Prepaid-wireless carrier MetroPCS has turned to Ericsson and Samsung to provide the handsets for the LTE-CDMA 4G network it plans to launch next year, MetroPCS said Tuesday. Executives also disclosed at an industry event that they will pursue an aggressive cord-cutting marketing strategy -- telling consumers they will receive broadband service comparable to their fixed-line service -- to promote its 4G network.
Information technology workers spend much of their time trying to protect operating systems from cyberattacks, but it turns out that desktop applications and Web sites are more vulnerable, according to a report by the SANS Institute. More than 90% of enterprise computers run unsecured versions of common desktop software, such as Adobe's Acrobat, yet IT departments tend to patch operating systems twice as quickly.
For many businesses, the iPhone is not quite ready for prime time, Chris Dannen writes. The device's applications offer few options for users who want to share and collaborate on files. Offering a peek at how things might be changing, collaboration-software firm Box has released an application programming interface that extends its system to the iPhone for custom applications.
The federal government is increasingly purchasing off-the-shelf equipment and commercial services in order to give more employees the benefits of mobile-communications tools. Proprietary technologies and networks were considered cost-effective when only top officials carried wireless devices, but as more workers use them to improve efficiency and effectiveness, commercial offerings are seen as the better choice.
Cloud-computing vendors including Amazon, Google and VMWare offered heady praise for Apps.gov, a government Web site that will showcase approved cloud-based applications, along with social-media and business programs, Larry Dignan writes.