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Global CIO: Microsoft Slams Oracle For Limiting Choice But Seeks x86 Hegemony
Commentary  |  2/28/2010
Riddle me this: Oracle's integrated systems limit competition, which is bad, but it should kill Sparc to limit Wintel competition, which is good.
Dell Forges E-Health Partnership With AMA
News  |  2/28/2010
The American Medical Association and Dell will offer physicians one-stop-shopping for electronic health products.
Sprint And Verizon Both Pushing webOS 1.4 Update
Commentary  |  2/27/2010
Sprint began making webOS 1.4 available to the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi during the early morning hours on February 27. Verizon customers had to wait an additional 24 hours before their devices began updating, too. The new version of webOS brings system-wide improvements.
RSA: Microsoft Tries To Turn Shady Internet Trustworthy
News  |  2/26/2010
The company is releasing software to improve the process of online identification and authentication.
IBM, Shell Team Up On Oil Exploration
News  |  2/26/2010
Big Blue will lend its analytics expertise to Shell's efforts to extend the life of gas and oil fields.
Newer, Cheaper iPhone(s) To Debut In June
Commentary  |  2/26/2010
June and Apple's WWDC are approaching swiftly. Though we're still three-plus months out, reports of what Apple plans to announce are already taking shape. Morgan Stanley believes that new models are coming, and they'll be cheaper to buy and cheaper to own.
Clearwire Notches Subscriber Gains, 4Q Loss
News  |  2/26/2010
The wireless carrier expects its 4G WiMax network to cover up to 120 million people by year end.
Twitter Phishing Attack Hooks UK Cabinet Minister
News  |  2/26/2010
The company is warning people not to surrender personal details to fake Twitter login pages.
Prepaid Puts Pressure On Wireless Carriers
News  |  2/26/2010
T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and Leap pre-paid customers generally pay less for mobile service than contract subscribers.
Software Update Bricking Motorola CLIQ
Commentary  |  2/26/2010
Users who downloaded and installed an unofficial software update for the Motorola CLIQ are seeing red. Turns out there are major bugs in the update that essentially brick the CLIQ. T-Mobile's advice? Don't update.
AMD Intros ATI Radeon HD 5830
News  |  2/26/2010
The graphics card supports up to three monitors and has processing power of 1.79 teraFLOPS.
Palm CEO Addresses The Troops
Commentary  |  2/26/2010
In light of the bad financial news coming from Palm, CEO Jon Rubinstein took the opportunity to shore up the confidence of Palm employees. He sent a company wide email that outlines what the company is doing to get fully back on track.
No Flash Love For Windows Mobile 6.5.3
Commentary  |  2/26/2010
Windows Mobile can't catch a break. Since the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress, WinMo 6.5.3 has been cast aside like an old toy on Christmas morning. The latest kick in the stomach comes from Adobe. All plans to provide Flash 10 for WinMo have been halted as the software developer targets WinPho 7 this fall.
NComputing Cuts Virtualized Desktop Costs
News  |  2/25/2010
With an extra-slender thin client and its vSpace software, NComputing has virtualized 2.5 million desktops.
QuorumLabs Introduces Business Continuity Appliance
Commentary  |  2/25/2010
OnQ 2.0 combines backup with virtual machines to give SMBs a way to get up and running immediately after any kind of server failure.
Apple iPhone Users Buy More Apps
News  |  2/25/2010
Users of competing mobile devices appear to be less keen to open their wallets.
Server Market Data Signals Rebound
News  |  2/25/2010
Data on worldwide server sales indicates that businesses are starting to increase spending on their IT infrastructures.
webOS 1.4 Changelog Leaks With Suspicious Timing
Commentary  |  2/25/2010
Just after Palm released some bad news today about its sales forecasts, the changelog for webOS version 1.4 has mysteriously surfaced. There are genuinely good changes in store for webOS devices. Let's take a look.
Microsoft Decapitates Waledac Botnet
News  |  2/25/2010
A major source of spam and malware has been cut off from its controllers.
Palm Sales Lower Than Expected
News  |  2/25/2010
Tough competition from Android handsets and Apple's iPhone hurt Palm's quarterly revenue forecast.
FCC Wants Broadband Public Safety Network
News  |  2/25/2010
As part of the National Broadband Plan, the FCC wants to make a portion of the 700-mhz spectrum available for a nationwide wireless public safety network.
Microsoft Licenses Multimedia File System To Panasonic
News  |  2/25/2010
Panasonic will license Microsoft's exFAT file system, which makes it easier to exchange multimedia files across devices.
Genband To Buy Nortel VoIP Unit For $182 Million
News  |  2/25/2010
Nortel's VOIP unit is the networking equipment company's last remaining business operation.
Palm: 'Slower Than Expected Consumer Adoption' Of WebOS
Commentary  |  2/25/2010
If things looked bad earlier this week for Palm, they look worse now. Palm updated its guidance for the current quarter and the numbers have been revised downward. The new numbers will be "well below its previously forecasted range of $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion."
Scribd Launches Mobile Document Sharing App
News  |  2/25/2010
Non-copyrighted documents can be sent from a PC to smartphones, Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, and the Sony Reader.
Chip Revenue To Grow By 20%
News  |  2/25/2010
The surge in semiconductor revenue forecast by Gartner for 2010 will be driven by steady growth in PC shipments.
FCC Chief Proposes Mobile Spectrum Auction
News  |  2/25/2010
Julius Genachowski sees broadcast television spectrum as a major part of the agency's strategic planning as it works to accommodate a surge in mobile data traffic.
PocketGear Acquires Handango
Commentary  |  2/25/2010
If you have had any kind of smartphone in the past decade, you are probably aware of and have even used PocketGear or Handango to purchase your apps. Now these two software retailers are combining their catalogs to go head to head against platform owned stores like Apple's App Store and Microsoft's Marketplace for Windows Mobile. Will it help them survive though?
Server Sales Up 4.5% In 4Q
News  |  2/24/2010
The good news was tempered by plummeting sales of high-end systems, resulting in an overall 3.2% drop in global revenue, said Gartner.
Google Faces European Antitrust Scrutiny
News  |  2/24/2010
The European Commission says it is looking into three separate complaints about Google.
Skype Yanks Windows Mobile App From Site
Commentary  |  2/24/2010
For some unknown reason, Skype is no longer making Skype and Skype Lite available to the Windows Mobile platform. Skype's support page says, "We felt that Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile were not offering the best possible Skype experience." What gives? Updated with explanation from Skype.
CA Buys 3Tera Cloud Startup
News  |  2/24/2010
3Tera supplies a graphically oriented system for configuring an application prior to deployment, including deployment as a virtual machine into the cloud.
Bloom Debuts Clean Energy Power Box
News  |  2/24/2010
The company says its "power plant-in-a-box" is a breakthrough in fuel cell-driven clean energy, but some question whether the price is too high.
Cablevision Intros PC To TV Service
News  |  2/24/2010
The wireless service will allow Cablevision subscribers to display online video, photos, e-mail, and other data on their television screens.
Google Execs Convicted In Italy
News  |  2/24/2010
The ruling in a YouTube privacy case, if not overturned on appeal, could put an end to online user-generated content in parts of the world.
Microsoft Announces Government Cloud
News  |  2/24/2010
The Business Productivity Online Suite Federal is hosted on a government-dedicated infrastructure in secured facilities within Microsoft's own data centers.
Intermedia Launches Hosted UC For SMBs
News  |  2/24/2010
The offering combines unified communications with the low-cost, turnkey appeal of SaaS, but it is still not clear that SMBs see the value of UC.
Alaska Airlines To Offer Aircell Wi-Fi
News  |  2/24/2010
The airline has dropped plans to install Row 44's satellite wireless Internet on its planes and will instead go with the cellular-based Gogo system.
One Third Of U.S. Lacks Broadband
News  |  2/24/2010
Cost and security concerns are the top barriers cited by respondents to an FCC survey.
Apple Publishes Then Kills Latest iPad SDK
Commentary  |  2/24/2010
On Feb. 23 Apple released a third beta version of the iPhone OS 3.2 software development kit for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It wasn't available long, however. Apple pulled the updated beta SDK mere hours after it went live. Thankfully, a few developers were able to download it before the link went dead. They found a few interesting details buried inside.
Mobile Phone Market Recovery Continues
News  |  2/24/2010
Smartphones are a bright spot, and Gartner is predicting the market will grow 11 to 13% this year.
Details On Windows Phone 7 Hardware
Commentary  |  2/24/2010
One of the benefits for manufacturers for Windows Mobile phones until now has been the incredibly wide variety of hardware they could build for the mobile platform. Windows Phone 7 Series is going to change all of that. Microsoft is strictly controlling the hardware specs that are allowed for the device. We've got some rumors on what is and isn't allowed.
Intel Reveals It's Been Hacked
News  |  2/23/2010
The company's annual report says that some of the attacks have been successful.
Motorola May No Longer Call Chicago Home
Commentary  |  2/23/2010
As part of its reorganizational efforts, Motorola indicated that it might pick up and move its handset and home businesses to California. Why? Because apparently Motorola thinks the talent pool in Chicago is tapped out.
Lenovo Refreshes ThinkPad Laptops
News  |  2/23/2010
The company introduced two ultra-portable laptops, a tablet, and two portable workstations in its ThinkPad line, all targeted toward enterprise users.
Mobile Broadband Making Inroads
News  |  2/23/2010
An FCC survey shows that 15% of Americans are now using mobile wireless broadband on laptops, a percentage that will likely increase as more robust 4G networks are deployed.
Number Of iPhone Users Surpasses WinMo Users
Commentary  |  2/23/2010
After two and a half years in the market, Apple's iPhone has overtaken Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform in overall smartphone share around the globe. Apple moved past Microsoft to become the third-largest deployed smartphone platform worldwide. RIM holds onto the number two spot worldwide, but Nokia is still number one.
In-Home Telemedicine Study Launched
News  |  2/23/2010
Mayo, GE, and Intel will explore how videoconferencing and electronic health monitoring can help sick, elderly patients remain in their homes and avoid costly hospitalizations.
Intel, VCs Investing $3.5 Billion In U.S. Tech
News  |  2/23/2010
The tech giant wants to help boost the U.S. economy by promoting venture capital investments and more hiring of college grads.
Wireless Leads RadioShack To 26% Profit Gain
News  |  2/23/2010
The retailer's strategy of beefing up its mobile phone offerings led the company to earn $75.7 million in fourth-quarter net income.
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