High-speed data transfer via Intel's Thunderbolt controller chips is a new feature of Hewlett-Packard's impending ZBook ultrabook and desktop workstation offerings. The PC-maker says they provide a fourfold increase in transfer speed over USB 3.0.
Dell plans to reduce costs by $2 billion over the next three years to improve profitability, regain market traction in several segments and advance in new sectors. The PC-maker is banking on demand for Windows 8 as well as internal efforts to standardize product configurations and gain efficiency from the supply chain, CEO Michael Dell says.
Young entrepreneurs, some of them not yet old enough to drink, are becoming the norm at startups, with many hoping to follow in the footsteps of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. These wunderkinds have technology skills, but their lack of business experience and financial acumen can make the job of running a company challenging.
Some companies let workers swap jobs for a while to help them gain a better perspective on their own role and the roles of other employees. The temporary re-assignments can hone skills and motivate employees to work toward a new position, advocates say. "In organizations today there is more emphasis on adaptability, teamwork and learning agility. Companies have to be flexible about creating opportunities for employees to opt into projects," says Caroline Paxman of SHL, a talent-measurement firm.
The National Security Agency is warning the White House that hackers may soon have the ability to create power outages using cyber-attacks. The agency's director, Gen. Keith Alexander, has gone on record that cyber-attackers have the ability to take down or damage computer networks.