Software: Opinions

  • Bankers beware: Technology is going to get you (and none of us will care)

    By Jonny Evans | 07 July, 2014 23:35

    Technology is about to take a big slice of the traditional banking business. Bankers have been slow to see what's coming, but they're starting to realize what's at stake.

  • Pedal to the Metal: Inside Apple's new graphics technology

    By Guy English | 05 July, 2014 01:06

    Amidst a particularly busy presentation of new technologies at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple's new graphics technology Metal probably had the most attractive demo, even if its exact benefits were among the most difficult to really understand.

  • WIth iWatch looming, Microsoft plans its own fitness wearable as Woz tosses aside his Galaxy Gear

    By Yoni Heisler | 04 July, 2014 05:07

    With the iWatch rumoured to launch sometime this fall, competitors like Microsoft aren't sitting idly by. According to a recent report from longtime Microsoft watcher, Paul Thurrott, the folks in Redmond are prepping their own wearable device that will have a decidedly fitness oriented bent.

  • Fitbit's updated iOS app doesn't go the distance

    By James A. Martin | 03 July, 2014 02:00

    Fitbit recently strengthened its iOS app with a new "MobileRun" feature for tracking exercise in real-time via GPS. It's a step in the right direction (bad pun intended) -- but not enough to help Fitbit catch up to RunKeeper or other workout tracking apps. (Fitbit's Android update is said to be coming soon.)

  • Has Microsoft finally realised PCs are different than tablets?

    By Fredric Paul | 02 July, 2014 23:46

    If recently published reports are to be believed, Microsoft is finally realizing something I've been saying ever since Windows 8 first reared its ugly head: the so-called Modern (formerly Metro) tile interface may work fine on smartphones and tablets, but it basically throws traditional computers under the bus. The Windows 8 start screen is just plain silly on traditional computers.

  • Microsoft hammers No-IP, collateral damage includes Hacking Team's legal malware

    By Ms. Smith | 02 July, 2014 23:15

    Microsoft brought the hammer down on No-IP and seized 22 of their domains. They also filed a civil case against "Mohamed Benabdellah and Naser Al Mutairi, and a U.S. company, Vitalwerks Internet Solutions, LLC (doing business as, for their roles in creating, controlling, and assisting in infecting millions of computers with malicious software--harming Microsoft, its customers and the public at large."

  • Big data security analytics mantra: Collect and analyze everything

    By Jon Oltsik | 02 July, 2014 01:42

    In a recent research survey, ESG asked security professionals to identify the most important type of data for use in malware detection and analysis (note: I am an employee of ESG). The responses were as follows:

  • Comparing the top Hadoop distributions

    By Kirill Grigorchuk | 27 June, 2014 23:54

    Hadoop introduced a new way to simplify the analysis of large data sets, and in a very short time reshaped the big data market. In fact, today Hadoop is often synonymous with the term big data.

  • The desktop-a-week review: Enlightenment

    By Bryan Lunduke | 25 June, 2014 06:59

    Over the last few months I've been living, quite happily, with GNOME Shell as the Desktop Environment on my Linux machines. Then, recently, I gave Enlightenment another try. I was blown away by how impressive it was (and, more importantly, how interesting it was).

  • Evan Schuman: Supreme Court on obvious patents: Common sense isn't so horrible

    By Evan Schuman | 25 June, 2014 00:32

    Unanimous decision won't shut down patent trolls, but it will curb worst abuses.

  • US intelligence agency wants brain-like algorithms for complex information processing

    By Michael Cooney | 24 June, 2014 07:53

    Getting computers to think like humans has been a scientific goal for years -- IBM recently said it found a way to make transistors that could be formed into virtual circuitry that mimics human brain functions.

  • Why you shouldn't buy the Amazon Fire phone

    By Mike Elgan | 23 June, 2014 23:43

    Amazon launched a new smartphone this week. It's called the Amazon Fire phone, and it sports some unique hardware, software and services.

  • Microsoft introduces Interflow: Sharing cybersecurity threats in near real-time

    By Ms. Smith | 24 June, 2014 06:03

    Microsoft announced Interflow, a new platform for sharing cybersecurity threats in near real-time. Although it's currently available only in "private preview" for Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) members, security threat information will be shared faster, creating a "collectively stronger cybersecurity ecosystem." In the long run that means protecting people better and more quickly.

  • Kenneth van Wyk: If you want developers to give a hoot about security, take a lesson from the squirrels

    By Kenneth van Wyk | 23 June, 2014 21:53

    The problem with all too many software developers, from a security professional's point of view, is they lack a healthy sense of mistrust.

  • Riverbed goes mobile with AppInternals 9.0

    By Zeus Kerravala | 21 June, 2014 04:57

    Riverbed, the company known best for its Steelhead WAN Optimization product, has beefed up its Application Performance Management (APM) suite. In 2012, Riverbed acquired OPNET for a cool billion to complement the network performance management (NPM) suite it inherited when it purchased Mazu. The product formerly known as OPNET, AppInternals Xpert was rebranded to SteelCentral AppInternals, and this week the company released version 9.0 of the suite.

  • Endpoint security demands organizational changes

    By Jon Oltsik | 21 June, 2014 01:49

    Pity endpoint security software. Venerable antivirus has gotten a bad reputation for being an ineffective commodity product. This situation is illustrated by some recently published ESG research (note: I am an employee of ESG). Security professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e. more than 1,000 employees) were given a series of statements and asked whether they agreed or disagreed with each. The research revealed that:

  • Is Microsoft withholding Windows 7 security patches? Probably not

    By Andy Patrizio | 19 June, 2014 23:28

    A pair of researchers studying and comparing the code in Windows 7 and Windows 8 are claiming that Microsoft is giving security patches to Windows 8 that are not being rolled into Windows 7, but Microsoft is denying that it is playing favorites.

  • Microsoft kills off plan to pay people to write good things about Internet Explorer

    By Ms. Smith | 19 June, 2014 08:37

    It was only a couple days ago when Microsoft released its Internet Explorer Developer Channel, "a fully functioning browser designed to give Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features we're working on." Any chance IE might have gotten some long-term social media love was dashed after a clueless "social strategist on behalf of Microsoft" invited the wrong person to write something positive about Internet Explorer.

  • Avoiding the perils of ‘rogue analytics' with a new approach to data blending

    By Donna Prlich | 19 June, 2014 00:52

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • Open Networking: The whale that swallowed SDN

    By Art Fewell | 18 June, 2014 06:49

    The year is 2011, the Open Networking Foundation has just been formed by the largest Cloud and telecom service providers, software giants and academia – all of whom united at the inaugural Open Networking Summit under the common theme that the networking industry had fallen behind, its closed model stifled innovation and was not keeping up with the rest of the computer science discipline or the needs of emerging application and business requirements.


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