February 11, 2013

Australian Government Wants To Grill Apple And Microsoft On High Prices
"In what's probably the first time anywhere in the world, these IT firms are now being summoned by the Australian parliament to explain why they price their products so much higher in Australia compared to the United States," said ruling Labor government MP Ed Husic, who helped set up the committee. High local prices and soaring cost-of-living bills for basic services are hurting the popularity of the minority Labor government ahead of a September 14 election it is widely tipped to lose, giving political momentum to the inquiry.

Automating Data Protection Across the Enterprise
While a DEI can be built in many different ways, this paper defines a DEI Reference Implementation (DEIRI - pronounced “Dairy”) that has proven to be successful in multiple industries and companies of different sizes and locations. The DEIRI is based on the following diagram and depicts a minimal Production implementation that addresses a fixed level of business requirements. Depending on a company's software development and quality-assurance practices, it may choose to deploy similar DEIs for Development and Quality Assurance environments.

Predictive Analytics Guide
What's the best way to learn about predictive analytics? There's no better way to learn than from concrete case studies such as those presented by Fortune 500 analytics competitors and other top practitioners at the next Predictive Analytics World. In the meanwhile, start by taking a look through the resources listed below on this page.

How Gamification Reshapes Corporate Training
Many companies have a hard time getting employees to attend corporate training. Workers are often reluctant because it means taking time away from the office and possibly incurring high travel expenses. With corporate training budgets currently in recovery mode after the toll the recession took, many companies are looking to see the ROI before buying in to training.

In the Battle of More Data vs. Better Algorithms, Better Data Beats Them Both
So maybe the solution to “More Data” vs. “Better Algorithms” isn’t incremental improvements to either, but rather to invite consumers to the conversation and capture a fundamentally better data set. Getting this new type of data to the market won’t be easy. Four main hurdles need to be cleared for the market to reach scale.

Apple experimenting with an iWatch, secures solar touchscreen patent
A wrist watch could make a lot of sense in the context of Apple's search for way to deliver products that are more accessible in lower income markets, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a report last month, the Times notes. Rumours circulated earlier this year that Apple was looking at plastic to bring the cost of an iPhone down to between $99 and $250.

With Buyout Set, Dell Needs to Lay Out PC Strategy, Analysts Say
"It's too early to tell how much Dell wants to remain in PCs," said Moorhead. "They could more easily reduce or exit the business as a private company... Dell customers, specifically business PC customers and channels, could be a little edgy until Dell announces it's in the PC business for the long haul."

Google warns reporters covering Myanmar of 'state-sponsored' attack on Gmail accounts
A number of journalists covering Myanmar were warned by Google that their Gmail accounts had been targeted by "state-sponsored" attackers. Myat Thura, a reporter in Myanmar, for example, said he had been warned by Google of the attackers trying to get to his account, but added that his mail had not been hacked.

Harvard University Leverages Big Data for Case Study on Kumbh Mela 2013
Harvard University is conducting a study of the Kumbh Mela 2012-13 as an interdisciplinary work involving design, infrastructure, urbanism, business of Kumbh Mela, public health etc. The study is focused on understanding how the temporary ‘mega pop-city’ is built and deconstructed within weeks before and after the Kumbh Mela.

The worst IT addictions (and how to cure them)
Are you a jargon junkie? Got an insatiable appetite for information? Do you rule over your company's systems with an iron fist, unwilling to yield control until someone pries the keyboard from your cold, dead hands? You're going to have to face it -- you're addicted to tech. It's not an uncommon problem, but it can lead to bad decisions, lost productivity, wasted money, and data breaches, to name just a few downsides. Fortunately, there are cures. Consider this your first step on the long road to recovery.

Quote for the day:

"Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm & energy that we have resisted it in the past." -- Tom Peters

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