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  • Virtualizing network appliances

    Posted July 22, 2011 - 4:50 pm

    With the explosion of job-specific data center appliances, it is common today to find several appliances monitoring a single resource. A typical scenario, for example, is three appliances monitoring the same connection, with one monitoring flows, another doing performance analysis and a third providing intrusion detection functionality.
  • RIM buys video-editing vendor JayCut

    Posted July 22, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    Research In Motion has acquired JayCut, a Web-based video-editing software company, to bolster the multimedia capabilities of its PlayBook tablet.
  • Remote access helps IT support staff -- and hackers

    Posted July 22, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    Data breaches are more prevalent and more costly than ever. Smarter technologies seem to breed smarter hackers, making it difficult for IT to keep up. But sometimes IT unwittingly helps the bad guys by improperly using core tools, such as remote support mechanisms.
  • Malware is a disease; the government should treat it that way

    Posted July 22, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    Using symptoms and not a small amount of detective work, the CDC can react to a new virus comparatively quickly. The H1N1 crisis may have been overblown, but the reactions were good. Now there are said to be five million+ Windows systems that have been successfully rooted, and TDL-4 botnet infections touted as “almost unbreakable”. We need a CDC for computers, and I while I want to nominate Kaspersky, it might be because of their PR rather than their actions.
  • Wall Street Beat: Tech earnings show sector strength

    Posted July 22, 2011 - 12:27 pm

    A raft of computer and software vendor financial results this week, including reports from IBM, Intel, Apple and Microsoft, revealed some record quarterly results and a healthy market for business technology, though clouds remain for segments of the consumer arena.
  • AT&T still besting Verizon in iPhone activations

    Posted July 22, 2011 - 11:43 am

    If Verizon thought it could swoop in and take AT&T's iPhone market share overnight, it thought wrong.
  • Goodbye Google Labs

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 10:23 pm

    Google, that hotbed of employee innovation thanks to generous free time available to chase ideas, has announced it's locking up Google Labs.
  • RIM's PlayBook Android app player leaks out

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 4:35 pm

    Research In Motion may be getting close to releasing the Android app player it promised for the PlayBook, judging from an old version of the player found on the BlackBerry.com website.
  • How a debt ceiling crash will affect US IT

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    As the US Congress plays a game of chicken, US IT will need to get planning for possible post-static ceiling scenarios. Once the US Federal Debt Ceiling has been reached, there are a number of consequences that IT may rapidly have to face, some immediate (like not getting paid), to those tied to ripple effects in the economy in a default. Sadly, with two economic disasters in the past decade, we've become familiar with economic fallout.
  • Review

    Cyberghost is a good free VPN in a pinch

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 11:06 am

    Worried that Web sites are snooping on you as you surf? Concerned that when you're at a public Hot Spot, such as at a café, a hacker can intercept everything you send and receive--including passwords and other personal information? Then you should give CyberGhost VPN Free a try. It creates a virtual private network (VPN) connection when you're on the Internet, so that you can be safe when you go online.
  • Review

    NoSQL standouts: New databases for new applications

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 6:10 am

    Cassandra, CouchDB, MongoDB, Redis, Riak, Neo4J, and FlockDB reinvent the data store
  • Feds list data centers that will get the ax

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 6:10 am

    While Congress debates the debt ceiling and the federal budget, the White House is accelerating its plans to close data centers as a means to trim billions of dollars from its IT budget.
  • Hackers continue assault on Murdoch empire

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 4:11 am

    Network administrators at News International last night fought off a fresh attempt to hack the Sunday Times website, according to sources.
  • Foxconn worker falls to death in suspected suicide

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 12:53 am

    An employee of Foxconn fell to his death in China earlier this week, just a year after a string of suicides at its facilities in the country.
  • How the iPad can save money for your business

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    Over the past few weeks, numerous articles have been published citing the CFO's increasingly influential role in IT. So, as I read an advance copy of Nathan Clevenger's book iPad in the Enterprise, I realized it should be required reading for many finance executives.
  • Apache Hadoop to get more user friendly

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    The forthcoming Hadoop release, likely to be dubbed version 0.23, will also get improvements in availability, performance, and scalability
  • CTIA shares tips for preventing News Corp. (or anyone else) from hacking your voicemail

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 3:48 pm

    If you're concerned that Rupert Murdoch or anyone else might be snooping on your voicemails, never fear: the CTIA wireless association is here to help.
  • The full impact of Cisco's job cuts

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    When you combine this week's layoffs with other recent restructuring, Cisco has actually eliminated 12,050 jobs from its workforce, a reduction of 16.5% that includes the largest downsizing in the technology industry this year.
  • Dell fills data center technology stack with Force10

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Dell's acquisition of Force10 Networks will fill a critical networking hole as the company buys its way into building an integrated technology stack for data centers, analysts said on Wednesday.
  • US gov't to push e-recycling, energy-efficient electronics

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    The U.S. government will buy energy efficient electronics and will promote e-recycling under a new strategy.
  • Cloud computing presents new challenges for management software

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 1:22 pm

    The cloud is revolutionizing networking, and this overhaul presents enormous challenges for IT managers.
  • Top general says Defense Department IT in 'Stone Age'

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was sharply critical of the Defense Department's IT systems and sees much room for improvement.
  • Non-US CIOs, wary of PATRIOT ACT, urged to encrypt data in the cloud

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 10:12 am

    CIOs the world over who do business with US organisations do so under the shadow of the US Patriot Act.
  • Hands on with Lenovo’s ThinkPad and IdeaPad tablets

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 9:49 am

    Lenovo today became the latest computer maker to take the tablet plunge, introducing the ThinkPad Tablet and the IdeaPad K1--two tablets aimed at two very different audiences. In doing so, Lenovo reveals its tablet ambitions: It's the first to offer two distinct tablet designs for the same screen size.
  • Apple discontinues the $999 MacBook

    Posted July 20, 2011 - 9:11 am

    On Wednesday Apple marked the demise of the MacBook. No, not its entire line of laptops, which made up 70 percent of the Macs sold in the company's just-completed third quarter. Getting the chop is the $999 white plastic MacBook, which has held down the low-cost end of Apple's laptop line for years.
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