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Content posted in February 2013
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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.
Google Not Impressed With Motorola Smartphone Pipeline
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Google exec says inherited Motorola product pipeline doesn't deliver the "wow."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Seeking Social Business Leaders For 2013
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 1! Help us identify the organizations making the best use of social technologies in support of their businesses. We will showcase the winners at the E2 Conference in Boston.
FirefoxOS #Fail: The Web is Not the Platform
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
Mozilla says that 'Content Is King' and 'The Web Is The Platform'. This strategy is an old and failed one. Apple briefly, and insincerely, tried it. The whole history of personal computing, let along the history of mobile devices, shows that he who takes maximum advantage of the capabilities of the platform wins the market.
4 IT Leadership Failures That Make Employees Leave
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
When it comes to creating IT job satisfaction, it's not what CIOs and other IT leaders say. It's what they do.
HP Slate Android Tablet: Pros And Cons
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
HP's first Android tablet, the $169 HP Slate, delivers a price consumers will like, but skimps on display and processor.
What Won't Kill BlackBerry? Instagram Flap
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Apps are essential for smartphone and tablet ecosystems -- but lack of a single app won't make or break any platform.
Mobile World Congress 2013: What We Want
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Mobile World Congress 2013 will feature glitzy new hardware and exciting apps. But what I really want to see is technology to keep the wireless data network humming.
You Will Subscribe To, Not Buy Software
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Especially in a BYOD environment, software subscriptions have a lot going for them, but many just don't like the idea of paying for software and not owning it. The recent revelation that Office 2013, at least in some cases, will come locked to a specific computer, much as OEM Windows does, shows how the subscription model is coming whether we like it or not. Here's what we think.
Samsung Looking To Elbow Past BlackBerry In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Samsung needs to overcome questions about Android security as it tries to steal business and government customers from BlackBerry and Apple.
MLB.TV Just Charged Your Credit Card
Commentary  |  2/21/2013  | 
Are you an MLB.TV subscriber? In past years they have always asked you to renew. Not anymore. Check your credit card.
Big Data's Opportunities, Responsibilities For Education
Commentary  |  2/21/2013  | 
Microsoft's CTO for U.S. Education outlines what he believes technology companies must do to protect students.
Apple iWatch: Readers Speak Out
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
Does a smartwatch make sense in the new world of smartphones and tablets? Does anyone even wear a watch anymore? Readers weigh in.
HTC One Can Compete With Apple, Samsung
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
HTC One offers world-class hardware, slick software enhancements and a really cool camera.
The Office for iPad Myth Lives On
Commentary  |  2/18/2013  | 
Microsoft Office for iPad makes perfect sense — if you think Surface and Windows 8 are losers and even Microsoft doesn't believe in them. It's way too early to give up on Microsoft's new operating system which works with tablets as well as conventional computers, and the mythical billions it could make with an Office for iPad would lose them far more by undercutting Windows.
Amazon Unlikely To Spin Off AWS Cloud Unit
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
Oppenheimer analyst says it's "inevitable" Amazon Web Services will untether from its parent company, but Amazon disagrees.
Google to Launch $99 Tablet, Rumor Claims
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
If the rumor is true, a $99 tablet with decent Web browsing, email, social media would completely disrupt the tablet market
iPhone Vulnerability: Return of the Lock Screen Bypass
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
How do security regression errors happen? The key to preventing new code from breaking old code is proper testing. Improved automated testing helped Mozilla to cut regressions caused by security patches. In the case of the iPhone 5 lock screen bypass, a hole in the test plan may be responsible.
MicroStrategy Doubles Down On Mobile, Data Visualization
Commentary  |  2/13/2013  | 
Business intelligence vendor focuses on mobile, cloud, social and visual analysis amid a tight battle with SAP, Oracle, QlikTech and Tableau.
P&G CIO: There's A Better Way To Create Software
Commentary  |  2/13/2013  | 
Procter & Gamble CIO Filippo Passerini thinks cooperation among the likes of Disney, FedEx and Goldman Sachs could push software vendors to build more relevant analytics software --and build it faster.
Dell's Future: 3 Wild Cards CIOs Should Understand
Commentary  |  2/12/2013  | 
As Dell pursues going private, Microsoft's $2 billion stake isn't the only thing that should give enterprises pause.
6 Questions To Guide Natural Language Processing Strategy
Commentary  |  2/12/2013  | 
Healthcare can make good use of NLP, but only if the right technology is applied to appropriate uses.
Wireless Device Chargers: Right Idea, Wrong Price
Commentary  |  2/12/2013  | 
Google's new $60 wireless charger for the Nexus 4 smartphone exemplifies a problem facing the entire industry.
Apple iWatch: 7 Reasons It Won't Fly
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
Squeezing a processor into an iPod Nano form factor mostly means a less-capable computing device, and adding a wristband doesn't change that.
The Education Lab Inside My House
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
As the father of virtual school students, I see both the promise and the challenges of online education.
IBM's Watson Could Be Healthcare Game Changer
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
IBM's cognitive computing technology moves past Jeopardy and into serious healthcare challenges, including cancer treatment. IBM's rivals seem stuck on more prosaic problems.
Online Consults Increasing, Despite Physicians' Concerns
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
New primary care model gains momentum as payers see cost-cutting potential and consumers demand better service.
8 Ways To Judge Collaboration Technology Vendors
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
Collaboration vendors starting to all sound alike? Here are key considerations as you compare tool providers and their products.
Hybrid Cloud Management Is Within Reach
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
New generation of IT management products is easier to deploy and less costly to operate than conventional systems.
3 Ways That IT Still Fails Itself
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
Sometimes we in IT act as our own worst enemy. IT leaders must study these mistakes with brutal honesty.
Lean IT: Think Big About Agility
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
Cloud, DevOps, Agile and Lean Startup methodologies all aim to make companies more adaptive. But alone, no one of them can deliver on that promise.
Microsoft Surface Pro: Too Much Tablet?
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
You might not want to buy this almost-a-PC, overstuffed-tablet hybrid. But your boss might buy one for you.
Why Apple iOS-Driven Smartwatch Makes Sense
Commentary  |  2/10/2013  | 
Apple is reportedly developing a wearable product that features its iOS operating system and curved glass. Watch out, Pebble.
What Would an Apple Watch Do?
Commentary  |  2/10/2013  | 
The iWatch, or whatever Apple would call its "watch-like device," had better do something really clever and useful. The Dick Tracy watch has been attempted and laughed off the market before. Surely Apple is thinking of what to do beyond the phone and tablet, but it has to be better than this.
BlackBerry Z10: 5 Best Features
Commentary  |  2/8/2013  | 
After spending more than a week with the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry 10 OS, I have some opinions on what BlackBerry got right.
How To Encourage Off-The-Clock Social Ambassadors
Commentary  |  2/7/2013  | 
Can you ask employees to do social media marketing after hours? Here are some suggestions to encourage engagement.
P&G CEO Shares 3 Steps To Analytics-Driven Business
Commentary  |  2/7/2013  | 
CEO Bob McDonald makes the case that analytics needs to move from the periphery of operations to the "center of how business gets done."
SAP Plugs Profit Hole With Support Price Hike
Commentary  |  2/6/2013  | 
SAP increases Standard Support maintenance contracts by 5.5% to 19% of the software's original cost each year. That could reopen old support price-hike wounds.
Your First 100 Days As CIO: Must-Do Items
Commentary  |  2/5/2013  | 
New CIOs should start preparing during the interview process, say two McKinsey consultants. How good are your listening skills?
MOOCs: Valuable Innovation Or Grand Diversion?
Commentary  |  2/5/2013  | 
Massive open online courses can evolve into a phenomenal educational asset, but they're not the best educational method for most students coming out of high school.
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