Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:
Security researchers warned that some Emergency Alert Systems are vulnerable to hackers. Digital Alert Systems inadvertently published its private secure shell key, giving hackers root access to devices running the default settings.
Microsoft Windows group CFO Tami Reller announced Windows 8.1 will be released to computer and tablet manufacturers in late August. An official retail release date was not disclosed.
Cisco named Julie Hens as its new vice president of Worldwide Distribution. Hens formerly led the Americas Distribution unit. She will oversee Cisco’s $13 billion global distribution business.
Citrix’s Podio enterprise collaboration suite now supports native audio and video chat. The feature is available on Windows and Mac computers, with mobile support to come later this year.
Microsoft will add a set of business intelligence tools to its hosted Office 365 service. Users can load one or more internal or external data sources in an online Excel spreadsheet and analyze them through the tools.