We're almost at the point where we can consider landlines to be old school, or so suggests a new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. According to Pew, 59 percent of Americans hop online wirelessly using their mobile phones or laptop.
To come up with that figure, Pew surveyed 2,252 American adults, 47 percent of which said they surf the Internet through Wi-Fi or a mobile broadband card. Another 40 percent said they surf, fire off emails, and IM friends and co-workers on their mobile phones, up from 32 percent one year ago.
"The growing functionality of mobile phones makes them ever-more powerful devices for on-the-go communications and computing," said Aaron Smith, a research specialist at Pew. "Cell phones have become for many owners an all-purpose chat-text-gaming-photo-sharing media hub that is an essential utility for work and a really fancy toy for fun."
It's not really young adults, either. While adults between the age of 18 to 29 use the Web more than anyone else, those who fall into the 30 to 49 age bracket are now "significantly more likely" to take pics, send texts, and surf the Web, record video, use email, and perform other online tasks with their mobile phones.
After July 13, Windows XP users still using Service Pack 2 or earlier "will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software." Surely everyone has upgraded by now, right?
In a word, 'no.' According to recent PC Advisor poll, 15.1 percent of XP users are still clinging to SP2 or earlier. That's probably higher than most would expect, but on the plus side, that only breaks down to less than 6 percent of the total sample of XP users who particpated in the poll.
Still, these users are running out of time to upgrade, either to SP3 (free) or to a later version of Windows (not free). If you're one of those users, you're down to less than a week to decide before you're on your own.
A handful of Dell Precision Workstations are now coming equipped with ATI FirePro V7800, V5800, and V4800 professional graphics cards, AMD announced this week.
"AMD and Dell are working together to offer workstation users a combined solution designed for reliable performance and demanding application support," said Janet Matsuda, senior director, AMD Professional Graphics. :Our new generation of ATI FirePro professional graphics cards enable Dell to offer workstations that accelerate ATI Stream-enabled software applications and deliver unique features, such as ATI Eyefinity technology, enabling increased productivity by way of expanded screen real estate."
On the lower end, ATI's FirePro V4800 features 1GB of GDDR5 memory and is available with Dell Precision R5400, T1500, T3500, T5500, and T7500 Workstations. Moving up to the mid-range, the V5800 also comes with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, but double the performance over previous-gen FirePro parts. And on the high-end, the V7800 ups the ante with 2GB of RAM in a single-slot form factor. Both the V5800 and V7800 are available on Dell Precision R5400, T3500, T5500, and T7500 Workstations.
Citing "a person familiar with the matter," The Wall Journal is reporting Microsoft plans to hand out pink slips to some employees, possibly as soon as this week.
It isn't known exactly how many employees are being let go, but according to WSJ's source, it will be much less than the 5,000 or so workers the software juggernaut laid off last year.
No one section will bear the brunt of the cuts, and instead Microsoft is expected to lay off employees from various divisions. The small number of layoffs is also in line with similar reductions in staff Microsoft has done in the past, the un-named source said.
Everyone these days seems to have their heads in the cloud, and that includes the U.S. Census Bureau. Tapping into several cloud services, the Census is utilizing everything from content delivery networks to hosted applications to free Web-based services, Networkworld.com reports.
"We use the cloud in eight specific instances around the decennial survey," McGrath says. "That provided a huge benefit for us because we didn't have to stand up an infrastructure. We knew our requirements were for a definite period of time."
All told, the U.S. Census Bureau said it spent some $11.8 million on eight cloud computing efforts related to the 2010 Census.
Forget about a woman scorned, it's an anonymous group of pissed off researchers that's directing their fury at Microsoft. The group, whose members wish to remain anonymous, formed the "Microsoft-Spurned Researcher Collective," and one of their first acts of business was to publish information detailing an unpatched Windows bug as a way of avenging alleged mistreatment of a colleague.
"Due to hostility toward security researchers, the most recent example being of Tavis Ormandy, a number of us from the industry (and some not from the industry) have come together to form MSRC: the Microsoft-Spurned Researcher Collective," the message read. "MSRC will fully disclose vulnerability information discovered in our free time, free from retaliation against us or any inferred employer."
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the name of the group is a jab at the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), which is responsible for sniffing out vulnerabilities. But if they're looking to rattle Microsoft's cage, it doesn't appear to be working.
"Our intial analysis of the Proof-of-Concept code supplied has determined that an attacker must be able to log on locally or already have code running on the target system in order to cause a local Denial of Service," said Jerry Bryant, a group manager with the company's MSRC.
Who doesn't like venn diagrams? Ruffians and troglodytes, that's who. We happen to love them, and AppStoreHQ has put together a venn diagram showing the proportion of Apple and Android app developers, and those who code for both platforms.
It shouldn't come as a terrible shock that Apple's platform still draws the most attention. Out of the 51,972 app developers listed in AppStoreHQ's database, 43,185 only write for Apple's iOS. That breaks down to about 80 percent, compared to 17 percent who churn out code solely for Android (8,787). And those cross-platform developers? There are 1,412 of them, or 3 percent.
"We were actually impressed at the numbers of cross-platform developers," said Chris DeVore, AppStoreHQ founder. "And particularly the number of recognizable brand names that had already made the leap to Android: Gaemloft, Facebook, AOL, Amazon, Warner Brothers, Intuit."
Adeniyi Adeyemi, a 27-year-old former IT worker for the Bank of New York, made away with some $1.1 million from charity bank accounts after stealing personal information for 2,000 bank employees, and now must face the legal repercussions for doing so.
According to a press release issued by the York City District Attorney, Adeyemi came clean with what he'd done and pleaded guilty to grand larceny, money laundering, and computer tampering. As the press release tells it, Adeyemi used his position as a computer technician at the bank's headquarters to steal the personal identifying information of 2,000 employees, almost all of which worked in the IT department.
This went on for eight years, during which time he set up dummy bank accounts used to transfer stolen funds from no less than 11 charities worldwide. After using publicly available routing numbers for the charities, he would then transfer the funds to a second tier of dummy accounts to better hide his tracks, the press release said.
Dell has inked an agreement to purchase Scalent, a privately held company specializing in server and data center virtualization management software, the OEM announced.
:Scalent provides a critical building block for our Virtual Integrated System, the most open, capable and affordable converged infrastructure solution available," said Brad Anderson, Dell senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group. "This acquisition will solidify an important component of our enterprise solution portfolio. We know that Scalent software, in combination with Dell servers, storage and network platforms, provide increased efficiency and value for our customers. Scalent’s open architecture is an example of Dell’s ongoing commitment to provide customers with solutions that don’t lock them into proprietary hardware or gateways."
Dell said it plans to complete the acquisition by the end of the month. Once that happens, the OEM will focus on integrating Scalent's infrastructure software into its existing Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) data center software package.
Market research firm IDC crunched the numbers and determined that IBM is the market share leader in Social Platforms, at least in terms of total software revenue.
According to the report, which IBM is plenty eager to share with anyone who will listen, worldwide revenue for the social platforms market climbed to nearly $370 million in 2009, representing a growth rate of over 55 percent.
"Social software helps enterprises define their collaboration agenda," said Alistair Rennie, general manager, IBM Lotus Software. "The use of social software can transform the way people work increasing the speed of business."
As far as IDC is concerned, the social platforms market includes IBM Lotus Connections, as well as its cloud-based LotusLive Connections toolset, IBM said.