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Cyber Attacks On America: Hackers Use OS & Apps to Launch Attacks

Cyber Attacks On America: Hackers Use OS & Apps to Launch Attacks

In this special CyberTalk TV episode, China In Focus sat down with TechTalk Summit's Rex M. Lee, cybersecurity adviser.  He helps shed light on cyberattacks on America from nation-state hackers, how they affect us in our daily lives, and what can be done to stop them.

Lee notes how adversarial countries can get in is through intrusive apps and operating systems: “You have to look at an app as legal malware. And that’s the best way you can describe apps today. An app—whether it’s a social media app developed by Bytedance (China), such as TikTok, or Facebook, or Instagram—any of these apps, they are basically legal malware that enable the developer to monitor, track, and data mine the end user for financial gain 24 by seven, 365 days a year.”

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The Intel IDC Tour and Effectively Correcting an Expensive Misconception

The Intel IDC Tour and Effectively Correcting an Expensive Misconception

By Rob Enderle September 16, 2022

Often people tend to put Intel’s competitors into the same class as Intel and, increasingly, that is a mistake. I was reminded of that this week when I toured IDC Israel Development Center (IDC) Intel's and FABs. It reminds me of touring Panasonic’s hardened factory and then touring what was represented as a comparable effort by Panasonic’s most powerful competitor. Panasonic’s capability was more comprehensive and not only larger and far better equipped, but it also made the competitor’s effort look like the difference between Mercedes-Benz building a car and some guy building a kit car in his garage. But Panasonic didn’t market that difference so the competitor, which was cheaper, more powerful and far better penetrated into the segment effectively outperformed Panasonic in a market where Panasonic should have been preeminent.

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Targus Wireless Folding Keyboard and Targus AMB581 Compact Multi-Device Mouse Reviews: A Compact Antimicrobial Travel One-Two Punch

At the height of Covid, before we really knew how it was transmitted, many tech companies reacted with antimicrobial offerings. Global accessory maker Targus started a line that included the mouse and the keyboard reviewed here. While transmission of Covid from hard surfaces ended as a rare transmission method, other bacteria and viruses, however, do travel that way. Many times, I have come home with CES and Comic-Con “crud” long before Covid-19, mostly from a lapse in hygiene after a day of touching well-touched escalator handrails.

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Tech-based Hybrid Warfare Waged by Adversarial Countries: Threats Posed by Intrusive Apps

Adversarial countries, including nation-state hackers, are waging unrestricted Tech-based Hybrid Warfare against the free world using intrusive apps that support smartphones, tablet PCs, and connected products supported by the Android OS, Apple iOS, and Microsoft Windows OS.

Learn how nation-state actors can use intrusive apps to surveil end users while data mining end users 24x7/365 days per year by way of apps that support connected products and services manufactured/developed in China

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Clicking on “I Agree”: Why App Terms of Use Are A Privacy & Cybersecurity Threat!

Have you ever wondered what you are agreeing to when you click on "I Agree" to Accept The Terms & Conditions that support apps & platforms developed by Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and other Developers? Tech Industry Insider Rex M. Lee exposes potentially illegal business practices associated with intrusive, addictive, & harmful apps supported by predatory & exploitive terms & conditions. 

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IBM Goes Back To The Future With I System As-A-Service

IBM has just announced its IBM i System Subscription solution which has the economic benefits of a cloud service but still provides the security and peace-of-mind benefits of an on-premises solution. 

Can you have your cake and eat it, too? With this service, IBM appears to be saying yes. Let me explain.

– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group

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“Clicking on I Agree”: Cybersecurity, Privacy & Safety Threats Associated with Accepting App Terms of Use 

Ever wonder what you are accepting when you click on “I Agree” to accept the collective terms of use that support popular operating systems (OSs), apps, and social media platforms?

You will be shocked to know that popular OSs, apps, and social media platforms are supported by predatory terms of use enabling all developers concerned, including those from China and Russia, to surveil and data mine their end users for profits 24x7/365 days per year. The surveillance and data mining comes at the expense of the end user’s privacy, cybersecurity, and safety since most apps and social media platforms are intentionally developed to be highly addictive in order for the developer to exploit the end user for profits according to the Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma”.

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Crimes of Surveillance Capitalism- Addictive ‘Brain Hijacking’ Methods of Social Media Platforms Harmful to Users

CrossRoad's host Joshua Phillip Interviews Cybersecurity and Privacy Advisor, Rex M. Lee of CyberTalk TV regarding "Brain Hijacking" technologies associated with intrusive, addictive, and dangerous apps and social media platforms developed by Silicon Valley Tech Giants.  Aside from posing massive cybersecurity and privacy threats to end users, including business end users, these intrusive apps pose numerous safety threats to end users, especially teens and children.

Every social media user, especially parents, should watch the interview and read the article.

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Digital Transformation Failures Part 4: Faith, Cliches, and Other Mistakes

Regardless of how you arrived at an interest in Digital Transformation, this series has focused on fundamental issues facing those seeking to deliver digital solutions for customers and for the business. They maintain value no matter the name associated with the change. Holding too tightly to plans in a changing world, adopting cliches, and not realizing the value of story in selling an idea can be applied to many aspects of life because, in the end, we are all transforming all of the time, and these lessons can help make transitions from one state to another more enjoyable, more meaningful, and less stressful.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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The American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition: Taking Advantage Of The Chips And Science Act

The US Chips and Science Act took over a year of negotiations to pass and contain provisions that supply around $11B in semiconductor research and development. To begin to make use of this money, over 100 companies in the technology sector have come together to form the ASIC (American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition). This is a broad effort to help address the dire situation the U.S. Semiconductor industry is in because of the pandemic, Ukraine War, and China’s increasing hostility toward Taiwan. Let’s talk about ASIC this week.

– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group

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Digital Transformation Failures Part 3: Giving In to Distraction

A workday easily fills with distractions. A week, a month. Add up the distractions, and a lot happens when you aren’t paying attention. If you are working on a digital transformation project, losing focus equates to delaying value realization. In this article, Dan Rasmus explores four topics that offer insight into common distractions that may result in the failure of a transformation initiative.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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The Need For A Top Down Enterprise Security Strategy

Existential Threats Posed by Connected Technology -- Leaky Operating Systems & Intrusive Apps

In today’s connected world, operating systems and apps are designed to enable the OS and app developer, including those from adversarial countries, to monitor, track and data-mine the end user for financial gain, posing numerous cybersecurity and privacy threats to the end user, including the end user’s employer.

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Top Five Best Practices When Planning and Executing an Analyst Event

Years ago, while working at Giga Information Group, several analysts got together and created a service we loosely referred to as “events,” and then wrote about what we had captured as best practices over the years. With companies now going back to having in-person analyst events, I thought it would be handy to cover some of those best practices again to help companies improve the quality of their events.

– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group

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Tech-Based Hybrid Warfare: The Need for Endpoint Cybersecurity

Threats posed by nation-state hackers and intrusive apps are a result of “tech-based hybrid warfare” being waged by China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and other bad actors worldwide who are exploiting vulnerabilities within operating systems and popular apps that are distributed by Google, Apple, & Microsoft.

– By Rex M. Lee

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Digital Transformation Failures Part 2: Over-promising and Recognizing Limitations

The rapid pace of change. Velocity. Many use those terms to describe what everything about business feels like today. Despite the global pandemic slowing down parts of the economy, the transformation to digital seems all the more obvious and more critical. The time to wait is over, and now is the time to act. While engaging in digital transformation quickly and with purpose is absolutely necessary for most businesses, doing so with overly rosy expectations of express returns and swift transformations might prove more the first step toward failure than the first step toward success.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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Digital Transformation Failures Part 1: Not Preparing Properly

Digital transformation is a business strategy. It is not innovative. Many organizations already operate as digital businesses. Most organizations migrating to a digital strategy do so to catch up with their peers. Businesses that do not adopt the latest technology will become less relevant over time as consumer and business-to-business markets move to digital engagement models.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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Opportunity knocks for Europe’s digital consumer: Digital trends show big gains and new opportunities

Despite still high digital adoption rates, our latest Digital Sentiment Survey finds that consumers are uncertain about the future. But clear opportunities for digital growth exist for companies that know where to look.

- Neira Hajro, Klemens Hjartar, Paul Jenkins, and Benjamim Vieria 

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The CIO Role: What Type of CIO Do You Want To Be?

Analysts like to categorize. As reported in a 2016 Wall Street Journal article, Korn/Ferry categorized CIOs into four groups: Commercial, Transformational, Innovative, and Technology-oriented. I think those categories have dated. But more importantly, CIOs are not defined as much by their traits as by their circumstances. In an ideal model, perhaps every role in every company perfectly aligns skills, proclivities, personality, and aspirations to the work. But ideal models don’t exist. 

Let's dive into what type of CIO you want to be…

– Dan Rasmus, Serious Insights

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WWDC 2022: Important Announcements from Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference

Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference, WWDC 2022 announced several updates to chips, devices, and all of the operating systems. We explore the more important announcements below and analyze their impact on users and the market.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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NVIDIA HPC and the State of Supercomputing’s Advancements to Come

Let’s talk about how HPC and supercomputing are changing and how NVIDIA’s efforts are functioning to create a better world. This is all from Ian Buck’s (VP and GM of NVIDIA’s Accelerated Computing) keynote at ISC22.

– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group

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TripIt Pro and TripIt Review: One Essential App to Rule All Your Travel Info

I received an evaluation copy of TripIt Pro several months ago. Unfortunately, I had to cancel the first trip after that. And the one after that as well. But I have had time to explore the latest version of TripIt Pro, which now sits ready to support a trip in July 2022. Earlier versions of the service proved valuable in trips across the globe. TripIt offers value before trips and during them. The services insights help subscribers realize how many adventures they have shared. A free version will serve for most, while a Pro version at $49 will likely find more than one way to pay for itself.

– Dan W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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The New Microsoft Store for Windows: Putting the Charges Where the Value Resides

There have been a lot of discussions about bad store practices of late in which Apple ends up consistently in the hot seat for overcharging for services that are provided by the application developer, not Apple … In contrast, Microsoft has announced it will charge if you use Microsoft’s more reasonable financial services but, if you choose to implement a store from inside your app, you can do that for free. Thus, with Microsoft, you pay for the service you get and, as is generally the case in the real world, if you do it yourself, you don’t have to pay a “tax” to anyone for that privilege.

Let’s talk about the difference between Microsoft and Apple’s market approach in the context of this, admittedly, rather obvious better approach to building revenue.

– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group

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How CIOs Become Influencers: Moving from Policy to Persuasion

Doesn’t IT own the policies around which technologies and systems get deployed? Not always. If your organization does, then this post may not be relevant to you. If your organization delegates authority to lines of business and business units for non-centralized IT, then you will want to read on.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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Cisco, HP and Dell Chasing the Huge 360 Ecosystem Goal with Complimentary Tactics

Cisco had an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) event this week and one of their practices, focused on creating a 360 Ecosystem, is in sharp contrast to Dell’s Concept Luna in terms of approach. But the two approaches aren’t contradictory and could be layered to create an even more sustainable effort from both firms. Cisco is arguably the leader in ESG across the segment largely because they are, as a company, the most focused on making progress on a variety of fronts including homelessness and working with governments at scale to improve communications and governance strength.

Let’s explore that this week.

– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group

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The Metaverse Is Moving To The Cloud

The metaverse arms race is really picking up speed and new announcements are being made all the time. The most recent development is the coming together of two great tech worlds: the Metaverse and the cloud. That’s because of tech company Nvidia, which has led the switch to move its metaverse over to the cloud, where it can be more easily accessed. The question remains: will the rest of the metaverse do the same?

– TGDaily

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Digital Transformation: 4 Critical To-Dos for Navigating Change

Digital transformation isn’t a project. It isn’t just a concept either. Digital transformation is the foundational act of IT. All other activity stems from the ongoing shifts in technology, policy, and practice. This post offers 4 to-dos that don’t appear on most CIO to-do lists, at least not yet.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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GravaStar Sirius Pro Review: True Wireless Earbuds Ready To Do Battle

Want to show off with the coolest looking earbuds around? Read Serious Insights’ latest earbud review to see if the sound from these new GravaStar Sci-Fi-inspired earbuds lives up to their looks. 

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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The Interesting Importance Of The AMD/Mercedes F1 Partnership

AMD and Mercedes may be one of the most powerful and interesting technology racing partnerships currently in existence. AMD had a prior partnership with Ferrari, but it seemed to be more of a marketing relationship than an operational one. This time, the AMD relationship highlights one of the market advantages in terms of server performance, making it more powerful than the earlier effort. It showcases how these things both should and should not, be done.  

Let’s talk about AMD, F1 racing, and Ferrari this week.

– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group

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With the Acquisition of Poly HP May Have Cornered the Market on Hybrid Collaboration

HP was once one of the leading innovators in high-end video conferencing and collaboration with its Halo video conferencing effort. It was the first to wed high resolution video conferencing to a service that could link two sites at opposite ends of the world in a seamless experience. However, it failed and was sold to Polycom. Polycom was acquired by Plantronics, which had also been developing market-leading sound solutions for video conferencing rooms. Now, HP has acquired the combined entity which had been renamed Poly.

– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group

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Serious Insights Buyers Guide: How to Choose a USB-C Dock

The landscape of docking stations has changed significantly over the last several years. USB-C docks now predominate for laptops and desktop computers. This post from Serious Insights offers guidance on what features to look for and how to choose a USB-C dock.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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What Tech Execs Can Learn At Comic-Con

Comic-Cons return in 2022 with a vengeance. In 2021 some cons wandered into the tepid social waters of a Covid world with their few celebrity guests sequestered behind negative test paywalls for photos and autographs. The large stages were dark, and the cheering crowds murmured behind masks as they wandered the greatly diminished show floors.

But the biggest of cons returns full steam on July 21-24, 2022, after its abbreviated Thanksgiving 2021 outing. Comic-Con International in San Diego is back, and with it, the opportunity for tech professionals to learn from the event in ways they might not consider.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Review: A Great Convertible Companion for Mobile Work

Microsoft hasn’t cornered the PC business tablet market with it's Surface line. The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable combines Lenovo design excellence with several innovations and makes for a great computing experience. The thin, light, solid performer should be considered by anyone looking for a Windows computer, but who also wants the flexibility of a tablet that actually performs and behaves like a tablet.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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An Interview with OWC CEO Larry O’Connor on Innovation and Customer Centricity

Anybody who owns a Macintosh knows the name OWC, or their longer moniker, Other World Computing. Found in 1994 by Larry O’Conner, OWC is a premier maker of Macintosh storage and connectivity peripherals, drivers, and other accessories. The company enterprise-level hardware to those looking to maximize quality and performance in areas like multimedia editing. Dan had the opportunity to talk with Larry last week about innovation. His insights offer food for thought to entrepreneurs, technology leaders, and fellow CEOs.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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Still That City by the Bay

The home of Sam Spade, Frank Bullitt, and Harry Callahan, San Francisco is engrained in my mind as a town of hard-boiled private eyes and no-nonsense detectives. That’s probably about as far away from the city’s current vibe as can be, but I’m still a sucker for Bogart’s cadence, McQueen’s mastery of a Mustang, and Eastwood’s legendary question, about how lucky you feel. Now while I didn’t burn rubber up and down the embarcadero, I made sure I put some miles on the soles of my shoes in a city I was inexcusably unfamiliar with, and of course that meant hitting a few local watering holes and culinary gems. 

– Richard Healy

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The Top 5 Takeaways from Enterprise Connect 2022

Orlando, FL hosted Enterprise Connect March 21-24 as an in-person and hybrid experience. Dan talked with vendors and sat through sessions to come up with his The Top 5 Takeaways from Enterprise Connect 2022, which include too much innovation, shared canvases, employ control, AI, and the metaverse.

By Daniel W. Rasmus

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12 Hybrid Work Fears Managers Must Face

The return to offices has forced many managers to confront new team dynamics in meetings with some staff joining in shared spaces while others remain virtual. That’s not the only fear created by returns to the office. Daniel W. Rasmus identified 12 Hybrid Work Fears Managers Must Face as the next reality. He looks at planning, motivation, finding time to reflect, how to innovate and other challenges that all of us will likely face at one time or another over the next several months.

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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Ten Things No One Tells You About Your First 60 Days as CIO

There are many lists that recommend what a new CIO should do within the first 100 days. Dan has read many of them and discovered gaps in the advice. His article, Ten Things No One Tells You About Your First 60 Days as CIO looks not at the first 100 days, but the first 60—and really the first 30. CIOs know they don’t have as much runway as pundits give them. Dan hones back the advice to critical items that others gloss over or miss. Read Dan’s candid, challenging advisory article here and engage with him in the article’s comments section. 

– Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights

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IBM’s Hybrid Cloud, AI, and Fixing the Document Classification and Protection Problem

Last week I attended the IBM event with Fast Company on its hybrid cloud solutions. IBM is unique in that it often populates events like this with customers who talk about how IBM’s solutions are used rather than the far less interesting performance metrics of new hardware, software, or networking solutions. This use of customers to create content is far more compelling than the usual vendor talking head, and, in terms of credibility, people who use a technology are far more credible than those who sell it. In short, IBM’s use of customers to tell the story has for some time been a best practice.

– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group

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GTC 2022 Where You’ll See the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

Next week is NVIDIA’s big GTC event, and there will be a ton of content on AI, the metaverse, digital twins, simulations, graphics, and super-computing. It is also the definitive event on autonomous vehicles and robotics, and this is all happening during the Russian attack on the Ukraine which provides an interesting and troubling context to the future of safe driving. I’m specifically talking about the ability to avoid accidents and hostile areas even if you are out of range of a wireless network or that network is no longer functioning.  

– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group

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TechTalk Summits + The Enderle Group

TechTalk Summits is proud to announce our partnership with The Enderle Group. The Enderle Group provides an unparalleled look inside breaking technology events to identify the core reasons that buyers and builders of technology should care. Rob Enderle will be providing dedicated content to TechTalk Summit clients.

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TechTalk Summits + Serious Insights

TechTalk Summits is pleased to be working with Serious Insights to bring thought leadership content to our clients. Founder Daniel W. Rasmus is the former head of thought leadership marketing for Microsoft Office and was a Vice President of Research at Forrester Research.

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New York City: Irish Whiskey, Guiness Gold and …Pig's Ears

New York City, the culinary beating heart of the US of A. My favorite city. The city of constant hustle, attitude, and grit. If someone outside of this country asked me to see a picture of America, I’d show them a picture of New York. The Ear Inn is the oldest bar in NYC and they’ve been filling glasses since 1817, even during prohibition. Located inside the historic James Brown house built in 1770, this is always my first stop in the city.  

Richard Healy

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The Windy City – Unapologetic Mecca of Food & Music

It is impossible not to be impressed by Chicago. That skyline flirting with the edge of Lake Michigan never gets old. The unmistakable rattle of the L weaving through skyscrapers, like the blood flowing through the veins of this truly great, tough metropolis. Chicago doesn’t apologize for what it is. Chicago doesn’t have to. 

Richard Healy

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Baltimore-DC Beltway Conundrum

Forgive me for lumping both cities together, neither one deserves that. My time in Baltimore was so short that I only had half a night to really see the city. I did have some crab cakes, but I feel like that they were a tad phony. Perhaps I just don’t understand the crab cake attraction. Most likely I just haven’t had them at the right place. Well, I’ll have to remedy that next time I’m in Baltimore. 

– Richard Healy

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Toronto- Considering Canada

Canada, the country closest and yet more alien to me than some an ocean away. I know nothing about Canada and that is entirely my fault. Toronto is just about an hour flight and yet I had never thought once about heading north. Perhaps that’s solely on me, perhaps it’s an American notion to not give our northern neighbors a thought when it comes to international travel. I dropped in midday on a Thursday for a brief trip… 

Richard Healy

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TECHTALK SUMMITS ADDS ASEAN+ AND DUAL LANGUAGE EVENTS TO ITS ROSTER

Virtual Events Reach Southeast Asia and India Audiences, Spanish Speaking IT Professionals

Boston, MA, Nov. 5, 2020 – TechTalk Summits today announced it has again expanded its roster of events for IT professionals and executives into Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries plus India. Prompted by the increased growth and popularity of virtual events, the company also debuted its first dual language event for Spanish-speaking technology teams.

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TECHTALK SUMMITS ADDS IDC AS STRATEGIC RESEARCH PARTNER FOR VIRTUAL EVENT SERIES

New Format to Feature Analyst Research for Attendee Executive Tech Professionals

Boston, MA, Aug. 5, 2020 – TechTalk Summits today announced the addition of the Commercial IT Analyst Series to its expanding roster of events for IT professionals and executives.

IDC has responded to the challenges of the recent pandemic and its associated costs on the global business market with comprehensive research on strategic technology decisions that will flatten the curve toward recovery.

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