Map of New Testament Social Networks The old understanding of what constitutes a small, medium or large business are getting very blurry indeed. An enterprise is typically thought of as a firm with over one hundred million in revenue in most western world business circles, but of course many of them are made up of dozens of smaller decentralized business units, creating lots of separate P&L centers, some connected together and some not. Add relationships with other businesses and the playing field is typically pretty complicated. Small business software is often used on a departmental level to solve specific business problems within large companies, but of course this doesn't usually scale or interoperate well with other business systems and software. A business colleague recently wrote within a social network about her current new job work coal face Officially feeling overwhelmed with the onslaught of social media/2.0 productivity tools….Google Docs, Google mail/Calendar … [Read more...] about Small, medium or large collaboration headache?
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Now that invites for the October 27 Apple event have seen sent out, there's much speculation about what we will, and won't, see from a purported new generation of MacBook Pro laptops. Thus far, the generally agreed-upon predictions -- as rounded up by Macrumors -- are: New MacBook Pros with a thinner, lighter design and a secondary touchscreen at the top of the keyboard. That tiny screen is said to be replacing the function key row and providing context-based commands -- different "soft" buttons which would vary depending on the app in use. Possible minor updates to the MacBook Air, which is one of the longest-standing designs in the Apple universe. A minor spec bump may be in store for the iMac desktops.The elevated level of interest in new MacBooks, especially with an expected major redesign such as this, is reflected in many of the messages I receive from CNET readers. Among the most common email topics is a variation on: "When will product X get updated?" And, more often than … [Read more...] about Will new MacBooks finally make it easier to pick the perfect Apple laptop?
And just like that, the Xbox 360 is five years old.Five years ago yesterday I was one of about 2,000 people who spent 30 very cold hours inside a giant hangar in the Southern California desert celebrating the launch of this brand new video game console. The so-called "Zero Hour" event was the start of something that has helped change the industry forever. It's hard to believe that five years has gone by so fast, but sure enough, the Xbox 360 has officially reached the age at which previous generations of video game consoles would be retired in favor of the next round. But the new Xbox was the first to hit the playing field of what quickly became known as the "next-gen" consoles: the Xbox, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii, the latter two of which would be released in November 2006.Amazingly, on that frigid Nov. 21, 2005, Sony's flagship console was still the PlayStation 2, and no one had yet even heard the name "Wii." … [Read more...] about Amazingly, the Xbox 360 is 5 years old
There's no third-party publisher that carries a history quite like Electronic Arts. Founded in 1982 through one man's ambition to publish the best PC games, this Californian corporation surfed the unstoppable tide of PlayStation in the '90s and 2000s, becoming a monstrously successful multinational in the process. It made billions. It made enemies. It made a lot of Need for Speed.Then in 2007, its chief executive at the time -- John Riccitiello -- gave his colleagues a stabbing wakeup call, in a meeting in New York now known as EA's "Burning Platform" moment. Electronic Arts was not, JR explained, too big to fail. Quite the opposite was happening, in fact; The publisher simply could not sustain its own excessive costs.A painful reorganisation followed, transforming this megalithic publisher of discs into a broader entertainment group, making inroads into the business of social games, mobile, free-to-play, and online passes. It wasn't making as many billions, but it was still making new … [Read more...] about EA’s new empire: An interview wth Peter Moore
G01pack mounts a multi-stage attack after invading computers running unpatched versions of Oracle's Java 6Old dogs may not be taught new tricks, but the same isn't true for Java exploit kits.One of the top four exploit kits in the world, g01pack, has added a new wrinkle to its repertoire of tricks to evade detection, according to researchers at Trusteer. It now contains a new exploit that modifies how it delivers malware to an infected system.The kit is designed to attack a vulnerability that was patched in Java 6 by Oracle in 2012. Despite that -- and the fact that the latest version of Java is 7.x -- Trusteer estimates that the package is still infecting one out of every 3000 computers connected to the Internet a month.Oracle declined to comment for this story.With a typical exploit kit, a small patch of shell code is injected into a machine through a vulnerability. Once in memory, it sends for its payload.Payloads contain an smorgasbord of malware programs for working mischief on a … [Read more...] about Old Java exploit kit taught new tricks
Microsoft Surface line up has come a long way in not only design and performance, but also in public perception. When it launched in 2012, there was no device like it on the market and people weren't sure what to make of it. Was it a tablet or a notebook, and could you really have the best of both in one device? But now companies such as Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, Asus, HP and even Apple have jumped on board with the tablet-as-a-notebook concept, reinforcing Microsoft's strategy.With each iteration, Microsoft has improved on the Surface, and the Surface Pro 4 is certainly no exception. With a brilliant display, impressive specs, enterprise-ready features and a sleek design, it's ready for work or play -- and it's the best Surface yet. Design: As slim as it can getEvery Surface design closely resembles the one that came before it, and that is true when you compare the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 3. The Pro 4 is slightly thinner than the Pro 3, but only by .03 inches. and at 1.73 pounds, … [Read more...] about Hands-on with Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4
Not too long ago the job of a Web browser was simple: Get the text from the Internet and pour it into the window. If a tag like <strong> comes along, change the font. Now the challenges are greater because the browser is becoming the home for almost everything we do. Do you have documents to edit? There's a website for that. Did you miss a television show? There's a website for that. Do you want to announce your engagement? There's a website for that too. The Web browser handles all of that and more. Slideshow: The Web Browser Turns 15: A Look BackChoosing a best browser is an impossible job. On one hand, the programs are as close to commodities as there are in the computer industry. The core standards are pretty solid and the job of rendering the document is well understood. Most differences can be smoothed over when the Web designers use cross-platform libraries like jQuery. Many websites look the same in all of the major browsers, a testament to the hard work of the … [Read more...] about The Best Web Browser: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Or Safari?
What would you think if someone intimately familiar with the inner workings of digital networking begins a paper by pronouncing the Internet insecure, then asks, "Does this mean we have simply been lucky, or are the issues more theoretical than actual?"The "nonsecure" proclamation and evocative question were found in this ACM paper written by Chris Hall, senior engineer with Highwayman Associates and founding executive director of Communications Research Network at Cambridge University Computer Laboratory.Since the Internet consists of countless disparate networks, there has to be some way to figure out how traffic gets from point A to point B. For example, what tells the digital bits, making up an email from me, how to get to my friend in Sousse, Tunisia, some 8000 kilometers away.Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) does a "lion's share" of the figuring. It is the protocol Internet backbone devices use to make high-level routing decisions. And it is BGP that has Chris concerned.Way back in … [Read more...] about BGP and Internet security: Is it better to be lucky or good?
There’s no getting around it, so let’s start with the bad: Dishonored 2 is busted on many, many PCs.That said, it's lightly less busted after installing the new 1.2 patch that released on Tuesday. But things still aren’t great by any means. I’m still seeing wild frame rate swings, from 100+ down to 50 on Ultra settings with a GeForce GTX 980 Ti at 1080p, depending on where I am and what I’m looking at. Worse is that the settings still seem like window dressing. Frame rates stay almost exactly the same regardless of whether I’m on Ultra or Very Low, and the game relies on console-style upscaling as a crutch.Taking a look at Reddit and Steam reviews, it seems like some people are having zero issues after the 1.2 patch, while others say the game doesn’t even start anymore. It’s a mess, and so as we did with Batman: Arkham Knight not so very long ago, we’re throwing a provisional score on the game. When it’s fixed, … [Read more...] about Dishonored 2 review: New stealth highs hobbled by frustrating PC performance lows
With current TV projects like The Blacklist and active film projects like Stretch, it’s hard to believe Joe Carnahan would have any time to speak about his evolving career. But in this exclusive interview, Joe took a moment to not only talk about his thriving career in film and television, but also where each of those systems might be headed in the future, and his own future within them. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock So Joe, you’ve done TV pilots in the past – around 2006 you were involved in something called Faceless - but The Blacklist is the first one you’ve done that went to series. You also have the other pilot Those Who Kill, and you’re supposedly attached to a CBS pilot this season. I’m curious: you have high profile films attached to your name: Narc, A-Team, The Grey, you’ve got Stretch upcoming this year, why come to TV?Carnahan: Because I find it a lot more creatively … [Read more...] about Joe Carnahan On Directing ‘The Blacklist’, Slowing Down His New Film ‘Stretch’, And His Future In Both Mediums