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Trust No One

May 7, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Security company Symantec is warning about a crafty new Trojan Horse that takes advantage of Microsoft’s questionable customer-relations image. When you restart your PC after the Trojan is installed, a professional and legitimate-appearing Microsoft window appears that warns, “Your copy of Windows was activated by another user.” It asks you...

Study: IT Does Matter After All

May 4, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Information technology has a measurable impact on businesses’ growth and competitive edge, a handful of MIT and Harvard researchers conclude in an article printed by the Wall Street Journal. If that seems obvious, consider that there exist competing schools of thought. Nicholas Carr started the debate on whether IT matters...

Cell Phones to Pack More Apps

May 4, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Scheduler, camera, music player â€" oh, and a telephone. Mobile phones increasingly are every gadget possible rolled into one. The next frontier, reports Reuters, is GPS navigation. Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia already sells a mobile phone with an integrated navigation device (for a hefty 700 euros â€" about $950), but...

What's Up With Oracle?

May 4, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is Oracle taking over the world? It’s not so much a stretch to think so. Oracle has bought application competitors such as PeopleSoft and Siebel during a buying spree that ended last year. But the database, middleware and application company is out to reassure customers, and investors, that the purchases...

Blog Ribs NASA Scientist

May 3, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Predictions of the future can turn into embarrassing documents. Paleo-Future, a blog dedicated solely to unearthing past prognostications about, as its motto states, “the future that never was," makes a living off such documents. This week, it puts NASA luminary Jesco Freiherr von Puttkamer (who has worked on everything from...

Laptop Battery Makers Look for Alternatives

May 3, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Don’t expect an upsurge in the lifespan of your current laptop battery, warns a CNET article. The laptop battery industry, now more safety conscious after reports last year of Sony-battery powered laptops exploding into flames, can’t pack much more power into their products, the article quotes industry experts. The laptop...

Tip Thursday - Checking Windows Security

May 3, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Welcome to Tech Insider’s Tip Thursday, in which we bring you practical computing tips and information. This week: Check your computer for Windows vulnerabilities. In all likelihood, you have some version of Microsoft Windows as your computer’s operating system. Windows, of course, requires regular security upgrades and it’s possible that...

DOD Finds Instant Chat Netcentric

May 2, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan, a Naval carrier battle group found instant messaging software improved their communications, according to a recent Defense Department case study. The group, from the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, deployed Web-like technologies to become more netcentric. The chat room got special hosannas from this...

Remote Access

May 1, 2007 Agencies are looking anew at Web-based software applications. Like martinis or avocado green, the old-fashioned can become trendy in the technology world, too. Witness the recent buzz about Web-based personal computer applications, whereby users access word processors or other office programs through the Internet. Companies selling Web applications let you...

Tip Thursday - More On Google Searches

April 26, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Welcome to Tech Insider’s Tip Thursday, in which we bring you computing tips and information you can easily apply at your desktop. This week: customizing Google. As a follow up to an earlier post about simple tricks to make your Google searches more effective, we offer some basic steps to...

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