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Monday - September 15, 2014
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Minecraft players can build just about anything they want to in the game, but Microsoft is betting big bucks that the game can help it build something its been missing for a long time: a strong position in the mobile market. Minecraft "is one of those franchises that has a wide demographic, and it is successful on every platform it is on," noted gaming analyst Lewis Ward. [More...]

Monday - September 15, 2014
Apple's unveiling last week of its Apple Pay NFC mobile payments system has triggered a clash between banks and the retail industry. Apple has lined up support from banks and credit card companies, but Best Buy and Walmart have said they will not support Apple Pay, according to reports. Instead, they will go with a competing mobile wallet application, CurrentC. [More...]

Friday - September 12, 2014
Facebook has updated its ad policy with two changes. One gives users the option of explaining why they don't want to see a specific ad in their News Feed. The second update takes this new policy a step further by giving more weight to the feedback provided from users who rarely hide ads. Facebook's goal is to identify ads that aren't good fits or are generally offensive. [More...]

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
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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...]

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