Impact of COVID-19: Growing small and medium businesses are investing more in technology

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2020 Small and Medium Business Trend Report – Salesforce Research 

The Small and Medium Business Trend Report by Salesforce Research analyzed the responses of more than 2,300 small and medium business (SMB) owners and leaders around the world to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, role of digital transformation in terms of enhancing business resiliency, and how SMB leaders are planning for recovery and growth post pandemic. 

McKinsey research shows unprecedented rate of adoption of digital technologies, like 10 years of e-commerce adoption in the past three years. In addition, there is a shock to brand loyalty, as 75% of Americans have switched brands in the pandemic. Small and medium businesses are fighting the most challenging conditions in the past hundred years — a combination of health, economic, racial injustice, climate change and large scale spread of misinformation and absentee leadership. There is a clear deficit of trust

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What is SASE? A cloud service that marries SD-WAN with security

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Secure access service edge (SASE) is a network architecture that rolls software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and security into a cloud service that promises simplified WAN deployment, improved efficiency and security, and to provide appropriate bandwidth per application.

Because it’s a cloud service, SASE (pronounced “sassy”) can be readily scaled up and scaled down and billed based on usage. As a result, it can be an attractive option in a time of rapid change.

While some vendors in this space offer hardware devices to connect at-home employees and corporate data centers to their SASE networks, most vendors handle the connections through software clients or virtual appliances.

Gartner created the term SASE and first described it in a 2019 white paper that lays out its goals and what a SASE implementation should look like. The consulting firm notes that SASE is still developing and that all of its features may not

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Best remote learning MacBook for 2020: MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro

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Any other year and the back-to-school laptop shopping would be long since over. But in 2020, school reopenings are already causing chaos as cities and states reverse course and send students home for full-time remote learning. That means changing circumstances and new school tech needs for many students. 

While many remote-learning school tasks can be accomplished with a simple Chromebook or cheap Windows laptop, those systems, especially budget-priced ones, can be hard to find right now. A bigger investment, but a good long-term one, is a full-featured MacBook. With its well-regarded MacOS and nearly bullet-proof build, it’s still the first choice for many students in high school and college — especially with some decent student discounts usually available from Apple, at least for college students and faculty. 

Read more: Best laptops under $500 that are in stock now

MacBooks are among the most universally useful laptops you can buy,

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The Best Kitchen Gadgets You Almost Surely Don’t Own (and May Never Have Heard of)

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Some kitchen gadgets seem fun at first but quickly become nothing more than clutter. How often do you really use that popcorn machine, pasta maker, or fondue pot? Did you even remember you had a fondue pot complete with those little color-coded skewers? 

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Yeah, I rest my case.

But I actually don’t because there’s a lot more to say here. For every unused or underused kitchen appliance or gadget currently crammed onto your pantry shelves or tucked away in kitchen cabinets, there is at least one clever and handy device that you’ll actually use all the time once you get the hang of it or that will happily replace something you’re currently using.

Great kitchen gadgets go well beyond the “neat” factor and actually make your life easier and more enjoyable, as it pertains to cooking and eating, at any rate. Here today are

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Makes New $1.23 Million Investment in China Telecom Co. Limited (NYSE:CHA)

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board purchased a new stake in shares of China Telecom Co. Limited (NYSE:CHA) in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 43,900 shares of the utilities provider’s stock, valued at approximately $1,232,000.

Several other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Eqis Capital Management Inc. increased its holdings in shares of China Telecom by 2.2% during the first quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc. now owns 17,268 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $695,000 after acquiring an additional 366 shares in the last quarter. Invesco Ltd. increased its holdings in shares of China Telecom by 3.2% during the first quarter. Invesco Ltd. now owns 12,323 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $376,000 after acquiring an additional 385 shares in the last quarter. UBS Group AG increased its holdings

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I confess, I’m scared of the next generation of supercomputers

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Earlier this year, a Japanese supercomputer built on Arm-based Fujitsu A64FX processors snatched the crown of world’s fastest machine, blowing incumbent leader IBM Summit out of the water.

Fugaku, as the machine is known, achieved 415.5 petaFLOPS by the popular High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, which is almost three times the score of the IBM machine (148.5 petaFLOPS).

It also topped the rankings for Graph 500, HPL-AI and HPCH workloads – a feat never before achieved in the world of high performance computing (HPC).

Modern supercomputers are now edging ever-closer to the landmark figure of one exaFLOPS (equal to 1,000 petaFLOPS), commonly described as the exascale barrier. In fact, Fugaku itself can already achieve one exaFLOPS, but only in lower precision modes.

The consensus among the experts we spoke to is that a single machine will breach the exascale barrier within the next 6 – 24 months, unlocking

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Best Chromebooks 2020: Pixelbook Go and more

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Chrome OS has become increasingly capable since its launch back in 2011. The addition of offline features, access to the Google Play Store, and support for Linux apps are great indications of how far Google’s OS has come. Chromebooks have had a similar journey too, going from the ultra-affordable and extremely niche to powerful laptops in their own right. There are also numerous options to choose from.

These days you’ll find options ranging anywhere from around $200 to $1000 or more, catering to all types of users. While there’s a ton of different models out there, below are six of the best Chromebooks available right now.

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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Chromebooks regularly as new devices launch. 

Best overall: Asus Chromebook Flip C434

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High-performance specs and a beautiful aluminum body

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Mitsubishi Motors Accelerates Connected Car Technology To Enhance Customer Experience

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Through integrations with the Aeris Mobility Services and Dealer-FX ONE platforms, the My MITSUBISHI CONNECT mobile app will now enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles. This system  provides owners with timely and specific information about their vehicles and gives them the technology to act on that information in a matter of seconds.

“Mitsubishi customers are dreamers, achievers, entrepreneurs – active in their communities and in their family homes, and their time is extremely valuable,” said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer of MMNA. “The My MITSUBISHI CONNECT app allows us to enhance their experience, be more efficient with their time and continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering high quality, top value vehicles with leading-edge technology in the U.S.”

This is not Mitsubishi’s first app to successfully leverage the internet of things. Mitsubishi Road Assist+ is the first hardware-free,

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Glenmede Trust Co. NA Has $221,000 Stock Position in Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd (NYSE:CHT)

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Glenmede Trust Co. NA raised its position in shares of Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd (NYSE:CHT) by 11.3% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 5,618 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 572 shares during the period. Glenmede Trust Co. NA’s holdings in Chunghwa Telecom were worth $221,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in the business. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC raised its position in Chunghwa Telecom by 8.7% during the first quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 908,448 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $32,314,000 after purchasing an additional 72,796 shares in the last quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group raised its position in Chunghwa

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28 Unique Kitchen Gadgets You Won’t Believe Are Real

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