It is common knowledge that China has a central place in global technology growth. And while much of the country’s activities are tightly kept secrets, recent news shows how China is taking its information technology (in the literal sense of the word) “underground”.
China is so highly populated that real estate prices are ranked among the highest in the world. So Hong Kong is intensifying its innovation and building underground data centers to help curb costs. According to some sources, two thirds of the land in the region has “high to medium suitability” for cave digging, which makes underground data centers an ideal option. The subterranean data centers would supposedly lower the risk of both physical attacks and most natural disasters.
China hacking US businesses has been all over the news lately. A report by Mandiant, a security-consulting firm, outlined a deep-dive investigation into where, how and who China was cyber-attacking. And the report has many US businesses watching their backs. Mandiant uncovered that the Chinese government currently has an army working on hacking into private businesses in the U.S. Dan Thompson and Mike Smith from Claris Networks visited local stations in Knoxville and Chattanooga to discuss the security threats to businesses’ information technology.
By: Philip Icuss
For a few months now there has been a lot of talk about Verizon releasing their newest edition of the data plan. It is a family share-based plan that allows family members to work off of one allotment of data GB’s each month. This allows for a family to save money on data and to better manage their cell phone expenses because there is only one fee to deal with rather than multiple (as it is currently).
-By Philip Icuss
Last Wednesday, Verizon announced that they would be forcing customers that were grandfathered into the unlimited data plan onto the normal tiered data plan. As expected, more than a few people got more than a little upset about it. Verizon put up with nearly two days of pressure from the media, current customers, and other sources, but finally relented.
Verizon has cleared the air, to some extent, with their customers with their most recent press release. Spokesmen from Verizon stated that current customers will not be losing their unlimited data plan, they just won’t be able to extend a contract and purchase a discounted phone with an upgrade without stepping down to the tiered data plans.
There are no less than 2 bagillion different cloud storage services to choose from on the internet. So which one is the best? Where can I get the biggest bang for my buck?
Well, it depends on [surprise!] what you need. More than likely, you’ll end up using some combination of services. Most consumer cloud storage companies are looking to differentiate themselves in some way. More secure, most free storage, cheaper per GB, etc. So there are different advantages to each, and you’ll have to decide which one fits your needs the best.
The infographic below illustrates the strengths of the dominant players in cloud storage. It’s not exhaustive, but should help you get familiarized with the best service based on what you might be looking for.