Archive | July 2009

80% of Enterprises Will Overspend on Their Wireless Service Costs Through 2014

In todays competitive nature of business, companies have embraced mobile computing as one of the more effective ways of doing business. Not only is it efficient, but the speed and the simplicity it brings to the enterprise is way above other solutions available.

But as the adoption grows bigger and bigger, the cost to operate and maintain a wireless infrastructure will rise unless it is managed efficiently.

According to Gartner Inc., eighty percent of enterprises will overspend on their wireless service costs by an average of 15 percent through 2014. Gartner analysts said that as mobility has grown among enterprises, costs have also grown, and companies need to become better at managing their mobile voice and data costs.
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Texting while driving is more dangerous than driving drunk

Almost always, if you tuned in to TV news program or if you read newspapers, there will be news involving vehicular accidents. The difference only of the news are the number of casualties, and how the accident transpired. And despite repetitive warnings not to drive when drunk, drivers seems to ignore them and regrets will set in later after they met the unfortunate accident.

Aside from cellphone use, other distractions that led to vehicle crashes include: Reaching for moving objects inside the vehicle / Looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle / Reading while driving / Applying makeup.
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Electronic Paper’s Green Credentials Will Boost Adoption

Almost every company are into green computing nowadays. Manufacturers and consumers are thinking of ways to cut cost and how to save the environment at the same time, and going green is like hitting two birds with one stone so to speak.

According to a new report from Gartner Inc., the use of electronic paper, also known as ’e-paper’, is increasing as a result of its ultra low power consumption, a similar user experience to real paper and ’green’ benefits.
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HTC smartphones left vulnerable to Bluetooth attack

Security has been the utmost concern of most companies nowadays since most of them are starting to realize that they should treat their data as one of their most important asset inside their company’s servers.

Companies are spending millions to make sure that their infrastructure is protected from external and internal attacks. Since most companies are starting to adopt mobile computing, smartphones are starting to become a popular device for mobile workers. For the simple reason that they can work from anywhere and anytime.

Would it be frustrating to know that after spending a huge amount of money to protect your system, you will find out that the security problem originated from the device you’re using? Take for example this report I got from a Spanish security researcher by the name of Alberto Moreno Tablado.
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U.S. and South Korea hit by cyber attacks

While everyone was so busy commemorating the sudden death of pop superstar Michael Jackson, not much attention was given to the cyber attack that crippled websites of South Korea and the United States of America.

11 major Korean government agencies, banks, portals and private businesses including the Blue House and the Defense Ministry were attacked and left paralyzed for quite some time. The Korea Information Security Agency (KISA) reported that a coordinated cyber attack was launched on the Blue House, National Assembly, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, the ruling Grand National Party, Nonghyup bank, Shinhan Bank, Korea Exchange Bank, the online shopping mall Auction, top Web portal Naver and the Chosun Ilbo newspaper.

In the United States, 14 U.S. government sites, including those of the White House, Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission, Transportation Department and the New York Stock Exchange, were also knocked out by hackers over the same period of time.
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Google challenges Windows 7 with Chrome OS

The fight between Google and Microsoft is heating up after Google announces its intention to enter the OS market via Google Chrome OS. Yes, Chrome which started as a browser is now also an OS.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year Google will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Google is already talking to partners about the project, and they’ll soon be working with the open source community, Google wants to share their vision now so everyone understands what the company is trying to achieve.
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Software-as-a-Service Market To Grow in AP region

As the economy still uncertain, companies are still looking for ways to be more effective in the most cost-efficient way. Corporate decision makers are choosing equipment that comes with power saving and environment friendly functionalities.

Also. companies are slowly considering Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) due to its business nature. Pay only what you use or pay as you use. The only stumbling back of this service is quality, security and reliability.
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Emerging Markets Could Become Dumping Grounds for Secondary PCs

Have you ever wondered where the old PCs go to after a company decided to upgrade their corporate PCs? I only have two guesses – it’s either they give it to their employees or they donate it to schools or institutions.

And given the speed on how faster computers are being made, old PCs may not be that old as everyone thinks. What I am saying is it may be slow to companies, but it surely is fast to students and / or institutions who would simply use it for word processing or for presentation purposes perhaps.
But according to Gartner, demand for secondary PCs will outstrip supply for years to come, but reuse does not necessarily mean "greener" IT because growing exports for reuse or recycling are leading to increasing e-waste in emerging markets.

In 2008, 37 million secondary PCs were refurbished and exported to emerging markets, and Gartner predicts that this number will rise to 69 million by 2012. A secondary PC is one that is repurposed after its primary use (as a new PC) has ended. Secondary PCs must have been used in the installed base for more than 120 days to be considered secondary use.

Gartner found that the demand for secondary PCs has increased as the global recession has tightened its grip. As product life cycles lengthen, demand for secondhand PCs is outstripping supply. Even when the markets recover, shortages of used PCs will continue as large volumes, especially of notebooks, will be too old to have a useful second life span.

These secondary PCs will eventually need to be disposed of. In 2007, nearly 68 million secondary PCs had to be discarded worldwide. In emerging countries, approximately 15 million secondary PCs had to be discarded in 2007. Gartner estimates that by 2012, emerging countries will need to dispose of a total of 30 million secondary PCs annually.

With all due respect, I am not sure if Gartner considered that with the ongoing trends, PCs are becoming more affordable and Web 2.0 is here or perhaps even Web 3.0 will be here by 2012. By that time, emerging markets may no longer need these secondary PCs anymore and would opt to go with the affordable new PCs. So affordable that they won't even think about their software since most of them will be available on the web.

Too early to tell really, three years in technology is considered eternity.