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Casey Houser

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Most of my content begins and remains online. I write for several websites and run my own blog. My topics of choice surround internet technologies, computer software, automobiles, and government policy. I also contribute to my local newspaper where my stories cover active businesses and persons with unique life stories.

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NIST Proposes Corporate Cybersecurity Standards

In late October a U.S. bureau released a draft of voluntary corporate cybersecurity standards that businesses may choose to adopt.The National Insititute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, released the draft to provide businesses with ...

Big Data Use Prompts Cray Supercomputer Comeback

Cray Inc is capitalizing on the boom in big data. Cray, a pioneer supercomputer manufacturer, has seen its shares nearly double in the past 12 months as a result of organizations trying to make sense of a global overload of ...

Tablets Drive Shipments of Smart Devices says Gartner

Although desktop and laptop computer shipments are in decline, research firm Gartner said on Oct. 21 that it predicts worldwide shipments of smart devices to rise in 2013.Gartner pointed to consumer demand for tablets -- such as the Apple iPad ...

Consider Risks of BYOD Before Implementation

A recent report by the Information Security Forum urges business officials to consider the risks of implementing a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy before jumping blindly into the practice. The Information Security Forum, an international cybersecurity information organization, says formal risk management ...

BitSight Releases Security Risk Rating Service

IT professionals benefit from keeping track of the network health of business partners in addition to the network health of their own firm. Midsize businesses tend to work with hundreds of other companies, and it can be hard to keep ...

Big Data Investment on the Rise

A recent press release from research firm Gartner says companies are adopting or intending to adopt big data technology as a part of their overall focus. The firm says there is a lot of real value to data analytics, despite ...

GlobalSign Releases New Certificate Authority Solution

Information technology administrators always have the security of their midsize firms and the safety of their fellow employees in mind. For the IT sector, admins can partially control security by allowing only certain entities access to their firm's internal network; ...

IT Blocking Safe Cloud Services

In the attempt to improve security within their midsize firms, IT admins often block employee Internet access to certain websites, including those that provide cloud services. Security vendor SkyHigh Networks works with many such firms and recently released information about ...

IT Budgets to Increase in Some Markets, Remain Steady in Others

Nathan Golia, in his review of a Novarica study, "US Insurance IT Budgets and Priorities 2014," published in Insurance and Technology, observes that the coming year may be kind to IT departments in insurance markets. According to the study and ...

Microsoft to Begin Annual Updates to Windows Server

Microsoft will soon begin a series of annual updates to several programs in its lineup. The most notably may be Windows Server 2012, which will become Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center, SQL Server, and Visual Studio this fall. Annual ...

Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Is Becoming More Efficient

The need for cloud-based data backup and disaster recovery has reached such a pitch that a new term has developed within the field: disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS). In essence, DRaaS companies provide a wide-area network service that allows midsize firms to create ...

Gartner Analyzes Managed Mobility Services

Many midsize businesses are adopting, or have already adopted, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model, according to which employees are allowed or expected to use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops for office work. As a result, IT administrators are becoming increasingly ...

Facebook Considers Engaging in Facial Recognition with Profile Photos

Facebook may soon expand the scope of its controversial facial recognition technology.The company is considering adding profile photos of more than 1 billion members to its facial recognition database. An update to Facebook's data use policy in late August revealed ...

Maersk Uses Social Media for Public Relations, Lost Cargo

Danish shipping company Maersk Line, the world's biggest shipping container company, is using social media to its advantage, from limiting public relations setbacks for accidentally killing a whale to retrieving lost containers.Part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, the company says social media ...

Microsoft to Purchase Nokia's Phone Business for $7.2 Billion

Microsoft will soon purchase Nokia's phone business and license its patents for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion).As a result of the announcement, investors saw the purchaser's shares slide as much as 6 percent in the first week of September, nearly ...

Tim Cook Now Leading the Apple Revolution

When Sheryl Sandburg became the CEO of Facebook, she looked to connect with similar minds.She soon called the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook. And in 2007 they had a two-hour meeting, where Cook presented some advice."He basically explained nicely that ...

Google Fiber and Balloons Exemplify Company's Web Access Pursuits

Google is investing in several Internet service projects that may soon compete with major telecom and cable companies.Recently, the company replaced AT&T as the Internet provider for more than 7,000 Starbucks locations and released 30 Internet-providing balloons above the South ...

Facebook's Internet.org Project to Create Affordable Internet Access

Facebook is working with six major communications companies to bring affordable Internet access to people around the world.The Internet.org project, which mirrors recent efforts by Google Inc., launched in the final days of August. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Inc.'s chief executive, ...

VMWare Displays Software-Defined Data Center at Conference

VMware recently held its annual VMworld conference in San Francisco, where the company showed off new networking, storage and security capabilities related to its virtual data center stack. The newest thing the company displayed was the software-defined data center (SDDC), ...

Microsoft to Release Windows 8.1 in October and Halt XP Support Next Year

Microsoft is stepping ever closer to a public release of the next version of their newest operating system. According to Tom Warren at The Verge, Redmond officials have announced a Windows 8.1 digital release date of October 17 at 7 ...

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