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Apple Watch event: What to expect

  Aruba Networks is different than HP's failed wireless acquisitions | IDG Contributor Network: Apple Watch will reinforce tech as luxury style

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Apple Watch event: What to expect
Ahead of Apple's special media event on Monday, we've collected all of the last-minute rumors surrounding the highly anticipated Apple Watch. Read More


Rethinking Enterprise Wireless Networks
This paper from IDC explores the trends, challenges, and solutions that the latest generations of WiFi architecture deliver. View Now>>

In this Issue


10 Requirements for Optimizing Your Network for Mobility
Today the vast majority of work and communication is conducted on mobile & wireless devices & users rarely even consider using a wired network unless it's a last resort. This paper looks at how this mentality requires IT operations to architect an access network specifically with "mobile first" in mind. Read now

Aruba Networks is different than HP's failed wireless acquisitions
HP has acquired other wireless companies in the past, only to let the opportunity go to waste. What's different about its recent acquisition of Aruba Networks? Read More

IDG Contributor Network: Apple Watch will reinforce tech as luxury style
Rolex, Louis Vuitton, and other heritage luxury brands had better be quaking in their boots at the news that Apple will likely be launching a smartwatch next week. Apple has become their competitor, according to luxury marketing experts. Young millennials are no longer eyeing brands for their superficial status. The affluent buyers out there are now beginning to look at products for what they do instead. This is good for us in the tech industry, but not so fine if you're sitting in the Louis Vuitton boardroom right now. Status Creative-class consumers want symbols that "proclaim a new style of status." Status is now based on who the individual is and what they value, not how much money they have to spend, says affluent consumer analyst Pam Danziger of Unity Marketing, in her blog.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Ultimate guide to Linux desktop environments
  Last year, Network World's resident Linux enthusiast Bryan Lunduke set out on a mission to immerse himself into a variety of Linux desktops, using each exclusively for both work and personal computing for at least one week and documenting his experiences on his Linux Tycoon blog.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story) Read More


Solar panels built into smartphone screen to solve the battery-life crisis
  At Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona this week, Kyocera is showing a prototype that turns one of the modern smartphone's biggest battery life liabilities into an asset – a smartphone that incorporates solar power technology into the touchscreen.According to a Smithsonian Magazine report, Kyocera developed the technology in partnership with SunPartner Technologies and installed it on its Torque smartphone prototype, which was designed for rugged outdoor use.At less than 0.5 millimeters in thickness and as much as 90% transparency, the screen technology could fit any of today's popular smartphones without inhibiting their users, SunPartner Technologies said in a press release. The component that captures sunlight – called Wysips Crystal – can be installed just below the touchscreen panel of the smartphone, so it doesn't affect the user experience, and feeds the solar energy into the battery.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Review: Nvidia's Grid is like Netflix Instant streaming for games
Last week I reviewed Nvidia's Shield Tablet – an Android tablet focused on playing games. And it truly is an awesome gaming device, but one of the most intriguing parts of this little system comes in the form of the Nvidia Grid Streaming Service.Simply put, the "Grid" is "Netflix streaming for games."Browse through a collection of games, select one, and a few moments later, you start playing. The game itself is stored "in the cloud" on Nvidia's servers with the audio and video streamed down to your Shield device. (Now seems like a good time to mention that the Grid requires one of Nvidia's Shield devices – including the Shield Tablet and the new Shield TV console that it just announced – along with at least one Shield game controller. Which means there is a $200 entry to buy a device that grants you access to Nvidia's Grid.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


WLAN Buyer's Guide
It is crucial to thoroughly understand the systems management capabilities of any WLAN being considered, since this will be the largest ongoing expense of the overall deployment. Learn how to evaluate properly by reading Aerohive's WLAN Definitive Guide. View Now>>

What the auto industry thinks about the rumored Apple Car
Over the past few days, a number of auto executives have chimed on reports that Apple is not-so-secretly working on developing an electric car.Seeing as how there is no shortage of detractors who think Apple has no business entering the auto industry, perhaps it's appropriate to begin with some of the more positive takes on Apple's rumored jump into an entirely different industry.First up, we have Volkswagon CEO Martin Winterkorn who reportedly is fully on board with both Google and Apple dipping their toes into automotive waters. *VW CEO 'WELCOMES' APPLE, GOOGLE CAR PROJECTS— Jay Yarow (@jyarow) March 2, 2015 Winterkorn added that Volkswagon would be more than happy to work alongside either Apple or Google in the electric car space.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

How Samsung's Galaxy S6 stacks up against Apple's iPhone 6 line
Samsung hit its mark with its Galaxy S6 announcement at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona this week.The company came prepared with an entirely new smartphone design and a concise explanation of the powerful hardware, rich display, strong security, great camera, and intuitive Android Lollipop software. The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge stood out as high-end hardware designed to compete with top-tier Apple and HTC smartphones.The S6's design and engineering afforded Samsung the luxury to concentrate on just the most important features during the announcement. It eliminated the temptation to add a bloated feature list that consumers often ignore and which mobile device companies are so often inclined to add during product announcements out of a desperation to differentiate me-too devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Microsoft reportedly prepping a tiny version of Windows Server
As Microsoft prepares for Windows Server vNext, due next year, it also has a new, tiny footprint server in the works specifically for the cloud and designed to reduce problems with the standard server version.According to slides leaked by WZor, Microsoft is developing a headless deployment version of the server software called Nano Server. Nano Server is being designed as a next-gen cloud OS and infrastructure.In the slides, the company notes customers have complained about issues like having to reboot their systems every time they install patches, oftentimes patching components they don't even use. Reboots take a long time and are very disruptive.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Avi Networks' analytics tools can be a network engineer's best ally
In late 2014, Avi Networks came out of stealth mode with a product aimed at disrupting the application delivery controlled (ADC) market. Network World's Jon Gold did an excellent job covering the launch and the way Avi is attempting to differentiate itself, so I won't rehash what he has already covered.In the right environment, the value proposition of what Avi is doing should be obvious to anyone covering the software defined networking (SDN) or network functions virtualization (NFV) market. Avi brings a high level of agility to the ADC, enabling customers to deploy ADC resources anywhere they need to in the exact quantity required. The pay-as-you-grow model means organizations are no longer required to overpay for resources they won't need 90% of the time. Instead, they can provision for normal utilization and then purchase more capacity when the workloads require it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Apple may offer personal engravings on the Apple Watch
In just a few days, Tim Cook will take the stage and give us the full scoop on all of the Apple Watch details that we've been yearning for. First and foremost, it stands to reason that we'll finally get a pricing matrix for the Apple Watch. Indeed, recent rumors about potential pricing for the device have been all over the map, with some claiming that the gold models of the Edition lineup may cost upwards of $10,000.As for other tidbits, a rumor from the French-language site iPhonote relayed an interesting Apple Watch rumor earlier today, namely that Apple will offer a personal engraving option for buyers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

WEBCAST: Aerohive

Gigabit Speed Wireless Networks with 802.11ac
With the development of 802.11ac, WLANs surpass the gigabit speed barrier. Watch this webinar recording featuring author of "802.11ac: A Survival Guide" (O'Reily), Matthew Gast, for a discussion on 802.11ac and why it's posed to become the 802.11 standard of choice and how to incorporate it into your network plans. View now>>

Fake Microsoft tech support scammer threatens to cut up victim, toss pieces into river
A fake Microsoft tech support phone scam comes with a new twist. This time the scammer was recorded while he threatened to kill the victim.If you loathe low-down scammers of all kinds, then you may recall a zero-day last year that allowed gray-hat justice by hacking back against fake Microsoft tech support. Microsoft has long-warned about such tech support phone scams; from May to December of last year, the company received over 65,000 customer complaints about fraudulent tech support scams. Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit took legal action to go after scammers last December.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

MWC 2015: Microsoft partners with AT&T, Deutsche Telekom for SMB Office
Microsoft announced two Office-related partnerships for small- to medium-size business (SMB), with AT&T and Deutsche Telekom, at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this week.The AT&T Mobile Office Suite deal with the second-largest mobile carrier involves Microsoft's Office 365 apps, along with unified access to voice calls, email, calendars, messaging, HD video conferencing, and file sharing, on almost any mobile device.The Microsoft Office 365 suite includes the usual apps – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – plus Lync, Exchange, Outlook, and OneDrive, all usable from a desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Lync allows for domestic or international voice calls while in the United States.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Curt Schilling and the long-standing consequences of trolling at work
If you have not heard the latest controversy regarding online behavior, you should take considerable notice. It's something every person who manages a group of people needs to know about because it's an issue of what they are doing at their desks.I run hot and cold about retired baseball pitcher Curt Schilling. On the one hand, there was his World Series heroics with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 that broke the Curse of the Bambino. Plus, he was an enthusiastic gamer who loved EverQuest, as I do for some reason (the new management is even more incompetent than the old). On the flip side, he also made an awful mess with his game studio 38 Studios and cost my home state of Rhode Island a fortune.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: SSL: Your network blind spot
  Let's say you are the police commissioner in a city with a large prison. A dangerous criminal just escaped and is fleeing the city by vehicle. You quickly respond by setting up roadblocks and checkpoints, inspecting every vehicle that leaves the city. You have expertly trained and experienced officers conducting the inspections, and not a single vehicle gets out of the city without passing through your checkpoints and being inspected inside and out. You would be certain to catch him, right?Now imagine that the officers at the checkpoints lack the authority to stop and inspect the inside of the vehicles. They can peer inside the windows, but about a third of the vehicles passing through have compartments that you can't see from outside. Maybe some are utility vans with no windows in the back, or have tinted windows, or are semi trucks with large trailers. Would you be confident that you will catch the bad guy if you are only inspecting one-third of the vehicles passing through your checkpoints?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Meru Networks targets growing market for cloud-managed Wi-Fi
In the application world, the cloud has been all the rage. It's hard to find any application today that's not offered as a cloud service. The cloud has also had a significant impact on infrastructure and more and more customers are buying compute services from the likes of Amazon and Google.However, most network products are still procured using traditional means. Pay for it up front and then pay an annual or monthly fee for maintenance. There are a handful of network solution providers that offer "cloud-managed" solutions, and while they do offer a cloud-based management interface, the vendor typically charges an upfront fee for the hardware and then the customers' "cloud" cost is for the management tools.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

AVG Invisibility Glasses and other slick tactical tricks to fool face recognition
AVG Innovation Labs created a prototype pair of "invisibility glasses" that protect privacy by making it "difficult for cameras or other facial recognition technologies to get a clear view of your identity." In essence, the glasses use infrared LEDs around the eyes and nose to make it difficult for facial recognition programs to recognize a face. AVG's prototype glasses were revealed at Mobile World Congress. AVG Innovation Labs While it's not yet a sexy look, it might be after some more design tweaking. For those of you who love privacy and recognize that type of LED manipulation to trick face detection, then ding, ding, ding, you're a winner and you move on to the bonus round!To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Pebble smartwatch sets second Kickstarter record, and it's not done yet
With 23 days to go in its latest Kickstarter funding campaign, Pebble has raised over $15 million. Last year, Pebble shipped more smartwatches than Android Wear. This year, the company might ship more than Apple.The smartwatch maker went back to Kickstarter, where it initially found enough funding to enter the smartwatch market, to fund its next watch, and again it set a record.Pebble set a Kickstarter record once before. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky started the company in his college dorm room in the Netherlands, eventually becoming a fledgling startup selling BlackBerry smartwatches. Migicovsky and his team had a new idea for growth – the original Pebble smartwatch that worked with iPhones and Android smartphones – but they needed an investment to build it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More



15 of the best Google Chrome experiments ever

A look at some of the coolest bits of Chrome experimentation out there, in honor of Google's 1000th Chrome experiment being published this week.


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1. What network technology is going to shake up your WAN?

2. 10 cool tablets from MWC 2015

3. IT certifications that deliver higher pay

4. Demand for Linux jobs shooting up fast

5. Aruba Networks is different than HP's failed wireless acquisitions

6. An incredibly shrinking Firefox faces endangered species status

7. Solar panels built into smartphone screen to solve the battery-life crisis

8. 8 free Wi-Fi stumbling and surveying tools

9. Endpoint Security Meets the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

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