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Retailer Wireless Devices Largely Unprotected

A new survey shows 44 percent of the wireless devices used by retailers are vulnerable to attacks by data thieves. And that’s the good news. A year ago, the same Motorola survey showed 85 percent of retailers were sitting targets for drive-by data attacks. New PCI standards phasing out Wireless Equivalent Protocol–the weakest form of encryption this side of no encryption at all–may hold the key to improved retailer wireless security.

IT: Part of the Problem, or Part of the Solution?

IT is a serious polluter – but it’s also the key to reducing carbon outputs, says Dr Hamadoun Touré of the ITU. We can use technology to slash our emissions, and still save the third world, he says. And while we are about it, why does every phone ship with a new power supply?

Is Java to Blame for Sun Layoffs?

eWEEK readers weigh in on Sun Microsystems’ woes and the reason Sun is laying off over 6,000 employees. Is Java to blame? Some say inroads from other languages and application development frameworks such as Ruby on Rails could further Sun’s demise. Others say never count Sun out.

Sun Cools Down the Data Centre

The IT industry has a poor record of wasting energy in data centres, says server maker Sun Microsystems. But the company wants to make amends: it has attacked the source of the problem, and rewritten the rules for cooling and power.

Open-Source Cloud Tools Project Spawns Cloud Foundry

The Cloud Tools project, hosted on Google Code, is a prime example of the emerging trend of open-source application developers targeting the cloud and looking at services such as Amazon Web Services solutions and Google App Engine to host their applications. Cloud Tools is a set of tools for deploying, managing and testing Java Enterprise Edition applications on Amazon.com’s Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud. And now the Cloud Tools project’s founder has launched a commercial service based on Cloud Tools known as Cloud Foundry.

How to Reduce Network Expenses

In the current economic slowdown, IT administrators are under constant pressure to build and maintain solid networks while every equipment purchase they make is scrutinised. Knowledge Centre contributor Paul Hooper offers five ways that IT staffs can build automated, secure networks that are energy-efficient and cost-effective.

AMD Updates Opteron Processor Lineup with Energy-Efficient Chips

Advanced Micro Devices is updating its line of 45-nanometer Opteron processors with five new energy-efficient models that work within 55-watt thermal envelopes. In addition, AMD is rolling out a pair of high-performance, 45-nm Opteron processors that run at 2.8GHz. The new offerings expand AMD’s line of 45-nm Opteron processors, formerly, known as “Shanghai,” which first came to the market in November.

Microsoft Results Disappoint, 5,000 Job Cuts Coming

Microsoft reported quarterly results on the 22nd January that missed Wall Street expectations and the software giant announced that it would eliminate 5,000 jobs. The results show that even Microsoft is not immune to the recession and the sluggish global economy. Microsoft eliminated 1,400 jobs on the day it announced its results and the rest of the cuts will follow during the next 18 months.

Sun Begins Carrying Out Planned Layoffs

UPDATED: Sun confirms that layoff notifications were sent to about 1,300 employees as the result of its action 14th November, 2008. Reductions were made across all levels, including vice presidents and directors, the company says.

Researchers Develop New Semiconductor Ink

U.S. researchers have developed a new type of semiconductor ink that brings companies a step closer to making bendable computer screens or inexpensive sensor tags to help retailers keep track of their inventory. The soluble semiconductor ink is capable of carrying a negative electrical charge, says Polyera CEO Philippe Inagaki.

Intel, Citrix Collaborating on Desktop Virtualization

Intel and Citrix are planning to bring desktop virtualization technologies to a wider enterprise audience by combining their respective capabilities to make running and managing virtual machines within corporate desktops and notebooks easier. Intel and Citrix plan to combine Intel’s vPro management and security technology with Citrix’s Xen hypervisor and other virtualization applications that will allow IT departments to run several secure virtual machines within the same corporate client. The announcement by Citrix and Intel also looks to counter what VMware plans to offer with its vClient VMware View products.

Scaling Apps on the Google App Engine

It’s been almost a year since Google introduced the beta of its Google App Engine, and eWEEK Labs wants to see what applications have been built on the technology. While none have yet reached the size and power of Facebook or Twitter, some interesting tools have been built on Google App Engine, which shows promise as a viable platform for large Web-based applications.

SOA: Wanted Dead or Alive

Burton Group analyst Anne Thomas Manes set off a storm of IT industry chatter around the viability of SOA when she pronounced that service-oriented architecture is dead and the recession killed it. However, all SOA-related technologies will continue to gain importance.

11 Best Practices to Save on Data Centre Power

Data centre managers could save millions of kilowatt hours annually by implementing 11 best practices, says analyst company Gartner. Most of these projects can be completed with little or no budget or effort. Here’s the list of 11 power-saving practices.

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