"Handelsunternehmen, die das Internet nicht als Vertriebskanal sehen, werden aus dem Markt gedrängt. Denn was im digitalen Zeitalter zählt, ist ein durchdachter und gut implementierter Multichannel-Ansatz, der sich sowohl auf den traditionellen Katalog als auch auf Filialen und das Internet konzentriert." Zu diesem Fazit gelangt Gerald Karl Lanzerits, Regional Manager Austria & CEE beim E-Commerce-Anbieter hybris. …mehr
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Bisher kämpfte Nokia gegen die Konkurrenz mit unschlagbar günstigen Preisen. Doch viele Experten fürchten, dass der Wechsel des finnischen Unternehmens zum Microsoft-Betriebssystem Windows Phone diesen Vorteil zunichte gemacht hat. Die Plattform ist ressourcenhungrig und Microsoft hat enge Vorgaben gemacht, welche Hardware verwendet werden darf. …mehr
Das iPad 2 soll wie der Vorgänger mit einem A4-Prozessor und einer Display-Auflösung von 1024x768 Pixel herauskommen. Wie das Blog khabrein.info mit Verweis auf das taiwanische Branchenportal Digitimes berichtet hat Apple gerade erst den Auftrag für die Produktion des neuen Dualcore-Chipsatzes A5 an den Hersteller TSMC vergeben. Das iPad 2 soll allerdings schon in der Serienfertigung sein. Deshalb ist es unwahrscheinlich, dass Apple die zweite Generation seines Tablets schon mit dem A5 ausstattet. Allerdings soll Apple beim A4 die Taktgeschwindigkeit erhöhen. …mehr
Die steigende Zahl und Vielfalt neuer Technologien stellt für die Unternehmen weltweit zunehmend ein Sicherheitsrisiko dar. Das ergab eine aktuelle Studie des Beratungshauses Frost & Sullivan. Danach können die IT-Verantwortlichen bei der Entwicklung von Sicherheitsstandards nicht mehr mit der Entwicklung neuer Technologien Schritt halten. …mehr
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Premium-Inhalt. Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will move to the next stage of testing its Ngara wireless technology in December this year with plans for field trials in the NSW town of Armidale.
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Premium-Inhalt. Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from , , and .
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Premium-Inhalt. What defines IT marketing? It's the business activity of presenting IT products, services, and capabilities to constituents in a way that makes them eager to fund and utilize. While many security groups focus their communication activities on end user activity awareness, they have stopped short of planning for the fundamental activity of presenting their products, services, and capabilities to their key stakeholders. There are many reasons given for missing this critical step, such as attitudes of security professionals, lack of business acumen to develop effective marketing and communications strategies, and the ever present too-much-work reason. But as security decision-makers report higher into the organization and take on more responsibility, it will be more essential than ever to have an effective marketing and advocacy plan in place.
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The Internet has played a crucial role in the popular revolts that have inflamed the Middle East and Italian communications experts claim they contributed significantly when they launched an appeal for an Internet Bill of Rights at the United Nations' World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis several years ago.The wave of popular rebellions that have shaken undemocratic Arab regimes from Cairo to Bahrain and Tripoli began in Tunisia in mid-December after a street vendor vented his anger at the police by setting himself on fire.News of Mohamed Bouazizi's dramatic gesture was spread by the country's estimated 2 million Facebook users, while WikiLeaks' publication of U.S. diplomatic cables detailing the corruption of the ruling family added to popular resentment of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.Internet-based social networks have been vital in summoning protesters to public demonstrations, but Italian analysts say the Internet has been even more important for the way it has fostered popular anger and a desire for freedom."The net has been fundamental for the gradual creation of a public consciousness that paved the way for the revolt," said Alessandro Gilioli, author of "The Enemies of the Net," a new book about the obstacles to the development of Internet in Italy. "It provides instant communication that produces its effects over the course of years. It can take a blogger five years to develop a reputation for credibility," Gilioli said. "President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt closed it down too late."A four-day closure of Egypt's Internet network is estimated to have cost the country US$90 million in lost earnings, said Gilioli's co-author, Arturo Di Corinto. "They shut down the four main Internet providers, but left the Noor network running. Noor handles 8 percent of Egypt's Internet traffic, in particular that of the banks and the stock exchange. The bankers and stockbrokers provided a bridge for the demonstrators, which was something the authorities didn't expect," Di Corinto said.A complete national shutdown has rarely been achieved, Di Corinto added. Nepal in 2005 and Burma in 2007 were rare exceptions, he said."Internet created a more cosmopolitan public opinion, interested in dialogue and in discovering alternative lifestyles. People found they weren't alone in criticizing the regimes. It affected the middle classes, who were themselves connected to the people in power," Di Corinto said in an interview.Di Corinto attended the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis in 2005 as a reporter for the left-wing daily Il Manifesto. It provided an opportunity for contact between Western visitors, particularly Italians, and local bloggers and democracy activists, opening up the country to modern communications."The Tunisians were very hospitable. They saw us as cousins," Di Corinto said. Even President Ben Ali was in favor of the process of technological modernization and had his own page on Facebook, with 120,000 followers, he said."To suggest that we prepared the country for what has happened now sounds wild, but it's not wrong. Those exchanges created a different public opinion, ready for change," Di Corinto said.The IT expert said the idea of an Internet Bill of Rights was proposed by an Italian Green Party senator, Fiorello Cortiana, and proved particularly important. "It created a breach. It was an important moment for Africa," Di Corinto said.The appeal for the Bill of Rights was signed by Lawrence Lessig, the founder of Creative Commons, and Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation, as well as by the Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil, his country's culture minister at the time, and by David Byrne of the Talking Heads. But the overwhelming majority of the initial signatories were Italian.Like Di Corinto, Cortiana also believes the Tunis summit prepared the ground for today's democratic revolutions. "It was a seed planted in fertile ground, even though it wasn't the only one," Cortiana, who now works for the regional administration in Milan, said in a telephone interview. "I'm proud to have planted it."Many people opposed the choice of Tunis as the location for the summit precisely because the government was not democratic, but Cortiana disagreed. "It was a great decision to hold it there. I told people that in the name of freedom we had to go there to plant a seed, an element of restlessness. It gave people a different view on things," he said.Cortiana said the three most important things to come out of the summit were a press conference with the Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, the call for an Internet Bill of Rights, and the opening of a cybercafe in the Tunis Casbah that enabled ordinary Tunisians to participate in the debate.Both Cortiana and Di Corinto acknowledge the risk that the Middle East's democratic revolutions could be hijacked by Islamic fundamentalists, simply because they are often better organized than other opposition groups."The risk certainly exists in those countries, but the digital and interactive dimension can be a very powerful antidote. The United States is coming to realize that the net can export democracy much more effectively than the army," Cortiana said."The Internet has become the public space of the 21st century, the largest that has ever been known. Interactivity is what makes it different, and that is really the key," he said. "The disintermediation of the net creates the circumstances under which knowledge can be shared and ideas freely exchanged."Ben Ali was brought to power 23 years ago in a bloodless coup engineered, at least in part, by the Italian secret services. So it is perhaps appropriate that Italians should have played a role in the process that led to his ouster.
Premium-Inhalt. Recalling all those AOL disks promising hundreds of hours of free usage (minus the disks), Microsoft is offering up to 750 free hours of use on its Azure service as an enticement for developers to try cloud computing, the company announced Tuesday.
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Premium-Inhalt. Throw away your MiFi! Forego the heartbreak of tethering! Give up the struggle of Internet Sharing from a mobile broadband modem through your laptop! The Personal Hotspot feature can slice (through your mobile bill), dice (up your cables), and make pounds and pounds of Wi-Fi devices connect to the Internet. But, wait! There’s more! Personal Hotspot does its job well, too.
Premium-Inhalt. Here's the scenario: Your IT team writes a web service, and part of its WSDL interface includes a hash algorithm the team came up with on their own. You publish the API and your business partners use your clever little hash in integrating with across cloud services. Years later, you get a letter from a lawyer from a town in Texas you've never heard of, claiming you've infringed on a patent you never heard of. Your team scrambles to replace that hash algorithm, but that means a change to your API and some of your business partners resist making the change. It doesn't matter though: the infringement has already occurred, and you're going to pay somebody quite a bit of money even if you can prove your innocence.
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Premium-Inhalt. It's a rare week indeed that doesn't see the emergence of some fresh news of , but lately the evidence has been coming particularly fast and furious, suggesting that there really is no stopping the mobile platform--at least not anytime soon.
Premium-Inhalt. BioWare's demo just went up on Xbox Live, for those curious to sample the roleplaying sequel's new action-slanted battle engine. The PC and PlayStation 3 versions weren't available at the time of this post, but should be available later today.