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10 CES trends that matter to business
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The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is about consumer electronics, of course. But the consumerization of IT has been much of what the business press has focused on over the past year, what with BYOD, cloud computing, social networks and such. So CES, which has managed to do quite well without Apple, and will again this year without a Microsoft keynote, has a lot to show the business community what is coming next for the business-to-business world. Here are 10 CES 2013 trends and products that will have a business impact. More

Photos: Cool gadgets unveiled at Vegas Consumer Electronics Show
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CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas and is expected to feature 3,100 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees. Here are images of some of the cool gadgets unveiled. More

Global gadget spending projected to hit $1.1 trillion in 2013
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Global spending on consumer electronic devices is projected to hit $1.1 trillion in 2013, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. During a recent media briefing, Steve Koenig, senior director of market research for CEA, said that figure would represent about 4 percent growth from 2012. And, fingers crossed, it would reflect a turnaround of sorts from 2012, when spending unexpectedly fell about 1 percent. More

Huawei reveals premium Mate, Ascend D2 'phablets' at CES
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As expected, Huawei announced two new superpremium Android smartphones at CES 2013, the Huawei Ascend Mate and the Huawei Ascend D2. Jessica Dolcourt, writer of the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked, got a chance to see them before the press conference kicked off. These are exactly the products that Huawei has needed to gain attention in the U.S., a market it's strongly focused on right now, according to Dolcourt. More


Tech continues to be advantageous for area
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Wayne Rampey, vice chair of member services, MTBC, writes: "North Texas technology professionals are fortunate to swim in a hotbed of technology innovation built on a multigeneration foundation of technical experience. MTBC member companies take advantage of this tech ecosystem to create innovative solutions like cellular glucometers for diabetes patients to online monitoring systems which limit sexting to our young people. The opportunities are endless for companies who recognize customer needs and emerging trends. Here at the MTBC, we help our members identify the latest trends and then help connect them with partners, clients and funding to make their vision a reality." More


How IT can keep its strategic role in 2013
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Galen Gruman at InfoWorld is offering a dire warning: 2013 is the year IT may lose its "seat at the table" in helping set business strategy. Gruman's warning is worth a read, but he ignores the most important remedy: an IT focus on a company's end customers. Gruman is downright gloomy in asserting that IT organizations have failed to become a strategic asset. More

'Fiscal cliff' is still a threat to IT spending
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Gartner and Forrester recently released their annual predictions for IT spending in the year ahead. Both firms noted that the recent partial resolution of the so-called fiscal cliff crisis would help the industry toward modest growth in 2013. But another analyst said that the threat's not over. More

Survey shows support for clean energy, opportunity for EVs and smart grid
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American consumers continue to show strong support for renewables and alternative fuel vehicles, while apathy toward smart grid technologies may represent a golden opportunity for smart meter advocates. These promising findings come from Pike Research's most recent Energy & Environment Consumer Survey, which polled 1,000 Americans during the third quarter of 2012. This is Pike's fourth annual consumer survey on clean energy. More

IT spending to see modest growth in 2013
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Global spending on IT products and services should grow in the low- to mid-single digits over the next 12 months, according to forecasts recently published. Gartner predicts spending to increase 4.2 percent compared to 2012, to $3.7 trillion, or 3.9 percent when the effects of changes in exchange rates are excluded. Forrester is calling for a 5.4 percent uptick in worldwide IT spending in 2013, to $1.8 trillion, or a 3.3 percent gain excluding exchange rate shifts. Unlike Gartner, Forrester does not include spending on telecom products and services in its forecasts. More


The 7 deadly sins of cloud computing
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Automation, cost savings and data redundancy — no wonder cloud adoption is tempting. The chief information security officer can rest easy knowing there is no vice in moving to the cloud to reap these rewards. What may keep her up at night is not knowing how many missteps the enterprise is making in the process. Here CISOs and security buffs round up seven security sins that can undermine cloud computing's benefits. More

Cloud computing: HIPAA's role
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While a privacy advocate is demanding federal guidance on how to protect health information in the cloud, one federal official says the soon-to-be-modified HIPAA privacy and security rules will apply to all business associates, including cloud vendors, helping to ensure patient data is safeguarded. Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services, made her comments about HIPAA during a Jan. 7 panel discussion on cloud computing hosted by Patient Privacy Rights, an advocacy group. More

Infographic: Cloud computing — Fact or fiction?
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Cloud computing has nothing to do with the weather and while it's not entirely safe from cyberattacks, the technology is creating IT jobs and millions of people are using the cloud. Here is an infographic designed to clear up misconceptions around cloud computing. More

Is there a widening skills gap in the cloud industry?
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A recent white paper from IDC sponsored by Microsoft has suggested a widening skills gap for cloud computing, and the trend will continue further through 2013. In particular the research, of over 600 organizations, showed that as the cloud evolves, cloud-specific skills will grow at six times the rate of overall IT skills, noting that cloud-related skills "represent virtually all of the growth opportunities in IT worldwide." More


New Lego robotics kit talks to iPhones, iPads
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Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit. Lego is set to announce that a new, $350 Mindstorms EV3 kit will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through Bluetooth wireless connections. That means Lego builders can use the devices as remote controls for their robots or create simple programs that are then sent to the robots to control their actions. More


Four cybersecurity items that need less talk and more action
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For all the effort that is being put by enterprises, government and vendors into combating cyberthreats, there are still a few areas where progress has been slow at best and nonexistent at worst. Here in no particular order are four cybersecurity items that need more action and less talk. More

The future of cybersecurity could be sitting in an office in New Jersey
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The Sans Institute was founded in 1989, and currently leads information-security training for military, government, and civilian officials — sessions that tend to specialize, these days, in digital forensics and network penetration testing. For the past few years, SANS has been running computer simulation training games for members of the military. But those simulations, officials realized, were insufficient to prepare people for the threats we face — because cybersecurity, its name notwithstanding, doesn't merely concern cyber-environments. So SANS built a new model, this one intended to capture the "kinetic effects" of cyber warfare — and meant to emphasize the connection between invisible data and physical destruction. More


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