Hacker headspace

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - August 19th, 2014

With cybercrime an ever-present danger, hackers around the world attack user data for financial and political gain. But they are not all bad. CNME takes a look at the mindset of hackers good and evil, and how they constantly ask questions of governments and top companies.

AMD mulls custom ARM 64-bit server chips

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 12th, 2014

Advanced Micro Devices may be willing to make custom ARM server chips for customers, much like it made custom chips for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles. The chip maker will …

Microsoft pitches Windows for IoT to maker community

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 12th, 2014

Hoping to cover all its bases in the emerging Internet-of-Things market, Microsoft is proffering a helping hand to “makers,” DIYers, hardware hackers and other builders of things that may one day end up …

Five trends that will shape the future of ERP

By Ian Fleming, Managing Director, IFS Middle East, Africa and South Asia by By Ian Fleming, Managing Director, IFS Middle East, Africa and South Asia - August 11th, 2014

Businesses today are required to deal with technological advancements occurring at a pace never experienced before. What’s more, trends like the consumerisation of IT have lessened the CIO’s ability to regulate which technologies …

Mastering the data

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 5th, 2014

Moving virtual servers around a hybrid cloud environment isn’t hard, but managing the data is. That’s why NetApp wants to be “the enterprise data-management standard across the enterprise,” says CEO Tom Georgens.

Twitter acquires image search firm Madbits

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - July 31st, 2014

Madbits, a year-old company that uses deep learning technology to assign relevant information to raw images, has sold itself to Twitter, according to the Madbits website. Over the past year, the New York based …

Palo Alto uncovers new source of cyberthreats

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - July 30th, 2014

Palo Alto Networks has revealed that cyber criminals in Nigeria have evolved common malware campaigns to infiltrate businesses that have not previously been their primary targets. 419 Evolution, a new report released today …

UK rushes data retention bill

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - July 20th, 2014

The U.K. government has pushed through a new surveillance law to replace one a European Union court said interfered with fundamental privacy rights – but, say civil rights campaigners, the new law is worse than the one it replaces.

Cutting edge

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 15th, 2014

With the systems integrators market evolving, IT leaders have the opportunity to tailor their skills to specific verticals and areas of SI specialisation. Which verticals offer the best opportunities for growth and what types of projects will SIs have to specialise in?

Digging for gold

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - July 15th, 2014

Intensified competition coupled with declining voice ARPU is forcing telecom service providers to look around for new revenue streams that some of the new advanced technologies offer. However, it can be a daunting task for carriers who are saddled with legacy systems and manual internal processes.

Oracle to release 115 security patches

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - July 13th, 2014

Oracle is planning to release 115 security patches for vulnerabilities affecting a wide array of its products, including its flagship database, Java SE, Fusion Middleware and business applications.

Intercept: NSA targets American Muslims

Grant Gross by Grant Gross - July 10th, 2014

More than 40 privacy, civil rights and religious groups have called on President Barack Obama’s administration to provide a “full public accounting” of long-time email surveillance of prominent Muslims living in the U.S., following a news report detailing the spying by the U.S. National Security Agency and FBI.

IBM lines up $3 billion cognitive chip investment

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - July 10th, 2014

IBM will pour $3 billion into computing and chip materials research over the next five years, as it rethinks computer design and looks to a future that may not involve silicon chips.

Chinese hackers target Iraq experts

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - July 10th, 2014

A sophisticated Chinese hacker group that had been stealing information from U.S. policy experts on nearby Southeast Asia suddenly changed targets last month to focus on the Middle East – Iraq, in particular – security researchers CrowdStrike said Monday.

Top vendors unite for IoT ring

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - July 9th, 2014

Intel, Samsung and Dell are among the founding members to have established the OIC, a new Internet of Things consortium to create standards so that billions of devices can connect to each other.

Refreshing change

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - July 1st, 2014

When Dubai Refreshments’ ERP systems needed refreshing, the company was faced with a choice. Either they could upgrade their current systems, or they could go on a search for a suite of modules the fit their every need. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Anas Taraben, CIO, investigated what it would take to quench the business’ thirst for innovation.

Safety first

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 1st, 2014

Three-day IT security conference GISEC 2014 gave the masses a chance to meet first class security vendors as well as listen to presentations from internationally renowned security professionals. CNME reports from day one of the show.

In the bank

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 1st, 2014

With a range of forecasts from research firms Gartner and IDC stating that MENA IT spending will increase in 2014, will CIOs find their budgets swelling, and if so, which areas are most in need of the spend? Who stands to benefit and what can the Middle East do to catch up with more developed regions?

Gartner names top 10 2014 IT security technologies

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 1st, 2014

Gartner has highlighted its top 10 technologies for information security and their implications for security organisations in 2014.

Microsoft releases Surface Pro 3 in UAE

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 24th, 2014

Microsoft has announced the availability of Surface Pro 3 for commercial customers in the United Arab Emirates.

Intel introduces its most powerful chip ever

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - June 24th, 2014

Intel hopes to take hardware performance to the next level with its latest Xeon Phi supercomputing chip, which packs an array of new hardware technologies that could eventually find their way to laptops and desktops.

Up to capacity

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - June 23rd, 2014

As companies adopt technologies such as cloud and virtualisation, the practice of planning for network capacity to meet the bandwidth and application performance needs must also change. Network capacity planning and management has long been considered the black magic of the IT industry. How does one predict the future? How can you prepare for the additional demand for resources while avoiding over-provisioning?

NSA granted extension to collect bulk phone data

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - June 23rd, 2014

The U.S. National Security Agency has been allowed to continue to collect phone records in bulk of people in the country, while lawmakers consider new legislation that would block the agency from collecting the data.

Google’s Nest acquires Dropcam for $555M

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - June 23rd, 2014

Nest, the Internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector maker owned by Google, is acquiring home security system developer Dropcam as part of a push to connect a wider range of devices in people’s homes.

HP brings water to the supercomputer market

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - June 15th, 2014

The server uses some new HP-patented techniques to keep water away from the hardware

Thirst for knowledge

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 5th, 2014

Neil Menezes’ journey to becoming Group Director of Information Technology Operations at Jumeirah Group was a series of personal highlights, which saw an initial interest in computer games transform into a thirst for networking expertise.

Paving the path to Big Data

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - June 5th, 2014

CNME organised the second edition of its Big Data Symposium in Dubai last month, defining what you need to know to underscore the success of this exciting new technology in regional enterprises.

Seagate to buy Avago’s LSI flash business for $450 million

Brian Karlovsky by Brian Karlovsky - June 1st, 2014

Seagate is set to pay $US450 million in cash for Avago’s Accelerated Solution Division, and has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement under which it will acquire the division’s assets and Flash Components Division from Avago for $450 million in cash.

Rethinking security for the new world

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - May 29th, 2014

With information security taking centre stage in the wake of new threats, CNME’s Security Strategist 2014 conference, organised in association with aeCERT, brought together the leading security practitioners in the region to discuss trends, concerns and solutions.

Framing the future

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 29th, 2014

On 8th April, IBM celebrated the 50th anniversary of System/360, its mainframe system which transformed the computing world. James Dartnell reports from the Mainframe50 conference in New York City where the infrastructure giant celebrated the milestone with the release of new cloud and Hadoop services.

Iranian hackers create fake news organisation

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - May 29th, 2014

A suspected Iranian hacker group seeded Facebook and LinkedIn with bogus profiles of women and created a fake online news organisation to get digitally closer to more than 2,000 people whom it wanted to spy on.

Apple and Samsung fail to settle patent dispute in California

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - May 22nd, 2014

Apple and Samsung told a court in California that they had failed to reach a settlement in their patent dispute, suggesting that a deal akin to that between Google and Apple may not be on the cards anytime soon.

Google plans $30B of international acquisitions

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - May 22nd, 2014

Google plans to spend $20-30 billion of its of its accumulated international profits to fund potential acquisitions of non-U.S. companies and technology rights.

Rubbish rebooted

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 20th, 2014

Waste has been managed in the same way with the same technologies for decades. Amin Al Zarouni, Head of ICT, Bee’ah, and his team have taken the traditional idea of waste management and turned it on its head.

Big Data analytics: the future of IT security?

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 20th, 2014

Big Data analytics tools will be crucial to enterprise security as criminals deploy faster and more sophisticated methods to steal valuable data, according to security firm RSA.

Accenture acquires Oracle integrator Enkitec

Antony Savvas by Antony Savvas - May 18th, 2014

Outsourcing and consulting firm Accenture is expanding its Oracle capabilities with the acquisition of Oracle integrator Enkitec.

Lenovo unveils ThinkPad 10 tablet

Michael Brown by Michael Brown - May 14th, 2014

Lenovo has taken the wraps of its ThinkPad 10, its 10-inch tablet based on Intel’s quad-core Atom Z3795 processor.

GISEC turns the spotlight on crucial security tactics

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - May 13th, 2014

In the wake of increasing global cybercrimes and cyber-attacks, the importance of information security as the top priority of governments, businesses and security services in the Middle East has prompted significant investments to …

Cisco’s IoT chief resigns

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - May 11th, 2014

Cisco Systems’ point man on the Internet of Things (IoT) has resigned just as industries start to explore how millions of sensors and devices can be connected over networks.

Google shows homegrown server with IBM Power chip

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - April 30th, 2014

IBM’s efforts to expand the use of its Power chips in hyperscale data centres just got a big shot in the arm from Google.

Ericsson wins 2014 Technology Innovation Award

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 24th, 2014

Ericsson has been awarded one of the NAB Technology Innovation Award for its work in Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV) 4K.

IBM making push for Power server chips

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - April 24th, 2014

An IBM project to widen the use of its Power server chips inched forward Wednesday with Big Blue trying to challenge Intel for a bigger role in the hyperscale data centres run by the likes of Google and Facebook.

Intel looks to Android for growth in tablets

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - April 17th, 2014

In case it wasn’t clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is the flavour of the month.

Busting SDN myths

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - April 15th, 2014

Software-defined networking (SDN) is the hottest thing going today, but there is considerable confusion surrounding everything from the definition of the term to the different architectures and technologies suppliers are putting forward.

FireEye offers Heartbleed resistance tips

Aaron Charrington, Threat Intel Analyst, FireEye by Aaron Charrington, Threat Intel Analyst, FireEye - April 15th, 2014

Aaron Charrington, Threat Intel Analyst, FireEye, gives some tips on what organisations can do to thwart the Heartbleed bug.

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

  • Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

    The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

  • Battle of the fives: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S vs. Google Nexus 5

    Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S5 on Monday at a Mobile World Congress presentation in Barcelona, touting a slimmed-down approach to the latest flagship’s feature set and simplified design.

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