Security As A Service? We Want It, Says IT Leaders
Until recently, security was cloud’s Achilles Heel. Now, many are turning to the cloud itself to provide needed security. That’s one of the takeaways of a recent survey of 401 IT professionals, released by Insight, a technology services provider. Overall, the survey shows, IT professionals graded their current IT infrastructure an average of “B,” a modest uptick from a “B minus” in 2016. Cloud computing has, for all intents and purposes, simply become “computing.”
APAC Firms See Data Security as Key Barrier to Digital Transformation
With digital transformation high on most business agendas these days, Asia-Pacific companies have expressed concerns that data security and legacy systems will hinder their progress. Some 35 percent viewed the potential failure to secure sensitive data as a key barrier to their organization’s digital transformation, according to new research commissioned by CenturyLink and conducted by 451 Research.
Microsoft Starts Rolling Out Collaborative Inking Whiteboard App
Microsoft has announced it’s rolling out its collaborative inking Whiteboard app on Windows 10, starting with a private preview now available on Surface Hub. The app should be available on more Windows 10 devices, including the Surface Studio and Surface Pro, later this year. The app offers collaborative inking, geometry recognition, table conversion and automatic table shading, as well as exclusive capabilities for Office 365 subscribers.
Three Billion Digital Buyers By 2021
Juniper Research forecasts that by 2021, there will be 3 billion users of digital commerce services, 40 percent of the global population, up from 32 percent in 2017. The digital commerce industry will be dominated by remote payments for digital & physical goods and digital banking via bill payment services. The new research, Digital Commerce: Key Trends, Sectors & Forecasts 2017-2021, notes that the combined activities will account for over half of global transaction values by 2021.
Google Families Makes It Easy to Share Calendars, Photos and Reminders
Google is expanding the ability to easily share information with your immediate family to Calendar, Photos, Keep, and YouTube TV. Google has announced the new service, Google Families, a natural expansion of the already existing ability to share Google Play Music subscriptions and apps purchased from Google Play.
Nasdaq Invests in Artificial Intelligence
Following a string of market-disrupting financial scandals, stock exchange Nasdaq needed a more effective way to detect financial fraud that didn’t depend on older lexicon search tools. After months of searching, it found a way — via technology based on artificial intelligence.
Google Rolls Out Enterprise Bundle for Chrome, Citrix Support
Google has announced updates to Chrome that better tailor the web browser for the enterprise. The new Chrome enterprise bundle gives IT administrators a single installation package to download, containing Chrome MSI, the Chrome Legacy Browser Support extension, and administrative policy templates.
Real-Time Locational Reporting Drives IoT
I used to hear the phrase “location, location, location” in real estate ads. If enterprise use cases for IoT are any indication, that phrase might just as well apply to IoT in the early going. “The key use cases for IoT right now are in real-time location tracking,” said Steve Wilkes, founder and CTO of Striim, which provides real-time data integration and streaming analytics software.
Research Warns of C-Suite Exposure to Mobile Security Threats
The C-suite, including the CEO, are most at risk from being hacked when working outside of the office, according to a new report from mobile connectivity provider iPass. The findings, which appear in the company’s latest annual Mobile Security Report, show that of the 500 CIOs and senior IT decision makers surveyed, almost half (47 percent) were said to be ‘very concerned’ about mobile security threats, up from 36 percent in 2016. In total, 93 percent of organizations polled said they were either ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ concerned with securing a growing mobile workforce.
New Google Payment API Aims to Streamline Mobile Payment Process
Google has made it easier for developers and merchants to enable Android app users to pay for purchases with their mobile devices. Effective immediately, developers can use the new Google Payment API to enable Android app users to pay for purchases with credit and debit cards saved to their Google Account.
The Five Key Drivers of Digital Transformation Today
A few times each year, senior digital executives from around the world assemble at Forrester’s Digital Transformation Summit to check in with each other and Forrester analysts to discuss the current state of digital evolution. For those who couldn’t spare the two days, here is a summary of key insights and trends.
Amazon’s App Store Puts Millions of Android Devices at Risk
Ask almost any security expert, and they’ll tell you switching on “unknown sources” on your Android phone or tablet is one of the worst things you can do for device security. But that’s exactly what Amazon has asked its app store customers to do for years. The heart of the problem is Amazon’s requirement to allow installations from “unknown sources” — that is, any app or game that hasn’t been carefully vetted by the Google Play app store. That’s because while almost all of Amazon’s apps are already in Google Play, the retail giant’s own third-party app store, dubbed Underground, isn’t allowed.
Mobile Ransomware Attacks ‘Soared’ in 2017, Up 250 Percent in Q1
The global ransomware epidemic continues to make waves, as last week’s WannaCry attack demonstrated: In Q1 of 2017 alone, mobile ransomware attacks increased by 253 percent, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab.
Apple Developing Dedicated AI Chip for iPhone, iPad
Apple is developing a dedicated artificial intelligence chip to offload tasks like speech recognition and facial recognition on its mobile devices, according to Bloomberg. The chip internally known as Apple Neural Engine could help improve battery life and overall performance, the report said. Apple is looking to include the chip in both the iPhone and iPad. Apple is said to have begun testing future iPhone prototypes with the chip, but it’s not clear when the dedicated chip could arrive or if it will be included in the next iPhone release this fall.
Why Apple’s App Store is Good Business for Your Enterprise
New information from Sensor Tower confirms that whether you’re developing apps for consumers, or if app development for others is your business, Apple’s App Store is a good place to do business. The data shows that at least 69 iOS developers managed to make their first million-dollars in app revenue last year, and that’s just on the U.S. App Store. In fact, despite a smaller relative market share in comparison with Android, the store created almost twice as many millionaires in 2016.
It Was All About the Apps at This Year’s ET6 Enterprise Transformation Exchange in Arizona
PowWow Mobile was a proud sponsor this year’s ET6 Enterprise Transformation Exchange, an enterprise mobility and digital transformation conference focused on exploring new and innovative technology solutions to help enterprises accelerate their digital journey. This year’s three-day event in Chandler, AZ brought in industry experts and solution providers from all over the country. Topics discussed included refining mobile strategies for the enterprise, the empowerment of access to predictive analytics, common app challenges and the steps to successfully undergoing a digital transformation.