By Casey Houser, Contributing Writer
09/05/2014

For all the recent fights taking place between app owners and municipalities due to owners' smartphone-based solutions to solve parking problems in major cities, not everyone appears to be on the side of the municipalities. Governments are often seen as the bad guys, and if they are not inventing new laws, they are enforcing old laws that people (smartphone users) do not like.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
09/05/2014

It's been a very important time for Hootsuite lately, as the social media campaign management platform not only made a major new acquisition, but it also achieved a substantial new milestone besides. Both of these together show a clear upward trend for Hootsuite, and the likelihood of plenty more increase to come.

First, the user milestone: the company reported that it has fully 10 million users in 175 different countries, a note that shows a user base that's both broad and deep. That alone would speak to Hootsuite's overall resiliency in the field, but it gets better from here as Hootsuite acquired Brightkit in a deal whose terms were undisclosed. While the terms were kept quiet, Hootsuite's plans for Brightkit were kept anything but; reports suggest that Hootsuite plans to put the Brightkit technology to work in a new platform known as Hootsuite Campaigns, a tool specifically designed for the enterprise user.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
09/05/2014

Incumbent telephone carriers –thy names are AT&T and Verizon—are fundamentally broken in how they function. We should all come to the table and admit there is a disconnect between the public good, monopolistic attitudes based on size and legacy entitlements, investor demands, and the relentless pace of technology delivering better solutions. And we should start working on solutions for the public good.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
09/05/2014

Breathlessly, Apple fans around the globe await this coming Tuesday, Sept. 9, hoping their technology deity provides newer, better and faster products than the rest of the unwashed masses (i.e. everyone with Android products). I'm betting there will be some disappointment on that day.

If the latest reports are to be believed, Apple will show two new iPhones with bigger screens, along with Apple's first wearable offering, the iWatch. I'm sure Apple-ites will find revolutionary trendsetting hardware because that's what they come to expect, but if you look past the hype, I think Apple will fall short on at least half of its introductions.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
09/04/2014

For those of you keeping track of the global mobile communications market, particularly if you are a U.S. policymaker and understand the impact world class mobile broadband will have on the future economic vitality of our country, then a new Deloitte analysis is going to be of intense interest. Titled “United States expands global lead in mobile broadband: How policy actions could enhance or imperil America’s mobile broadband competitiveness,” this should be on the “must read” lists of the FCC and the Congress.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
09/03/2014


You wouldn’t think that the levels of security you put into your company, product and procedures would matter when it comes to filing for an IPO or seeking a buyout. The sordid fact, however, is that we live in an age where online vulnerabilities proliferate like mice, and the levels of security in your app correlate with your valuation as a company.

A few simple steps could ensure that you bulletproof your biggest asset—your organization—before investors or, worse yet, the public market exposes your holes.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
09/03/2014

For those of us of a certain age, the American humor publication Mad Magazine (it was only in print back then) was a must read. In fact, not only did its fictitious mascot Alfred E. Neuman grace the cover of numerous editions of the pub, but his poster (see below) with his most famous saying hung in many a rebellious teenager’s room.

The reason to cite Alfred is because of the daily drumbeat of data breaches that have seen the personal information of millions of Americans compromised on almost a daily basis. Indeed, while today’s headlines are about Apple’s cloud service being the source of salacious photos of celebrities, the list of major retailers and financial institutions what have been hacked has grown so large in recent months that a question to ask is, “Who has not been breached?” Unfortunately, with JPMorgan Chase and possibly other large banks, as well as Home Depot, added to the list just this past week, that list of those not yet hit gets smaller by the day.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
09/03/2014

At the risk of seeming like I am morphing into a platform for what can best be described as public service announcements, as with the recent JPMorgan Chase data breach, I heard from a myriad of security experts expressing their views on the nude celebrity photos relating to Apple iCloud being selectively compromised.

I have picked one of my favorites on the topic of the day since it encapsulates the thoughts of almost everyone who contacted me, along with a statement from Apple. If nothing else, this event, and the spat of others - including a possible breach at Home Deport, should occasion everyone to taking a few deep breathes to see what, if anything, we have learned from all of this.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
09/03/2014

Android One is Google’s reference design intended to make up-to-date versions of Android easily available to smartphone users in developing regions, at prices around $100.

The other angle is to help ensure that users in those markets have access to Google services and the most-recent versions of Android. That will help ensure consistency of experience under conditions where hardware platforms might be less robust.

Android One should also help Google maintain a more-consistent look and feel across the whole supply of Android devices sold in a market, since some suppliers will add custom software, and might not include native support for Google apps.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
09/03/2014

4Chan, as a whole, doesn't have the best of reputations online. While most of this negative reputation can be traced to the random board known as /b/-occasionally referred to as the Internet equivalent of Mos Eisley, complete with the phrase “a hive of scum and villainy” commonly applied—much of 4Chan is, according to reports, largely lacking in both scum and villainy. The site that birthed the Anonymous movement is also said to have given birth to a new communications tool, one that looks to outclass Skype itself, and it's called Tox.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
09/02/2014

It's been about a month since Sprint kicked out Dan Hesse and let slip that it was not pursuing T-Mobile. Instead, we've seen a battle of pricing plans between the two firms. If you are a price conscious shopper, it's all good.

Within days after bringing in a new CEO, Sprint announced a new family plan and $60 per month unlimited plan for text, talk, and data, proudly boasting it was $20 cheaper than T-Mobile's $80 per month unlimited plan. Of course, to qualify, new and existing customers had to either purchase their phone through Sprint Easy Pay, pay full retail price or bring their own compatible device.

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

http://www.techzone360.com/topics/techzone/articles/2014/08/28/387769-imageware-multi-modal-biometric-identity-management-the-fujitsu.htm

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.

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