CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2010
Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
Kno Ships Education Tablet
The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.
SEC Probes Former HP CEO Mark Hurd
Investigators said to be focused on whether Hurd, now co-president at Oracle, leaked details of HP's plan to buy EDS to a female companion.
Microsoft Prepping Kinect Upgrade
The firmware update would improve motion sensing accuracy and allow more data to pass through to the Xbox 360, according to reports.
Windows Phone 7 Coming To Nokia?
Blogosphere rumors say Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, a former Redmond executive, wants Microsoft's new mobile OS on his company's phones.
Top 10 Software Stories Of 2010
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
Top 10 Cloud Stories Of 2010
Everybody's head was in the cloud, or so it seemed in 2010. Both well established and startup vendors developed solutions and strategies designed to extend their reach or provide entry into this booming market. After all, IDC estimated the cloud market will be worth $55 billion by 2014; Gartner predicted the cloud world could be valued at $148 billion at that time, in part because Gartner included Google AdWords advertising revenue in its figures, said Gregor Petri, adviser, lean IT and cloud co
Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010
Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
Dell's Venue Pro A Swelling Black Eye
Dell is having serious issues with its Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handset. Delays and hardware glitches have marred what could have been a saving grace for Dell's mobile ambitions.
Linaro Adds High-Powered Advisers
Canonical, GENIVI, HP, LiMo Foundation, and MontaVista Software will offer guidance on embedded open source development to Linux non-profit.
Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2010
Odds are, almost every household in the United States bought or used at least one Microsoft-related product in 2010. From smartphones to game consoles, entertainment software to applications, cloud computing infrastructure to expanded search engine agreements, the developer increased its footprint across earth and cyberspace. This year marked one of new beginnings and some endings for Microsoft, which released its long-awaited Windows Phone 7 operating system, the software giant's answer to Appl
'World of Warcraft' Sets PC Game Sales Record
Close on the heels of its "Call of Duty: Black Ops" runaway success, Activision Blizzard's "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm" has sold more than 3.3 million copies in the first 24 hours.
Top 10 Government Stories Of 2010
In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months. In some cases, cities or agencies were able to save money and boost productivity by adopting technologies such as cloud computing, by centralizing contracts, and reducing energy consumption thro
Apache Leaves Java Community Process
The Apache Software Foundation has resigned from the Oracle-dominated JCP because it believes it's being thwarted by Oracle on its Harmony initiative.
SMBs See Opportunity In The Cloud
A Microsoft survey found that almost a third of small and midsize businesses see the cloud as an opportunity for their IT to be more strategic and nearly a quarter believe it offers capabilities not previously available.
Flock Browses All Your Social Connections
Years before the social networking oriented RockMelt browser there was Flock. Now Flock 3.5 shows that the original social networking browser still has strong features that should interest users looking to integrate social networking into their Web browser. Flock works with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, newsfeeds and, new in this release, LinkedIn. The newest Flock browser is also now based on the Google Chromium engine, providing a faster and more streamlined browsing experience. A social
Google Chrome OS Promises Computing Without Pain
Before a crowd of reporters and guests, Google provided an update on its forthcoming browser-based operating system, Chrome OS, and invited attendees and select early adopters to try Chrome OS running on an unbranded netbook through a pilot program. Chrome OS aims to be speedy, simple and secure: all the things that the typical PC is not. It achieves these goals by limiting the user to Web apps, running in the Chrome browser. But Google doesn't see this as a limitation; it sees it as a way to pr
Global CIO: Top 10 Tech Stories Of The Year: The Complete List
The cloud, mobile, IBM, Oracle-Sun, SAP, the death of the tactical CIO, HP's CEO shuffle, Apple's rise in the enterprise, and optimized systems were all among 2010's top tech stories. Here's the full list with links to more than 150 analytical and opinionated columns.
Dell Kace Speeds Windows 7 Migrations
K2000 appliance upgrade broadly targets midsized firms with limited IT resources, but may make the most sense for organizations with more than 500 users.