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  • Enterprises can never get enough data storage capacity. No matter how many storage arrays an enterprise acquires, the rapid growth of corporate data demands the acquisition of ever more storage capacity. That's the main reason why more enterprises are turning to cloud-based data storage now that more IT managers are convinced that these services are secure and reliable enough to safeguard at least a portion of their organization's data archives. Data privacy and security are of paramount concern in an era in which every enterprise on the planet is a target for cyber-criminal intrusions and denial of service attacks. Many companies have gotten into the cloud storage business, including Google, Microsoft, Dropbox and Rackspace. With so many services and data storage plans available, choosing the right one for your organization can be a puzzle. This eWEEK slide show takes a quick look at 10 of the more prominent cloud data storage services that have the data plans and capacity to serve businesses of all sizes.

  • The new capability in the Android Search app means that users can look for something in one language and then send a message to a friend in another language without changing the app's settings each time.

  • Users of Microsoft's OneDrive app for Android can now access both their work and personal files on the same app.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Almost six years after its creation, the Chrome Web browser is now available for free use to residents of Cuba so they can search the Internet.

  • IBM has updated its Watson technology with new cognitive computing capabilities to help researchers come up with scientific and other breakthroughs by uncovering previously unknown connections in big data. At an Aug. 28 event at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, IBM and some of its partners and customers showed just how far Watson has come. IBM showed how it has advanced its Watson Cloud Discovery Advisor, making it available as a cloud service designed to scale and accelerate discoveries made by research teams. Watson Discovery Advisor can be taught to learn and understand biology, intellectual property, and law and law enforcement, among other industries, having profound implications for their R&D efforts. "We're entering an extraordinary age of data-driven discovery," said Mike Rhodin, senior vice president of the IBM Watson Group. "Today's announcement is a natural extension of Watson's cognitive computing intelligence, empowering research, developers and industry experts with powerful insights and connections in data, giving scientists the ability to make connections with data that others don't see, which can lead to significant breakthrough discoveries." This slide show, which contains images from IBM's event, illustrates how IBM is helping customers in various industries delve further into big data.

  • Clinton addressed about 500 tech execs, tech investors, journalists and other invited guests at storage provider Nexenta's OpenSDx summit.

  • Users of the Mozilla Developer Network and Bugzilla testing system are advised to update their passwords after a pair of data disclosures were reported in August.

  • The company cleans house and vows to be on the lookout for "crap apps" that threaten to undermine Microsoft's efforts to build a vibrant app ecosystem.

  • The fine was imposed because T-Mobile harmed consumers by not offering enough cell phone models that are compatible with hearing aids from 2009 to 2010, according to the FCC.

  • IBM said the increasing enterprise use of cloud, mobile, big data, analytics and social technologies is driving demand for IBM systems and storage.

  • After weeks of rumors about when Apple's latest products would finally be unveiled, including an expected iPhone 6 and maybe even a new iWatch smartwatch, the company has pegged the date as Sept. 9.

  • Retailers around the U.S. are on high alert, checking to see if they've been infected with Backoff, a malware family that specifically takes aim at point-of-sale (POS) systems running on Windows to steal customer credit card information. The U.S. government first warned about the dangers of Backoff in a public advisory in July, and initially 600 businesses were thought to be infected with the malware. However, that number has been revised to "over 1,000" in the latest update of the advisory. Retail attacks have been increasingly numerous over the course of the past year, with a number of high-profile breaches hitting retailers including Target, Neiman Marcus, P.F. Chang's and UPS. In the case of UPS, which only publicly disclosed that it had been attacked on Aug. 20, the breach had been undetected for months. In its disclosure, UPS does not specifically name Backoff as the culprit, though it does credit a U.S. government advisory on retail POS malware as helping it identify and contain its own data breach threat. Security vendor Trustwave is credited by the U.S Secret Service in the Backoff advisory as being a key partner under contract with the government examining the Backoff threat. In this slide show, eWEEK, with input from Karl Sigler, threat intelligence manager at Trustwave, reviews some of the key facts and recommendations about the Backoff POS malware.

  • Our world is being radically transformed by digital technologies and mobile devices. While this applies to our personal lives, the implications are perhaps most profound for the enterprise. There's tremendous potential to harness these forces to unlock new efficiencies and sources of growth and differentiations. But business and IT must first come to terms with the realities of this new world—and how they have radically redefined expectations for business apps. Meanwhile, several independent software vendors are providing application development platforms that require no coding at all. Some are delivering model-driven platforms that enable users to generate apps from business process models with no programming required. Yet, in the end, enterprises are looking for ways to build mobile, Web and general enterprise apps faster, better and cheaper. The sooner IT teams shed their old practices, the sooner they can redefine their own businesses. Here are 10 arguments from app platform provider Mendix why IT should consider a new, rapid app development strategy.

  • It's that time of year when the lazy days of summer recede into memory and the time to crack open the (increasingly digital) books and settle down into the school year returns. Beyond e-readers and tablets, which have started to enter more prominently onto college campuses and into lesson plan formats, more specific gadgets such as smart pens and the USB-equipped Space Bar are becoming available. According to a survey from the National Retail Federation, nearly one in five parents (18.2 percent) said that 100 percent of their back-to-college electronics purchases were influenced by course and school requirements. For back-to-school families, whose lists often include supplies needed for the classroom, 21 percent of parents said that 100 percent of the supplies they buy are influenced by classroom and school requirements. When it came to electronics, 16.4 percent said that every electronic item they buy is influenced by classroom lists and school requirements. Now more than ever, college students have an abundance of gadgets to suit their studies—or distract them from what they should be doing. Here's a look at 10 that offer equal opportunities to encourage academic effort or effortlessly entertain.

  • Silicon Valley's own NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers, introduced its new, state-of-the-art Levi's Stadium on Aug. 17 following more than two years of design and construction. The $1.2 billion venue in Santa Clara, Calif., comprises 1.85 million square feet, seats about 68,500 and features 165 luxury suites. Silicon Valley companies literally helped build this power-efficient and ecologically sustainable stadium. Nowhere will one see more IT-industry sponsors, which include SAP, Intel, Sony, Brocade, Yahoo, Citrix and many others. A noteworthy feature of the facility is the 27,000-square-foot, solar-paneled roof deck atop the suite tower on the west side of the stadium. Three solar bridges connect the main parking area to the stadium, containing hundreds of solar panels. On the tech side, Shoretel is handling all the WiFi at the stadium, and SAP has partnered with the team to provide both enterprise apps and game-day consumer apps, which are described in this slide show. (Photos by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK)

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