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Friday - September 12, 2014
Google on Thursday announced its acquisition of online polling startup Polar. "At first, it was difficult to find the connection ... opinions and polls?" mused marketing and social media expert Lon Safko. Upon reflection, "the acquisition was about driving engagement and audience to websites," he said. "Polar makes it easy to engage with your followers." [More...]

Friday - September 12, 2014
DoD is committed to pursuing cloud-based services and steadily has been improving its capabilities to utilize the technology. The latest evidence of its embracing the cloud is approval of a protocol that will facilitate the use of the technology at higher security levels. DISA has granted provisional authorization for the use of cloud services to levels 3 to 5 of its Cloud Security Model. [More...]

Thursday - September 11, 2014
Apple Pay
Checkout lanes across the U.S. soon will sport NFC readers, now that an Army of iPhone wielders is mobilizing. Other smartphones already support NFC, but there hasn't been a unified effort to get consumers and retailers interested in using it. Apple Pay will do the trick, and the timing couldn't be better. Customer data thefts at high-profile retailers could become a thing of the past. [More...]

Thursday - September 11, 2014
Marvell recently launched its Kinoma Create construction kit for consumer electronics on Indiegogo. Should a $6.5 billion company turn to crowdfunding to raise money? Are large companies drying up a source of funding that otherwise would be available to startups? Is that morally reprehensible? "Ethics is a personal set of standards and beliefs," noted marketing prof Larry Chiagouris. [More...]

Thursday - September 11, 2014
Apple made its annual iPhone announcement Tuesday, and there were several surprises, including one of those Steve Jobs "one more thing" moments. Now the question is, will the two new iPhones, Apple Pay and Apple Watch be a home run? Generally speaking, yes -- but with some caveats. The iPhone is coming in two new sizes. One is larger, meaning longer. The other is even larger, meaning even longer. [More...]

Wednesday - September 10, 2014
Despite the growing momentum behind cloud computing in recent times, security concerns have been a drag on adoption. IBM sought to reduce that resistance by announcing on Monday that it would start using Intel chip technology to better secure its SoftLayer cloud platform. The Intel technology can be especially reassuring to enterprises running hybrid clouds. [More...]

Wednesday - September 10, 2014
The Apple Watch due in 2015 has resurrected something many feared was lost forever: delight in a new Apple product. Apple has shown the rest of the industry what a smartwatch should look like and how it should behave. Now the question is whether consumers want to strap anything onto their wrists -- beautiful and functional or not. That jury is still out. [More...]

Wednesday - September 10, 2014
There is no question that one of the hottest topics in the tech industry is the rapidly evolving world of the Internet of Things. The seemingly infinite variety of use cases for capturing data from a widening array of connected devices and objects is inspiring the imaginations of corporate decision makers and fueling a new wave of innovation among established and emerging players. [More...]

Tuesday - September 9, 2014
Fire With Firefly
Amazon's Fire Phone created a certain amount of consternation upon its debut -- it's decidedly different from other smartphones on the market. One thing that reviewers agreed on, though, was that Amazon fans would love it. Now that those fans have shelled out, Amazon is trying to lure others into its ecosystem, offering the Fire Phone for the bargain-basement price of 99 cents. [More...]

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