Cisco Names 17 Year Company Veteran Chuck Robins as Next CEO
Author: John Duckgeischel on May 4, 2015 - 10:00 PM
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On Monday, Cisco named Chuck Robbins as it next CEO, as John Chambers will step down after holding the leadership position for 20 years on July26th.  Chambers will remain as executive chairman of the $47 billion company.. Robbins has been serving the company as senior vice president of worldwide operations, most recently leading the global sales and the partner network. Cisco’s partner program and commercial business, accounts for 25% of Cisco’s total business. The move to select Robbins was somewhat of a surprise after a succession plan announced two years ago by Chambersfocus on Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore.
ACLU Takes Aim to Kill Parts of Patriot Act
Author: John Duckgeischel on May 3, 2015 - 10:28 PM
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As congress takes a second look at Patriot Act, there are parts of it the ACLU wants to kill, not just amend. Meanwhile the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Thursday voted to amend a section of the Patriot Act anti-terrorism law.   The new USA Freedom Act would end the NSA’s practices of bulk ingestion of U.S phone records and would be required to narrow the scope of searches, said the backers of the bill.  However, Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said that Section 215 of the Patriot Act which allows the NSA to collect bulk phone and business records along with other “tangible things” should be allowed to expire in June.
Sprint & Boing Bring Free Wi-Fi to 35 Airports
Author: John Duckgeischel on April 30, 2015 - 9:27 PM
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Sprint announced on Thursday their new partnership with Boingo to offer their customers free Wi-Fi at service in 35 major airports across the United States.  Customers carrying Sprint devices will be able to automatically connect to Boingo hotspots, and the service will required no manual searching for Wi-Fi. "With Wi-Fi being the world's largest wireless ecosystem, we view it as a highly complementary layer to our network," Sprint CTO Stephen Bye wrote in a statement. "By enabling customers to move seamlessly between secure Wi-Fi and cellular, our customers will have a better mobile experience in more locations, all while lowering their cost of data usage."  The service provides automatic authentication and Wi-Fi usage will not be counted against service plan monthly totals.

Go Ahead and Delete Your Email – See If You Can
Author: Michael Osterman on April 29, 2015 - 8:52 PM
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Think about the process of sending a single email to one individual:

1.    You create and send an email and a copy of that email is placed into your Sent Items folder (copy 1).

2.    The recipient receives your email (copy 2).

3.    Your email admin makes a nightly backup of your email inbox (copy 3).

4.    The recipient’s admin does likewise (copy 4).

5.    Your company’s archiving system places a copy of your email into archival storage
(copy 5).

Obama’s New Defense Secretary Talks Cybersecurity in Silicon Valley
Author: John Duckgeischel on April 27, 2015 - 10:18 PM
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Ashton B. Carter, President Obama’s new defense secretary came to Silicon Valley last week to talk about the Pentagon’s efforts to invest in start-ups and declare that they need engineering talent to defend America against its adversaries.  “I think that people and companies need to be convinced that everything we do in the cyber domain is lawful and appropriate and necessary,” Mr. Carter told students and faculty at Stanford, as he attempted to rebuild trust after the NSA surveillance controversy.   He said that software innovators and entrepreneurs may want take a break from developing the next new  hot application to spend some time on protecting the U.S. against North Korean, Russian and Chinese hackers.
Google Search Ranking Factors in “Mobile Friendliness”
Author: John Duckgeischel on April 21, 2015 - 9:52 PM
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Every so often Google changes the rules to the search ranking game.  Recently the search giant has awakened adding “mobile friendliness” to its list of factors that it considers to list websites on its search engine.  Under the new criteria links that are difficult to click or that display content that requires users to scroll horizontally will be penalized. “Since mobile search results are about half of what Google handles, anyone might be at risk,” stated Danny Sullivan, the founder of Search Engine Land, a site that tracks changes to Google’s search engine.  The U.S. had 134 million mobile users in 2014, up from about 100 million mobile users in 2010 commented eMarketer, a research company.
Microsoft Azure Introduces Service for Auto-Scaling for High Volume Apps
Author: John Duckgeischel on April 20, 2015 - 9:34 PM

A new cloud platform from Microsoft, Azure Service Fabric, will be launched a beta preview later on in April. Early customers may be independent software vendors or start-ups looking to “get to market quickly and iterate more rapidly”, stated Mike Schultz, Microsoft general manager of cloud platform marketing.   A developer writing a C++ or C# app would be compiled to Frabric, said Schutz. Support for other developer languages including Java will soon be follow. As the application usage grows Fabric automatically replicates instances to meet increased demand and handles important tasks such a load balancing.

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