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Security officials at Cisco have released a patch to fix the Internet Operating System (IOS) problem that resulted in 'Ciscogate' T-shirts going on sale last week in Las Vegas, after Michael Lynn — who gave a controversial presentation on Cisco security (or, rather, insecurity) at the Black Hat Security Conference — was the subject of a permanent injunction preventing him from using any Cisco code in his possession for further reverse engineering or security research or presenting the same material at the DEF CON hacker convention which followed Black Hat. Lynn, who has an extensive background in embedded systems, including kernel development and whose research interests include signals intelligence, cryptography, VoIP, reverse engineering, "and any protocol designed by committee," had recently been concentrating his research focus on securing critical r... (more)

Qwisk Socializes Web Browsing

The Social Media Guide The ability to effortlessly share cool things you discover on the Web in real time, with friends, family and business colleagues without ever leaving your browser, just became a reality with today's introduction of Qwisk by WebWean, Inc. at the Realtime CrunchUp conference here in San Francisco. Compatible with all web browsers, Qwisk enables web discovery and social engagement to coexist within everyone's browser with no special downloads - creating a natural, free-flowing space for web exploration and sharing by eliminating the need to jump between applications for even simple communication. "Until now, browsing the web was a solitary act," explains Zack Garbow, co-founder of Qwisk. "But, when you find something cool, you naturally want to share it with others. That's where the problems begin." According to Garbow, not everyone understands h... (more)

Progress Software Announces 2009 Fourth Quarter Results

Progress Session at Cloud Expo Progress Software Corporation on Tuesday announced results for its fourth quarter ending November 30, 2009. On a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, revenue for the quarter was $136.8 million, down 2 percent (5 percent at constant currency) from $139.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. On a non-GAAP basis, revenue totaled $136.9 million, representing a 4 percent decrease (7 percent at constant currency) over the year ago period. Software license revenue decreased 7 percent (10 percent at constant currency) to $52.0 million from $56.1 million in the same quarter last year. On a GAAP basis, operating income increased 202 percent to $25.8 million from $8.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Net income increased 158 percent to $16.7 million from $6.5 million in the same quarter last year. Diluted ... (more)

Why I Started the NACJ

Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer - The National Association of Citizen Journalists was formed out of a need that I discovered as the publisher of a weekly paper in suburban Denver. For more than a decade, I published a popular, free entertainment weekly tabloid in Douglas County, Colo., that had lots of fun stuff to read and to do and lots of ads, but very little news. In 2001, I started a section in my paper that featured news items concerning local people and events. I sought the help of several active citizens expecting them to provide news for these pages. Many that I talked to thought it was a great idea and promised they would send me news. No one did – well, almost no one. Most of the news in the section came from two or three public information officers bought and paid for by the offices they were serving. The rest of it I gleaned ... (more)

My Thoughts on the Apple iPad

iPhone Apps on Ulitzer iPhone Apps on Ulitzer - The Apple iTablet or iSlate is due to be shown off to the world January 27th, and unleashed on us sometime in March. The blogosphere has been buzzing about the topic. Joe Wilcox of BetaNews.com said “The world doesn’t need an Apple Tablet, or any other” (full post here). MG of TechCrunch followed up with “The World Doesn’t Need Someone Telling Us What We Don’t Need In Tech” (full post here).  I think both writers make some good points, but I wanted to give my thoughts, and ask the readers of CTOvision theirs. The Apple Tablet is rumored to cost $1000. So the first word that comes to my mind is “overpriced.”  When you can purchase a decent netbook for under $300, a solid ultra-portable 12-14″ (laptop) for $500, and a good business laptop for under $700…why would you ever pay $1000 for a simple tablet?  Quite frankly, I... (more)

Apple iPad May Overtake Amazon Kindle

A recent survey of e-book reader owners and intenders shows that prior to the release of the iPad, Apple ranks just behind Amazon in the US and UK in terms of preferred brand; and if the iPad provides a compelling eReader experience, it may overtake Amazon’s Kindle. Details may be found in the Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Lab report, “US & UK eReader Owner and Intender Survey 2010.” Current e-book reader owners report being extremely satisfied with their devices. Four out of five US owners prefer e-book readers to physical books. Potential e-book customers prefer: Ease of access to books; Ease of content transfer; and Newspaper and magazine availability. “While brand name is still an important factor for current owners when choosing their next e-book reader,” commented Chris Schreiner, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Consumers buying their first e-book... (more)

Will iPad Succeed?

Will iPad succeed? We will know the answer to this question in few months time but I would like to put my neck out and apply one of my theories about why such devices succeed example – iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Palm, Walkman etc. For any new device to become very popular – it needs to satisfy at least one and possibly both the following criteria (elegant design is not one of them): Does it have a new and very responsive user interaction mechanism suitable for the form factor on the device? Does it allow user to perform one important task very effectively which was not easy to do with any of existing devices? Here is list of successful devices: iPhone: Responsive finger touch + Internet surfing experience (history of iPhone) iPod: Click wheel + Ability to easily buy individual song (history of iPod) Blackberry: QWERTY keyboard, side scroll wheel & trackball + Email ... (more)

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company Present the Critically Acclaimed Film MY WEEK WITH MARILYN -- Starring Three-Time Oscar(R) Nominee Michelle Williams -- On Blu-Ray(TM) and DVD

BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/13/12 -- Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of the "warm, wonderful and enchanting" (Rex Reed, The New York Observer) film, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, starring three-time Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams (BLUE VALENTINE), who is "flawless, brilliant and exhilarating" (Bruce Handy, Vanity Fair) in the iconic title role. Based on Colin Clark's memoir, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN also stars Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (HAMLET) as Sir Laurence Olivier, Tony Award® winner Eddie Redmayne (THE GOOD SHEPHERD) as Clark, and Academy Award® winner Judi Dench (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE) as Dame Sybil Thorndike. The film's principal cast is joined by Dominic Cooper (AN EDUCATION), Emmy® Award winner Julia Ormond ("TEMPLE GRANDIN") as Vivien Leigh, Zoë Wanamaker (HARRY POTTER AN... (more)

Can You Handle the Truth about Enterprise Mobility and Big Data?

Enterprise mobility is not just about extending your office cubicle to the nearby Starbucks.  Nor is it just doing your same job, in the same manner from a remote location.  It is about doing a job in a different and better way.  A way that permits you to be at the point of action, the point of need, and the point where you can have the biggest positive impact on your bottom line without breaking your lines of communication or denying you access to critical information and team members. Enterprise mobility is a way of keeping your connected to your business systems, aggregating mission critical information and business intelligence from dozens of different back end systems (think SAP ERP), using real-time big data analysis (think SAP Hana), and bringing all of this information together, in mobile applications - purpose built for the mobile user.  The Aberdeen Group ... (more)

SAP's Mobile EAM Solution

I am attending the SAPinsider Mobile2012 event in Las Vegas this week, and have had the honor of meeting and speaking with many people involved in SAP enterprise mobility.  These people were SAP partners and SAP employees.  One of the distinct impressions I got was that most are focused on simply extending existing SAP systems out to a mobile user, but not focused on transforming businesses with mobility. I attended a session on SAP's mobile EAM solution (enterprise asset management) yesterday.  In it they demonstrated how the mobile app integrated with SAP and extended SAP fields out to the mobile device. However, there was no SDK (software development kit) that would enable the user to customize the app for their specific requirements and projects.  It is basically a generic hard coded solution that extends SAP EAM functionality to the field.  There is value to th... (more)

HP Spins webOS Team Off into New Company

Secrets never stay secret very long at HP, but this sounds more like a secret they want known. HP is moving its webOS gang into a new semi-autonomous company called GRAM. webOS Nation broke the story after it got its hands on a flyer and an internal e-mail penned late last week after an all-hands meeting by HP chief of staff Martin Risau, who's been responsible for the webOS Global Business Unit. It says that webOS operation under Gram is "no longer a consumer hardware brand, we are a different company with focus on software, user experience, cloud, engineering and partnering." It's called an "incubation company" and a "start-up." It's supposed to be in stealth mode on its product offering. Risaeu tells the team to wear Gram's stylized butterfly logo to build momentum but keep mum about what's really going on - presuming they know - "to give it time to take root and grow." Wh... (more)