FTC Establishes Mobile Over Billing Safeguards
Author: John Duckgeischel on July 28, 2014 - 11:10 PM
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said as smartphones are frequently used to pay for items it expects that unauthorized charges on mobile phone bills will become even of an issue. Currently the FTC has a lawsuit against T-Mobile for illegally earning hundreds of millions of dollars by billing customers for items that were never ordered by its customers.  The company claims that the agency’s claims are unfounded, stating that T-Mobile has taken measures to protect its customers from unwanted charges on their bills.   The practice of unauthorized billing is called “cramming”.  “As mobile payments continue to be on the rise we expect more and more cramming to occur unless companies take preventive measures,” stated Jessica Rich, director of the F.T.C.’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a media briefing.
IBM Leverages High Performance Offerings in the Cloud
Author: John Duckgeischel on July 24, 2014 - 10:49 PM
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IBM announced the InfiniBand high speed communications link for companies who desire to offload supercomputing tasks to the cloud. “Companies are embracing cloud for standard workloads, but they are also looking to move their high-performance workloads to the cloud, or looking to augment capacity they have in-house,” stated Marc Jones, IBM SoftLayer VP of product innovation. “A lot of these companies will have workloads that are extremely demanding of performance.” According to Jones, IBM’s SoftLayer subsidiary will offer InfiniBand to link bare metal servers with IBM’s data center by the end of 2014.

Apple reports $37.43 billion in Quarterly Revenue
Author: John Duckgeischel on July 23, 2014 - 11:12 PM
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 Apple reported its revenue growing to 37.43 billion for the quarter, compared with $35.32 billion for same quarter last year. Profit was up significantly as well at $7.75 billion growing from $6.9 billion in the quarter one year ago. The company reported strong sales of iPhones and Macs, which fueled significant gains. iPad sales took a dip with unit sales dropping 9 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago. “IPad sales met our expectations, but we realize they didn’t meet many of yours,” Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, stated to analysts on the company’s financial earnings call. Overall results however were still strong as gross profit numbers grew year over year by 2.5 percent for the quarter.

Research Finding: SMB Correlation between Cloud Computing and Increased Revenue
Author: John Duckgeischel on July 21, 2014 - 10:34 PM
An Oxford Economics and Windstream Communications research study that showed that small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) that strongly use cloud computing tend to have increased revenues as well.   Oxford Economics research is occasionally used by the Federal Reserve Board or Fortune 500 companies to capture a picture of what is currently happening. Windstream is a Fortune 500 ranked company that is a telecommunications company located in in Little Rock Arkansas and funded the research study. The study said that SMB’s have a sophisticated and informed understanding about cloud computing and tend to see it as "A key to greater collaboration and innovation, improved customer service,"
Are you asking – and can you answer – some important questions?
Author: Michael Osterman on July 17, 2014 - 10:24 PM
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Obviously, information security and risk management are critical issues for any organization, regardless of its size or the industry in which it participates. But maintaining the security of your information and others’ information that you possess, as well as mitigating the risk associated with data breaches, is difficult and getting tougher all the time. This is particularly true in an era in which employees and contractors increasingly use their personal devices and applications to create and store corporate content.

There are some important questions about your organization’s information security status and practices that you should be asking – and that you should be able to answer quickly:

· Do you know how many users in your organization have installed and are using Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive or a similar solution to store work-related documents? If so, do you know what data they are storing there? If so, does your corporate IT department have ready access to this content if, for example, an employee leaves the company?archived in compliance with corporate policies?

Microsoft Bets Future on Cloud and Mobility, with less Window Emphasis
Author: John Duckgeischel on July 17, 2014 - 5:36 AM
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Wednesday at a Worldwide Partner Conference that the company’s future will focus more on mobile and cloud services and less on Windows.  “We are the company and the ecosystem that will build productivity experiences and platforms for the mobile-first, cloud first-world,” he said in Washington D.C. during his keynote address. “We will reinvent productivity for the new generation. We will empower every individual and organization to achieve more. That is our singular mission.” He went on to say that this mission may not always be centered on Windows.
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