coondoggie writes: "Businesses need to study up now on WebRTC — the browser-based voice and video support included in the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome but that seems destined for all browsers — if they want to jump on opportunities to enhance services and cut costs,. The application for which WebRTC offers the most potential is contact centers, where customers seeking help on Web sites can connect with live help via voice and video but also share screens."
coondoggie writes: "When it comes to relatively new technologies, few have been developing at the relentless pace of mobile. But with that development has come a serious threat to the security of personal information and privacy. The Federal Trade Commission today issued a report on mobility issues and said less than one-third of Americans feel they are in control of their personal information on their mobile devices."
coondoggie writes: "Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt got a ton of not always positive attention when he and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson visited North Korea last week. In fact Richardson said Schmidt was a rock star in the country. But Schmidt has been like a rock star in this country and others during his tenure at Google. Check out a few member of his “entourage.”"
coondoggie writes: "The Federal Trade Commission today said it cracked down on tech support scammers who used telemarketers masquerading as major computer companies including Dell, Microsoft, McAfee and Norton to con consumers into believing that their computers are riddled with viruses, spyware and other malware."
coondoggie writes: "Functionality be damned, these are high-fashion times apparently and Google went all out over the weekend showing off its wrap-around Project Glass computer glasses at New York’s Fashion Week. Fashion mogul Diane von Furstenberg utilized the glasses in her show and a host of models ran them down the runway. The actual glasses you may recall can stream data to the lenses, and feature a built-in camera and a number of other high-tech features."
coondoggie writes: "What do you get when you mix access to Google's ultra-fast fiber network and old fashioned grass roots business ideas? Well, in this case you'd get someone living on your couch for free for three months. This week a group calling itself the "Kansas City Hacker Homes," launched a program that calls on the good folks of Kansas City to open up their homes to entrepreneurs and developers who would live and work there for a period of three months, rent and utility free. They have to buy their own food."
coondoggie writes: "Asteroids have been big news this year. The week of April 23 Google execs Larry Page and Eric Schmidt joined with filmmaker James Cameron and others to bankroll an asteroid mining venture called Planetary Resources. And then a huge piece of space debris exploded in the skies over California. Asteroids too have been the center of the oft-controversial doomsday for Earth in 2012 scenario."
coondoggie writes: "Everywhere you turn it seems there is a major battle over intellectual property. And the battle involves some very big entities – Microsoft, Motorola, Oracle and Google to name but a few. There is also a giant battle brewing between the U.S. and China over intellectual property, that former White House Cybersecurity czar Richard Clarke says needs to be settled soon before all U.S. trade secrets are siphoned off to that country. Here we take a look at some of the issues and some of the players in this fight."
coondoggie writes: "Anyone wanting to buy mobile-device management (MDM) software to manage Apple iOS devices will find they need a special digital certificate from Apple to activate it, a requirement that doesn't apply to the same MDM software that would be used to manage Google Android devices."
coondoggie writes: "In a project that has taken longer than company engineers anticipated, Google is rolling out IPv6 across its entire internal employee network.
Google network engineer Irena Nikolova discussed the company-wide implementation and shared some lessons that other organizations might benefit from as they migrate their own networks to the next generation Internet Protocol."
coondoggie writes: "The Federal Trade Commission has set the lineup for its workshop next month that will examine the privacy and security impact of facial recognition technology. The meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC on Dec. 8 will include a host of FTC executives as well as other industry experts such as Benjamin Petrosky, Product Counsel with Google, Brian Huseman, Senior Policy Counsel with Intel, Erin Egan, Senior Privacy Advisor & Director, Privacy, Facebook, Alessandro Acquisti, Associate Professor of the Carnegie Mellon University and Chris Conley, Technology & Civil Liberties Fellow with the ACLU."
coondoggie writes: "According to the Bit9 study published today, smartphone manufacturers Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG often launch new phones with outdated software right out of the box, and they are slow to upgrade these phones to the latest and most secure versions of Android. This heightens the risk of malware vulnerabilities or other types of attack, says Harry Svedlove, Bit9's chief technology officer, who notes detail about the "Dirty Dozen" research and its methodology is posted on the company's website for review."
coondoggie writes: "Cerf says he profoundly feels how the advent of cameras everywhere and the ability to post video and photos online can be hugely disconcerting. He recounts how he stepped once off a helicopter for a meeting in Brazil and minutes later was informed a video of himself doing that had been posted to YouTube, something he found to be a discomforting experience. He says getting constant notes about being "tagged" in online photos from social networking sites such as Facebook still remains a bit of a jolt."
coondoggie writes: "NASA today awarded what it called the largest prize in aviation history to a company that flew their aircraft 200 miles in less than two hours on less than one gallon of fuel or electric equivalent. Their aircraft is the Taurus G4 by Pipistrel-USA.com. The twin fuselage motor glider features a 145 kW electric motor, lithium-ion batteries, and retractable landing gear."
coondoggie writes: "When Google+ launched, CEO Larry Page created the impression that he was going to be an active and visible participant, as he posted both personal and company-related items to his public stream. In the past month, however, Page has posted not a single word to his public circle. Does it matter from a public perception standpoint? There is already chatter that people are joining Google+ but not sticking to it."