Earlier this month, IFTTT (If This Then That) changed its automation platform into a more sophisticated tool. Rather than using one-dimensional "recipes" that trigger actions when certain conditions are met, the company launched something entirely new called "applets." The new applets allow users to create multiple actions from a single condition and filter conditions. In short, it makes it easier to create complicated conditional statements.
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Australian companies are the slowest in paying overdue bills; the average time for local businesses to pay outstanding invoices is 26.4 days after they are overdue, according to research by MarketInvoice. Based on a new survey by one of the world's largest credit insurers Atradius, it seems that Australian ICT companies are the worst offenders when it comes to late business-to-business (B2B) payments.
Despite Microsoft's best efforts to move everybody onto Windows 10, Windows 7 is still the company's most popular operating system. Microsoft stopped selling consumer editions of Windows 7 two years ago but kept the professional version going so original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like HP, Lenovo and Dell could keep pre-installing them on their PCs. Now Microsoft has finally stopped selling Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 licences. Here's what you need to know.
Updated 27/10/16: Last week, a nine-year old bug was uncovered in the Linux kernel that can give attackers root-level access to machines running the Linux operating system. Because the vulnerability is related to how the kernel handles copy-on-write memory, it has been dubbed 'Dirty COW'. The security flaw exists on every distribution of the operating system. Devices that use Android, which is based on Linux, are also affected. If you're running a Linux-based server or using an Android phone, here's how you can protect yourself against Dirty COW.
Microsoft has now made its Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 generally available. The operating system and the software suite cater to hybrid cloud datacentres. Both offerings intend to bring "cloud-born technologies to the traditional datacentre" so IT administrators can make the most of existing resources. Here's what you need to know about the features and pricing for the two offerings.
Since launching in 2009, GitHub has become the biggest Git repository hosting service in the world and is used by millions of individuals and businesses to manage software projects. It has also become a playground for open-source software projects that often involve a large number of contributors. When there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen, it can become chaotic and scare off beginners. If you are a software developer that's ready to enter the GitHub fray, we have some advice on what to do — and what not to do — when you're contributing to a project in a Git repository.
In June, Microsoft ran its own test that showed Edge browser consumed less power on a laptop than Chrome, which came in at last place. Google isn't going to take it laying down, firing back with its own tests to prove that Chrome isn't the battery draining browser that Microsoft makes it out to be. You can see the results here.
Earlier this year, Microsoft toyed with the idea of buying work messenger app Slack for US$8 billion. Now it's working on a Slack competitor based on its very own Skype brand. Here are the details.
There is a website I used to visit on a daily basis that has recently adopted pop-up ads and when they're displayed on the mobile phone, it cripples my ability to view the main content. How I hate pop-up ads. Google seems to understand my consternation because it has just announced that websites with intrusive pop-up advertising will be demoted in its search engine rankings. Here's what you need to know.
In late 2012, Apple came out with its own navigation app: Apple Maps. The company used it to replace Google Maps on its iOS devices. Unfortunately, Apple Maps paled in comparison to Google Maps and was heavily criticised when it was first launched. Apple CEO Tim Cook reflected on how the company dealt with the Apple Maps mistake and what other big businesses can learn from it.
A lot of stress is placed on the importance of science and technology skills for innovation in Australian enterprise and education. Innovation actually demands a cross-range of technical and non-technical skills, even more so in an age where the value of tech skills are diminished by the sheer number of people who posses them, a new report has found.
It's been years in the making but Microsoft has finally released its open source .NET Core, essentially a stripped down version of the company's full blown .NET Framework that is used to create mobile, desktop and web applications for Windows machines. .NET Core, however, is cross platform, available on Windows, OSX and Linux, making it easier for developers to use .NET for apps on different devices. This is a big deal for .NET and Microsoft as a company as it continues fly the flag for open source. Here's what you need to know.
Both Apple and Google use their developer conferences to introduce updates to their mobile operating systems. Google IO, held last month, introduced Google's latest version “N” of Android, along with new apps. Apple has done the same this week at its World Wide Developer Conference, introducing iOS 10.
While both Apple and Google are likely to be monitoring each others’ releases to stay competitive, there is a big difference underlying the Android and iOS approaches to feature development that means their respective focus will also differ. Read on to find out more.
There are a lot of programmers out there who are self-taught and even the ones that have had formal training may not have considered the importance of having effective workflow patterns to make the most of their skills and time. Facebook' technical coach Kent Beck has some advice to share on how to develop workflow patterns that may help you on journey as a programmer or developer.
By now you would have heard that Microsoft has upped the ante on moving Windows 7 and 8 users over to Windows 10. It had already been quite aggressive in doing so before through pop-up notifications that refused to die. Microsoft may have gone too far this time, employing malware-like methods that trick people into upgrading to Windows 10. I already know a few people who have fallen victim to the company's latest tactics. If you are one of those people and really abhor the new operating system, there are a few things you can do that don't involve purging your PC and starting anew.
Stock photos provider Shutterstock has used machine-learning to give iPhone users an easier way to find the images they want without trawling through every single picture in the company's catalogue. iOS users can now simply take a photo and use that instead of keywords to look for images on Shutterstock. Considering the company has around 80 million pictures on file, the new feature will definitely come in handy for mobile users.
Workforces are becoming more mobile as technology unshackles employees from their desks. As such, workers' expectations on what mobile technology can deliver has changed. Organisations need to factor this change into their decision-making process when they look to deploy mobility solutions in their businesses, as Peter Poullin, CMO of rugged tablets manufacturer Xplorer Technologies, highlighted at CeBIT 2016.
Just about anything can be an internet-of-things (IoT) device these days; even household appliances are able to connect to the internet. Vendors and their developers create mobile apps to communicate with and control IoT devices that interact with us on an intimate level. But often these apps provide the perfect gateway for attackers to intercept user data. We have some advice on how to create a secure IoT mobile app.