Google security engineer: 'We don't have a better option' than passwords

Passwords have been declared dead for the past few decades. But with regard to the technology that should replace passwords, a lead Google security engineer is open to ideas.

Spotlight: What Microsoft's next Office B-roll shows, and what it doesn't

In a tape released Thursday, we see the earliest public pictures of Microsoft trying to make a touchable Office for Windows as good as its touchable Office for Android. 

OpenStack leader: The IT department is going away

Walking beneath posters depicting the Soviet Union at the height of its power, the man in charge of setting a direction for OpenStack adopts a stance straight out of Ronald Reagan's playbook.

Brocade pushes smaller network switches into on-campus data closet

Cisco's fiercest rival in the network space comes up with a new and interesting type of physical switch that it says will help smaller institutions adopt SDN faster, and move their servers out from single closets.

Google adds Kubernetes-based Container Engine to Cloud Platform

In an effort to raise the bet on the table against Amazon and Microsoft, Google places an open front end on its container management platform to better automate apps deployment.

Google: Web browsers are casualties of mobile, cloud revolution

A senior product manager with Google Cloud Platform tells a company conference that people still use Web browsers because human nature makes them hang on for too long.

Office apps for iOS, Android to include Dropbox integration

Users of Microsoft's Office apps for Android, iPhone and iPad will soon be able to store documents in Dropbox' cloud directly and see them there. But what about the functionality Dropbox promised in June?

Spotlight: One big data raison d'être goes up in flames thanks to IBM

Yes, yes, Pam, I'm sorry. I know this Spotlight appears to be aimed squarely at your territory. (Folks, do be sure to read Pam Baker's FierceBigData, it's well worth your time.) 

Brocade: Campus SDN is very different from the data center

Because Ethernet components on-campus must fit into a limited number of ports, those physical connections must be daisy-chained. That setup creates a calcified network that SDN must crack through.

Toward software-defined Wi-Fi: Meru moves SDN closer to campus

For software-defined networking to move out of Fortune 500 data centers and into the common enterprise, it needs to become more automated. Last week, SDN took a notable step in that direction.

ForecastThis makes clearer argument against human judgment for all problems

Human beings have a difficult time ascertaining the right method to apply when predicting the outcome of a problem. The company making that assertion demonstrated its own case in point.

Study of studies concludes US broadband power is 'middling'

Certain American cities are demonstrating that it's possible to deliver broadband bandwidth to U.S. customers at prices that beat worldwide competition. But they're the minority.

The virtue of impermanence

A short discussion emerging from my response to a comment made by Tim Berners-Lee ponders why the "404-ing" of impertinent and irrelevant content may be a good thing.

Spotlight: The last mile is the longest mile

The principal cause of degradation in signal times for Internet communications is not at the service provider, but at the interconnection point between the premises or home and the ISP. Click to find out more.

Unify's Circuit seeks to bring Skype-like conferencing into browsers

The project formerly known as "Ansible" is being released as a fundamental breakthrough in browser-based communications. At first glimpse, it appears to be breaking through to 2011.

Sencha's Space mobile apps management tool tackles Androids, desktops

With HTML5 now complete (we hope), it's up to a mobile apps development frameworks maker to give HTML5 the cross-platform abilities it was supposed to have from the beginning.

Aereo wins by losing: FCC's Wheeler advocates rule change for net streamers

The die has now been cast, triggering alterations to the meaning of Internet service in America that would tip the net neutrality debate completely on its ear.

With HTML5 declared 'done,' W3C begins mission transition

There's a fork in the road, and not everyone is taking it. The Open Web Platform is charting its own course, which may or may not be bound to the HTML markup language.

Microsoft says JavaScript-based RTC is coming to Internet Explorer

Ever since WebRTC was declared a part of HTML5, IE's exclusion of the browser-based streaming standard was deemed a deficit.  Now, an open source project sponsored by Microsoft attempts an end-around.

Dropbox receives good ISO 27001 grades from Ernst & Young

The safety of the service most often cited as the culprit behind "shadow IT" is looking better after one of the world's best-known accounting firms clears it for international certification.