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Oklahoma business Tech Bytes theme briefs for May 7

Oklahoma business theme briefs for May 7
Published: May 7, 2013
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Alternative fuel symposium set

Central Oklahoma Clean Cities will hold an alternative fuel symposium for business and government fleets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma City campus of Oklahoma State University. Morning and lunch sessions will feature discussions about alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. The afternoon will feature a Ride and Drive event where attendees will be able to see and drive the newest commercially available alternative fuel vehicles. The event will include a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, several natural gas vehicles and two propane-powered trucks. Cost is $30 per person. Registration is required at www.okcleancities.org.

State ranks in retirement list

Oklahoma is the 14th-best state for retirement, according to rankings issued Monday by Bankrate.com. The analysis included cost of living, taxes, health care, crime and climate. Oklahoma has the lowest cost of living in the nation, and the state also boasts below-average taxes and above-average access to hospital care. In assembling the rankings, Bankrate considered health, safety and costs, using statistics on cost of living, crime rates, tax rates, access to medical care and average annual temperatures.

Adobe moving to subscriptions

— Adobe says it is moving to a subscription-based model for the software package it sells to designers, Web developers, video editors and other creative professionals. Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday that it will not release new versions of its Creative Suite software package. Instead, the maker of Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat is shifting focus to Creative Cloud, which makes its software available through a monthly subscription that starts at $50 for an individual. Scott Morris, a senior marketing director at the San Jose, Calif.-based company, says the shift will help Adobe respond to changes in the marketplace much faster. Adobe's engineers, he says, will be freed up to release updates and improvements much faster than the company's traditional 18 to 24-month upgrade cycle.

U.S. cites Chinese cyberattacks

— The Pentagon for the first time used its annual report on China to directly assert that Beijing's government and military have conducted computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies. In a new report on the Chinese military, the Defense Department goes a small step further than it has gone in the past, when it said that cyberattacks originated in China and may be linked to Beijing's use of civilian experts in clandestine attacks against American companies. But over the past year, U.S. government officials and private cybersecurity experts have increasingly stepped up accusations that the Chinese government is directly involved in cyber espionage against the U.S. In February, a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm, Mandiant, issued a report accusing a secret Chinese military unit in Shanghai of years of cyberattacks against more than 140 companies, a majority of them American. The Pentagon report, released Monday, said that, “In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the U.S. government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military.”

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