By Clayton Hamshar, Contributing Writer
07/16/2014

With smartglasses finally on the market, Google has moved on to the next frontier: contact lenses. These devices are different, however, in the fact that they are focused more on medical functionality rather than communication.

Google has teamed up with Novartis, a large healthcare corporation known for being the parent company of contact lens manufacturer Alcon, to take the microelectronics technology and apply it to actual lenses. Alcon will license the lenses and develop various medical applications.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
07/16/2014


Okay, so the news that Apple and IBM have formed what is called “The MobileFirst partnership” really took the entire ICT world by storm. As has been widely covered, the revelation that the two historic arch rivals have been working together on a venture, designed to produce “made for business” apps for exclusive use on iPhones and iPads, that leverage Apple’s hardware and software knowhow with IBM’s big data and analytics expertise, is really big news.

While no financial terms of the new venture were disclosed, we do know from Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and IBM CEO, Virginia M. Rometty, that:

By Kayla Matthews, Contributing Writer
07/16/2014

Big data has seen some of the hottest startups this year, and that trend looks to continue well into 2015. In fact, IDC expects the market to reach $32.4 billion by 2017.

Those numbers include startups of every shape and form, from the medical industry to the tech and innovation sphere. I’ve compiled a list of the coolest and most noteworthy startups so far in 2014:

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
07/16/2014

Only a few days ago, the public-private partnership MeriTalk released a study that found that the U.S. federal government could save billions of dollars over the next ten years if it improved their management of copies of non-production data. Well the good folks at MeriTalk have released a new report, “The Federal Simplicity Report: Navigating Network Complexity,” that is sure to raise some eyebrows.

What is interesting is the study comes on the heels of SAP’s Sapphire Now show a few weeks ago where the message from SAP CEO Bill McDermott was “Make it Simple!” In fact, simplicity he stated was going to be the foundation upon which SAP would build its future success.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
07/16/2014

For anyone who's ever seen movies like “Super Hybrid” or “Christine,” the idea that a car could somehow become a killing machine of its own accord is only somewhat outlandish for the fact that said viewer has already seen the concept. But the FBI isn't concerned about aliens that only look like cars, or cars possessed by formerly deceased owners; the FBI is concerned that the self-driving car could ultimately prove a ‘lethal weapon’ in years to come.

By Adam Brandt, Web Editor
07/15/2014

In a world of seemingly endless cybertheft, fear and terror, history will perennially hold record of July 15, 2014, a day in which we bear witness to the formation of the first privatized internet police force.

Headed up by Google in what they have termed ‘Project Zero’, the sole purpose of this task force is the pursuit and eradication of any and all online threats, both internally and externally. As eluded to by Chris Evans, a member of the Project Zero team, sophisticated cybercriminals are a very real threat, seeking out very real security vulnerabilities.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
07/15/2014

It is never a good policy to allow a practice that leaves a bad taste for customers. As long as customers get a good value from what they spend, they’ll keep coming back - but leave a bad taste for a customer only once, and they have a high probability of becoming an ex-customer forever because they stop trusting you and getting trust back, once lost, is pretty impossible. Currently, the FTC and Amazon are locked into a battle with regard to in-app purchases and while I can understand that Amazon doesn’t want any government agency to dictate their business model, in this case, customers are the ones being short changed and if that doesn’t stop, Amazon will have more to worry about than just the FTC.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
07/15/2014

Consumers continue to indulge in an ongoing love affair with TV, especially as digital set-top boxes, catch-up TV and on-demand services enrich the living-room environment. In fact, research firm TNS recently found that 75 percent of respondents in a survey said they sit in front of the box every day. ‘TV dinners’ are also alive and well, with three out of four viewers (76 percent) giving TV their undivided attention while eating in. But, online TV viewing is inexorably growing, and is often complementary to the old-school boob tube experience. Going forward, these trends have major implications for advertisers, who will need to gain the interest of viewers across screens.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
07/15/2014

No one likes to hear about the concept of layoffs. Layoffs have a huge human cost that's tough to bear—particularly for those who endure said layoffs—and a cost that extends outward into the community. So with that in mind, it's particularly disastrous to hear new reports that, not only is Microsoft said to be considering layoffs, but the largest single block of layoffs ever in the company's history.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/15/2014

Though it is early to specify what characteristics future fifth generation (5G) mobile networks will feature, at least some think 5G will be the first next-generation mobile network with a specific applications focus and the first mobile platform that erases performance differences with fixed networks.

It is hard to say how much of that change will be based on mobile network performance - but it should be about a thousand times better than what was possible in 2010 - or how much that result occurs because all networks will interoperate, allowing all devices to connect to, and use, whatever resources are available.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
07/14/2014

Corporation (Orbital) successfully launched its second commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The Orb-2 flight is taking 1650 kilograms of cargo to the station, including 350 kilograms of science experiments and 32 cubesats.

The Orb-2 launch took place at 12:52 PM ET from Pad 01A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), operated by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority. Orbital’s Antare's two stage launch vehicle took 10 minutes to place the Cygnus spacecraft into its preliminary orbit at around 200 kilometers above the earth.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/14/2014


Some think sponsored data, quality of service mechanisms or content delivery networks will narrow the scope of what is available to users on the Internet.

Such practices also are said to be inherently unfair because they favor firms with more money.

The argument about a “narrower” or “commercialized” Internet is, in some ways, odd.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
07/11/2014

The cloud has the potential to represent a sizable number of changes in the way work gets done the world over, from opening up the field to talent the world over, to changing the way information is archived and disseminated in businesses. One particular point the cloud is changing is in the issue of cloud professional services, as a new report from Technology Business Research Inc. (TBR) is showing that most of the market is looking to, on some level, bring in cloud professional services to current operations.

By Casey Houser, Contributing Writer
07/11/2014

A recent Bit9 + Carbon Black announcement concerning a Vanson Bourne study revealed that almost two-thirds of IT decision makers in the U.K. believe their organizations will fall victim to cyberattacks in the next 12 months.

Vanson Bourne, an independent research company, surveyed 250 U.K. IT decision makers who worked in organizations that contained at least 250 employees. It found that 64 percent of respondents believed their organizations would experience cyberattacks within the next year and that 32 percent said they had already experienced attacks in the previous year.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/11/2014

Many observers claim that the future of cloud computing after the Edward Snowden revelations about National Security Agency spying could represent a watershed moment for the broader cloud computing industry.

Among the effects are a predicted shift of market share from U.S. suppliers to suppliers from other regions, as enterprises start to buy cloud computing services from local and national or regional suppliers other than U.S. suppliers.

By Matt Paulson, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
07/11/2014

Neonode Inc. is a leading developer of unique touch-input technologies, notable for producing high performance touch and proximity solution at competitive prices. One of the company's most recent developments is a set of light-based touch controls designed for the steering wheel and dashboard of an automobile. This product has recently been approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for patent number #8,755,023 which ensures that this ground-breaking technology will remain fully under Neonode's control.

By David Gutbezahl, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
07/11/2014

With billions of dollars located overseas, Google has decided that the time to invest in European startups has arrived. On July 9, Google announced through their official blog they will be opening a new branch of their startup investment firm Google Ventures in Europe.

The new arm of Google Ventures will start out with an initial fund of $100 million. Google will also be partnering with four investors. These angel investors will be Peter Read, Avid Larizadeh, Eze Vidra, and Tom Hulme. It was originally reported that a fifth partner would be joining Google Ventures in Europe, MG Siegler, however Google has clarified that Siegler will only be joining them temporarily to serve as a liaison between U.S. and European operations.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
07/10/2014

Microtransactions are a field that's still somewhat new, but giving a lot of app makers a whole new hope in terms of taking an app from nothing to profitable. A new breed of game, the “free-to-play” game, has sprung up around the concept that, if the game exists, people will pay in order to have better access to certain parts of the game once it's been played for some time at no charge. But a new report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests this particular field may have gone too far for online retailer Amazon.

By Adam Brandt, Web Editor
07/10/2014

In April of 2011, electronics juggernaut Sony suffered a data breach so biblical that 77 million user accounts were compromised, one of the most massive scale internet thefts of all time. Pan to fall 2013, 40 million credit and debit card accounts pilfered thanks to Target and their clearly ill-managed data silos.

Every single day, we as consumers utilize methods of payment (credit cards, debit cards, mobile payments) tantamount to placing perennial means of access to our finances right in the hands of a myriad of industry verticals, and if a market study conducted by Radius Global Market Research holds any truth to it, commerce as we know it may withdraw back into the proverbial dark ages of physical, tangible currency.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
07/10/2014

It may surprise many of our readers, but here in the U.S. the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITIA) are not the only agencies with a vital interest in trends impacting the availability of universal communications. In fact, in many ways, possibly the source of the most current information when it comes to gauging the trend of people going from wireline telecom service to wireless is actually the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (aka, the CDC), who views basic voice connectivity as a national health issue worth tracking.

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