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100Mb/sec Ethernet coming to a car near you?
As more and more infotainment and crash avoidance technology gets stuffed to cars and trucks, the need for better, faster and more reliable in-car networking equipment grows. In theory at least. With an eye towards that concept the IEEE this week said it formed the 802.3 Single Twisted Pair 100 Mb/s Ethernet Study Group to explore the technological needs for a 100 Mb/s speed for Ethernet in automotive networking.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Warrants needed for cellphone searches, Supreme Court rules
Police must obtain warrants to search cellphones and smartphones when they are making arrests, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a unanimous decision.The ruling involves two separate cases from Massachusetts and California, with the decision weighing heavily in favor of privacy rights."Privacy comes at a cost," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, after noting that the court "cannot deny" that the decision will have an effect on police.(More to follow.) To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google bringing Android mobile devices closer to Chromebooks
Users will be able to run Android apps on Chromebooks Read More

Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with beefier Apps suite
Under pressure from Microsoft's Office 365, Google has launched a premium edition of Apps with unlimited cloud storage and extra IT controls, and has also improved the Docs office productivity suite.Although this new edition is essentially Apps for Business with an extra set of features, Google has branded it differently, shifting the spotlight from "apps" to storage by calling it Drive for Work.It's an acknowledgement by Google of the red hot popularity of cloud storage and file sharing services for personal and work documents, like its own Drive, which has about 190 million active home and business users, Microsoft's OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, and similar services from Box, Dropbox and others.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google enters smartwatch market with LG G and Samsung Gear Live
Google entered the hot smartwatch market Wednesday, unveiling two devices, the LG G and Samsung Gear Live.The smartwatches, which interface with Android phones and tablets, will be available Wednesday in Google's Play store, the company said, announcing them at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco.Both smartwatches feature a rectangular screen. Google also unveiled the Moto 360, featuring a round face, but that will launch later this summer.The smartwatches are designed to provide easier access to many of the apps and services people already use on their smartphones. They're powered by Android Wear, a customized version of Google's mobile Android OS, but aimed at wearable devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google moves to cut prices of Android smartphones to under $100
Google wants to cut prices on Android smartphones to under US$100 and is providing a reference design so handset makers can reach that price.The smartphone reference design will be available to device makers as part of a program called Android One, announced Wednesday by Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, during a keynote at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco.The smartphone has a 4.5-inch screen, dual SIM, SD card slots and FM radio. The first handsets coming out of the program will be in India, where Google is working with Micromax, Carbon and Spice.The phones will come with stock Android and Google Play. The software will be automatically update and Google is working on adding more software features to the smartphones.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Gartner: IT leaders need to find their inner ferocious pack animal
Gartner analyst Tina Nunno, author of a book called "The Wolf in CIO's Clothing," wants IT leaders to find their inner ferocious pack animal not only to be able to snarl at enemies challenging them but to better inspire team cohesion through displays of power, and yes, cunning."Think like an animal," advised Nunno in her engaging keynote address today at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit 2014 at National Harbor. The animal that Nunno thinks represents the psychological middle ground between the shark and a helpless bunny is the wolf. Why? Because the wolf is not only formidable in attacks, she says, but is a social creature with pack loyalties roaming a large territory. As a Gartner consultant speaking with CIOs about their struggles to survive corporate power politics, she thinks they should stop being so nice.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

SDN start-up reaches for its "Wedge"
  Pluribus Networks, the SDN start-up with the server/switch combination and network hypervisor/operating system, is looking to make a gradual exit from the hardware end of that market. Pluribus this week said distributor Arrow Electronics will now supply the Pluribus-branded, 1RU E-68 Server-Switch that combines Broadcom Trident II chips with Intel Xeon server-class, multi-core processors. Pluribus Networks Pluribus announced its Freedom server/switch architecture with the Netvisor network hypervisor in February. The company's CEO is Kumar Srikantan, formerly vice president and general manager of hardware engineering in Cisco's Enterprise Networking Group, and caretaker of the Catalyst 6500 switch.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Early user of VMware NSX net virtualization tool extols fine grain controls
Canadian airline company WestJet is one of the earliest customers of VMware's NSX network virtualization tools, which initially reached for the tech to address a security issue. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently sat down with WestJet technologist Richard Sillito to learn what the company is learning about network virtualization and its broader NSX plans.Let's start with a thumbnail description of your environment. We have two geographically dispersed data centers, a main data center with about 2,000 servers, 80% of them virtualized, and a second center with around 500 servers for disaster recovery. We also have a third collocated data center we're shutting down.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Securing the virtual world
Malcolm Reike Catbird Networks Director of Product Management, Malcolm Reike, talks about how virtualization changes the security game with Network World Editor in Chief John Dix. Outline the security toolset you folks offer. We provide a multifunctional, network-based security control suite that overlays on the virtual infrastructure and gives you the ability to manage policy for firewall, IDS and IPS and do vulnerability scanning and configuration scanning with the Security Content Automation Protocol. We also have Layer 2 network membership monitoring that allows you to look at what physical things are directly connected to your virtual infrastructure. So that allows you to figure out what that set of things are you can't necessarily block with a firewall.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Researchers bypass PayPal's two-factor authentication system
PayPal was one of the first large online services providers to offer two-factor authentication to its users, but until recently the company's implementation had a loophole that could have allowed attackers to bypass this additional protection.Two-factor authentication (2FA) systems prevent hackers from misusing stolen user names and passwords by requiring an additional randomly generated security code during the authentication process. Depending on implementation, the secret codes can be generated using a special mobile application, can be received via text message or can be generated by a physical hardware device.According to researchers from 2FA provider Duo Security, the PayPal "Security Key" feature—which is what the payment service provider calls its two-factor authentication system—could have easily been bypassed until Monday through the company's mobile apps and API (application programming interface).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Gartner: Best practices for Amazon AWS security
The Amazon AWS cloud service is fine for enterprise workloads and applying security controls such as encryption and firewalls is possible, though more security vendors need to step up to support Amazon's EC2 service, according to the Gartner analysis presented today.In his presentation at the Gartner Security and Risk management Summit 2014, analyst Neil MacDonald said there's a misperception among many IT managers that Amazon's EC2 is somehow a consumer-grade cloud service. "It's designed for enterprise use," he said, noting the Amazon platform continues to develop beyond simply an infrastructure-as-a-service to include Elastic Block Storage and other services. But companies do need to architect in any high-availability they want from Amazon's EC2, he noted.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

SDN: The next steps
Software Defined Networking technology is maturing and there are several real world use cases, but for most shops it is still a question of figuring out how we get there from here. In this Network World special report we analyze the promise and the options:* Network Virtualization and SDN: A Reality Check A look at the key milestones in terms of the development of SDN, the types of SDN consumers that are emerging, and evaluation criteria.* Understanding SDN Vendor EcosystemsIn this piece we review how network vendors are building relationships across the industry around their SDN platforms, examining what they are trying to achieve and what it means for consumers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More



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