Yahoo acquires mobile video app startup Ptch
Yahoo has acquired Ptch, the startup behind a mobile app that allowed users to combine photos and video on their phones into movies, and the service will shut down by January. Incubated by DreamWorks Animation, Ptch was positioned as a social media application that enabled users to make stylized short videos, called ptches, and share them with the Ptch network of users as well as on Facebook and Twitter timelines.
http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/yahoo-acquires-mobile-video-app-startup-ptch-2320502013-12-04 12:49:51 How to stay one step ahead of phishing attacks
Protecting yourself against phishing attacks used to be relatively easy. Don't download unexpected attachments. Visit banking websites directly instead of clicking on links in an email. And look for bad grammar. Credit: wikimedia Those days are gone. Today, a phishing attack can come from any direction via any channel.
The biggest problem with most HTML5 apps is that they're slow.
Apple will hold onto to a "value edge" in 2014, but Android's ecosystem is poised to make big gains, according to IDC. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/QUcjZ1ugvjc/story01.htm2013-12-04 05:43:17 Snapchat Snags Instagram Exec
Snapchat, the rising mobile messaging service, scored a victory against larger rival Facebook on Tuesday.Snapchat poached Emily White, director of business operations for Facebook’s Instagram unit, to be its chief operating officer. Ms. White will begin work in early January, less than a year after joining the Instagram team.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/12/03/snapchat-snags-instagram-exec/?mod=WSJBlog2013-12-04 02:06:03 Amazon Sees Sunshine in a Cloudy Play
The opportunity in cloud computing is big enough for both Google and Amazon.com.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304579404579236352606941672.html?mod=rss_Technology2013-12-04 01:49:02 Facebook Exec Offers Glimpse Into Mobile Business
Facebook offered a clue Tuesday as to how it had built its mobile advertising business so quickly.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/12/03/facebook-exec-offers-glimpse-into-mobile-business/?mod=WSJBlog2013-12-04 00:40:40 Cyber Monday was the biggest online spending day in history
Americans spent $1.75 billion on Monday, an 18 percent jump over Cyber Monday 2012. Did the jump come at the expense of Black Friday sales? [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/3ItJVwWIrnQ/story01.htm2013-12-03 23:32:00 Look for the Windows 8 Grinch this holiday season
IDC is out with its latest PC shipment prognostications for 2013, and the number's aren't good.
http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/look-the-windows-8-grinch-holiday-season-2319832013-12-03 12:45:30 PC market expected to post steepest decline ever in 2013
Shipments will drop 10.1 percent this year, with another decline expected for 2014, according to IDC projections. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/E7ncRqX7JWc/story01.htm2013-12-03 01:25:36 What’s Topsy? Why Did Apple Buy It?
Topsy is one of hundreds of companies that have sprung up in recent years to mine and analyze Twitter’s constant stream of news, opinion and sentiment from around the globe.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/12/02/whats-topsy-why-did-apple-buy-it/?mod=WSJBlog2013-12-03 00:36:14 Salesforce crowns second hackathon king after criticism
After allegations circulated that Salesforce paid $1 million to a team of developers in a rigged competition, the software company declares a second million-dollar winner. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/PRavsbOYfWM/story01.htm2013-12-02 23:41:42 Facebook Tweaks Its News Feed to Include More Actual News
Facebook is tweaking the algorithm for its News Feed so that users see more “high-quality articles about current events.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/12/02/facebook-tweaks-its-news-feed-to-include-more-actual-news/?mod=WSJBlog2013-12-02 23:12:59 Windows XP migration window is closing fast
The end is near for Windows XP. Microsoft will cease supporting the venerable -- and still highly popular -- operating system on April 8, 2014.
http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/windows-xp-migration-window-closing-fast-2319182013-12-02 21:35:28 Windows 8.1 keeps climbing, at its own rate
How successfully has Windows 8.1 lured Windows users? If you already run Windows 8, pretty successful. If you're running anything else, not so much.
http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/windows-81-keeps-climbing-its-own-rate-2319012013-12-02 19:30:00 Amazon Floats the Notion of Delivery Drones
On "60 Minutes" Sunday night, Jeff Bezos of Amazon showed a video of a tiny helicopter seizing a package from a warehouse and airlifting it to a house.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/01/amazon-floats-the-notion-of-delivery-drones/2013-12-02 03:07:17 Online and Offline Stores Duke It Out This Week
Physical and online retailers are in a sort of arms race, pushing each other to start holiday sales earlier and earlier.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/online-and-offline-stores-duke-it-out-this-week/2013-11-27 16:00:08 IT buyers starting to look a lot like consumer shoppers
During the dot-com boom many years ago, the then-called New Economy magazines boasted thick, 100-page folios chock-full of ads. At the Industry Standard, for example, there was a waiting list to buy advertising space. Magazine salespeople weren't really selling at all; they were merely well-paid order-takers. Customers already had done their research and knew what they wanted.
http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/it-buyers-starting-look-lot-consumer-shoppers-2317372013-11-27 12:42:55 Docker unleashed: App portability gets a boost
http://www.infoworld.com/t/application-virtualization/docker-unleashed-app-portability-gets-boost-2317162013-11-27 11:00:00 Ionic mobile app dev framework centers on touch, animation
Proclaiming "the bond between HTML5 and native has arrived," proponents of the Ionic mobile framework are set to offer developers a tool for building hybrid applications with an emphasis on touch and animation function
http://www.infoworld.com/t/development-environments/ionic-mobile-app-dev-framework-centers-touch-animation-2317252013-11-27 11:00:00 Turkey Engineers Cook Up Patents That Are Strictly for the Birds
Dozens of gourmet-minded inventors hold patents—or have ones pending—on a range of gadgets and processes that aim to deliver the best possible bird to America's table.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304791704579214191331978338.html?mod=rss_Technology2013-11-27 04:58:25 Top 25 Black Friday tech deals 2013
So what are the real deals this Black Friday? Check out these top picks from CNET. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/z_dc7ZthteU/story01.htm2013-11-27 00:16:18 Cellphones On a Plane, Reality Version
Calm down, everyone. On service provider's experience shows passengers will be much less annoying in their use of cellphones on planes than people fear.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/11/26/cellphones-on-a-plane-reality-version/?mod=WSJBlog2013-11-26 17:11:42 Study: Companies not as secure as they think
CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry, has a warning for companies: You are likely less prepared then you think for defending against security threats. [Senior executives blamed for a majority of undisclosed security incidents]
http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/study-companies-not-secure-they-think-2316522013-11-26 15:44:12 Can a celebrity news team help revive Yahoo?
Yahoo has been hiring hotshot journalists to boost its news cred, and Monday's addition of Katie Couric could help with the company's efforts to reinvigorate itself. But it has to get the content just right. The Internet company confirmed Monday it hired TV news anchor Katie Couric to lead its growing in-house news operation. She follows several other big-name grabs like The New York Times' technology columnist David Pogue and the Times' deputy news editor Megan Liberman.
http://www.infoworld.com/t/internet/can-celebrity-news-team-help-revive-yahoo-2316252013-11-26 13:18:56 HP private cloud service leads the pack, followed by Cisco and Microsoft, Forrester says
Enterprises are expected to significantly ramp up their pursuit of internal private clouds within the next year and HP, Cisco and Microsoft have the strongest product offerings for those deployments, according to a new Wave report by research firm Forrester.
http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/hp-private-cloud-service-leads-the-pack-followed-cisco-and-microsoft-forrester-says-2316092013-11-26 12:41:02 Salesforce's Superpod shows big clients want to be treated differently, says SAP cloud chief
Salesforce's recent tie-up with HP to provide large enterprises with their own private stack in Salesforce's data center is an indication that big clients want to be treated differently in the cloud.This is according to SAP's VP of strategy cloud solutions, Sven Denecken, who spoke to Computerworld UK at SAP's UK & Ireland User Group conference in Birmingham this week.
http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/salesforces-superpod-shows-big-clients-want-be-treated-differently-says-sap-cloud-chief-2316392013-11-26 12:12:03 Cyber Monday is poised to break online shopping records
Market researcher Forrester predicts that an all-time high of $78.7 billion will be spent online in the US during this year's holiday season. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/Ea151GDPGsQ/story01.htm2013-11-26 04:45:05 Black Friday begins early online
This could be the biggest holiday yet for online shopping, with several retailers offering week-long sales online. Also, tablets look to be a hot tech gift for 2013 and the FDA orders 23andMe to stop selling DNA testing kits. [Read more]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/tcoc/~3/Y-N0l6aHL2Q/story01.htm2013-11-25 21:21:00 RelayRides: Car Sharers Want Personal Connection, Not Anonymity
The car-sharing company has moved away from technology that lets people conduct transactions without actually meeting.
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