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Microsoft recently changed its Office Home and Student 2013 end-user licensing agreement. Instead of being able to install the retail version of the Office 2013 to another PC, in case the one where you originally installed it breaks down or gets stolen, you need to purchase another Office 2013 to use on a new or other device. EULA for Office Home and Student 2010 allowed users to reassign the license to a different device, any number of times, as long as it is not done more than once every 90 days. But if your computer breaks, you can reassign the license... more »
Big Data is being applied to countless businesses these days, namely healthcare and finance. But restaurants can get in on the fun, too, especially if there's a way to leverage Big Data to incentivize employees. Wikibon’s Dave Vellante caught up with Phil Beauregard, the founder and CEO of Objective Logistics, at the Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG) conference in Boston, to learn more about it. Objective Logistics develops software for point of sale (POS) systems found in retail stores and restaurants. The startup taps into transactional data and employee-related information on the client’s POS infrastructure to rank sales personnel based on... more »
Forester Gives IBM Top Score in Enterprise Mobility Services Forrester Research Inc. has rated IBM as a Leader in enterprise mobility services in its latest “The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Mobility Services Q1 2013”. The report gave IBM the highest score overall among the 13 global enterprise mobility leaders in the report. The report says that IBM “brings clients a world-class design agency (IBM Interactive) combine with breadth and depth of enterprise mobility consulting both in terms of technology capabilities and global presence.” More AWS Makes Amazon Redshift Available to All Customers AWS has announced that Amazon Redshift, a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data... more »
The reputation of Java was dragged through the mud once again this weekend as hackers exploited yet another zero-day vulnerability in the plugin, this time to infiltrate Facebook in one of the highest profile hacks of the year so far. Facebook reported over the weekend that its database had been targeted in what was, in its own words, “a highly sophisticated attack” that took place last January. The social media site said that some of its employee’s laptops became infected with malicious code after visiting a third-party mobile developer’s site. The malware apparently exploited a security vulnerability in the Java plugin,... more »
In today’s mobile news roundup: FROST allows access to locked Android smartphone data; Samsung to compete with Nokia in emerging markets; LG unveils Optimus G Pro; and Apple’s ad laced weekend. FROST allows access to locked Android smartphone data Researchers Tilo Mueller and Michael Spreitzenbarth at Erlangen University in Germany discovered that PIN or pattern unlock security may not be enough to protect data on Android smartphones in case it gets stolen or lost. The researchers used FROST, or Forensic Recovery of Scrambled Telephones: a technique that involves cooling the phone to around five degrees Fahrenheit and quickly rebooting a Samsung Galaxy Nexus,... more »
The file-sharing wars are heating up, with Kim Dotcom announcing that his new storage service Mega has become the latest website to start accepting payment via the virtual currency Bitcoin (BTC). The news comes just days after the launch of a new rival service from BitTorrent which blows Mega out the water with a whopping 1TB of free storage space to entice new users. One of Mega’s biggest draws has been that up until now, it’s offered by far and away the largest amount of free space to its users, with the 500GB on offer being more than enough for the... more »
A new report from Wikibon.org CTO David Floyer, based on 15, hour-long interviews with Oracle users, brings good news for CIOs considering virtualizing large Oracle installations. Go ahead. Oracle's resistance is trivial, Oracle virtualization using popular third-party hypervisors is fairly straightforward, and the savings are very attractive. The 15 CIOs interviewed said that Oracle has taken a pragmatic approach to support. Despite its official line, the 15 interviewees reported trivial resistance at most from Oracle sales and support to their plans to virtualize. The Oracle sales team would suggest using Oracle VM or Exadata but retreat into resigned acceptance when that was... more »
One of the "most pressing problems that plague IT since the dawn of computing." That's how Wikibon co-founder and chief analyst Dave Vellante explains backup, offering his view and solution in a featured segment this week (see full clip below). According to Vellante, the fundamental issue about backup is that it delivers no tangible business value – “it’s essentially insurance,” he says, and expensive insurance at that. For every dollar enterprises spend on primary storage between 50 and 60 cents are spent on backup and recovery. To make things worse, the technology is also incredibly complex. “Why is it that backup is... more »
The past few days were an exciting period for both the enterprise and consumer space. VMware made a major acquisition, a password management startup existed stealth with $15 million in the bank, and Cisco announced record quarterly earnings. On Monday SiliconAngle founder and CEO John Furrier reported that VMware acquired Virsto, a California-based developer of storage management software for virtualized environments. The deal gets VMware technology that it will be able incorporate into its solutions in order to drive down IO latency and add previously unavailable storage capabilities. On Tuesday, Oppenheimer’s Tim Horan proposed that Amazon should spin off its cloud business.... more »
This week in Big Data: a high-profile cloud firm announced an analytics offering; an emerging Big Data developer secured funding, and MasterCard struck a services deal that sheds new light on the challenges of data science in the enterprise. Apigee, the developer of an API management service used by major brands to optimize their web services, introduced a new offering named “Apigee Insights.” Users with deep enough pockets can leverage the service to monitor the data that flows through their APIs to identify patterns in traffic and information. HStreaming also had a big update this week. The San Francisco firm announced that... more »