Author Archives: Steve Prentice

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…

Facebook: Your At-work Social Network

Facebook: Your At-work Social Network

Social Network The unofficial divide between LinkedIn and FaceBook is about to get a whole lot fuzzier, with the January 2015 soft release of “Facebook at Work,” a social platform for the workplace. According to an entry in the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Blog, “the product is being tested in fewer than a dozen companies…

The Cat Within – Google Image Recognition

The Cat Within – Google Image Recognition

Google can see cats The unofficial star of the Internet is the cat. As a running joke concerning the ease by which time can be wasted online, cat videos and the grumpy cat are recurring stars. Google has now reinjected legitimacy into this cultural meme by using visuals of cats as a flagship for its new…

Project Loon – From Wi-Fi to High-Fi

Project Loon – From Wi-Fi to High-Fi

Project Loon Although the Internet appears universal and omnipresent to those who use it, the majority of the world still lacks access to it, due to many factors, including economics, terrain, political instability and straight-up poverty. A handful of high-profile Internet giants is setting about changing that, by changing the way the Internet signal travels: instead of…

IBM and Apple promises to make apps more sticky

IBM and Apple promises to make apps more sticky

Creating Apps that Stick A new partnership between IBM and Apple promises to make apps more sticky and responsive. Speaking at the IBM XCITE 2014 conference recently in Singapore, Tim Greisinger, IBM vice president for its Smarter Cities arm discussed the shortfalls of current apps and the potential for this marriage of industry behemoths moving…

Leveraging Carrier Ethernet To Connect To The Cloud

Leveraging Carrier Ethernet To Connect To The Cloud

Connecting To The Cloud Determining the Best Cloud Connectivity Solution With the Cloud only being as good as employees’ ability to effectively access it, the overall user experience depends highly on enterprise network connectivity. Today, the Internet is the predominant method to connect to Cloud applications services. Internet connectivity is readily available in all markets.…

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…

Hoarders And Data Collectors: On The Brink Of Unmanageability

Hoarders And Data Collectors:  On The Brink Of Unmanageability

Hoarders and Data Collectors In our physical world, hoarders are deemed “out of control” when they collect too much.  Surely the same analogy applies in our online world.  When providers collect realms of data from us, it seems they lose control of that too?  In the last months it’s not just the frequency of data…

A Marketplace of Networks: Simplifying Enterprise Cloud Connectivity

A Marketplace of Networks: Simplifying Enterprise Cloud Connectivity

Simplifying Enterprise Cloud Connectivity and Consumption Cost. Agility. Innovation. For the modern-day enterprise, the advantages of migrating business applications to the Cloud are many. From substantial cost savings realized through economies of scale and pay-per-use models, to faster innovation and time to market, to the agility and flexibility of auto-scaling systems to accommodate growing application…

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