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October 22, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Tech stocks decline following disappointing earnings reports
    Decreasing PC sales and global economic malaise took their toll on the tech industry during the most recent quarter, as a slew of major players -- including Microsoft, Google, Advanced Micro Devices, Intel and IBM -- issued poor or lackluster earnings reports. Reverberations of the slump -- which has affected hardware, software and chip sales -- are being felt on Wall Street, where last Friday the Nasdaq Computer Index declined more than 41 points. CIO.com/IDG News Service (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • ISO approves cloud data management interface protocols
    The first big step in creating standards for public and private cloud technology has been taken with the International Organization for Standardization approving a set of protocols -- the Cloud Data Management Interface -- for sharing data between private and public clouds. The specification will improve interoperability and work with a wide variety of storage protocols. Computerworld (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Panel: Reliance on legacy software puts hospitals, patients at risk
    As the medical industry becomes increasingly networked, hospitals are facing an onslaught of malware, largely due to a continued reliance on outdated software, industry professionals say. At a recent panel discussion that brought together representatives of the medical IT community, participants complained of hundreds of computers running old versions of Windows -- which contain security vulnerabilities that have since been patched -- and warned that devices run the risk of malfunctioning, or becoming part of botnets, if they are not upgraded. BBC (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing IT 
  • How mobile devices help SMBs keep their competitive edge
    Many small business are turning to mobile devices to improve efficiency and help them compete better with large industry players, according to a poll conducted by CDW that found employees are relying on mobile tools such as calendar, e-mail, social media and file-storage applications to increase job performance. CDW's 2012 Small Business Mobility Report found that 89% of employees at small businesses use their personal devices in the workplace, and about two-thirds say their company would fall behind in the marketplace without the advantages gained from using mobile tools. eWeek (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Cultivating global leaders in a company is an art
    A company needs to think about the "art" of cultivating global leaders within its ranks just as much as the "science," writes Beth Brooke of Ernst & Young. This means cultivating values and habits within a corporate culture that go beyond textbook human resources management, Brooke writes. Encouraging curiosity about other cultures and learning to check assumptions are two examples, she writes. Harvard Business Review (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on ExecTech readers in the past week.

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Geeking Out 
  • U.K. firm claims to have made gasoline from air, electricity
    U.K.-based Air Fuel Synthesis has developed technology that can produce synthetic gasoline using air and electricity, according to a report presented at an engineering conference in London this week. The method converts pure carbon dioxide and hydrogen into methanol, which is then fed into a reactor to produce gasoline. Air Fuel Synthesis says it has produced 1.3 gallons of gasoline in less than three months using the technology at its facility in Stockton-on-Tees, England. The Telegraph (London) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
What we're finding is that software has brought tremendous benefit to medicine, but we've kind of forgotten that there's these inconvenient risks of software."
--Kevin Fu, a medical technology expert, as quoted by BBC
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