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Tech Talk: The Equifax data breach, a new Apple Watch and A.I. for all

First there was news that Equifax, the credit rating agency, had been hacked. Then came stories about questionable stock sales by execs before the breach became public. Then…anger and confusion from some of the 143 million people affected.

And finally, this week, came the retirement of the company’s CEO.

It’s enough to (almost) make our panel of tech experts – Network World‘s Brandon Butler, CSO‘s Fahmida Rashid, Macworld‘s Michael Simon and Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis – throw up their collective arms as everyone tries to figure out how to stop it from happening again.

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Mingis on Tech: Android vs. iOS – How the two mobile OSes compare

It was supposed to be a genteel discussion, a dispassionate side-by-side comparison of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android: How they stack up on security, OS updates, App stores, customization and innovation.

And mainly, it was just that, as Computerworld‘s Android blogger JR Raphael and Apple expert Michael deAgonia both explained which side of the mobile OS fence they’re on and why. (Playing the role of referee: Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis.)

But, hey, these guys aren’t really dispassionate about their technology choices, and so before anyone knew it, DeAgonia was slamming Android on security, Raphael was asking whether anyone really thinks Siri is all that, and in a flash the debate was on. 

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Mingis on Tech: All about Android 8.0 ‘Oreo’

If you’re an Android user who’s eagerly been awaiting Android 8.0, a.k.a. “Oreo,” the good news is that Google’s updated mobile OS has been out since late August and will be gradually making its way in the coming months to a device near you.

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If you have one of Google’s own smartphones like the Pixel, you may well already have Oreo – just like Computerworld blogger JR Raphael. And that means you’ve already had time to get used to its new features and tinker with it.

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Mingis on Tech: For the new iPhones, ‘X’ marks the spot

Well, that was both enticing and disappointing – enticing because the upcoming iPhone X is just about everything the rumor mongers said it would be, disappointing because no one will get their hands on one until November.

In case you were under a rock Tuesday, Apple unveiled its iPhones as expected, rolled out the new Apple Watch Series 3, announced that iOS 11 will be available Sept. 19 and even threw in a 4K-capable Apple TV for good measure.

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Tech Talk: iPhone pricing, intent-based networks, GPS spoofing and smartwatches, oh my!

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Mingis on Tech: The death of Microsoft’s GigJam

Admit it: You’ve never heard of GigJam.

The Microsoft collaboration tool, which has been flying under the radar for the last 18 months or so, offers forward-thinking ways of sharing information between workers in real time from various sources – everything from Office 365 to LinkedIn, Dropbox, Salesforce and Trello.

As Computerworld Senior Writer Lucas Mearian explained to Executive Editor Ken Mingis, information a user wants to share is circled in GigJam and passed along to others on the same project. And info that needs to be hidden can be crossed out, blocking its access by other GigJam users.

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Mingis on Tech: The death of Microsoft’s GigJam

Admit it: You’ve never heard of GigJam.

The Microsoft collaboration tool, which has been flying under the radar for the last 18 months or so, offers forward-thinking ways of sharing information between workers in real time from various sources – everything from Office 365 to LinkedIn, Dropbox, Salesforce and Trello.

As Computerworld Senior Writer Lucas Mearian explained to Executive Editor Ken Mingis, information a user wants to share is circled in GigJam and passed along to others on the same project. And info that needs to be hidden can be crossed out, blocking its access by other GigJam users.

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Mingis on Tech: Why companies love 2-in-1 tablets

The next time you’re issued a new company computer, you may well get an iPad Pro and detachable keyboard. Or a new Surface Pro 4. Or one of any number of hybrid 2-in-1s from the likes of Dell, HP or Lenovo.

That’s because more and more companies are rushing to embrace laptop/tablet combos for their workers, according to new research from both Forrester and IDC.

Just what’s going on here? As Computerworld Senior Writer Lucas Mearian explains to Executive Editor Ken Mingis, companies are bucking the recent sales trends for tablets, which have lost some of their luster in recent years.

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Mingis on Tech: Of 3D printers (and Eiffel Towers)

When the topic is 3D printers, the person to talk to is Computerworld Senior Writer Lucas Mearian, who’s been reviewing printers — and printing up Eiffel Towers, a drone body pieces and various other objects — for the better part of two years.

Executive News Editor Ken Mingis goes one-on-one with Mearian about the latest printer in his laboratory, the $3,000 Makerbot Replicator (see it on Amazon). That explains the bright orange Eiffel Tower pieces visible on the table; they were printed with the Makerbot, which Mearian reviews here.

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