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Google Apps for Work gets an SMB boost via Kronos integration

Small businesses that use Kronos workforce-management software will soon be able to tap familiar Google tools in their HR efforts thanks to a new integration project now under way. Kronos and Google have teamed up to integrate Google Apps for Work with the Kronos Workforce Ready cloud suite for small and midsize businesses, Kronos announced Tuesday, giving SMBs new ability ... Read More »

Does anyone really want the government deciding encryption policy?

Security and privacy debates are highly nuanced, allowing for much interpretation, balancing acts and differences of opinion. For that reason, I try and be tolerant of a wide range of views on the subject. Every so often, though, some executive says something so divorced from logic and reality that silence is not an option. Enter ATT CEO Randall Stephenson and ... Read More »

VMware gives enterprises a BYOD boost with three new tools

Enterprise mobility is often a tug-of-war between freedom-seeking employees and security-minded IT departments, but VMware aims to make those differences go away. The virtualization giant on Tuesday rolled out a new platform along with two key updates it says will help keep everyone happy. Developed in part with the “bring your own device” trend in mind, Workspace One gives companies ... Read More »

Google’s asinine Gmail prank: What were these fools thinking?

Google appeared to troll Gmail users yesterday, by adding a childish GIF to their sent email and making their replies disappear. If that sounds stupid and asinine to you, then you’d be right. Your humble blogwatcher tries to avoid April Fool’s Day stories, but this one is completely ridiculous. Not only did Google screw up its 900-million-user-email service in the ... Read More »

The rise of the citizen data scientist

When Mark Pickett was a captain in the Marines, he knew he couldn’t be there to make every decision for his soldiers. “You can’t rehearse every scenario, and there will be times when you can’t communicate,” he explained. “You want to groom your Marines to be able to rely on themselves and their unit.” It’s not so different in the ... Read More »

Apple is an ‘arms dealer’, analyst claims

Needham Co analyst, Laura Martin, set the cat among the pigeons this week with her latest Apple analysis, calling it “an arms dealer that dominates the wealthiest segment” of the smartphone industry. It’s an extensive and extremely interesting report, and I’ve glanced through it to cherry-pick a few ideas. Arms dealer? Martin’s not talking about weaponry, of course. She’s simply ... Read More »

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