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

Kelly Bachman, spokeswoman for the Delaware governor's office, offered up a statement explaining how the law could work, noting that it's largely a matter of what jurisdiction governs the will in question, not where the decedent actually lived.

By Casey Houser, Contributing Writer
08/20/2014

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.

By Carrie Majewski (née Schmelkin), Director of Content Marketing, Content Boost
08/14/2014

ITEXPO attendees got a real treat this week in sunny Las Vegas when a fully autonomous robot started making his way down the hallways and exhibit floor space, mingling effortlessly with show goers. Startling some—but intriguing most—this robot, created by iRobot, was certainly worthy of buzz during this week’s show.

In fact, attendees got to learn a whole lot more about this smart device this morning when iRobot’s Director of Business Development Karl Dahlin took the keynote stage.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
08/14/2014

By 2020, half of all TV content viewed globally will happen on-demand, instead of live and linear, Ericsson predicts.

Also, in 2020 mobile broadband users will will exceed eight billion subscribers, while fixed network broadband will be used by one billion consumers at home, representing around 75 percent of digital TV homes, Ericsson predicts.

At the same time, the subscription TV subscriber services market alone will be worth $460 billion, not including the value of advertising.

By Carrie Majewski (née Schmelkin), Director of Content Marketing, Content Boost
08/14/2014

If you were to ask Louis Richardson, IBM worldwide storyteller and enthusiast, what it takes to prepare your business for the next generation of technology, he would say it’s about changing culture and mindset before you can change existing business processes.

As Richardson explained during an ITEXPO panel Wednesday titled “Leading Change: Taking Your Business and Technology in the Next Generation,” IBM spends a lot of time interacting with different business executives, exploring the concept of adoption and change management, especially as it relates to technology. As an example of how you have to change behavior before you can change existing technology practices, Richardson talked about his previous experience as director of information management for a large insurance company that handled claims adjustments.

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC
08/13/2014

Ashar Baig, a research director at the well-respected analysis firm Gigaom Research, today at ITEXPO offered his perspective on the future (and the recent past) of cloud services.

Cloud is mainstream today, noted Baig, driven forward by users’ desire for lower cost solutions, better scalability, and business agility – in that order. Concerns about compliancy, security, vendor lock in, and other factors are sometimes, but obviously not always, cloud inhibitors, however.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
08/13/2014

The wrap-up keynote session of Day 2 of ITEXPO in Las Vegas was in a word, “scintillating.” I will admit that is not a word heard very often in our industry, but it aptly describes the session where TechZone360 Group Editorial Director Erik Linask led a discussion on topics of intense interest, with three CIOs with big jobs and great insights on where IT is now and where it is going.

Sharing their views with the ITEXPO attendees were David Gustafson, CIO, for the State of Nevada; Bill Schrier, CIO for the State of Washington and the former CTO for the City of Seattle, WA; and Dr. Lori Temple, Vice Provost for IT, UNLV. While this panel was unusual in that its focus was on the IT challenges of government agencies and a large public institution of higher learning, the lessons to be learned in many ways are universally applicable, despite the unique requirements of the verticals represented.

By Matt Paulson, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
08/12/2014

Twitter has gone under a series of extensive overhauls as of late, replacing many of its top executives in order to match and fit to a new vision. But what exactly does that new vision entail? The social media giant has left several clues as to what that new direction may in fact be, ranging from a greater presence on TV and printed media as opposed to just the Internet to a greater presence in International markets. The company has been rather secretive about these plans until now, where it appears that the company may shift focus towards enhancing direct messaging capabilities.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
08/12/2014

There are a lot of users on Twitter; reports say there are 271 million monthly active users (MAU) on Twitter as of the end of June alone. There's just no getting around that one. But even Twitter knew last month, reportedly, that not all of Twitter's users were represented by actual breathing human beings, and now, the true extent of Twitter's bot problem may have been revealed: as many as 23 million of Twitter's users may actually be bots.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
08/12/2014

Home router giant NETGEAR has released its Nighthawk X6 platform, a tri-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac router that delivers speeds up to 3.2Gbps. It offers segmentation as a differentiator: it uses behind-the-scenes intelligence to segment slower and faster devices into the most appropriate Wi-Fi band for network load balancing.

The box also supports NETGEAR Beamforming+, a signal-focusing technology that improves Wi-Fi connections by locking onto a wireless device on the network and pinpointing Wi-Fi signals directly at the device. As consumers move, Beamforming+ adjusts for distance.

By Allison Boccamazzo, Managing Content Producer
08/12/2014

Today, everything is digitized, from banking and social media to more avant-garde cases like the television or the car you buy. This makes security a dicey issue, what with the majority of end users being unaware of the myriad of things that can happen each and every time a laptop is opened or a smartphone is powered up. Content security is a must for enterprises that are looking to stay out of the crossfire—the kind that Target recently encountered and made headlines for—but concrete security processes can also throw a wrench into achieving a seamless customer experience. Too tightly restricted processes can hinder productivity on the customer’s end.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
08/12/2014

Our working lives are at a point of inexorable change. Technologies are disrupting our traditional work patterns to such a degree that soon the term ‘office’ will become obsolete. In its place will be a new model for work – a flexible and collaborative environment where the mobile device is the tool around which everything else will flow.

Much of this change has been triggered by the new breed of worker, #GenMobile, who are putting mobility at the centre of their working and personal lives.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
08/11/2014

For some 30 years, until Steve Ballmer changed it, Microsoft’s corporate mission statement was remarkably concise: “To put a computer on every desk and in every home.”

Bold and direct? Yes. Simple? Not really.

Think about it. When Bill Gates wrote it—and he did, personally—Microsoft did not make computers and never had. Not a single one. So was Gates just perverse in his choice of mission statement?

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
08/11/2014


New rumors that AT&T might buy Eircom, coupled by growing interest on the part of some European carriers in Brazil, plus America Movil’s acquisition moves in Austria and SoftBank’s purchase of Sprint, illustrate a developing global game of musical chairs for the largest telcos.

A search for growth drives the moves, even if cases where carriers choose to divest earlier acquisitions. In most cases, such sales are driven by a need to shore up balance sheets, allowing capital to be redeployed in other growth initiatives.

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