Microsoft's Security Essentials: A Promising Start
I've been using the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, (MSE) having been one of the lucky few to grab it in the first few days before Microsoft closed the beta. Here's what I think so far: It's not flashy, it's not feature-rich, and its not a replacement for enterprise-class workstation security. Because of that, it has the potential to be a great solution for consumers and small businesses.
Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
The company is trying to one-up Apple's App Store by offering carriers a hosted virtual store that can reach a broad variety of devices.
Firefox 3.5 Released
Mozilla's Firefox 3.5, long delayed, has been officially released and now faces an increasingly competitive browser market.
Are SMBs Facing A Crisis Of Cloud Confidence?
Cloud computing is often thought of as the perfect option for small businesses. But a new survey shows that small businesses share many of the cloud computing concerns of their larger competitors, including security, availability, and speed.
The Pirate Bay Goes Legit
Buyer Global Gaming Factory X plans to introduce commercial business model to infamous file-swapping site.
KACE Offers Mac Management Upgrade
Apple Macintosh users like to believe that they use the best computers around. And maybe they do. But from an IT-management perspective, Macs in mixed environments have often been treated as red-headed step-children. The next versions of KACE's KBOX Systems Management Appliance aims to level the playing field with Mac-management tools on par with its Windows offerings.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
Google Ups File Attachment Capability Of Gmail
I just don't know how anyone can survive with the limits placed on email systems these days. I mean, where does Google get off thinking it is acceptable to limit Gmail file attachments to a mere 20MB. That's ridiculous. Wait, what? Google just changed it to 25MB? Oh. That's cool.
Windows 7 Pricing: How Much Lower?
For months, the news about Windows 7 has been encouraging. The product looks good, but the one thing we didn't know was how much it would cost. Now, we know that too -- or at least some of the picture.
China Should Hire Apple To Police Porn
The Chinese government has been having a rough month. The authorities there have been dialing back already limited Internet freedoms to discourage disruptive remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. In early June, authorities let slip that starting in July PCs shipped in China would have to include Web filtering software called Green Dam.
ICANN Names Security Expert As CEO
Rod Beckstrom, former director of the U.S. National Cybersecurity Center, faces demands to make the US organization into an international body.
Apple Bans 'Hottest Girls' iPhone App
Apple threw cold water on the "Hottest Girl" iPhone app, removing the software from the App Store after the developer started showing pictures of topless women.
Google Commences 'Voice' Invites
If you've used or been using Google's Grand Central product, you've probably already switched to Google Voice. Now, Google is rolling out Voice to the masses.
Will OMG Set a Standard for Case Management?
The vote to approve BPMN 2.0 is not the only thing on the agenda at this week's Object Management Group (OMG) meeting in Costa Rica. There is also the release of an RFP for a new Case Management standard, authored by Henk de Man of Cordys. The RFP asserts that BPMN is inadequate for case management, and I agree...
Google Adds Swipe Control To iPhone's Gmail App
Google has given the Web-based version of Gmail for the iPhone yet more powers. Now, users can swipe across an email to automatically archive it. That's great and all, but I'd really like to see Google develop an actual on-board email application for the iPhone instead.
PODCAST: Social Networking, Web 2.0 And The Consumerization of IT - Best Practices For SMBs
Earlier this month, I got the chance to be a present a video Webinar on how small and midsize companies can best take advantage of the latest changes in technology. While I was in Pittsburgh for the video shoot, I also recorded an audio interview with Maurice Saluan from Zenith Infotech, where we discussed many of these same subjects in a more casual forum. You can listen to the podcast here.
Google Pitches Faster Web
The search giant has launched a developer Web site that offers advice on optimizing CSS, gzip compression, and HTTP caching so that Web pages load faster.
RealPlayer Aims For Mobile Devices
The latest version of the popular media player software allows downloads of Web videos and transfers to personal music players and smartphones with a few clicks.