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Tech Round-up: 11/26/12-11/30/12

by on November 30, 2012

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

One month after Surface RT’s release, Microsoft revealed details about its Surface Pro tablet, which will be available in January 2013. The tablet’s $899 starting price tag, $400 more than the Surface RT, caused Computerworld to question whether enterprises would be willing to spend that much.

Despite rumors that the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade would launch this week, Microsoft announced that the OS update won’t be available until early 2013.

Network World noted that the Windows XP countdown clock is now less than 500 days. The popular operating system’s final security update will be issued on April 8, 2014.

After research firm IDC reported that more businesses are opting for iPhones, ZDNet examined why the smartphones are popular with companies.

In security news, CSO reported that the discovery of another zero day Java exploit has security experts recommending IT departments disable Java in Web browsers; and Symantec issued a warning about W32.Narilam, new malware that modifies corporate databases.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the presidential election, CRN named four IT lessons from the past month, including embracing BYOD and the cloud. The news site also wondered whether the cloud will drive up the cost of cyber insurance.

ITworld listed BYOD as one of the seven more important tech trends of 2012.

Computerworld reported that VMware is among the companies working on software that allows consumers to run separate personal and work interfaces on their phones.

In other VMware news, the company updated vCloud Suite and launched its new Cloud Applications Marketplace.

There were also announcements from NetApp, Dell Wyse, and Cisco. NetApp partnered with Amazon Web Services on NetApp Private Storage for AWS, which lets companies connect private cloud storage with public infrastructure. Cisco acquired Cariden, which supplies network planning, design, and traffic tools to telecommunications service providers. Dell Wyse announced its PocketCloud app portfolio, which lets users remotely connect to their computers from mobile devices.

Finally, ZDNet reported on a worldwide spike in companies utilizing software as a service. Businesses are using SaaS to extend on-premise applications and replace applications with cloud alternatives.

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