Will HP’s Windows 7 slate compete against Apple’s iPad?

March 11, 2010
Remember Security In Your Mobile Plans
Network World
Robin Gareiss writes about Cisco’s AnyConnect Secure Mobility solution offering.

“Cisco announced AnyConnect Secure Mobility to provide encryption and authentication for a wide range of devices: Desktops, laptops, netbooks, smartphones and their operating systems. As an enhanced virtual private network (VPN), AnyConnect offers Web application security, single sign-on for software as a service (SaaS) and session persistence. Nemertes notes that mobile spending has survived the recession, rising 16 per cent in 2009, but mobility plans are often hampered by security concerns especially as device options proliferate. Cisco’s solution provides the opportunity to enforce security policies that are device, location and connection independent.”

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HP’s Windows 7 Slate Strikes at the iPad
Priya Ganapati writes about HP’s new tablet Slate product, which is slated for release sometime this year.

“HP released a video introducing its tablet called the Slate that will run Windows 7 operating system and support Flash – a jab at the iPad, which will not display Flash-based sites or videos. ‘With this slate product, you’re getting a full Web browsing experience in the palm of your hand,’ posted Phil McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer for HP’s personal system group on the company’s blog. ‘No watered-down internet, no sacrifices.’ HP did not reveal pricing or availability for the device, though it has indicated the Slate will be available this year.”

IT hiring outlook improves: Think financial services if job hunting
ZD Net

Larry Dignan writes about the prospective IT hiring landscape.

“Chief information officers say the information technology hiring picture is improving for the second quarter and job hunters may want to focus their efforts on the insurance and financial services sector, according to a survey by Robert Half Technology. Robert Half, a hiring firm, surveyed more than 1,400 CIOs across companies with more than 100 employees. The upshot: nine per cent of CIOs plan to hire more IT workers and four per cent plan cuts. That net five per cent gain is up from the first quarter and year ago outlook. Bottom line: The IT hiring picture is improving somewhat, but the bulk of companies plan no hiring changes.”

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