Das Social Network Facebook hat eine Suizid-Warnfunktion eingeführt. Damit reagiert die Plattform auf immer wiederkehrende unbeantwortete Hilferufe durch selbstmordgefährdete User. Selbst im Falle einer Reaktion durch Facebook-Freunde bleiben Behörden und Einsatzkräfte meist uninformiert. Nicht selten haben Betroffene ihre öffentliche Ankündigung der Selbsttötung in der Vergangenheit letztendlich in die Tat umgesetzt. Bei Verdacht können Nutzer der Plattform suizidgefährdete Personen in Zukunft melden. So wird in Großbritannien etwa die Hilfsorganisation "Samaritans" verständigt. Das Meldeformular ist aber auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar. …mehr
Präsentismus, also die Arbeit trotz Kranksein, hat viele Gesichter und erfordert individuelle Antworten seitens der Unternehmen. Das zeigt eine Analyse von 285 Studien zum Thema, die im Auftrag der Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BauA) http://www.baua.de erstellt wurde. Der "Krankenstand" alleine greift zu kurz, um den Gesundheitszustand von Beschäftigten zu beschreiben, so ein Ergebnis. Ebenso wurde sichtbar, wie teuer das Widersetzen gegen den ärztlichen Rat des Zuhausebleibens langfristig kommt. …mehr
Zum dritten Mal hintereinander hat es Microsoft geschafft, die Spitze des Business-Software-Channels zu erklimmen. 2011 erklärten Fachhändler und Systemhäuser das Redmonder Unternehmen zu ihren Liebling im Bereich "gewerbliche Software": Das GfK-"Channel Excellence"-Studie ergeben. Weitere vom Channel präferierte Hersteller von Business Software ssind (in alphabetischer Reihenfolge): Adobe, Autodesk, Cisco, Citrix, IBM, Novell, Quest Software, Symantec und VMware. (rw) …mehr
Bisher hat Samsung bei Android-Smartphones vor allem auf Geräte mit Touchscreen gesetzt. Nun überrascht der koreanische Hersteller mit einem Kombi-Modell im Blackberry-Format. Die vierzeilige Tastatur des Samsung Pro dient jedoch nur als Ergänzung der Bedienung über den 2,8 Zoll großen Touchscreen, der im Querformat eingebaut ist. …mehr
Lust auf einen Blick über den nationalen Tellerrand hinaus? Mit dem "Enterprise CIO Forum" wurde eine unabhängige globale Online-Plattform ins Leben gerufen, die CIOs und IT-Führungskräften über Ländergrenzen hinweg Gelegenheit zum Erfahrungsaustausch, Abgleich von Herausforderungen und Networken bietet. …mehr
In umfangreichen Gerichtsverfahren mussten in der Vergangenheit oft viele Anwälte alleine dafür bezahlt werden, Akten zu sammeln und nach relevanter Information zu durchsuchen. Diesen Job sollen nun Computerprogramme übernehmen, die das nicht nur schneller und günstiger, sondern auch besser können sollen, berichtet die New York Times. …mehr
Premium-Inhalt. Lenovo on Tuesday announced the ThinkPad X220 laptop, which is one of the early ultraportable laptops running on new processors based on Intel's Sandy Bridge microarchitecture.
Premium-Inhalt. Very few people (certainly not the smart, savvy, people who read PCWorld articles) run their computers without up-to-date firewall and antivirus software. Most users know better than to click a message from "Bank of Amerika" that tells them "Your account is much suspect of risk, please input number for verify." Regardless, there's always a new security hole, exploit, or social-engineering trick that can catch even the intelligent and cautious in a moment of weakness. Another threat is the possibility that someone might gain physical access to your computer--whether it's a laptop thief, a sneaky coworker with dubious intent, or an aggressive lawyer for the RIAA. This feature discusses several ways to keep your digital valuables safe, even if someone is prowling around your house.
Premium-Inhalt. Last May the Employee Plans unit of the IRS sent questionnaires to a statistically valid sample of some 1,200 sponsors of 401(k) plans. The questions, , ran the gamut from plan demographics, such as the number of employees participating, to its structure and governance.
Premium-Inhalt. If you've recently splashed out on a shiny new notebook, , manufacturer of docking stations for Apple's line of MacBook computers, may be just what you need to incorporate your new machine into a desktop setup.
Premium-Inhalt. When John Stephens, AT&T Corp.'s controller for the past 10 years, takes over as CFO on June 1 he will bring to the job a decade of experience managing business planning, financial reporting, and accounting policy. He had previously served as vice president, taxes.
Premium-Inhalt. Core gamers have often criticized Kinect for its "casual-friendly" software lineup. This morning's Top Story is Microsoft's assertion it won't always be that way.
Premium-Inhalt. The iPad joins the political process, Microsoft kicks its own legacy product to the curb, and the iPhone 5 of tomorrow may resemble the iPhone of yesteryear. In order to form a more perfect union, we do establish and ordain these remainders for Monday, March 7, 2011.
Premium-Inhalt. Backing up is hard--not hard to do, but . Rebit's strategy is to make the process so simple and attractive that you can't wait to fire off a backup. In keeping with this goal, Rebit 5's new interface is hands-down the finest ode to manipulating shape-consciousness I've ever seen in any backup program. Unfortunately, it has some thorns, too.
Premium-Inhalt. Attention Pixar fans! Remember 2009's box-office hit ? Well, remember the house that flew in the movie thanks to thousands of attached helium balloons? Computer-animation that may have been, but it just got real.
Premium-Inhalt. It's back to BioWare's grim fantasy world of blood-spattered heroes and skull-faced Darkspawn with the release of (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) this Tuesday. Grizzled roleplaying vets are watching this one closely, especially after BioWare overhauled the combat engine to make it play more like a hack-and-slash. The time I've spent with the game has me thinking the optional pause-play option won't allay their fears, since you're forced to pause, discouragingly, ever other second, just to keep up with all the incoming blows (ergo it's pretty much action-RPG fans or bust). ETA: March 8
Premium-Inhalt. Android's little green robot mascot is pretty cute. Even one of Apple's biggest fans could admit he's cooler than a slightly bitten fruit. So seeing how commonly hacked Android is, when Instructables member decided to hack a figurine to make it responsive--the Android robot is, of course, the natural choice.
Premium-Inhalt. Cisco Systems acted to make its Umi home videoconferencing platform more affordable on Monday, slashing the service cost to US$99 per year and announcing a $399 product for slower Internet connections as well as free Mac and PC clients.
Premium-Inhalt. VMware said on Tuesday it had acquired WaveMaker, the creator of open-source software that lets non-developers build Java Web applications.
Premium-Inhalt. Dell's V313w is priced at a mere $100 as of March 4, 2011, and it seems to receive regular discounting on Dell's Website. But while it looks like a good deal--especially in view of its integrated wireless functionality--it's ultimately a mediocre product overall, with expensive inks.
Premium-Inhalt. 's iOS 4.3, the firmware update due this week for the and , promises a handful of valuable and interesting changes for users of the company's new and old , tablet computers and music devices.
Premium-Inhalt. External controller-based disk storage has recovered from the global recession, exceeding the record sales figure from 2008 with revenue in 2010 of more than US$19.4 billion, according to research company Gartner.
Premium-Inhalt. Hewlett-Packard has launched a new set of services that combine software support and professional services into a single unified offering.
Premium-Inhalt. Driven by the positive business outlook, more IT executives are willing to invest in information technology to improve their firm's performance in 2011. In a survey on IT spending, 46% of the respondents planned to increase their technology budget and only 26% expected to reduce their spending levels. The remaining 28% said they will stick closely to their previous year's budget, regardless of the dips and upticks of the economy.
Premium-Inhalt. 's Kinect for Xbox 360 ditched handheld controllers for gestures and sound, but natural user interfaces don't have to be restricted to video games.
Premium-Inhalt. The Apple rumor mill never runs out of material--there's always a new story to replace the one that was just proved false.
Premium-Inhalt. What good is GPS navigation if it directs you smack-dab into a traffic jam? Not much. That's why Google updated its Android app, Google Maps Navigation (Beta), with the ability to automatically steer you clear of pileups, traffic snarls, and backups related to road work.
Premium-Inhalt. Google patched 25 vulnerabilities in Chrome today in one last update before the Pwn2Own hacking contest starts Wednesday in Canada.
Premium-Inhalt. Guess what today is? Yes, it is Fat Tuesday--the official kick off of Mardi Gras. But, it's also The good news is that there are --only one of which is rated Critical. The bad news is that the Critical flaw will be very easy for attackers to exploit.
Premium-Inhalt. Audio systems that take advantage of Apple's new to wirelessly stream music throughout your house are slowly starting to see the light of day.
Premium-Inhalt. LinkedIn is widely regarded as social network for business professionals, but at its core, says Brad Mauney, product manager for search and cloud at LinkedIn, it's a search company.
Premium-Inhalt. has a lot going for it, but as the last week has shown its approach to selling and distributing is going to need some improvement. Ever since launching Android in 2007, Google has gone out of its way to making the mobile operating system the most accessible and app-friendly in the industry.
Premium-Inhalt. As if users needed another reason to spend more time on Facebook, Warner Bros. has started offering movies to rent or buy and view on the site.
Premium-Inhalt. If you are a student of human anatomy, you are probably familiar with the famous Gray's Anatomy and perhaps Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. These are not small or lightweight books, and if you have other textbooks to carry around as well, you have probably wished for a way to lighten your load. The Pocket Atlas of Anatomy (free seven-day trial; $30 for the full ) is an Android app that combines material from these and other books in a dynamic, search-as-you-type format.
Premium-Inhalt. Microsoft today shipped three security updates that patched four vulnerabilities in Windows and Office.
Premium-Inhalt. Given that Tuesday is , people the world over are celebrating the achievements of women in virtually every aspect of life. More than 1700 events around the globe are planned to mark the event, in fact, including nearly 250 in the United States alone.