In Software We (Can't) Trust
I can't think of more than a few attacks in the past decade that involved stolen certificates as part of the malware or exploit code. However, recent attacks, and new research highlights the increasing danger of trusting signed digital certificates.
Global CIO: Has The Recession Changed Us?
New Pew research shows major differences in how much economic pain different groups suffered in this recession. Business leaders will have to sort out whether these experiences bring a lasting change in how people think about jobs and careers.
Trusted Outsiders Can Be Big Security Risks
Ever have a trusted salesperson, contractor or customer bring by a flash drive with a file by for you to view on one of your company's machines? Ever regret letting the outsider's drive inside your perimeter?
Giving The Web Its Voice
Recent announcements, such as Google's addition of voice calling in Gmail, along with the partnership between Facebook and Skype, could be heralding a new age of interactivity for the Web. And talking with your voice on the web could become almost as common as typing.
Oct. 11 Looks Legit For Windows Phone Launch
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft and AT&T will jointly announce the first three Windows Phone 7 devices -- made by HTC, LG and Samsung -- at an event in New York on October 11.
SMBs Set Sights On Collaboration Suites
The Age of the Suite is nigh. Up to now, point solutions for calendaring, document management, e-mail, and other collaborative tasks probably did the trick for most SMBs, but faced with an increasingly mobile work force and a geographically dispersed base of suppliers, partners, and customers, more and more small and midsize businesses are giving collaboration suites serious consideration.
How The Avaya/Skype Partnership Will Impact SMBs
Two of the leading voice communications suppliers, Avaya and Skype, have teamed up to offer small and medium businesses more calling options. The partnership has potential but may not be a panacea for companies searching for more effective voice communications systems.
Striving For A Higher Quality Application Store
Apple is the undisputed king of apps in its online store for the iPhone with the App Store, at least when it comes to the number of apps for sale. RIM isn't interested in competing at that level. Will shooting for a higher quality selection make an online market more popular than one with a bewildering selection?
Welcome To The New Microsoft
This has been a week full of surprises from Microsoft. They're doing things that the company historically has never done. What the heck is going on up in Redmond?
The Stealthy Rise of the Public Cloud
Amazon is sneaking into larger enterprises, displacing some systems development technology, much like Google displaced Yahoo. The penetration has been so stealthy that many in the press and analyst communities have ignored the rise of the public clouds in the traditional big enterprises.
Ready For Primary Cloud Storage?
Cloud storage has moved out of the experimental mode and into some form of production for many organizations. To date most of the use cases are either to backup data to the cloud or to archive data to the cloud. Now though the move is on to provide leverage the cloud for primary data storage. If successful it could change the way many businesses buy storage.
Truly Off-The-Shelf Enterprise Applications
People like things that you can buy and immediately start using with no or very little upfront effort. Lots of things are on this from appliances to gadgets to even prefab homes. But one thing that definitely hasn't been on this list was enterprise applications, until now that is.
Google To Warn Admins Of Malware Infestations
It's been made very clear that one of the greatest threats to Web safety is reputable Web sites getting nailed with malware - and their web masters don't even know it. That malware then infects users - who also go unaware that they've been pwned. This week, Google is taking steps to try to turn that tide.
Are RIM's New Tools Enough To Spur Developers?
In addition to the PlayBook and BlackBerry Messenger Social network platform, Research In Motion also introduced a host of new developer tools in hopes of boosting developer enthusiasm.
Global CIO: HP's $130-Billion Gamble
While HP's steeply calculated risk to hold its annual analysts' day without a CEO shows guts, it also lets IBM, Oracle, SAP, and Cisco to continue setting the IT agenda.
Paessler Enhances Network Monitoring Tool
Traditionally, network management tools have been complex, expensive, and difficult to deploy. Paessler, a German based company, has been one of the suppliers trying to address those limitations and unveiled a new release of its PRTG Network Monitor.
Consumers First For Windows Phone 7, Businesses Later
It doesn't take a genius to see that Microsoft designed Windows Phone 7 to initially appeal to consumers, from the finger friendly user interface to the hardware specs that resemble the form factor made popular by the iPhone over three years ago. It doesn't mean that business needs are off the radar though.
News Sites, Searches May Be Riskier Than Porn
Steer clear of gambling, porn and other known risky sites and related searches and you and your employees -- and your business -- are safer, right? Not according to a new Websense study which found that leading news and pop culture sites, and hot-trend search terms may be more dangerous than some of the ones you're steering clear of.
Government Puts The Hurt On The Internet
There are a lot of problems that face the Internet and technology today, from major security flaws to increasing infrastructure demands, you name it. But by far the biggest threats are the regular attempts by government and special interests to control the Internet and technology, attempts which would usually end up causing severe damage.
SAS' Answer to Pervasive BI: Microsoft Outlook
I recently attended the SAS BI User Connect Conference to learn about new product capabilities. One of the improvements I was most excited about is a new version of the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office that offers tight integration with Outlook... SAS appears to be ahead of the market in leveraging Outlook as a way of making BI more pervasive...
Helping SMBs Gauge Social Media Marketing Reach
Small businesses have yet another tool at their disposal to leverage social media. This one, called Social Stats, allows users to see at a glance where their e-mail marketing messages have been shared socially, with what frequency, and to what degree of success.
Five Ways PlayBook Kills iPad
Research In Motion's new PlayBook tablet computer has a lot going for it. Here are five ways it bests the Apple iPad.
Nefsis Offers Free Video Conferencing Service
The use of video conferencing services has been on the rise. In response, Nefsis, whose focus is on small and medium businesses, has developed a free service one-to-one video conferencing service.
Blackberry Playbook Tablet Announced
RIM announced their new tablet, the Blackberry Playbook, which ironically doesn't run the Blackberry operating system. Going up against the iPad is going to be tough enough. Can they do it with an entirely new operating system that will need developers to support it?
First Impressions Of BlackBerry PlayBook
Research In Motion kept its PlayBook tablet computer locked behind glass, but InformationWeek still gave it a good once-over to see what it is all about. Read our thoughts here.
Integrating The SSD Appliance
The SSD Appliance or Memory Array applies to storage systems that are designed from the ground up to only be used with solid state storage. They are often focused on storage I/O performance and solid state integrity more so than providing storage services like snapshots or replication. In this entry we will look at when does it make sense to use these products instead of adding SSD to an existing storage system or going all out and buying a new solid state storage system.
RIM's BlackBerry Messenger Develops Social Powers
Research In Motion on Monday announced the new BlackBerry Messenger social networking platform. With it, developers will be able to include BBM functions and features on their web sites and applications.