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Apple iPad Arrives Amid Controversy
News  |  1/29/2010
Skeptics dismiss the iPad as underwhelming and limiting while developers see dollar signs.
The Fritz & David Show: What a Week! Apple, Oracle, Rant
Commentary  |  1/29/2010
January 2010 won't go quietly, nor will Techweb's Chief Content Officer, David Berlind and I in our second podcast version of The Fritz & David Show where we give some of our final thoughts no the Apple iPad, and summarize the announcements coming from Oracle this week.
HP Extends Financing Plans
Commentary  |  1/29/2010
SMBs can get 0% lease financing on HP products for either 12-month or 36-month terms, with an option to purchase at the end of the lease. Both programs go into effect on Monday, February 1..
Mobile Handset Sales Rebound
News  |  1/29/2010
Manufacturers shipped 15% more mobile phones in the fourth quarter of 2009 than in the third quarter, researcher says.
Six Things To Like About The Apple iPad
Commentary  |  1/29/2010
The iPad is certainly missing a lot of features, but there's still plenty to like. Here are six features of the iPad that I think many will find appealing.
New Initiative A Good Sign For Virtualization Security
Commentary  |  1/29/2010
A recent agreement involving three major IT vendors is good news for companies with lingering concerns about virtualization security.
HTC Makes Sense Available To Its Magic Phone
Commentary  |  1/29/2010
Those who jumped on the Android bandwagon early by purchasing the HTC Magic when it hit store shelves in mid-2009 take heed. HTC has made a new version of the system software available for the Magic, and it includes HTC's Sense user interface.
Motorola To Become Leading Android Supplier
Commentary  |  1/29/2010
Motorola is predicted to become the leading supplier of Android devices, pushing HTC to the number two spot. Motorola got real serious with Android with the launch of the Verizon based Droid and it looks like that is paying off.
iPad Debut Swamps Social Networks
News  |  1/29/2010
Launch of Apple's highly anticipated tablet-style computer prompts record chatter on Twitter and other services.
iPad And SMBs, Take Two
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
Now that we've all found out what Apple has had up its sleeve all these months, we can start to assess the iPad's usefulness for business more confidently. At least one possible use case is clearly out the window -- at least for now -- but the demo introduced one no one had thought about.
Global CIO: Oracle's Ellison Challenges IBM, NetApp And—Well—Everyone
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
Is Larry Ellison's silicon-to-application strategy the next wave, or is he 50 years out of phase?
Full Nelson Video: iPad Revealed
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
View a video demonstration, and read my thoughts on why I wouldn't buy Apple's latest must-have device if it were available today.
The iPad: I Don't Get It
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
Good grief. Yesterday's breathless blogging would have you thinking the technology world has been changed forever with the new Apple iPad. So let me go on the record with a contrarian viewpoint. The iPad seems like an interesting device, but I can't see where it fits into most personal or business IT needs.
Motorola Working On Google Nexus Phone?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
Today Motorola confirmed that it is working on a new Android phone that it plans to sell directly to consumers through Google. Will its unnamed device be the Nexus Two? Perhaps.
iPad Missing 'Something Important'
News  |  1/28/2010
Adobe says no Flash support means Apple's hot new tablet is incompatible with millions of Web sites.
Tech Resellers See Revenue Gain
News  |  1/28/2010
Commercial resellers saw a rise in sales in December, indicating that tech spending among small and medium-sized businesses is on the rebound.
Apple's iPad To Nickel And Dime Customers
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
Apple is ruthless with its product pricing. It charges the maximum price it can get for a given product...and still leaves out essential ingredients, forcing customers to buy over-priced accessories. The iPad is no different.
Does The Apple iPad Have Value For SMBs?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
For SMBs, at least, the most useful part of the new Apple iPad may be an accessory.
Samsung 3D TV Mass Production Begins
News  |  1/28/2010
Some analysts say the market for 3D television will take about 10 years to reach more than half of the U.S. population.
Zune Update Hints At Phone
News  |  1/28/2010
New driver package for Microsoft's MP3 player specifically references such a device.
Will The iPad Bring AT&T To Its Knees?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
One of the more surprising elements of Apple's iPad launch event was news that the company is sticking with its long-time wireless network partner, AT&T. Was that the right move? Can AT&T handle the iPad in addition to the iPhone?
Apple Releases iPad SDK In Beta
News  |  1/28/2010
The software development kit is available to individuals and enterprises who wish to build proprietary tablet applications.
Verizon Thinks BlackBerry Users Don't Consume Enough Music
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
This morning Verizon Wireless announced a new music-focused service specifically for BlackBerry users. Despite offering 1,000 songs on a microSD card, the service is clearly meant to coax BlackBerry users to download more music from Verizon's V CAST Music Store. Updated.
Apple Posts iPad Launch Videos Online
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
In case you missed Fritz Nelson's liveblog of the Apple iPad announcement, Apple has provided the full Stevenote in video form on its Web site. It is also offering people a more in-depth look at the iPad.
AT&T Settles Early Termination Fee Suit
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
AT&T settled a class action lawsuit yesterday for $18 million in New Jersey. If you paid an early termination fee to AT&T Wireless or any of its predecessors between January 1, 1998 and today, you may be eligible for a piece of the settlement.
Apple iPad Backlash Begins
News  |  1/27/2010
The pre-release hype has given way to complaints about the device's supposed shortcomings.
Live Blog From Apple's iPad Launch
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
Being one of the lucky few to have scored a press pass into Apple's highly secretive launch event today, I will be live blogging the announcement with text and photos as it happens. So, starting at around 11:30 AM ET, be sure to refresh this blog entry (and refresh often) as I frantically attempt to bring you all there is to know about Apple's tablet (or whatever it is) in real time.
What Apple Didn't Announce: iPhone OS 4.0
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
Today's iPad launch event was just that -- all about the iPad. Despite the belief by many credible sources that Apple would also preview iPhone OS 4.0, the new operating software for the iPhone failed to show up.
Global CIO: Apple's Steve Jobs Torpedoes Another Stale Business Model
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
Jobs and the iPad are revolutionizing the book business while picking a big fight with Amazon. What can you learn?
MSI Launches Atom N450 Netbook
News  |  1/27/2010
The Wind U135 is powered by Intel's 1.66-GHz "Pine Trail" processor, which enables manufacturers to build smaller, more energy efficient netbooks.
10 Things The Apple iPad Doesn't Have
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
Today Apple announced the iPad, a new iPhone-esque mobile computing device. As neat as many of its features are, it is still missing a lot. Here are 10 things that it lacks.
Apple iPad Promises Media Revolution
News  |  1/27/2010
The early speculation is that the tablet brings publishers hopes of new revenue for digital content while ushering in a shift in how users interact with the Web.
Trade Commission To Investigate Apple
News  |  1/27/2010
The U.S. International Trade Commission will explore Nokia's complaint that Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe on the phone maker's patents.
Global CIO: Oracle-Sun Biggest Challenge Isn't Technology—It's People
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
Sun's founder and its CEO exhort Sun employees to embrace Oracle, and Larry Ellison promises miminal Sun layoffs. Can they make it work?
PC Graphics Chips Rebound
News  |  1/27/2010
In the fourth quarter of 2009 Intel led the market with a 55.2% share, followed by Nvidia with 24.3%, and Advanced Micro Devices with 19.9%.
No Easy Answers In Mac Virtualization Roundup
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
So, which virtualization product is absolutely, positively the best option for running Windows on a Mac? Sorry -- you didn't really think the answer would be that easy, did you?
Apple Tablet Details Leaked
News  |  1/27/2010
Apple's partners and other insiders may have jumped the gun in early morning television interviews.
The Best Apple Tablet Summary So Far
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
This is pure gold. The Doghouse Diaries put together a list of 20 things that are already "known" about Apple's yet-to-be-announced tablet. It couldn't be more right.
Cisco Offers Open Telepresence Standard
News  |  1/27/2010
In agreeing to release its protocol to the public domain, Cisco joins Juniper Networks and Polycom in the growing trend toward collaboration among videoconferencing providers.
McGraw-Hill CEO Confirms Apple Tablet Details, Deal; Engadget Has Photo
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
On the eve of one of Apple's most yet anticipated product launches in history, McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw pre-empted Apple CEO Steve Jobs when he let slip confirmation on CNBC (video below) that Apple is indeed launching a tablet later today (Jan 27, 2010). McGraw revealed that it will run on the iPhone OS as well as details of the company's dealings with Apple. Separately, tech gadget site Engadget.com has what appears to be some very convincing photos of the device which it estimates to be 9
Microsoft Virtually Confirms Zune Phone
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
People have been clamoring for a Zune phone since the Zune shipped a few years ago. Microsoft has made vague references to some kind of Zune interface or Zune services on a phone. Yesterday Microsoft released an upgrade to the Zune desktop software and with it came a confirmation that a phone of some sort is in the works.
Dell Bets On iSCSI For Networking Convergence
News  |  1/26/2010
iSCSI serves as a satisfactory basis for implementing converged networking over 1 Gb Ethernet broadly used in corporate networking and data centers, Dell says.
Review: Remote Access Options For iPhone Users
Commentary  |  1/26/2010
A new review takes a look at two of the most popular applications designed to give iPhone users remote access to their desktop PCs.
PC Processor Shipments Surge 31%
News  |  1/26/2010
The worldwide microprocessor market left the recession behind, buoyed by growth in mainstream and performance processors for laptops and desktops and X86 server chips.
ITC Sides WIth Nokia Against Apple
Commentary  |  1/26/2010
Nokia has gained a slight edge in its patent spat with competitor Apple. The International Trade Commission has taken Nokia's side first, and says it will investigate Apple's alleged patent violations.
Full Nelson: Apple's Tablet Is Naturally Corporate
Commentary  |  1/26/2010
With a Kindle-thin device that can play music and serve books and navigate the Web and run enterprise-class apps, you've got your Burberry satchel and away you go. But there are caveats.
Most Hospitals Increasing IT Spending
News  |  1/26/2010
Government regulatory issues and financial incentives were named as the top drivers in a survey of hospital IT executives.
Verizon Posts $653 Million Loss In 4Q
News  |  1/26/2010
The company said it took a major hit from costs related to layoffs in its landline division, but saw growth in its wireless business.
Apple Defends iPhone Partner AT&T
News  |  1/26/2010
The iPhone maker says it's confident its exclusive U.S. carrier will improve the network traffic problems that have plagued users.
Google Blames T-Mobile For Nexus One 3G Problem
Commentary  |  1/26/2010
Google has at long last responded to the large number of user complaints about the Nexus One's ability to connect to T-Mobile's 3G network. Google laid some of the blame at the feet of its partner, basically telling customers that T-Mobile's 3G coverage kind of stinks.
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