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Today's Tech: Twitter clamps down on account hacking and AMD shows off its low power Kabini and Temash SoCs

Embracing increased project failure rates could be key to improving the efficiency of organisations, according to Gartner research. The study claims that project and portfolio management (PPM) leaders that adopt a "fail-forward-fast" strategy, accepting project failure rates of 20-28 per cent as the norm, could make their organisations faster-thinking and more responsive, by encouraging experimentation and the determination of success or failure in the early stages of a project's existence. "Current common practices in PPM simply don't meet the needs of the day," said Audrey Apfel, managing vice president at Gartner. "Continued cost pressures on most IT organisations will force IT and PPM leaders to rethink how they deal with increasing demands on an already overburdened workforce. Steady rates of project failure will lead PPM leaders and their peers and customers to accept a certain level of failure." Because of market instability and the growth of IT, businesses will be obliged to take bigger and more frequent risks, continued Apfel, who believes that the 20-28 per cent failure rate will be the standard in 2016. Read about Gartner's additional predictions by following the link above.

Twitter has responded to the spate of security breaches on high-profile accounts by introducing a new login system to foil hackers targeting the social network. Rolling out to user accounts now is an option to "Require a verification code when I sign in," which is accessible via settings and brings two-factor authentication to Twitter for the first time. The feature enables users to add their phone number to the system, so every time a new device attempts to log in to the account, they are texted a code to be entered after the username and password stage of the login process. As a result, hackers who obtain login credentials will not necessarily be able to enter the account thanks to the second layer of authentication. Many security commentators have been calling for Twitter to implement such a system in recent months, following a chain of breaches that attracted headlines. Notable victims this year include the BBC, Guardian, The Financial Times, The Onion, Burger King, and Jeep.

Today, AMD is launching Kabini and Temash, the twin follow-ups to its popular 2011 Brazos platform. These new SoCs are built on 28nm technology, and feature an expanded, more powerful GPU, targeting systems with TDPs ranging from 9 Watts to 25 Watts. One thing to understand is that while we talk about two distinct codenames, the underlying architecture is identical. Temash and Kabini have the same controller hub, the same memory controller, and integrate the same features. It's difficult to understate just how important these chips are to AMD's future. Not only do they underpin both the Xbox One and PS4, AMD is counting on them to drive adoption in mobile, even as the PC market shrinks and consumer uptake of x86 tablets is stuck in the doldrums. All the details you need to know, as well as an analysis of AMD's prospects, can be found through following the link.

Finally, if you want to stay in the know about worldwide goings-on without having to read the news, just check Google Trends' Top Charts — lists of the most-searched people, places, and things in more than 40 categories. Built on the Knowledge Graph, the new Top Charts feature is updated monthly, and reaches as far back as 2004. The data is similar to Google's year-end Zeitgeist offering, with info on things like the 10 most searched cities, movies, or scientists. To check out what's popular right now, visit Google Trends and click "Top Charts" on the left side. Listed in alphabetical order, the charts can also be sorted specifically by category — business and politics, entertainment, nature and science, shopping, sports, travel and leisure. Google has also brought "conversational search" to updated Chrome browsers, and the functionality is impressive. What the feature does is to allow the user to speak their search queries into the search engine and then have those results spoken back. Find out how ITProPortal got on with the service.