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October 24, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Mobile's emergence has sent tech titans into a tizzy
    Formerly dominant tech companies such as Intel, Microsoft and Google have found themselves on uncertain ground with the rise of mobile computing, according to analysts who note these tech companies have struggled to respond with successful business models. "Companies are having to retool their thinking, saying, 'What is it that our customers are doing through the mobile channel that is quite distinct from what we are delivering them through our traditional Web channel?'" said Charles Golvin, a Forrester Research analyst. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Emerging Tools 
  • Apple iPad Mini just right for BYOD, analysts say
    Apple on Tuesday took the wraps off its much-hyped iPad Mini, a 7.9-inch version of its popular tablet device that analysts say is likely to be a success with workers. Since many businesses already use earlier versions of the iPad, market watchers such as Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates say the Mini -- which is software-compatible with larger iPads -- presents a smaller, low-cost alternative. Other experts note the device is likely to be popular with women. InformationWeek (10/23), Computerworld (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Budget chiefs push Obama on cybersecurity as draft report surfaces
    A draft report of a White House executive order on cybersecurity contains substantial compromises designed to appease the factions that have weighed in on the issue, including a provision that puts the Department of Homeland Security -- instead of the National Security Agency -- in charge of information sharing. Meanwhile, a group of current and retired federal budget officials has issued a report calling periodic assessments of U.S. cybersecurity a waste of time and energy given the speed with which threats evolve and urging the Obama administration to waste no time taking unilateral action that is continuously updated. CSO (10/24), The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (10/20), NextGov (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
Managing IT 
  • Poll: Social collaboration slow to catch on at large firms
    More companies are hoping to leverage the power of social networking in the workplace by adopting enterprise collaboration tools, but at least one survey suggests employees aren't biting. A poll of 56 large businesses by software developer DachisGroup found that at most, one-fifth of workers are actively engaged in using their firm's internal social business applications -- which include forums, microblogs, activity feeds, status updates and wikis -- with IT and corporate communications leading the way as the most eager participants. MIT Sloan Management Review online/Improvisations blog (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Do you believe your business is vulnerable to cyber-attacks?
    Yes  83.82%
    No  16.18%
  • What's your impression of the iPad Mini?
Definitely buying one
Might buy one at some point
I'll have to use one before I make up my mind
Not sure what all the fuss is about
Hate it

Geeking Out 
  • Danish study finds the young are immune to contagious yawns
    Scientists at Lund University in Denmark have found the phenomenon of contagious yawning is less prevalent in the very young. The researchers studied 35 young dogs to see if they could catch a yawn from their human handlers and found that only dogs older than 7 months exhibited the behavior, much like human children. Popular Science (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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--John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, as quoted by Computerworld
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