Monday, March 30, 2015

Hands on: AT&T Velocity hits the WiFi hotspot

Maker spaces boost student tech innovation | Review: Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge lead the Android pack

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Hands on: AT&T Velocity hits the WiFi hotspot
I’m using the ZTE-built AT&T Velocity WiFi hotspot as I write up my quickie review of the device here, and sure enough it’s providing me with ample speed as I fact check on the web during this process. The basic purpose for the device is to provide you with 2.4- or 5-GHz WiFi Internet access – via an AT&T 4G LTE connection -- when you can’t find free or safe WiFi in the wild. You just need to make sure you’re not somewhere that blocks usage of such devices – a practice frowned upon by the FCC. Read More

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Mobility: The Game-Changer for your Organization
IDG Research shows a majority of companies (59 percent) allow their employees to do work using their own devices either away from their office or at work. In this webcast, hear from two experts on how to make some critical decisions about optimizing your mobile workforce. Learn More

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What is the Future of IT Service Management (ITSM)?
Join vice president of research from leading IT analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), Dennis Drogseth, in this Live Webcast April 7th @ 2 PM EST to get highlights from new research on IT Service Management (ITSM). Learn More

Maker spaces boost student tech innovation
Where do college students go to tinker, build and test prototypes, and find commercial support for their ideas? Maker spaces.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story) Read More

Review: Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge lead the Android pack
The new flagship Samsung Android smartphones are surprisingly elegant and thoughtfully designed, with better security capabilities Read More

5 freshly-funded cloud computing companies worth watching
Investors made a crowd around the cloud this week, investing $175 million in companies focused on everything from storage to the WAN to the supply chain.Sure, “the cloud” is a broad term and in reality, what new tech company doesn’t have some cloud angle? But 5 companies that announced funding this week, some familiar to us and some not, all have legit claims on being cloud computing businesses.The big winner of the bunch this week was, a San Francisco cloud ERP provider based on the Salesforce1 Platform that touted $110 million in fresh funding led by Technology Crossover Ventures. Existing investor Salesforce Ventures also chipped in. The $110 million, which will go toward product development, sales, marketing and more, adds to $50 million committed about a year ago by Advent International.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: Last-mile mobile optimization boosts app performance
News watchers might have noticed a bunch of hot air and chest pounding emanating from media nuts a few days ago.The reason: the end of civilization was nigh for traditionalists, because Facebook and the New York Times had made a deal for Times content to be wrapped into Facebook pages, rather than simply linked to.Big deal, you might say. Makes sense. Add venerable 1851-launched newspaper content to a 1.3 billion-user social network, and stir thoroughly.Well, it does make sense. However, intriguingly, there's more to it than a simple you-scratch-my-back media deal. What's most interesting about this move is the technical reason prompting it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Lower the Total Cost of Ownership
IT organizations are continuing to face unprecedented years of economic pressure to lower costs while meeting and/or improving business service levels. Organizations are now achieving significant costs savings by migrating core enterprise business applications to open systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Learn More

Stakes rise in the 25-year-old H-1B battle
The H-1B visa turns 25 this year, and while it has seen many ups and downs during that quarter-century, what hasn't changed is the fury IT workers feel after being displaced by people who hold H-1Bs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story) Read More

Gold Apple Watch buyers will receive special treatment
When the upcoming Apple Watch goes on sale on April 24, it will by far be the most complex and downright confusing product Apple has ever released. With an assortment of styles, bands, and materials, there will be a seemingly never ending selection of options for users to choose from.At the same time, the Apple Watch will be the most expensive product Apple has ever released. While the Sports models will start at just $349 (for the 38mm version), the Edition models will start at $10,000 and range all the way up to $17,000. Naturally, not every Apple Store will carry the expensive gold Edition models. During Apple's most recent Apple Watch event, Tim Cook noted that only select stores will carry the device, and in limited quantities at that. What's more, it's been reported that the Edition Apple Watch models will be safely stowed away in secure safes in-store, much in the same way that boutique watch stores protect their most valued merchandise.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

No, Seth Rogen is NOT the new White House IT director
Wikipedia Yes, Seth Rogen did get the White House's attention late last year with his controversial movie "The Interview" -- about a fictitious assassination of North Korea's leader. But no, the White House has not hired him to run its IT department.The man taking on that job is David Recordon, a 28-years-young veteran of Facebook and open standards efforts such as OpenID. And yes, he does strike something of a resemblance to the actor, as has been pointed out numerous times over the years during Recordon's public appearances, such as when he discussed "Scaling Facebook with OpenSource Tools" in this YouTube video. In the comments on that video one poster wrote: "Is that Seth Rogen? :)", to which another replied "if it acts like Seth and talks like Seth its [sic] probably Rogen."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

F8: Facebook launches open-source JavaScript library to speed mobile development
Most enterprises that have tried to build cross-platform mobile apps for iOS and Android without building entirely separate apps for each platform would describe the experience as lies, damned lies, and cross-platform.At its F8 developer conference this week, Facebook released React-Native, a cross-platform JavaScript library that accelerates app development for iOS and Android. Facebook runs much of its operations on open-source software, and is taking another stab at the inefficiencies of building separate native mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms with a new open-source project. It builds on the success of the React, the company's three-year-old open-source web user interface (UI) library.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


How Can You Ensure Stability and Reliability?
You're under increasing pressure to lower cost. And like many other organizations, you find yourself merely able to "keep the lights on"- maintaining the stability and reliability of your IT systems in the face of growing business demands and constrained resources. Learn More

Facebook invites developers to monetize Messenger at F8 conference
Facebook's mantra has evolved over the past few years. It started out as "move fast and break things."But with a growing population of over 400,000 independent Facebook developers perplexed with Facebook's fast innovation cycle, breaking stuff is bad for both parties. At Facebook's F8 developer conference last year, Mark Zuckerberg changed it to "move fast with stable infra[structure]."This year, Zuckerberg kicked off F8 with yet a new mantra: "Build, Grow, and Monetize."Zuckerberg wants developers now to build and monetize apps on a Facebook platform family: Facebook, Messenger, and Parse. Known for making big product bets, acquiring users, and waiting for the right moment to make money with them, Zuckerberg advanced two new revenue streams, Messenger and new ads for publishers. WhatsApp, Instagram, Groups, and Occulus remain in incubation for the future.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Meltdown! New Periscope iPhone app live streams ice cream factory's end
The teardown of a 50-plus-year-old ice cream plant across from Network World’s Framingham, Mass., headquarters today practically screamed to be live streamed via Twitter’s new Periscope app for the iPhone. So I took my iPhone 5 into the parking lot during lunch and brought the action live to a whoever happened to stumble across it.I actually did the same thing last week with last week’s hot live streaming app, Meerkat – the one that really took off in Austin at the SXSW event and that everyone was worried Twitter was going to cut down at the knees so that its new Periscope acquisition might flourish. (Though note that this kat doesn’t have just one life – Greylock Partners, some Hollywood types and others have just sunk millions into the venture.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Many password strength meters are downright WEAK, researchers say
Website password strength meters, like a spouse asked to assess your haircut or outfit, often tell you only what you want to hear.That’s the finding from researchers at Concordia University in Montreal, who examined the usefulness of those pesky and ubiquitous red-yellow-green password strength testers on websites run by big names such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Microsoft/Skype. The researchers used algorithms to sent millions of “not-so-good” passwords through these meters, as well as through the meters of password management services such as LastPass and 1Password, and were largely underwhelmed by the results.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Apple asks court to throw out lawsuit over storage on iPhones, iPads
The suit claims Apple misled consumers about how much space iOS 8 takes up Read More

Flaw in common hotel router threatens guests' devices
Corporate travelers should be warned that a vulnerable Wi-Fi router commonly used in hotels is easily compromised, putting guests passwords at risk and opening up their computers to malware infections and direct attacks. Read More

School district gets an HP SDN makeover to address wireless growth, security problems
Faced with exponential growth in wireless devices and an increasingly digital curriculum, Jeff Dietsche, Systems and Infrastructure Manager for the South Washington County Schools in Minnesota, decided his only hope was to deal with a single vendor and use SDN to streamline operations. Dietsche tells the tale to Network World Editor in Chief John Dix.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story) Read More


7 things we want to see in the Surface Pro 4

Perhaps a "Surface Pro 4" will debut at the same time or soon after Windows 10 launches. Here's what we'd like to see in the Surface Pro 4.


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