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Newcomer Claims 3rd Place In Thin Clients
News  |  1/30/2009
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing
News  |  1/30/2009
With the iPhone leading the way, smartphone users are downloading games at a rapidly growing rate, according to data from ComScore.
Footprints Of Google's GDrive Spotted
News  |  1/30/2009
A reference to Google's long-rumored online storage service was spotted in a JavaScript localization file associated with Google Pack, Google's free software bundle.
T-Mobile Confirms G1 Successors
News  |  1/30/2009
T-Mobile will release more G series smartphones this year, but it will face a crowded field as Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson will have Android-powered handsets as well.
Google Adds Features To Firefox Toolbar
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Google is offering up a second beta of its toolbar for the Firefox browser. The new version has several new features, including a new tab page.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Smartphone Market To Grow Despite Economy
News  |  1/30/2009
Apple and RIM are expected to take advantage of the increased adoption of smartphones, according to ABI Research.
Gartner's Top Six Marketing Processes For A Down Economy
News  |  1/30/2009
Three of the processes, customer retention management, lead management and online marketing, focus on boosting sales, while the others, creative production management, marketing fulfillment and financial management, are designed to improve accountability and cut costs.
10 Cloud Computing Predictions
News  |  1/30/2009
Vendors are rushing to join Amazon, EMC/VMware, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in the cloud, offering businesses new ways to do more with less.
New Appirio App Exploits Facebook/Salesforce Connection
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Appirio Referral Management Solution matches a Facebook application with a Salesforce.com back end to let companies recruit and market to millions of social networking users.
Lenovo Targets Small And Midsize Companies With Bargain PCs
Commentary  |  1/29/2009
Predicting that small and midsize companies are getting ready to rebound from the recession, Lenovo is poised to battle for their business. And it's releasing a line of low-cost PCs to prove it.
Apple Applies For Storyboard Software Patent
News  |  1/29/2009
Approval for its "Script-Integrated Storyboards" submission could mean better integration with its media applications like Final Cut Pro, Pages, iMovie, and Keynote.
Google Maps Van Kills Deer, Google Earth Busts Pot Growers
Commentary  |  1/29/2009
Google's navigation services have provoked some interesting news items this week. Apparently, the driver of a Google Maps van accidentally struck and killed a deer. Also, over Switzerland, Google Earth helped Swiss police find and bust a two-acre pot farm.
Hawaii Pushes To Improve Broadband Technology
News  |  1/29/2009
The state has an ambitious goal of dragging Hawaii out of the country's cellar -- it was recently ranked 49th in broadband speeds among the country's 50 states.
Survey: Older Internet Users Embrace E-Commerce
News  |  1/29/2009
Gen Y isn't keeping up with predecessors when it comes to online banking and shopping.
Discount Hardware, Discount Software - Stock Up Now
Commentary  |  1/29/2009
As vendors look to keep revenue coming in the door, prices on hardware and software are plummeting. For small and midsize businesses who can afford it, now's a great time to buy.
Visual Studio Developers Get PHP IDE Upgrade
News  |  1/28/2009
Jcx.Software has released VS.Php 2.6, an integrated development environment for Microsoft Visual Studio developers who want to work in PHP.
A Long-Term Windows Vista Test Drive - Living With The Much Maligned OS
Commentary  |  1/28/2009
Even as the hype machine turns to Windows 7, many businesses are still conflicted about whether to embrace Windows Vista. Well, I took the plunge a while ago, and here's what I learned.
Salesforce.com Sets Right Vision In Customer Service, Analyst Says
News  |  1/28/2009
Among the most important achievements in the recently launched Service Cloud is the recognition that Google and other search engines may well be "the most prominent customer service channel in existence," Datamonitor says
Toshiba Reaches Out To Smaller Businesses With Price Drop
Commentary  |  1/28/2009
Toshiba has dropped prices on its notebook computers aimed at the small- and midsize-business market, so you can pick up a new laptop for as low as $529.
Google Aims To Expose Network Meddling
News  |  1/28/2009
Vint Cerf puts out the word that Google's Measurement Lab will make it more difficult for telecoms to degrade or block apps such as BitTorrent or Skype.
8 Mobile Technologies To Watch
News  |  1/28/2009
Many of the improvements expected to make an impact in the next two years will soon be integrated into smartphones, research firm Gartner reports.
Multi-Core Processors Outpacing Key Business Software
News  |  1/28/2009
The relentless doubling of cores per microprocessor chip will result in servers with far more horsepower than software can use, says Gartner.
Google To Tackle Net Neutrality Head On
Commentary  |  1/28/2009
Today Google unveiled a new tool that can be used to determine if an Internet connection is being slowed or throttled by the Internet Service Provider. Measurement Lab is an open platform that Google expects will be used by researchers to gauge just how well the Internet is working.
Google Claims Data Center Energy Savings
News  |  1/28/2009
Google said its quarterly energy-weighted average Power Usage Effectiveness fell to 1.16 from 1.22 in the third quarter.
Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader To Get Facelift
News  |  1/28/2009
Tech enthusiasts are taking their best guesses as to what the online retailer has planned for the 2.0 version of the popular gadget.
Microsoft: Explorer 8 'Complete And Done'
News  |  1/28/2009
The software maker says its latest browser is close to final form, but users would like some improvements.
Opera Finalizes Browser For Android
News  |  1/28/2009
The release version of Opera Mini for Android includes the ability to save files on an SD card, resources for video playback, and other improvements.
Nokia Boosts Location Services With Bit-Side Buy
News  |  1/28/2009
By purchasing the media-sharing software company, Nokia is hoping to improve its Nokia Maps program.
AT&T Revenues Influenced By Strong iPhone Sales
News  |  1/28/2009
However, subsidies cost the telecom some $450 million in profits in the quarter.
Gartner on Emergency IT Cost Cutting
Commentary  |  1/28/2009
Gartner held a webinar today on emergency cost cutting in IT, featuring Kurt Potter. Gartner's been talking with a lot of their customers about the impact of the recession. Most are not in dire straits, but they are seeing some who are having to deploy emergency measures. There are lessons to be learned from the squeezing being done...
Startup Supports Lucene Open-Source Search
Commentary  |  1/28/2009
The lack of commercially available support and training have been a bit of a hindrance to acceptance of the open-source Apache Lucene search engine in the enterprise, but that's starting to change. This week, fledgling services company Lucid Imagination officially arrives on the scene to offer commercial-grade support, formal developer training, and certified, tested versions of Lucene.
Panasonic Digital Cameras Add Face Recognition
News  |  1/27/2009
When a face is recorded several times, the cameras ask whether it should be registered, so the devices can automatically prioritize focus and exposure in future pictures.
Yahoo Reports Losses Related To Costs, Stock Rises
News  |  1/27/2009
Without the one-time costs, the company's 4Q earnings were better than expected, given the state of the economy, its effect on advertising, and public perceptions of Yahoo's position.
Google Gmail Available Offline, Calendar Coming Soon
News  |  1/27/2009
After clicking on the "Offline" link, most or all of the user's Gmail messages, depending on the size of the mailbox, will be synchronized to a local cache.
EdgeCast, DT Partner On Content Delivery Network Player
News  |  1/27/2009
Streaming video delivery services will be available for premium video, audio, and content publishers as well as for gaming companies, advertisers, and hosting providers.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Improves Security
News  |  1/27/2009
Updates include architectural changes that mirror features found in Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, and Mozilla's Firefox.
Microsoft Makes Sweeping Changes To BI Software Strategy
News  |  1/27/2009
Microsoft will discontinue PerformancePoint Server as an independent product and is exiting the market for standalone corporate performance management software.
Should Google Buy Skype?
Commentary  |  1/27/2009
The latest whisperings around the Internet water cooler suggest that Google is eying Skype as a potential acquisition target. Would it be a better corporate overlord than eBay?
Crisis Survival Kit: 10 Strategies For Positive Cash Flow
Commentary  |  1/27/2009
In a tight credit market, cash is king and keeping it flowing will make or break your business this coming yet. Here's 10 ways to keep the greenbacks rolling in to your business.
HP's MarketSplash Aims To Bring Big Time Design To Smaller Companies
Commentary  |  1/27/2009
Good design matters. It can help determine how your credible your company appears, which can have a huge effect on sales. But frankly, when time gets tough it's all too easy to think of design as unnecessary luxury. HP is trying to at least make that luxury cheaper with the introduction of MarketSplash.
Lost In Austin (Startup City TV)
Commentary  |  1/27/2009
I arrived in Austin, Texas, today to go talk to IBM, again, about how it's helping make the planet smarter, this time focusing on how Web 2.0 technologies can help companies become more green. I am well prepared for Austin because I was just here in November (editor's note: It was October, Fritz), and I have a photogenic memory (editor's note: uh, photographic, and no).
Microsoft's H-1B Visa Controversy
Commentary  |  1/26/2009
As Microsoft does its first-ever mass layoffs, there are some questions about who is being pink-slipped and how they're being selected. Microsoft has been a vocal advocate of expanding the H-1B visa program that allows noncitizens to work in the United States, arguing that there just weren't enough qualified Americans to take those jobs.
Wondering About Twitter? So Was I
Commentary  |  1/26/2009
What's the deal with Twitter? Is it the Next Big Thing in marketing? Just a social-networking tool? Perhaps a waste of time? I'm just starting to figure that out and found a few places with useful tips.
Apple Shipping iLife '09 Tuesday
News  |  1/26/2009
The most innovative feature in the upgrade is in the iPhoto application, to which Apple has added face-recognition technology.
Android App Bumped For Erasing Memory, Contacts
News  |  1/26/2009
The application was pulled from the Android Market after multiple consumers said it was interfering with G1 handsets and spamming contacts.
TI Profits Plummet, Chipmaker Cutting 3,400 Jobs
News  |  1/26/2009
Besides the slow economy, Texas Instruments is reeling from a shift in strategy by some of its top customers to buy products from multiple vendors.
Microsoft Boosts BI, Backs Away from Performance Management
News  |  1/26/2009
Dashboarding, scorecarding and analytics are bundled into SharePoint while PerformancePoint and its planning engine reach the end of the line.
Venture Capitalists Trim Investments As IPOs Dry Up
News  |  1/26/2009
The MoneyTree survey reports that the fourth-quarter plunge in VC investments was enough to pull down investment figures for the entire year.
Review: Picasa Photo Editor For Mac
News  |  1/26/2009
Google's photo-management app is a powerful -- and free -- way to edit and manage digital images, but it lacks some features found in the Windows version.
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