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November 6, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Slow Windows 8 adoption threatens Microsoft's enterprise position
    With the introduction of its Windows 8 operating system, software giant Microsoft may have forfeited its leadership of the enterprise desktop solutions market, according to analysts who say the industry giant must now join the ranks of competitors such as Apple and Google in vying for a place in the post-PC world. Research firm Gartner says it could be two years before enterprises begin adopting the new OS, a transition that will be largely dependent on how quickly businesses embrace handheld devices. Computerworld (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Mobile devices will spur IT spend next year
    A new Gartner report reveals tech spending in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will increase 1.4% in 2013, hitting $1.154 trillion, because of growing use of mobile devices. Gartner expects that by 2016, two-thirds of the workforce will be using a tablet or smartphone. CIO.com/IDG News Service (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Security Update 
  • Malware writers flock to Android, but U.S. dodges the bullet
    The mobile marketplace was flooded with more infected Android applications in the third quarter, but less than 0.3% of North American smartphone users have been affected. Finnish security firm F-Secure says it identified 50,000 malicious Android programs in the third quarter and 40% of infected smartphones are in China, Russia or elsewhere in Eastern Europe. eWeek (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Coalition targets ways to avoid data breach legal battles
    The newly formed Consortium for Cybersecurity Action is focused on electronic safeguards and security controls to help governments and businesses avoid legal battles over data breaches. It's proposing 20 defensive steps that every enterprise should take to protect against cyberattacks. The group includes top security players such as McAfee, as well as federal entities such as the Defense Department. NextGov (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Learn to innovate like a Nobel laureate
    Francis Crick, the Nobel laureate who helped discover DNA, accomplished great things because he was willing to be proven wrong time and time again, says fellow laureate Paul Berg. "I won a case of wine from him on a bet because he was wrong and I was right," Berg recalls. Crick "had 10 ideas for every one" that succeeded, but his persistence and imagination paid off in the end, Berg says. The Wall Street Journal (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why bosses need workers who'll answer back
    Nobody likes back talk, but bosses should actively encourage employees to talk back to them, says John Baldoni. It's more important to hear uncomfortable truths than to have workers try to protect your feelings, Baldoni explains. "The man or woman at the top of the pyramid must work hard to enable people to speak truth to power," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Eco-friendly motorcycle travels 60 miles on a tank of air
    An inventor in Australia has managed to turn a standard Yamaha WR250R motorcycle into a completely emissions-free vehicle by swapping its gas tank for one more commonly used in deep-sea diving. Dean Benstead employed a scuba tank filled with compressed air to build his O2 Pursuit -- which can travel more than 60 miles at speeds as high as 87 mph before it needs a refill. TG Daily (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
There are no compelling business imperatives to drive legacy devices in business toward Windows 8."
--Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner, as quoted by Computerworld
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