Monday, July 13, 2015

At Microsoft, Ballmer's Nokia boondoggle is now Nadella's nightmare

  What was wrong with United's router? | Cloud to consume almost half of IT infrastructure sales by 2019

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At Microsoft, Ballmer's Nokia boondoggle is now Nadella's nightmare
Microsoft's Nokia acquisition was a poorly thought-out idea, and now it's costing Microsoft billions. Read More


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What was wrong with United's router?
United Airlines said it had no further detail to add to its explanation for this week's service disruption, which was caused by a router. It's the latest in a series of technical glitches experienced by the airline – and its customers -- since adopting Continental Airline's passenger management system in 2012 after United acquired it in 2010.And it's the second in two months.Since United isn't talking, it's anyone's guess outside of United what occurred in the router to interrupt service. There's some discussion on Reddit that a route misconfiguration leak caused by a new site turn-up "blackholed" one of United's vital data centers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Cloud to consume almost half of IT infrastructure sales by 2019
Yesterday, I wrote that "Nearly one-third of all IT infrastructure spending is now devoted to cloud." That sounded like a lot, but IDC, the source for those numbers, is now saying that's only the beginning.According to the research firm's latest announcement, cloud IT infrastructure spending is expected to grow 15.6% a year and represent 46.5% of the total IT infrastructure spending in 2019, with the public cloud grabbing the lion's share.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Microsoft security tool fails malware detection test
There are many great choices out there for malware protection and detection. Unfortunately, Microsoft's offering isn't one of them. In recent tests by AV Test, the German lab that is pretty much the de facto standard in malware testing, Microsoft came in a distant last place.AV Test's most recent experiment pitted 30,000 known samples of malware against Windows 7 AV programs. It focused on Windows 7 due to its ubiquity; it has about 60% global market share, as XP withers away and Windows 8 fails to gain ground. AV Test This was not a test of commercial antivirus products you find in stores. It was a test of enterprise endpoint security products used in businesses.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Apple Watch sales down 90% from opening week, report says
Since its first week on the market, during which Apple sold about 1.5 million Apple Watches, the company has seen a 90% decline in sales of its smartwatch, according to a MarketWatch article on data collected by Slice Intelligence.On a daily basis, Apple is now selling fewer than 20,000 Apple Watch units, and occasionally fewer than 10,000, according to the report. That's down from an estimated 200,000 sales per day in the first week the device was on the market.Slice, which often releases data on estimated sales of Apple products, also says that the lower-cost (starting at $349) Sport model has accounted for about two-thirds of Apple Watch sales. To date, Apple has sold fewer than 2,000 units of its gold, Edition model Apple Watch, which are priced at $10,000 and higher, according to the report.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

WEBCAST: Dell Inc.

Re-architecting Legacy Applications for the Enterprise
In this webcast, Ovum IT Services Analyst Hansa Iyengar and Cameron Jenkins, Dell Application Modernization Services Executive Director Cameron Jenkins discuss the importance of re-architecting legacy applications and provide practical recommendations to address the challenges around migrating legacy architecture. View now

IDG Contributor Network: New sound monitoring by IoT can predict mechanical failure
Here's a scenario for you: It's been a while since you've done your laundry; the stuff is piling up and threatening to take over. So, reluctantly, you decide to take the bull by the horns—you load the machine.However, despite knowing that you shouldn't, you stuff the thing as full as you can get it. Just an extra towel won't be a problem, right?Well, as we all have experienced, the machine takes umbrage and starts thumping and knocking in the spin cycle.That extra weight has unbalanced the contraption, and the thumping noise that you hear is actually telling you that there's a problem with the machine.Diagnostics Start-up Augury is using a similar principal to diagnose machines in general.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

A 'black market' for wireless cell service has popped up in Canada
Two articles at and tell the story of one enterprising Canadian who takes advantage of a loophole to provide substantially cheaper wireless cell service for a one-time $100 payment.How exactly he does it appears to be unclear, but it involves pricing discrepancies in Canada, where lower-populated provinces like Manitoba and Saskatchewan see much cheaper cell service. Basically, the scheme involves signing up for an account in one of these regions, where Canadian wireless service provider Koodo offers a 5GB monthly data plan for $48, then selling the account to people who live in more populated regions of the country, where the same plan typically costs at least $90, according to the reports.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Why incumbent ISPs should be worried about the broadband market
The broadband market has been rocked by a handful of major unexpected developments over the past few years, from Google suddenly stepping into the market with significantly faster broadband at much lower prices to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) removing nearly all legal barriers to municipal broadband projects.The fallout from the FCC's ruling is beginning to gain some steam, with a 101-city coalition called Next Century Cities aiming to smooth the path for municipalities to bring affordable, gigabit-speed broadband to their cities.See also: Inside the bold plan to bring gigabit fiber to Detroit While the success stories are much more well-known, such as Chattanooga, Tennessee's long-running municipal gigabit fiber network, others have failed in spectacular fashion, like the city of Provo, Utah, whose municipal broadband project struggled before the city ultimately sold its existing fiber to Google for $1. This nationwide group could help provide access to information and expertise on broadband deployment to ensure the taxpayer money devoted to such a project doesn't go to waste.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: AWS introduces Device Farm for mobile testing, but only for Android and FireOS
Application testing is a critically important step in software development. It is also, unfortunately, an increasingly difficult part of the development process to perform. The sheer number of different combinations of operating system and form factors means that anyone building applications for mobile devices literally needs to have a room full of different devices to test upon.They could, of course, revert to a third-party Real User Monitoring (RUM) tool. Vendors like SOASTA and NewRelic offer developers the ability to assess how their application will perform on different devices without physically owning those actual devices. The rise of RUM services has, therefore, made developers' lives significantly easier.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

WEBCAST: Citrix Systems

Managing the Unmanageable: The Network Security Perspective
This webinar will provide strategies and best practices to secure your network and apps against threats while optimizing availability and performance. Learn how Citrix NetScaler provides secure networking solutions that enable IT to automate security, protect intellectual property, and ensure data privacy while meeting compliance mandates. View now

Adobe patches Hacking Team's zero-day Flash flaw being exploited in the wild
  Don't twiddle your thumbs or otherwise procrastinate, update Flash Player now as the Hacking Team's zero-day is being actively exploited in the wild. Whether you use Windows, Mac or Linux, it's a critical vulnerability and "all Flash Player users are at risk." Adobe warned that a "successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Unlike Uber, more sharing-economy companies are hiring workers as employees
Amidst the battles raging over whether sharing-economy workers should be considered contractors or employees, last week I called for a compromise that would combine the appropriate features of both independent contractors and employees to create a new way to deal with this new kind of business relationship.I still believe that this is the best approach for coping with an emerging class of workers that doesn't fit neatly into either of the existing categories. But what happens until companies, workers, and regulators can strike such a compromise? And what if compromise proves impossible to achieve? Will forcing companies like Uber to actually "hire" its workforce really spell doom for the sharing economy?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google gets into ridesharing biz with Waze's 'carpool-powered' RideWith app
Google snapped up Israel-founded Waze for about $1 billion two years ago, but now Google is entering the ridesharing business as Waze launches its "carpool-powered" RideWith app.While RideWith may eventually offer other similar services some competition, the concept behind RideWith is different than that of Uber and Lyft. "We think Uber X and Lyft are services that work well. We ourselves use them all the time," Waze said last week. Unlike Uber drivers who earn a profit, RideWith drivers will not earn a salary and each driver is limited to two trips a day – traveling to and returning home from work.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Ex-attorney general Holder hints at possible DOJ plea deal with Snowden
The "possibility exists" for Edward Snowden to strike a plea deal with the US Justice Department and return to the USA. At least it does according what former Attorney General Eric Holder told Yahoo News; but he's the same guy who previously filed a criminal complaint against Snowden for three felony violations of the Espionage Act. Notice the "former" in front of the attorney general title; it's a shame Holder couldn't see those possibilities when he was in a position to offer them for real.Holder returned to "Covington & Burling, a corporate law firm known for serving Wall Street clients" such as Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo; it's where he worked before becoming Attorney General in Feb. 2009. Besides being cozy with big banks, The Intercept also noted that Holder failed "to criminally prosecute any of the financial firms responsible for the market collapse in 2008." Holder did manage to lead the charge in the government's war on leakers; a severe crackdown, the likes of which were unprecedented.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Can the Internet of Things improve your jump shot? These apps are trying
This time of year, the biggest news in basketball is which multimillionaire baller is moving to what city for how big a pile of cash. But the real money may not be in the star players, but in using technology, specifically the Internet of Things (IoT), to improve the games of millions of young players and aging weekend warriors. And how well that technology works provides a useful yardstick for measuring the progress of the IoT.As a confirmed member of that second group, I've long been interested in finding technology that could give me an edge in my weekly sessions of flinging three-pointers from the corner. So far, I've come across a trio of approaches to doing just that, and together they collectively illustrate the potential—and the current reality—of the Internet of Things' ability to really change our lives.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: Amazon introduces API Gateway, aims to dominate yet another area
  Amazon Web Services (AWS) is, frankly, an incredible organization to watch. Already widely regarded as the biggest (by many orders of magnitude) public cloud vendor, they have a history of not sitting on their laurels but rather innovating rapidly to increase the value they offer to customers. Hardly an AWS event goes by without the company announcing some new piece of tech that is set to get developers hearts racing.Today it's the API space that AWS is looking to. APIs are, of course, the glue that enables software and infrastructure to function in this modern age. APIs are the little building blocks that allow infrastructure, services, applications and data to be stitched together across diverse hardware, solutions, and geographies.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More



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