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