Be Careful What You Search For
Viruses and malware used to spread and try to find computer users to infect. Today, research released at DefCON 18, shows that increasingly search engines are bringing users are going straight to the malware.
American Airlines Goes iPhone But Flunks Alphabet
American Airlines has rolled out a new iPhone app that promises to offer everything (except on-time arrivals) from E-check-ins to seat assignments to monitoring upgrades but the, uh, fly in the ointment seems to be that it won't let you log in unless your American Advantage membership number contains at least one letter. The problem is, many don't.
The Return of Business ByDesign and the Future of On-Demand ERP
It's tough being SAP's Business ByDesign in an unforgiving market. Having been launched and then pulled back, redesigned and then offered back to a market that is a little more jaded and a lot more cautious... the ByD team is facing an almost unprecedented quantity of challenge, skepticism, and even ridicule.
8Coupons Offers Local Marketing Solution
The online coupon aggregator 8Coupons offers a make-it-yourself mobile coupon platform that enables businesses to generate and send promotions in near real time.
North Social Helps Users Tap Facebook Fan Pages
Say hello to yet another tool that SMBs can use to get into the Facebook game. This one's called North Social, and it lets users create a professional, customizable Facebook fan page within minutes, and without any coding or web publishing expertise.
Privacy Gets A Senate Hearing
A recent Senate hearing showed some well-informed congressman making intelligent comments about the problem of privacy and the Internet today. But while the attention to privacy was promising, any actual privacy legislation out of Congress would probably make privacy issues worse, not better.
Microsoft Stock 'Inexpensive' As Big Upgrade Cycle Looms
With 84% of global PCs still running XP/Vista and 63% of Office users still on versions from 2003 or earlier, Microsoft is looking at some serious growth potential over the next couple of years, says enterprise software analyst Brent Thill.
FCC Approves First 4G LTE Phone
The Federal Communications Commission has recently approved some of the first devices to use Long Term Evolution 4G technology, including a phone and a laptop dongle.
Sprint Updating EVO 4G To Android 2.2
Sprint on Thursday announced that it will be the first wireless carrier in the U.S. to distribute Android 2.2 Froyo to the HTC EVO 4G starting on August 3.
The Cellular Network - Not Just For Cell Phones
When most of us think of our cellular network, we immediately think of cell phones. That is why we fork over big bucks to the carriers each month right? They keep us connected without tying us down to a physical location. Today though there is so much more using cellular networks that have nothing to do with voice communication at all.
The Cloud's Proliferating Open Source APIs
In June, Red Hat moved its Deltacloud open source project into the Apache Software Foundation's incubator. In July, Rackspace made its Cloud Files code open source and will collaborate with partners in the OpenStack project. The Open Cloud Standards Incubator at the DMTF is producing another set. Isn't this just too much open source?
Extending Apple's Safari
One of the biggest weaknesses of the Safari web browser has been its general lack of extensions and add-ons. But with the release of the Safari 5.0.1 update, extensions are now fully enabled in the Apple web browser and many useful ones are currently available to users.
Droid X Suffers Death Grip Says Apple
Apple has acknowledged that the iPhone 4 has a serious problem when you hold the device in a certain way, which just so happens to be the most common way a right handed person holds a phone, with their left hand at the base of the unit. For now, the fix is free bumpers for everyone which mitigates the problem. Not content to stop there though, Apple is claiming other phones have the same issue, and going to great lengths to document it.
Microsoft's Free Phone Giveaway
Wow, Microsoft will be giving away a lot of phones this fall, about 90,000 of them. That's one way to make sure that Windows Phone 7 gets off to a fast start, for both users and developers. Given that Microsoft is far behind, it's something they need to do if they want to compete against iPhone and Android.
Verizon Data Breach Report: Some Big Surprises
One of the most comprehensive data breach reports available found the number of breaches to have declined significantly last year, and significant changes in how attackers are infiltrating companies.
Dell's New SMB Security Sevices Portfolio
Dell's announcement of a broad range of new and enhanced security tools and services for small and midsized businesses includes network endpoint security, and will ultimately, in partnership with SecureWorks, offer a hardware/software solution that includes security management and threat identification and monitoring.
Polycom Teams With McAfee To Enhance Security
Increasingly, video conferencing has emerged as a way that business professionals collaborate. Since these exchanges can often occur on the fly, security has been a concern, one that Polycom and McAfee are trying to assuage.
What To Do About False-Positive Alerts, Non-Collaborative BI and Inaccurate Metrics
"Push" alerting technology could be much more granular and useful, but is being held back by the problem of false positives. Metrics passed down from on high didn't work too well in Stalin's USSR, and haven't improved sufficiently since. A piece of the solution to both problems is an engine for setting and modifying metrics definitions.
Oracle Exadata V2 Customer Tells All
I've been encouraging Oracle to serve up Exadata reference customers instead of sales pipeline claims. The company has delivered, setting up an interview with Paris-based financial services giant BNP Paribas. Jim Duffy, the company's data warehouse architect, went into great detail about the deployment. Here are a few highlights...
AT&T To Be Premier Windows Phone 7 Carrier
AT&T has been a long time supporter of Windows Mobile by carrying a variety of devices over the years in the US. Now they are claiming they will be the premier carrier for the forthcoming platform from Microsoft. Does that bode well for users buying new Windows Phone 7 devices this fall?
Qualys Offers Free Browser Plug-In Checker
Less-than-current browser and plug-in versions can leave your browsing unnecessarily vulnerable to web-based attacks... and make latest-and-greatest-based web sites harder or impossible to use, but Qualys' free BrowserCheck can help.
IT Asset Inventories Need To Be Actionable
eTelemetry matches device addresses with names, cable ports and physical locations for compliance and for quicker "hey you, turn that off," as part of your IT Asset Inventory/Management.
BlackBerry 6, Windows Phone 7: Will You Stand In Line?
Are Research In Motion and Microsoft chasing the glory of consumer acceptance and compromising their relative success in the enterprise? That's the risk of following Apple and Google, rather than leading with strength and innovation.
Making Storage Management Easier
As we discussed in our last entry no matter how easy the storage protocol or storage system you select at some point someone is going to have to interact with the storage itself. It may be a problem that needs to be resolved or it may be a need to provision a new server but something will come up. In most mid-sized data centers managing storage is no one's full time job. It is something that is dealt with
SuccessFactors Revenue Nears $200M As SaaS Grows Up
While Salesforce.com's the unquestioned SaaS revenue leader, Taleo, RightNow, NetSuite and SuccessFactors are all closing in on annual run rates of $200 million. With SuccessFactors this week reporting 27% quarterly revenue growth to $46.8 million, these and other high-growth SaaS vendors have proven they've got industrial-strength enterprise chops.
Apple Kicks iMacs Up A Notch
The popular all-in-one Macs get Intel's latest-architecture chips -- the i series -- and faster graphics. The company has also introduced a standalone version of the multitouch trackpad found in its laptops.
Google For Government Signals Long Cloud March Ahead
Google's announcement Monday that it was formally releasing a version of its application suite for government doesn't just represent a Google sales push, but in some ways also indicates that although the federal government is stepping up its cloud computing push, much work remains.
Google Docs Gets Smartquote Controls
Google on Tuesday is adding two new features to Google Docs: The ability to translate documents into one of 53 languages and the ability to remove smartquotes.
Aerohive Networks Eases Management of Wi-Fi Networks
Aerohive Networks, whose focus is on wireless LAN equipment, enhanced its HiveManager management system, so network technicians can examine the health of each client system more easily. Another improvement was intelligent, automated responses to network problemspots.
Rolling Back The DMCA
Probably one of the most damaging things to happen to technology in the last twenty years was the passage of the DMCA. But a recent decision by the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress has rolled back some of the reach of the nefarious DMCA.