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How ‘Find My’ Mac works in macOS Catalina and iOS 13

Apple is changing how its Find My Mac tool works in macOS Catalina and iOS – it will now use Bluetooth and should find your Mac even when it is asleep.

How does ‘Find My’ Mac work?

Apple is combining two apps – Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into a new ‘Find My’ app.

The combined app offers what we are used to from each one of these individual apps, but introduces new tools based on Bluetooth.

The ideas is that it will use low energy Bluetooth signals to help bring people together with lost things.

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Tech event calendar 2019: Upcoming shows, conferences and IT expos

Tech Events

Event Description Starts Ends Location
Running Remote Running Remote is aimed at offering smart, actionable strategy and tactics to help businesses build and scale frontline or remote worker teams. 2019-06-29 2019-06-30 Bali, Indonesia
Microsoft Inspire Microsoft’s partner-centric tech conference. 2019-07-14 2019-07-18 Las Vegas, NV
FutureIT FutureIT is a one-day regional event series that delivers an in-depth look at the evolving digital enterprise, with a focus on topics such as IoT, AI, Edge computing, analytics and digital transformation. 2019-07-18 2019-07-18 Dallas, TX
Voice Summit 2019 This event bills itself as “the world’s largest voice-tech conference, attracting 5,000+ developers, conversational designers, startups, brands, agencies and executives at the forefront of the voice-first era. 2019-07-22 2019-07-25 Newark, NJ
Black Hat USA Four days of hands-on security training followed by the two-day main conference covering the information security research, development and trends. 2019-08-03 2019-08-08 Las Vegas, NV
CIO 100 This event (and awards ceremony) allows CIOs and IT leaders from various industries to meet, share ideas and strategy and prepare for future business growth. 2019-08-19 2019-08-21 Colorado Springs, CO
IFA⁺ Summit 2019 The IFA⁺ Summit 2019 aims to highlight creative visionaries, disruptive ideas and entertainment in a data-scripted world. 2019-09-08 2019-09-09 Berlin, Germany
Acronis Global Cyber Summit The Summit allows attendees to meet with Acronis execs, partners and customers and offers technical breakouts focused on security innovation, forward-looking keynotes, and time to network directly with data security experts, industry leaders and company insiders. 2019-10-13 2019-10-16 Miami Beach, FL
Info-Tech’s Leadership Training – Women in IT This event is designed for women in IT with a focus on improved people management, performance, and leadership decision making. 2019-10-21 2019-10-25 Toronto, Canada
MWC Americas MWC Americas focuses on how mobile is changing the world, with a look at areas such as innovation, policy, networks, media and entertainment and the coming “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” 2019-10-22 2019-10-24 Los Angeles, CA
GOTO Berlin 2019 This software development conference is designed for developers, team leads, architects, and project managers. 2019-10-23 2019-10-25 Berlin, Germany
Microsoft Ignite Ignite 2019 offers insights and skills from tech leaders and professionals in a variety of IT areas, including cloud, data, BI, collaboration and productivity. 2019-11-04 2019-11-08 Orlando, FL
Spinnaker Summit This event is geared for users of Spinnaker, the open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform for releasing software changes. 2019-11-16 2019-11-17 San Diego, CA
GOTO
Copenhagen 2019
This software development conference is designed for developers, team leads, architects, and project managers. 2019-11-18 2019-11-20 Copenhagen, Denmark
Dreamforce Annual conference for Salesforce customers, featuring keynotes, training, certification opportunities, hands-on demos, and more. 2019-11-19 2019-11-22 San Francisco, CA
Info-Tech LIVE Las Vegas Aimed at IT execs looking to improve business and IT alignment throughout their organizations. 2019-11-19 2019-11-21 Las Vegas, NV
Agenda 20 This leadership conference for business and IT leaders focuses on the ever-changing tech landscape with a eye on innovation that delivers results. 2020-03-23 2020-03-25 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
CSO 50 This event and awards ceremony is designed to showcase innovative IT security solutions and projects across a wide range of industries and companies. 2020-04-27 2020-04-29 Scottsdale, AZ
Google I/O Google’s annual developer conference offers in-depth sessions on the company’s latest developer tools and provides a sneak peek at upcoming products. NA NA Mountain View, CA

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IDG Contributor Network: Cisco’s Webex future: they got it right this time

[Disclosure: Cisco is a client of the author.] 

To say I’m not a fan of Cisco’s Webex platform would be a huge understatement. But every platform out their sucks in some way with the current darling in market likely being Zoom.

So, it was with some surprise that, as I watched Amy Chang present in San Diego on the near-term future of Webex, I actually stopped doing email and was pulled into what she was saying and concluded “damn, she gets it.”

I’ve been involved in this space since the late 1980s and I’ve seen a ton of firms screw up, from IBM to Google. Every decade or so the industry gets excited about collaboration/video conferencing…and then loses its shirt. Largely because it doesn’t get that it isn’t about speeds and feeds, processors, closed systems or even platforms. It’s about communications, interoperation, simplicity and making it so someone working remotely isn’t disadvantaged.

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IDG Contributor Network: Cisco’s WebEx future: they got it right this time

[Disclosure: Cisco is a client of the author.] 

To say I’m not a fan of Cisco’s WebEx platform would be a huge understatement. But every platform out their sucks in some way with the current darling in market likely being Zoom.

So, it was with some surprise that, as I watched Amy Chang present in San Diego on the near-term future of WebEx, I actually stopped doing email and was pulled into what she was saying and concluded “damn, she gets it.”

I’ve been involved in this space since the late 1980s and I’ve seen a ton of firms screw up, from IBM to Google. Every decade or so the industry gets excited about collaboration/video conferencing…and then loses its shirt. Largely because it doesn’t get that it isn’t about speeds and feeds, processors, closed systems or even platforms. It’s about communications, interoperation, simplicity and making it so someone working remotely isn’t disadvantaged.

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Seasonal affective disorder

It’s 1984, and pilot fish’s software development unit is getting ready to move into brand-new quarters in a building that’s still under construction. Electricians are already installing the power and telephone wiring for all of the offices and cubicles, so it’s decided to have them install the Ethernet cabling as well.

It being the ’80s (which someone cleverly has dubbed “The LAN Before Time”), the workstations on every desk will have to be networked together using 10Base5 Ethernet — the original thick Ethernet. The backbone bus is made of thick, stiff, shielded coaxial cable. One cable will run the length of the office, a couple of hundred feet, with a few dozen transceivers about every 10 to 15 feet. The transceivers will be in sealed black boxes about the size of a VHS tape cassette (again, the ’80s!), with a type N screw-on coax connector on each end and a 15-pin D connector for the drop cable that will connect to a computer.

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