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5 Tools to Secure a ‘Bring-Your-Own-Device&#...

Smartphones and tablets are powerful productivity tools. Your small business may even count on them to help your employees stay connected and productive away from the office. Some businesses issue a company-owned smartphone to each employee, but employees might be better served by a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy. BYOD isn't just cheaper and easier than the alternative; it can also make for happier, more productive employees.

But using personal smartphones for business can be risky. If you're not careful, adopting a BYOD policy could compromise sensitive company data. Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take to mitigate security risks. Here are five simple tools your company can use to keep its data safe and secure.

1. For email…

Office 365 (all mobile platforms)

Any old webmail service will do for personal use, but when running a business it pays to invest in a secure, business-class email service — especially if your company operates under a BYOD policy. But business-class email can be pricey, especially for a small business on a limited budget.

A subscription to Microsoft Office 365 includes secure email for your employees, with ActiveSync support for every major ...

10 Places Where Google Glass is Banned

Google Glass isn’t even readily available to the public yet and it’s already been banned in certain places. If you’re not keeping up with the times, I’m going to go into explaining what Google Glass or Google Glasses actually are.

Basically, Google Glass is like wearing a computer on your head and they fit like a normal pair of glasses. Yes, I’m being completely serious. It’s sort of like having your own HuD from a video game right in front of your face.

Google Glass works via voice commands and you can do some pretty sweet things with it. For instance, you can record video, take pictures, get directions, etc… Basically, you can do anything with Google Glass that you can do with your smart phone.

Even though Google Glass hasn’t officially been released to the public yet, it’s already been banned in certain places. A lot of concern has risen in regards to Google Glass and intrusion of privacy.

You have to keep in mind that with Google Glass; people could be recorded in public and never know it.

Due to these privacy concerns, Google Glass has already been banned in certain places.

Below, you will find a ...

YouTube comments will soon tie-in with Google+ and...

YouTube is refreshing the way that it’s handling comments on the video social network. Starting this week, it is implementing a modified version of the Google+ Comment platform to help make user feedback more meaningful and personalized to each individual.

In its current form, YouTube comments are organized in chronological order with the most recent surfaced to the top. It doesn’t matter how many up votes a comment received — it just became difficult to find comments from the creators and other key ones, especially when you look at the video channels of popular creators.

With the new commenting system, creators will notice that YouTube has shifted its core display away from recency and moved it in favor of ranking what’s meaningful to you. Some signals that are included are people who you know and/or interact with, social affinity, and random people who leave comments and have an engaged discussion.

Through its integration of Google+ Comments, YouTube is making it so postings on ...

Startup Addy: Build a URL for your real-world loca...

Growing up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Khaled Naim noticed something lacking in the city's infrastructure. Despite its well-developed economy and urban amenities, Dubai was plagued by poor city planning that led to a messy address system.

"The way they describe locations is, 'Turn left at the gas station after the third speed bump, pass the garbage can on your right,'" said Naim. "It doesn't lend itself very well to ordering things, whether its food delivery or e-commerce."

That's precisely the catalyst Naim, who recently received his degree from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, used to found Addy, a location startup that allows anyone anywhere in the world to create a custom address and assign it a URL. That virtual address can then be shared with anyone in the world, through SMS, email, or social networks.

The company is leaving behind its one-year private beta Monday -- which saw testing with local food trucks and event companies in the Stanford area and individuals and businesses in the UAE -- and opening to the public on the financial and development foundation built through the university's non-profit StartX accelerator. Underpinning its URL-based address system ...

Super Bowl Strategies on a Smaller Scale

While the Super Bowl is often full of nonsensical, decidedly nontraditional advertising, the most effective ads are created with a shrewd marketing strategy in mind.  These ads follow strategies that can be advantageous to companies of any size or budget.  Businessweek.com’s Steve McKee offers these insightful rules to Super Bowl marketing that could be equally applicable your firm’s marketing efforts. 

The first, perhaps most important rule is putting strategy first.  Creativity is important and can get people talking about an advertisement but creativity without strategy can just leave viewers confused.  Take for example epidemic.com and lifeminders.com.  These startups aired Super Bowl commercials in 2000 that may have been creative but did not make much of an effort to describe what kinds of services these companies provided.  Both companies are now long gone.  The second rule is to be relevant.  The most effective advertising efforts are often based on a topical subject.  For instance, FedEx’s 2003 ad offered a humorous take on Castaway, a recent blockbuster hit at the time.  The best advertising campaigns keep it simple.  Google’s “Parisian Love” commercial offered a simple display of what the search engine could offer, ...

Online Government Surveillance Increasing

Google has observed that the amount of Government surveillance on internet activity is steadily on the rise. This comes as no shock, as the recent resignation of CIA director Petraeus was caused by an illicit affair discovered by intercepted emails. Google has noted that the Government wants more access to user information, and are working overtime to remove politically sensitive material off the web.

According to Google's Transparent Report, government organizations made roughly 20,000 data inquiries regarding 34,000 Google-related accounts in the first half of 2012, with the United States making the most inquiries. Companies Google, LinkedIn, DropBox, Sonic and Twitter resist these types of inquiries, usually by making the requests public so that internet users can view and discuss about the controversies of internet freedom. As new technologies emerge and more and more communications move online, it'll be interesting to see if the growing trend turns into something more drastic.

What Does the Future of Twitter Hold?

Twitter is one of the strongest social marketing forces today, and it's developments are not just fueled by new changes from the company, but by its users and new social media trends. What started as just a simple way to share whatever activity you're doing in the moment has evolved into a strong marketing tool that can help users search for anything, get involved with others, and communicate directly with the companies that they buy products/services from.

As Twitter is moving forward, it's gaining new features and capabilities. It's quickly growing as a main tool to use for real time searches, catching up to search megastars Google and Bing. It continues to be an effective tool to drive traffic towards blogs and websites, and as a way for individuals or companies to gain exposure and connect with audiences. It is a connecting point for trending, popular and historic events, allowing users across the globe to communicate, turning Twitter into a sort of website forum of the world that everyone naturally uses. And Twitter itself is grafting onto other mediums, where every social website has a button linked to Twitter, and every newscaster, celebrity, and ...

Microsoft Unveiled So.cl Social Network for Studen...

On Monday, Microsoft unveiled its experimental social search service called So.cl, which combines “social networking and search, to help people find and share interesting web pages.” 

According to Microsoft, So.cl helps users collaborate, sharing the results of Internet searches, photos, videos and stories.  

Users log in to the network with their Facebook or Windows Live accounts. Once logged in, users are presented with a variety of suggested topics of interest. 

The company said So.cl distinguishes itself by focusing on learning and education.

“We expect students to continue using products such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other existing social networks, as well as Bing, Google and other search tools,” Microsoft said

“We hope to encourage students to reimagine how our everyday communication and learning tools can be improved, by researching, learning and sharing in their everyday lives.” 

According to sources, So.cl was opened in conjunction with the three universities, including University of Washington, Syracuse University and New York University.

Jury Finding Google Liable for Oracle’s Java copyr...

On Monday, a federal District Court in San Francisco found Google liable for copyright infringement in its use of Java in Android, a programming platform that Oracle Corp. bought two years ago.

Oracle is seeking up to $1billion in damages on copyright claims.

The jury also found that Google infringed on Oracle's copyright on nine lines of Java code that is in Android.

Google could pay from $200-$150,000 for those damaged, according to sources.

Oracle Corp. is an American multinational computer technology corporation that specializes in developing and marketing computer hardware systems and enterprise software products – particularly database management systems. 

Google Announced Its New Drive Cloud Service

On Tuesday, Google announced officially its new Google Drive cloud service, a typical cloud service, allowing to users to store videos, photos, documents, PDFs, and other types of files.  

According to Google spokeswoman, Google Drive will be available for some user today and it will roll out worldwide in the next few weeks. 

Users will now be able to upload pictures or spreadsheets to Google Drive and share them with a link, instead of sending a bulky file. They can also access their files from an app available on Android phones and tablets. A version for Apple's (AAPL) iOS is in the works, as well, according to sources. 

“Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience,” Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps for Google, wrote in a blog post. 

“You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you'll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. Drive is also an open platform, so we're working with many third-party developers so you can do things like send faxes, edit videos and create website mockups directly from Drive.”