ARTICLES BY CHRISTINE KERN
Global Online Purchase Intentions Have Doubled Since 2011
A Nielsen report states online purchase intentions around the world have doubled since 2011 for many durable and entertainment-related categories. Nearly half of global respondents intend to make an online purchase in the next six months in high-prominence categories including clothing (46 percent), and airline (48 percent) and hotel (44 percent) reservations.
IoT: Wearable Technology Is Becoming A Must-Have For Manufacturing
Wearables are not new. Google Glass has been used in plant asset maintenance for a couple of years now. Tools like Innovega or MicroOptical have also been used by early adopters to display service instructions and illustrated parts breakdowns (IPBs) to service technicians for more than a decade. These heads-up display technologies (HUDs) allow technicians to readily access repair information in the field while servicing equipment, shortening downtime, and increasing the effectiveness of repair activities.
Government IT News For VARs — September 17, 2014
In news this week, the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) institutes a three-part cloud strategy, one senator warns agencies may already have been hacked, and Internet Slow Down Day proved to be a thorn in lawmakers’ sides. Social media is also proving to be a valuable resource for agencies.
Education IT News For VARs — September 17, 2014
In news this week, Education Dive presents some lessons learned from MOOCs. The Oculus founder makes a large donation to fund computer science at University of Maryland, while colleges gain free access to Epic Games’ Graphics Engine. And an enlightening infographic looks at how technology has changed higher education.
California Sends Two Student Data Privacy Bills To Governor
California has taken the lead in student data privacy and sent two bills to Gov. Jerry Brown. SB 1177 lays out privacy guidelines for operators of Internet websites, online services, online applications, and mobile application, while AB 1584 deals with contracts between local educational agencies and third-party technology vendors.
Federal IT Spending Expected To Decline
Federal IT spending is expected to decline, with the decrease attributed to the Department of Defense (DoD), according to Deltek. An article from the e-Commerce Times states that spending within the civilian sector in 2015 is expected to equal that in 2014, although there will be differences among departments and agencies.
IT Business Confidence Index Falls Slightly in Q3, But Optimism Prevails
The CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index declined slightly in Q3, but still remains firmly in positive territory for 2014.
How To Help Your Retail Customers Maximize Digital Coupons
A new study released by RetailMeNot demonstrates how digital coupons are adapting to mobile and omni-channel commerce.
DHS Updates Backoff Malware Warning
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has updated its warning on the Backoff point of sale (POS) malware. The new release states, “Over the past year, the Secret Service has responded to network intrusions at numerous businesses throughout the United States that have been impacted by the ‘Backoff’ malware.
Background Check Delays Expected Following USIS Stop-Work Order
The Federal Times reported that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have suspended background checks and most contracts with contractor USIS after a cyber-attack may have accessed the personal information of more than 25,000 DHS employees.