"The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced." -- Vic Gold
Q & A: Futurist Ray Kurzweil
We caught up with the visionary inventor at SpeechTek 2008,
where he talked with InformationWeek about speech technology,
his new cellphone reading machine, and two new movie projects.
Threat Trends: Malware To Spam To Phishing
Malware, spam, and phishing pose ongoing threats to small and midsize businesses requiring constant vigilance to ensure secure computing environments for employees, partners, and customers. By understanding the latest trends in these types of threats, businesses will be better prepared to respond to the problem in the most effective and efficient manner.
Amazon's Kindle May Go Back To School
The company could be aiming its e-reader at colleges and universities to get a chunk of the $5.5 billion textbook market, according to a McAdams Wright Ragen analyst.
Embarq To Trim 4% Of Workforce
The former Sprint landline operator will confront its declining customer base by dropping 1,000 company and contract positions.
iPod Nano To Get Makeover, Digg Founder Reveals
Apple's iPod lineup is set for an overhaul, including a thinner nano with a larger widescreen display, according to Kevin Rose's predictions.
Chipmakers Get Moving With Motion-Sensing Chips
The success of Nintendo's Wii and Apple's iPhone has convinced chipmakers of the strong potential for micro-electro-mechanical systems chips.
India's Infosys To Buy U.K.'s Axon Group For $753 Million
Axon, which provides services to companies using products of German business software maker SAP, would be delisted.
IBM Wins International Services Deals
Contract wins in India and Russia boost the company's global outsourcing unit.
8 Million-Record Data Breach Claim 'Grossly Unsubstantiated,' Says Best Western
The hotel chain says that only 13 customer records may have been exposed, not the millions that a Scotland newspaper reported.
Canada To Review Yahoo-Google Ad Deal, Reports Say
Canadian antitrust authorities will look at whether the pact violates the country's competition rules.
AMD Selling Digital TV Group To Broadcom For $193 Million
The acquisition, which includes ATI-AMD integrated Xilleon DTV processors, will let Broadcom flesh out its growing DTV product line.
NASA Investigates Rocket Failure
The space agency said that no injuries have been reported but warned that rocket debris could be hazardous.
QinetQ's Zephyr Captures Unmanned Flight Record
The solar powered aircraft soared 60,000 feet above the Sonoran Desert for more than 82 hours.
Microsoft Photosynth Buckles Under Demand
The 3D photo-stitching service slowed to a crawl after receiving more than 286,000 image uploads on its first day.
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Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.
Getting A Perspective On Man In Middle Attacks
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have proposed a system whereby you can ensure that when you attach to a server that uses SSH or a self-signed digital certificate and you haven't verified the authenticity of the host identity before hand, you aren't subject to a man in the middle attack.
Newark Airport Gets Free Samsung Mobile Phone Charging Stations
You know you've been there. Killing time before a flight, you realize your phone has no juice left. Not only do you have to get through a flight, but you may have to make calls when you land. Finding unoccupied power outlets in airports is a tricky business that requires luck and cunning. Samsung believes in making its own luck, and has installed 50 phone charging stations in New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.
Elfiq Networks A Good Option For SMEs Needing WAN Link Management
Ever heard of Elfiq Networks? If you're in the market for a WAN load-balancing device, you might want to add the LB line of products to your shortlist. The LB line is moving big-ticket capabilities down to fit into the budgets of many SMEs.
Best Western Disputes Depth Of Suspected Breach
Dispute the depth of the breach is an understatement. A Best Western spokeswoman just issued a statement to InformationWeek stating that the breach, so far, has only been confirmed to involve 13 guests at a single hotel.
How Not To Violate The GPL: An Easy Guide
It's never nice to know that you've been violating the GPL in some form. Far better, instead, to know how to not violate the GPL in the first place -- which is the premise behind the Software Freedom Law Center's new guide to same, "A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance".
Verizon Wireless Decides Visual Voicemail Is Worth $3 Per Month
The iPhone from Apple and AT&T was the first to really offer visual voice mail to the masses. iPhone users can use this more modern voice mail system at no extra cost. Verizon Wireless announced a new version of its LG Voyager device today. If you want to add visual voice mail service to it, you're going to have to pay an additional $3 per month.
Google Sets Up Mobile Election Web Site
With 10 weeks to go before the election, the amount of news coverage surrounding John McCain and Barack Obama is set to skyrocket (as if it hadn't already). In order to help you parse through all the chatter, Google has set up a special Web site where mobile phone users can find the latest headlines.
In my last entry on migration migraines we discussed the challenges of moving from one primary storage provider to another and went through a few solutions. One of the best methods to make migrations easier is to keep the amount of data on primary storage at a minimum, but what do you do about archives that will grow to petabytes in size?
Heart Scare Prompts Health Care IT Crusade
It's amazing how one ignores important stuff until it gets personal. But following my 80-year-old mom's cardiac scare over the weekend, now I'm surfing over to HP and Intel to learn about their major efforts to connect world-class computing to health care, and I'm a new-found advocate for getting every American's medical records into electronic form, so doctors know your history no matter where you run into trouble. So here's what happened with my mom.
Old Media Gets The Scoop On Obama's VP Pick
When I woke up Saturday morning, I found a text message waiting on my iPhone from the Barack Obama campaign, informing me that the candidate named Joe Biden as running mate. But I already knew that, because I'd already gotten the news the night before -- from newspapers. Old-fashioned journalism -- wordslingers working contacts inside the Obama campaign -- leaked the story in advance of your new-fangled text messaging. Score one for the old school.
Seinfeld Does Windows Vista
It seems like Microsoft really is getting serious about raising sales for Vista. The Wall Street Journal says the company has hired comedian Jerry Seinfeld as one of the faces for a $300 million ad campaign. The core slogan for the campaign is supposedly "Windows, Not Walls."
Real-World SOA: Definition, Implementation and Use of SOA with CentraSite
Web services are having a dramatic impact on improving enterprise architecture and application development practices. This paper highlights three sample case studies illustrating how Fujitsu's CentraSite delivers SOA solutions.
Forrester Consulting: Unified Communications Delivers Global Benefits
This Forrester Consulting study shows how Unified Communications (UC) makes it simpler to contact others over any device in any location, enhancing business agility, cutting costs, and boosting employee productivity. Forrester finds that UC is already delivering major savings for organizations around the world in retail banking, manufacturing and education. Download the full report for free.
Software as a Service Research Report
No longer a niche software delivery model, software as a service (SaaS) can help small and midsize companies get access to enteprise-class software functionality without having to commit enterprise-level capital resources. Download the full report for free.
The Internet & the Developing World
The evolution of the Internet has been full of surprises - surprises that have sometimes resulted in radical changes in the commercial landscape, such as the arrival of Amazon, eBay, Google, YouTube, and Skype. Could one of the next big surprises turn out to be linked to developing countries? Read the full report for free from InternetEvolution.com
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