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Content tagged with Security posted in November 2012
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VMware Launches Software-Defined Data Center
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
VCloud Suite 5.1 combines three key VMware products to create an early version of a software-defined data center.
Feds Pull Plug On 'One Stop' Cloud Portal
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
The General Services Administration plans to decommission Uncle Sam's Apps.gov site, which was supposed to make it easy for agencies to acquire software as a service.
Celtics, Nets Score With Unified Communications
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
NBA teams' IT executives explain how and why they decided among on-premises, hybrid and hosted technology services.
SAS Acquires rPath Assets To Boost Cloud Services
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Analytic vendor SAS buys automation technologies, hires key staff to bolster its rapidly scalable cloud delivery capabilities.
Avoid Vague Social Media Policies
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Recent National Labor Relations Board decision reminds employers that employee speech related to terms of employment is protected.
Cisco Pledges SDN Openness With Cariden
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Cisco insists it's been "open" about software-defined networking and will stay that way after its latest acquisition.
Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Apple is now selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5 starting at $649. Make sure you know the pros and cons involved in buying an off-contract device.
SMS Text Messaging Has 20th Birthday Monday
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Who invented texting? Who sent the first text and what did it say? Why 160 characters? These and more fun questions are answered on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first short message service (SMS) text message.
National Archives Picks Google Apps For Government
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
$7.2 million contract awarded to Unisys.
Hire A Data Science Team, Not A Data Scientist
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Assembling a group of talented people with diverse skills is the best way to meet your data science needs, says Deloitte director.
NASA Mars Mission: No Little Green Men -- Yet
Slideshows  |  11/30/2012  | 
NASA debunks rumors of new evidence of life on Mars, but its Curiosity rover continues to make many smaller discoveries. Some of NASA's latest images raise interesting questions.
Microsoft Defends Hiring Foreign Workers
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Microsoft says it has 34% more open engineering positions than this time last year, and can't fill them all domestically.
Dwolla Shakes Up Online Payments
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Online payment darling Dwolla adds three new services as it tries to speed up merchant and consumer acceptance of its electronic transactions.
Apple iTunes 11: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  11/30/2012  | 
Take a closer look at Apple iTunes 11 and see how the venerable music application and e-commerce interface has been redesigned for the better.
5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS holds plenty of potential, but so far consumers aren't loving the radically redesigned desktop. Microsoft should consider these changes.
Apple To Sell iPhone 5, iPad Mini In China
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Sales of Apple's latest tablets kick off December 7 in China, with the iPhone following December 14.
Gaza Ceasefire Doesn't Hold Online: New Anonymous Hack
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
War of words and hacked websites continues, even as the Palestinian territories receive upgraded state status from the United Nations.
Ballmer: Hardware Key To Microsoft's Future
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Facing tablet pressure, Microsoft CEO tells shareholders that company needs to bring hardware and software together to speed up innovation.
Internet Explorer Ad Attacks Hard-Core IE Hate
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
A new Microsoft ad for Internet Explorer entitled "Do you know this guy?" shows an IE-hating, "IE Sucks"-tweeting, basement-dwelling techno-geek finally moved -- a little -- by the progress made by Microsoft's web browser.
Amazon's Vogels Challenges IT: Rethink App Dev
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Amazon Web Services CTO says promised land of cloud computing requires a new generation of applications that follow different principles.
Google Counters Amazon's Storage Price Cuts
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Google cut storage prices by 20% at start of week, and then slashed another 10% in response to Amazon's price drops. Is there a storage price war going on in the cloud?
10 Essential Android Apps For Work, Home
Slideshows  |  11/29/2012  | 
Do you use your own Android phone at work? These 10 apps go the distance between home and office.
Plantronics Says WebRTC Eases Virtual Meeting Headaches
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Businesses could better harness real-time Web communications if WebRTC APIs were included in the HTML5 standard, Plantronics says.
GE Isn't Running An Industrial Internet Charity, Folks
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
GE CEO Jeff Immelt expects strong revenue growth from new software products and services that tie machines to the Internet to allow better data analysis.
Microsoft Reveals Details of Intel-Based Surface
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
The Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft will look like the ARM-based Surface RT, only slightly thicker and heavier. On the other hand, unlike the RT, it will be able to run existing Windows apps. It will start at $899 and be available in January. These tablets are based on Intel Ivy Bridge chips, and so do not have the superior battery life of ARM or Intel Clover Trail systems.
911 Centers Not Ready For Mobile App Era
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Some of the latest public safety apps offer to let you send texts, photos and even videos to 911 centers. There's just one problem: They don't work. According to the National Emergency Number Association, 911 centers still live in the telephone era, not the Internet and smart phone era.
Valley View: Windows Phone 8 Up Close
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Our most recent episode of Valley View took a deeper look at Windows Phone 8 with Microsoft's Greg Sullivan and checked out some intriguing startups. See all the highlights.
Semantic Databases: Destiny Or Distraction?
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Here's how to decide where flexible semantic technologies can replace more rigid relational systems.
T-Mobile May Score iPhone Next Week
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Is the time right for T-Mobile to launch the iPhone? At least one analyst thinks so.
Microsoft: Google Shoppers Get 'Scroogled'
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Microsoft says consumers should use Bing because Google Shopping's pay-to-play program skews results.
LinkedIn Launches Ads API
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
LinkedIn Ads API opens the door for a new class -- and a new scale -- of B2B social advertising and marketing campaigns on the site.
Inspector General Slams Medicare Oversight Of EHR Program
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Office of Inspection General asserts that lack of prepayment audits of Meaningful Use leaves the Medicare program vulnerable to abuse.
Wireless Carrier Rankings: AT&T Vs. Verizon
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Verizon outscored its rivals in Consumers Reports' annual rankings of wireless network operators, but not in every category.
Facebook 'Privacy Notice' Has No Legs
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
But Facebook should be looking at why the notice went viral.
Microsoft's Windows 8 Numbers Meaningless
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
Microsoft says it has sold more than 40 million Windows 8 licenses, but the information is worthless in absence of key data the company won't divulge.
Workday Posts Strong Start As Public Firm
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Workday post-IPO financial results exceed expectations and it sets lofty goals for market share gains against Oracle and SAP.
Windows Phone 7 Users To Get Cosmetic Update
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Users of Windows Phones prior to the new generation of devices will not be upgraded to the new operating system, Windows Phone 8. Instead, they will receive an update early next year that makes their OS look like Windows Phone 8, but not get any of the other new features.
Amazon Web Services Slashes Storage Prices
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
At its first developers conference, Re:Invent, Amazon features customers like Netflix and NASDAQ and disses its software firm rivals.
Researchers Steal Cloud Computing Power Via Browsers
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Security researchers demonstrate that cloud computing can be taken at no cost, if you know where to find the processing cycles.
Where Are All The iPhone/iPad Lightning Accessories?
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Where are all the Lightning accessories? It's now almost December -- two months after Apple's new Lightning connector debuted on the iPhone 5 -- and there is still practically no Lightning-compatible iOS hardware available. Owners of the new Lightning-equipped iPad Mini, iPad 4 and new iPods are waiting, too.
Google Street View Hits The Slopes
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Google Street View captures a variety of images and locations and distances itself from privacy concerns.
Feds Fall Short On IT Project Management
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Government agencies, including Health and Human Services, do a poor job of following federal IT investment guidelines, reports Government Accountability Office.
Windows 8: Let's Not Plan The Funeral Yet
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Even in tech time, it seems silly to sound the death knell so soon on such a significant overhaul. Did you really expect instant success?
Samsung Loses In Latest Apple Patent Decision
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Dutch court rules that Samsung violated Apple patents as the two firms' legal battles continue.
Microsoft: Windows 8 Sales Match Early Win7 Results
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Despite analyst reports suggesting a slow start for new OS, Microsoft says early sales and upgrades are strong.
Future Cities: IT Priorities For Urban Transformation
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
City planners and their IT teams are setting big goals -- and facing big challenges -- in the development of tech-enabled "Future Cities," our survey results show.
Google Nexus 4 Ships In 4 To 9 Weeks
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Crush of orders for Nexus 4 Android smartphone leaves Google's servers gasping for breath. It's not sold out, but you face a wait.
Windows 8 Enterprise Antivirus Market Starts Off Slow
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Test lab AV-Test finds only 6 corporate antimalware / endpoint protection solutions for enterprises. By contrast, they count 60 consumer anti-virus products available and compatible with Windows 8, including some big names -- like Kaspersky, McAfee and Symantec -- not yet available in corporate editions.
Outlook.Com Gets Android App, More Features
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Microsoft enhances its online mail and calendaring service to better challenge Gmail and other Google cloud offerings.
Salesforce.com Wants Developers To Think Big
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
With Identity and Canvas plans, Salesforce can begin to provide services to enterprise applications that were thought to have been totally separate from CRM.
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