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Red Hat boss on Linus Torvalds: ‘He’s changed the world’




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Red Hat CEO Paul Cormier has continued his regional virtual tour this week, sharing with media in the Asia Pacific region on Thursday his thoughts on what the work Linus Torvalds has done over the last 30 years means for the world.

“Oh, my gosh, where do you start?,” he began.

“I mean, he’s changed the world. Just his vision of an open operating system.”

It’s not just the operating system that came out of it, Cormier said.

“That was the very beginning. Even when we got started with Linux 20-plus years ago, it really wasn’t — it was for hobbyists, but what Linus did was really show the world that open was a better way to develop new innovation,” the CEO said. “And I think where Red Hat took it from there, from an enterprise perspective, we showed the world that we really could run critical enterprise workloads on open source-developed software.”

According to Cormier, Torvalds was undoubtedly the leader “out of the gate”, but Red Hat then “set loose” the innovation engine around Linux and open source.

“We would not have cloud computing, had it not been for Linux and open source, it was just too big of a problem for one company to solve,” he continued. “And that’s why it’s moving so fast right now, because where the best technology wins, you really take a lot of the one company blinders type of thing out of the picture here, and you just get so many minds on a problem.”

He said the best technology wins, which is why innovation is moving at such a rapid pace.

“Linus was really the person that opened the door for everything you’re seeing in cloud computing today, is how I would characterise it.”

Cormier was speaking as part of Red Hat Summit 2021, which has seen a slew of announcements made, including the arrival of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4.

The CEO has been touting the message that chief information officers will all have to be cloud operators in the future because these execs will be stitching together platforms to conduct business.

On Thursday, he added the belief that tech vendors should be looking to build their software on OpenShift, if they aren’t already.

“IBM made a bold decision. Even before the Red Hat acquisition, IBM had made a decision that they were going to move all of their software to be container-based,” he said. “They actually they had their own IBM container-based platform with their own Linux, but when we came in, they moved that out, and standardised everything on Red Hat OpenShift.”


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Google rolls out privacy update, new ML features for Google Analytics




Google on Thursday released an update for its measurement and analytics products, including a significant privacy update for Google Analytics. The company said the new capabilities stem from its investments in machine learning and modeling and are designed to help marketers operate without cookies and other identifiers on websites and apps.

In October, Google rolled out what it said was the biggest overhaul of Google Analytics in nearly a decade. The revamp ushered in new machine learning capabilities, unified app and web reporting, native integrations and privacy updates. 

This latest update builds on last year’s overhaul, with features aimed at helping the marketing industry evolve to new privacy expectations and shifts in consumer behavior. 

On the privacy front, Google said it will soon extend its advanced machine learning models to behavioral reporting in Analytics. For example, in User Acquisition reports, machine learning models will be able to fill any gaps in the numbers of new users a campaign has acquired. The idea is to enable marketers to track customer journeys without relying on cookies.

Google also said it has developed an additional privacy-minded way to help preserve accurate conversion measurement when cookies aren’t available. The company’s new enhanced conversions allow tags to use consented, first-party data to generate insights related to performance, like conversion lift, and to improve measurement in cases where an ad is viewed on one device and clicked through on another. Google said the data is hashed to guard user privacy and security. 

“Now’s the time to adopt new privacy-safe techniques to ensure your measurement remains accurate and actionable,” said Vidhya Srinivasan, VP of Engineering for Google Ads. “And while this can seem daunting, we’re here to help you succeed in a world with fewer cookies and other identifiers with new ways to respect user consent, measure conversions and unlock granular insights from your sites and apps.”

Google Analytics has been the industry standard web analytics tool since 2005. It doesn’t cost anything to sign up for and use the standard version of Google Analytics, which is ideal for individuals or small businesses. Larger enterprises can utilize Google Analytics 360, the premium version. 

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Two in three parents would quit their jobs without work from home flexibility




If you have experienced burnout since the pandemic hit, you are not alone. According to a recent study by Boulder, CO-based remote working jobs site FlexJobs, three in five (60%) parents with children aged 18 or younger have experienced stress and burnout.

FlexJobs surveyed over 1,100 parents with children 18 or younger living at home to find out what they want from their workplace post pandemic. The survey showed that during the pandemic working parents have found it difficult to create boundaries.

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Two in five (40%) found they were unable to unplug after work, one in four (26%) struggled with technology problems and 24% experienced video meeting fatigue.

One in five (19%) reported having too many video meetings and 16% said that collaborating was difficult.

However, three in five (61%) of parents said that they want to work remotely full time and 62% said that they would quit their current job it they could not continue working remotely.

But what job could a working parent consider that would be less stressful, have large numbers of job openings, and have the opportunity to work remotely? The company cross-referenced its database with the online careers database O*Net ( run by the U.S. Department of Labor) to compile a list of jobs for working parents to consider.

Roles such as BI Analysts (scoring 63 on the stress level rating chart), document management specialists (64), search marketing strategist (66), and Technical writer (69) may work. Even Computer Systems Engineers/Architects score 79 on the stress chart.

There are many benefits in working from home. You do not need to commute, can spend more time with the family, your partner and your children, and enjoy a better work-life blend as you experience a better control over your work schedule.

However, if you are a social person who thrives on seeing your co-workers face to face, and enjoy the buzz that office life gives you.

Hybrid environments are surely the way to go for most workers. Having the flexibility to work from home or go into the office when you choose to do so will make for a far better working environment that those workers forced to go into the office, or stay at home against their will.

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How to get rid of the Gmail Meet tab on iPhone and Android




I use Gmail.

A lot.

This means that anything that gets between me and my emails means a productivity hit.

Lately, the Meet tab that Google has added to the Gmail app on iOS, iPadOS, and Android — presumably to try to get us to use it — has been annoying me, getting in the way of my fingers, and taking up screen space.

Here’s how to make the Meet button go away, freeing up more screen space.

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The procedure is identical on both the iPhone and iPad and Android:

  • Fire up the Gmail app
  • Tap the burger menu located at the top-left of the app, then tap Settings
  • Tap the Gmail account
  • Toggle the setting for Meet Show the Meet tab for video calling off
  • If you use multiple accounts, you’ll need to do the same for all that use the Gmail app

The annoying Meet tab is now gone! If you ever need it back, reverse the above steps.

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In smartphone exit, LG’s loss will be Samsung’s gain




Despite being hinted at for a year and leaving writing on the wall for much longer, LG’s announcement that it will depart the mobile phone market was still surprising given the high volumes the company shipped. In the US, the company had about 9% of the smartphone market, as strong a position as any company not named Apple or Samsung and far beyond that of faded stalwarts HTC and Sony that hang onto the business with the most tenuous grips.

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LG’s legacy includes a series of innovations. Alas, though, while nature may abhor a vacuum, markets have even less patience for one, and the smartphone brand’s demise has already attracted a circle of ravenous competitors eager to feed on its vacated market share. While each will surely grab scraps here and there, many of the same factors that kept LG from grabbing more of the market will also apply to those aspiring brands.

Have a look at the websites for the three major US carriers and you’ll see rows of smartphones dominated by Apple and Samsung that extend to refurbished models. One can’t count Apple out. The company has long touted its ability to sway Android users and has been as aggressive as ever in catering to value buyers with the iPhone SE and iPhone mini, albeit with mixed results.

Between the two megabrands, though, Samsung will emerge as the next brand for most LG owners. Not only do Samsung phones provide a more familiar Android experience that preserves any app investments that LG owners may have made, but Samsung has timed the US introduction of its Galaxy A-series to perfectly coincide with LG’s exit. Indeed, LG’s recognition that Samsung would inherit its users may well have served to keep LG in the market for as long as it did given the fierce, decades-long rivalry between the companies.

Among Samsung naysayers, the brands with the next biggest opportunities would be Motorola and Nokia. Longtime LG owners who appreciated the longevity of the brand versus an upstart such as OnePlus may remember feature phone powerhouses, the brands of which have transitioned to new companies via acquisition and licensing. While those who preferred LG’s more demure G-series phones may be drawn to the more conservative Moto designs, those who held out hope with the more fashion-forward Velvet might opt for the Nokias. Much may be swayed by the carrier portfolio, though.

Beyond the recognized brands, the LG diaspora has dwindling carrier-provided options, particularly if one considers the carriers’ value brands. For example, at OnePlus-friendly Metro by T-Mobile, one can pick up a Nord. At AT&T’s Cricket, which had a rich LG portfolio that included the Stylo, Risio, Harmony, and K92, there are a few Alcatel-branded options. And for the least brand-sensitive, each value carrier offers at least one house brand. These include the T-Mobile Revvl, the Cricket Icon, Influence, and Ovation, and Visible’s Blade. Those handsets represent the Android reality for the US mainstream: A sea of sameness in which only Samsung has been able to float to the top.


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