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  • Starbucks mobile payments perk past 26M transactions

    Starbucks said 26 million smartphone transactions were made to buy its coffee and other products in less than a year since it started using a mobile payment app, making it the nation's largest mobile payment program.

  • Migrating from T1 to fiber WAN

    Back in the old days, the only realistic way to connect multiple remote sites was by T1 or T3 delivered either point-to-point or via Frame Relay. These were either slow and expensive or fast and unbelievably expensive. Then came MPLS, which dispensed with the need for point-to-point circuits from site to site, but was still bound by high expense. You got what you paid for. These circuits were not only reliable, but if a T1 or T3 circuit dropped, you could generally count on the carrier to jump on the problem quickly and resolve it with some expediency.

  • Bluetooth keyboards will get 10-year battery life with new chip, Broadcom promises

    Broadcom is working on a Bluetooth chipset that will give wireless keyboards a battery life of up to 10 years, the company said on Tuesday.

  • How to slash your WAN costs

    For more than two decades, I've been involved in designing wide area networks to allow the various office locations within large companies to communicate with one another. I thought I'd seen everything. Then one day my company's CFO came to me with a troubling request. He asked me to reduce our voice and data networking costs by 40 percent.

  • Controlling agile development in a project portfolio framework

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • New system secures cellphones for Web transactions

    An experimental method for two-factor authentication to websites employs mobile phones in a new way to ensure that users' online accounts don't get hijacked.

  • Verizon cites security issue for nixing Google Wallet

    On the surface, it looked like the kind of scenario that net neutrality advocates had long feared: a big incumbent carrier using its network to snuff out apps that compete with its own services. However, Verizon is insisting that this isn't the case.

  • Google Android Market tops 10 billion downloads

    Google says its Android Marketplace has surpassed 10 billion app downloads - a growth rate of 1 billion app downloads per month.

  • WAN optimization: Network vs. application layer optimization

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • DHL wireless locator device tracks its location in a box of cargo

    Air freight company DHL recently started using a real-time wireless locator device that can be affixed to boxes of mission-critical cargo shipped by medical and pharmaceutical companies, among others, that require urgent delivery around the globe.

  • How stupid can cell carriers be? Really Stupid.

    The recent revelation that most of us are carrying around smartphones with embedded rootkits is both surprising and not so surprising. It's surprising because it makes you wonder, "How stupid can the carriers be?" It's not surprising in that we know the answer to that.

  • CA weighs in with Cloud 360

    With scores of new cloud companies popping up and so many existing players jumping on the cloud bandwagon, we wondered where the traditional enterprise networking vendors stood?

  • Skeptics find flaws in Carrier IQ application analysis

    Only now are some skeptical voices being raised that the case against Carrier IQ may be a rush to judgment without a real, or at least an adequate, basis in fact.

  • Gartner predictions for 2012: More Cloud, consumerisation, loss of IT control

    IT budgets and responsibilities are moving out of the control of IT departments and into the hands of others, thanks to trends such as consumerisation and cloud computing, Gartner says in its vision for 2012 and the coming years.

  • IDC on 2012: Prepare for Cloud wars, mobile explosion, higher IT spending

    IDC researchers say some big battles will be brewing in 2012 in the cloud, mobile and Big Data arenas, so much so that "companies like Microsoft, HP, SAP, RIM, and others - including Apple- will face 'crossroads moments' in 2012. By the end of the year, we should have a good idea which vendors will - and won't - be among the industry's leaders at the end of the decade," said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC in a statement.