By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
10/14/2014

Tesla announced last week its new self-driving technology, which will be delivered to the market next year, a year ahead of everyone else (that we know about so far). I’m actually at the BMC Engage conference this week and there is also talk about how disruptive this technology will be on the road once it is available for everyone. It means that every car on the road today will likely be banned from most freeways in the U.S. within 10 years. In fact, even buying cars will be obsolete once this technology becomes common and the market shifts to adapt to it.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
10/13/2014

The subject of Internet domain names may seem boring to many readers. However, don’t be fooled. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) performance during its over two year effort to add as many as 1,400 new Top Level Domain (gTLDs) web site suffixes— expanding from the familiar .com, .net and .org—has been contentious and the opposite of boring to say the least. Indeed, many have called the administration of this process akin to the “Digital Anarchy” that ICANN’s new process for apportioning out names was supposed to address.

By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
10/13/2014

The principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet in an equal way is referred to as net neutrality, sometimes also referred to as network neutrality, or Internet neutrality. This means neither discriminating nor charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment and modes of communication. The term was coined by Columbia media law professor Tim Wu in 2003.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
10/13/2014

It’s October, but, contrary to what most industry-watchers were expecting, there’s nary a peep from Apple TV on a refresh of its palm-sized set-top streaming player. But, a refresh is looking more and more important for Apple as it tries to hang onto market share in an increasingly crowded video STB space.

Apple generated more than $1 billion in revenue from the Apple TV units last year, which would translate to shipping about 10 million of the devices in 2013. That’s more than double what it sold in 2012, meaning that Apple TV is the fastest-growing product segment in the Apple orchard.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
10/10/2014

The pace of data generation is dizzying in our all-digital age—as is the rate of evolution for criminals exploiting that information for fun, profit, espionage and cyberwar. And as recent headlines about massive data breaches at JP Morgan, Home Depot and Target show, the good guys need to revamp their approaches to protect personal, corporate and governmental data—or face ever-more destructive attacks.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
10/10/2014

In case you were not aware, we are in the midst of National Cyber Security Month. And, given all of the seemingly daily disclosures of security breaches it is hard to under estimate that term “awareness.” It is not just the organizations we work for that need to be on constant guard, but all of us need to do our part in keeping our personal information secure and our devices protected.

It is for this reason that I’d like to draw attention to the top 10 security tips list that has been provided by the good folks at Siber Systems providers of the popular RoboForm product portfolio of security solutions.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
10/10/2014

Some things in life are hard to understand. How firms that worry about their brands can allow “cramming” to occur is one of those things.

AT&T Mobility has agreed to settle allegations that it charged mobile customers without their permission for third-party services like ringtones, wallpapers, and text message subscriptions for horoscopes, flirting tips, and celebrity gossip.

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

There were many, not so long ago, who thought that Amazon was going to kill the brick-and-mortar store concept by its ability to offer a huge array of products, easily purchased, and shipped to a user's door. But now, Amazon seems to be embracing that which many thought it would ultimately destroy, as new reports suggest Amazon is planning to open up a brick-and-mortar outlet of its own.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
10/09/2014

Smartglasses are a still comparatively new sector of the wearable technology market, but for many, Google Glass is the top of the heap when it comes to assigning rank in this ever-changing market. However, as is commonly the case in a growing field like wearable tech, there's room for challengers here, and Toshiba may well have Google beat when it comes to sheer display technology thanks to one critical point...or rather, the lack of one critical point.

By David Delony, Contributing Writer
10/09/2014

Google has rolled out some changes to its conversational search engine that adds some smart new features.

“Ah, fall. It’s a time for apple cider, crunchy colored leaves and cozy sweaters (unless you’re here in California),” Google senior engineer for conversational search Pravir Gupta wrote on the company’s Inside Search blog. “It’s also the start of a busy time of year for most people— with kids to drop off at school, Halloween costumes to sew and holiday travels to plan. This year, Google can make your season a little less hectic. A few new updates to the Google app on your phone make it easier to plan anything—whether it’s an after-work happy hour or a romantic weekend to get a break from it all.”

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
10/09/2014

HP's announcement to split the company into businesses focusing on PC/consumer products and enterprise services seems to have trigged an onslaught of criticism of CEO Meg Whitman and questions as to why it has taken the company over three years to reach the point of spinoffs. Each part of HP Inc. and HP Enterprise will have its own bet on future technology as HP Labs is broken up, but it's going to be tough to see either come to fruition without bigger management changes.

HP Inc., the ugly stepchild getting printers and computers, has steadily declining numbers for those categories. Over the last two fiscal years, sales from desktop computers are down almost $2.5 billion; printers, down $2.5 billion; and laptops—presumably better than desktops—are down more than $5 billion dollars.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
10/09/2014

Windows is stagnant and creeping to free. Office has its future as a subscription and cloud service. In the browser world, Google Chrome just keeps chugging away with innovations like WebRTC, leaving Internet Explorer in the dust. Microsoft's best hope for future booming growth is the Internet of Things (IoT), since it blew the opportunity in the mobile space, Surface Pro notwithstanding.

Once upon a time, Windows and Office ruled the world in terms of productivity. Everybody had to have a word processor, spreadsheet, and an email program, with PowerPoint and database software added on for the business world

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
10/09/2014

Disruption of existing business models tends to generate high opposition. The amount of opposition ride-sharing services such as Uber and lodging sharing services such as AirBnB are encountering provide some recent examples.

Existing industries, ranging from the taxi industry to the hotel and lodging business, see direct threats to their business models and economic fortunes. And, as always is the case, contestants seek legal and regulatory protection when they believe they can get such support.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
10/08/2014

Issues of national security have taken center stage pretty much since the start of the new millennium, and with these issues comes a host of new troubles for individuals and businesses alike. One business, however, is looking to take up some of these issues itself. Twitter—the largest microblogging platform on Earth— has readied a cast against the United States government over national security requests and the impact they have on First Amendment principles.

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC
10/08/2014

In case there was any doubt, the news about AT&T earlier this week proved once again that no organization is immune from a security breach. According to an AT&T letter posted on the state of Vermont’s website, the information of 1,600 AT&T customers was accessed without authorization in August by an employee of the communications company. (That individual reportedly has since been dismissed.)

The exposed data included driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, and Customer Proprietary Network Information indicating what telecommunications services users purchase from AT&T.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
10/07/2014

In an age where getting and keeping market differentiation boils down to social media savvy and the ability to navigate the digital economy, there is a shocking, and glaring lack of workforce skills on the tech innovation front.

That’s the word from Capgemini, which finds that 90 percent of companies lack digital skills. Yet, only 46 percent of companies are actually investing in them.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
10/07/2014

HP announced this week that by the end of next year, it will be two equally sized companies - one targeting the big business and the other targeting end users. At the heart of this announcement is the need for HP to change with the market. And the market has changed massively over the last ten years - catching a number of companies short.

Let’s talk about why they are doing this and what the result is likely to be.

The Changed Market

By TMCnet Special Guest,
10/07/2014

The word teen was first used in the early 19th century, but concerns about our young people - and how they differ from adult society - have been around much, much longer. From Ancient Greece onward, every new generation of young people has developed its own behaviors and social norms that older members of society must learn to deal with or accept. Within businesses, 'Generation Y' has been the focus for many years as those born in the 1980s and early 90s have entered the workforce, bringing with them new demands and ways of working. Now however, attention is turning to a still younger group that is soon to come of age: Generation Z.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
10/06/2014

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is barely out of the gate, but Ericsson is pushing the Next Big Thing. Evolved HD voice for LTE will be a new mobile voice experience, says the company in a recent blog post and white paper release.

The evolved HD voice solution comes out of a new 3GPP codec standard called Enhanced Voice Services (EVS), incorporating support for superwideband (SWB) and Fullband (FB). To get it, operators have to have the underlying infrastructure for VoLTE up and running. EVS drops in as the codec, replacing AMR-WB as well as providing backwards compatibility with AMR-WB and AMR. What this means is EVS can still do basic HD voice calling with existing 2G and 3G networks using AMR-WB for HD voice as well with VoLTE networks that haven't implemented EVS.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
10/06/2014

About 37 percent of airline ancillary sales come through websites, while 2.4 percent are generated directly by mobile phones, a new survey by SITA has found. By 2017, the mobile channel is expected to contribute nearly five times as much, representing 11.6 percent of total ancillary sales, SITA forecasts.

Airlines hope to make shopping services as widely available on smartphones as on a website, and 75 percent of airline companies might achieve this goal by 2017, SITA suggests.

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