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At a Churchill Club event in Mountain View, Calif., author and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki shares some tips from his new book, "Enchantment," on how to get users excited about a product. His three pillars of enchantment for business include: likability, trustworthiness, and a great cause. He says that right now marketers are focused on engagement, and he wants to change the conversation to enchantment.
They're a modern-day must. Anyone who's ever forgotten their credit card at home or worse, lost it, knows exactly how crucial that piece of plastic truly is. With rampant fraud and ID theft though, most cardholders are equally aware of the risks. But what if the account number on your card disappeared when not in use? ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das explores payment innovations from Dynamics, Square and Bling Nation.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia's (CBA) executive general manager of core banking Dave Curran said that the bank didn't issue a request for proposal (RFP) when it looked for vendors for its core banking modernisation because it didn't want another version of what it already had.
At the Cloud Connect conference in Santa Clara, Vijay Bhagavath, technology equity researcher for Deutsche Bank, estimates upcoming trends in IT spending. He adds that investment in ‘private clouds’ could be a 20 billion dollar opportunity by 2012.
Oracle President Charles Phillips unveils the company's new systems strategy in front of analysts at its headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif. Phillips says the company is looking to model itself after the 1960s IBM by working on building complete, integrated platforms, but developed with open system components.
Equator Coffees, a specialty coffee wholesaler, is going green throughout its business operations. The co-founders, Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell are using sustainable farming practices to grow their coffee cherries by partnering with local farmers in developing countries. On their site, they also have a smart coffee roaster that burns 80 percent less natural gas than a traditional coffee roaster and a food composter that turns excess coffee waste into fertilizer.
From the Google IPO, to the rise of social networking, it's been an important decade for tech innovation, CBSNews.com Executive Editor Charles Cooper talks to ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan about the five most important tech events of the decade and what they mean for the technology industry going forward.
Tired of carrying checks in your wallet because you can't find the time to cash them? Texas-based USAA bank has developed a mobile application that allows customers to make deposits using an iPhone. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das explains how mobile banking could put an end to those time-consuming bank branch visits.
At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt introduces a handheld ultrasound gadget called Vscan. Immelt believes that the new device will be make it easier for clinicians to monitor the human body in a variety of settings, including countries where medical professionals cannot afford larger imaging systems. Immelt also reveals new electronic medical-records software on which the company is working.
At a Churchhill Club event, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison talks to former Sun Microsystems President Ed Zander about Oracle's recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems. He says he’d like to pattern the new Oracle after T.J. Watson Jr.'s IBM, combining both hardware and software systems.
At the VMworld conference in San Francisco, ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz tours the exhibition floor to see what is happening at the show. Diaz also talks to David Bricker of IBM about the company's XIV substorage system, which works in the VMware environment, and to Tripwire's Michael Reznick about how the company's software helps IT managers audit and control their systems inside a data center.
At VMworld in San Francisco, VMware CEO Paul Maritz talks to HP's director of software virtualization, Steve DuPree, about how the company's VMware View product fits into HP's virtualization plans. Maritz adds that there are 1 million desktops deployed with VDI, mainly in sectors where security and compliance are crucial, like the health care and finance industry.
The kids are back at school, conventions are back on the calendar, and tech companies are laying the groundwork for the holidays. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz preview September's anticipated holiday offerings and trade show announcements.