The Pros and Cons of a Serverless Architecture, and How to Prepare

The term serverless generates a lot of discussion. What exactly does it mean, and how can it help developers move from a monolithic architecture into a distributed one? Similarly, there is also confusion about the different benefits of containers and serverless architectures. Both architectures are modern approaches to application management, and each has specific benefits.

Question for Socialist Democrats: “Why Do You Want to Destroy Our Country?”

Since the earliest days of the Obama administration, the (left) Democrats have been moving to establish a Socialist Democracy in the United States. Let’s face it, Obama wore many hats.

Iran is a Socialist country and its powers-to-be are constantly and consistently oppressing its people. It’s easily seen by the number of protestors in the streets of Iran over the last few days that have been crying out for the removal of the Iranian leadership. Those people know that a Socialist country is not a good thing. It’s no secret that Obama paid Iran billions of dollars in bribe money. It could have been tracked to if it were electronically transferred to Iran. Cash only lets them spend it wherever and with whomever, and with no oversight or future explanation of what it was spent on. One thing is certain, they didn’t spend it on the people of Iran.

IRS Helps Workers, Businesses with New Gig Economy Tax Center

The Internal Revenue Service recently launched a new Gig Economy Tax Center on to help people in this growing area meet their tax obligations by providing more streamlined information.

“The IRS developed this online center to help taxpayers in this emerging segment of the economy,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Whether renting out a spare bedroom or providing car rides, we want people to understand the rules so they can stay compliant with their taxes and avoid surprises down the line.”

Spanish Speaking Nations Now Have Worldwide Access to Low Cost Freelance Global Gigs

Spanish is the fourth largest language in the world behind English, Chinese and Hindi. There are 23 counties that have Spanish as their official language and those countries are spread over four continents.  Now all Spanish speaking countries of the world have access to post their Freelance Global Gigs (FGG) Low Cost Marketplace  services in Spanish which is then available in over 100 leading worldwide languages.

Best 5 Gadgets of 2020 that Bring Comfort to Your Office

Monday and Tuesday means the start of a new work week! Just the thought makes a lot of us wince during the weekend when we think of gearing up for the grind in the morning. If you are an entrepreneur or just a full-time employee – where you deal with a lot of activities and people – your day is more likely an exhausting one. Take a look at these latest gadgets that bring you all the comfort you need while working at a desk.

IRS Free File Now Available – Do Taxes Online for Free

Most taxpayers can get an early start on their federal tax returns as IRS Free File – featuring brand-name online tax providers – opened on Friday, January 10, 2020 at for the 2020 tax filing season.

Taxpayers whose adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less in 2019 – covering most people – can do their taxes now, and the Free File provider will submit the return once the IRS officially opens the 2020 tax filing season on Jan. 27 and starts processing tax returns.

World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi Attracts 800 Exhibitors

The 2020 session of the World Future Energy Summit opened today at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, amid wide participation of hundreds of exhibitors and the presence of tens of thousands from across the region and the world. Business leaders, experts, suppliers and buyers were there, seeking to conclude commercial deals and exchange knowledge and experiences on the latest innovations and technologies. It is the largest event in the field of sustainability and future energy in the Middle East and Africa.

NetApp Storage for Windows Environments: Challenges and Solutions

Windows environments in today’s businesses can be complex. There are a variety of users to accommodate, ranging from product-collateral hungry salespeople, to engineering power users, to the compliance and cost-conscious executive. These users depend on the many critical applications running on different Windows servers: applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server for messaging, Microsoft SQL Server supporting tasks such as order management, and Microsoft SharePoint Server for collaboration and workflow. Additionally, also found in these environments are file servers to provide Windows file storage used to store critical documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and engineering data.

Maximize Hybrid IT Availability With HPE and Veeam

Organizations are embracing hybrid IT to combine the value of on-premises infrastructure with the agility and cost savings of public and hybrid clouds. In these environments, IT has the flexibility to choose the right platform for specific workloads based on requirements for security, performance, compliance or other factors. With integrated solutions from HPE and Veeam, hybrid IT can also empower organizations to achieve major improvements in Availability and data protection. Here’s how.

Five Reasons Why Mobilizing Windows Applications is Simpler Than You Think

One can no longer ignore the emerging momentum in mobile device computing. The portable convenience of tablets and even smartphones has begun to impact productivity across virtually every industry. People can now interface with both customers and business applications directly at the point of sale. Time-sensitive professionals can enjoy relevant information irrespective of location. Even IT gains operational efficiencies in keeping business technologies running and up-to-date.

How Companies that Act Fast on Engagement Outpace the Competition

Employee engagement is not a trend. Businesses that don’t address engagement, that fail to actively—and urgently—engage their employees risk being left far, far, behind. Two years ago, the Gallup Employee Engagement poll told businesses what most of us already knew. Employees were not engaged in their work. But the Gallup report provided statistics that could no longer be ignored.

Sharjah Welcomes Companies and Brands to Steel Fab 2020

At least 300 companies and 700 brands from 35 countries will showcase advanced technology and participate in the 16th metal industry and steel exhibition, Steel Fab 2020, from January 13-16 at the Expo Centre Sharjah. The most recent innovations in the forefront in the steel industry, metal forming, surface preparation, finishing and cutting, welding tools and techniques, and machinery manufacturing reflect the importance of the exhibition. It is the most prominent trade event specialized in the field of steel industry at the level of the UAE and the region.

The Artificial Intelligence Effect on Industrial Products

Processes, workflows and the understanding of performance are dramatically changing. Operations can no longer work in linear execution, or in isolation of other functional work streams such as engineering, maintenance and planning. Instead, the value chain needs to perform as an integrated whole to support the fluctuating demand cycles and higher cost supply activities.

Alibaba Cloud Wins National Technology Invention Award

On the morning of January 10, the National Science and Technology Awards Conference was held in Beijing. Alibaba Cloud has won two national awards, the National Technology Invention Award and the National Science and Technology Progress Award. The award-winning technology is derived from a decade of technology and strategic investment, and has served hundreds of millions of people.

CES 2020: New Blueprints for Future Mobility

The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opened on the 7th in Las Vegas. The latest artificial intelligence and 5G technology are increasingly integrated with car companies, and many new products, and cutting-edge travel solutions, have appeared on the show. Many companies, including traditional car companies and well-known electronics manufacturers, have released eye-catching new products at this exhibition, depicting the increasingly intelligent, safe and clean industrial development direction.

5 Must-Have Tech Gadgets in 2020 for Entrepreneurs

To boost productivity in the workplace, you will need to invest in some tech gadgets. Some devices work better than others. In this article, we have covered some of the best tech gadgets for entrepreneurs suggested by The Icon Tech. These tools will not only hone your productivity but also make your work extremely enjoyable.

Let us look at some of the tech devices you should consider getting in 2020 as an entrepreneur.

How to Use Content to Generate Leads for Your Business

Content is the pillar of your website, social media, and marketing campaigns. Without content, it’s impossible to scale your business. Search all the top websites on Google and what you’ll find is plenty of content counting in their digital presence. It’s of high importance!

So, if you have a digital website and you’re still not using content to optimize and grow, you’re missing a golden opportunity for success. Also, if you’re passionate about making sales for your company, then content strategy is something you need to work on.

Chinese Housing Companies’ Overseas Financing Volume Increased by More Than 50% in 2019

Since January 2020, real estate companies have continued to issue intensive financing plans. On January 8, Longhu Group announced the issuance of a total of $650 million with a maximum interest rate of 3.85%. As of the 7th, eight companies including Country Garden, Longhu, and Hejing Taifu have successively released more than the $2 billion in financing plans.

Global Leading Brands 2019-2020 Awarding Ceremony Held in Las Vegas

The awarding ceremony of the “2019-2020 Global Top Brands Selection Campaign” hosted by the International Data Group (IDG), was held concurrently with the CES show in Las Vegas. Six awards and multiple single items were released, including “TOP 10 Leading Consumer Electronics Brands 2019-2020,” “TOP 15 Leading Brands Global Smart Connected Devices 2019-2020,” and “International Innovation Enterprise Brand Awards 2019-2020” prize. Chinese brands such as Haier, Huawei, TCL, and Changhong have won multiple awards.

Cybercrime Trends Research 2019 Report Released

Yesterday, 360 Enterprise Security Group and 360 Hunting Network Platform released the 2019 Cybercrime Trends Research Report, which for the first time systematically disclosed many fancy hot spots scams in 2019. Among these scams, the most destructive to the victim’s money bag is the blockchain hot spot scam. The report shows that from the perspective of per capita losses caused by various types of financial fraud, the per capita loss caused by virtual currency fraud is the highest. 

Community Health Systems Bonds (CYH), 17% YTM providing High Yield, with Short Maturities

This week, Durig reviews one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States. Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) has spent the past few years paring down its portfolio of hospitals with an eye to retain those locations that are most profitable. The results of these divestitures are starting to be seen and the company has now put up two consecutive quarters of positive growth. In its most recent quarter results, one can see that same-store metrics tell a compelling story, especially in the competitive healthcare sector (see bullets above).

IRS Opens 2019 Tax Filing Season for Individual Filers on Jan. 27

The Internal Revenue Service confirmed that the nation’s tax season will start for individual tax return filers on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2019 tax year returns.

The deadline to file 2019 tax returns and pay any tax owed is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. More than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the traditional April tax deadline.

Korean e-wallet KakaoPay Launches Local Version of Yu’ebao

Koreans will soon have their own Yuebao, according to the latest reports from South Korean media. South Korean mobile payment application KakaoPay has partnered with Baro Investment Securities this week to launch its own mobile-end currency fund. With reference to the Chinese national “money bag,” and Yu’ebao on Alipay, this Korean version of Yu’ebao on Kakaopay will help Koreans to “make money” in mobile coin purses, thereby digitalizing investments and managing their own idle funds.

Philips Helps Develop China’s Smart Hospital Ecosystem

China has officially entered the 5G era with the deep integration of the new generation of mobile communication technologies represented by 5G into the medical industry. “Internet and medical health” has gradually moved towards true smart medical care and has become an important player in implementing new medical reforms. How can 5G be combined with more medical scenarios to improve the quality and efficiency of all aspects of medical services and break the dilemma of uneven distribution of medical resources?

Ctrip General Aviation Announces 2019 Service Transcripts

The full-year 2019 data disclosed by the Ctrip Group (“Ctrip”) may become an important reference for the entire industry. Today, Ctrip stated that it had served more than 40,000 passengers in the short-distance transportation aviation field throughout 2019, and nearly a hundred short-distance transportation routes have been sold online, and it has interacted with hundreds of cities’ navigation points.

Tencent Launches “SaaS Technology Alliance” to Develop Industry Interconnection Standards

Today, Tencent announced the official launch of the “SaaS Technology Alliance,” in conjunction with Kingdee, UFIDA, Youzan, Weimeng, SalesEasy, Liudurenhe, Daoyi, Kenexa (KNX) and other external SaaS vendors. Tencent’s internal SaaS products, such as corporate WeChat, Tencent conferences, and corporate sites, will jointly build a technology platform.

Lenovo Releases New PCs Supporting 5G Communications

At the opening of CES 2020 today, Lenovo unveiled a series of innovative achievements, including the world’s first 5G PC: Yoga 5G, the first 5G connectivity from the smartphone field which expanded into the field of high-end computing. Yoga 5G is an ultra-portable 2-in-1 laptop, the first personal computer equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G computing platform. The device allows users to use high-speed 5G networks through 5G service providers on the go, and enjoy stable WiFi connections at home. It is reported that Yoga 5G will be available in the spring of 2020, with a starting price of $1,499.

“Maple Bridge Experience” Conference Held, Focuses on Digital Economy Governance System

The 4th Network New “Maple Bridge Experience” Summit Symposium, co-organized by Legal Network, and co-organized by Alibaba Group, was held today. “How to make governance create more social value,” has become the focus of discussion among many participants. In the era of the digital economy, digital economic governance models and experiences with technology and co-governance at the core not only play a role in solving business problems and creating new business opportunities, but also provide participation in social governance and solving various social problems.

Xiaohongshu, Chinese Social Media Platform, Growing Rapidly

On January 6, the 2020 New List Conference was held in Beijing. Minako, the leader of the ecological cooperation of Xiaohongshu Social media, revealed in the conference speech that as of December 2019, the number of single-day exposures of the Xiaohongshu social media has exceeded 4.5 billion. In 2018, overall active users increased by 4.4 times, and male active users increased by 14.5 times.

IBM Aspera: Direct-to-Cloud Storage

The Aspera FASP high speed transport platform is enabled to provide high-performance secure WAN transport of files, directories, and other large data sets to, from and between a number of leading third-party cloud storage platforms. The implementation is an enhanced transport stack and virtual file system layer in the Aspera server software that allows for direct-to-object-storage transfer over the WAN using the FASP protocol and the native I/O capabilities of the particular third-party file system.

Trade War: Trump Tweet Preempts Chinese Visit

The South China Morning Post reported that Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Liu He planned to lead a trade delegation to the United States in early January to sign the first-phase trade agreement. However, US President Donald Trump unilaterally decided to announce on New Year’s Eve that he will sign a trade agreement with Chinese representatives on January 15. It is understood that the Chinese government did not expect the United States to unilaterally announce the date of the signature.

Can the Low Cost Global Gig Revolution Improve the Egyptian and Arabic Language “Jobless Growth Economy”?

Egypt has a massive population of over 98 million people, with the current GDP per capital at just over $3,000. Egypt has invested in human capital but according to Professor Ragui Assaad, Egypt’s economic growth is “jobless growth,” and has “no impact on employment rates or the quality of jobs…but poverty and inequality have increased. Growth has essentially not been creating good jobs despite the apparent decline in unemployment.”

6G Technology – What is Russia and China’s Future Interest?

Currently, we are entering the era of 5G technology. It is supposed to provide the fastest speed, yet has certain caveats that can have adverse effects on human health. AT&T and T-Mobile have reconsidered the deployment of 5G networks, since increasing the frequency requires placing smaller cellular transmitters very close to one another.  Nevertheless, 5G technology is already here.

Low Cost Global Freelance Gigs Opens to French Language in 29 Countries

The French language is the fifth largest language in the world behind English, Mandarin, Hindi and Spanish. France itself is the second largest French speaking county in the world behind DR Congo.  Today, French language Gigs can be translated into over 100 different languages– not just English– allowing the French gig poster to greatly increase their markets.

The Rise and Fall of Social Media Influence Against Totalitarian Regimes

Social media has become part of our daily lives, from reading breaking news, to communication for business and personal purposes. It is an important tool for many in their daily lives, no matter how one uses it. It is also a dangerous tool, where one can have their life ruined. People have lost jobs over their posts, as well as being targeted and bullied on social media platforms. Some take it upon themselves to label other people online with the false narrative of being trolls (even though the profiles are legit!), just to cause turmoil.

Warning! Amazon Sells Products From China that Might Not Be Complying with FDA Rules

These days online shopping has become part of many regular shopping habits in many households around the globe. It is supposed to simplify and save time compounded with convenience. With the emerging of the virtual assistants like Alexa, it is even easier. Being an Amazon prime member, the convenience of free guaranteed delivery within 48 hours and in some instances 24 hours is an attractive shopping method.

Can a Global Freelance Gig Revolution Save the Expected Nigeria Extreme Poverty Explosion ?

Nigeria is working hard to transform itself from one of the world’s poorest commodity-based economies, where the per capita GDP is just above $2,000 per year, into a high skilled information-based economy.  Nigeria, unlike Ukraine and other Asia countries, does not have a bordering country where the young and highly educated can easily migrate and dramatically improve their financial situation. Nigeria has more of its population in poverty (by definition under $1.90 a day) than even India. It is estimated that over 87 million people, about half of Nigeria, currently live in poverty.

Russia Wants to Sever Ties with OPEC – Does Putin Want His Own Alternative?

Russia’s head of the Minenergo, Alexander Novak, recently stated the nation’s interest is to gradually severe ties with OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries comprised of 14 nations. Founded in 1960 in Baghdad by the first five members, OPEC moved its headquartered in 1965 to Vienna, Austria. The countries that joined later were:

Goodbye Privacy in France! New Measures to Track and Monitor the Social Media of French Citizens

The French government announced additional measures to curb tax evaders. France’s constitutional council ruled the government has a right to expand its powers to monitor the social media of its citizens in order to collect information pertaining to tax evasion. The Constitutional Council is the highest constitutional authority in France. It was established by the Constitution of the Fifth Republic in 1958 to ensure that constitutional principles and rules are upheld. It is housed in the Palais-Royal, Paris.

Russian Hacker, Yakubets, Undeterred and Unafraid

Some of the world’s most proficient hackers reside in Russia. The country, which is renowned for its cyber-intrusion culture, has spawned some of the most dangerous hacker groups of modern times. According to a recent FBI report, members of a unit, dubbed Evil Corp, are the most prolific in the world. The agency has announced that the group is led by Maksim Yakubets, 32, who currently resides in Russia.