Netflash Network World News Network World, Inc. Copyright(C) 1994 - 2014 Network World, Inc. Microsoft takes Iowa from corn to .com Microsoft is building some 1.16 million square feet of new data center space in Iowa. Patrick Thibodeau 2014-04-19T08:52:23-04:00 Google invites Glass wearers to brave LA's beaches Users of Google Glass will get to meet and compare their techie headgear this weekend at a spot where appearance is everything. Zach Miners 2014-04-18T07:56:53-04:00 Major security flaws threaten satellite communications An analysis of satellite communication gear from more than a half-dozen major manufacturers has uncovered critical vulnerabilities that could be exploited to disrupt military operations and ship and aircraft communications. Antone Gonsalves 2014-04-18T06:21:59-04:00 Telerik frees HTML5 collection of components Borrowing a page from the recently revised Microsoft playbook, development tools maker Telerik has released as open source the bulk of its Kendo software library of components for building Web and mobile applications Joab Jackson 2014-04-18T05:07:05-04:00 Space X rocket en route to ISS with space laser cargo A Space X Falcon rocket lifted off Friday afternoon for the International Space Station (ISS) from the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida. Martyn Williams 2014-04-18T04:46:25-04:00 AMD steers clear of low-cost tablet market Advanced Micro Devices doesn't want its chips in low-priced tablets, and is eager to avoid a battle with Intel or ARM, whose chips have driven tablet prices down to under US$100. Agam Shah 2014-04-18T04:35:16-04:00 Experts: Avoid big mistakes with Oracle's Exadata Although Exadata is Oracle's most popular and mature "engineered system," some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of many Exadata projects. Chris Kanaracus 2014-04-18T04:14:06-04:00 Steve Jobs' character becomes issue in Silicon Valley no-hiring case Tech workers suing over an alleged no-poaching agreement among Silicon Valley firms are fighting an attempt by defendants to ban evidence that might portray Steve Jobs as a bad guy. Zach Miners 2014-04-18T03:44:35-04:00 FCC vote on incentive auction plan could further open broadband competition The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will reserve a significant amount of spectrum in its upcoming auctions of the television band for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi, agency officials said Friday. Grant Gross 2014-04-18T03:27:33-04:00 Google tech to bring 3D mapping smarts to NASA's space station robots NASA and Google are working together to send new 3D technology aloft to map the International Space Station. Sharon Gaudin 2014-04-18T03:15:26-04:00 Plastic computers taking shape, but won't replace silicon Can plastic materials morph into computers? A research breakthrough published this week brings such a possibility closer to reality. Agam Shah 2014-04-18T03:10:04-04:00 Apple has bigger plans than just song ID with Shazam deal Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, but could go much further than simple song naming. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-18T02:59:26-04:00 Satellite communication systems rife with security flaws, vulnerable to remote hacks Security researchers have found that many satellite communication systems have vulnerabilities and design flaws that can let remote attackers intercept, manipulate, block and in some cases take full control of critical communications. Lucian Constantin 2014-04-18T01:20:05-04:00 Americans cool with lab-grown organs, but not designer babies Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology. Bob Brown 2014-04-18T09:57:45-04:00 IE6: Retired but not dead yet Microsoft may have retired Internet Explorer 6 last week, but it's still keeping track of the ancient browser's user share on a death watch-like website that's been running for more than three years. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-18T07:02:00-04:00 Twitter to promote app downloads in mobile timelines Twitter's new mobile advertising suite lets companies pitch their mobile apps in promoted tweets or place ads inside other apps. Loek Essers 2014-04-18T06:46:38-04:00 Can you hear me now? NASA to test laser communication system The SpaceX cargo spacecraft will be carrying equipment needed for astronauts on the International Space Station to test optical laser communications to its scheduled launch today. Sharon Gaudin 2014-04-18T06:44:25-04:00 Japan gets first bitcoin ATM, two more on order Formula One racing and cryptocurrency have nearly nothing in common -- except Suzuka. The home of the Japanese Grand Prix will soon debut Japan's first bitcoin ATM. Tim Hornyak 2014-04-18T05:40:01-04:00 Investors try last-minute Mt. Gox revival as liquidation looms The clock may be running out on Mt. Gox, but a consortium of investors still wants to relaunch the failed Bitcoin exchange. Tim Hornyak 2014-04-18T04:35:30-04:00 Google lawsuit against Rockstar to stay in California A Google complaint against Apple-backed patent consortium Rockstar will stay in a California court rather than be moved to Texas where Rockstar already has patent lawsuits against Google's Android partners, the California court ordered Thursday. John Ribeiro 2014-04-18T02:51:59-04:00 Unbounded Robotics launches robot platform for education, research If you fear the rise of robots, the latest humanoid-style machine has an "emergency stop to prevent robot apocalypse." Tim Hornyak 2014-04-18T01:50:47-04:00 China's Alibaba to offer mobile phone services in June Alibaba's Tmall and Taobao sites already sell everything from clothes and furniture to car tires and medicines. But soon they'll also be offering 3G data and voice call plans as well, the Chinese e-commerce giant said Thursday. Michael Kan 2014-04-18T12:01:54-04:00 Michaels says breach at its stores affected nearly 3M payment cards About 2.6 million payment cards at Michaels Stores and another 400,000 at subsidiary Aaron Brothers may have been affected in a card skimming attack that compromised its point-of-sale systems, the retailer said Thursday. John Ribeiro 2014-04-17T11:05:27-04:00 DDoS Attackers Change Techniques To Wallop Sites Criminals behind distributed denial of service attacks are relying less on traditional botnets and more on techniques capable of launching larger assaults on websites. Antone Gonsalves 2014-04-17T08:08:39-04:00 Music labels sue Pandora over pre-1972 recordings Five music labels have filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora Music, saying the company is violating state law by refusing to pay labels and artists for its use of recordings made before 1972. Grant Gross 2014-04-17T07:52:42-04:00 AMD's profitability streak ends at two quarters Advanced Micro Devices' bottom line changed from black to red on Thursday when the company posted a loss after two straight quarters of profits. Agam Shah 2014-04-17T07:34:45-04:00 IT security is national security -- but you're not alone National security may be at stake as private businesses try to manage a growing number of cyberthreats, but IT professionals shouldn't have to bear that burden alone. Stephen Lawson 2014-04-17T06:47:38-04:00 Exclusive: Google's Project Loon tests move to LTE band in Nevada Google has expanded its Project Loon tests to the Nevada desert and, for the first time, into licensed radio spectrum. Martyn Williams 2014-04-17T06:39:04-04:00 H-1B loophole may help California utility offshore IT jobs Southern California Edison is outsourcing part of its IT operations, and the jobs may be going overseas. Patrick Thibodeau 2014-04-17T06:24:57-04:00 Enterprise who? Google says little about Apps, business cloud services in Q1 report Google did little during its first-quarter earnings report to shush critics who say its Enterprise unit is a second-class citizen in its kingdom. Juan Carlos Perez 2014-04-17T06:23:31-04:00 Samsung teams with GlobalFoundries on 3D chips Samsung is partnering with chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries to increase the supply of low-power, high-speed chips for smartphones and tablets. Agam Shah 2014-04-17T06:04:24-04:00 World Tech Update: Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace and NHK shows off 8K television This week on World Tech Update, Google confirmed its acquisition of drone maker Titan Aerospace, a move poised to advance delivery of the company's data services and mapping applications. Nick Barber and Melissa Aparicio 2014-04-17T05:56:48-04:00 Federal CIOs Moving Cybersecurity Beyond Compliance The evolving nature of cyberattacks demands a more dynamic response, according to government CIOs making an effort to implement real-time, continuous monitoring and reporting for security issues. Kenneth Corbin 2014-04-17T04:46:47-04:00 Netcraft tool flags websites affected by Heartbleed Worried about how the Heartbleed vulnerability may affect your personal accounts? A new tool may be of help. Joab Jackson 2014-04-17T04:33:13-04:00 Where's my gigabit Internet, anyway? For Americans used to roughly 10Mbps broadband connections, the idea of gigabit Internet can feel a little like science fiction. Streaming 4K video without hiccups? Enormous file downloads happening in seconds? Oh, sure. Jon Gold 2014-04-17T03:36:39-04:00 Facebook wants to help you meet friends offline Facebook now has its own take on location sharing -- an optional feature that periodically broadcasts people's locations to their friends. Zach Miners 2014-04-17T03:24:00-04:00 Israeli start-up, working with GE, out to detect Stuxnet-like attacks The Stuxnet malware known to have stealthily targeted Iranian nuclear facilities a few years ago was a wake-up call about how vulnerable critical industrial systems can be to cyberattack. Now, an Israeli start-up, with help from General Electric, is testing security technology that would detect Stuxnet-like attacks on critical infrastructure systems used for power production. Ellen Messmer 2014-04-17T03:08:43-04:00 Microsoft's now imports Yahoo Mail Microsoft said Thursday that it will now import Yahoo Mail via, providing a front door to another major email provider. Mark Hachman 2014-04-17T02:38:00-04:00 Tor anonymity network to shrink as a result of Heartbleed flaw The Tor Project has flagged 380 Tor relays vulnerable to the critical Heartbleed flaw to be rejected from the Tor anonymity network, reducing the network's entry and exit capacity. Lucian Constantin 2014-04-17T01:15:00-04:00 Report: Oracle pushes back against Oregon officials over troubled health care site Oracle is gearing up for a fight with officials in Oregon over its role developing an expensive health insurance exchange website that still isn't fully operational. Chris Kanaracus 2014-04-17T12:24:09-04:00 Health Insurance Exchange Tech Winners and Losers Between the federal site and various state websites, more than 7.5 million Americans signed up for 2014 healthcare coverage on a health insurance exchange. Building those exchanges proved to be much, much easier said than done. Here's a quick look at who succeeded and who failed. Brian Eastwood 2014-04-17T11:45:14-04:00 For Red Hat, it's RHEL and then…? Red Hat is hosting its annual summit this week - this year in San Francisco - where the company is seemingly basking in the glory of making more than a billion dollars off a free open source project. Brandon Butler 2014-04-17T11:26:50-04:00 Google Glass to get a workout from Dutch firefighters Can Google Glass help first responders work more effectively? Firefighters in Amsterdam want to find out, and plan to try out the wearable-of-the-moment in training scenarios and at accident scenes. Loek Essers 2014-04-17T10:06:10-04:00 IT Leader or IT Manager? How to Be the Best of Both In his book, "Essential Drucker: Management, the Individual and Society," Peter F. Drucker says, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Rich Hein 2014-04-17T09:59:42-04:00 SAP reports strong growth in cloud amid slow overall revenue growth SAP reported a strong growth in cloud revenue and fast adoption of its HANA platform in the first quarter, while its software revenue dipped from the same quarter in the previous year. John Ribeiro and Chris Kanaracus 2014-04-17T09:54:23-04:00 33 great tips and tricks for iOS 7 Whether it's the first time you've picked up an iPad or the seventeenth time you've pulled out your iPhone today, there are probably still some iOS 7 features and functionality that you're not familiar with. Don't sweat it: We're here to help. We've collected some of our favorite and most useful tips and compiled them here, just for you. Serenity Caldwell and Dan Moren 2014-04-17T09:39:00-04:00 Heartbleed: Security experts reality-check the 3 most hysterical fears Heartbleed has dominated tech headlines for a week now. News outlets, citizen bloggers, and even late-night TV hosts have jumped on the story, each amping up the alarm a little more than the last one. But while it's true Heartbleed is a critical flaw with widespread implications, several security experts we've spoken with believe the sky-is-falling tone of the reporting is a bit melodramatic. Tony Bradley 2014-04-17T09:38:00-04:00 Nokia doesn't want you to get shocked, suspends tablet sales because of faulty charger Nokia has temporarily halted sales of the Lumia 2520 in seven countries, because the tablet's AC-300 charger can give users an electric shock. Mikael Rickna$?s 2014-04-17T09:05:28-04:00 Open source trounces proprietary software for code defects, Coverity analysis finds Forget bad headlines generated by the Heartbleed flaw, when it comes to code defects open source is still well ahead of proprietary software, generating fewer coding defects for every size of project, according to a new analysis by scanning service Coverity. John E Dunn 2014-04-17T08:54:00-04:00 Will the Internet of Things Become the Internet of Broken Things? Fifty billion devices will connect to the Internet in the next few years. It's up to vendors to make sure they do, in fact, connect to the Internet -- and provide reliable data, security and customer experience. Otherwise, analysts warn, the future may bring an Internet of Broken Things. J.d. Sartain 2014-04-17T08:44:00-04:00 Facebook users targeted by iBanking Android trojan app Cybercriminals have started using a sophisticated Android Trojan app designed for e-banking fraud to target Facebook users, possibly in an attempt to bypass the two-factor authentication protection on the social network. Lucian Constantin 2014-04-17T07:59:22-04:00 Samsung and Amazon customize Kindle app, offer free e-books Users of the new Kindle for Samsung app will get up to 12 e-books for free a year, as Samsung Electronics joins forces with to boost the content on its mobile devices. Mikael Rickna$?s 2014-04-17T07:52:10-04:00 Microsoft extends Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline for business Microsoft on Wednesday extended the Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline for businesses by three months, but again told consumers they had less than four weeks to make the move before the company shuts off their patch faucet. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-17T06:49:25-04:00 With Google Glass, the doctor can see you now Emergency room physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are four months into a pilot program where they are using Google's computerized eyeglasses to help treat patients. Sharon Gaudin 2014-04-17T06:38:00-04:00 Ruggedized scientific calculator perfect for extreme math It laughs at splashes, dust and shocks. It eats military-spec drop tests for breakfast. It's ideal for math in the great outdoors. Tim Hornyak 2014-04-17T06:29:53-04:00 TSMC benefits from demand for high-tech smartphone chips Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said its net profit in the first quarter increased by 21 percent year-over-year on better than expected demand for smartphone chips. Michael Kan 2014-04-17T03:39:00-04:00 Windows XP's retirement turns into major security project for Chinese firm Microsoft may have retired Windows XP, but one of China's leading security vendors is trying to keep the OS threat-free, and rolling out protection software to hundreds of millions of users in the nation. Michael Kan 2014-04-17T12:42:26-04:00 Strong PS4 sales create supply problems for Sony Sales of Sony's PlayStation 4 platform have surpassed 7 million units worldwide but supply problems are continuing, the electronics giant said. Tim Hornyak 2014-04-17T12:16:34-04:00 Small businesses could benefit from wireless industry 'kill switch' plans The kill switch application wireless carriers and device manufacturers plan to make available next year for new smartphones could benefit small businesses on a tight budget, an expert says. Antone Gonsalves 2014-04-16T09:16:16-04:00 Teen arrested in Heartbleed attack against Canadian tax site Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly using the Heartbleed bug to steal data about taxpayers. Stephen Lawson 2014-04-16T07:31:00-04:00 IBM profit falls on weak hardware sales, transition costs Falling hardware sales and the cost of layoffs hit IBM's profit hard in the first quarter, sending it down 21 percent from a year earlier. Joab Jackson 2014-04-16T07:08:10-04:00 A look at the world's most powerful X-ray laser Just down the street from a cluster of venture capital firms on Silicon Valley's Sand Hill Road is the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a sprawling, 426-acre site where researchers are pushing the boundaries in physics, chemistry and materials science. Melissa Aparicio 2014-04-16T06:52:16-04:00 Google revenue jumps 19 percent but still disappoints Google reported a 19 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter, but results from its advertising business were mixed. Zach Miners 2014-04-16T05:29:54-04:00 AT&T wearables to hit the smartwatch runway soon Smartwatches for use on AT&T's network will be out this year, a company executive said Wednesday. Agam Shah 2014-04-16T05:15:26-04:00 Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces Ahead of the big New York Auto Show, several car companies today displayed in-vehicle infotainment systems that connect to smartphones to use mobile apps, music playlists, calling features and calendars. Lucas Mearian 2014-04-16T05:07:25-04:00 Two more states eye drone use limits Louisiana and Pennsylvania could become the latest states to impose restrictions on the use of commercial drone aircraft over their airspace. Jaikumar Vijayan 2014-04-16T05:05:18-04:00 Court rejects Lavabit appeal, cites improper procedural handling A U.S. federal court has affirmed contempt charges against Lavabit, rejecting an attempt by company attorneys to argue new issues on appeal. Joab Jackson 2014-04-16T04:51:14-04:00 Connecting for Good wrestles Kansas City's digital divide The digital divide isn't some esoteric, policy-wonk concept to Michael Liiamatta, president of Connecting for Good, a nonprofit IT support group based in Kansas City, Mo. Matt Hamblen 2014-04-16T03:58:25-04:00 Chrome users won't give up, keep pressing Google to restore old-style new tab page Users of Google's Chrome continue to badger the company to change the browser's new tab page, a sore spot to some for over half a year, even as the Mountain View, Calif. firm sticks to its design guns. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-16T03:34:26-04:00 Fortinet, McAfee, Trend Micro, Symantec, Bitdefender battle in socially-engineered malware prevention test Socially-engineered malware tries to trick users into downloading and executing malicious code through tactics that include everything from fake antivirus to fake utilities to fake upgrades to the operating system and trojanized applications. NSS Labs tested several endpoint security products to see how well each would block these attacks. Ellen Messmer 2014-04-16T03:10:02-04:00 9 Things You Need to Know Before You Store Data in the Cloud The amount of electronic information (e.g., documents, images, emails, videos) organizations produce is staggering. Storing all your digital data in your data center can be expensive. That's why cloud storage -- which often comes at a fraction of the cost of storing the information on-premises -- has become increasingly popular. Jennifer Lonoff Schiff 2014-04-16T03:04:33-04:00 Google opens the floodgates for new 'social' ads q] Zach Miners 2014-04-16T02:27:45-04:00 Some customers aren't sold on US transition to IP networks Many U.S. residents who have written the FCC to voice concerns about the move from copper-based telephone networks to Internet Protocol are concerned about the potential effects on health from mobile-headset radiation and what happens when the electricity goes out. Grant Gross 2014-04-16T02:23:00-04:00 Net neutrality ruling complicates US transition to IP networks The transition from copper-based telephone systems to IP networks in the U.S. could become swept up in political fallout as the FCC figures out how to regulate such networks in ways that will appease the courts. Grant Gross 2014-04-16T02:18:00-04:00 Kimberly Clark names new CISO Timothy Youngblood, CISSP, has joined Kimberly Clark as their Chief Information Security Officer. Kimberly Clark is multi-national brand conglomerate with staple consumer products such as Kleenex, Pull-ups, and Scotts Towels. Joan Goodchild 2014-04-16T01:06:59-04:00 Still deploying 11n Wi-Fi?  You might want to think again In this Network World Digital Spotlight, "Harnessing Gigabit Wi-Fi," we do a deep dive on the latest Wi-Fi developments. John Dix 2014-04-16T01:00:24-04:00 Lavaboom builds encrypted webmail service to resist snooping A new webmail service called Lavaboom promises to provide easy-to-use email encryption without ever learning its users' private encryption keys or message contents. Lucian Constantin 2014-04-16T12:27:12-04:00 Teardown: Galaxy S5 parts cost 21% more than iPhone 5S The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an "astronomical" cost for materials of $251.52 for the 32 GB version, according to a teardown estimate by IHS Technology. Matt Hamblen 2014-04-16T11:59:26-04:00 Oracle identifies products affected by Heartbleed, but work remains on fixes Oracle has issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be affected by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products. Chris Kanaracus 2014-04-16T11:30:00-04:00 Developers get access to more Sony camera features Developers will be able to build applications to remotely control two Sony lens cameras, using new features the company has added to an SDK. Mikael Rickna$?s 2014-04-16T11:27:45-04:00 Microsoft slashes Windows XP custom support prices just days before axing public patches Just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP from public support, the company drastically reduced the price of custom support agreements that give large companies and government agencies another year of XP patches, experts reported today. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-16T10:08:26-04:00 Tata revenue, profit up on strong outsourcing demand India's largest outsourcer, Tata Consultancy Services, is boosting hiring and offering wage hikes after reporting strong revenue and profit growth in its recently concluded fiscal year. John Ribeiro 2014-04-16T09:58:39-04:00 Organizations suffer SQL Injection attacks, but do little to prevent them On Wednesday, the Ponemon Institute released the results of a new study conducted for DB Networks. In it, 65 percent of the respondents said that they've experienced one or more SQL Injection attacks in the last 12 months. In addition, each incident took an average of 140 days to discover, and 68 days to fix the issue. Steve Ragan 2014-04-16T09:34:37-04:00 As PC market stabilizes, Intel focuses on smartphones Inside Intel's family of chips, communications is now its problem child. Mark Hachman 2014-04-16T09:33:00-04:00 Think tank challenges Heartbleed handwringing A think tank opinion piece that claims the threat from the Heartbleed bug is overblown has sparked a debate among researchers over the seriousness of the OpenSSL flaw. Antone Gonsalves 2014-04-16T08:45:00-04:00 Telefónica starts exchange for targeted mobile adsã³nica-starts-exchange-for-targeted-280744.html?source=nww_rss Telecom operator TelefA3nica has launched the first mobile ad-exchange platform to use the operator's customer demographics and real-time location data to serve targeted mobile ads, the company said on Wednesday. Loek Essers 2014-04-16T07:54:25-04:00 Glass all gone after one-day sale, Google says Google's one-day sale of Google Glass seems to have been a success with all units sold out, a blog post by the search giant suggests. Tim Hornyak 2014-04-16T06:11:05-04:00 Microsoft's Chinese partner confident Xbox can compete against Android consoles More low-end Android gaming consoles are coming to China. But Microsoft's local partner isn't worried, and expects the Xbox to sell well as a high-end gaming product. Michael Kan 2014-04-16T01:21:33-04:00 Ukraine tensions could hurt international security efforts, Kaspersky says International conflicts such as the current tensions over Ukraine could stand in the way of global cooperation on cybersecurity, according to the founder of Kaspersky Lab. Stephen Lawson 2014-04-15T09:27:59-04:00 See ya, Microsoft: Intel looks to Android for growth in tablets In case it wasn't clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is where it's at. Agam Shah 2014-04-15T08:42:43-04:00