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May 31, 2012
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  • Cisco: Mobile revolution to drive worldwide spike in IP activity
    The growth of mobility and machine-to-machine connectivity will lead to a surge in the number of network connections over the next four years, Cisco Systems predicts, with devices such as tablets and smartphones accounting for nearly one-fifth of all consumer Internet traffic. According to the company's latest Visual Networking Index Forecast, IP traffic will grow nearly 300% through 2016 -- reaching 110 exabytes per month and generating a total of 18.9 billion network connections worldwide, or roughly 2.5 connections for every man, woman and child on the planet. Telecompetitor.com (5/30), Multichannel News (5/30), CRN.com (U.S.) (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

 
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Emerging Tools 
 
  • HD videoconferencing undercuts immersive telepresence
    High-definition videoconferencing is proving to be a less expensive alternative to immersive telepresence systems for small groups, according to this blog post, which points to the investment required for installing telepresence equipment. IDC estimates that videoconferencing revenue in the first quarter was up 14.4% from a year earlier, while immersive telepresence system sales were down 38.7% in that period. ZDNet/Between the Lines blog (5/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Security Update 
  • U.S. public-private coalition takes aim at botnets
    A coalition of U.S. government agencies and private businesses has created a voluntary code of conduct aimed at addressing groups of infected computers known as botnets, used by hackers to distribute malware and launch cyber-attacks. Members of the Industry Botnet Group -- which was formed last year at the prompting of the White House Cybersecurity Office and the Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce -- are promoting a list of nine principles for fending off botnets, including increased flexibility and coordination in dealing with cyberthreats, and are following up with an education campaign to teach computer users how to keep their machines from becoming infected. FederalNewsRadio.com (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • McAfee warns that one-fifth of U.S. computers are unprotected
    One in five Windows PCs in the U.S. don't have active security tools, according to a report by computer security provider McAfee. The company's survey found that 63% of underprotected machines have no security software installed and 37% had antivirus software that wasn't being actively used. The U.S. is in the top five of unprotected PC populations, with Singapore leading the pack. Computerworld (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Oracle targets rivals with cloud platform offering
    Oracle is preparing to take a running leap into the cloud in June, with the introduction of a new line of cloud products that will include an integrated platform for building databases, applications and business management solutions. The move -- a direct challenge to competitors such as SAP and Salesforce.com -- was announced this week by Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison, who said he will offer more details on the offering during an event June 6. IT PRO (London)/Reuters (5/31), CNET (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Why good leaders create leaders, not followers
    The best bosses bring out the leadership qualities in their workers and develop teams of people with different but complementary leadership styles, Robyn Benincasa writes. That's valuable because some situations call for authoritative or coercive leadership, while others call for emotional sensitivity and a more nurturing approach. "When we share leadership, we're all a heck of a lot smarter, more nimble and more capable in the long run," Benincasa writes. Fast Company online (5/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Researcher develops first-ever chemical circuit
    A doctoral student at Linkoping University in Sweden has developed the world's first chemical circuit -- an "ion transistor" that could one day be used to stimulate movement in muscles, for example. The chip works by controlling the transport of biomolecules in the human body -- such as the neurotransmitter acetylcholine -- directing them to perform specific functions, similar to the way a silicon chip works in a computer. PhysOrg.com (5/29), Popular Science (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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