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  • Hacking groups operating from Syria, Russia and Lebanon have targeted activists on both sides of the Syrian civil war with malware campaigns, says security firm Kaspersky.

  • The move comes after Ballmer takes ownership of an NBA basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • IDC analysts predict that by 2020 the Internet of things (IoT) network will reach 212 billion connected "things" while globally the market will be worth over $8.9 trillion. According to Webopedia, IoT refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for Internet connectivity, which enables the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems. Gilad Meiri, CEO of emerging technology company Neura and an IoT expert, said that "rapid technological developments in recent years have enabled an accelerated evolvement of the Internet of things landscape. That said, the world is only seeing the tip of the iceberg when thinking about the vast potential the Internet of things can provide to our lives in areas such as health care, safety, energy management and more." With assistance from Meiri and Neura, this eWEEK slide show looks at the evolution of IoT over the years. The list is by no means all encompassing, but it gives a view of how far IoT has come.

  • With its new Pivotal CF Mobile Services, PaaS provider Pivotal brings self-service productivity and continuous delivery to mobile app developers.

  • FileCruiser can be implemented on various hardware platforms, including on a 3U-16 bay Intel x86 server-storage appliance.

  • The guessing games are over. New SharePoint Online features are aimed at helping administrators free up capacity and better manage their cloud storage resources.

  • Symantec also will retire some of its stand-alone Norton legacy products, such as Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton360.

  • A good problem to have? Following brisk cloud adoption from businesses, Azure is once again hit with service disruptions.

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Little-known Voxeet has come up with a new, free-of-charge conference call app that enables talk-overs, cuts static -- and just works.

  • VIDEO: Co-founders of Itus Networks detail their bid to revolutionize home Internet security.

  • The platform also offers improved security features, including built-in multi-factor authentication (MFA) and in-transit and at-rest encryption.

  • When a network goes down in most workplaces, it is certainly an inconvenience, but rarely does it have life-threatening implications. In unconventional locations, such as mines, oil platforms and rail lines, networking has a unique set of challenges that can't be solved by regular networking hardware. For example, we're talking about networking operations in harsh locations such as the North Sea or Arctic Circle; deserts, such as the Sahara or Mojave; or extreme cold in high mountain ranges. These challenges need hardware and software that is specially designed to increase reliability and decrease the chance of failure. If this hardware and software suddenly fail, information movement stops and lives could be put at risk. This slide show, produced with eWEEK reporting and industry information from Kirk Byles, vice president at mesh-networking provider Rajant Corp., covers data points to consider when running networks in unconventional and/or remote locations.

  • When Microsoft's Office 365 launched in 2011, it was a major departure for the software giant. Microsoft had historically offered desktop-based applications to customers and scoffed at any idea that their customers would prefer cloud-based productivity suites and business applications. But as Google and an increasing number of startups started investing in cloud-based productivity suites, Microsoft realized it needed to respond. The introduction of Office 365 proved to be a major divergence from its previous strategy, and the product is now a major force in the marketplace. While Microsoft's Office 365 has gone through a long period of development, the platform's subscriber base has grown robustly within enterprises, where productivity applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook are still corporate standards, only now in the cloud rather than installed on desktops. In fact, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has told the industry on several occasions that his company will remain heavily focused in its quest for future growth as its enterprise customers continue their transition to a variety of cloud applications and services. This eWEEK slide show examines how Microsoft has kept developing Office 365 to win over new customers and increase its value to enterprises.

  • Microsoft's Internet Explorer team is working to repair the browser's reputation by letting go of its past.

  • Chrome is getting broader "Safe Browsing" protection capabilities that will alert users if a safe-appearing download actually is a malicious app in disguise.

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