Coming soon to a smartphone near you: Ultrasound technology | White House, lawmakers making progress on cybersecurity bill | More software companies employ trickle-up approach to enterprise sales
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March 4, 2013
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The Game Changer
Rising network demand presents challenges, experts warn
The standards and protocols that have powered the Internet since its inception are becoming increasingly taxed because of the exponential increase in the number of networked devices -- which forecasters note could reach 30 billion by 2020. That's according to a group of experts who met recently at MIT to discuss the challenges facing the networking sector and to consider ways to head off looming crises, such as the inevitable depletion of available IPv4 addresses. Network World (3/1)
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Emerging Tools
Coming soon to a smartphone near you: Ultrasound technology
Qualcomm, in the fourth quarter of 2012, acquired the assets of EPOS, a developer of digital ultrasound technology. Qualcomm plans to incorporate the technology into chips that would go into not only mobile devices but also wearable electronics. Ultrasound could facilitate the use of a stylus as an input device and gesture recognition for smartphones and tablet computers, according to this article. TechCrunch (2/27)
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Security Update
White House, lawmakers making progress on cybersecurity bill
Lawmakers and the White House are making progress on developing a cybersecurity bill and negotiating issues such as what role agencies including the Department of Homeland Security would have in fighting cyberthreats and attacks. The goal, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is to have a bill to vote on by April. The White House is also asking for help from the private sector in the implementation of President Barack Obama's recent executive order on cybersecurity, as private companies utilize more than half of the country's infrastructure. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/2), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/1), Reuters (3/1)
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Tech Business
More software companies employ trickle-up approach to enterprise sales
A growing number of enterprise software developers are hoping to get their foot inside businesses by marketing free and easy-to-use applications to consumers and leaving it to them to sell the benefits to their bosses. Companies such as Zoomdata and Dropbox offer limited versions of their analytics and file-sharing software as free downloads with the goal of penetrating corporate networks with premium versions of the same tools, but analysts say the tactic comes with the risk that IT won't bite. The Washington Post (3/3)
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Managing IT
Why telecommuting is not a win for every workforce
Thanks to advances in technology, the workforce of the future will be increasingly home-based, but some experts say telecommuting may not be the best approach for every employee, even when next-generation digital communication tools are employed. For jobs that benefit from a high level of collaboration between co-workers -- such as software engineers -- face-to-face interaction at an actual office has been shown to boost performance and cut down on the time it takes to develop a working product. CNET (3/4)
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You can't innovate through meetings
Brainstorming sessions are a lousy way to try to solve complicated problems, writes Debra Kaye. "Fresh ideas come when your brain is relaxed and engaged in something other than the particular problem you're embroiled in. ... This is the polar opposite of what happens in brainstorming sessions," she explains. Fast Company online (2/28)
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Geeking Out
Boston Dynamics teaches BigDog new tricks
BigDog, the 240-pound, four-legged robot developed by Boston Dynamics, has been outfitted with a new robotic arm where its head should be, creating a whole range of new scenarios for its use in the field by the U.S. military. In tests, BigDog was able to lift a cinder block and throw it across a room. "This sort of dynamic, whole-body approach is routinely used by human athletes and animals and will enhance the performance of advanced robots," the company said. TG Daily (3/4)
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In the past, you would send a sales guy to play golf with the CIO. What we're seeing right now is software is being adopted from the bottom up."
-- Justin Langseth, CEO of Zoomdata, as quoted by The Washington Post
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