Business leaders’ cluelessness about software development is costing them a bundle

If you needed any proof about the lingering disconnect between business and information technology departments, the data is in. We often associate the disconnect to a failure to communicate changing business requirements, but business leaders also are off the mark when it comes to assessing the productivity or performance of their software teams. Almost nine in ten (89%) executives in a recent survey believe they can accurately measure the performance of software engineering teams, but in reality, they don’t have a handle on what’s going on. For starters, many still consider lines of code produced to be an accurate measure

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Apple is opening a Pandora’s box with its upcoming software update

Apple has announced it will install a program on iPhones in the United States that will persistently scan users’ photos and flag those its algorithm believes to be related to child abuse.

Flagged photos will then be reviewed by humans to determine if they violate any laws. Once implemented, the measure will affect roughly one-third of people in the U.S.

Although the goals of this initiative are noble, its implications are dire. We learned last month that the federal government is actively advising social media platforms on what constitutes disinformation, sometimes even going as far as to single out

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The best chat software for Linux, macOS and Windows isn’t Slack

Everyone chats. Everyone chats with different apps and services. But which is the best? You might be surprised at the conclusion Jack Wallen draws.

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Finding the best chat software is a complicated mess. Why? Because everyone and every company uses a different service for team collaboration, messaging and even chatting with clients/customers. Some use Slack, others use Hangouts or Microsoft Teams. You might prefer Android Messages or iMessage. What about Twitter or Facebook messages?

SEE: The future of work: Tools and strategies for the digital workplace (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

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Pegasus spyware political fallout: What’s up with this phone surveillance tech

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It’s a doozy of a digital spying technology case. Security researchers have found evidence of attempted or successful installations of Pegasus, software made by an Israel-based cybersecurity company, on 37 phones of activists, journalists and businesspeople. The activists and others appear to have been targets of secret surveillance by software that’s intended to pursue criminals and terrorists.

It’s been a politically explosive issue that has put Israel under pressure, not just by activists, but also by governments worried about misuse of the software from NSO Group. France and the United States have raised concerns, and NSO has

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GitHub Copilot is ‘unacceptable and unjust,’ says Free Software Foundation

GitHub Copilot, a Visual Studio Code extension that uses artificial intelligence to help developers write code, has drawn the ire of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which is calling for white papers that address legal and philosophical questions raised by the technology.

GitHub Copilot is “unacceptable and unjust, from our perspective,” the FSF wrote in a blog post calling for white papers on the implications of Copilot for the free software community. The reason is that Copilot requires running software that is not free, such as Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE or Visual Studio Code editor, the FSF contends, and constitutes

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California smog check will now look for modified ECU software

Starting this month, California’s smog check inspection is specifically going to look for modified engine-control software. OEM and CARB-approved aftermarket ECU tunes should be OK, but vehicles found to have unapproved ECU software will fail. According to the website: “Beginning July 19, 2021, vehicles with software not provided by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or approved through a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) will fail smog check.”

Note that the mere presence of non-conforming software is enough to fail. The inspection does not have to prove that the non-conforming software results in higher emissions levels. However,

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Free Microsoft 365? Here’s how to use Word, Excel and more without paying

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Chances are you’ve been spending more time on your work or personal computer this year due to the pandemic, so you might be in need of some basic tools like Microsoft 365. Formerly known as Office 365, Microsoft 365 is a service that adds more features to the traditional office software. But if you don’t want to shell out the money, there are a few ways you can get the service and its popular apps for free. 

Microsoft’s suite of productivity software — including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint — typically

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PS5 system software beta version 2.0-04.00.00 rolling out, adds M.2 SSD support

Sony Interactive Entertainment has begun to roll out PlayStation 5 system software beta version 2.0-04.00.00 to users in its PlayStation 5 system software beta program.

The update brings a number of changes, including the long-awaited ability to expand your console’s storage with an M.2 SSD.

Here is the full list of changes:

Main Features Updated in this System Software Beta Program Version

  • You can now insert an M.2 SSD to your PS5’s expansion slot and use M.2 SSD storage. Just like your PS5’s console storage, you can install PS5 and PS4 games in M2 SSD storage and play them directly
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Several Bugs Found in 3 Open-Source Software Used by Several Businesses

Cybersecurity researchers on Tuesday disclosed nine security vulnerabilities affecting three open-source projects — EspoCRM, Pimcore, and Akaunting — that are widely used by several small to medium businesses and, if successfully exploited, could provide a pathway to more sophisticated attacks.

All the security flaws in question, which impact EspoCRM v6.1.6, Pimcore Customer Data Framework v3.0.0, Pimcore AdminBundle v6.8.0, and Akaunting v2.1.12, were fixed within a day of responsible disclosure, researchers Wiktor Sędkowski of Nokia and Trevor Christiansen of Rapid7 noted. Six of the nine flaws were uncovered in the Akaunting project.

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EspoCRM is an open-source customer relationship management

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52 Best Project Management Software Tools to Manage Deliverables

Choosing the perfect project management software is equally tricky for both new and experienced small business owners. With hundreds of options and features available, it can be confusing for you to know where to start.

We have created this comprehensive guide, including 50+ popular project management tools. And the guide also explains key features you should consider when you’re buying project management software for your company.

What is Project Management Software?

From project planning to execution, project management software help you manage all your project management requirements.

A good project management software package can help you carry out multiple key

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