s set to ship in the fourth quarter for €299 (4G model) and €249 (Wi-Fi only).

Image: TCL

There’s also the TCL 10 Tab Mid for even less money, though you’ll have to put up with chunkier bezels around its 8-inch screen. The 10 Tab Mid

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Winmate Announces Light and Powerful 7-inch Rugged Handheld Device M700DQ8 for Full Workforce Mobility

Winmate Announces Light and Powerful 7-inch Rugged Handheld Device M700DQ8 for Full Workforce Mobility

Sept 15, 2020 – The Winmate M700DQ8 is an Android tablet PC designed to help the mobile workforce save time and increase productivity. With unparalleled processing power from Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 660 CPU and a user-friendly Android 9.0 interface, this device is incredibly easy for first-time users to master in any environment.

Workers in logistics management, transportation, and field services can access the latest BT technology for faster speeds, more range, and greater bandwidth. Plus, the device can also be used as an MDT.

Since mobile workers are constantly on the move, having an easy-to-carry, the multi-purpose device makes the job at hand a lot easier.

Featuring a PCAP touchscreen and ultra-light build (550g), Winmate also manages to implement its renowned “rugged” design with IP65 and MIL-STD-810G standards, allowing workers to use this device wherever

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Fencing hardware Market worth $3.1 billion by 2025

CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to the new market research report Fencing Hardware Market by Application (Residential, Commercial and Others), by Hardware Type (Connectors, Post bases, Fasteners, Gate hardware and Others), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World) – Global Forecast to 2025″, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the Fencing Hardware Market size is estimated to be USD 2.6 billion in 2020 and projected to reach USD 3.1 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 3.7%.

The market has observed stable growth and expected to grow at same growth rate as the parent construction industry growth is stagnant. However, increasing need for use of different types of fencings to be installed for various housing communities for security and safety purposes to the existing infrastructure are the factors expected to drive market demand for fencing hardware.

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Microsoft’s new feature uses AI to make video chat less weird

How Microsoft’s Surface Pro X uses driver-based software and dedicated AI hardware to make video chat more people-friendly.

With so many of us working from home, we’ve shifted into a world where video conferencing has become the main way we connect with colleagues. We spend hours in one-on-ones and group meetings, looking at faces in little boxes on our screens. It is, to be blunt, hard. The cognitive load that comes with trying to parse faces on screens is high, leading to what’s become known as ‘Zoom fatigue’. It’s not limited to Zoom, of course — the same problems are there with whatever you use, be it Google Meet, WebEx, Skype or Microsoft’s Teams.

SEE: How to manage your privacy and other settings in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft has been working on ways to reduce this strain. One approach is Teams’ Together mode, which changes the way we view faces on

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