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  • Opinion: As IDC Sees It, Tech's 'Third Platform' Disrupts Everyone

    What IDC deems the third platform of computing -- social, mobile, cloud and big data -- is transforming IT much faster than the first (mainframe) or second (client/server) platforms ever did. This has tremendous implications for the IT industry, yes, but also for anyone doing business in today's world.

  • Opinion: GM rolls out 4G LTE to most Buicks, bringing car connectivity to the 'burbs

    Buick rarely surfaces in the vanguard of automotive anything (and I'm saying this as a longtime fan of the older Rivieras). On Monday, however, General Motors announced that most of Buick's 2015 product line will come with 4G LTE connectivity. Specifically, the 2015 LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, and Encore models will come with this service.

  • Opinion: In the big data breach era, the safety of your personal data is ultimately out of your hands

    Each time there's a high-profile data breach, security experts exhort the same best practices: Create unique logins for every service you use, use complex passwords, vigilantly comb your credit card statements for anomalies. The advice is sound. Unfortunately, it obscures the fact that the safety of your personal information is ultimately in the hands of companies you share it with.

  • Opinion: PhoneTag Messenger targets the Snapchat crowd with cutesy messaging

    Right now, the undisputed king of offbeat mobile messaging apps is Snapchat, the quick-hit photo and video messenger service whose contents self-destruct. It's where the kids hang out, as Facebook seems to be too crowded and not private enough.

  • Opinion: How DevOps Can Accelerate the Cloud Application Lifecycle

    In the past, infrastructure deployment and application updates both slowed the development lifecycle. Now that cloud computing lets organizations provision resources in minutes, not months, it's time to alter the application lifecycle accordingly. DevOps can help -- but only if it extends beyond 'culture change' to actually achieve continuous deployment.

  • Opinion: Chaatz wants to be the messaging app the world actually needs

    WhatsApp. Viber. Line. Snapchat. Facebook Messenger. The over-the-top messaging market is already packed with apps that have carved out niches with sticker packs, disappearing images, and doodles: anything to stand out. Chaatz debuts today for iOS with a more serious mission: to connect the entire world with one platform.

  • Opinion: The New Cloud Application Design Paradigm

    Most of today's applications, and all of tomorrow's, are built with the cloud in mind. That means yesterday's infrastructure -- and accompanying assumptions about resource allocation, cost and development -- simply won't do.

  • Opinion: The proper governance of tech

    Longtime CWHK contributor (and LegCo member) Charles Mok suggests that Hong Kong needs a technology and communication bureau. He's also giving a press conference on Wednesday, January 8, to plead his case (call 3758 2616 if you can make it by 11:15AM).

  • Opinion: Toyota's iRoad tests simple transport

    It has three wheels, two seats, a hard shell, and a surprisingly fun ride. It's the Toyota iRoad, an electric-powered Personal Mobility Device (PMD) concept shown here at CES 2014 that's designed to be faster and safer than a bicycle, but less complicated and polluting than a motorcycle or car.

  • Opinion: 10 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2014

    Cloud computing is increasingly becoming the rule and not the exception for application deployment. This will make 2014 an interesting and disruptive year for vendors, service providers and IT organizations grappling with this change.

  • Opinion: Why Snapchat will never be worth $3 billion

    It was the number that ricocheted across the Internet, a number so large it couldn't be real: 3 billion. Dollars. In cash. Facebook reportedly offered that tidy sum for Snapchat, the disappearing-message app that has become tech's most sought-after startup.

  • Opinion: 7 Things We Learned at AWS Re:Invent 2013

    Amazon Web Services often gets criticized as a platform that doesn't necessarily scale for the enterprise. So at re:Invent, the second annual AWS conference, Amazon made a series of announcements aimed squarely at dispelling these concerns.

  • Opinion: Another NSA strike against USA tech biz

    In July, I wrote a blog post quoting a CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) survey which found that 10% of 207 officials at non-US companies have canceled contracts with US service providers following the revelation of the NSA spy program in June.

  • Opinion: How Cloud Computing Puts Adverse Selection in Its Place

    For years, operations departments have used adverse selection principles to allocate resources, often deeming small projects unworthy of enterprise computing power. Today, though, the cloud makes computing so cheap that there's no reason to deny any project, no matter how small. Doing so will simply push users to the public cloud -- and beyond IT's control.

  • Opinion: The White House cares about games, but not for the reasons you think

    Mark DeLoura, the White House's Senior Advisor for Digital Media, expounded on the government's games policies at the Gamesbeat 2013 conference Tuesday, focusing on education and the game industry's problem with "perceptions."

  • Opinion: Microsoft plunks a 17-foot-tall Surface tablet down in London's Trafalgar Square

    Who says tablet marketing isn't any fun?

  • Opinion: Manage Cloud Computing With Policies, Not Permissions

    Cloud computing obsolesces the idea that IT operations must put users through the ringer to get their hands on scarce resources. Many organizations continue to insist that someone must review resource requests when, in reality, an automated policy engine can do the same thing -- and put computing power in users' hands that much faster.

  • Opinion: How to ease the transition to a new email account

    Reader Greg is switching Internet service providers, meaning he's giving up the email address he's had from that provider for many years. He wants to know how he can simplify the transition to his new address.

  • Opinion: Lessons on the Future of IT From 'Future Shock' and 'The Singularity Is Near'

    Alvin Toffler introduced to the term 'information overload,' while Ray Kurzweil told us we'll be overload with more information each decade than in the previous century. There's a lesson for the IT departments of today (and tomorrow): Ignore emerging technology, despite its flaws, at your own risk.

  • Opinion: How to delete Gmail messages so they're truly gone

    Reader Richard Applebaum wants deleted email messages really, truly deleted. He writes:

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