Excellent reputation »

Maria Trombly is a talented writer and a thorough reporter with a strong sense for news who delivers on her commitments on deadline. She has an excellent reputation among Wall Street and technology executives and can be counted on to develop solid user and vendor sources. She has a clear, enticing writing style and requires […]

Quick, accurate and innovative reporter »

Maria’s a quick, accurate and innovative reporter whose stories manage to be newsy, useful AND interesting — a rare combination.

A local presence in markets around the globe »

Without the Trombly Ltd. reporters, I could not operate. They give me a local presence in markets around the globe, and are always willing to seek out new local sources. When mistakes are made–and every reporter makes mistakes from time to time–they are quick to figure out how the mistakes were made and offer corrections. […]


Recent Articles

7 reasons why Linux is a desktop flop »

SLIDESHOW 1. Free is a misnomer Microsoft Windows licenses are typically bundled in with the purchase price of new computers — switching to Linux doesn’t usually offer that much of a savings. Plus, Windows operating systems are supported for ten years. Linux support costs extra.

Hold the phone: retailers eye payments via smartphone »

Near Field Communication (NFC) will enable contactless mobile payments at the register An emerging technology called Near Field Communication will soon give new meaning to the phrase “tapped out.” Once NFC systems become widespread, which could happen as soon as next year, consumers will be able to pay for purchases at the checkout counter by […]

Cyber Security Review »

As threats proliferate, here are five areas where companies need to strengthen and update their policies and practices. It’s particularly galling when a company specializing in security issues gets monumentally hacked. That was the case for Stratfor, which suffered a massive data breach just before the holidays that exposed thousands of client names, e-mail addresses […]

Mac attack »

Over the years, Apple has earned a less-than-stellar reputation among purchasers of enterprise desktops. Macs were seen as overpriced to begin with. And Apple didn’t offer huge discounts for bulk purchases, like the PC makers. Plus, Macs didn’t come with the ecosystem of integrated productivity and management apps that are taken for granted in the Windows world. SLIDESHOW: 5 reasons […]

China’s Central Bank Looks To Force Online Shoppers To Use Their Real Names »

All of China’s bank-led payment platforms and third-party payment providers would have to ensure their customers use their real names when paying online under regulations the People’s Bank of China proposed Jan. 5. Use of nicknames or false names poses a security and money-laundering risk, and requiring the use of actual and verified names could […]

Indian Rail Adds A Mobile-Booking Option »

Passengers on the Indian Railways, the world’s second-largest rail network, now may use their mobile phones to book their tickets through a new offering from the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. The agency, an information-technology venture under the Ministry of Railways, launched a mobile version of its popular online ticket-booking portal on Jan. 5. […]

China UnionPay Sets A 2013 Nationwide Mobile-Payments Goal »

China UnionPay has enabled more than 3.8 million merchants to accept Near Field Communication-based payments as part of a push to expand mobile-payments acceptance in China, a spokesperson for the card organization tells PaymentsSource. The company has enabled point-of-sale terminals in more than 20 provinces to accept NFC payments, according to the spokesperson. China UnionPay’s […]

Mobile Commerce Rising Rapidly In China »

Mobile e-commerce is taking off rapidly in China, according to a report released Oct. 26 by the Beijing-based iResearch Consulting Group. China’s total mobile market, including not only e-commerce but also games, advertising and other value-added services, reached 10.83 billion yuan (US $1.7 billion or 1.2 billion euros) in the third quarter of this year, […]

Beijing Telecom To Support China UnionPay Mobile Payments »

The Beijing branch of China Telecom Corp. Ltd. has begun enabling customers to make payments using their China UnionPay cards over its mobile network as part of a pilot that launched Oct. 20. According to the company, interested customers must upgrade their phones at any of 70 Beijing Telecom outlets around Beijing. During the upgrade, […]

Google’s Two-Factor Authentication More Widely Available »

Google’s two-factor authentication system is now available in 150 countries and 40 languages, the company recently said. The service — which was previously available only in English — allows individual users to opt for a second login step, which sends an authorization code to an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry device. Enrolment is done by the […]


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