News & Commentary
posted in February 2013
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Salesforce.com Caps Record Year, Eyes Acquisitions
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Fourth quarter and full-year financial results top estimates, but CEO Marc Benioff admits Salesforce.com needs more Marketing Cloud services muscle.
Open Public Wi-Fi: How To Stay Safe
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Open public Wi-Fi networks are still very common in coffee shops like Starbucks, public libraries and other common areas, yet using them can compromise the confidentiality of your communications. We do have many ways for you to protect yourself, some stronger than others.
Attention Google: 12 Ways To Make Smartphones More Manly
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Google co-founder Sergey Brin sees smartphones as "emasculating." We can fix that.
English Hospitals Look To Cloud To Curb Expenses
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Merseyside hospitals will use SaaS platform Expenses Health from vendor Software Europe to cut expenses by up to 18%. National Health Service hopes such implementations will help it cut targeted £20 billion from budget.
Caradigm Expands Health Information Exchange Capabilities
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Microsoft-GE Healthcare joint venture adds tools to support population health management, accountable and integrated care, and third-party app development.
Why Enterprise Social Networking Falls Short
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Companies must focus more on using social networking to build external ties to customers, suppliers and partners -- not just among employees.
CIO Profiles: Keith J. Figlioli Of Premier
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Don't waste this healthcare alliance CIO's time with overhyped marketing promises.
Predictive Analytics Improve Miami City Services
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Miami-Dade County is partnering with IBM to improve city policing, transportation and parks through predictive analytics.
Google Not Impressed With Motorola Smartphone Pipeline
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Google exec says inherited Motorola product pipeline doesn't deliver the "wow."
Office 365 For Business: Worth The Upgrade?
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Microsoft shows love for SMBs with three new Office 365 packages. Should you return the affection?
U.K. Pushes Govt. IT To Use SMB Suppliers
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Coalition government aims to save money and spread its wealth by awarding 25% of its contract funds to small and midsize businesses by 2015.
MWC 2013: Five Coolest Gadgets
Slideshows  |  2/28/2013  | 
Mobile World Congress drew some 72,000 people to Barcelona, Spain, to see the latest and greatest mobile devices. Take a closer look at five gadgets that stood out.
6 Big Data Advances: Some Might Be Giants
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
In a full week for big data news, EMC, Intel and Revolution Analytics announcements stand out.
20 People Who Changed Tech: James Watt
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
In this first of a series on the great technical minds of history, Howard Anderson chronicles the enormous impact of the inventor of the steam engine.
Yahoo Flap Misses The Bigger Point
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
New CEO Marissa Mayer wants all company employees to work in the office. This isn't about exercising control; it's about setting a tone for change.
Windows Blue: How Will Windows 8 Evolve?
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Windows Blue, Microsoft's alleged follow-up to Windows 8, may emerge by June. One prediction: Don't hold your breath for a retreat from the tiled look.
The Best Way to Spend Your Security Budget
Commentary  |  2/27/2013  | 
It's easy to come up with scenarios in which mobile devices can compromise an organization. On the spectrum of real-world threats, these are almost all outliers. Probably the most important thing for you to do is to make sure all your SQL queries are parameterized. This will eliminate the most important mass-attack technique used against large companies.
Google App Engine Developers Get Help From Ferris
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Cloud Sherpas releases Python framework, named for the work-avoiding Ferris Bueller, to make App Engine programming easier.
Cubeware Launches Big Data App Store
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
BISTRO, a new Hadoop-based apps market, offers business intelligence software and tools that save organizations time and trouble, says Cubeware.
SpaceX Resupply Rocket Aims For Space Station
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Friday's mission represents next step in NASA strategy to develop commercial crew and space transportation capabilities.
Federal IT Reform: Are More Laws Needed?
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Efforts by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., could lead to significant reform of federal IT management and acquisition.
Google Sports Game Shows Web Tech Power
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Chrome Super Sync Sports turns mobile devices into controllers for desktop Web game.
Marc Benioff Gets Back On Track
Commentary  |  2/27/2013  | 
Salesforce.com CEO focuses more on the customer and less on social. Here's why that should resonate with CIOs.
CPOE Cuts Medication Errors By 48%, Says Study
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
But it's still unclear whether the computerized ordering systems actually reduce harm to patients.
How To Improve The IT Decision-Making Process
Commentary  |  2/27/2013  | 
"Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful." --George E. P. Box
U.K. Nonprofit Seeks Tech Ideas To Help Teens
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Tech for Good challenge will invest $758,000 in projects that use "disruptive digital technology" to create new opportunities for at-risk young adults in the U.K.
Speech Recognition Booms As EHR Adoption Grows
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Nuance leads field, but M*Modal is rising, KLAS report finds. Meanwhile, natural language processing and computer-assisted coding gain interest.
Did Yahoo's Mayer Slap Social In The Face?
Commentary  |  2/27/2013  | 
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's edict that all Yahoo employees must work in the office doesn't please social business technology fans. But Yahoo insists this is about much more than social.
E-Commerce Pioneer Martha Lane Fox Becomes Baroness
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
British e-commerce innovator and 'digital champion' Martha Lane Fox has been given a place in the U.K's House of Lords.
Immigration Reform: Find The Middle Ground
Commentary  |  2/27/2013  | 
A 'virtual march' on Washington aims to bring more highly skilled technical workers into the U.S. It's time for a constructive debate rather than more vitriol.
Google Security Vulnerability Allowed Two-Step Verification Bypass
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Researchers at Duo Security detailed an attack that could have allowed a hacker to hijack a user's Google account
Smartphones, Foolish Security Choices
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
One quarter of smartphone users store "intimate" images on their mobile devices, says security vendor AVG.
Salesforce.com's New Message: It's The Customer, Stupid
Commentary  |  2/27/2013  | 
What's behind Salesforce.com's new 'customer company' spin? For starters, the previous social-centric message was not translating into sales.
Flexible Classroom Cameras Work With iPad
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Expanding from "document cameras" that project printed materials or desktop experiments, AVer introduces cameras that stream to an iPad as a presentation or recording device.
Could A MOOC Ease Your Talent Problems?
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Boston's EdX partnership with MIT should spur CIOs to consider creating their own massive open online courses to fill skills gaps.
Code.org Urges Students To Embrace Programming
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
After tech industry hiring practices left students reluctant to go into software engineering, the industry wants to make up.
Electronic Records Increase Preventive Testing, Study Says
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Women's health screening rates for many common conditions rise as IT becomes more sophisticated, study finds.
IE10 on Windows 7: 5 Essential Facts
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Four months after debuting on Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10 has finally come to Windows 7. Here are the five essential facts users should know.
Intel Unveils New Distribution For Apache Hadoop
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Third generation of Intel's Hadoop promises better performance and security and tighter integration with Intel's Xeon processors.
New York State Plans Expansion Of STEM Schools
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Gov. Cuomo's budget proposal includes $4 million to establish 10 new Early College High School programs, similar to the IBM-backed P-TECH in New York City, aimed at preparation for high-tech jobs.
Pentagon Unveils Secure Mobile Device Plan
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Military releases a new plan to accelerate the adoption of mobile devices and apps for both classified and unclassified use.
Google Taunts Facebook With Sign-In Challenge
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Google+ Sign-In aspires to be Facebook Login, but without the alleged spamming.
Who Owns Student Data?
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
As data collection and data analysis in education grow, so do worries about student and teacher privacy. Is there enough protection?
LG To Write Next Chapter For HP WebOS
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
LG says it will use its newly acquired mobile operating system in smart TVs, not mobile devices. But what else does LG have in its smartphone arsenal?
Secure Dropbox Files With DigitalQuick
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
DigitalQuick is an elegant encryption add-on that allows enterprises to use Dropbox for sensitive documents and information
Britain Might Get Cheaper High-Speed Data Connections
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Telecommunications regulator Ofcom wants dominant provider BT to lower its prices over next three years to increase market competition and create more interest in Ethernet services.
White House Points Sensors, Drones To Gauge Arctic Change
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
White House outlines five-year plan to measure ice melt and study the impact of environmental change on the local population.
Huawei, ZTE Challenge Apple, Samsung Smartphones
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
At Mobile World Congress, China's largest mobile phone makers revealed smartphones that target the best from Apple and Samsung.
Nokia Lumia 720, 520 Stake Windows Phone Middle Ground
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
At Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced two Windows Phone 8 devices that aim to please the bargain shopper.
Oracle: Eloqua Will Stay Friendly With Salesforce.com
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Oracle's roadmap for recently acquired Eloqua marketing suite shows continued support for Salesforce.com and Microsoft CRM applications.
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