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  • News: Cloud-Based Storage Improves Disaster Recovery at Situs

    When Bill McCown joined The Situs Companies six years ago, the Houston-based real estate consulting firm was anticipating growth, and the company figured its tape-based backup systems would need to be upgraded. Then came September 2008, when Hurricane Ike slammed into Houston. "Our data center stayed up but our office didn't have power for a week," recalls McCown, who is the director of IT for the firm. While employees in other locations had access to the data center, the central office was offline and out of the communications loop.

  • News: Apple axes TV show rentals for iTunes, Apple TV

    On Friday, Apple quietly removed the ability to rent TV shows from the iTunes Store. When Apple introduced the reimagined Apple TV in September 2010, the company also began offering television rentals at $1 per episode. But now the rental option for television is gone--and Apple has confirmed to Macworld that it's gone for good.

  • News: China yanks video that leaked hacking tool

    The state-run China Central Television network has yanked a video that inadvertently included a short clip of a cyber-attack tool targeting Falun Gong websites.

  • News: PAX in a Minute: Scavenger Hunt Champions

    PAX just concluded its annual scavenger hunt, and GamePro ended up being the winner! Find out who took home the prize!

  • News: Sneak Peek at Windows 8 Tablet Apps

    The Windows 8 tablet teasers keep rolling in, first with Microsoft showing a brief glimpse of a quad-core slate, and now with two early prototypes of Windows 8 tablet apps.

  • News: Look at This Friggin' Hipster-Style iPhone Case

    If nostalgia brings a smile to your face--and makes you kind of wish you still had a brick phone from the 1980s (but one with modern guts)--check out this 80s Cell Phone Case from Urban Outfitters.

  • News: Twisted Metal Release Date: February 14, 2012

    Fans of Twisted Metal were bummed earlier this year when the game was pushed into 2012. Now they have something (well, besides love) to celebrate on Valentine's Day.

  • News: Top Three Steve Jobs Speeches

    As a CEO, Steve Jobs will be remembered for many things--not just as a purveyor of innovative, landscape-changing products. He'll also be remembered as one of the most powerful and charismatic orators and marketers of our time. Here are my top three picks for Steve Jobs' most compelling speeches.

  • News: IT security rundown for week ending Aug. 26

    This past week in security news was highlighted by a hacking revelation out of China, bad news for banks, good news for Sony gaming customers and a curious email that might have been at the heart of the big RSA data breach.

  • News: What Will Zelda on the Wii U Play Like?

    On the Nintendo Wii?, Zelda was all about the motion controls. But what about the Wii U, which incorporates a touchscreen?

  • News: iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Aug. 26

    As Hurricane Irene closes in on the East Coast, iOSsphere rumors of iPhone 5 ticked up slightly to Category 2. Fueled by hot air, rumors broke out about iPhone 5 sales starting in October, a new battery design and audio jack flex cable, new carriers, Steve Jobs' cunning PR plot, and much less.

  • News: Facebook, Twitter light up with Hurricane Irene data

    As people up and down the East Coast of the United States prepare for Hurricane Irene, social networks are being used to get the word out about its path and how best to deal with it.

  • News: Verizon won't offer the Galaxy S II

    Verizon won't offer the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, which is being introduced on other major U.S. carriers next week and could be a top contender against the coming iPhone 5.

  • News: Should You Sue Your Offshore Outsourcing Provider?

    Dispute resolution is always an important consideration when outsourcing IT. If that fails, however, you can always sue if your provider has breached the contract.

  • News: Skyrim DLC Episodes Will Be Timed Xbox 360 Exclusives

    As with Fallout 3, Skyrim's DLC episodes will be arriving on the Xbox 360 ahead of the PS3 and the PC.

  • News: DHS warns that Irene could prompt phishing scams

    As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the eastern seaboard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning government agencies and private companies to be on the lookout for storm-related phishing attacks and other malicious cyberactivity.

  • News: The Challenges of Competing with Cloud Computing Providers

    In discussions about cloud computing and in comments readers leave on my blog posts, I commonly get statements along the lines of "Yeah, this cloud computing stuff sounds great, but at the end of the day, you have to have an IT guy solving problems like they've always done." In personal interactions, I often hear this sentiment portrayed as, "Public cloud computing is fine for the SMB and startup market, but enterprises aren't ready to move to that model." The tone of much of this feedback is that anyone who advocates cloud computing is at best naive or at worst incapable of understanding the real details of IT.

  • News: Google+ lets users 'ignore' those annoying people

    Google+ has a new option that will enable users to take a simple step to 'ignore' people on the social networking site.

  • News: Bugs & Fixes: Safari web content maladies

    If you're running Safari 5.1, whether under Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, there's a good chance you're not altogether pleased with how well it's running. At least that's the reaction I hear from many of my colleagues as well as what I see on numerous forum postings. From the myriad of reported Safari 5.1 issues, I've chosen to focus here on a pair of related problems.

  • News: Wireless carriers prep for Hurricane Irene

    The nation's largest wireless carriers today are preparing for Hurricane Irene as it moves up the East Coast.



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