Microsoft crowdsourced QA, and look what we got

Will the next update to Windows 10, which should roll out in the next few weeks, be bug-free? That’s never a reasonable expectation, for Microsoft or any other software maker. Will it absolutely, positively not do something so horrendous to the world’s PCs that corporate productivity will be hampered? A …

Facebook’s Libra crypto backers step back amid regulatory pressure

Multi-national regulatory pushback against Facebook’s effort to create a cryptocurrency payment network is slowing the project and causing supporters such as Visa and Mastercard to back away, according to sources familiar with the situation and a published report. Along with the initial announcement of its Libra digital currency and Calibra …

Why blockchain, despite some early success, remains a corporate enigma

While blockchain is moving beyond pilot projects and proofs of concept testing in some industries, companies still struggle to justify development spending and continue to have concerns around security, interoperability, bandwidth and regulatory uncertainly. Earlier this month, research firm IDC published its semi-annual blockchain spending guide; it showed blockchain spending …

Deloitte launches ‘Blockchain in a Box’ hands-on demonstrator

Consultancy Deloitte this week unveiled a mobile, self-contained computing platform that can be used to host a blockchain network on a small-scale so companies can test its capabilities. Called “Blockchain in a Box” (BIAB), the platform consists of four, small-form-factor compute nodes, three video displays and networking components that can …

7 Quick Base tips and tricks

The low-code/no-code development platform Quick Base lets so-called citizen developers create applications and workflows for their teams and departments without needing the intervention of IT. Based on the structure of a database, as its name implies, the platform relies on fields, records, and reports to create, link, and manipulate sets …