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+ - Government Will Spend $1.2 Trillion on Internet of Things, According to IDC

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cagraham (3027657) writes "A new report by IDC looks at the way in which US government IT spending will change throughout 2014 and beyond. According to their analysis, the government will increase its spending on Internet of Things technology up to $1.2 trillion in 2017. The report also predicts that the government will decrease traditional IT spending by 15%, and instead invest in cloud computing."

+ - Oregon Relied on Microsoft Office to Manage Health Exchange Development

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cagraham (3027657) writes "The Oregonian recently uncovered an internal report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the ongoing problems with the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange. The report states that "Cover Oregon is not employing ... any mainstream project management tool," and was instead using Microsoft Office products to track the exchange's development. The state is currently registering residents using paper forms, and is withholding $25.6 million from software company Oracle for missing functionality."

+ - Eye Tribe Launches Cloud Platform to Track Eye Movements

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cagraham (3027657) writes "Startup company Eye Tribe has announced the launch of a cloud-based analytics platform that allows businesses to collect and analyze eye movements from different sources simultaneously. The platform is tied into Eye Tribe's $99 eye tracking hardware, which it hopes will one day be integrated directly into smartphones and tablets. If the technology does become widespread, it could change how app developers and marketers monitor user attention and focus."

+ - AMD Is Adding Games onto Your Games

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cagraham (3027657) writes "AMD has a new program designed to reward users for playing video games. Every time a member of it's AMD Rewards program begins playing a new game in a 24 hour period, they'll get five "Raptr Points." They'll then receive an additional two points for every twenty minutes of play. Eventually, they can redeem these for AMD hardware, or discounts on products. The whole program is tied into their Gaming Evolved app, that helps people find the perfect gameplay settings for their hardware.

A loyalty program for video games — genius, or overkill?"

+ - IEEE Says 85% of Daily Tasks will be Games by 2020

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cagraham (3027657) writes "According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), over 85% of daily tasks will include game elements by 2020. The organization, whose motto is "Advancing Technology for Humanity," looked at the growth of games in fields such as healthcare, education, and enterprise when preparing their report. Member Tom Coughlin summarized the findings, saying that 'by 2020, however many points you have at work will help determine the kind of raise you get or which office you sit in.'"

+ - Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

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cagraham (3027657) writes "A fire at Iron Mountain's data warehouse in Buenos Aires left the facility "ruined," and killed nine first-responders according to the Washington Post. The origin of the fire is unknown, although the facility was supposedly equipped with sprinkler systems, fire control systems, and had a private emergency team on standby. Among the records lost include corporate data and Argentina's bank archives, which could have some surprisingly far reaching implications."

+ - Google Testing Smart Appliance, Would Compete with Nest Thermostat

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cagraham (3027657) writes "Google is currently testing a web-connected thermostat, similar to the popular Nest Thermostat, according to The Information. The device would display energy usage details, and allow user's to control it from a web app. This actually marks the second time Google has ventured into home energy, after their PowerMeter web app that was shut down in 2011. Web connected devices could allow Google access to a treasure trove of data on people's daily habits and routines."

+ - Dell Bets $16M on Security Firm Invincea 1

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cagraham (3027657) writes "Dell has invested $16M in cyber security firm Invincea, according to the Wall Street Journal. Invincea makes the FreeSpace software that is bundled onto Dell's business laptops and tablet offerings. Unlike traditional anti-virus software that seeks to identify and then patch vulnerabilities, FreeSpace creates virtual "containers" on the computer and runs highly-targeted programs like Microsoft Office and web browsers inside of them. If it detects malware, the software then seals it inside the container, where it can't spread (and where it can be analyzed by Invincea). The investment is likely designed to develop Dell's enterprise software offerings."

+ - FDA Not Convinced Antibacterial Soaps Stop the Spread of Germs-> 5

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barlevg (2111272) writes "It's long been a concern that the widespread use of antibacterials soaps is contributing towards the evolution of drug-resistant "superbugs," but as the Washington Post reports, the Food and Drug Administration also does not believe that there is any evidence to support that the antibacterial agents in soaps are any more effective at killing germs than simply washing with soap and water. Under the terms of a proposal under consideration, the FDA will require that manufacturers making such claims will have to show proof. If they fail to do so, they will be required to change their marketing or even stop selling the products altogether.

The Washington Post cites concerns that triclosan interferes with hormone production, but it should be noted that is is based on animal studies, and that at least one human study has shown no effect on hormone levels in adults using toothpaste containing triclosan."

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+ - Google Makes it Harder for Marketers to Collect User Data

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cagraham (3027657) writes "In a seemingly minor update, Google announced that all Gmail images will now be cached on their own servers, before being displayed to users. This means that users won't have to click to download images in every email now — they'll just automatically be shown. For marketers, however, the change has serious implications. Because each user won't download the images from a third-party server, marketers won't be able to see open-rates, log IP addresses, or gather information on user location and browser type. Google says the changes are intended to enhance user privacy and security."

+ - Amazon Uses Robots to Speed Up Human "Pickers" in Fulfillment Centers

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cagraham (3027657) writes "The WSJ, combing through Amazon's Q3 earnings report, found that the company is currently using 1,400 robots across three of their fulfillment centers. The machines are made by Kiva Systems (a company acquired by Amazon last year), and help to warehouses more efficient by bringing the product shelves to the workers. The workers then select the right item from the shelf, box it, and place it on the conveyor line, while another shelf is brought. The management software that runs the robots can speed or slow down item pacing, reroute valuable orders to more experienced workers, and redistribute workloads to prevent backlogs."

+ - Apple Launches Customer Tracking Program in 254 Stores

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cagraham (3027657) writes "Apple is launching its iBeacon program across all their US stores today, reports Venturebeat. Customers who enter Apple stores — provided they have an iPhone 4S or later — will receive a notification asking if Apple can track them in the store. Some of the messages a customer might receive include notifications about their phone upgrade eligibility, or prompts to purchase accessories, depending on their location. This marks the first wide-scale usage of iBeacon, which is also compatible with Android 4.3 devices."

+ - In three years, nearly 45% of all the servers will ship to cloud providers->

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dcblogs (1096431) writes "IDC expects that anywhere from 25% to 30% of all the servers shipped next year will be delivered to cloud services providers. In three years, 2017, nearly 45% of all the servers leaving manufacturers will be bought by cloud providers. The shift is slowing the purchase of server sales to enterprise IT. The increased use of SaaS is a major reason for the market shift, but so is virtualization to increase server capacity. Data center consolidations are eliminating servers as well, along with the purchase of denser servers capable of handling larger loads. The increased use of cloud-based providers is roiling the server market, and is expected to help send server revenue down 3.5% this year, according to IDC."
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