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  • Aryaka, 8×8 enhance enterprise communications across managed SD-WAN

    End-to-end managed SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) firm Aryaka has announced a global technology partnership with integrated cloud communications platform provider 8×8. They aim to tap into a growing online digital business world that is supporting huge growth in remote working.

    The partnership is designed to enable organisations to enhance cloud communications performance across the WAN for improved employee productivity and customer experience, which, says Aryaka, is even more important in the current dynamic work-from-anywhere environment.

    This was highlighted in Aryaka’s recent fourth annual global State of the WAN report, which found that as the number of remote workers

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  • Facebook iOS SDK flaw linked to onset of Spotify app outage blighting Apple device users

    Facebook has confirmed it is investigating a fault within its iOS Software Development Kit (SDK), which is understood to have left iPhone users across Europe unable to access a number of popular apps.

    A brief post on the Facebook for Developers website states the firm is “aware and investigating an increase in errors on the iOS SDK which is causing some apps to crash”.

    The Facebook Software Development Kit (SDK) is known to be relied upon by multiple firms so users can access apps using their Facebook login credentials.

    Concurrently, there are numerous reports on social media from Apple device

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  • Toyota’s Melody Ayeli on the significant role of ITAM

    Given that few IT departments are in a position to start afresh with brand new technology, they invariably have to deal with a long tail of legacy IT and contracts, some of which may be many years old and out of date.

    Often, these systems and the software and hardware contracts underpinning them, were developed to support business needs that no longer exist. For Melody Ayeli, chief product owner, head of IT asset and configuration management, at Toyota North America, getting a grip on these software and hardware assets is the first step in any IT modernisation programme. 

    Ayeli, who

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  • Orange, Nokia claim first successful trial of next-gen optical technology

    Orange and Nokia have successfully completed a significant trial testing fifth-generation photonic service engine (PSE-V) chipsets over a live transmission on the operator’s pan-European network.

    The technology is designed to triple the total transported capacity on long-haul links and reduce energy consumption by 50%, thanks to the performance leap offered by probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS), while using what Orange says is the existing “highly flexible and future proof” infrastructure.

    The PSE-V new-generation components also require less active equipment end to end. This promises enhanced reliability of long-haul networks, and quality of service thanks to more robust algorithms and the

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  • NHS North West London boosts analytics use during Covid-19 outbreak

    A collaboration of NHS hospitals and health organisations in London is enhancing the use of data analytics to improve their response to the coronavirus.

    The North West London (NWL) partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups comprises of more than 30 NHS bodies that provide health and care services across eight boroughs in the capital.

    The collaboration also has more than 400 GP practices, 10 hospitals, and four mental health and community health trusts, and is the largest sustainability and transformation partnership in the country, with data projects being an important part of the ongoing initiatives.

    When Covid-19 struck, the NWL health

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  • How business software can stay clear of digital addiction

    It isn’t hard to find apparent evidence of addiction to digital technology. British adults check their smartphone devices every 12 minutes when awake, according to UK media regulator Ofcom’s 2019 Online nation report.

    Meanwhile, interviews with 2,200 five to 16 year olds by British market researcher Childwise found that 44% feel uncomfortable if they are without a phone signal and 57% always have their phones beside their beds.

    Technologists such as Tristan Harris, who used to work as a design ethicist for Google, argue that smartphones and other digital services are addictive, shortening attention spans and polarising society.

    His

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