Around the IT Industry 8/15/11-8/19/11

by Modis on August 19, 2011

The 21 Million Dollar Brain by IBM

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is sponsoring IBM on mission SyNAPSE. The target is to design and develop a cognitive computer chip that develops hypothesis, learns, and adapts through experience. Actual neurons and synapses weave an intricate memory networks like never before. If accomplished, it will be an impressive feat, but will this technological evolution create a social revolution?

Kaspersky’s Research Indicates Adobe Flash Player Is Festering Risk

The study sampled Kaspersky’s client base and found, on the average, there are 12 weaknesses that plagued every PC. 7 out of the top 10 vulnerabilities sourced one application at the root of the issue– Adobe Flash Player. Some even dated back to 2007. With all the updates they require us to install, why is it taking Adobe so long to patch-up the holes to protect users’ security?

Missed the Jetsons – Attend Stanford’s Free AI Class

Who says nothing good in life is for free? Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, two Google gurus, definitely feel otherwise. They have opened up their Introductory to Artificial Intelligence course at Stanford University, free of charge, to everyone. More than 60,000 plan to attend, but don’t expect to get an easy A. You’ll be browsing with the best and brightest Stanford elite.

Got Common Security Sense – Prove It

Echelon One and Venafi’s tested companies on five basic, but crucial IT security initiatives. The evidence reminds us that phishing scams can still penetrate the fortress, and reveals that the cloud may not be so fluffy and friendly.

Abracadabra, Wait No More – NFC Mobile Tech Sets Shoppers Free

With a wave of a NFC chipped out Android smart phone, stores and restaurants shorten wait times, provide better service, and bring warmer bread. The first 1,000 companies to sign-up for this nifty NFC service will receive free sensor stickers that lead customers to liberation. But at 5¢ per use, does the added benefit justify the cost?

Enterprise Virtualization – Red Hat Earns Bragging Rights

New RHEV Beta throws it down. Microsoft Windows Server is no longer required to run its management console, which previously contradicted Red Hats open-source philosophy. The package now supports up to 64 virtual CPUs and 2 terabytes of memory for hosts. This is a big win over Version 5 by VMware’s vSphere, released in July, which only supports up to 32 virtual CPUs and 1 terabyte of memory.

Modular Data Centers Become the Center of Life

Out of the darkness comes the light. When nature shook up Christchurch, New Zealand with a 6.3 magnitude quake that caused billions of dollars in damage and took 181 lives, Orion, the area’s utility company, mobilized and innovated a lasting solution. High-capacity, 33’x 10’, data pods were mini control centers that provided electricity throughout the city. The trend has now gone global, spreading to the UK and New York.

Career Management – Is the Age Gap Causing Friction

For the first time in history, the employment pool consists of five generations. Conflicts do arise, but can be avoided. Here are 6 guidelines to bring peace to free roaming office lands and cube farms everywhere.

Google CEO – Larry Page Talks about Motorola Mobility

Larry gives the low-down on why Google’s acquisition of Motorola is a match of respect and admiration. However you want to call it, Googlerola, Gorola, or G-rola (merged Google + Motorola), this love affair is the talk of the web.

One Way or Another – StumbleUpon Drives More Traffic than Facebook

StatCounter, a web analytics firm, says StumbleUpon’s 15 million users drive more traffic than the beloved Facebook. While there hasn’t been a unanimous understanding about the purpose behind this social media platform, StumbleUpon continues to sculpt and organize itself. The newly defined search options enable users to focus on details of specific interests. We’re looking forward to whatever other advancements their recent $17M in venture capital will launch.

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