Mobile devices and social networks are boosting news consumption but media outlets are lagging behind technology companies in reaping the profits, according to a report published on Monday. "The news industry is not much closer to a new revenue model than a year earlier and has lost more ground to rivals in the technology industry," the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) said. "But growing evidence also suggests that news is becoming a more important and pervasive part of people's lives," the PEJ said in its 2012 State of the News Media report. "That, in the end, could prove a saving factor for the future of journalism." According to the report, one in four Americans -- 27 percent -- is now getting news on mobile devices.
NetZero said Monday that it has entered the market for a "free" wireless broadband service - at least until a year is up. The technology is the soon to be completely outdated WiMax sold by Clear. NetZero will offer a pair of plans, ranging from the "free" 1-Mbit connection up to a $49.95, 10-Mbit connection, that users can try out free for one year. To use the service and take advantage of the free service, however, customers must buy one if the hardware options the company provides: either a $99.95 NetZero 4G HotSpot, or a USB dongle, the $49.95 netZero 4G Stick.
The Apple release last Friday was a big hit with all known devices selling out as fast as they came in. Those who didn't pre order will need to wait weeks until they can get one unless they want to pay a premium to buy one on Ebay at an inflated price. The now older iPad2's are on sale for $100 less per tablet. As previously, discussed, IT managers are groaning at the thought of more Apple products finding their way into their corporate networks. The biggest complaint is that there is no way to secure or control them. Apple is also paying a dividend for stock owners who have owned the stock since last July. You should get about $2.50 per share.
The Federal Aviation Administration, told the New York Times the agency will take a "fresh look" at electronics use on planes. The FAA revealed they will revisit their policy-which last had the necessary testing in 2006 (well before 2010's unveiling of the iPad). "With the advent of new and evolving electronic technology, and because the airlines have not conducted the testing necessary to approve the use of new devices, the FAA is taking a fresh look at the use of personal electronic devices, other than cell phones, on aircraft," she said. The only allowed electronics on airplanes during takeoff and landing at electric razors and tape recorders.
Microsoft created a vulnerability internally for testing, and one of the knuckleheads working there let it get out. Now the Chinese have modified the hack and are cracking into servers all over the world. Microsoft has created a patch for the vulnerability but it may be too late for some. The hack allows any computer that has terminal services, or remote desktop services turned on and available on the internet to be taken over. Remote Desktop is what many IT administrators use to remotely control a server when they aren't onsite. This could be a huge problem for many companies worldwide.
This Christmas we will likely see the big three gaming consoles with their new rigs. Microsoft's Xbox 720 (may be later than Christmas) replaces the 360, Sony's PS4 replaces the PS3, and Nintendo add the Wii U remote. E3 is the largest gaming show in the world and we expected all three devices to be on display, but Microsoft and Sony have decided to hold back their new devices. Some speculate it's because they don't want their rivals to see what they are up to, while others say the hardware just isn't ready to show yet. That will leave Nintendo the spotlight all to itself as it shows off the new Wii U which looks and acts like a tablets computer that will communicate with the Nintendo Wii console.
CIOs who've been hard-pressed to make convincing business cases for increasing their training budgets may now have the data they need. Results of a recent survey conducted by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) show the impact of IT skills shortages on organizations' profitability, productivity, innovation, speed to market, security and customer service. The survey, conducted online between December 15, 2011 and January 23, 2012, asked 502 IT and business managers in the U.S. about skills shortages inside their IT departments, the impact of those skills deficiencies on their organizations, and how they attempt to address their IT skills shortages. An overwhelming 93 percent of survey respondents report some gap between the technical skills their IT staffs possess and the skills their companies need. Eight-out-of-ten (83 percent) say that gap is small to moderate. Nine percent say their IT staffs' skills are not close to where they need to be. Only seven percent of survey respondents believe their IT staffs possess the requisite skills. The skills that respondents ranked as the most important were core IT skills. The following IT skills received rankings greater than 70 percent.
Linux and Android are two closely linked open-source projects, but they've been as notable for how distant they are from each other--until yesterday. That's when Linus Torvalds, leader of the Linux kernel project, released a version of the operating system core that bridges between the two worlds. Version 3.3 of the Linux kernel is the beginning of the end of isolation between these two projects. Down under the covers, every Android phone is a Linux phone. Although programmers writing Android apps generally use a Java-like interface, a Google-customized version of Linux handles underlying details such as keyboard input, multitasking among different chores, and keeping needed data readily at hand in memory. But Google's Android work has been a "fork"--a separate code base that's branched off from the main repository Torvalds oversees at the Kernel.org Web site.
While Apple is basking in the glory of iPad 3 sales numbers stemming from the debut weekend, a group of prominent Chinese writers is trying to rain on the parade with accusations of piracy by the Cupertino company. In three separate lawsuits filed in January with the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court, twelve writers -- including well-known novelist and race car driver Han Han -- claim that 59 of their titles were sold unlicensed through Apple's iTunes online store. Together the three lawsuits demand $3.5 million USD in compensation. Wang Guohua, a Beijing lawyer of the United Zhongwen Law Firm, represents the group of writers. He states that their work were made available on iTunes without permission, thus violates their copyright. He also acknowledges that Apple quickly deleted many infringing documents after the lawsuits were filed, yet the deleted files eventually reappeared. Wang indicates that these copyrighted works were uploaded by developers that sell their software via Apple's App Store. According to Apple's guidelines which are posted online, developers are required to secure the rights to any trademarked material provided within their apps.
The market for tablet computers is set to explode, even surpassing the PC market itself, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Monday. "The tablet market will eventually surpass the PC market … it's just a question of when," Cook said in a conference call announcing Apple's plans to issue dividends and initiate a stock buyback with its massive $97 billion cash balance.
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