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  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 23: Wherever You Go, There It Is

    I’m back. I haven’t forgotten about you. Granted, the “30 Days With the Cloud” experiment is stretching the definition of “30 days” quite a bit, but it’s time to finally wrap this series up. Today’s post will focus on a couple ways the cloud has come in handy for me recently.

  • Opinion: FileTrek Lets You Collaborate, Store Projects, Track Changes...For Free

    Sure, FileTrek offers 5GB of online storage for nada, zilch, zippo, aka no cash. That's a great deal in this day and age, when most online storage vendors are backing away from the free model. However, FileTrek is far more. It's a collaborative workflow manager and file revision tracking tool that may just change the way you work, as well as the way businesses manage their data and intellectual property.

  • Opinion: Five Good Reasons to Download LibreOffice 3.5

    After many months of widespread anticipation, the Document Foundation on Tuesday announced the arrival of LibreOffice 3.5, the third major release of its free and open source office productivity suite.

  • Opinion: eM Client: Affordable Alternative to Microsoft Outlook

    If you're looking for the Microsoft Outlook experience without paying an arm and a leg, you should definitely consider eM Client. eM Client is a functional dead ringer for Microsoft's flagship e-mail client and organizer, with e-mail, tasks, contacts, and calendaring, and it's organized in largely the same fashion. If you know Outlook, you'll have no trouble using eM Client, though eM Client has many more features.

  • Opinion: Turn Your iPad into a Business Phone with Line2

    Your iPad--what a slacker, right? I mean, it can't even make phone calls! Well, okay, apps like Google Voice and Skype can give you a phone-like experience, but they're not exactly business-friendly.

  • Opinion: Anti-Piracy Concerns Spread to Europe

    Anti-piracy legislation has more than just Americans up in arms. Europeans are showing their distaste for such government intrusion, too.

  • Opinion: Google Accused of Not Being Forthright in Report to Feds

    Google -- the Internet search leader and purveyor of social networking, a smartphone operating system, email, maps and other applications -- is being accused of being evasive about how it protects the personal information of its multitude of users.

  • Opinion: Surprise! Windows 8 for ARM Will Come with 'Office 15' Apps

    Since Microsoft shared the first obscure hints of expanding the architecture horizon to include running Windows 8 on ARM processors, there has been rampant speculation and anticipation of what that will really mean when the OS finally launches. Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky is providing some more clarity about Windows 8 on ARM (WOA), including the fact that it will have "Office 15" apps built in.

  • Opinion: Protect Our Data! A Digital Consumer Bill of Rights

    You've been uploading pictures, sharing stories, and entering personal data into your favorite social network for years. Now the network says that all of your data is public and that it's going to share the information with an advertiser.

  • Opinion: Google Leads Green IT Ranking

    Google's motto of "Do No Evil" apparently extends to its environmental policies, as the company was recently ranked first on Greenpeace's Cool IT Leaderboard for overall green practices. Google grabbed the top spot for the first time, ranking high due to recent disclosure of its own carbon footprint as well as its investment in utility projects such as a large-scale solar project taking place near Sacramento. Other reasons it made the top of the list? The RechargeIT.org project which was designed by Google to demonstrate the technology used in plug-in electric vehicles and to accelerate their adoption, as well as other actions such as increasing its renewable energy purchasing and creating a subsidiary called Google Engery.

  • Opinion: Report: Amazon to Open Physical Retail Store

    Amazon, a pioneer in Internet retailing, may soon open up a brick-and-mortar shop.

  • Opinion: Too Big or Too Expensive To Fail?

    It is talked about everywhere. From the HBO film Too Big To Fail, to a recent article in the New York Times. Will we ever see one of the big four US banks fail? The smallest of the big 4 is Wells Fargo, and they have over three and a half times the assets of the fifth largest bank, US Bank. The trends in bank shut downs by the FDIC seem to indicate that they are more concerned by the smaller banks with capital issues than the larger ones. In addition, can our economy really handle a mega bank failure?

  • Opinion: Why the Payments Industry Should be Opposed to SOPA

    On January 18, 2012, several of the most prominent websites on the Internet, including Wikipedia, suspended operations in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), currently under consideration in the House of Representatives. While the main arguments against SOPA have been focused on free speech and fair use, I have not seen any discussion of a provision that bears directly on the payment industry: the requirement that payment networks refuse to settle transactions with foreign websites alleged to have infringed on copyrights.

  • Opinion: DMARC Aims to Reinforce Financial Critical Infrastructure

    Rarely do updates to pure tech standards get a lot of attention by the press and media, but the financial and tech firms behind the recently announced DMARC organization and the work of the IETF make this weeks announcement a little different. Why so, you ask?

  • Opinion: Oracle Financial Services GBU Reports 1H 2012

    Last week, the Oracle Financial Services Global Business Unit (GBU) released operating results for the first half of FY2012. Frank Brienzi, Senior Vice President of the GBU, S. Ramakriskhnan who leads OFSA Analytics and Don Russo who runs the Insurance sector all spoke enthusiastically of its performance, key wins in core banking, analytics, and insurance sectors, and recent innovation in OFSA/Exadata integration.

  • Opinion: How Do I Make Web Mail My Default Email, Part 2

    In a continuation of last Thursday's post and skicrazer's forum question, I offer another approach to integrating Web-based email with Windows.

  • Opinion: A New World for EV's: Better Place Launches its Network

    Better Place first announced its intentions to build a network of electric vehicles four years ago. Since then, besides a few demonstration projects, the company has had little to show. But behind the scenes, the Israel-based company has been furiously developing its switch station mechanisms, deployment methodology and--most importantly--its sophisticated network management software. Now, finally, the company announced this week that it has released the first 100 cars onto its Israeli network. And despite many claims that the company's vision was either too late or too far ahead of its time, it turns out that its timing is excellent.

  • Opinion: Get 5GB of Extra Dropbox Storage, Free

    A free account from beloved file-sharing and -storage service Dropbox nets you 2GB of space. Want to boost that to 7GB? You can, and it won't cost you a dime extra.

  • Opinion: SaaS, APTs and Asymmetric Risk Take Spotlight at Security Threats 2012

    What's your stance on SaaS? Is your perimeter as secure as you think? How can the insurance calculus on asymmetric risk illuminate your company's security exposure? CIO.com's Bernard Golden recaps the provocative discussions entertained at the Security Threat 2012 conference.

  • Opinion: Smart Government: Intelligent or Painful?

    Government vendors are promoting "smart" and government audiences are receiving the message with mixed feelings. Is smart a function of government? Can government be smart?If so, what's so smart about it?



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