Palmsolo’s Star Wars office: Product boxes, drawers of phones, and multiple screens

In 2006, I started writing about mobile tech on the Mobile Gadgeteer section of ZDNet. I was also employed as a professional engineer with a daily commute to and from Seattle that was more than two hours a day.

This extended commuting time on trains provides me with the opportunity to thoroughly test new mobile technology. In March, the commute stopped as our engineering firm went fully remote in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

I continue to test out new mobile technology and as you can see in the images boxes continue to stack up. My home office provides a separation between my engineering work and my freelance writing with many Star Wars items occupying the walls and shelves of my office.

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Here’s a rundown of key products used daily in my home office. Don’t worry,

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Workday updates its Adaptive Planning suite with new ML, predictive forecasting

Workday on Thursday announced the availability of new services for accounting and financial planning executives that aim to provide greater and faster insight into data. 

Workday said its new Accounting Center, machine learning-driven predictive forecasts for Adaptive Planning, and additional functionality across its finance offerings will help customers drive insights and efficiency from operational data. 

The Workday Accounting Center is designed to ingest operational data, assign it attributes, and transform it into accounting. According to Workday, this allows customers to manage operational and financial data from multiple sources with a single point of control across the enterprise. 

Workday is also embedding predictive forecasting into the analytics engine of Adaptive Planning, its software platform for business planning that stems from its $1.5 billion acquisition of Adaptive Insights in 2018. With new machine learning algorithms, historical and current data are used to predict likely outcomes for revenue, expenses, and other variables to

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Comms needs to take ‘giant leap forward’ to address new normal

With the concept of both working and socialising from home becoming a “new normal” in less than a year, the Covid-19 pandemic has created a tipping point for what white-collar workers expect of the future digital office, according to new research from Ericsson IndustryLab.

Aiming to investigate the likely landscape of the workplace in 2030, The dematerialised office study sought insights about the sentiments and expectations of white-collar employees. It canvassed the views of 8,400 white-collar workers who are early adopters of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) or virtual assistants from 16 countries, representing about 133 million people, to gather their expectations about the future workplace.

It was also a follow-up to the December 2019 Internet of senses study, which explored the shift from a screen-based internet connectivity to an immersive experience resulting from people’s senses being connected in everyday life. The latest study brought the internet

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Germany probes Amazon and Apple over "brandgating", an Amazon practice that removes independent sellers of branded products from companies like Apple (Karin Matussek/Bloomberg)

Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:

Germany probes Amazon and Apple over “brandgating”, an Amazon practice that removes independent sellers of branded products from companies like Apple  —  – Federal Cartel Office investigates brand-product agreements  — Banning other brand product sellers may violate antitrust law… Read More

Beyond passwords: How to use multi-factor authentication – aka 2FA – to improve your security

You are one data breach away from having your entire online life turned upside down. The problem is passwords, which are hopelessly fragile ways to secure valuable resources.

Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the belief that creating a longer, more complex, harder-to-guess password will somehow make you safer online. You can create a password that is so long and complex it takes you five minutes to type, and it will do nothing to protect you if the service where you use that password stores it improperly and then has their server breached. It regularly happens.

And even with reasonable policies in place (complexity, changed regularly, not reused), people are still the weakest link in the security chain. Social engineering can convince even intelligent people to enter their credentials on a phishing site or give them up over the phone.

The solution is two-factor authentication, or

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Adobe launches Google Assistant integration with Adobe XD

Adobe on Wednesday announced the launch the Google Assistant Preview plugin for Adobe XD, its user experience design platform. The integration is meant to make it easier for designers to export and preview Adobe XD voice prototypes to Google Assistant devices, such as phones, smart speakers and smart TVs.

Using voice commands, designers can ask a Google Assistant device to talk to Adobe XD, which will provide them access to their Adobe XD prototype through their Creative Cloud account. Designers can then interact with their prototypes on a voice device to test the user experience and enable rapid iteration on designs, Adobe said.

The Google Assistant integration follows Adobe’s Amazon Alexa XD integration that was released in July 2019, which allowed designers to preview voice designs on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. Adobe’s bet for its software is that designers will mix voice technology with other interfaces. Voice technologies could be a

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