NSA Investigating Nasdaq Hack
Last month when we covered the attack on the Nasdaq's Directors Desk collaboration platform, we said the incident posed plenty of questions, while the Nasdaq proffered (at least publicly) few answers. It seems the National Security Agency agrees.
Where Are All the Honeycomb Apps?
The Motorola Xoom hit the market more than a month ago, yet there are still only a few dozen applications optimized for Android 3.0 Honeycomb. What gives?
Does Your Phone's Remote Lock Feature Actually Work?
One of the features that most smartphones support is the ability to remote lock and remote wipe your device in the event it was stolen or lost. Just because your phone has that feature though doesn't mean it actually works.
(Slightly) More Organizations Proactively Managing Security Efforts
Security vendor survey at the RSA Conference 2011 shows more organizations planning and coordinating their security efforts across security and IT operations teams and risk management groups. But don't plan on a party and fireworks celebration just yet - the improvements are minor.
End Of The Road For Symbian In 2012
When Nokia decided to partner with Microsoft and use Windows Phone as the platform for its cell phones, many questioned what would happen to Nokia's existing products, Symbian, Meego and Qt. Nokia has confirmed that Symbian will last be used in smartphones in 2012.
AppMakr Adds Social Networking To App Development
What would you pay somebody--or a firm--to develop a mobile application for your business? I'm talking about an app that lets your customers use their smartphones to get news about your company, check out promos, and browse through products.
RIM PlayBook To Get Native Email Eventually
Research In Motion has confirmed that a software update will add email, contacts, and calendaring applications to its tablet, but until then a BlackBerry is required for PIM.
Aetna Taps Healthline For Patient Portal
Insurers and healthcare providers are increasingly using Web portals to comply with meaningful use, give patients ready access to medical data and other relevant information.
HP Makes Green SMB Push
The vendor announced several green initiatives at a recent conference in San Francisco, some of which are aimed at SMBs.
Zultys Enhances Unified Communications Solution
Increasingly, many small and medium businesses are relying on Unified Communications (UC) systems to support their core business functions. Consequently, Zultys Inc. improved the desktop video, mobility, connectivity to Microsoft applications, and integration with Salesforce.com features available with its MX UC solution.
Cell Phone Health Risk To Bones
There have been on again, off again reports that cell phones cause brain cancer. Now the latest information is the radiation emitted by cell phones is causing a reduction in bone density.
Collecting The SSD Garbage
Solid state storage (SSS) is the performance alternative to mechanical hard disk drives (HDD). Flash memory, thanks to its reduced cost compared to DRAM, has become the primary way the (SSS) is delivered. Suppliers of flash systems, especially in the enterprise, have to overcome two flash deficiencies that, as we discussed in our last entry, will cause unpredictable performance and reduce reliability.
Microsoft Wins A Botnet Battle
The Rustok botnet was estimated to be one million PCs strong, underlining the dangers that malware can cause to businesses and consumers.
Netoptics Delivers Monitoring Appliance
With IT applications now integral to business processes, small and medium companies can no longer tolerate performance bottlenecks or system downtime. To help firms pinpoint problem spots, Netoptics announced an integrated network and application monitoring appliance.
Social-Media Study Teasers Unveiled
Did you know that the most widely used social media channel for small and midsize businesses are company pages on Facebook? Or that SMBs are ditching e-mail marketing in favor of social media advertising?
Update On Apple's Patent Battles
Like any technology company, especially those in the wireless industry, Apple owns a number of patents. Apple is usually involved in a number of lawsuits involving their own patents or the patents of others that the owners claimed have been infringed upon. This week there is both good news and bad news for Apple.
Itanium Dump Could Cost Oracle Billions
Forcing customers to buy Sun hardware if they want to run Oracle apps may be the only way to justify a $7.4 billion acquisition, but such a move could alienate customers and deliver them straight to rivals.
Understanding SSD Vendor Talk
If you are either evaluating or getting ready to evaluate investing in solid state storage for your data center you are going to be faced with learning a new language, confronted with a new set of specs and a new set of debate around what features are most important. This will be the first entry in a series that will give you the decoder ring to understanding what Solid State Disk (SSD) vendors are talking about and what statistics are most important.
Microsoft Going After Android In Patent Infringement Suits
Microsoft is arguing that Google's Android platform is infringing on several of its patents, but because of how Android is licensed, Microsoft is going after those distributing the platform, not Google itself. Now Barnes & Noble is in Microsoft's cross hairs for its implementation of Android on the Nook eBook readers.
How The Other Half Lives (Printer-Wise)
A recent briefing with a Sharp executive shows what developments we can expect in the high-end market, some of which may trickle down to the desktop market.
Are Industrial Control Systems The New Windows XP
Earlier this week a security researcher posted nearly three dozen vulnerabilities in industrial control system software to a widely read security mailing list. The move has Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems (SCADA) system operators scrambling, and the US CERT issuing warnings.