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Mark your calendar: Java 9 finally has a release date

Why Microsoft is battling Android malware | As Cisco names CEO successor, John Chambers goes out on a high note

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Mark your calendar: Java 9 finally has a release date
The long project to rewrite and modularize Java finally has an end date. Read More

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Going Beyond Basic Mobile Device Management
Restricting what users can do on mobile devices and threatening to wipe devices that are rich with personal apps and content is a recipe for user discontent. Read this paper to understand MDM fundamentals and when it's time to go beyond basic mobile device management. Learn more.

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Benchmarking Oracle Database on K2 All-Flash Array
Virtualized Oracle servers create an especially demanding blend of I/O traffic for storage infrastructure. Kaminario's K2 All-Flash Array combines consistent low latency, high throughput and IOPS with a very low price per GB, making it the most cost-efficient primary storage for many virtual and physical environments including Oracle databases. Learn More

Why Microsoft is battling Android malware
It's no secret that Android has a badware problem. One report said 97% of malware can be found on the Android platform, while a more recent report says Android apps are rife with secret usage tracking.Microsoft's Windows Store doesn't have this problem because, unfortunately, no one uses Windows Phone. Its market share remains stuck in the low single digits. But with the recent update to Visual Studio adding support for porting Android apps to Windows Phone, Microsoft is preparing for the flood of Android apps, good and bad.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

As Cisco names CEO successor, John Chambers goes out on a high note
It's always nice when highly public figures can go out on a high note and, as they say, "leave them wanting more." I remember John Elway announcing his retirement after winning his second consecutive Super Bowl. Sure, he could have played more, and there isn't a sports fan who didn't want to see that, but now our memory of Elway is that of a winner and he'll always remain larger than life in the history of the NFL.In the business world, we don't get to see this very often. It's more common to see a CEO removed from his or her position after the company has fallen, instead of a graceful hand-off during a period of success. This morning, one of the most successful CEOs in this history of American business, John Chambers, announced that this fiscal year would be his last as CEO. As of July 26, Chuck Robbins will become the new man in charge. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: The UK is 'running out of internet,' pundit says
The United Kingdom, which is ranked on a GDP basis just behind France, Germany, and Japan – which in-turn are out-ranked only by the U.S. and China – is going to run out of internet soon, and might need to ration it, according to Andrew Ellis, a professor in optical communications at Aston University in Birmingham, England. The web will collapse because existing fiber optic cables can't accept any more data, and telcos can't afford to keep laying more fiber, Ellis has said recently. In any case, pumping data through cables is using up the country's power supply, Ellis says. At the current rate of growth, the web will consume the country's power supply within 20 years, he reckons.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

How the Orlando airport went fully wireless
If you're reading this post, you're most likely involved in the technology industry in some way. As such, you probably attend at least one, if not multiple, events in Orlando every year. It's only May and I think I've been there four times already this year.In addition to being one of THE places to go for technology conferences, it happens to be one of the country's top vacation spots for families. This makes the Orlando airport unique in that it's a high-volume origin and destination airports. Most of the country's busy airports, like Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago and Atlanta, are airline hub locations, so a high percentage of the passengers are connecting from one flight to another. However, with Orlando, almost all of the passengers are either coming to or departing from the local area.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

This $9 computer might be more useful than Raspberry Pi
A small team of engineers and artists that make up Next Thing Co. launched a Kickstarter campaign today for Chip, their $9 single-board computer that boasts Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a larger processor than Raspberry Pi's most powerful models.The tiny device runs a 1 GHz R8 ARM processor, and comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. In comparison, the Raspberry Pi B and B+ models feature a 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex 7 processor. The Chip comes with a built-in composite output to connect to monitors and supports adapters for VGA or HDMI. It runs Debian Linux and comes preloaded with the Scratch programming language for those who might be new to coding.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Navigating Operating Costs and Roadmap Uncertainties for SAP
New innovation and updates in core ERP lag as SAP focuses all its attention on a long-term, high-risk "re-platform" strategy with its newly announced S/4HANA suite. Join us on May 14th at 1:00 p.m. EST for a live discussion and expert insight. Learn More

IDG Contributor Network: IKEA's Internet of Things plans imagine the networked kitchen
You may have read about furniture retailer IKEA's plans to introduce wireless smartphone charging in some of its furniture. Its Selje nightstand includes a Qi-compatible charger, for example. Charge your phone wirelessly while you slumber, and only for $60. Well, that's just the beginning of the future for the 315-store, 9,500-product company. IKEA's future kitchen ideas include networked devices, shelves that act as refrigerators, tabletops that cook, and instant food delivery by drone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Snake, the original mobile game, is coming to Android and iOS
The 90's nostalgia bubble is actually producing something useful – the return of Snake, the classic game first found on some of Nokia's earliest popular cellphones.The Verge reported today that the game's original creator, former Nokia design engineer Taneli Armanto, has partnered with Finnish video game studio Rumilus Design for Snake Rewind, which will feature updated graphics and gameplay, such as a new feature that seems like heresy – "the ability to rewind if you crash your snake," according to the report. Where I come from, if you crash the Snake, you're out.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Apple, IBM partner to help Japan's elderly survive on their own
Japan has a problem. In a nation of 120 million people and falling, 33 million people, one-quarter of its total population, are over 65. Many of these elderly are disconnected from family or just want to maintain their independence, but Japan doesn't have anywhere near enough healthcare workers to tend to these ageing people, and given its xenophobia, the government isn't keen on letting in foreign workers to fill the gaps.The solution? An iPad with some IBM apps. Company CEOs Tim Cook and Virginia Rometty met in New York City along with the CEO of Japan Post Group to announce the initiative to help Japan's seniors better deal with everyday issues and connect with healthcare providers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Maritime cybersecurity firm: 37% of Microsoft servers not patched, vulnerable to hacking
A recent Department of Homeland Inspector General report (pdf) focused mostly on US Coast Guard insider threats, stating, “Trusted insiders could use their access or insider knowledge to exploit USCG’s physical and technical vulnerabilities with the intent to cause harm.” The audit also found numerous issues involving thumb drives and removable media that could be connected to Coast Guard IT systems and used to remove sensitive info as well as issues allowing sensitive info to be sent via email. The IG also found unlocked USCG network equipment and server rooms, unsecured wireless routers and laptops.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: GPS breakthrough: Low-cost accuracy within centimeters
There's been talk for years of a more accurate Global Positioning System. The current GPS system tells you roughly where you are, but it's only accurate to within a few feet. That vagueness means that although it's fine for mapping, it isn't good enough for narrowly targeted proximity or geo-fencing that can be used in e-commerce.Existing GPS has been used in toll-road billing, and has been fine-tuned for surveying with large, expensive antennas, but it's currently not much good for tracking customers as they choose a concert seat, for example.Galileo The European Space Agency is building a new, highly-accurate system called Galileo that they say will be fully functional by about 2020.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Avengers: Age of Ultron has message for cybersec about militarizing the Internet
Prior to the US debut on May 1, “Age of Ultron amassed $201.2 million across 44 countries.” During its preview night in the US, Ultron made $27.6 million; on its first day, Disney reported the movie made $84.46 million. I highly recommend seeing it for pure enjoyment purposes, although you might get struck with tech lust after seeing Tony Stark’s toys. Some folks who have seen the movie say it’s about the surveillance state, NSA-like projects, or our fear of AI superintelligence, and that it even has a message for the cybersecurity community.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

VCE brings simplicity to scaling the cloud
Since its inception five and a half years ago, VCE has done only one thing and done it better than any other company – simplify the deployment of converged infrastructure. The company's flagship product, Vblock, brings together VMware, Cisco, and EMC infrastructure in a preconfigured, validated design, allowing customers to stand up a private cloud in under a week. Deploying a private cloud at that speed is impossible if all of the infrastructure has to be tied together manually.Vblock and recently released VxBlock products are really targeted at large enterprises and tier 1 service providers for supporting mission-critical workloads. What's missing from the VCE portfolio is a platform to support applications like next-generation databases, cloud-native, and tier-2 applications that require rapid deployment and significant scale-out capabilities.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Apple trying to destroy Spotify's free tier and streaming music on YouTube
With Apple gearing up to launch a revamped Beats music service at WWDC, The Verge is reporting that Apple is already aggressively trying to defeat some longstanding competition.Specifically, Apple is supposedly trying to convince music labels to stop supporting Spotify's free tier of streaming music. As a quick refresher, Spotify Premium members can pay $9.99 for unlimited on-demand music streaming while the free tier offers users a more limited offering with ads.What's more, Apple has reportedly gone so far as try and persuade music labels to drop their support for YouTube's music licensing program. To sweeten the deal, Apple has allegedly offered "to pay YouTube's music licensing fee to Universal Music Group of the label stopped allowing its songs on YouTube."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

New Google feature makes ordering food online easier than ever
Google today unveiled a nifty new feature to its Google Now service that makes it easier than ever to order food online. Thanks to partnerships the search giant forged with six U.S.-based food delivery providers -- Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24,, BeyondMenu and -- it's now possible to order food directly from the search results page on Google Now.The way Google implemented the new feature is extremely straightforward. Any time you search for a nearby restaurant (remember, Google knows your location), you'll see a new option titled "Place an order" within the search results.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: Why major banks and financial institutions are growing their use of mainframes
Isn't it curious that all major banks and financial institutions have mainframe computers at the center of their technology strategies? All of them. That's because mainframes are able to provide functionality and reliability that no other platform can match. These include: Transaction power. Banks deal with a lot of data, and very few systems of record can match mainframes when it comes to transaction throughput. Simply put, big iron can handle the demands that major financial institutions throw at it. Analytical speed. Transaction power is important, but it's only part of the equation. Mainframes let companies keep their data where it is (versus copying it several times into some warehouse), which dramatically reduces the amount of time it takes to access and analyze time-critical data. No downtime. Banks can't afford to have system outages, and no platform is more reliable than the mainframe. I recently learned about a bank in Japan that has been using a mainframe since the 1970's without a single second of downtime. Its architecture allows for full software and hardware upgrades without an outage. For financial institutions, that's huge. Supports mobile and cloud. Mainframes may be 51 years old, but they are perfectly positioned to incorporate new technologies. Two of the most important for the financial industry are mobile and cloud because users require instant access to data no matter where they are. It's no longer a luxury. Mix in BYOD and it's pretty obvious that mainframes are perfect for the job. Integration. All of us have been through software integrations where two unrelated pieces of technology are supposed to work together seamlessly. Most of the time there are glitches because not everything lines up perfectly. Within a mainframe system, however, all of these can be resolved without requiring a system shutdown and restart. IBM's Information Management System (IMS) was developed for the Apollo space program and has been a reliable component of mainframe data management ever since. The biggest recent growth for IMS has been in China, particularly for its largest banks. Many people outside of Asia might not know the names of these institutions, but they dwarf the largest banks based in the United States. And they are all powered by mainframes. Of course, they all have other platforms as well, but all of those other systems surround the mainframe as the system of record. On this side of the Pacific, large financial institutions are also growing their mainframe capabilities.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


How Chambers kept a high profile

Cisco CEO John Chambers has rubbed elbows with many business, political and entertainment VIPs during his 20 years at the helm.


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