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Network Rail will lose control over Britain’s train tracks as power is handed to private operators in a major shake-up of the railway system, the Government is reportedly to announce next week. The move, which would mark the biggest change to the running of the rail network in decades, would see British rail companies such as Virgin Trains and Southern becoming responsible for repairs and maintenance for the first time, ending state-owned Network Rail’s monopoly. Transport minister Chris Grayling will announce the plans in a speech to the Conservative think tank Policy Exchange on Tuesday, according to The Daily Telegraph. The Government hopes this shift of control will incentivise train companies to carry out repairs more quickly and possibly bring in cheaper fares, . READ MORE Train fares set to rise by average of 2.3% Train fares are going up again and here's what you're paying for Network Rail pulls human rights advert for being 'too political' Network Rail fined £4 million after actress dies at level crossing Easter weekend: Record number of engineering works on UK railways It comes as the rail industry announced train fares would go up by an average of 2.3 per cent – more than double the rate of inflation – from 2 January 2017, with some unregulated fares likely to result in fares rise of considerably more. Currently Britain’s train tracks are owned by Network Rail while trains are controlled by completely separate companies. Mr Grayling has spoken previously of his lack of confidence in the railway system and his desire to give train operators more control. As the Conservatives’ front-bench transport spokesman 10 years ago, he said: “We think, with hindsight, that the complete separation of track and train into separate businesses at the time of privatisation was not right for our railways. “The separation has helped push up the cost of running the railways – and hence fares – and has slowed decisions about capacity improvements. “Too many people and organisations are now involved in getting things done – so nothing happens.” In publicity material sent out ahead of the speech, Policy Exchange reportedly said Mr Grayling’s vision will “put the passenger at its heart, ensuring that journeys are safe, quick, and provide value for money”. For Labour, shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said that “privatising” the rail infrastructure would be an “irresponsible move”. “The last thing our railways need is another layer of fragmentation and complexity. Train operating companies will only engage with this if they can extract more profit from taxpayers and fare-payers,” he said. “It's remarkable that operators such as Southern who display a cavalier attitude towards cost-cutting and safety might be invited to take responsibility for the repair and maintenance of the tracks. Since his election last month, they have struggled to understand who is advising Donald Trump on Asia and what his China policy will look like. This move will turn concern into alarm and anger. Beijing sees Taiwan as a province. Denying it any of the trappings of an independent state is one of the key priorities of Chinese foreign policy. Read more from Carrie: The Trump phone call that will stun Beijing Mild reaction - Cindy Sui, BBC, Taipei China's reaction is relatively mild. It doesn't want to get off on the wrong foot with Mr Trump. And it sees Mr Trump as an inexperienced politician, so for now it's willing to forgive him and not play this up. It may also be somewhat reassured by statements from the US that its policy on China and Taiwan has not changed. But behind the scenes it's safe to say China is working hard to "educate" the Trump team on not repeating such diplomatic faux pas. This move by Taiwan's President Tsai will further infuriate Beijing and make it distrust her even more and see her as favouring Taiwan's formal independence from China. World-changing ideas summit With our powers of reasoning, rich memories and the ability to imagine what the future might hold, human intelligence is unequalled in the animal kingdom. Our closest relatives, chimpanzees, are adept problem solvers, making their own tools to reach food, for example. They use sophisticated gestures and facial expressions to communicate. Yet, they fall a long way short of our own ability to think and plan for the future. Thomas Suddendorf, a psychologist at the University of Queensland, describes this as the gap – the cognitive gulf that separates us from animals. But it was not always so wide, he says in the video above. Our species once shared the planet with other hominins with intelligence that may have rivaled our own. Their extinction was at least partly due to the actions of our own ancestors, according to many anthropologists. We need to be careful not to make the same mistakes again and widen the gap between the species even further in our pursuit of progress, warns Suddendorf, who spoke to BBC Future at the World-Changing Ideas Summit in Sydney on 15 November. Read more: We’ve got human intelligence all wrong Jason G Goldman’s column Uniquely Human, about the similarities and differences between us and the animal kingdom Join 700,000+ Future fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital, Travel and Autos, delivered to your inbox every Friday. The minibus crosses the vast plateau on a newly paved road. Cracked fields stretch away towards the Moroccan desert to the south. Yet the barren landscape is no longer quite as desolate as it once was. This year it became home to one of the world’s biggest solar power plants. Welcome to Future Now Your essential guide to a world in flux Change happens quickly these days and it can be hard to keep up. That’s why BBC Future has launched a new section called Future Now to bring you in-depth stories about the people, events and trends that are shaping our world. We will be publishing regular stories from all over the world about technology, energy, economics, society and much more – you can find them here. We hope you will join us as we explore the changes that matter. Hundreds of curved mirrors, each as big as a bus, are ranked in rows covering 1,400,000 sq m (15m sq ft) of desert, an area the size of 200 football fields. The massive complex sits on a sun-blasted site at the foot of the High Atlas mountains, 10km (6 miles) from Ouarzazate – a city nicknamed the door to the desert. With around 330 days of sunshine a year, it’s an ideal location. As well as meeting domestic needs, Morocco hopes one day to export solar energy to Europe. This is a plant that could help define Africa's – and the world’s – energy future. (Credit: Getty Images) Hundreds of curved mirrors, each as big as a bus, are ranked in rows covering 1,400,000 square metres of desert, an area the size of 200 football fields (Credit: Getty Images) Of course, on the day I visit the sky is covered in clouds. “No electricity will be produced today,“ says Rachid Bayed at the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen), which is responsible for implementing the flagship project. An occasional off day is not a concern, however. After many years of false starts, solar power is coming of age as countries in the sun finally embrace their most abundant source of clean energy. The Moroccan site is one of several across Africa and similar plants are being built in the Middle East – in Jordan, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The falling cost of solar power has made it a viable alternative to oil even in the most oil-rich parts of the world. As well as meeting domestic needs, Morocco hopes one day to export solar energy to Europe. Noor 1, the first phase of the Moroccan plant, has already surpassed expectations in terms of the amount of energy it has produced. It is an encouraging result in line with Morocco’s goal to reduce its fossil fuel bill by focusing on renewables while still meeting growing energy needs that are increasing by about 7% per year. Morocco’s stable government and economy has helped it secure funding: the European Union contributed 60% of the cost for the Ouarzazate project, for example. (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) With around 330 days of sunshine a year, the region around Ouarzazate - a city nicknamed the door to the desert - is an ideal location (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) The country plans to generate 14% of its energy from solar by 2020 and by adding other renewable sources like wind and water into the mix, it is aiming to produce 52% of its own energy by 2030. This puts Morocco more or less in line with countries like the UK, which wants to generate 30% of its electricity from renewables by the end of the decade, and the US, where President Obama set a target of 20% by 2030. (Trump has threatened to dump renewables, but his actions may not have a huge impact. Many policies are controlled by individual states and big companies have already started to switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives.) Due to the lack sun on the day I visit, the hundreds of mirrors stand still and silent. The team keeps a close eye on weather forecasts to predict output for the following day, allowing other sources of energy to take over when it is overcast. The reflectors can be heard as they move together to follow the sun like a giant field of sunflowers But normally the reflectors can be heard as they move together to follow the Sun like a giant field of sunflowers. The mirrors focus the Sun’s energy onto a synthetic oil that flows through a network of pipes. Reaching temperatures up to 350C (662F), the hot oil is used to produce high-pressure water vapour that drives a turbine-powered generator. “It’s the same classic process used with fossil fuels, except that we are using the Sun’s heat as the source,” says Bayed. The plant keeps generating energy after sunset, when electricity demands peak. Some of the day’s energy is stored in reservoirs of superhot molten salts made of sodium and potassium nitrates, which keeps production going for up to three hours. In the next phase of the plant, production will continue for up to eight hours after sunset. (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) “The last time the Tories privatised the tracks resulted in a series of fatal accidents that led to the creation of Network Rail in the first place. We don’t want to see a return to the bad old days of Railtrack.” Response to the reported plans on social media has been widely of concern and anger. One Twitter user said: “Government idea to turn Network Rail back into rail track in private hands to save money risks safety. Not a good idea!” Another tweet was more blunt, saying: “Government hands track repairs to profiteering Virgin and Southern. Deaths will result.” More about: Network RailtrainsRailwayVirginSouthernChris Graylingprivatisation “Whisky is all about education, understanding and driving flavour exploration,” says Greg Dillon, spirits connoisseur and editor of the Great Drams blog. “The depth of flavour, the variety and the intrigue of whisky is what is driving the trend towards whisky being a great accompaniment to meals.” Clearly, wine isn’t the only drink capable of being the perfect match for food. Whisky is gaining in popularity as the ideal partner for a range of dishes, from light starters to desserts. The many flavour descriptions vary from light to full-bodied; from a touch of sweetness and fruit, to more complex and bold with strong peat, earthy and smoky notes. Whisky is a great match for seafood, cheese, smoked and roasted meats, and desserts. The lighter styles fare better with smoked salmon and sushi, while medium-bodied whiskies work with smoked fish such as mackerel. Very few of us can claim to never tell a lie, but what if there was a way of spotting a liar without a lie-detector test? A new study has discovered which of us are actually most likely to be liars, and it’s bad news for young, single men. The study of 3,349 Americans of “all major ethnic, incomes, and geographic regions” by Curtin University, Australia, sought to discover whether there’s a link between socio-economic status and lying, and it drew some very specific conclusions. READ MORE 10 uncomfortable truths no one wants to admit All the lies and mistruths Trump told during the US election campaign Strict parenting turns children into liars, experts claim Bernie Sanders says Donald Trump is a pathological liar The researchers found that the most likely liars are young, unmarried men prone to road rage and with low levels of education - as well as asking about lying, respondents were asked questions such as “have you ever given someone the finger in traffic?” Lead study author Arch Woodside explained to the Huffington Post that a young male with low education isn’t enough to determine how prolific a liar he is, “but a young male with low education who engages in antisocial behaviour such as road rage, well by now you can be pretty sure he is.” However the second most likely group of liars is female - specifically, young, married women with low levels of education who’ve attained a high income. Woodside suggested these could be “women who have married into money.” Presumably they could also simply be women who have earned their own fortunes despite low levels of education. The world's most notorious liars 10 (CNN)The next possible US secretary of defense went by the military call sign "Chaos." Revered by his troops as a "warrior monk" with a knack for hard-edged quips, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis led troops in Afghanistan in 2001, won laurels for leadership in one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq War and most recently headed US Central Command, perhaps the military's most complicated and challenging post. Now, Mattis faces an entirely different kind of fight. As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to formally nominate the former four-star to head the Pentagon, some Democrats are signaling his confirmation might not be entirely easy. Some observers question whether Mattis' battlefield experience prepares him for the very different task of running an enormous bureaucracy, while senior lawmakers worry about what the 66-year-old's nomination means for maintaining civilian control of the military. Republicans issued glowing testimonials to Mattis and his career. California Rep. Devin Nunes, who heads the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said he could think of "no better candidate to lead America's military in our long fight against jihadism and countering other pressing threats." Noting that Mattis hasn't been out of uniform long enough to lead the Pentagon without a congressional waiver, California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said that while he "would make an excellent Secretary of Defense, we must also bear in mind the precedent we would be setting and the impact it would have on the principle of civilian leadership of our nation's military." Donald Trump speaks with Taiwan's President Kirsten Gillibrand, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on personnel, was more definitive. "Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy," Gillibrand said in a statement Thursday, "and I will not vote for an exception to this rule." Just one senator can demand that the waiver for Mattis meet a 60-vote threshold, meaning he would need to get the support of all Republicans and eight Democrats to move toward confirmation next year. If he's approved, Mattis would be the highest-ranking former officer to serve as defense secretary. The Washington State native and history major led troops through the conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2010 to 2013, he led Central Command, which oversees the Middle East and Southeast Asia, until the Obama administration let him go over disagreements on Iran. The White House was pushing for a nuclear deal with Tehran in 2013, the same year Mattis was telling the Aspen Security Forum that his top concern as Centcom commander was "Iran, Iran, Iran." Obama to sign Iran sanctions bill Mattis has since been critical of the deal and of the Obama administration's refusal to engage more aggressively in the Middle East, saying it has fueled extremism in the region. In 2015, he told a congressional panel that the US needed to come out of its "reactive crouch" in the Middle East and defend its values. Indeed, Mattis has not been known to mince words. He's affectionately known as "Mad Dog" by troops who trade his quips like prized baseball cards. On the news of his nomination, many of those sayings instantly became memes on Twitter. Among them: "a good soldier follows orders, but a true warrior wears his enemy's skin like a poncho," and "be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." Human Rights Watch called on Congress to fully examine his views on a number of issues. "Media accounts suggest that Gen. Mattis doesn't agree with President-elect Trump's more outrageous campaign proposals, such as bringing back waterboarding, targeting terrorist suspects' family members, or tampering with anti-torture laws," said Washington director Sarah Margon. She urged that during the confirmation process "senators make sure Mattis unreservedly repudiates these proposals, acknowledges that they are illegal, and confirms that they are not up for future consideration." Mattis is one of a slew of generals Trump has been considering for other Cabinet-level jobs, including Gen. David Petraeus for the State Department, Gen. John Kelly to head Homeland Security and Adm. Mike Rogers as the director of national intelligence. Erin Simpson, a national security consultant and senior editor at WarontheRocks.com, said the incoming administration may be trying to capitalize on public respect for the military by considering so many generals. But "where there are really weak civilian institutions and an inexperienced president, it just doesn't sit right by me," said Simpson. The silver lining, she adds, is that many military and security professionals wary of Trump may be convinced to serve under Mattis. "It provides some top-cover for other qualified folks to come in who might not have otherwise," Simpson said. "There are a lot of jobs to fill at the Pentagon, this could bring in some talent and that's a net gain." show all And if you want to have an honest conversation with someone, go to an unmarried woman over the age of 70 as they were found to lie the least. The study categorised “big liars” as those of us who tell 12 significant lies per year, and it found that just 13 per cent of people tell 58 per cent of all lies. In contrast, 21 per cent of us try to live our lives without lying. Woodside explained to Broadly that although most of us think we know ourselves well, we really don’t, and “such thinking may be the biggest lie of all." big computer companies aren't happy about it! Is your computer painfully slow? Have you considered buying a new 'faster' computer but the price of even a basic one makes you cringe? Do you wish there was a cheaper, more affordable way to get a new computer? (Hint: there is – keep reading.) It's incredibly frustrating when computers slow down or stop working for seemingly no reason at all. And even after all the diagnostics, upgrades, and money spent, the amount of time waiting for that spinning wheel or hourglass to disappear never seems to get any shorter. 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It can be done. “Seizing the opportunities available at university is a valuable way for students to boost their career prospects, as well as giving them a richer university experience,” says Maggie Westgarth, head of employability and enterprise at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). Here are some suggestions for how to do it: Work placements “They enable students to apply their skills in a real-world environment and see the impact their skills can have on an organisation or industry,” says Westgarth. “Employers value this level of work experience and it gives students a significant advantage in the jobs market.” Volunteer, work or study overseas “The number of new experiences that come from living in a different country and culture is extraordinary and can make a CV stand out from the crowd,” says Westgarth. “Someone who has spent time abroad during their studies will be able to talk about experiences and skills that will be unlike any other candidate.” Get involved in sports and societies Graduate recruiters stress how important this is, says Katie Seymour-Smith, senior career consultant at the University of Derby. “Not only does it expose students to a wider skill set, networking opportunities and skill application, but it contributes towards building confidence and resilience.” And it’s fun, too. Get advice from a range of people Different people – parents, friends, lecturers, employers – will have different perspectives on the world of work, according to Tom Staunton, careers consultant at the University of Derby. To help you filter all that information, he suggests seeing a professional careers adviser. “They can help you think through the different advice you have been given, work out what it means for you and what you could do about it,” he says. Mind your surrounding READ MORE SPONSORED Giving graduates a head start in business “Don’t bury your head in the sand - there’s always something going on around campus,” says Alison Armstrong, a careers advisor at Bournemouth University. That might be a careers workshop, a volunteering opportunity at the union or an event hosted by an employer. Look out for employability awards, too. “These are structured programmes designed to help you get the most out of your time at university,” she adds. Be a part of the wider uni community “Get as involved as possible with uni life,” says Armstrong. It’s not just societies – getting involved with student papers and radio stations can be great fun and build great skills. “Volunteer for opportunities such as becoming a student rep,” adds Armstrong. “This will develop and demonstrate leadership, negotiation and team-working skills.” This can be with fellow students on forums, but Jack Wallington, community director at The Student Room suggests casting the net wider as well. “It’s good to connect with lecturers, guest speakers or anyone you’ve worked alongside, as by getting to know them you’re likely to get introduced to even more people in the industry,” he says. Tap your uni's alumni network as well. “These people have first-hand experiences and advice to offer on how to break into your chosen field,” he adds.
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Sure, the list is subjective, but we think this is one of the best catalogs of blogs that has ever been published. The entries ran the gamut, from serious technology news and reviews to commentary on games and the latest tech gadgets. We included some honorable mentions at the end because the competition was so close. Of course, not everyone will agree with our selections. If you think a blog site that's not on our list deserved a top 15 spot, share it with us in the comments section. 1) Lifehacker www.lifehacker.com Lifehackers' motto says it all: "Don't live to geek, geek to live." This blog offers timesavers of just about every stripe, from Firefox shortcuts to tips from the "Getting things done" faithful. 2) IT Toolbox Blogs http://blogs.ittoolbox.com IT Toolbox has a number of "in the trenches" IT pros who talk about technology and management issues. There are specialist blogs dealing with security, databases and project management, among other subjects. It's a versatile site. 3) Valleywag http://valleywag.com Bring in the noise, bring in the snark. Valleywag is for those who believe that the tech industry lives or dies by the scuttlebutt pinging around Silicon Valley. And it's amusing for those of us who prefer that the lotus-eaters of Northern California stick with the dishing and tongue-wagging, leaving the rest of us to get the real work done. 4) Kotaku http://kotaku.com Kotaku is the snarky, gamer uber-blog. It has everything from reviews and gossip to cheat tips. Just about anything you'll ever need, including which game to buy and how to play it. 5) Danger Room http://blog.wired.com/defense Wired's military and defense blog writes about some of the coolest and scariest military technologies -- not to mention scandals, debates and other military news. Lots of video and imagery are included. 6) Gizmodo http://gizmodo.com Gizmodo's got the scoop on all the latest toys and cool and wacky inventions -- from high-def TVs and coffee makers to booze belts and USB drives. You've got to love a site that publishes photos of a solar-powered bathing suit. Yeah, they also blog about serious technology news too. 7) O'Reilly Radar http://radar.oreilly.com This is where you can read Tim O'Reilly (founder of O'Reilly Publishing) and others discuss networking, programming, open source, intellectual property, politics, Web 2.0 and emerging technology. 8) Techdirt http://www.techdirt.com Techdirt is a newsy, "tell it like it is" blog that frequently features debates on the hot issues in the Internet and computer fields. Scandals are a specialty. Simplicity is its hallmark. 9) Groklaw http://www.groklaw.net Groklaw's raison d'etre is needling SCO in its long-running legal fights against IBM and Novell, but the discussion sometimes veers toward other issues that involve technology, intellectual property, and government regulations. 10) Hack a Day http://www.hackaday.com Want to learn how to add USB to a cheap Linux router? Create a snake robot? How about an XBox 360 laptop? Hack a Day has these basement projects and many more. This site is for the serious techie. At the same time, it's good for a laugh or a new hobby. 11) Engadget http://www.engadget.com As Coke is to Pepsi, so Engadget is to Gizmodo. It's all about gear, gossip, techish issues and the occasional rant. It's got great product photos, and the editors have access to pre- and early-release gadgetry. Also, some really funny homemade junk. But we prefer Gizmodo. 12) Feedster www.feedster.com/feedpapers/Technology Like drinking from the hose. This Web page brings together blog sites about technology, sports, celebrity gossip, food, personal experiences -- you name it. It also offers a blog search feature that allows you to input words or phrases, and it has a very cool RSS aggregator for news feeds. It also injects some great humor into technology news. An all-around great site. 13) Forever Geek http://forevergeek.com Forever Geek is a great site with a myriad blogs on diverse topics, from technology and general interest news to movie and game reviews. Definitely a geek paradise. If you want to learn about the upcoming Iron Man movie or read a review of Photoshop CS3, this is the place to go. 14) Rough Type www.roughtype.com Nick Carr -- of "Does IT Matter?" fame -- has a sharp-minded blog that discusses all manner of issues and trends relating to technology. Always an entertaining read, Rough Type often locks horns with companies, people, technologies and policies that rub Carr the wrong way. 15) Smorgasbord www.smorgasbord.net Billed as a site for gadget- and game-loving geeks, this blog also serves up articles that cross over into the political and celebrity news of the day. The combination of entertainment value and tech news make Smorgasbord a top contender. Honorable mentions: 1) The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) www.tuaw.com TUAW offers collection of independent bloggers -- that is independent but not undecided or uninformed. It's a good source for Apple-related news. The only reason it didn't make the top 15 was its singular topic focus. 2) Elliot Back's blog http://elliottback.com/wp A self-professed computer scientist, Elliot posts everything from his opinions on why XML sucks, to the Titanic's passenger list and reviews of movies like 300. This site is diverse and well composed, offering great tips on topics such as increasing system performance and blocking spam. 3) Ed Foster's Gripelog www.gripe2ed.com/scoop There is a new crop of blogs that highlight poor customer service for consumer electronics, bad UIs and outright rip-offs, but Ed Foster has been doing it longer than anyone else. Check out these recent topics: Defective DRM, tricky warranties on plasma TVs and bad mobile phone service. 4) Gadgetell www.gadgetell.com This is a great site if you want to get the latest gadget and game news along with some topical opinion pieces. 5) 4sysops http://4sysops.com This is a very useful with well-written tips and how-to's for Windows admins. Related News and Discussion: Shark Bait: Best geek blogs? The Daily IT Blogwatch -- the best IT blogs on the 'Net Five ways to defeat blog trolls and cyberstalkers To express your thoughts on Computerworld content, visit Computerworld's Facebook page, LinkedIn page and Twitter stream. 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Sign Up Home LOG IN SEARCH FORMSearch SEARCH MAIN MENU INDUSTRIES TOPICS TIPS TACTICS FEATURES VOICES C-SUITE VIDEO MORE YOU ARE HERE HOME » INTERNET INTERNET 50 Must-Read IT Blogs 2015 We gathered the best, brightest and most useful business IT blogs so you don't have to. by Ricky RibeiroGoogle+Twitter Ricky publishes and manages the content on BizTech magazine's website. He's a writer, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all-around digital guy. Meg Conlan by Meg ConlanTwitter Meg is an editor for the CDW family of technology magazine websites. In the spirit of Star Wars, why don't we start with a twist on a memorable line from the series: "These are the blogs you've been looking for." For the past four years, BizTech has recognized the best and brightest IT blogs in business and we're proud to present this year's list of 50 Must-Read IT Blogs. With the help of our readers during the nominations round and through some good old fashioned sleuthing on the Internet, we believe we've pulled together an all-star list of blogs. Some of the names on the list will be familiar, as they've appeared on previous Must-Read IT lists, but most are new, fresh and interesting faces. The blogs selected this year cut across various industries and even IT roles. Some of our blogs are hyperfocused in one industry, such as retail, sports or manufacturing. Others are focused on specific technology topics, such as networking or security. Some of the blogs on our list are perfect for system administrators while others will appeal to IT managers, such as CIOs and chief technology officers. In short, there's something here for everyone. If you'd like to check out the Must-Read IT Blogs from previous years, you can view our lists from 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Please enjoy the 2015 BizTech Must-Read IT Blogs below. If your blog is one of this year's honorees, be sure to grab a badge and share the news with your readers. Tao Security Tao Security Richard Bejtlich has his ear to the ground when it comes to cyberthreats and data protection. Thanks to his background in military intelligence and his position as chief security officer of network security company FireEye, he can offer endless insights into digital security, strategy and military history on his 15-year-old blog. MUST-READ POST: This post, which offers Bejtlich’s take on the OPM breach and suggestions for avoiding a similar incident. Follow: @taosecurity | Read the blog: taosecurity.blogspot.com Enterprise Irregulars Enterprise Irregulars For the consultants, investors, journalists and analysts who contribute to this enterprise-focused blog, technology is more than an interest — it’s a passion. They breathe new life into near-daily posts about digital culture, technology trends, business applications and more. MUST-READ POST: This post, which describes the digital mindset and offers key considerations for CIOs striving to meet business users’ changing expectations. Follow: @irregulars | Read the blog: enterpriseirregulars.com Software Research and the Industry Software Research and the Industry Holding a doctorate in computer science, Dirk Riehle helped develop a unified modeling language virtual machine starting in the late 1990s. He also co-founded a software startup and now teaches open-source software at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. His blog covers all things computer science, as well as software system architecture and design. MUST-READ POST: This post, which explains the strategic benefits of open-source business models. Follow: @dirkriehle | Read the blog: dirkriehle.com Network Security Blog Network Security Blog As a security advocate, Martin McKeay travels throughout Europe attending conferences and speaking with IT security and privacy stakeholders. He’s spent the last 12 years blogging about industry issues, and he often posts short audio clips of his interviews with global experts. MUST-READ POST: This post, which discusses the evolution of IT security training and the next generation of professionals. Follow: @mckeay | Read the blog: mckeay.net ZDNet Mobile News Blog ZDNet Mobile News Blog A prolific writer, mobile aficionado and member of the ZDNet family, James Kendrick shares Windows Mobile, Android and iOS news weekly. He also tests out the latest mobile tech, apps and accessories so his readers don’t have to. MUST-READ POST: This post, in which James spells out the features of and improvements to Microsoft’s Edge browser. Follow: @jkendrick | Read the blog: zdnet.com/blog/mobile-news Cisco Retail Blog Cisco Retail Blog As the world’s leading vendor of network and Internet technology, Cisco is home to innovation experts with decades of combined experience. They come together on the Cisco Retail Blog to offer unparalleled advice on navigating the changing retail landscape. MUST-READ POST: This post, which details the in-store analytics tools omnichannel retailers use to collect and use customer data. Follow: @ciscoretail | Read the blog: blogs.cisco.com/retail Coding Horror Coding Horror Beginning his career in software development in the 1980s, Jeff Atwood worked for a California software design and development firm before moving on to pursue his own projects. Since then, he’s founded a network of online QA communities and continued managing his programming blog, which he kicked off in 2004. MUST-READ POST: This post, which details the pitfalls of short passwords and offers tips for choosing a password that can hold its own against crackers. Follow: @codinghorror | Read the blog: blog.codinghorror.com The Networking Nerd Networking Nerd Considering that Tom Hollingsworth bills himself as the “token networking guy,” it should come as no surprise that his blog showcases a bit of his humor and personality, even as it talks tech. This 12-year IT veteran has a background in both enterprise and education and offers his take on industry trends and networking news. MUST-READ POST: This post, which includes a short video clip of Tom breaking down the myths and truths of software-defined networking. Follow: @networkingnerd | Read the blog: networkingnerd.net Small Biz Labs Small Biz Labs If you’re into numbers and data, this is the blog for you. Written by Steve King and Carolyn Ockels — partners at a California-based research and consulting firm — it pulls from recent publications and industry research when discussing issues pertinent to the small business sector. MUST-READ POST: This post, which investigates the driving reasons consumers share goods and services as part of the collaborative economy. Follow: @smallbizlabs | Read the blog: smallbizlabs.com Moving Packets Moving Packets The minutiae of moving packets have always interested John Herbert, which is why he’s devoted his blog to discussing networking “protocols, technologies, vendors and architectures.” Check out his opinion pieces, industry news and reviews of networking solutions. MUST-READ POST: This post, which outlines five OpenSSL commands that help network engineers troubleshoot SSL certificates and connections. Follow: @mrtugs | Read the blog: movingpackets.net IT Pro Guru IT Pro Guru Dan Stolts, the IT Pro Guru, has a mission: advance the IT community through problem-solving advice and expert insights. And as chief technology strategist for Microsoft, he has plenty of insights. Read his posts on systems management, technology strategy and security, and get how-to tips for using Azure and other Microsoft solutions. MUST-READ POST: This post, which marks the start of a series of cloud computing interviews featuring expert and blogger Blain Barton. Follow: @ITProGuru | Read the blog: itproguru.com A Think Tank of Softwarization A Think Tank of Softwarization The handful of IT enthusiasts who run this blog focus on three transformative technologies: network functions virtualization, software-defined networking and the cloud. Their posts look at how softwarization affects telecommunications and information and communications technology and the blog itself operates as an extension of the broader IEEE SDN initiative. MUST-READ POST: This post, which recommends that softwarization be confined to sandboxes so as not to disrupt legacy infrastructure. 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Thankfully, he isn't shy about rolling up his sleeves and getting down and dirty when it comes to handling IT situations and he shares his useful IT advice on his blog. MUST-READ POST: This post, which advises IT workers on how to make lemonade out of lemons in a professional situation. Follow: @chriswahl | Read the blog: wahlnetwork.com Geek Speak Geek Speak This multiauthor blog is where the geeks come out to play. Head over to score straightforward coding and IT advice, comment on thought-provoking opinion pieces and read through software and solution reviews written by people who love talking tech. MUST-READ POST: This post about the IT ninja star, which is essentially a decision matrix that helps organizations achieve IT transformation. 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MUST-READ POST: This post, which explains how the St. Louis Cardinals are using iPads to boost their recruiting efforts. Follow: @sporttechie | Read the blog: sporttechie.com iPhone J.D. Jeff Richardson How many lawyers does it take to run a blog devoted to iOS devices? Just one: Jeff Richardson. While this Apple fan started out in 2008 by writing solely about iPhones, he’s expanded his reach to iPads, Apple watches, legal technology news and all sorts of device, app and accessory reviews. MUST-READ POST: This post, which explains how lawyers can make the most out of the Markup feature in Mail in iOS 9. Follow: @jeffrichardson | Read the blog: iphonejd.com The Droid Lawyer Droid Lawyer On the other side of the mobile coin, Oklahoma-based attorney Jeffrey Taylor is looking out for the lawyer who prefers Android. He writes product reviews, app recommendations, weekly news roundups and basic tech tips, plus a bit of commentary on technology within the legal industry. MUST-READ POST: This post, which lists dozens of Android apps that are specifically designed for attorneys. Follow: @jeffrey_taylor | Read the blog: thedroidlawyer.com I, Cringely I, Cringely Throughout his 30-year tech career, Robert X. Cringely has cultivated relationships with both well-known and up-and-coming Silicon Valley experts. He divulges their insights on his I, Cringely blog and offers his own opinions on some of the biggest names in technology. MUST-READ POST: This post, which discusses the widespread implications of the theft of fingerprint records from the Office of Personnel Management. Follow: @cringely | Read the blog: cringely.com emtunc's Blog emtunc's Blog You know you've come across a good blogger when you get a dose of their sense of humor right off the bat. Mikail Tunç is a systems administrator, or as he likes to call himself a "sithadmin," at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and his blog is a great resource for practical and how-to sysadmin content. MUST-READ POST: This post, which demonstrates Tunç's sithlike ways with Google Apps for Work. Follow: @emikailt | Read the blog: emtunc.org/blog Anoop’s Anoop’s For those who rely on Microsoft's SCCM, getting started with the software can be daunting. But the benefits of mastering SCCM are immense, since it helps IT professionals make sense of enterprise IT systems management. Anoop Nair, a Microsoft MVP, keeps what he calls a "technical notebook" for other IT professionals who are looking to get started with SCCM or to up their game. MUST-READ POST: This post, which offers SCCM admins hope and advice on how to overcome the most challenging parts of their job. Follow: @ anoopmannur | Read the blog: anoopcnair.com Mick's IT Blog Mick's IT Blogs Sometimes, your first love is really the only love you need. Mick Pletcher is an SCCM administrator for a Tennessee law firm, and he first fell hard for IT back when he was 10, when he wrote his first programs on a TRS-80 Model III. 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(CNN)The next possible US secretary of defense went by the military call sign "Chaos." Revered by his troops as a "warrior monk" with a knack for hard-edged quips, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis led troops in Afghanistan in 2001, won laurels for leadership in one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq War and most recently headed US Central Command, perhaps the military's most complicated and challenging post. Now, Mattis faces an entirely different kind of fight. As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to formally nominate the former four-star to head the Pentagon, some Democrats are signaling his confirmation might not be entirely easy. Some observers question whether Mattis' battlefield experience prepares him for the very different task of running an enormous bureaucracy, while senior lawmakers worry about what the 66-year-old's nomination means for maintaining civilian control of the military. Republicans issued glowing testimonials to Mattis and his career. California Rep. Devin Nunes, who heads the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said he could think of "no better candidate to lead America's military in our long fight against jihadism and countering other pressing threats." Noting that Mattis hasn't been out of uniform long enough to lead the Pentagon without a congressional waiver, California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said that while he "would make an excellent Secretary of Defense, we must also bear in mind the precedent we would be setting and the impact it would have on the principle of civilian leadership of our nation's military." Donald Trump speaks with Taiwan's President Kirsten Gillibrand, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on personnel, was more definitive. "Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy," Gillibrand said in a statement Thursday, "and I will not vote for an exception to this rule." Just one senator can demand that the waiver for Mattis meet a 60-vote threshold, meaning he would need to get the support of all Republicans and eight Democrats to move toward confirmation next year. If he's approved, Mattis would be the highest-ranking former officer to serve as defense secretary. The Washington State native and history major led troops through the conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2010 to 2013, he led Central Command, which oversees the Middle East and Southeast Asia, until the Obama administration let him go over disagreements on Iran. The White House was pushing for a nuclear deal with Tehran in 2013, the same year Mattis was telling the Aspen Security Forum that his top concern as Centcom commander was "Iran, Iran, Iran." Obama to sign Iran sanctions bill Mattis has since been critical of the deal and of the Obama administration's refusal to engage more aggressively in the Middle East, saying it has fueled extremism in the region. In 2015, he told a congressional panel that the US needed to come out of its "reactive crouch" in the Middle East and defend its values. Indeed, Mattis has not been known to mince words. He's affectionately known as "Mad Dog" by troops who trade his quips like prized baseball cards. On the news of his nomination, many of those sayings instantly became memes on Twitter. Among them: "a good soldier follows orders, but a true warrior wears his enemy's skin like a poncho," and "be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." Human Rights Watch called on Congress to fully examine his views on a number of issues. "Media accounts suggest that Gen. Mattis doesn't agree with President-elect Trump's more outrageous campaign proposals, such as bringing back waterboarding, targeting terrorist suspects' family members, or tampering with anti-torture laws," said Washington director Sarah Margon. She urged that during the confirmation process "senators make sure Mattis unreservedly repudiates these proposals, acknowledges that they are illegal, and confirms that they are not up for future consideration." Mattis is one of a slew of generals Trump has been considering for other Cabinet-level jobs, including Gen. David Petraeus for the State Department, Gen. John Kelly to head Homeland Security and Adm. Mike Rogers as the director of national intelligence. Erin Simpson, a national security consultant and senior editor at WarontheRocks.com, said the incoming administration may be trying to capitalize on public respect for the military by considering so many generals. But "where there are really weak civilian institutions and an inexperienced president, it just doesn't sit right by me," said Simpson. The silver lining, she adds, is that many military and security professionals wary of Trump may be convinced to serve under Mattis. "It provides some top-cover for other qualified folks to come in who might not have otherwise," Simpson said. "There are a lot of jobs to fill at the Pentagon, this could bring in some talent and that's a net gain." China's foreign ministry says it has lodged a complaint with the US after President-elect Donald Trump spoke to Taiwan's leader in a phone call. China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. US policy set in 1979 cut formal relations with Taiwan. Mr Trump's transition team said he and Tsai Ing-wen noted "close economic, political, and security ties". The US is Taiwan's most important ally and provides Taiwan with sufficient weaponry to defend itself. China said it had lodged a "solemn representation" with Washington. According to the state news agency Xinhua, China urged the US "to cautiously, properly handle Taiwan issue to avoid unnecessary disturbance to Sino-US relations". Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed the call as a "petty trick" by Taiwan, Chinese state media said. What happened? Mr Trump tweeted on Friday that Ms Tsai had called him to congratulate him on winning the US election. His team said that the US president-elect had also congratulated Ms Tsai on becoming the president of Taiwan last January. No US president or president-elect has spoken directly to a Taiwanese leader for decades. Following media reports pointing out the risks of angering China, Mr Trump tweeted: "Interesting how the US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call." The White House has said Mr Trump's conversation does not signal any change in US policy. US media reported that the White House learned of the call only after it had happened. Mr Trump's spokeswoman said he was "well aware" of US policy towards Taiwan. Read more: What's behind the China-Taiwan divide? What is the problem? This file photo taken on November 10, 2016 shows a man buying a newspaper featuring a photo of US President-elect Donald TrumpImage copyrightAFP/GETTY IMAGES Image caption China is closely watching Mr Trump's transition to president The split between China and Taiwan goes back to 1949, when the Republic of China (ROC) Kuomintang (KMT) government fled the mainland to Taiwan after being defeated by the communists under Mao Zedong. The KMT held China's seat on the UN Security Council and was, for a while, recognised by many Western nations as the only Chinese government. But in 1971, the UN switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing. Only a handful of countries now recognise Taiwan's government. Washington cut formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979, expressing its support for Beijing's "one country, two systems" concept, which states that Taiwan is part of China. But despite the cut, the US remains, by far, Taiwan's most important friend, and its only ally. The Taiwan Relations Act promises to supply Taiwan with defensive weapons. It says that any attack by China on Taiwan would be considered of "grave concern" to the US. China has hundreds of missiles pointing towards Taiwan, and has threatened to use force if it formally declares independence. President Tsai, Taiwan's first female leader, led the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to a landslide victory in the January 2016 election. The DPP has traditionally leaned towards independence from China. President Tsai's administration does not accept the "One China" policy. Read more: Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's shy but steely leader From concern to alarm and anger - Carrie Gracie, BBC China editor, Beijing TaiwanImage copyrightREUTERS Image caption In an image released by her office, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen is seen speaking on the phone to Mr Trump Mr Trump's decision to turn his back on four decades of US protocol on Taiwan and speak directly to a president of Taiwan has stunned policymakers in Beijing. Since his election last month, they have struggled to understand who is advising Donald Trump on Asia and what his China policy will look like. This move will turn concern into alarm and anger. Beijing sees Taiwan as a province. Denying it any of the trappings of an independent state is one of the key priorities of Chinese foreign policy. Read more from Carrie: The Trump phone call that will stun Beijing Mild reaction - Cindy Sui, BBC, Taipei China's reaction is relatively mild. It doesn't want to get off on the wrong foot with Mr Trump. And it sees Mr Trump as an inexperienced politician, so for now it's willing to forgive him and not play this up. It may also be somewhat reassured by statements from the US that its policy on China and Taiwan has not changed. But behind the scenes it's safe to say China is working hard to "educate" the Trump team on not repeating such diplomatic faux pas. This move by Taiwan's President Tsai will further infuriate Beijing and make it distrust her even more and see her as favouring Taiwan's formal independence from China. World-changing ideas summit With our powers of reasoning, rich memories and the ability to imagine what the future might hold, human intelligence is unequalled in the animal kingdom. Our closest relatives, chimpanzees, are adept problem solvers, making their own tools to reach food, for example. They use sophisticated gestures and facial expressions to communicate. Yet, they fall a long way short of our own ability to think and plan for the future. Thomas Suddendorf, a psychologist at the University of Queensland, describes this as the gap – the cognitive gulf that separates us from animals. But it was not always so wide, he says in the video above. Our species once shared the planet with other hominins with intelligence that may have rivaled our own. Their extinction was at least partly due to the actions of our own ancestors, according to many anthropologists. We need to be careful not to make the same mistakes again and widen the gap between the species even further in our pursuit of progress, warns Suddendorf, who spoke to BBC Future at the World-Changing Ideas Summit in Sydney on 15 November. Read more: We’ve got human intelligence all wrong Jason G Goldman’s column Uniquely Human, about the similarities and differences between us and the animal kingdom Join 700,000+ Future fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital, Travel and Autos, delivered to your inbox every Friday. The minibus crosses the vast plateau on a newly paved road. Cracked fields stretch away towards the Moroccan desert to the south. Yet the barren landscape is no longer quite as desolate as it once was. This year it became home to one of the world’s biggest solar power plants. Welcome to Future Now Your essential guide to a world in flux Change happens quickly these days and it can be hard to keep up. That’s why BBC Future has launched a new section called Future Now to bring you in-depth stories about the people, events and trends that are shaping our world. We will be publishing regular stories from all over the world about technology, energy, economics, society and much more – you can find them here. We hope you will join us as we explore the changes that matter. Hundreds of curved mirrors, each as big as a bus, are ranked in rows covering 1,400,000 sq m (15m sq ft) of desert, an area the size of 200 football fields. The massive complex sits on a sun-blasted site at the foot of the High Atlas mountains, 10km (6 miles) from Ouarzazate – a city nicknamed the door to the desert. With around 330 days of sunshine a year, it’s an ideal location. As well as meeting domestic needs, Morocco hopes one day to export solar energy to Europe. This is a plant that could help define Africa's – and the world’s – energy future. (Credit: Getty Images) Hundreds of curved mirrors, each as big as a bus, are ranked in rows covering 1,400,000 square metres of desert, an area the size of 200 football fields (Credit: Getty Images) Of course, on the day I visit the sky is covered in clouds. “No electricity will be produced today,“ says Rachid Bayed at the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen), which is responsible for implementing the flagship project. An occasional off day is not a concern, however. After many years of false starts, solar power is coming of age as countries in the sun finally embrace their most abundant source of clean energy. The Moroccan site is one of several across Africa and similar plants are being built in the Middle East – in Jordan, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The falling cost of solar power has made it a viable alternative to oil even in the most oil-rich parts of the world. As well as meeting domestic needs, Morocco hopes one day to export solar energy to Europe. Noor 1, the first phase of the Moroccan plant, has already surpassed expectations in terms of the amount of energy it has produced. It is an encouraging result in line with Morocco’s goal to reduce its fossil fuel bill by focusing on renewables while still meeting growing energy needs that are increasing by about 7% per year. Morocco’s stable government and economy has helped it secure funding: the European Union contributed 60% of the cost for the Ouarzazate project, for example. (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) With around 330 days of sunshine a year, the region around Ouarzazate - a city nicknamed the door to the desert - is an ideal location (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) The country plans to generate 14% of its energy from solar by 2020 and by adding other renewable sources like wind and water into the mix, it is aiming to produce 52% of its own energy by 2030. This puts Morocco more or less in line with countries like the UK, which wants to generate 30% of its electricity from renewables by the end of the decade, and the US, where President Obama set a target of 20% by 2030. (Trump has threatened to dump renewables, but his actions may not have a huge impact. Many policies are controlled by individual states and big companies have already started to switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives.) Due to the lack sun on the day I visit, the hundreds of mirrors stand still and silent. The team keeps a close eye on weather forecasts to predict output for the following day, allowing other sources of energy to take over when it is overcast. The reflectors can be heard as they move together to follow the sun like a giant field of sunflowers But normally the reflectors can be heard as they move together to follow the Sun like a giant field of sunflowers. The mirrors focus the Sun’s energy onto a synthetic oil that flows through a network of pipes. Reaching temperatures up to 350C (662F), the hot oil is used to produce high-pressure water vapour that drives a turbine-powered generator. “It’s the same classic process used with fossil fuels, except that we are using the Sun’s heat as the source,” says Bayed. The plant keeps generating energy after sunset, when electricity demands peak. Some of the day’s energy is stored in reservoirs of superhot molten salts made of sodium and potassium nitrates, which keeps production going for up to three hours. In the next phase of the plant, production will continue for up to eight hours after sunset. (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) Once fully operational, the solar plant will only require about 50 to 100 employees (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) As well as boosting Morocco’s power production, the Ouarzazate project is helping the local economy. Around 2,000 workers were hired during the initial two years of construction, many of them Moroccan. Roads built to provide access to the plant have also connected nearby villages, helping children get to school. Water brought in for the site has been piped beyond the complex, hooking up 33 villages to the water grid. Water brought in for the site has been piped beyond the complex, hooking up 33 villages to the water grid Masen has also helped farmers in the area by teaching them sustainable practices. Heading towards the mountains, I visit the Berber village of Asseghmou, 30 miles (48 kilometres) north of Ouarzazate, where a small farm has now changed the way it raises ewes. Most farmers here rely on their intuition alone but they are being introduced to more reliable techniques -such as simply separating animals in their pens – which are improving yields. Masen also provided 25 farms with sheep for breeding purposes. “I now have better food security,” says Chaoui, who runs a local farm. And his almond tree is thriving thanks to cultivation tips. Even so, some locals have concerns. Abdellatif, who lives in the city of Zagora about 75 miles (120 kilometres) further south, where there are high rates of unemployment, thinks that the plant should focus on creating permanent jobs. He has friends who were hired to work there but they were only on contract for a few months. Once fully operational, the station will only require about 50 to 100 employees so the job boom may end. “The components of the plant are manufactured abroad but it would be better to produce them locally to generate ongoing work for residents,” he says. (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) The solar plant draws a massive amount of water from the local El Mansour Eddahbi dam. Water scarcity has been a problem in the semi-desert region (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) A bigger issue is that the solar plant draws a massive amount of water for cleaning and cooling from the local El Mansour Eddahbi dam. In recent years, water scarcity has been a problem in the semi-desert region and there are water cuts. Agricultural land further south in the Draa valley depends on water from the dam, which is occasionally released into the otherwise-dry river. But Mustapha Sellam, the site manager, claims that the water used by the complex amounts to 0.5% of the dam’s supply, which is negligible compared to its capacity. Still, the plant’s consumption is enough to make a difference to struggling farmers. So the plant is making improvements to reduce the amount of water it uses. Instead of relying on water to clean the mirrors, pressurised air is used. And whereas Noor 1 uses water to cool the steam produced by the generators, so that it can be turned back into water and reused to produce more electricity, a dry cooling system that uses air will be installed. The success of plants in places like Morocco and South Africa will encourage other African countries to turn to solar power These new sections of the plant are currently being built. Noor 2 will be similar to the first phase, but Noor 3 will experiment with a different design. Instead of ranks of mirrors it will capture and store the Sun’s energy with a single large tower, which is thought to be more efficient. Seven thousand flat mirrors surrounding the tower will all track and reflect the sun’s rays towards a receiver at the top, requiring much less space than existing arrangement of mirrors. Molten salts filling the interior of the tower will capture and store heat directly, doing away with the need for hot oil. Similar systems are already used in South Africa, Spain and a few sites in the US, such as California’s Mojave desert and Nevada. But at 86ft (26m) tall, Ouarzazate’s recently erected structure is the highest of its kind in the world. (Credit: Getty Images) Africa’s sunshine could eventually make the continent a supplier of energy to the rest of the world (Credit: Getty Images) Other plants in Morocco are already underway. Next year construction will begin at two sites in the south-west, near Laayoune and Boujdour, with plants near Tata and Midelt to follow. The success of these plants in Morocco – and those in South Africa - may encourage other African countries to turn to solar power. South Africa is already one of the world’s top 10 producers of solar power and Rwanda is home to east Africa’s first solar plant, which opened in 2014. Large plants are being planned for Ghana and Uganda. Africa’s sunshine could eventually make the continent a supplier of energy to the rest of the world. Sellam has high hopes for Noor. “Our main goal is to become energy-independent but if one day we are producing a surplus we could supply other countries too,” he says. Imagine recharging your electric car in Berlin with electricity produced in Morocco. 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Sure, the list is subjective, but we think this is one of the best catalogs of blogs that has ever been published. The entries ran the gamut, from serious technology news and reviews to commentary on games and the latest tech gadgets. We included some honorable mentions at the end because the competition was so close. Of course, not everyone will agree with our selections. If you think a blog site that's not on our list deserved a top 15 spot, share it with us in the comments section. 1) Lifehacker www.lifehacker.com Lifehackers' motto says it all: "Don't live to geek, geek to live." This blog offers timesavers of just about every stripe, from Firefox shortcuts to tips from the "Getting things done" faithful. 2) IT Toolbox Blogs http://blogs.ittoolbox.com IT Toolbox has a number of "in the trenches" IT pros who talk about technology and management issues. There are specialist blogs dealing with security, databases and project management, among other subjects. It's a versatile site. 3) Valleywag http://valleywag.com Bring in the noise, bring in the snark. Valleywag is for those who believe that the tech industry lives or dies by the scuttlebutt pinging around Silicon Valley. And it's amusing for those of us who prefer that the lotus-eaters of Northern California stick with the dishing and tongue-wagging, leaving the rest of us to get the real work done. 4) Kotaku http://kotaku.com Kotaku is the snarky, gamer uber-blog. It has everything from reviews and gossip to cheat tips. Just about anything you'll ever need, including which game to buy and how to play it. 5) Danger Room http://blog.wired.com/defense Wired's military and defense blog writes about some of the coolest and scariest military technologies -- not to mention scandals, debates and other military news. Lots of video and imagery are included. 6) Gizmodo http://gizmodo.com Gizmodo's got the scoop on all the latest toys and cool and wacky inventions -- from high-def TVs and coffee makers to booze belts and USB drives. You've got to love a site that publishes photos of a solar-powered bathing suit. Yeah, they also blog about serious technology news too. 7) O'Reilly Radar http://radar.oreilly.com This is where you can read Tim O'Reilly (founder of O'Reilly Publishing) and others discuss networking, programming, open source, intellectual property, politics, Web 2.0 and emerging technology. 8) Techdirt http://www.techdirt.com Techdirt is a newsy, "tell it like it is" blog that frequently features debates on the hot issues in the Internet and computer fields. Scandals are a specialty. Simplicity is its hallmark. 9) Groklaw http://www.groklaw.net Groklaw's raison d'etre is needling SCO in its long-running legal fights against IBM and Novell, but the discussion sometimes veers toward other issues that involve technology, intellectual property, and government regulations. 10) Hack a Day http://www.hackaday.com Want to learn how to add USB to a cheap Linux router? Create a snake robot? How about an XBox 360 laptop? Hack a Day has these basement projects and many more. This site is for the serious techie. At the same time, it's good for a laugh or a new hobby. 11) Engadget http://www.engadget.com As Coke is to Pepsi, so Engadget is to Gizmodo. It's all about gear, gossip, techish issues and the occasional rant. It's got great product photos, and the editors have access to pre- and early-release gadgetry. Also, some really funny homemade junk. But we prefer Gizmodo. 12) Feedster www.feedster.com/feedpapers/Technology Like drinking from the hose. This Web page brings together blog sites about technology, sports, celebrity gossip, food, personal experiences -- you name it. It also offers a blog search feature that allows you to input words or phrases, and it has a very cool RSS aggregator for news feeds. It also injects some great humor into technology news. An all-around great site. 13) Forever Geek http://forevergeek.com Forever Geek is a great site with a myriad blogs on diverse topics, from technology and general interest news to movie and game reviews. Definitely a geek paradise. If you want to learn about the upcoming Iron Man movie or read a review of Photoshop CS3, this is the place to go. 14) Rough Type www.roughtype.com Nick Carr -- of "Does IT Matter?" fame -- has a sharp-minded blog that discusses all manner of issues and trends relating to technology. Always an entertaining read, Rough Type often locks horns with companies, people, technologies and policies that rub Carr the wrong way. 15) Smorgasbord www.smorgasbord.net Billed as a site for gadget- and game-loving geeks, this blog also serves up articles that cross over into the political and celebrity news of the day. The combination of entertainment value and tech news make Smorgasbord a top contender. Honorable mentions: 1) The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) www.tuaw.com TUAW offers collection of independent bloggers -- that is independent but not undecided or uninformed. It's a good source for Apple-related news. The only reason it didn't make the top 15 was its singular topic focus. 2) Elliot Back's blog http://elliottback.com/wp A self-professed computer scientist, Elliot posts everything from his opinions on why XML sucks, to the Titanic's passenger list and reviews of movies like 300. This site is diverse and well composed, offering great tips on topics such as increasing system performance and blocking spam. 3) Ed Foster's Gripelog www.gripe2ed.com/scoop There is a new crop of blogs that highlight poor customer service for consumer electronics, bad UIs and outright rip-offs, but Ed Foster has been doing it longer than anyone else. Check out these recent topics: Defective DRM, tricky warranties on plasma TVs and bad mobile phone service. 4) Gadgetell www.gadgetell.com This is a great site if you want to get the latest gadget and game news along with some topical opinion pieces. 5) 4sysops http://4sysops.com This is a very useful with well-written tips and how-to's for Windows admins. Related News and Discussion: Shark Bait: Best geek blogs? The Daily IT Blogwatch -- the best IT blogs on the 'Net Five ways to defeat blog trolls and cyberstalkers To express your thoughts on Computerworld content, visit Computerworld's Facebook page, LinkedIn page and Twitter stream. 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With the help of our readers during the nominations round and through some good old fashioned sleuthing on the Internet, we believe we've pulled together an all-star list of blogs. Some of the names on the list will be familiar, as they've appeared on previous Must-Read IT lists, but most are new, fresh and interesting faces. The blogs selected this year cut across various industries and even IT roles. Some of our blogs are hyperfocused in one industry, such as retail, sports or manufacturing. Others are focused on specific technology topics, such as networking or security. Some of the blogs on our list are perfect for system administrators while others will appeal to IT managers, such as CIOs and chief technology officers. In short, there's something here for everyone. If you'd like to check out the Must-Read IT Blogs from previous years, you can view our lists from 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Please enjoy the 2015 BizTech Must-Read IT Blogs below. If your blog is one of this year's honorees, be sure to grab a badge and share the news with your readers. Tao Security Tao Security Richard Bejtlich has his ear to the ground when it comes to cyberthreats and data protection. Thanks to his background in military intelligence and his position as chief security officer of network security company FireEye, he can offer endless insights into digital security, strategy and military history on his 15-year-old blog. MUST-READ POST: This post, which offers Bejtlich’s take on the OPM breach and suggestions for avoiding a similar incident. Follow: @taosecurity | Read the blog: taosecurity.blogspot.com Enterprise Irregulars Enterprise Irregulars For the consultants, investors, journalists and analysts who contribute to this enterprise-focused blog, technology is more than an interest — it’s a passion. They breathe new life into near-daily posts about digital culture, technology trends, business applications and more. MUST-READ POST: This post, which describes the digital mindset and offers key considerations for CIOs striving to meet business users’ changing expectations. Follow: @irregulars | Read the blog: enterpriseirregulars.com Software Research and the Industry Software Research and the Industry Holding a doctorate in computer science, Dirk Riehle helped develop a unified modeling language virtual machine starting in the late 1990s. He also co-founded a software startup and now teaches open-source software at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. His blog covers all things computer science, as well as software system architecture and design. MUST-READ POST: This post, which explains the strategic benefits of open-source business models. Follow: @dirkriehle | Read the blog: dirkriehle.com Network Security Blog Network Security Blog As a security advocate, Martin McKeay travels throughout Europe attending conferences and speaking with IT security and privacy stakeholders. He’s spent the last 12 years blogging about industry issues, and he often posts short audio clips of his interviews with global experts. MUST-READ POST: This post, which discusses the evolution of IT security training and the next generation of professionals. Follow: @mckeay | Read the blog: mckeay.net ZDNet Mobile News Blog ZDNet Mobile News Blog A prolific writer, mobile aficionado and member of the ZDNet family, James Kendrick shares Windows Mobile, Android and iOS news weekly. He also tests out the latest mobile tech, apps and accessories so his readers don’t have to. MUST-READ POST: This post, in which James spells out the features of and improvements to Microsoft’s Edge browser. Follow: @jkendrick | Read the blog: zdnet.com/blog/mobile-news Cisco Retail Blog Cisco Retail Blog As the world’s leading vendor of network and Internet technology, Cisco is home to innovation experts with decades of combined experience. They come together on the Cisco Retail Blog to offer unparalleled advice on navigating the changing retail landscape. MUST-READ POST: This post, which details the in-store analytics tools omnichannel retailers use to collect and use customer data. Follow: @ciscoretail | Read the blog: blogs.cisco.com/retail Coding Horror Coding Horror Beginning his career in software development in the 1980s, Jeff Atwood worked for a California software design and development firm before moving on to pursue his own projects. Since then, he’s founded a network of online QA communities and continued managing his programming blog, which he kicked off in 2004. MUST-READ POST: This post, which details the pitfalls of short passwords and offers tips for choosing a password that can hold its own against crackers. Follow: @codinghorror | Read the blog: blog.codinghorror.com The Networking Nerd Networking Nerd Considering that Tom Hollingsworth bills himself as the “token networking guy,” it should come as no surprise that his blog showcases a bit of his humor and personality, even as it talks tech. This 12-year IT veteran has a background in both enterprise and education and offers his take on industry trends and networking news. MUST-READ POST: This post, which includes a short video clip of Tom breaking down the myths and truths of software-defined networking. Follow: @networkingnerd | Read the blog: networkingnerd.net Small Biz Labs Small Biz Labs If you’re into numbers and data, this is the blog for you. Written by Steve King and Carolyn Ockels — partners at a California-based research and consulting firm — it pulls from recent publications and industry research when discussing issues pertinent to the small business sector. MUST-READ POST: This post, which investigates the driving reasons consumers share goods and services as part of the collaborative economy. Follow: @smallbizlabs | Read the blog: smallbizlabs.com Moving Packets Moving Packets The minutiae of moving packets have always interested John Herbert, which is why he’s devoted his blog to discussing networking “protocols, technologies, vendors and architectures.” Check out his opinion pieces, industry news and reviews of networking solutions. MUST-READ POST: This post, which outlines five OpenSSL commands that help network engineers troubleshoot SSL certificates and connections. Follow: @mrtugs | Read the blog: movingpackets.net IT Pro Guru IT Pro Guru Dan Stolts, the IT Pro Guru, has a mission: advance the IT community through problem-solving advice and expert insights. And as chief technology strategist for Microsoft, he has plenty of insights. Read his posts on systems management, technology strategy and security, and get how-to tips for using Azure and other Microsoft solutions. MUST-READ POST: This post, which marks the start of a series of cloud computing interviews featuring expert and blogger Blain Barton. Follow: @ITProGuru | Read the blog: itproguru.com A Think Tank of Softwarization A Think Tank of Softwarization The handful of IT enthusiasts who run this blog focus on three transformative technologies: network functions virtualization, software-defined networking and the cloud. Their posts look at how softwarization affects telecommunications and information and communications technology and the blog itself operates as an extension of the broader IEEE SDN initiative. MUST-READ POST: This post, which recommends that softwarization be confined to sandboxes so as not to disrupt legacy infrastructure. Follow: @IEEESDN | Read the blog: ieee-sdn.blogspot.com The Transformational CIO HMG Strategy Technology has transformed business, and the C-suite must do more than play catch-up. The experts at CIO network HMG Strategy blog about everything from collaboration to cloud evolution and cybersecurity to give engaged, forward-thinking CIOs the tools they need to lead. MUST-READ POST: This post, in which Hewlett Packard CIO Ralph Loura explains the CIO’s role as a creator of business value. Follow: @HMGStrategy | Read the blog: hmgstrategy.com/blog Troy Hunt Troy Hunt As a five-time Microsoft MVP award winner, web security specialist Troy Hunt stays active in software development, so he’s always in touch with today’s security needs. He’s known for blogging about ways to break software so that it can be rebuilt better and more securely. MUST-READ POST: This post, which lists all the security resource links that Troy references during his presentations. Follow: @troyhunt | Read the blog: troyhunt.com Chaotic Flow Chaotic Flow On-demand services are the name of the game for blogger Joel York. Backed by 20 years of experience in B2B software, he breaks down practical go-to-market business strategies for executives involved in Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service. MUST-READ POST: This post, in which York argues that Software as a Service providers should prioritize agile management practices. Follow: @chaoticflow | Read the blog: chaotic-flow.com Stephenson blogs on Internet of Things Stephenson blogs on Internet of Things As a recognized thought leader and the principal of his namesake strategic consulting firm, W. David Stephenson is your go-to source for deep insights into the Internet of Things. His blog hits on the technology’s applications, challenges, regulatory outlook, evaluation criteria, and privacy and security concerns. MUST-READ POST: This post, in which David geeks out about Amsterdam’s free citywide Internet of Things district. Follow: @data4all | Read the blog: stephensonstrategies.com Keith Mayer Keith Mayer Have cloud, will travel. Keith Mayer, a technical evangelist for Microsoft, offers lots of advice and tactical tips for Microsoft Azure cloud enthusiasts. Mayer's blog is definitely a great resource for Microsoft shops. MUST-READ POST: This post, which is proof that storage size does matter in the cloud. Follow: @KeithMayer | Read the blog: blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/ Future of CIO Future of CIO Chief information officer, chief integration officer, chief inspiration officer — those are just a few interpretations of the CIO’s role within an organization, and these experts speak to all of them. Turn to them for advice on fostering a positive culture, mastering innovation management, acting as a business strategist and more. Pearl Zhu is the main blogger behind this blog and she's a published author, IT thought leader and former analyst at HP. MUST-READ POST: This post, which summarizes four views of KPIs that help demonstrate IT’s business value. Follow: @PEARL_ZHU | Read the blog: futureofcio.blogspot.com CTO Vision CTO Vision Offering context to CTOs, CIOs, CISOs and data scientists, this blog discusses the relationship between regulatory compliance and security, big news in the federal technology landscape and the business impact of cloud solutions, big data and other technologies. MUST-READ POST: This post, which looks ahead to the future of enterprise technology, including artificial intelligence and interactive advertising displays. Follow: @ctovision | Read the blog: ctovision.com Cuddle Tech Cuddle Tech Ben R After starting his career as a systems administrator, Ben Rockwood later found his passion for operations management. “It was clear that technology comes and goes,” he explains, “but the way in which we run a shop is a more fundamental challenge.” His blog of 16 years now focuses on DevOps topics and Lean IT. MUST-READ POST: This post, in which Rockwood writes a DevOps equivalent of the Agile Manifesto. Follow: @benr | Read the blog: cuddletech.com iHeavy iHeavy As a consultant, Sean Hull helps businesses identify and correct issues with website performance; as a blogger, he distills the ideas of industry experts and offers his perspective on top technology brands, solutions and news. MUST-READ POST: This post, in which Hull compares the management structure of open-source projects with different forms of government. Follow: @hullsean | Read the blog: iheavy.com/blog DevOps Reactions DevOps Reactions Why use words when a gif will do? This quirky blog uses pop-culture imagery to illustrate the day-to-day work, successes, failures and frustrations of sysadmins. MUST-READ POST: This post, which is sure to make nerds smile. Follow: @devopsreactions | Read the blog: devopsreactions.tumblr.com Standalone Sysadmin Standalone Sysadmin System administrators are responsible for everything imaginable, which is why blogger and fellow sysadmin Matt Simmons covers all the bases when writing his 7-year-old blog. Check here for tips and insights on networking, security, storage and more. MUST-READ POST: This inspirational post, which uses a comic-book comparison to motivate sysadmins to keep plugging away at their work, even if they aren’t happy with the initial results. Follow: @standaloneSA | Read the blog: standalone-sysadmin.com/blog Manufacturing Business Technology Manufacturing Business Technology As is true for just about every industry, manufacturing is evolving alongside technology. This blog is designed to keep stakeholders up-to-date on the latest news and ideas. It particularly focuses on highlighting the business implications — and applications — of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things. MUST-READ POST: This post, which explains the importance of having a solid business plan before deploying cloud technology. Follow: @mbtwebsite | Read the blog: mbtmag.com Wahl Network Chris Wahl While fresh perspectives are always welcome in IT, there’s definitely something to be said for a veteran’s eye. Chris Wahl is a networking guru with years of insights and experience to share. Thankfully, he isn't shy about rolling up his sleeves and getting down and dirty when it comes to handling IT situations and he shares his useful IT advice on his blog. MUST-READ POST: This post, which advises IT workers on how to make lemonade out of lemons in a professional situation. Follow: @chriswahl | Read the blog: wahlnetwork.com Geek Speak Geek Speak This multiauthor blog is where the geeks come out to play. Head over to score straightforward coding and IT advice, comment on thought-provoking opinion pieces and read through software and solution reviews written by people who love talking tech. MUST-READ POST: This post about the IT ninja star, which is essentially a decision matrix that helps organizations achieve IT transformation. Follow: @thwack | Read the blog: Geek Speak Forrester Blog for CIOs Chief Mobility Officer Written by the analysts behind leading research company Forrester, this blog provides actionable insights designed to help technology executives lead the way on digital strategy. These pros wax on about collaboration, smart cities and emerging markets, plus top IT solution providers and tech news. MUST-READ POST: This forward-looking post, which names top technology trends to watch between 2016 and 2018. Follow: @forrester | Read the blog: blogs.forrester.com/cio SportTechie SportTechie The good ol' ball game is fast becoming about much more than just the balls and the bats. IT is playing an increasingly larger role in baseball and other professional sports, and SportTechie tracks all the changes. Whether it's data analytics, virtual reality or mobile devices, SportTechie is on top of the latest tech trends in the sports industry. MUST-READ POST: This post, which explains how the St. Louis Cardinals are using iPads to boost their recruiting efforts. Follow: @sporttechie | Read the blog: sporttechie.com iPhone J.D. Jeff Richardson How many lawyers does it take to run a blog devoted to iOS devices? Just one: Jeff Richardson. While this Apple fan started out in 2008 by writing solely about iPhones, he’s expanded his reach to iPads, Apple watches, legal technology news and all sorts of device, app and accessory reviews. MUST-READ POST: This post, which explains how lawyers can make the most out of the Markup feature in Mail in iOS 9. Follow: @jeffrichardson | Read the blog: iphonejd.com The Droid Lawyer Droid Lawyer On the other side of the mobile coin, Oklahoma-based attorney Jeffrey Taylor is looking out for the lawyer who prefers Android. He writes product reviews, app recommendations, weekly news roundups and basic tech tips, plus a bit of commentary on technology within the legal industry. MUST-READ POST: This post, which lists dozens of Android apps that are specifically designed for attorneys. Follow: @jeffrey_taylor | Read the blog: thedroidlawyer.com I, Cringely I, Cringely Throughout his 30-year tech career, Robert X. Cringely has cultivated relationships with both well-known and up-and-coming Silicon Valley experts. He divulges their insights on his I, Cringely blog and offers his own opinions on some of the biggest names in technology. MUST-READ POST: This post, which discusses the widespread implications of the theft of fingerprint records from the Office of Personnel Management. Follow: @cringely | Read the blog: cringely.com emtunc's Blog emtunc's Blog You know you've come across a good blogger when you get a dose of their sense of humor right off the bat. Mikail Tunç is a systems administrator, or as he likes to call himself a "sithadmin," at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and his blog is a great resource for practical and how-to sysadmin content. MUST-READ POST: This post, which demonstrates Tunç's sithlike ways with Google Apps for Work. Follow: @emikailt | Read the blog: emtunc.org/blog Anoop’s Anoop’s For those who rely on Microsoft's SCCM, getting started with the software can be daunting. But the benefits of mastering SCCM are immense, since it helps IT professionals make sense of enterprise IT systems management. Anoop Nair, a Microsoft MVP, keeps what he calls a "technical notebook" for other IT professionals who are looking to get started with SCCM or to up their game. MUST-READ POST: This post, which offers SCCM admins hope and advice on how to overcome the most challenging parts of their job. Follow: @ anoopmannur | Read the blog: anoopcnair.com Mick's IT Blog Mick's IT Blogs Sometimes, your first love is really the only love you need. Mick Pletcher is an SCCM administrator for a Tennessee law firm, and he first fell hard for IT back when he was 10, when he wrote his first programs on a TRS-80 Model III. Now, as a seasoned IT professional, Pletcher writes a blog in which he offers technical advice to fellow SCCM administrators. MUST-READ POST: This post, which highlights how to use PowerShell and SCCM to track down unlicensed software like an IT ninja. Follow: @mick_pletcher | Read the blog: mickitblog.blogspot.com CTO/CIO Perspectives: Peter Kretzman e blog: technet.microsoft.com tures a podcast discussion of how brands can get involved in podcasting. howfunky.com Complete IT Professional Complete IT Professional IT is a profession that requires continual education. While the Complete IT Professional is certainly not the Harvard of the web, the reality is that there's a lot you can learn from self-taught materials and online. This is real advice for real IT pros. The Top Mobile Social Networks Top mobile social networks on the Web, including niche local social communities as well as those organized by language, nationality or specialty interest. 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