Posted tagged ‘IT’

Google vs Microsoft: Online Apps Throwdown

August 25, 2009

Has anyone seen these Google billboards?

Google billboard campaign

Apparently during the entire month of August, they’ve been on display on four major U.S. highways around the country: the 101 in San Francisco, the West Side Hwy in New York, the Ike in Chicago, and Mass Pike in Boston. Google went back to old school marketing methods with this creative billboard campaign. They even kicked it up a notch by striving to put up a new message each day on these four boards. The spotlight is on Google Apps, their Enterprise Productivity Suite.

For those unfamiliar with what Google Apps mean, you probably use (or at least heard of) it in the form of Gmail or Google docs, etc. Though these Apps are very useful on the individual level, the “Going Google” campaign is really targeting enterprise or business customers to adopt their online Google App system.

…And targeted towards taking down Microsoft. (Of course.)

Throwdown!

Throwdown!

Not surprising, Microsoft has their own brand of online applications to match Google’s list called Microsoft Online Services (or if you like things that are really long: the Microsoft Online Business Productivity Suite).

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Fingerprint Authentication for Facebook?

August 19, 2009

TrueSuiteIEEE Spectrum tells me about an upcoming software by AuthenTec that makes me feel like our world is finally moving toward Spielberg’s “Minority Report.”

Fingerprint authentication technology is no longer going to be reserved for secret high clearance government facilities – instead for us Average Joes, we get to use fingerprint clearance for accessing email, logging into social networks like Facebook or Twitter, and anything else that requires a password.

AuthenTec’s TrueSuite software is adapting fingerprint authentication into a means to make our computer activities more convenient. How? Picture this scenario: Your laptop is installed with this software. On your laptop, you swipe your ring finger (right hand), your Gmail pops up. It’s already logged into your inbox. You swipe your index finger (right hand), you’re looking at your Facebook newsfeed. You swipe your ring finger (left hand), you’re looking at your eBay bidding account.

Different fingers can be used to authenticate different accounts with TrueSuite. On its own, any of these functions are multi-step. (For example, even checking Twitter requires that 1) you wake up your laptop, 2) start your OS, 3) navigate to a browser, 4) go to the Twitter site, 5) login with password. On laptops more than a couple years old this can mean you’ve aged 20 minutes before you find out what was in Ashton’s latest tweet to Demi.

TrueSuite reduces this into a finger swipe.

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5 Best iPhone Apps for IT

August 10, 2009

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There’s a smorgasbord of iPhone applications in the world – which can only lead to a download-happy user community. Don’t get lured into downloading or (worse) spending money on an app that turns out to be a mind-numbing waste of iPhone space.

For IT professionals, there’s always going to be iPhone enterprise mobility to help business flow, but these extra applications help spice things up and definitely add ease to work. AND they’re just so darn cool.

After sifting and review, here are our 5 picks for the best iPhone apps for the IT professional:

#1. FTP on the Go ($10)

Next time you’re away from your desk and your boss calls with a web site bug that needs immediate attention – no sweat – pull out your iPhone and go to this app. “FTP on the Go” is a must for any IT professional or Webmaster. It allows you to access your website and fix them through a built-in text editor in a safe and secure manner. For the low price, this is a great investment to keep you connected with your business.

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