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Marriott CIO: FCC message on WiFi blocking loud and clear

The FCC's sternly worded warning about illegal Wi-Fi blocking earlier this week got through to at least one organization: Marriott International's Global CIO issued a statement Friday that the hospitality outfit is withdrawing efforts to gain clarification from the commission on what methods can be used to protect corporate Wi-Fi networks.

By Bob Brown | 01 February, 2015 09:58

Tags: Marriott, Wi-Fi, Google, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, fcc, Marriott International, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Microsoft updates cloud-based SQL Server to simplify management

Microsoft has added automated backup and patching for SQL Server databases running in virtual machines on its Azure cloud, in a bid to simplify management and improve reliability.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 31 January, 2015 05:06

Tags: databases, applications, Microsoft, software, Software as a service, cloud computing, internet, system management

BT to test 500Mbps broadband over copper in two towns

British Telecom thinks that a new technology called G.fast can increase broadband speeds over copper to hundreds of megabits per second, and will soon conduct trials to see if it's right.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 31 January, 2015 00:00

Tags: BT, telecommunication, Networking, DSL, broadband

Reddit handed over user info for 58% of government requests

Reddit today released what it called its first "transparency report," which details requests for user information from both government entities and private lawyers.

By Lucas Mearian | 30 January, 2015 09:03

Tags: reddit, security, data privacy, privacy

FCC banks nearly $45 billion in landmark AWS-3 spectrum auction

The FCC announced today that Auction 97 spectrum auction has closed after roughly two and a half months, with winning bids totaling $44.9 billion for the 65MHz of mostly AWS-3 range. That figure is far and away the highest ever seen in a spectrum auction.

By Jon Gold | 30 January, 2015 07:08

Tags: reddit, at&t, Networking, verizon, Microsoft, wireless, fcc, qualcomm

Data retention: Industry uncertainty dismissed as 'hearsay'

The parliamentary committee overseeing data retention legislation has requested more evidence that companies are unclear as to whether they will be forced to keep customer data under the government's proposed data retention scheme.

By Adam Bender | 29 January, 2015 12:25

Tags: surveillance, data retention bill, security, mandatory data retention, Australia, metadata, data retention, Parliament, Internet industry, Australian Internet Industry Association (AIIA)

Zero Touch Provisioning can help the network world catch up to server advances

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By Calvin Chai | 29 January, 2015 03:56

Tags: Ethernet Switch, Networking, Pica8 Inc., Bare metal switch

Rooting your Android device: A guide for the accident-prone

I am the person IT people are talking about when they say "he knows just enough to be dangerous." I can't deny it. I've broken many more computers and phones and other gadgets through attempts at tinkering than I've improved.

By Jon Gold | 29 January, 2015 00:04

Tags: htc, Networking, wireless

Wi-Fi growth set to drive sales of new Ethernet speeds

Steadily growing demand for faster enterprise wireless LANs in the next four years is expected to drive up sales of both Wi-Fi gear and a new type of Ethernet for connecting next-generation access points.

By Stephen Lawson | 28 January, 2015 12:49

Tags: Dell'Oro Group, Networking, wireless, WLANs / Wi-Fi

FCC calls blocking of personal Wi-Fi hotspots "disturbing trend"

The FCC on Tuesday warned that it will no longer tolerate hotels, convention centers or others intentionally interfering with personal Wi-Fi hotspots.

By Bob Brown | 28 January, 2015 09:24

Tags: Wi-Fi, Google, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, fcc, Marriott International, WLANs / Wi-Fi

New SAP Hana tool aims to put Big Data insights within closer reach

A new SAP rapid-deployment service aims to help enterprises tap its Hana in-memory database and computing platform for business-intelligence initiatives involving Big Data.

By Katherine Noyes | 28 January, 2015 07:51

Tags: application development, applications, SAP, data mining, software, business intelligence

Apple iOS 8.1.3 upgrade won't suck up your storage

Apple has issued its first iOS software update of 2015 for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices, promising bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements.

By Bob Brown | 28 January, 2015 05:59

Tags: consumer electronics, Networking, wireless, smartphones, hardware systems, iPhone, tablets, Apple iOS, iPad, Apple

How not to waste your money on the second wave of 802.11ac wireless gear

The best way to avoid wasting your money on Wave 2 of 802.11ac access points is to not buy them right away, and the second-best is to not overreact to their presence on your network.

By Jon Gold | 27 January, 2015 21:41

Tags: WiFi, Google, Networking, cisco, wireless, 802.11ac, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Quantum bringing public cloud into virtual storage fold

Data management specialist Quantum wants to make it easier for enterprises to combine two of the major trends in storage: virtualization and public clouds.

By Stephen Lawson | 27 January, 2015 16:05

Tags: storage, quantum

China tightens Internet control by blocking VPN services

China is clamping down on unrestricted access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship.

By Martyn Williams | 24 January, 2015 08:46

Tags: regulation, Networking, Government of China, vpn, StrongVPN, government

Smartphones, tablets & eBay taking down SkyMall

SkyMall, the quirky airline catalog, looks as though it may be grounded before long. Parent company Xhibit has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and seeks to sell its assets.

By Bob Brown | 24 January, 2015 04:39

Tags: amazon, Wiley, amazon.com, Networking, wireless, airlines, ebay

Windows 10 and the mystery of the missing cloud

When Windows 8 was first previewed to developers during Microsoft's first preview event for that operating system in September 2011, one of the system's most indispensable sources of functionality was said to be the cloud -- specifically, the cloud service known at that time as Windows Azure.

By Scott M. Fulton, III | 23 January, 2015 15:45

Tags: bob o'donnell, virtualization, Microsoft, desktop virtualization

As Box's IPO looms, so do its challenges

The road to an initial public offering is rarely smooth for any company, but it's fair to say that Box's journey has been one of the bumpier ones. Though it filed plans to go public early last year, it wasn't until this week that the milestone finally come into view. In the meantime, Box's challenges have only intensified.

By Katherine Noyes | 23 January, 2015 09:31

Tags: business issues, storage, SEC Filings, cloud computing, Box, internet

After being dumped by Firefox, Google wants users back

After Google's share of the U.S. search market slipped in December, the Mountain View, Calif. company has been trying to entice Firefox users back to the fold.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 January, 2015 08:16

Tags: search, ComScore, Yahoo, Firefox, Google, computerworld, internet, search engines

Datacentre, Cloud, SDN driving Ethernet switch market to $US25bn

The Layer 2-3 Ethernet switch market is expected to exceed $US25 billion in 2019, a compounded annual growth of over 2 per cent from 2014, according to Dell'Oro Group.

By Jim Duffy | 23 January, 2015 06:55

Tags: Dell, Networking, Ethernet Switch, 25G Ethernet

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