Enterprise IT Watch Blog


August 20, 2012  11:25 AM

What you missed in the IT world this weekend

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Circle your calendasr again technology fans, as event announcement were at the top of this weekend’s IT news stories:

1. Motorola and Verizon have  announced a joint press conference on September 5th, which may be the launch for the Droid Razr HD. The words ‘On Display’ were the key highlight of the invitation, which could mean a higher-resolution screen for the Razr.

2. Samsung’s CEO will hold critical talks with Apple’s CEO to see if they can find a solution to their smartphone patent dispute, before the case goes to the jury. Even though both sides reported that no progress was made this past Saturday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said she was ‘pathologically optimistic’ about the companies finding a settlement.

3. Even though Facebook’s stock price is declining, there is good news for the social media company:  it trumped Yahoo.com as the second most popular site on the Internet with over 53 million unique viewers. Google continues to hold the top spot with a whopping 157 million viewers.

 

August 17, 2012  7:46 AM

Great power, great responsibility: The week in IT quotes

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

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Technology rules the world now. In this week’s IT quotes roundup, we take a look at how this power can be used for good – and not so good.

“It looks flat and muddy and not crisp at all.”
- Jon Hassell (@jghassell) in one of many tweets regarding Windows 8, which was released to manufacturing this week. Check out the whole Storify of his experience – you’ll feel like you downloaded it yourself (and if you already did, tell us what you think).

“It’s so cheap that you can afford to throw away 99.9 percent without looking at it.”
- John Villasenor, an electrical engineer at UCLA, talking about the (lack of) cost of data storage, and what that could mean for government surveillance. Sharon Fisher has more on the worrying trend.

“If you control how somebody pays for something, you control a lot.”
- A CIO of a large credit union, discussing the rise of payment applications like Square. Believe it or not, this could have major implications for the enterprise computing industry. And hopefully, the credit card industry.

“Of course, they’ve always had this power. But now we know that they’ll use it in ways that we really don’t agree with.”
- Instapaper creator Marco Arment, commenting on the recently announced Twitter API changes that give the service “wiggle room” for revoking access for those using its platform. The change – which has been met with scorn among many developers — continues what’s already been an interesting summer for APIs.

 


August 15, 2012  11:17 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: The Avengers and SABob

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

In this week’s ‘YouTube IT Video of the Week’, watch The Avengers take over an office with their IT superpowers. Featuring the group’s newest member, SABob!

Thanks to Michael Gorrell for the tip in our LinkedIn Group.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


August 14, 2012  8:54 AM

This week in tech history: Blaster Worm

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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On August 11, 2003, Microsoft Windows XP and 2000 computers were attacked by the virus known as the ‘blaster worm‘. The worm would automatically trigger the computer to shut down and reboot.

Between 8 to 16 million computers were infected and damages totaled over $320 million.

We’ll give 150 knowledge points to anyone who can tell us the blaster worm’s nickname.

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


August 13, 2012  1:37 PM

What you missed in the IT world this weekend

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Were you too busy watching the the last days of the Olympics and couldn’t catch up on your IT news from the weekend? Don’t worry, we have you covered as we look at the top stories from the weekend.

1. Mark August 15th on your calendar Samsung fans, as the mobile company will be hosting a special event in New York City, which could be related to its Galaxy Note devices. Inside of its invitations to the media, the words ‘Meet the new way’ are inscribed. What could those words mean? Tune in on August 15th to find out!

2. The ‘metro’ label will be no more as Microsoft announced it will be removing the label and putting either ‘Windows 8′ or ‘Modern’ in its place for describing apps in the upcoming operating system. After the software giant confirmed the ‘metro’ removal, veteran Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley was one of the first to report on possible substitutes in her blog last Thursday.

3. It looks like YouTube will escape Google’s ‘pirate penalty’ law after the search engine company said it won’t demote the site even though it has several copyright infringement notices filed against it. However, starting this week, Google will now begin taking notices into account and sites with a higher amount of notices could be demoted in searches.


August 13, 2012  11:13 AM

Live chat on SaaS subscription and billing w/ Aria Systems (August 14)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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We’ll be hosting a live chat with experts from Aria Systems tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET on SaaS subscription and billing management.

Over the last decade, CEOs, investors, analysts and business advisors have fallen in love with the recurring revenue model. But these new recurring revenue businesses also come with new requirements.

In order to better-understand today’s billing landscape and optimize your unique revenue model, join this complimentary webcast. It will serve as an instructional roadmap for building a recurring revenue model and outlining many of the different monetization strategies available. Access this now to learn how to:

  • increase revenue through greater customer acquisition and retention;
  • choose the right recurring revenue model;
  • and more.

Hope to see you there tomorrow!

 


August 8, 2012  1:24 PM

VMworld, Gartner top list of IT events for August 2012

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Who says everyone’s on vacation in August? There are a number of IT events going down this month, and we’re on top of them. Check out the calendar for the next few weeks; there may still be time to convince your boss to send you on a trip.

1. 21st USENIX Security Symposium (August 8-10, Bellevue, Washington)

2. Agile 2012 (August 13-17, Dallas, Texas)

3. Gartner Catalyst Conference (August 20-23, San Diego, California)

4. Gartner Business Process Management Summit (August 20-21, Sydney, Australia)

5. Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration (August 22-23, Sydney, Australia)

6. VMworld 2012 (August 26-30, San Francisco, California)

7. MapReduce for Programmers (August 27-29, Jessup, Maryland)

We’ll be sharing IT events each month here on the Enterprise IT Watch blog. Got an event to add to our list? Let us know via Twitter (@ITKE) or email. Going to one of these events? Share your takeaways (and photos) with us!

 


August 8, 2012  10:13 AM

YouTube IT Video of the Week: Hitler and Cloud Computing Security

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

In this week’s ‘YouTube IT Video of the Week’, watch how Hitler reacts when he finds out his customer database has been tampered with (spoiler: not well).

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


August 7, 2012  12:06 PM

This week in tech history: World Wide Web

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

World Wide Web image from Shutterstock

On August 7th, 1991, the Internet world was changed as the World Wide Web became publicly available.

The web was intended for sharing information between researchers but it has become far more powerful and sophisticated than anyone could have ever dreamed.

The ITKE team will award 100 Knowledge Points to anyone who can tell us the ‘inventor’ of the World Wide Web.

(Source: Wired.com)

 

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.

 


August 2, 2012  10:55 AM

IT infographic: Mobile storm in the cloud

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Mobile growth continues to drive the cloud world. This infographic from Platform-as-a-Service provider Engine Yard tells more of the story:

Platform as a Service

Courtesy of: Engine Yard


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