Make Linux Suck Less
Linux sucks! So says Bryan Lunduke, himself a Linux software developer, at a presentation he gave at Linux Fest Northwest. In truth, it's not a hatchet job -- it's exactly the kind of pointed and forceful Linux criticism we need more of.
IT Helps Seal Our Borders
The economic stimulus package includes about $980 million aimed at beefing up surveillance of our borders. Much of that fuels a huge bet that technology projects can help secure them.
Nokia's App Store Will Require Credit Cards
The company couldn't get carrier billing in the United States but thinks the social networking and location-based aspects of its Ovi Store will help it gain widespread adoption.
Microsoft: We're Not Making A Phone
The company denies recent reports that it's working on a "ZunePhone" for Verizon Wireless, and it will focus on upcoming Windows Mobile upgrades.
Inside Ubuntu 9.04
Critics are calling 'Jaunty Jackalope' as slick and seamless as Mac OS X. We uncover the Linux distro's pitfalls and gotchas -- as well as its hidden delights.
You Can't Have Your Java And Fork It, Too
The other night I commiserated with a friend over Sun's sale to Oracle, with both of us agreeing gloomily that this most likely means the end of Java as we know it. Actually, it may mean a whole new beginning for Java -- or a whole bunch of new beginnings -- and that's exactly the problem.
Mobile Apps To Hit $25 Billion By 2014
Handset makers will receive the bulk of the revenue selling apps to smartphones, but carriers have an opportunity to bring app stores to entry-level and feature phones.
Microsoft Releases Office 2007 SP2
The productivity suite update adds built-in support for Open Document Format and a slew of other tweaks, including improved Outlook performance.
Google Makes Android 1.5 Available To Devs
The move means the "Cupcake" update could be pushed out soon, and it will bring to Android video-recording capabilities, a virtual QWERTY keyboard, and stereo Bluetooth.
SAP-Teradata Alliance Goes Beyond the Database
To what extent will SAP BusinessObjects software be integrated with Teradata?" The possibilities go well beyond SAP BW and the DBMS, and it's not so much a matter of smiting the competition as keeping up!
Working Together To Avoid The Patently Absurd
Patent reform may be in the air, but it'll be some time before the real fruits are reaped. In the meantime, we have to maintain our own guard against unfairly-granted patents, something the Open Invention Network's doing proactively with, for instance, the patents at the heart of the Mic
Amazon Buys Maker Of iPhone E-Book Reader
Software like Lexcycle's Stanza and Amazon's Kindle iPhone application could drive adoption of electronic books and magazines further by making them available on more than just the Kindle.
Cablevision Launches Mobile Portal
The mobile Web site may help the cable provider fend off increased competition from the telecoms, but it lacks the ability for users to program DVRs on the go.
Facebook Opens Stream To Devs
Web and mobile developers can create applications and Web sites that let Facebook users access their news streams without visiting Facebook.com.
Samsung Rolls Out Android Phone
Samsung's first Android-powered handset has Wi-Fi, 3G, an AMOLED touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and deep integration with Google's Web services.
Teradata, SAP Forge Enemy-of-an-Enemy Alliance
Oracle is an obvious target... but let's not forget about IBM. Yes, SAP and IBM are strategic partners... But IBM has stepped up bundling of InfoSphere information management and Congos BI software in recent months, and that can't be sitting too well with SAP executives watching out for BusinessObjects.
The Trend Towards Open Source: It's There, But Not Inevitable
I spent most of last week and the whole of my weekend knee-, hip-, and finally neck-deep in Ubuntu 9.04 for an upcoming feature on the OS. I had my problems with it, and from that had a philosophical "what exactly are we trying to accomplish here" moment (shilling for rant). But after the dust settled, I had a better picture of how all these platforms complemented each other.