Local Virtual Desktops May Be the (Old) New Thing in BYOD

As an increasing number of IT organizations become interested in enabling bring-your-own-PC programs for their employees, an old idea may be gaining fresh adherents: desktop virtualization.The consumerization of IT — a force that many IT teams have been wrestling with for years — has enabled employees to demand the freedom to choose their devices, applications and even operating systems. Companies are striving to create a more employee-centric environment, and that's been a key driver in the BYOD movement.+ ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD Is BYOD burning out your workforce? +To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 1 October 2014 | 7:06 am

Hacked celebrities 'dumb', says proposed EU digital commissioner

Günther Oettinger, the European Union’s proposed Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, gave a disappointing performance at his confirmation hearing, dodging questions and calling the victims of a recent data breach “dumb.”Critics said Oettinger’s remarks about the celebrities whose iCloud accounts were compromised, allowing hackers to release nude photos of them, showed he was unfit for the job of shoring up public confidence in the Internet.During the three-hour confirmation hearing before Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) late Monday, Oettinger said he couldn’t believe the public lamentations over the nude celebrity photo incident.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 1 October 2014 | 6:45 am

Fujitsu to design Japanese exascale supercomputer

Japan has chosen Fujitsu to help it regain the top spot in the global supercomputer race with an exascale machine, which at 1,000 petaflops would be about 30 times faster than the leading supercomputer today.The electronics giant said Wednesday it will work with the Riken research center to come up with a basic design for the supercomputer that would succeed the K computer, a machine they co-developed that grabbed the No. 1 spot in June 2011.Riken has a mandate from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to develop a next-generation supercomputer, and said it chose Fujitsu following an open bidding process to develop a “post-K supercomputer.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 1 October 2014 | 5:20 am

Intel pushes factory IoT with $9 million cost savings at plant

The Internet of Things is billed as an almost magical realm of possibilities where everything from thermostats to cars will be online.Industrial applications are a key proving ground. Combined with big data analytics, plants full of smart things could generate billions of U.S. dollars in cost savings.But manufacturers will have to see convincing evidence that IoT will benefit them before they sign on to the concept, according to Intel, which makes chips for IoT gateways.“We’ll have to provide proof points for a period of time to demonstrate the value and effectiveness of the capabilities,” Intel Asia-Pacific sales director Philip Cronin said in an interview Tuesday in Tokyo.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 1 October 2014 | 12:10 am

Malware program targets Hong Kong protesters using Apple devices

A malware program that targets Hong Kong activists using Apple devices has trademarks of being developed by a nation-state, possibly China, according to a security company.Lacoon Mobile Security of San Francisco wrote on its blog on Tuesday that the malware, called Xsser mRAT, is the “first and most advanced, fully operational Chinese iOS trojan found to date.”The Apple malware is related to a malicious Android one found last month that advertised itself as a way for activists to coordinate protests, Lacoon wrote.Hong Kong has seen massive demonstrations after China moved to only allow candidates it approves to run in the election of the territory’s chief executive in 2017. Activists charge China reneged on a promise of an election without restrictions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 10:00 pm

Google triples bug bounty reward range to $15,000

Google has tripled its maximum reward for finding flaws in its software to US$15,000, a figure the company hopes will deter independent researchers from selling their information on shady markets.The company had paid a minimum of $500 up to $5,000. But it is now becoming more difficult to find bugs in software such as Chrome, and Google wants to reward the extra effort, wrote Tim Willis of Chrome Security Team in a blog post on Tuesday.Bug bounty programs have proven fruitful for large Web companies such as Google and Facebook, who can attract a greater number of eyes to their software without hiring more security analysts.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 8:40 pm

Ellison pushes Oracle's new cloud platform hard, but questions linger

Oracle chairman Larry Ellison has delivered another dose of hype for the vendor’s cloud platform, but many customers may need more convincing before they make the leap.In many ways, Ellison’s talk at the OpenWorld conference on Tuesday was a rehash of a keynote he delivered on Sunday, although he dug deeper into the technical weeds and even conducted a number of live demonstrations of what he called a “brand-new, majorly upgraded” platform.“We wanted to make it very easy to move existing Oracle databases and existing Oracle applications to the cloud,” Ellison said. However, “there had to be a bunch of benefits associated with that. We wanted to be able to move [them], modernize [them], and lower your costs.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 8:15 pm

Shellshock flaw could pose risks to payments industry

The “Shellshock” flaw has the potential to pose a risk to the payments industry, but doesn’t appear to have caused any problems yet, an official with a consortium run by major credit card companies warned on Tuesday.The PCI Security Standards Council develops technical standards for protecting payment card data, a closely watched area following a spate of data breaches at retailers including Home Depot and Target.“It has the potential to be a risk,” said Troy Leach, the organization’s CTO, of the flaw in the GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash), a command-line shell processor in Unix and Linux.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 7:40 pm

12 things to know about Windows 10

Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system on Tuesday, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8.The event in San Francisco was aimed mostly at enterprise customers, and Microsoft promised an OS that will be more intuitive for the millions of workers still on Windows 7 and older OSes. Here’s a rundown of some of the key points we learned Tuesday about Windows 10.Why Windows 10?The natural name would have been Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to suggest a break with the past. “We’re not building an incremental product,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 7:15 pm

With Windows 10, a contrite Microsoft will try to atone for Windows 8 mistakes

Humbled by businesses’ dislike for Windows 8, Microsoft has issued a mea culpa, offered the world a first peek at Windows 10 and pledged that the new OS will delight IT executives. But the true test of whether Microsoft can move past its Windows 8 mistakes will come when Windows 10 is commercially released at some point next summer.“On the surface, everything they announced is on the right track and bodes well. They definitely acknowledged they’ve heard the Windows 8 feedback and are trying to make amends,” said David Johnson, a Forrester Research analyst. “But it’ll come down to what the experience is like hands on.”How severe are enterprise customers’ misgivings about Windows 8? By the end of 2013, Windows 8’s installed base in businesses worldwide stood at 2 percent of all Windows copies, compared with about 51 percent for Windows 7 and 31 percent for Windows XP.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 7:00 pm

A year later, Ellison apologizes for standing up his customers

A year ago this month, thousands of customers waited at the Oracle OpenWorld conference for Larry Ellison to deliver a keynote speech ... but he never turned up.Ellison had chosen to indulge in his other passion, boat racing, and was attending the America’s Cup finals instead. Oracle had sponsored a team in the competition and Ellison was instrumental in bringing the event to San Francisco.Some attendees were not pleased and said they felt “disappointed” at his decision.This year, Ellison began his keynote speech with an apology. (See video)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 5:45 pm

Nextdoor, an app for connecting with neighborhoods, puts on its police cap

Nextdoor, a growing app for connecting people with their neighbors, wants to make those neighborhoods safer.Public agencies such as police departments, sheriff’s offices, fire departments and emergency management offices across the U.S. can now sign themselves up for the service, the company said Tuesday. Previously, some 350 public agencies across 250 cities had accounts on the site, but they were added manually by Nextdoor itself.With the change, Nextdoor hopes to provide a new online channel where public agencies can provide safety and emergency-type information and alerts to their respective service areas. The move comes following feedback from users seeking an improved way to communicate with public safety officials using the service, said Nextdoor co-founder Sarah Leary, in an interview.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 5:30 pm

How one user (successfully) managed the Amazon cloud reboot

Kevin Felichko didn’t get as much sleep as he wanted to on Monday night. Felichko is the CTO of PropertyRoom.com, an online auction site of seized goods that is run entirely on Amazon Web Services’ cloud. Late last week AWS announced that it would be rebooting up to 10% of the company’s virtual machines, known as its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. For a company like PropertyRoom.com, which processes tens of millions of dollars worth of online auctions all through Amazon’s cloud, that could have been a big problem. But Felichko says it turned out to be a manageable problem. One key to using IaaS cloud computing resources is to prepare for failure. Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels even preaches that. And that’s what Felichko and his tech team of four had done when they migrated over to Amazon’s cloud earlier this year.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 4:26 pm

BrandPost: SDN Bandwagon Getting Ready to Move

That whooshing sound you may not have heard on Sept. 17 was the noise that occurs when an industry goes over a tipping point. On that day, AT&T announced the introduction of “the first software-defined networking solution of its kind in the United States …”This is part of AT&T’s User Defined Network Cloud service that is designed to cut the time for service provisioning from months to days and provide for self-service provisioning to business customers. Following testing at the University of Texas, Austin, this past summer, AT&T will make its Network on Demand services commercially available in that city by the end of the year and in other areas during 2015.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 4:03 pm

Ex-NSA director Alexander calls for new cybersecurity model

Small and medium-size U.S. companies should band together on cybersecurity systems as a way to pool limited resources against increasingly sophisticated attackers, the former director of the U.S. National Security Agency said Tuesday.U.S. companies should explore ways to share more cyberthreat information with each other and work together to buy cybersecurity defenses as a service, said General Keith Alexander, who retired as director of the NSA and commander of cyber defense agency U.S. Cyber Command in April.For smaller companies, “I think we’re going to have to go to something like cybersecurity as a service, where they can opt in,” Alexander said during a cybersecurity discussion in New York City hosted by PwC. “If the small and mid-sized companies are grouped together, where it’s economically feasible to give them a great capability, then they aren’t the downstream problem for the large banks. In fact, they become a part of the sensing fabric that helps protect the big banks or big industries.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 3:55 pm

Eric Holder says 'worrisome' tech companies are eyeing encryption

For the second time in as many weeks, a senior U.S. government official has warned that widespread use of encryption could harm investigations.In a speech to the Global Alliance Conference Against Child Sexual Abuse Online conference in Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it’s “worrisome” that companies are introducing systems that thwart the ability of law enforcement to quickly access a smartphone when a child is in danger.“We would hope that technology companies would be willing to work with us to ensure that law enforcement retains the ability, with court-authorization, to lawfully obtain information in the course of an investigation, such as catching kidnappers and sexual predators,” he said, according to a transcript provided by the U.S. Department of Justice.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 3:45 pm

First look: Windows 10

The new Windows is the old Windows, improvedImage by MicrosoftAlthough Microsoft is skipping a whole version number for the next Windows version, which will ship some time next year, the early version of Windows 10 it showed off today was mostly composed of commonsense fixes to Windows 8, better integrating its Desktop and Metro halves and being smarter about adapting to keyboard and touch environments.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 3:27 pm

iOS 8 bug deletes iWork docs

Owners of iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 have reported a new bug in the software that deletes iWork documents from iCloud Drive when they've reset their devices.In a support discussion thread that started last Thursday, customers have said that a reset expunged documents from iCloud Drive, the new-to-iOS 8 online storage and sync folder."After performing a 'Reset All Settings' on my iPad in iOS 8 I found that all documents have been deleted," said srbuk on Sept. 25 before warning, in all caps, in red letters no less, "DO NOT 'RESET ALL SETTINGS' IF YOU HAVE DOCUMENTS ON ICLOUD DRIVE."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 1:45 pm

Microsoft skips a number, says 'Windows 10' will be a big break from the past

Microsoft’s major update to its operating system, called Windows 10 and unveiled Tuesday, has been built to blend old and new in a way that will be familiar to Windows 7 users while also retaining much of its more modern tile interface.The new OS will run on all hardware devices when it ships next year, from phones to tablets and desktops, and provide software developers with a way to write applications that can span all those platforms, the company said.The logical name for the OS would be Windows 9, but Microsoft jumped to Windows 10 to reflect what it sees as a big break from the past.“Because we’re not building an incremental product, the new name will be Windows 10,” Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group, declared at a launch event in San Francisco, where he showed some early code.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 1:40 pm

Windows 10 revealed: Microsoft's next OS fuses Windows 7 and 8

At a press event on Tuesday, Microsoft launched the next version of Windows: Not Windows One, not Windows 9, but Windows 10, which combines the reborn Start menu with Windows 8’s colorful live tiles and adjusts its behavior depending on how you’re using your device. Windows 10 will officially launch in the middle of next year, but you’ll have a chance to try it out before that via a new Windows Insider program, launching Wednesday. The platform’s most vocal fans will have a chance to download the technical preview before it launches next year.  Mark Hachman Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore showing off Windows 10’s reborn, revamped Start Menu.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 1:36 pm

3 … 2 … 1 … That’s all for Lotus 1-2-3

Dan Bricklin’s VisiCalc was first and Microsoft Excel would come to dominate, but in between it was Lotus 1-2-3 that ruled the spreadsheet world and helped push the IBM PC deep into the modern workplace. Today Lotus 1-2-3 breathed its last, at least symbolically, as we have reached IBM’s previously announced date for discontinuing support for this iconic software that Big Blue stopped selling last year after a three-decade run (that included acquiring Lotus in 1995).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 1:33 pm

Q&A: Meet Microsoft's new Azure CTO, Mark Russinovich

Earlier this month, Microsoft quietly appointed software architect Mark Russinovich as chief technology officer for its Azure cloud computing platform, formalizing a role he’s been executing for the past several years.It was a smart appointment not the least because it may help ease any remaining concerns of system administrators reluctant to take on Microsoft’s cloud platform as part of their job duties. Among the Microsoft faithful, Russinovich has serious geek credibility. If Russinovich is behind the gears at Azure, it must be O.K.Russinovich has long been one of the most popular speakers at Microsoft’s Build and TechEd technical conferences, thanks to his clear, cogent explanations of the company’s technologies. Russinovich joined the company in 2006, after Microsoft purchased his enterprise software company, Winternals Software, which offered a line of Windows repair tools that many found superior to Microsoft’s own.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 1:25 pm

Four charged with stealing Army helicopter training software

Four alleged members of an international computer hacking ring face charges in the U.S. of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. Army and several tech companies and stealing several software packages, including programs used to train Army helicopter pilots.The alleged thefts included software and data related to the Xbox One gaming console, the Xbox Live online gaming service and popular games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Gears of War 3, the U.S. Department of Justice said.Between January 2011 and March of this year, the four men and others allegedly hacked into the computer networks of Epic Games, Valve, Zombie Studios and the U.S. Army, as well as partners of Microsoft, using methods including SQL injection and stolen user names and passwords of company employees and software development partners.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 1:00 pm

Microsoft Announces Microsoft Windows 10!

In San Francisco today, Microsoft announced the hotly awaited "next version" of Windows as being Windows 10. Windows 10 was designed and built for universal access by phones, tablets, and desktops.It integrates all of the key features used to in today's fast-paced information world, such as: Optimized Touch for Mobile Phones and Tablets Optimized Keyboard Access for Laptops and Desktops Enterprise Features for Secured Business Access Scalable Windows to See Apps and Programs on the Same Screen Common Interface for for "Universal Apps" that'll work across form factor Windows 10 brings back the "start button" concept to the lower left of the screen along with the "Program Menu" concept that users can add programs like Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, etc. to the menu, PLUS the menu also shows (at the same time) the modern Windows application tiles. This combines the best of the Windows 8 "tiles" concept for touch, plus the program names for users most familiar with a keyboard and mouse experience of Windows XP and Windows 7 Microsoft is signaling that Windows 10 will release by the middle of next year.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 12:57 pm

Cray aims to stay in big leagues with XC40 supercomputers

Cray has added more horsepower to its latest supercomputer, the XC40, and already has scored some big-time customers.The XC40, announced on Tuesday, is based on Intel’s new Xeon E5-2600 v3 server chip series, code-named Grantley, which was unveiled earlier this month. The supercomputer has a complement of new technologies that provide faster access to memory and storage, which boosts overall computing power.Cray has made some of the world’s fastest computers, including what is currently the world’s second fastest supercomputer, Titan, which operates at a peak speed of 27 petaflops. The XC40 will serve as the basis for a U.S. Department of Energy supercomputer called Trinity, which is due for deployment in 2016 and will have 82 petabytes of distributed storage.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 12:55 pm