Helpdesk and IT support staff should find this scenario familiar: a user with a desktop, a laptop, a netbook, a smartphone, and a computer or two at home wants a way to keep their files synchronized across all of them at all times. The rise of cloud services and the bring-your-own-device phenomenon have only reinforced the need to have access to everything from anywhere at all times. Offering networked storage, VPNs, and collaborative tools like SharePoint can help to alleviate the problem, but these services often lack the automation, reliability, and simplicity that end-users demand. Many cloud services exist to fill this gap, but in so doing expose sensitive data to what many would consider an unacceptable risk. SpiderOak is an attempt to solve those problems by combining the security associated with internal filesharing options with the power of cloud-based file-syncing products. For most individuals, cloud-syncing software is a great answer to the synchronization problem. The … [Read more...] about SpiderOak: Dropbox for the security obsessive
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Computer engineering is the branch of engineering that integrates electronic engineering with computer sciences. Computer engineers design and develop computer systems and other technological devices. Computer pioneersSome of the most prominent pioneers in computer hardware include:Blaise Pascal, inventor of the mechanical calculator;Charles Babbage, inventor of the Analytical Engine;J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, builders of ENIAC, and later UNIVAC, the first computer to be sold commercially;Nicholas Metropolis, designer of the MANIAC I computer;William Shockley and his team at Bell Labs, inventors of the transistor;Seymour Cray, the "Father of Supercomputing";Steve Wozniak, designer of the Apple I and II personal computers and co-founder of Apple Computer along with Steve Jobs;Adam Osborne, developer of the first portable computer, the Osborne 1; andDouglas Engelbart and Bill English, co-inventors of the computer mouse and developers of … [Read more...] about What Is Computer Engineering?
Alek Sigley was, in many regards, just like any other 29-year-old postgraduate student. But there was one key factor that set him apart: he was studying in North Korea, one of the world's most isolated, secretive nations. Until recently, the Australian native was pursuing a master's degree in Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University in the capital, Pyongyang. At the time, he was the only foreign student enrolled in that postgraduate program, one of just three students from Western nations at the school and the only Australian in the entire country. In a twist, Sigley was detained by North Korean authorities on or around June 26, after spending more than a year there as a foreign student. The state-run Korean Central News Agency said that Sigley, who has documented his life in Pyongyang on his blog and for various columns, was caught spying by "systemically collecting and offering data" to media outlets with critical views toward North Korea. The agency said Sigley was deported … [Read more...] about Inside N. Korea: The view from a rare foreign student detained for alleged spying
For much of the 20th century the automobile was American’s sweetheart lifestyle product. In the last 10 years though, driving rates–especially among teens–have been on the decline. One of the main factors in that decline, according to a recent report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, is that driving isn’t the cool, fun, hip pastime it once was. It’s become drudgery. advertisement advertisement Smartphones have replaced cars as the object of our collective identities. But now GM thinks cars can regain the “cool” mantle–or at least share it–by getting into the software business. If You Can’t Beat The Smartphone, Join It GM wants its cars to be part of a platform. So last month it announced it’s launching an API and app store which it believes will be home to a whole new segment of the 21st century software business. I asked GM’s Greg Ross if it bothered him that cars can’t fall back on the … [Read more...] about How GM Got Religion And Released An API
The next generation of wireless technology is fast-approaching as multiple countries around the world are racing for its development and subsequent wide-scale application. The quicker nation states and their companies are able to successfully establish the prospective technological infrastructure, the quicker they will be able to reap the massive economic assets and advantages. And as of recently, it seems that China is in good shape to cross the finish line first.Specifically known as 5G, or the fifth generation of mobile networks, the technical classification is for now ill-defined standards of advanced wireless systems — (the formulation of criteria is currently an ongoing process for a handful of industry organizations). In general, it means a substantially increased internet capacity, which will inevitably cause a number of positive changes like smoother device-to-device communications, lower energy consumption, and overall more reliable and faster networks. If such … [Read more...] about The Race To 5G Technology: How America Could Lose Out On The Next Biggest Thing
In the 5 in 5 report IBM’s top scientists report on what the world, supported by smart sensing and computing, will look like in five years. Last week, Fast Company previewed the report with the physicist who heads up the research team: Dr. Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow, and Vice President of Innovation. advertisement advertisement In five years, cities will be sentient. More buses will automatically run when there are more people to fill them. And doctors will use your DNA to tailor medical advice and smart computing to diagnose and plan treatment for big diseases like cancer not in months, but in minutes. In five years, physical retail stores will understand your preferences and use augmented reality to bring the web to where shoppers can physically touch it. Sophisticated analytics will allow the classroom (not just the teacher) to track your progress in real time and tailor course work. Digital guardians will protect your accounts and identity, proactively flagging … [Read more...] about Do You Know What Life Will Be Like In 5 Years? IBM’s Top Scientist Does