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January 23, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • Intel announces plans to phase out desktop motherboard unit
    As part of its new emphasis on mobile electronics, Intel said Tuesday it will phase out its business unit making motherboards for desktop PCs. "We disclosed internally today that Intel's Desktop Motherboard Business will begin slowly ramping down over the course of the next three years," the chipmaker said. "The internal talent and experience of [20] years in the boards business ... is being redistributed to address emerging new form factors." CNET (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Emerging 4G technology set to skyrocket through 2016
    Demand for high-speed data access via mobile technology will drive an increase in the number of users choosing next-generation access via Long Term Evolution networks, according to a forecast that predicts 4G LTE use will double this year and reach 1 billion subscribers by 2016. Research firm iSuppli says the rapid expansion of LTE will carry opportunities and challenges as vendors release innovative applications and device design elements while struggling to navigate spectrum issues. TheNextWeb.com (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Australia steps up cybersecurity game
    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard introduced a sweeping national security strategy Wednesday, with a strong focus on bolstering cybersecurity defenses, including the establishment of an Australian Cyber Security Centre. Gillard said Australia had become a prime target for malicious attacks and cyber espionage and noted that the country's strategy will concentrate on state actors instead of rogue hackers, with a particular focus on Asia. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • IBM posts Q4 profit growth in spite of stagnant sales
    IBM reported net income of $5.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, easily besting analyst estimates and pushing the company's stock up as much as $8.72 per share in after-hours trading. In spite of a steady increase in profits, sales remained flat, with revenue roughly the same as last year. Big Blue attributed the sales stagnation to its transition to complete enterprise solutions that combine software, hardware and industry expertise, such as its data analytics initiative, which saw double-digit growth during the quarter. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • How to avoid getting blindsided by the cloud
    Enterprises making the transition to the cloud will find their path littered with pitfalls that could be avoided with a little foresight, writes Jake Gardner of Logicworks. Companies often rush into cloud migration without a clear understanding of exactly how their firm can benefit or a list of desired outcomes. Gardner says it's critical that enterprises be realistic about the promises that are being made by service providers and avoid putting too much confidence in service level agreements, guarantees of compliance or the idea that outsourcing removes risk or liability. Wired.com (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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SmartQuote 
It's not always about the dollars and cents. Information has a value."
--Cybersecurity expert Craig Valli, as quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
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