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Cox Details Gigabit Internet Rollout

By |May 26th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|

Cox will roll out gigabit Internet in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Omaha this year, and everywhere else by 2016.
Net Neutrality

Good news for those who live in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Omaha — super-fast gigabit Internet service is coming your way thanks to Cox Communications.

The cable company on Thursday announced plans to roll out gigabit Internet across its service area nationwide, starting in those three cities. The announcement comes after Cox earlier this month committed to the Internet upgrade, which will put it in line with Google Fiber and AT&T’s U-verse with GigaPower.

Cox said it will begin the rollout by adding 1 Gbps Internet speeds to new and existing neighborhoods in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Omaha. The company will also offer gigabit speeds to new condos and apartments in those cities, and will provide Wi-Fi in the common areas […]

New Google Apps Mobile Management features for Android amp up productivity and security

By |May 26th, 2014|Categories: How To, Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News|

Posted by Clayton Jones, Product Manager, Google Enterprise

Bring your own device (BYOD) is no longer just a trend — it’s how business gets done. With thousands of mobile applications to choose from and an increasing number of websites optimized for mobile, today’s employees can work whenever and wherever they choose. It also means IT organizations now have the dual challenge of both helping employees be more productive and protecting corporate data.

We’re adding new features to Google Apps Mobile Management for Android to help your organization meet these challenges head on:

  1. Inactive account wipe: Set policies that will wipe an inactive account from a device if it has not been synced for a predetermined number of days, so a lost device that wasn’t reported or the old device left in a drawer does not cause a security risk.
  2. Support for EAP-based WiFi Networks: Configure settings and […]

HP plans to invest $1B in open cloud services

By |May 26th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, IT Industry, Tech News|

IDG News Service – Following a similar move by IBM, Hewlett-Packard is unifying its cloud portfolio under a single architecture and brand name, called HP Helion.

The company has pledged to invest $1 billion in open cloud products and services over the next two years, along with community-driven, open-source cloud technologies.

“Just as the community spread the adoption of Linux in the enterprise, we believe OpenStack will do the same for the cloud,” said Hewlett-Packard CEO and President Meg Whitman, in a webcast announcing Helion Tuesday.

Customers have been asking for open-source-based cloud technologies, Whitman said. Harnessing the collective effort around open-source projects such as OpenStack, “the result is something that is more flexible, secure and affordable than any one company could do alone,” she said.

A distribution of OpenStack, called Helion OpenStack, is the first Helion component HP has released. Helion OpenStack will serve as the cornerstone for the Helion line of […]

How to Choose the Right Monitors for Your Small Business

By |May 26th, 2014|Categories: How To, Tech News|

If you’re an IT professional, finding the right displays at the right price is almost as important as picking the right PCs for your employees. Here’s what you need to consider when purchasing monitors for your business.
How to Choose the Right Monitor for Your Small Business

When you are an IT professional tasked with buying monitors for a small business, basic functions are what matter most. That, and price. You’ll also have to determine what size panel works best for each employee, what kind of features will help enhance productivity, and what kind of warranty you need. In this guide, we’ll show you what to look for when shopping for desktop monitors for your small business.

Most small businesses operate within a strict budget, so it’s important to spend your capital budget wisely. A basic 22-inch monitor can cost anywhere from $150 to $250, while a […]

Jack Gold: Microsoft re-Surfaces the Pro, for the enterprise

By |May 25th, 2014|Categories: Microsoft, Tech News|

The enhancements in the Surface Pro 3 are aimed straight at the enterprise

May 21, 2014

With the launch of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has rightly decided that its future is not at the low end of consumer tablets, where ultra-thin margins and highly competitive vendors from Asia have dominated and will continue to do so. Instead, it has concentrated on its key strength — business users. It’s counting on them to buy high-performance tablets as extensions and/or replacements for full laptop capability.

This move shows that Microsoft may finally understand that it cannot go head to head with Apple‘s iPad and must offer a superior business device that leverages its installed base of infrastructure and applications, in particular the full Office […]

Microsoft prays for service revenue with free Windows 8.1 with Bing for tablets

By |May 25th, 2014|Categories: Microsoft, Tech News|

Pushes OEMs to lower tablet prices and throws in Office, all to drive larger sales share

May 23, 2014

Microsoft today confirmed that it will be giving a new version of its OS, “Windows 8.1 with Bing,” to tablet makers free of charge as it tries to boost the market and sales shares of its flagship OS.

As the name implied, the edition will default to Microsoft’s own Bing search service.

The version had been talked up earlier this year as a possible experiment by Microsoft with a free, consumer-grade edition of Windows. At the time, those rumors centered around Windows 8.1 with Bing as a free or very-low-priced upgrade from Windows 7, and were seen as yet another attempt to “go low” to give its OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partners a way to compete in the low price bands dominated by […]

Strike a Pose: Blackshades Malware Spies Through Your Webcam

By |May 25th, 2014|Categories: Security, Tech News, Virus Alerts|

In the old days, one simply had to draw their blinds to avoid peeping toms from spying on their private business. Now, it seems that even with the shades drawn, one must also shutter their webcam. Earlier this week, the FBI initiated a crackdown leading to the arrest of nearly 100 users of a program called Blackshades malware. This program allows hackers to remotely access the computers of their victims, enabling them to steal files, log passwords, and even turn on microphones and webcams unnoticed. What’s more? This spying software could be purchased online for as little as $40 U.S.D.

Blackshades malware is referred to as a remote access tool (RAT), meaning it allows the hacker to gain full access to your machine as if he were sitting right in front of it. The technology behind this threat is similar to that used […]

CoreOS Linux lands on the Google Cloud Platform

By |May 25th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|

Designed for massive server deployments, CoreOS consumes less than 200MB of working memory per instance

May 22, 2014
(IDG News Service)

CoreOS, a new lightweight Linux distribution customized for massive server deployments, has found a home on the Google Cloud Platform, giving organizations an easy way to test and use the software for their clusters and distributed computer programs.

CoreOS will be offered in the Google cloud alongside other Linux distributions such as Debian, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Suse.

Two Rackspace engineers, Alex Polvi and Brandon Philips, along with Michael Marineau, developed CoreOS to better fit Linux into what they saw as an emerging use of the open-source operating system kernel, that of powering lots of cloud-based virtual servers. They forked Google’s Chrome OS, also Linux-based, to use […]

The software week in review for May 23

By |May 25th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|

This week Facebookers unearthed a Zuckasaurus, eBayers learned their info was exposed, Apple fans spread iOS 8 rumors, and a flock of new releases landed on the Internet. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest product reviews and updates from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.


Facebook dinosaur

On Thursday Facebook announced two new privacy features. First, the default setting for new users will be to share posts with friends only. Current users can, of course, make that same choice in the Settings menu. Second, in the next few weeks, Facebook will introduce a Privacy Checkup tool to review your privacy selections. Privacy Checkup has a mascot: a blue cartoon dinosaur that NYT’s Nick Bilton calls the Zuckasaurus. (A million years old isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A quarter of a […]

Information Operations an Integral Part of Cyberwarfare

By |May 24th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|

Weapons and the skills to use them are not the only decisive elements in warfare. Rhetoric and imagery are important, too. They are essential for constructing the good and the bad, legitimatizing one’s actions and influencing the events and the result of a conflict. The cyber era has only just begun to highlight the importance of perception management as a part of war.

Perceptions matter enormously: perceptions of us, our opponent, the environment, and the situation on our side, on the opponent’s side, and among the wider public. Perceptions determine how each actor chooses to act. If you can affect the opponent’s policy goals or convince your own following by manipulating perceptions, you can have a great influence over the battlefield. The cyber era has widened the battlefield to cover entire societies, and has made the global public into the audience.

Information operations, the vector for […]