IDG Contributor Network: IoT security will soon be common in the enterprise, Gartner says

A fifth of all businesses will have deployed IoT-related security by the end of 2017, analyst Gartner thinks.

Dedicated digital security services that are committed to “protecting business initiatives using devices and services in the Internet of Things” will be in place by then, the research and advisory company says.

Gartner made the statement in a press release on its website in relation to a security and risk management summit earlier this month in Mumbai.

‘Reshape IT’

“The IoT redefines security,” Ganesh Ramamoorthy, research vice president at Gartner, said in the press release.

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Spotify launches ‘Mix Mates’ playlist generator to help friends find common musical ground

Spotify - MixMate

In its latest attempt to showcase its smart music-discovery algorithms, Spotify has launched a new web app designed to help friends unearth common grounds in their musical tastes.

With Mix Mates, Spotify says it’s targeting university students, presumably because term time normally begins around September, and music is often used to help people form new friendships in their inaugural year. However, anyone can use this tool.

To use Mix Mates, you enter both you and a friend’s favorite band, and Spotify generates a playlist which “shows the musical degree of separation” between the two artists.

Favorite Bands: Mix Mates

Above: Favorite Bands: Mix Mates

The number of tracks in the playlist mirror how many degrees of separate there are between the two artists (and thus between two friends), and it includes a song from each artist in the chain.

Save Playlist

Above: Save Playlist

Today’s launch comes a few weeks after the music-streaming giant launched a new app to show which artists you listened to before they made it big, except with Mix Mates you’re not required to link up with your Spotify account. You can listen to song samples and share playlists sans log-in, however to save the playlists for posterity you will need Spotify credentials.

While it could be construed as little more than a fun experiment, Mix Mates represents part of Spotify’s bigger vision to help its users unearth new music based on their existing tastes. Back in July, Spotify introduced a weekly playlist of recommended music based on listening habits, and this has generally been met with positive feedback from users.

Spotify’s growing music-recommendation initiatives are powered by the Echo Nest, a music-intelligence and data company it acquired last year.


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