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Thursday - August 21, 2014
A conflict between Google's push to make the Web more secure and its Trusted Store program may be costing at least one business money. Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies, which encrypts all the pages on its website, reportedly has had its application for Google's Trusted Stores program turned down. Think of the badge as the equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal. Having it could boost a site's revenue. Pegasus co-owner Christopher Heitman applied for a Trusted Stores badge in 2012 but was turned down because all his site's pages were encrypted. [More...]

Thursday - August 21, 2014
After Barnes & Noble bled serious cash trying to create its own Nook e-reading tablets to compete with Amazon's Fire and Apple's iPad -- eventually, scrapping most of the Nook-building unit -- I figured it was pretty much down for the count. The announcement in June of its deal to let Samsung give select tablets the "Nook" brand seemed more like a cry for help them a business decision that had much chance of success. I have to admit that I utterly missed how important this little summertime move really was, and will prove to be. [More...]

Thursday - August 21, 2014
A team of Netflix programmers merged the company's videos with the virtual reality capability offered by the Oculus Rift headset as a fun project on Netflix Hack Day. The Oculix media app lets users browse a floating 3D Netflix video catalog using head turning movements and hand gestures. Once a selection is made, the user can watch the video in a VR theater setting. "This new user experience is potentially a very compelling differentiator," said Strategy Analytics' Eric Smith. [More...]

Thursday - August 21, 2014
A growing number of consumers are becoming mobile-first or even mobile-only, so why not businesses? Granted, it is hard to image the company whose computing power and data could be accessed and manipulated only through a mobile device. However, a company that gives mobile the same status and resources as its other IT initiatives? That is a little easier to envision. The bad news is, such companies are still in the minority. The good news: In small increments, that is changing. That is reflected in data Good Technology released last week. [More...]

 

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