FCC Warns Hotels Not to Interfere with Personal Wi-Fi
Author: John Duckgeischel on January 28, 2015 - 10:42 PM
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Major hotel chains that practiced blocking access to personal Wi-Fi hotspots have caught the attention of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which came out against the common practice. The FCC wrote an advisory post in which it referred to the practice as a “disturbing trend” which is illegal and it warned that the agency “will take appropriate action against violators.”  The practice is illegal for not only hotels but also by convention centers and other commercial locations. "In the 21st Century, Wi-Fi represents an essential on-ramp to the Internet. Personal Wi-Fi networks, or 'hot spots,' are an important way that consumers connect to the Internet," the FCC wrote. "Willfull or malicious interference with Wi-Fi hotspots is illegal.
Apple’s Strong Quarterly Sales Fueled by iPhone
Author: John Duckgeischel on January 27, 2015 - 8:53 PM
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Apple’s quarterly earnings report on Tuesday surpassed analysts' rosy expectations as the company set record sales numbers with strong holiday numbers and a 46% jump in iPhone sales. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus sales numbers were so strong that it fueled $74.6 billion in revenue for a 29.5% gain over the same quarter a year ago.  Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a statement thanking customers “for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high.”  Under Cook’s tenure, the company’s market value has doubled since he took over from Steve Jobs in 2011. For the current quarter, the company expects that revenue will come in at $52 to $55 billion.  
Are You Governing Your Information Properly?
Author: Michael Osterman on January 22, 2015 - 9:21 PM
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What is “information governance”? Here are some definitions:

· TechTarget: “A holistic approach to managing corporate information by implementing processes, roles, controls and metrics that treat information as a valuable business asset.”

· Wikipedia: “The set of multi-disciplinary structures, policies, procedures, processes and controls implemented to manage information at an enterprise level, supporting an organization's immediate and future regulatory, legal, risk, environmental and operational requirements.”

· The IG Initiative: “The activities and technologies that organizations employ to maximize the value of their information while minimizing associated risks and costs.”

In short, information governance is about getting value out of information and minimizing the risks associated with managing it.

DropBox Boosts Mobile Productivity with CloudOn Buy
Author: John Duckgeischel on January 21, 2015 - 10:03 PM
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Tuesday Dropbox bolstered its mobile productivity with its acquisition of Israel-based startup CloudOn. This latest acquisition follows many other notable purchases including the Hackpad text-editor app, Bubbli photo sharing app, Mailbox email management, Snapjoy photo storage and Endorse mobile coupons.   For DropBox, which gets 70% of its business from outside the United States, the acquisition of an Israeli company helps the company build its international presence beyond its only other international location in Dublin, Ireland.  CloudOn no longer accepts new users for its services and will shut down permanently on March 15th.
Amazon Invests in Wind to Power the Cloud
Author: John Duckgeischel on January 20, 2015 - 10:35 PM
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As a follow-up to its promise to use 100 percent clean energy for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, the company announced major plans to build and operate a Benton County Indiana wind farm. High profile competitor’s including Apple, Google and Facebook have already invested heavily in clean power for their data centers, Amazon has struggled to gain momentum in moving toward clean energy infrastructure until recently.  The 150 MW wind farm will generate enough power for 46,000 average sized homes and it is slated to become operational as soon as January 2016. Large wind turbines are one of the most cost effective means of generating clean energy and can be cost competitive with natural gas plants.
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