Ken Mingis

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Mingis on Tech: Android vs. iOS – How the two mobile OSes compare

It was supposed to be a genteel discussion, a dispassionate side-by-side comparison of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android: How they stack up on security, OS updates, App stores, customization and innovation.

And mainly, it was just that, as Computerworld‘s Android blogger JR Raphael and Apple expert Michael deAgonia both explained which side of the mobile OS fence they’re on and why. (Playing the role of referee: Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis.)

But, hey, these guys aren’t really dispassionate about their technology choices, and so before anyone knew it, DeAgonia was slamming Android on security, Raphael was asking whether anyone really thinks Siri is all that, and in a flash the debate was on. 

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Mingis on Tech: All about Android 8.0 ‘Oreo’

If you’re an Android user who’s eagerly been awaiting Android 8.0, a.k.a. “Oreo,” the good news is that Google’s updated mobile OS has been out since late August and will be gradually making its way in the coming months to a device near you.

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If you have one of Google’s own smartphones like the Pixel, you may well already have Oreo – just like Computerworld blogger JR Raphael. And that means you’ve already had time to get used to its new features and tinker with it.

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Mingis on Tech: For the new iPhones, ‘X’ marks the spot

Well, that was both enticing and disappointing – enticing because the upcoming iPhone X is just about everything the rumor mongers said it would be, disappointing because no one will get their hands on one until November.

In case you were under a rock Tuesday, Apple unveiled its iPhones as expected, rolled out the new Apple Watch Series 3, announced that iOS 11 will be available Sept. 19 and even threw in a 4K-capable Apple TV for good measure.

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Tech Talk: iPhone pricing, intent-based networks, GPS spoofing and smartwatches, oh my!

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Mingis on Tech: The death of Microsoft’s GigJam

Admit it: You’ve never heard of GigJam.

The Microsoft collaboration tool, which has been flying under the radar for the last 18 months or so, offers forward-thinking ways of sharing information between workers in real time from various sources – everything from Office 365 to LinkedIn, Dropbox, Salesforce and Trello.

As Computerworld Senior Writer Lucas Mearian explained to Executive Editor Ken Mingis, information a user wants to share is circled in GigJam and passed along to others on the same project. And info that needs to be hidden can be crossed out, blocking its access by other GigJam users.

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Mingis on Tech: The death of Microsoft’s GigJam

Admit it: You’ve never heard of GigJam.

The Microsoft collaboration tool, which has been flying under the radar for the last 18 months or so, offers forward-thinking ways of sharing information between workers in real time from various sources – everything from Office 365 to LinkedIn, Dropbox, Salesforce and Trello.

As Computerworld Senior Writer Lucas Mearian explained to Executive Editor Ken Mingis, information a user wants to share is circled in GigJam and passed along to others on the same project. And info that needs to be hidden can be crossed out, blocking its access by other GigJam users.

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Mingis on Tech: Why companies love 2-in-1 tablets

The next time you’re issued a new company computer, you may well get an iPad Pro and detachable keyboard. Or a new Surface Pro 4. Or one of any number of hybrid 2-in-1s from the likes of Dell, HP or Lenovo.

That’s because more and more companies are rushing to embrace laptop/tablet combos for their workers, according to new research from both Forrester and IDC.

Just what’s going on here? As Computerworld Senior Writer Lucas Mearian explains to Executive Editor Ken Mingis, companies are bucking the recent sales trends for tablets, which have lost some of their luster in recent years.

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The Weekly Wrap: Time to prep for Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows 10 Creators Update doesn’t officially roll out until Tuesday — and it’ll likely be months before everyone running Windows 10 gets it. That’s when the installation file will hit Windows Update and be offered to a select group of users.

That said, you can actually get a jump on everyone else now by running the Upgrade Assistant, which is available on Microsoft’s website. (Update Assistant is a consumer-and-business alternative to Windows Update that lets you download the OS before Microsoft’s delivery system sends it to, something that could take weeks.)

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Mingis on Tech: All about the new Moto G5 Plus

The new Moto G5 Plus smartphone, which is available for pre-order as of today and goes on sale March 31, is an Android-based device that hits the sweet spot, according to reviewer Dan Rosenbaum.

It’s got all of the basic features you’d want in a mid-tier phone without a price tag that will break the bank.

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Rosenbaum joined Executive News Editor Ken Mingis to offer his thoughts on the G5 Plus, which he’s been trying out ahead of the official launch. It’s not too big — about the size of the Huawei Honor 6X; not too fast, even with its Octo-core Snapdragon 625 chipset; takes pretty good pictures; has decent battery life; and starts at $229.

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Mingis on Tech: A madcap MWC 2017 recap

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Mingis on Tech: Floating solar panels — oxymoron or coming energy wave?

Have you ever seen a solar panel float? Probably not yet. But that’s one of the ways solar tech is advancing, as companies hoping to collect the sun’s rays find ever more esoteric places for photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Computerworld Senior Reporter Lucas Mearian has the latest on “floating solar,” as the emerging energy tech is called. Why floating?

With space limited in some parts of the world — and real estate getting pricey — companies are looking to install PV panels on lakes, canals, bays and perhaps some day even out on the ocean. (Cue the Jaws theme music and/or an image of Namu the killer whale breaching in just the wrong place.)

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Mingis on Tech: ‘Alexa, what’s in the news?’

Alexa, Amazon’s increasingly ubiquitous voice-activated digital assistant, isn’t just a fun toy for the home; it seems to be learning new “skills” rather quickly, even in the workplace.

Among those skills, and one we’re quite taken with, is the ability to deliver Computerworld‘s top tech news in its Flash Briefings — a new talent made possible by Sharon Machlis, executive editor for data analytics and online. (A Flash Briefing, for the uninitiated, is a customized news audio report; you pick and choose the news sources you want to hear and Alexa does the rest.)

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Mingis on Tech: Hot tech skills for 2017

What tech skills are hiring managers looking for most as we head into 2017?

Programming and application development — always perennial favorites. Security, of course. Even help desk, which doesn’t always get the respect it deserves. But wait, there’s more.

Those are just some of the in-demand tech skills that emerged from Computerworld‘s exclusive Tech Forecast 2017 special report, which asked senior IT executives about  hiring plans and talent needs for the year ahead.

In this episode, Senior Features Editor Tracy Mayor details the top 10 skills survey respondents said they plan to hire for in 2017: programming/app dev, help desk/technical support, security/compliance/governance, cloud/software-as-a-service, business intelligence/analytics, web development, database administration, project management, big data, and mobile applications/mobile device management.

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Mingis on Tech: From superfast SSDs to Bluetooth locks and solar shingles

From the specs, it looks like Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops may be the fastest laptops on the market

Computerworld Senior Writer Lucas Mearian has the tech details, with the caveat that no one here has yet gotten their hands on the latest laptops from Cupertino. Details to come, as they say — and no yelling about Apple’s high prices this time around.

With an eye on the upcoming holidays, Multimedia Editor, nee Gadget Guru, Keith Shaw regales Mearian and Executive News Editor with a trifecta of tech gadgets. Who wouldn’t want a $70 Bluetooth enabled lock, a portable battery/car jumper cable kit and a quiet mouse.

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Mingis on Tech: The iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 — and the gadget guy!

A lot can change in a couple of weeks when you’re debating whether to get a new iPhone 7

When last we left Executive News Editor Ken Mingis, he was trying to decide whether to buy an iPhone 7 Plus — and working hard to convince Apple expert Michael deAgonia and Multimedia Editor Keith Shaw that he was seriously undecided. (Yeah, right.)

In today’s episode, we have a decision — and a quick check with deAgonia about how his new Apple Watch Series 2 and watchOS 3 are working out for him.

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Mingis on Tech (Apple edition): To iPhone 7 or not?

It’s as predictable as falling leaves in autumn: Apple unveils a new iPhone and Executive News Editor Ken Mingis insists this will be the year he finally skips an upgrade.

Why wait? His current “bros gold” iPhone 6S Plus works just fine, and the really revamped iPhone isn’t coming out until next year. Sure, the new iPhone 7 has a fancy new camera, super fast quad-core processor, brighter screen and no audio jack

But getting a new iPhone means having to pre-order at 3 a.m. ET, because if you’re buying, you want to get it on the first day of availability, right?

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