Archive | May, 2013

Google Glass: It’s not an enterprise product, get over it

26 May

As the niche, developing wearable computing market continues to spin, it will still be some time yet until consumers will embrace this new branch of technology.

When Google Glass was announced in 2012, it was shown off in all kinds of leisure activities — from photo taking to video filming — and a range of personal activities that would bridge the gap between handheld devices and the real world. There was even the occasional skydive, suggesting anyone with Glass can go anywhere and do anything.

But Glass was not pitched to the enterprise or corporate world, and has yet to find its niche within the walls of business. And it likely won’t — at least for the near future.

Google Glass is far from a refined product and has a way to go before it will have any meaningful impact in the consumer space. But while Google continues its public, paid-for and lengthy beta-testing process, it only has the consumer in mind.

It’s an experiment that, like other services it has built on over time, could eventually be developed further to include business-minded types. But even then it would have to be, particularly at this early stage in development, a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) requirement rather than an IT budget spending all-out endeavor.

Yes, you can search things on the go. With developer support you could argue that it could boost e-commerce on the shop floor. Maybe it could act as a second or even third display for number crunching. All of these suggestions banded around ZDNet’s New York bureau this afternoon seem rather weak, do they not?

There’s no doubt that Google Glass could be big business for the search giant, but in turn how it reflects on other business remains at best minimal, and unlikely to dent any significant usage in the enterprise.

By creating apparently more problems than Glass actually solves, the primitive device has seen a significant amount of controversy and concern surrounding whether Glass could breach privacy, record people, invade people’s personal space, and all the encompassing features that defines a “glasshole.”

Developers: App makers hold the key to Glass’ success. Its current bare-bones approach to search and access to its own product range circle isn’t enough to bring in the business crowd — even if you’re a Google Apps company. Until there’s a hearty ecosystem that developers can plug into, there’s little point in even taking on the platform. The ecosystem can only thrive with users. It’s a one-way street, which becomes a symbiotic relationship.

There is a case that if enterprises fling open the doors to Glass and develop their own internal apps for the device, there’s a case in point. But again, there are very few reasons why at this early stage in development

Android: Glass supports Android, also iPhones. Android is creeping into cubicles across the land, but it’s still void of any measurable enterprise-grade security. Some Android phones have been certified with FIPS 140-2 government-grade security thanks to the mobile manufacturers themselves — such as HTC — but that’s no thanks to Google. Glass will have to reconsider its position on taking security less than seriously if it wants to make any meaningful impact in business, thanks to the Android factor.

(There is an argument that iPhones and iPads were not pitched to the enterprise either, but the business customer chose Apple after it began to bolster its security and functionality.)

Privacy: Government is a crucial enterprise player, at least in terms of security above other major business sectors, even finance. With varying levels of security clearance in the same office — some with higher access than others — the last thing you’re going to want is documents floating around on camera that may or may not be currently filming away. Unless Google tackles this very basic privacy problem, Glass will remain a problem child in the workplace.

The ‘stand out’ (or lack of): Normally with any enterprise-based product, feature, or service, there’s a pitch. Google isn’t marketing Glass as an enterprise product, nor should it. There’s very little in terms of value that the next-generation specs can actually offer ordinary workers. It doesn’t boost productivity. It’s a gimmick. Consumers love gimmicks because it’s something they can choose to use a product or feature when they like.

For the enterprise, it’s a core part of the workflow. Glass doesn’t have one single feature or productivity factor that stands out and screams, “use me.” If there were, we’d be harping on about it. For now, or at least until Google Glass 2.0 begins to embrace the worker population, there’s little to offer in terms of ‘stand out’ quality.

Cost: Considering all of the above, the cost of the device alone is an enterprise turn-off, but also the very fact that the weak reasons that could be thrown in Glass’ direction to justify even a small rollout across a corporate base. There may be some industries that may benefit from Glass, but if those benefits are limited to having something within your immediate eyesight rather than fetching your smartphone from out of your pocket, frankly you need to get less picky, more productive employees.

You don’t need a million reasons to justify Glass. You just need one, and there don’t appear to be any.

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Google has declined to support Home windows Cellular

26 May

This thirty day period, Home windows Cellphone consumers eventually received Microsoft’s YouTube shopper for their handset. Created by Redmond, just after Google declined to assistance their cell platform, the consumer has currently sparked a disagreement (and legal letters) between the 2 tech companies. The saga of the WP YouTube shopper is way from about, but it surely highlights two important locations – Microsoft signifies small business with Home windows Cellular phone, and YouTube is now as pervasive as being a utility firm.

Updated inside the 1st week of May possibly, Microsoft’s YouTube shopper ceased staying an icon that opened up a cellular website and became a complete software on any Home windows Cell phone handset, together with aid for Kid’s Corner by restricting use of age limited videos; pinning channels, playlists and videos; and downloading films for offline viewing.

By such as an option to download movies for the handset, instead of displaying any in-app promotion, Microsoft was provoking reaction from Google (all the time with all the reply of ‘we’d like to incorporate these, but we really do not hold the API’). That reaction duly came, a huge, juicy cease and desist letter (along with the ask for to work with the trapdoor inside the Windows Cellphone Keep to remotely delete all copies in the app).

And the same as that, after a metaphorical round of company ‘who’s is bigger’, the two businesses are sitting round the table, and it looks like Windows Telephone users could have an honest and formal YouTube shopper soon after all.

It at the time had a very good third-party variation known as Metrotube, but any individual supporting that app will realise that it was constantly looking to find options to your lack of APIs from Google, and at a single stage withdrew itself in the Home windows Cellular phone Retail store because it absolutely was just too hard to maintain up using the variations. It’s back again now, and users continue on to love the app. But there was always desire for something extra formal.

The posturing from both of those Microsoft and Google illustrates just how crucial on-line online video should be to a mobile platform, as well as the de facto chief in this particular subject is plainly YouTube. By supplying customers for your number of cellular platforms of their alternative, but only an HTML5 cell edition in the web page for Home windows Phone people, Google have to be cautious of an anti-trust action provided the dominance YouTube has within the marketplace.

Google has declined to support Home windows Cellular phone with applications, pointing for the lessen marketplace share of your platform, as well as their HTML5 choices that mean the information is often partly accessed through the cell world wide web browser. So Microsoft has made this client working with their resources, but without having permission to accessibility the native APIs, they are being forced to pressure the problem that can gain the buyers, but it really also bolsters the Home windows Cell phone platform and gives it parity with all the handsets subsequent to it within the Higher Road.

There’s still heading to become a lot of give and just take among the businesses (the down load option has previously been taken out), and some of that could be played out in community, however the phase is set. Microsoft is going intense with Windows Cell phone; and Google must treat the YouTube as being a utility that ought to be accessible to absolutely everyone on-line, not as their very own walled backyard garden where by they could decide access legal rights on a system by platform foundation.

IT security in India under scrutiny after $45m cash machine heists

16 May

A breach of security at two payment card-processing companies in India that led to heists at cash machines around the world has reopened questions on the risks of outsourcing sensitive financial services to the country.

Global banks that ship work to be processed in India, either in-house or to large IT services vendors, were already under pressure to step up oversight of back-office functions after a series of scandals last year.

Last week, prosecutors in the United States said a global criminal gang stole $45m (£29.5m) from two Middle Eastern banks by breaking into the two card-processing companies based in India and raising balances and withdrawal limits.

“India is exposed in two ways: the threat that the same theft could happen in India and the fact that the outsourcing industry will also get affected,” said Arpinder Singh, partner and national director for fraud investigation and dispute services at consultancy Ernst & Young.

The episode is reopening debate on banks sending work requiring a high degree of confidentiality to offshore locations. “It is the weakest link,” said Shane Shook, an expert with US cyber-security firm Cylance Inc who has helped financial firms conduct investigations into some major cybercrimes.

“I think the lesson is they need to pull back on what they’ve outsourced. When you’re giving a third party, the outsourced entity, the ability to access credit limits or cash limits of the consumers you’re managing the finances for, you’re giving up control that is your fundamental responsibility.”

India’s $108bn IT services industry is the world’s favoured destination for outsourcing. Over 40% of exports by the industry are support services for the global financial sector, ranging from investment bank back-office functions to research, risk-management and processing of insurance claims.

Lured by a tech-savvy, English-speaking population and wages that can be one-fifth those in the west, more than three-quarters of global banks have a direct or third-party offshore presence in India.

Indian IT firms, led by outsourcers such as Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys, argue that security breaches are rare. “I think if you look at the nature of the work we do and how much we do, we’ve actually had very, very few incidents,” said Som Mittal, president of the National Association of Software and Services Companies, the industry lobby.

Still, any perception that data may be less safe in India is unwelcome for an industry that faces an undercurrent of hostility for taking away jobs in the west, where most of its clients are based.

“The threat ([to security] is for real, that’s for sure,” said Parag Deodhar, chief risk officer at Bharti AXA General Insurance, the local joint venture of France’s AXA. “When people don’t take it seriously, it doesn’t help. People still take information security quite lightly, and they don’t address the weakest link, which is the people aspect.”

There has been no suggestion that anyone employed at the two card-processing firms, ElectraCard Services and EnStage, is involved. EnStage, incorporated in California but with operations based in Bangalore, handled card payments for the Bank of Muscat of Oman, sources have said.

Bank of Muscat lost $40m in a co-ordinated heist on 19 February.

ElectraCard Services, based in Pune, processed prepaid travel cards for National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah (RakBank), according to sources. RakBank suffered a $5m co-ordinated heist at cash machines around the world on 21 December last year, the US indictment said.

Several industry watchers have said payment card fraud is a global problem and is not unique to India. Two previous cases of hacking into processors of pre-paid debit cards occurred at RBS WorldPay and Fidelity National Information Services Inc, both in the US.

The amounts involved however were less than the losses suffered by the Middle East banks. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has said many cases of cybercrime involving credit cards and bank fraud are not publicised.

“The notion that this will affect outsourcing to India is wrong. There is no relation. There have been bigger frauds at BPOs in the United States,” Ravi Sundaram, ElectraCard’s head of strategy and corporate services, said on Monday.

Nevertheless, the breach comes after a series of other events have tarnished the IT industry in India. Last year, the New York state banking regulator accused London-based Standard Chartered of hiding $250bn in transactions with Iran and not giving proper oversight to its back-office operation in Chennai, India. Standard Chartered settled with the regulator.

That had followed a backlash in Britain after customers of Royal Bank of Scotland and its NatWest unit were left locked out of their accounts for a week due to an inexperienced IT operator in Hyderabad, media reports said.

A US Senate probe last year criticising anti-money laundering controls at HSBC identified deficiencies in work done by its “offshore reviewers” in India, according to media reports.

While plenty of global companies are moving more functions to India, either to outsourcers or wholly-owned “captive” operations, some are moving work back home. Costs, however, remain an over-riding factor.

“Most banks in US are trying to cut costs because of recession. So they will try to outsource, not just to India, but to any other country or any other company,” said Nishanth Chandran, co-founder and CEO of E-Billing Solutions, a Chennai-based company that helps merchants process payments. “For banks, it is completely a balance between security and costs.”

She also reported that offer difficulties that have held back

16 May

Microsoft launched Home windows 8 in time with the vacations final calendar year, but you are going to really need to wait around till the 2013 holiday browsing time to acquire a sensible choice of machines and fixes that handle complaints about the program.

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Throughout her opening remarks, she unveiled that Home windows Blue, the code name for an update on the software package predicted to incorporate a Start button into Home windows 8, will likely be a absolutely free update for customers. It’ll be officially known as Windows eight.1.

She confirmed that there will be considered a preview of Home windows 8.one all through the firm’s Build meeting in late June, at which time we are going to probable find out much more facts about what precisely will be within the update.

Reller danced within the subject matter of when particularly Windows 8.1 will come to be out there for patrons but implied it’ll be introduced within the vacations. “We’re delicate to your timing on the vacations and what meaning for getting the update out,” she reported. “We fully grasp if the holiday seasons are. We wish to underscore that.”

She also reported that offer difficulties that have held back the provision of extra touchscreen products — which Home windows eight was intended to enable — is improving but won’t be totally solved till afterwards this year. “We see that touch provide is having a lot of improved. Through the holidays we won’t begin to see the styles of limitations we’ve seen over the skill of our partners and retail partners to acquire contact in the quantity they’d like which shoppers are demanding,” she reported.

Touchscreen source constraints were blamed to get a deficiency of variety of fascinating sort elements when Home windows 8 launched final year. A quick growth cycle to the running program also intended that OEMs may well not have had the time that they usually do to establish new items. But many people considered that those difficulties will be solved inside the initial number of months of the yr.

However it does affect the consumer market place, which progressively influences the kinds of equipment which can be utilised while in the organization. Devoid of powerful Home windows 8 units on shop cabinets, buyers have additional purpose to purchase items from opponents like Apple and Google. Microsoft will only have countless holiday break shopping seasons to influence consumers that it’s going to get it proper.

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US government orders removal of Defcad 3D-gun designs

10 May

The US government has demanded designs for a 3D-printed gun be taken offline.

The order to remove the blueprints for the plastic gun comes after they were downloaded more than 100,000 times.

The US State Department wrote to the gun’s designer, Defense Distributed, suggesting publishing them online may breach arms-control regulations.

Although the files have been removed from the company’s Defcad site, it is not clear whether this will stop people accessing the blueprints.

They were being hosted by the Mega online service and may still reside on its servers.

Also, many links to copies of the blueprints have been uploaded to file-sharing site the Pirate Bay, making them widely available. The Pirate Bay has also publicised its links to the files via social news site Reddit suggesting many more people will get hold of the blueprints.

Cody Wilson, who founded Defense Distributed, told the BBC that the genie was out of the bottle.

“Once people heard what happened, Pirate Bay has exploded. I’m sat here watching it now, seeing the downloads go up and up.”

The Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance emailed Mr Wilson a document demanding the designs be “removed from public access” until he could prove he had not broken laws governing shipping weapons overseas by putting the files online and letting people outside the US download them.

Explosive force

Mr Wilson said that Defense Distributed had complied with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) rules. He said the rules were pretty convoluted, but he believed his project was exempt as Defense Distributed had been set up specifically to meet requirements that exempted it from ITAR.

“Our gun operations were registered with ITAR.”

He said the letter was unclear in that the Office was conducting a “review” yet at the same time he had to remove the files.

“They are stalling, they are going to make this review last as long as they can,” he said. “They are getting a lot of political pressure.” He added that he had taken legal advice about what to do next.

“We’ve also had offers of help from lawyers from all around the country,” he said.

He welcomed the US government’s intervention, saying it would highlight the issue of whether it was possible to stop the spread of 3D-printed weapons.

Unlike conventional weapons, the printed gun – called the Liberator by its creators – is made out of plastic on a printer. Many engineering firms and manufacturers use these machines to test prototypes before starting large-scale production.

While desktop 3D printers are becoming more popular, Defense Distributed used an industrial 3D printer that cost more than £5,000 to produce its gun. This was able to use high-density plastic that could withstand and channel the explosive force involved in firing a bullet.

Before making the Liberator, Mr Wilson got a licence to manufacture and sell the weapon from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Bureau told the BBC that any American could make a gun for their own use, even on a 3D printer, but selling it required a licence.

Mr Wilson, who describes himself as a crypto-anarchist, said the project to create a printed gun and make it widely available was all “about liberty”.

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One more workaround would be to transform the file

10 May

Windows Notepad has long been close to due to the fact Windows initial appeared in 1985, and also the NT variation has not improved much for your decade. What has modified is it truly is not the selected viewer once you tell World wide web Explorer to point out the source code of a website. With IE8, that job was handed more than into the far more sophisticated viewer built into IE’s Developer Applications, to make it aggressive with Netscape and Google Chrome.

You’ll be able to modify the default. Commence IE8 and press F12 to open the Developer Applications, open up the File menu, click on Customise Internet Explorer See Supply, and select Notepad in lieu of Default Viewer. If you operate Notepad, you may have the ability to load, edit and help save .html information. (Of course, if you just double-click them, they may load from the default browser.)

One more workaround would be to transform the file extension that tells Windows which application to implement to open a file. Push F2, change the identify with the nearby duplicate of your respective file from, as an example, NewsPage.html to NewsPage.txt, double click the file and it’ll open in Notepad in editable variety. Once you have completed enhancing it, save the file and alter the title back to NewsPage.html prior to uploading it on your server.

Or else, I do not expect Microsoft was as well concerned about persons still utilizing Notepad to edit HTML data files. They’re an insignificant proportion of today’s 1.four billion or so Windows buyers, and there are lots of free alternatives.

Such as, Microsoft presents a powerful cost-free online page structure system Visual Studio Specific 2012 for Internet, in addition to a free model of Microsoft Expression World-wide-web four, which was an expensive industrial program right until it had been discontinued. There are many free third-party choices which include KompoZer. This is to some degree such as the long-dead Microsoft FrontPage. Yet another absolutely free or low-priced different is Serif’s WebPlus.

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