Newsletter 2014.04


Welcome to the METHOD IT Newsletter for April 2014

The Heartbleed Bug – A Primer

Making headlines since it became public on April 8, the Heartbleed bug is a major security problem that affected half a million servers and 66% of the Internet. Just what is it and why does it matter so much?

Playground of Hope

Please spare a moment to check out what our friends at Playground of Hope are doing – a wonderful scheme to create playgrounds for children in disaster-affected communities and orphanages throughout Japan.

Tips & Tricks

Cloud Data Storage Concerns

Nine points to ponder before you decide to put your organization’s data in the cloud.
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Raising Awareness of Insider Threats

Consider the fact that your employees may be your biggest IT security threat.
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Enterprise Storage Buyer's Guide

With rapidly increasing amounts of data should you go for the cloud, hybrid cloud, hybrid storage or SSD? Check out the latest advice on storage solutions for your business.
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Ditch Your Laptop, Use Tablet Accessories

Twelve ideas on how adding a little something to your tablet could finally rid you of that bulky laptop.
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Law Firm CIO Makes the Case for Lync

Find out why a global law firm with 2,500 staff chose Microsoft Lync for its corporate communications. Lync is available as part of our Microsoft Office 365 solution.
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News from the Web

Microsoft Build Conference Highlights

Microsoft’s 2014 Build Developer Conference was held in San Francisco from April 2-4. Highlights include Windows 8.1 Update 1 with its new Start Menu (left), Windows Phone 8.1, a touch-first version of Office, the promotion of HTML 5 for developing apps, a future of universal apps for all Microsoft systems, the new Windows for IoT (Internet of Things), and news of free OEM Windows for devices with a screen size of nine inches or less.
Video: Watch the three-hour keynote condensed into seven minutes on The Verge.

Apple WWDC Set for June

iOS 8? OS X 10.10? A 12-inch Macbook? All are rumored for an unveiling at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, being held June 2-6 in San Francisco. MacRumors maintains a regularly updated list of all the gossip leading up to the event.

MS Office Comes to Chrome

Microsoft is going all-out with its multi-platform, cloud-based strategy. Following the revamped Office Online and the arrival of Office on iPad and Android, this month the company announced the release of Office Web Apps through Google’s Chrome Web Store for use in the Chrome browser and Chrome OS.

Asia has Top Global Internet Speeds

You may already know, but here’s the proof to gloat over – those of us in Asia are lucky enough to have access to the fastest Internet connections in the world, as shown in this infographic.

Are Asia's Messaging Apps Worth $19bn?

LINE, KakaoTalk and WeChat – all messaging apps created in Asia and huge with the region’s youth. Could any of them be valued greater than the $19b Facebook paid for What’sApp?

Andy Warhol Art Recovered from Amiga Floppies

Lost digital artwork created by Andy Warhol was recently extracted from some 1980s Commodore Amiga floppy disks (remember those? x3) by Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Club and Warhol Museum staff using a ‘complex recovery process’.