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Adobe announces Connect platform enhancements

Win Phone 7 users aghast Microsoft axed Skype for their phones | Microsoft still believes in basic phones, launches Nokia 130 for $25

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Adobe announces Connect platform enhancements
Adobe has announced some new features for its Adobe Connect platform with its upcoming release 9.3 planned for early fall 2014. Enhancements include screen sharing and whiteboard improvements, social media integration, additional event analytics, and integration with and Microsoft Lync 2013.The Adobe Connect screen sharing control panel will enable someone who is sharing their screen to see a preview of what’s being shared, control the video and the audio in the meeting, manage participants, interact with chat, and see and respond to any notifications. The control panel can only be seen by the user who is sharing a screen. The feature is designed to prevent the frequently asked “can you see my screen” question. Users can also see a preview of what they are about to share.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Confront consumerization with convergence
Virtualization expert Elias Khnaser spotlights the security, compliance, and governance issues that arise when enterprise users "consumerize" with shadow IT and public cloud services. And he provides a prescription for modifying this behavior with a private cloud hosted on a robust converged infrastructure. Learn More

Win Phone 7 users aghast Microsoft axed Skype for their phones
Owners of Windows Phone 7 smartphones are apoplectic that Skype no longer works on their devices.Commenting on the official Skype support forum, affected users say they’re in disbelief at Microsoft’s decision to not only stop support for Skype, but go further and make it unusable on their smartphones.A number of those complaining are heavy Skype users, so losing access to it from their Windows Phone 7 devices is crippling to their daily work and life.To make matters worse, these people find themselves unable to upgrade their smartphones to Windows Phone 8 or 8.1, because Windows Phone 7 devices don’t support the newer OS. So in order to use Skype from a mobile phone they’ll have to change their devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Using Ceiling-Mount Air Conditioners to Cool Server Rooms
A new class of self-contained ceiling-mount air conditioners offers a cost-effective solution for cooling server rooms. The compact, space-saving units fit easily above a drop ceiling, have low installation costs, do not require penetration of walls and have no outside condensing unit to maintain. Learn more!

Microsoft still believes in basic phones, launches Nokia 130 for $25
Microsoft’s Devices Group has unveiled the Nokia 130, a mobile phone that costs just US$25 but lacks an Internet connection and apps.The focus of Microsoft’s mobile device strategy is on building both high-end and low-cost smartphones running Windows Phone, but there is still a need for “ultra-affordable” mobile phones, the company said on Monday.With the 130, Microsoft is going after people in emerging markets who are buying their first phone. It’s also a good fit for people who want a backup to complement their existing smartphones, according to the company.The $25 price tag (before taxes and subsidies) is about $90 cheaper than the Lumia 530, which is the lowest cost Windows Phone Microsoft has introduced so far. The price difference with the cheapest Android-based Nokia X—which was recently killed in favor of Windows Phone—is about the same.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Guide to Managing and Lowering Mainframe Software Charges
Monthly license charges (MLC) are rising by 7% or more each year, and account for 30% of total mainframe costs. Yet managing MLC costs is an inexact science. This best practice guide provides a step-by-step process to reduce mainframe MLC costs up to 20% without compromising business critical services. Learn More

New security tools from Tenable, HP, Co3 attempt the impossible
Automated incident response is one of the fastest growing fields in computer security. Alternatively called threat monitoring, vulnerability management or threat management, it encompasses the seemingly impossible task of defending a network from active threats as they happen, in addition to detecting every possible vulnerability that could be exploited by an attacker. As such, you don’t see tons of companies jumping into this area. But several companies have come out with automated incident response products and three of the leading vendors accepted our invitation for a comparative review -- Tenable Network Security SecurityCenter, Hewlett Packard WebInspect and Co3 Systems Security Module.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Riverbed bolsters net mgmt. software for greater automation
Riverbed tacked three new software modules onto its SteelCentral network management product today, broadening the features already available through that framework.The company’s announcement detailed the availability of NetAuditor, NetPlanner and NetCollector modules. The first is designed to improve configuration management, the second to provide robust planning and design capabilities for hybrid networks, and the last to work as an assistant to the other two, by providing real-time data management.+ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD: Netscout sues Gartner over Magic Quadrant rating | Carriers' remote control software continues to put some mobile devices at risk +To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Many home routers supplied by ISPs can be compromised en masse, researchers say
Specialized servers used by many ISPs to manage routers and other gateway devices provisioned to their customers are accessible from the Internet and can easily be taken over by attackers, researchers warn.By gaining access to such servers, hackers or intelligence agencies could potentially compromise millions of routers and implicitly the home networks they serve, said Shahar Tal, a security researcher at Check Point Software Technologies. Tal gave a presentation Saturday at the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas.At the core of the problem is an increasingly used protocol known as TR-069 or CWMP (customer-premises equipment wide area network management protocol) that is leveraged by technical support departments at many ISPs to remotely troubleshoot configuration problems on routers provided to customers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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