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Tech Round-up: 10/22/12-10/26/12

by on October 26, 2012

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye this week:

After weeks of speculation, Apple finally announced the iPad Mini. Forbes named the price, which starts at $329, as one of the reasons the new tablet will be good for businesses.

Wired reported that Apple is teaming with VMware on Horizon Mobile iOS, an iPad cloud-hosted office suite targeting Microsoft Office.

Microsoft officially released both its Windows 8 operating system and new Surface RT tablet. The tablet’s release caused ZDNet to declare that hardware finally matters again after being overlooked for software and cloud innovation. CRN discussed Windows 8’s anticipated security effects and risks.

Also on the operating system front, ComputerWorld examined why companies in the post-PC era are not just looking at Windows for their operating system; and Network World explained that even businesses with no plans of upgrading should still evaluate Windows 8 due to potential BYOD issues.

ReadWriteWeb examined why some companies are choosing COPE (Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled) policies over BYOD. One reason is that COPE eases support issues by deploying the same hardware to every employee.

PC Magazine reported that criminals hacked PIN pads at 63 Barnes and Noble stores and stole customer credit card and pin numbers.

ZDNet reported that Broadcom WiFi chips in several smartphones, tablets, and laptops were vulnerable to a DoS attack.

In cloud news, InfoWorld used Monday’s Amazon Web Service outage to discuss why cloud services should be layered architecturally. The site also got into the Halloween spirit by citing three “scary” things about cloud computing, including the lack of security planning in cloud deployments.

There were product announcements from Riverbed and McAfee. Riverbed released Cascade 10.0, which addresses network and application performance for virtualized desktop infrastructure, server virtualization, and fully virtualized data centers. McAfee unveiled new versions of Deep Defender, Endpoint Encryption, Application Control, and Enterprise Mobility Manager.

Finally, InfoWorld offered virtual desktop tips from veteran users.

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