More than ever this holiday season, smartphones and tablets are the way to shop. Thanksgiving weekend set records for mobile sales and traffic, accounting for nearly 40 percent of online traffic. GPS will tell you how to get to the nearest Apple store. With iBeacon, Apple hopes to guide you around once you're in, whether to pick up an order, upgrade to a new iPhone or shop for a pair of headphones. Declaring a tie, Salesforce has put an end to the Hackathon drama. More than 4,500 developers competed to build next-generation mobile apps on the Salesforce1 platform, and first prize was $1 million. Various state governments have been trying to put laws in place requiring online retailers, such as Amazon, to collect sales taxes. Now it appears the way has been paved for them to do just that. Cyber Monday has arrived with lots of new sales. Some major retailers now promote a Cyber Week, and there are predictions the occasion may soon encompass the entire holiday season.
Chinese Hackers Spied on European Officials Prior to the G20 summit in September, Chinese hackers sent e-mails laced with malware to the ministry computers of at least five European officials, according to research firm FireEye.
Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Dell Targets Educational Market with a Chromebook The latest in a string of PC manufacturers to bring a Google Chromebook to the market is Dell. The company's Chromebook 11 is aimed at students and teachers, and will only be available to schools.
HP Updates ConvergedSystems for Data Centers Updated ConvergedSystems and Converged Storage for virtualization, cloud and big data from HP offer faster implementation and lower costs for the next-gen data centers, the company says.
A New Brand Name Powers Wireless Charging The tech industry's Alliance for Wireless Power is going where no charging technology has gone before. The alliance has debuted a brand, Rezence, to serve as the official name for its wireless power technology.