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Server upgrades coming

networkworld.com — The availability of multiple new data-center Ethernet speeds will lead to a much stronger server networking upgrade cycle than seen over the past decade, according to Crehan Research. The firm expects that the impending arrival of 25 Gigabit Ethernet, 50G and 100G products, in combination with existing 10G and 40G products, will result in more than two-thirds of total server networking ports migrating to high-speed Ethernet within three years.

AWS launches WorkMail for the enterprise

networkworld.com — Amazon Web Services today launched a new product to its expansive service catalog in the cloud: WorkMail is a hosted email platform for enterprises. According to various media reports, including Forbes, the service will cost $4 per user per month for a 50GB email inbox.

FAA warns drone owners: Stay away from the Super Bowl

networkworld.com — In an FAA Notice to Airmen the agency says that anyone violating the rules may be "intercepted, detained and interviewed" by law enforcement or security personnel. Besides possibly landing a violator in jail, flying an unmanned aircraft over a crowded stadium could result in an FAA civil penalty for "careless and reckless" operation of an aircraft.

Oh, snap! There goes the snowblower

networkworld.com — You may have heard that we've had some weather here in Massachusetts, as in three feet of snow weather. Early this morning I give the snowblower a pull, the grip snaps off in my hand, the cord disappears inside, and the neighbors hear that McNamara fellow utter a relatively mild curse word.

IBM to offer research tech that protects user privacy, security

networkworld.com — IBM this week said it will offer a technology it says uses a cryptographic algorithm to encrypt the certified identity attributes of a user, protecting privacy and enhancing security. Known as Identity Mixer the technology basically prevents third parties or those looking to steal personal information from ever accessing such data in the first place by revealing only selected data to service providers.

Breaches are a personal nightmare for corporate security pros

networkworld.com — Beyond the compromise of valuable information, loss of revenues and damage to brand reputation, data breaches can pose a threat to the careers of security professionals involved: witness the sudden departures of both the CEO and the CIO of Target after last year's compromise of 40 million customers' credit cards.

Sorry Buddy: One Tech Company Super Bowl XLIX Commercial That Won't Air

networkworld.com — In rounding up the techiest Super Bowl XLIX commercials for you yesterday I saw a mention that web site domain provider Go Daddy was going to rely on scantily clad women as well as animals to spread its message during the game.
Jan 28, 2015

Sorry Buddy: One Tech Company #SuperBowl XLIX Commercial That Won't Air ow.ly/I5pd1

Rooting your Android device: A guide for the accident-prone

networkworld.com — I am the person IT people are talking about when they say "he knows just enough to be dangerous." I can't deny it. I've broken many more computers and phones and other gadgets through attempts at tinkering than I've improved.
Jan 28, 2015

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Cisco’s evolving software, cloud strategy will hinge on hardware

networkworld.com — The software and expanded cloud strategy Cisco is announcing this week is an attempt to leverage the company's installed hardware base while addressing the software centrism sweeping the industry. Cisco this week formally launched the Cisco ONE software licensing strategy it hinted at last March, and expanded its cloud offerings by extending the capabilities it came by with the $1.2 billion acquisition of Meraki in 2012.
Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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FCC calls blocking of personal Wi-Fi hotspots "disturbing trend"

networkworld.com — The FCC on Tuesday warned that it will no longer tolerate hotels, convention centers or others intentionally interfering with personal Wi-Fi hotspots. This issue grabbed headlines last fall when Marriott International was fined $600K for blocking customer Wi-Fi hotspots, presumably to encourage the guests to pay for pricey Internet access from the hotel.
Jan 27, 2015

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FTC: Best Practices for businesses facing Internet of Things onslaught

networkworld.com — The Internet of Things universe is expanding quickly, and there are now over 25 billion connected devices in use worldwide, with that number set to rise significantly as consumer goods companies, auto manufacturers, healthcare providers, and other businesses continue to invest in connected devices.
Jan 27, 2015

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FTC's unrealistic Internet of Things report calls for smaller data

networkworld.com — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report today ( pdf) with recommendations on how to reduce the security and privacy risks for consumers adopting the Internet of Things (IoT). The report briefly touches on some of the well-known consumer benefits of the IoT - sharing personal health data with doctors, monitoring energy consumption of household appliances, etc.
Jan 27, 2015

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Super Bowl XLIX’s techiest commercials

DEA cameras tracking hundreds of millions of car journeys across the US

networkworld.com — A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects.

8 Wi-Fi mistakes to avoid

networkworld.com — Wi-Fi is great when it works right - and when it's secure. Although setting up Wi-Fi can seem straightforward, there are many complexities. For example, not performing proper surveys, design work, and maintenance or ignoring security issues can cause major problems. Here are some of the biggest Wi-Fi mistakes to avoid.

States threaten lawsuit against Obama's municipal broadband plan

networkworld.com — If the U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves to preempt state laws that limit municipal broadband projects, as President Barack Obama recently asked the agency to do, it will likely end up in court.
Jan 28, 2015

states threaten to sue FCC over invalidation of their muni broadband bans. but their own cities want the bans nixed. networkworld.com/article/287567…

FTC: IRS imposter complaints up more than 2,300% in 2014

networkworld.com — The scams that plague the IRS were on display again this week as the Federal Trade Commission said the number of consumer complaints about criminals impersonating IRS officials was nearly 24 times more than in 2013.
Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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IBM Hong Kong calls Cringely report of 100,000 layoffs ‘ludicrous;’ Cringely fires back

networkworld.com — Longtime technology pundit Robert Cringely on Jan. 22 reported that IBM this week will launch a massive corporate reorganization code-named Project Chrome that will result in 26% of its employees - more than 100,000 people -- losing their jobs.
Jan 26, 2015

IBM Hong Kong calls Cringely report of 100,000 layoffs ‘ludicrous;’ Cringely fires back networkworld.com/article/287527…