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OPERATING SYSTEMS: Microsoft Is Developing Software That Converts Android Phones To Windows 10. The Redmond-based company casually revealed that it is testing Windows 10 with “power users” of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 4 Android smartphone. The initiative, which Xiaomi stressed is not a partnership but merely assistance with the trial, is an interesting one because it again shows Microsoft’s new ‘platform agnostic’ approach. Read more

OUTSOURCING: Why Offshoring Your Software Development to Romania Makes Sense. As a software maker, TechSmith had always been an in-house development shop, handling all phases of project development internally. So when the Okemos, Mich.-based producer of screencasting products decided not only to begin outsourcing that work but to send it more than 5,000 miles away to Bucharest, Romania, it “was a big stretch,” says Tony Dunckel, TechSmith’s vice president of market solutions. Read more

OPEN SOURCE: Should Governments Develop Their Own Software? ThE dilemma of in-house software versus outsourcing is faced by any type of organization, and the analysis usually distinguishes between “infrastructure software” and “business software,” with the latter encapsulating business knowledge. Read more


IoT: Microsoft Beefs Up Azure for Internet of Things. At the recent Convergence 2015 conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shared the company’s vision for its role in the Internet of Things, which features an Azure IoT Suite that combine business intelligence capabilities (Power BI) using real-time data (Azure Stream Analytics) with Azure Machine Learning capabilities. Read more

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS: Ford To Add OnStar-Like Telematics In Wake Of Microsoft Azure Cloud Deal. This is Ford’s plan for 2015 and beyond, according to Don Butler, executive director of connected vehicles and services at Ford: Sync and the smartphone continues as a connection tool, although not necessarily (in the future) the primary one. Where Wi-Fi is available, Ford can use that (in your garage, parked near Starbucks, at a truck stop) to deliver information and updates. Read more

AMAZON WEB SERVICES: Microsoft Corporation IoT BI Suite Will Crush, Inc. (AMZN) Cloud Business? CEO Satya Nadella said that by 2019, there will more than 26 billion general purpose computer devices with more than 44 zettabytes of data. This data, according to Microsoft, will need to be sent to the Cloud. This poses a major challenge for the Enterprise and individual users alike. Read more



HEALTH DATA: Medical Data Has Become The Next Cybersecurity Target. Hackers often carry out massive cyberattacks to gain access to financial data throughbanks and retail companies, but this recent cybercrime hit a seemingly new target: medical data, taken from the health insurance company Premera Blue Cross. Read more

COMPLIANCE: Speed of Tech Change a Threat to Cybersecurity. Companies are having problems adapting to the speed of technological change, continue to use legacy technologies while trying to combat evolving cyberthreats and have a lack of understanding of the full liabilities they face when their data are breached, according to a report on information security threats released recently. Read more

INTERNET SECURITY: The Company Securing Your Internet Has Close Ties to Russian Spies. Kaspersky Lab sells security software, including antivirus programs recommended by big-box stores and other U.S. PC retailers. The Moscow-based company ranks sixth in revenue among security-software makers, taking in $667 million in 2013, and is a favorite among Best Buy’s Geek Squad technicians and reviewers on Read more


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