Author Archives: Steve Prentice

E-Cigarettes Can Hurt Your Computer

E-Cigarettes Can Hurt Your Computer

E-Cigarettes Yet more evidence that smoking is bad for you: A brand of e-cigarettes manufactured in China, has been found to carry malicious software that can be implanted into a computer when plugged into a USB port for recharging. E-cigarettes are in actual fact, electronic vaporizers that heat a liquid solution into an aerosol mist that offers the…

Dropbox Goes Mobile With Microsoft

Dropbox Goes Mobile With Microsoft

Microsoft – Out with the old, in with the new There are still some old-timers, people who were alive and working in the 1990’s, who remember when the PC was a stand-alone box, mobile meant carrying a 5¼ inch floppy disk under your arm, and expensive Microsoft products were installed on one machine at a…

Takin’ It To The Tweet: TwitterOffers

Takin’ It To The Tweet: TwitterOffers

TwitterOffers One new twist on this year’s Black Friday madness will involve purchases that include Twitter-enabled discounts. Twitter has recently announced a new feature called TwitterOffers, which seeks to bring customers and retailers together more easily, through the use of “discount tweets” that can be applied to real purchases in-store or online. TwitterOffers is not…

Black Friday Continues Its Frenzy

Black Friday Continues Its Frenzy

Black Friday Continues Its Frenzy The Holiday season spending spree starts this week with the U.S. Thanksgiving Day dropping the green flag on Black Friday and its online sibling Cyber-Monday. Although urban myth suggests the name Black Friday represented a milestone in the retailer’s calendar – the day that business stopped operating in the red…

Malvertising – Hiding In Plain Sight

Malvertising – Hiding In Plain Sight

Security Vulnerabilities In Advertising Bad guys never quit trying to be bad guys. For as long as there have been personal computers, we have had to put up with viruses, malware, spam, and a host of other carefully created annoyances whose danger level ranges from mild to catastrophic. We can now add malvertising to this…

Hybrid Washing: What’s Real; What’s Not?

Hybrid Washing: What’s Real; What’s Not?

Hybrid Washing It is a well-known fact in the business of marketing a product that to get a customer’s attention you must do one or all of the following: first make it clear that without this product a customer stands to lose out somehow; second make it clear this product is better than anything that…

Google Contributor – Monetizing Content In The Cloud

Google Contributor – Monetizing Content In The Cloud

Google Contributor – Paying Your Way on the Internet Google wants users to pay for their Internet use, and is offering a convenient way to do so. It announced, on Thursday, November 20 the release of Google Contributor, which asks users to shell out $1, $2 or $3 per month to help support their favorite websites. According…

Five Cloud Questions Every CIO Needs To Know How To Answer

Five Cloud Questions Every CIO Needs To Know How To Answer

The Hot Seat Five cloud questions every CIO needs to know how to answer The cloud is a powerful thing, but here in the CloudTweaks community, we already know that. The challenge we have is validating the value it brings to today’s enterprise. Below, let’s review five questions we need to be ready to address…

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

The Future Of Big Data Big Data is BIG business and will continue to be one of the more predominant areas of focus in the coming years from small startups to large scale corporations. We’ve already covered on CloudTweaks how Big Data can be utilized in a number of interesting ways from preventing world hunger to helping teams win…

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most Cloud computing is rapidly revolutionizing the way we do business. Instead of being a blurry buzzword, it has become a facet of everyday life. Most people may not quite understand how the cloud works, but electricity is quite difficult to fathom as well. Anyway, regardless of…

How The Cloud Is Changing Disaster Recovery

How The Cloud Is Changing Disaster Recovery

How the Cloud is Changing Disaster Recovery Anyone who is a regular reader of this site will know about the cloud’s numerous benefits. Using the cloud can provide businesses with cost-effective resource usage, rapid provisioning, easy scalability and flexible elasticity – benefits that simply don’t exist when using local on-site servers and services. One of…

5 Surprising Ways Cloud Computing Is Changing Education

5 Surprising Ways Cloud Computing Is Changing Education

Cloud Computing Education The benefits of cloud computing are being recognized in businesses and institutions across the board, with almost 90 percent of organizations currently using some kind of cloud-based application. The immediate benefits of cloud computing are obvious: cloud-based applications reduce infrastructure and IT costs, increase accessibility, enable collaboration, and allow organizations more flexibility…

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring One of the hottest topics in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the Internet of Things (IOT). According to the report of International Telecommunication Union (2012), “the Internet of things can be perceived as a vision with technological and societal implications. It is considered as a…

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