By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
08/29/2014

So here is what we know about financial services giant JPMorgan Chase being hacked. The facts are that we are very short on facts.

As of this writing, all we really know is that JPMorgan Chase has launched an investigation after its IT folks discovered in the bank’s network some malicious software that was a telltale sign of a cyber attack. The bank has not revealed the severity of the attack. However, stories on Bloomberg News and The New York Times said Russian hackers not only attacked JPMorgan Chase in August but possibly also hit four other U.S. banks in a string of coordinated attacks.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
08/28/2014

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By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
08/28/2014

It would be correct to note that Internet penetration in Asia-Pacific region is among the lowest in the world.

In 2014, perhaps a third of the region’s people use the Internet, compared to about 26 percent in the Middle East and Africa, for example.

In Latin America, Internet usage is up to 54 percent.

But the rate of change is where observers seem to have disparate expectations. Where things stand is not where the uncertainty lies.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
08/27/2014

Uptake for over-the-top (OTT) video services like Amazon Prime, continued connected device proliferation and the worldwide push into digital content and TV Everywhere by pay-TV providers, are all conspiring to spur the market ahead significantly for online video platforms (OVP)—as in, investment in this space is set to double by 2019.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
08/27/2014

Wouldn’t it be nice to just flip a switch and have your PC experience turn on and off on whatever device you chose? To be able to start a document on your desktop or laptop PC and finish it on your tablet or even your Smartphone? That has always been the unmet promise of those pitching thin client solutions, the idea that your PC experience could work like electricity - it is everywhere and as easy as an on/off switch to get to.

At VMworld this week, NVIDIA, Google, and VMware announced a joint initiative to make this a reality and Microsoft is undoubtedly going to race them to see who can get there first - likely also using NVIDIA technology. Microsoft competes with Google and VMware but NVIDIA Grid is still both relatively unique and the most common platform used by IBM, VCE, Dell and other vendors looking to provide this kind of service today.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
08/26/2014

Here in the U.S. it is “Back to School” time. And, if your kids are already back, or will be next week, you no doubt have or will over the coming Labor Say holiday be spending a lot of time and money ensuring your charges are literally “good to go.” This means not just having the requisite basic school supplies, but also that your children are fashion forward/backward and digitally correct and current.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
08/26/2014

This summer, the largest hacking incident in history was exposed as security analysts reported that a Russian cybercrime ring had collected well over a billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. The analyst group that reported the theft confirmed the data was stolen from major corporate websites as well as small sites.

The Russian hacking incident is the largest ever reported, but it’s only the latest to make headlines. The Target data breach that involved 40 million customer accounts is still causing headaches for the retailer and its customers. Snapchat, Yahoo, Zappos and CNET are other popular online destinations that have experienced widely covered hacking incidents.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
08/26/2014

AT&T reportedly has reached agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on conditions to be observed if AT&T completes its acquisition of DirecTV, according to a report by the New York Post.

AT&T wants to acquire DirecTV for $48.5 billion, a move that would gain AT&T 20 million video entertainment customers.

If the report is correct, the DoJ will not oppose the deal on antitrust grounds.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
08/26/2014

Pesky DDoS assaults are on the rise. DDoS kits for hackers are readily available and inexpensive, making such attacks commonplace. Hackers are hitting hard, recently exploiting a vulnerability to install DDoS malware on Amazon’s cloud server. Everyone understands that DDoS attacks are undesirable, but many misunderstand the key details of how these attacks operate and how damaging they can be. Below is a list of common misconceptions that need to be addressed.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
08/25/2014

For some time now, discussion had been flying hard and fast around just who, if anyone was going to land the online video streaming network Twitch, a network largely devoted to videos around video game play. While Google was, at last report, set to pick up the network for a hefty billion, the newest reports now suggest that plan was scrapped only recently, and Amazon stepped in instead, with a better offer to boot.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
08/25/2014

While for most, the thought of warfare on the PlayStation platform is limited to those kinds of games that allow it—the newest installment of “Call of Duty”, perhaps—this weekend proved to host quite a different kind of warfare: the kind staged between hackers. The PlayStation Network suffered an outage this weekend, though just who was responsible for the event seems to be in question. Worse, it may not be the only major gaming network to suffer an outage in the coming days.

By Bob Wallace, Founder, Fast Forward Thinking LLC
08/22/2014

Though it should come as no surprise that the new $1.3 billion Levi’s Field in Silicon Valley, home of the San Francisco 49ers, is technology infused, what stands out as a potential model for other team venues is the team’s Stadium app, which lets fans pre-order and pre-pay for food and beverages.

Current stadium apps offer base capabilities along the lines of ticketing, seat location, and events schedules that include non-football attraction such as concerts. Team-specific apps let fans access a wide array of team content, standings, highlights, interviews, video and audio and more.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
08/20/2014

For anyone who's done a little estate planning lately, it can be kind of a bear, figuring out just what all a person has on hand and how to distribute said material after one's death. The picture only gets worse when the idea of “digital assets” are considered; not just the $50 or so in a PayPal account derived from eBay sales, but also things like social media profiles. Some estimates suggest that a Twitter account with sufficient niche followers could be valuable for advertisers, so determining ownership after death may be more important than some expect. A new law in Delaware, meanwhile, makes it much easier for the executors of estates to account for these assets.

By Casey Houser, Contributing Writer
08/20/2014

The gamification of geographic information systems is reportedly giving career professionals new life as they apply their skills at mapping the real world to creating virtual worlds used by the most intensive video game connoisseurs.

American Sentinel University, a U.S. university that offers degrees in information technology and business intelligence, released a news brief this week that described the gaming world's need for real-life data sets to inform the creation of their virtual worlds, and GIS professionals are helping define those virtual worlds.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
08/20/2014

Every high end smartphone OEM has one phone that appears to be uniquely targeted at Apple. These phones tend to anticipate Apple’s next phone, in this case the iPhone 6, and have a similar size, weight, battery life, and overall visual similarity with Apple’s flagship offering. The Nokia Lumia 930 is the latest that has come to market with this goal in mind and it is an impressive phone. The thing is it also reminds me why I’ll likely never use an iPhone. Let’s get to that.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
08/19/2014

When signing up for a new account, most online services immediately display see some kind of specific clause related to age, generally, for those under 13, a parent or guardian's permission. Even though most of the under-13 market likely takes such clauses as seriously as the tide took King Canute in his well-referenced demonstration of the limits of earthly power, such clauses are still in place. However, Google is now planning to open up its doors to the under-13 set, and offer a set of new services geared toward this untapped yet somewhat difficult market.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
08/19/2014

If you have not seen it yet you are probably at this point in the minority. The “IT” is a story about the mother of a teenager in Houston, TX who was frustrated about her son’s inability to respond to her inquiries about his whereabouts or status, literally and figuratively took matters into her own hands and created the “Ignore No More” app.

The app does precisely what you think it does and actually a bit more. Currently available for Android devices and soon to be for iPhones, the app allows parents to remotely freeze the use of their children’s smartphones. You read correctly, i.e., a non-responsive offspring can no longer ignore you.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
08/18/2014

Remember when “the cloud” was something exciting and ill-defined? Well it’s the latter half of 2014, and the cloud is almost as normal as traffic jams or email attachments. It’s something that most businesses are using daily. Data storage is free or nearly free. Google, Amazon, Box and Dropbox all have similar enough features that they’re practically interchangeable.

With data storage commoditized, businesses today are asking what else the cloud can do to make them operate more quickly, cost-effectively and successfully.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
08/14/2014

Intuit, these days, has been busy. With acquisitions like Check Inc. and Lettuce Apps showing up in recent days, Intuit is eager to gain ground and hold that ground by offering up the best range of services that it can. To that end, Intuit has made another purchase to line its growing arsenal in the form of itDuzzit, a startup out of Chicago that has a unique premise to it, and one that might make Intuit a real powerhouse in the field.in

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
08/14/2014

While the news didn't seem all that bad out of Cisco's quarterly earnings report—a decline in sales that was smaller than expected, earnings and revenue that beat expectations, though not by much—the news was apparently enough to prompt some big changes in Cisco's overall operations, as the company announced plans to cut 6,000 jobs, which is approximately eight percent of Cisco's total workforce.

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