- Why small businesses have big edge with Big Data analytics
Big Data analytics can be as useful for smaller businesses as it is for large enterprises, Patrick Gray writes. Because smaller business have smaller piles of data than their large competitors, they will be able to derive actionable intelligence faster, providing them with an edge. "It's generally easier to institute new processes and procedures in a small organization, and make and execute rapid decisions based on data, than it is in most large organizations," he notes. TechRepublic/Big Data Analytics blog
- Unimicron may produce chipsets for Apple
Unimicron Technology has reportedly shown it is capable of producing chipsets with Apple's custom processors for its mobile devices, Tyler Lee writes. The Taiwanese contract manufacturer is apparently planning to put up a new plant to handle chipset orders that it would take over from Samsung Electronics, he adds. Ubergizmo.com
- Looking ahead to the year in cybersecurity issues
Strengthening security for cloud and mobile computing will be among the key information security trends for 2013, experts say. Hackers will continue to use cross-platform attack and will start using QR codes to spread their bugs, while virtual wallets become an increasingly tempting target, this article notes. InformationWeek
- Linux had a banner year in 2012
The slow adoption of Windows 8 is giving Linux distributions, especially Ubuntu 12.10, an opportunity to shine, Katherine Noyes writes. The fact that more hardware firms are offering preloaded Linux options is also helping the platform's adoption rate. Meanwhile, Red Hat reached $1 billion in revenue this year, making it the first open-source software company to achieve that milestone. PCWorld/Linux Line blog
- Treat your workers like a pack of huskies
As individuals, husky dogs are notoriously headstrong, but put them in a sled team and they'll work together, Jack Zenger writes. Many employees are the same: Their productivity and value only emerge when you put them in the right context. "Sometimes ... you will never recognize an employee's full potential until they are placed in the right area with the right people," Zenger writes. Forbes
- Be sure to vacation on Oahu sometime in the next 75,000 years
The Hawaiian island of Oahu may begin to fall apart in the future, according to a paper to be published in the Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta journal. Underground springs are slowly dissolving the island from the inside, data show. Researchers at Brigham Young University say the mountainous island could become a low-lying seamount after the next 75,000 to 1.75 million years. LiveScience.com
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