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SAP Gains from Dell Launch, CRM Buy

German BI firm SAP is bolstering its CRM portfolio on the back of the industry's growing interest in HANA. To start, Dell announced a series of data center solutions built specifically to run SAP’s in-memory database. The offering is based on Dell PowerEdge R910 rack-mount servers, and it’s available in configurations that offer anywhere from 1 TB to 8 TB in capacity. “We chose Dell’s appliance for SAP HANA because our customers wanted faster access to supply chain data to help them increase efficiency and make better decisions,” said Nikolaj Schmitz, IT Manager, Gesellschaft für Information und Bildung (G.I.B). “We now get... more »
Twitter Hacked, 250,000 Accounts Compromised in Expert Intrusion

Twitter Hacked, 250,000 Accounts Compromised in Expert Intrusion

Thousands of Twitter users woke up this morning to discover e-mails from the social media service asking them to change their passwords. Why? Yesterday, Twitter announced that they’d experienced an internal breach that compromised more than 250,000 user accounts before they brought a stop to it. The incident, reported on the Twitter blog on Friday, explained that the breach happened earlier this week Twitter “unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data.” After shutting down one such attack during the attempt itself, Twitter moved on to discover that the breach extended to over 250,000... more »
This Week in #BigData: Security, Unified Analytics and Funding

This Week in #BigData: Security, Unified Analytics and Funding

The big data space has been teeming with activity this week.  Several traditional vendors reinforced their commitment to this trend, and two smaller players grabbed headlines with important milestone announcements. For starters, Cisco revealed that it has acquired a Czech network security startup for an undisclosed amount.   The Prague-based Cognitive develops behavioral software that analyzes the information that flows through a corporate network in order to spot potential security threats. Just a day after the buy was announced, IBM unveiled a security solution that overlaps with Cognitive’s platform in many regards. Security Intelligence with Big Data is a data forensics tool leverages technology... more »
Super Bowl Fans Prefer Veggies Over Pizza + Other Snazzy Stats

Super Bowl Fans Prefer Veggies Over Pizza + Other Snazzy Stats

The Super Bowl is tomorrow and NFL fans are throwing their bets on their favorite teams. This championship game certainly has come a long way since the first Super Bowl game way back in 1967, part of the merger agreement between NFL and the American Football League (AFL). Commercial boost . Considering the sheer reach of the game’s popularity, there are many industries that ride in on the coattails of its fame. A recent study from Nielsen reveals that half-time performers at the Super Bowl are guaranteed to increase their music sales. Madonna, for example, only had 197,000 digital track purchases a week before Super... more »
What's in it for Me? The Strategy Behind "Free Trials" for PM Cloud Apps

What's in it for Me? The Strategy Behind "Free Trials" for PM Cloud Apps

There's a bounty of great services and products in the world, but they come with a price. And for ballers on a budget, it's smart to think twice before ponying up.  But what if someone offers you a free trial?  Would you grab that opportunity like two free tickets to Barbados?  Or would alarms go off in your head, screaming "Scam! Scam!" We were raised with the cautionary tale, "if it's too good to be true, it probably is."  And when it comes to free trials, most require credit cards to sign up.  Some even charge you first, with the promise... more »
Apple Becomes Largest Mobile Phone Vendor in United States

Apple Becomes Largest Mobile Phone Vendor in United States

Apple has become the #1 mobile phone vendor according to a recent report by Strategy Analysis market research firm. Mobile phone shipments grew 4 percent annually from 50.2 million units in Q4 2011 to 52.0million in the United States in Q4 2012. The growth was driven by robust demand among consumers for 4G smartphones and 3G feature phones. However, despite a solid fourth-quarter performance, the US mobile phone market had previously contracted 16 percent for the first three quarters of 2012 due to economic uncertainty and tighter carrier upgrade policies. As a result, US mobile phone shipments fell 11 percent from... more »
Facebook's Real Gift Cards Launch, Path Settle with FTC

Facebook's Real Gift Cards Launch, Path Settle with FTC

It’s once again time for our weekly social roundup.  Let’s look at the latest happening in the social sphere. Facebook Card Facebook is reaching beyond the virtual world with its new gift card.  The Facebook Card is an actual, physical, reusable gift card that people can give to others as a gift.  It can hold multiple gift balances from Sephora, Olive Garden, Jamba Juice and Target. The Facebook Card works like this: the sender picks out a gift from the Gift Cards & Digital category.  The next step is to choose the value of the card you want to send, and finish the... more »
The Deadliest Security Threats Right Now

The Deadliest Security Threats Right Now

Security threats are ever-present online, always changing, always adapting, constantly probing for weaknesses in a seemingly infinite number of ways, with the express goal of turning your life upside down (and making money for the perpetrators). As an internet user you need to be aware of the increasingly sophisticated ways that hackers are able to break down security barriers and help themselves to your personal information. It’s no longer just about brute force attacks and silly Nigerian email scams – today’s infiltrators have come up with dozens of ingenious methods of catching you offguard, playing on your weakness for social networks... more »
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Should Apple Make an iPhablet? Here's Why (and Why Not)

There are rumors flying around that Apple will be releasing a cheaper version of the iPhone later this year, but that’s not all.  According to Digitimes, which in the past proved to be quite unreliable, the said cheaper iPhone would also be a phablet. If you don’t know what a phablet is, it is a device that’s a cross between a smartphone and a tablet, with a screen size between five to seven inches. If you notice the trend, phone manufacturers are making smartphones bigger and bigger, but Apple has yet to jump on the bandwagon.  Sure, the iPhone 5 is bigger... more »
SugarSync Adds Unlimited Cloud Storage to Attract Business Users

SugarSync Adds Unlimited Cloud Storage to Attract Business Users

Cloud sync provider SugarSync upgraded its business pricing plans to better accommodate large organizations with lots of files and large user bases.  It's the latest development from the cloud service as it transitions deeper into the enterprise space, having won over the consumer market. SugarSync for Business now starts at a flat price of $55 per month, or a discounted rate of $550 per year for companies that don’t want to renew their subscription every 30 days.  The deal includes unlimited storage and a cap of three seats that can be raised on-demand for $125 per additional user. “Businesses of all sizes... more »

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