By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
10/30/2014

A new survey by Microsoft polled a little over 1,000 people and discovered that roughly four in 10 Americans report enduring either daily or weekly attempts by cyber criminals to gain access to their personal computer.

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
10/30/2014

A new survey by Microsoft polled a little over 1,000 individuals and discovered that roughly four in 10 Americans report enduring either daily or weekly attempts by cyber criminals to gain access to their personal computer.

By David Delony, Contributing Writer
10/29/2014

Russian espionage agents have managed to infiltrate the White House’s unclassified computer network, according to the Washington Post.

“In the course of assessing recent threats, we identified activity of concern on the unclassified Executive Office of the President network,” an anonymous White House official told the Post. “We took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity. .?.?. Unfortunately, some of that resulted in the disruption of regular services to users. But people were on it and are dealing with it.”

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
10/29/2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation lost its third commercial supply mission, Orb-3, to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, Oct. 28, around 6:23 p.m. (EDT) due to an flight anomaly in the first stage. Cause of the failure is unknown and it will likely take NASA and Orbital Sciences months to arrive at conclusions and the root cause or causes. Regardless, both the Wallops Island, VA, launch site and Orbital suffered a significant setback Tuesday evening.

The two stage Antares launch vehicle lifted off “majestically,” in the words of Orbital executives -- slowly, for mere mortals -- building up thrust from two Aerojet AJ-26 engines fueled by a mixture of RP-1 kerosene and liquid oxygen. The flight started normally for the first handful of seconds, but appeared to waver and fall at around 10 to 12 seconds into flight, as witnessed by press observers such as myself.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
10/29/2014

With an increasing number of Americans looking to reduce their pay-TV profiles in favor of watching more online programming, the over-the-top (OTT) opportunity is one that players of all stripes have begun chasing. That’s driving innovation in terms of business models, but also high-profile failures. To that point, two startups, Aereo and FilmOn, have unwillingly shone a spotlight in the difficulty in replicating the local broadcast aspect of the TV experience online by losing big court challenges. Now though, the FCC may be offering a lifeline, by putting OTT providers in the same regulatory category as cable, satellite and telco operators.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
10/28/2014

This week, Alienware released their new 13” product into the market. This carbon fiber wonder showcases what I think is an emerging trend to return back to the roots of performance gaming for desktop and laptop computers. I carried an earlier version of this product for nearly two years and it remains one of my favorite.

Let’s look at Alienware this week and a turn to PC gaming.

Performance

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
10/28/2014

As AT&T found out rather forcefully, in the U.S. there are consequences to seemingly over-promise and under delivery. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the regulatory entity responsible to for protecting consumers from deceptive practices, has filed a complaint against AT&T Mobility, LLC, charging that the mobile operator has misled what the Commission says are “millions” of consumers by charging them for “unlimited” data plans when in fact AT&T has in practice reduced data speeds of upwards of 90 percent in some cases.

By Drew Hendricks,
10/28/2014

The best way to say farewell to 2014 is by cleaning up your web design and getting it 2015-ready. Start by understanding that you need responsive design—it’s no longer an option. In 2014, it became official: There are more people using mobile devices than desktop devices to be online, and the vast majority of Americans research products and services on their smartphone before ever making a buy. If you don’t have responsive design that ensures your website shows up quickly and beautifully on every browser and gadget, you’re opting out of sales.

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor
10/28/2014

Way back in Jan. 2001, iTunes 1.0 was released for a world that still didn’t have the Apple-everything fan base of today. Over the years however, and especially with the release of the iPod and popularity of digital music, podcasts and movies, its popularity grew rapidly.

Well, times have changed again – and many users have now switched to streaming services to the likes of Pandora and Spotify as their favorite way to consume media.

By Christopher Mohr, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
10/28/2014

The global VoLTE (Voice over LTE) market should see explosive growth over the next few years, with the number of connections growing to 900 million, a CAGR of over 140 percent. That’s the word from global research company TechNavio, which believes the technology is too compelling for both providers and users to increase in popularity at only a linear rate.

And TechNavio is not the only firm to predict a seemingly exponential growth in VoLTE. Infonetics expects the number of VoLTE subscriptions to increase 17-fold from its 2013 level of eight million to 138 million in 2017. About 90 percent of the VoLTE subscribers were based in South Korea, where mobile technology is usually more advanced than in the U.S.

By Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director
10/27/2014

From Cloud Arena, the bell has just rung signifying the next round of the Microsoft vs. Google battle. This time, it is Microsoft which comes out swinging, announcing it is doing away with OneDrive cloud storage limits for its Office 365 customers—further evidence that storage has become nearly a commodity (sorry, Dropbox).

It’s turning into an interesting battle, with each seemingly targeting its weaker user base. Google Apps is clearly targeting the business user, with $5 and $10 per user per month plans that include 30GB and 1TB of storage respectively (up to five users on the $10 plan; at six users storage capacity becomes unlimited).

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
10/27/2014

One of the persistent issues for mobile payments is the complex nature of the ecosystem needed to support it, ranging from end user smartphones and willingness to use mobile payment apps; retailer and credit or debit card provider support; as well as participation by clearing networks.

With the launch of Apple Pay, we have seen a rather significant degree of retailer resistance growing. A group of retailers that are creating their own mobile payment system are disabling the near-field communications function of their retail checkout systems, to prevent use of Apple Pay, now viewed as a rival system.

By Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director
10/24/2014

It’s certainly an interesting concept – and one that shouldn’t be surprising from tiny Estonia, considering its history of technological leadership despite its size and economic stature (recall that Skype, Transferwise, Kazaa, and many other tech startups that have emerged from within its borders.) The tiny Baltic nation this week suggested it could build itself as an e-nation, effectively allowing anyone to become a digital citizen and living his digital life within its networks.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
10/23/2014

Every year in November, when even the United States is still looking more toward Thanksgiving than to Christmas, there's a little thing I like to do. I go to an air and space museum not too far away, and I walk among the exhibits, looking at the things that got us through war, into the sky, and even into the great vastness of space itself. It's an inspirational trip, and particularly useful since there's a little time left in the year with which to really accomplish something. But aside from that, there's also the opportunity to look at the progress of technology, a development that, when it's really examined, proves to have plenty of inspiration in its own right as it may start simply, but by the end, does amazing things.

By Bob Wallace, Founder, Fast Forward Thinking LLC
10/23/2014

HBO’s decision to launch an online service sometime next year has been rocking the technology, media and entertainment industry - despite almost a complete lack of detail on the anticipated undertaking - raising core questions for consumers, and the premium channel’s current pay-TV distributor partners.

So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States, said HBO CEO Richard Plepler said. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in all, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO, and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
10/23/2014

MYTH #1

You can 100 percent keep the bad guys from getting in.

The truth is, if the bad guys want in bad enough they will find a way in. Advanced attackers and the APT are savvy, sophisticated, well-educated, and often well-funded. While I don’t believe you can stop the bad guys from getting in 100 percent of the time, I do believe you can be proactive about it. Anticipate it, prepare for it, and in doing so - put yourself in a position of power. And while you can’t guarantee the bad guys won’t get in, you can feel confident about being able to mitigate the impact to your organization.

By Bob Wallace, Founder, Fast Forward Thinking LLC
10/23/2014

HBO’s decision to launch an online service sometime next year has been rocking the technology, media and entertainment industry - despite almost a complete lack of detail on the anticipated undertaking - raising core questions for consumers, and the premium channel’s current pay-TV distributor partners.

So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States, said HBO CEO Richard Plepler said. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in all, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO, and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
10/23/2014

Analysts are touting Apple's new tablets as the key to expanded business usage. But I'm not drinking that Kool Aid, because businesses are rolling out tablets without regard to what Apple does, making due with existing iPad models and alternative tablets. Let me give you several examples I've seen since August.

Arriving in Las Vegas for ITEXPO Las Vegas on a hot summer day, I picked up a vehicle through Enterprise Rent-A-Car. You can imagine my curiosity when Enterprise agents had tablets with electronic forms on the screen. My curiosity changed to delight when the checkout process to get wheels was cut from 10 minutes or more to under five minutes, with no waiting around for agents or printed paper to shuffle. A quick walk around the vehicle, some scribbled initials and signatures with my fingertip and I was done.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
10/22/2014

The future of payments is undoubtedly mobile and digital, as this week’s go-live of the Apple Pay service hopes to prove out. The idea is to enable frictionless, cardless commerce, and to do it in an ultimately more secure way than our existing magnetic stripes and password-based authentication mechanisms would offer today. Biometrics are a key part of enabling this, and, many say, the ultimate linchpin in establishing a trusted m-pay ecosystem.

By Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director
10/22/2014

I’ve been using the Asus PadFone X Mini for nearly a week now, and I think the company actually has something here. It isn’t perfect, no product is, but if you were put off by phones that were too large but needed the extra screen real estate for web work, or simply wanted a deal where you’d pay for one device but get both a tablet and a phone as part of a bargain. Sales growth for tablets has been slowing, and part of the reason is that with larger phones people are having trouble justifying new tablets but what if you got both for the price of one?

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