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SMB Trends To Watch In 2010
Commentary  |  1/29/2010
Technology consultants Access Markets International Partners have pointed to six trends among small and medium businesses that, they say, deserve more attention.
Google Docs, Sites Dropping IE 6 Support
News  |  1/29/2010
Old browsers are being put out to pasture so new Web technologies can run free.
Apple iPad Arrives Amid Controversy
News  |  1/29/2010
Skeptics dismiss the iPad as underwhelming and limiting while developers see dollar signs.
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..
Search Keywords Mean Business
News  |  1/29/2010
Businesses that focus on branded searches may be missing out on the visitor traffic that comes from generic search terms.
Microsoft Enterprise Sales Fizzle
News  |  1/29/2010
Redmond posted record quarterly revenue, but most of the growth was driven by a recovery in consumer sales.
Bill Gates Donates $10 Billion For Vaccines
News  |  1/29/2010
Microsoft founder says 8.7 million children can be saved if they're given access to crucial pharmaceuticals.
Google Makes Calling Directly From Ads Easier
Commentary  |  1/29/2010
Heaven forbid we actually have to dial a phone number any more. That would be awful. Google is saving smartphone owners, once again, from exercising their thumbs by adding a click-to-call feature directly in mobile ads.
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.
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.
RatePoint Helps Resolve Customer Disputes
Commentary  |  1/28/2010
Customer review and survey service RatePoint claims that businesses who use its online testimonial services can resolve 90 percent of customer disputes before they turn into negative reviews. That's one of several pieces of advice the company offers small businesses trying to manage their online reputations.
Microsoft Profits Jump 60%
News  |  1/28/2010
The software maker roars past Wall Street estimates on the back of robust Windows 7 demand.
Google Social Search Reaches Beta
News  |  1/28/2010
It just got easier to tap the wisdom of your friends online.
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.
Zune Update Hints At Phone
News  |  1/28/2010
New driver package for Microsoft's MP3 player specifically references such a device.
Microsoft To Launch Pennies-Per-Hour Azure Cloud Service Monday
News  |  1/28/2010
Following a month of no-cost tire kicking, Microsoft will begin charging customers on Feb. 1 for its new Windows Server-based cloud computing service.
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.
Oracle Outlines Post Merger Roadmap
News  |  1/27/2010
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Sun Microsystems will add $1.5 billion to Oracle's profitability within a year of the just-completed merger of the two companies.
Apple iPad Backlash Begins
News  |  1/27/2010
The pre-release hype has given way to complaints about the device's supposed shortcomings.
SAP Comments on 2009 Drop, Prospects for 2010
News  |  1/27/2010
Seeing an upturn, executives highlight fourth-quarter revenue increase in the U.S. and Asia.
Down To Business: Oracle v. Rimini Has Huge Ramifications
Commentary  |  1/27/2010
Can the decades-old enterprise software model hold up against the forces of upstart competition and price arbitrage?
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.
Yahoo Posts Profit As Revenue Lags
News  |  1/27/2010
The company hopes to improve its revenue from Internet search through a deal with Microsoft.
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?
Bill Gates Gets His Groove On
News  |  1/27/2010
Microsoft chairman parties hard at Sundance Film Festival
Oracle To Detail Post-Acquistion Sun Microsystems Roadmap
News  |  1/26/2010
Oracle on Wednesday will detail its post-acquisition plans for Sun Microsystems, which include preserving the Ultrasparc processor.
Novell Launches SUSE Appliance Toolkit
News  |  1/26/2010
Building software appliances may become a standard way for distributing software
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.
Google Friends Surveilled For Cyber Attack
Commentary  |  1/26/2010
Cardinal Richelieu, chief minister of France's King Louis XIII, is generally credited with saying, "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." Richelieu's claim attests to the ease with which information can be misused. It's a lesson that Internet users might want to revisit in this age of online insecurity.
Cisco Introduces Financing Plan For SMBs
Commentary  |  1/26/2010
Small and midsize businesses can get three-year, zero-percent financing on products and services ranging in price up to $250,000.
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.
Mars Rover Not Dead, Just Stunned
News  |  1/26/2010
The robot is wedged in the Martian sand, but NASA insists it will continue to function if it can survive the oncoming winter.
Warning Signs Preceded Cyber Attack On Google
Commentary  |  1/26/2010
The news of a cyber attack from within China on Google and other companies has prompted a range of reactions, including Google's decision to reassess its operations there and a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But no one should be surprised by what happened. Two months earlier, a U.S. government report warned that the private sector was susceptible to this very risk.
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.
AOL Buys Online Video Firm
News  |  1/26/2010
The $36.5 million acquisition of StudioNow will allow AOL to distribute professionally created video through its Seed.com site.
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.
Can Your Facebook Friends Sink Your Credit Score?
Commentary  |  1/25/2010
Want more proof that there is a downside to social networking? Look no further than the latest nitwit banking industry scheme to determine your creditworthiness.
Judge Slashes Music Sharing Fine
News  |  1/25/2010
The $1.92 million fine levied against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for illegally downloading music was cut to $54,000.
IBM, Mayo Partner On Aneurysm Diagnostics
News  |  1/25/2010
Advanced medical imaging, analytics, workflow software, and private clouds are helping Mayo Clinic doctors detect the brain disease -- and the technologies could aid other research.
Symantec Announces Backup Exec 2010 To Address Duplicate Data Issues
Commentary  |  1/25/2010
Backup Exec 2010, a new backup and deduplication service for midsized and growing businesses released today by Symantec is aimed at the explosive growth of data experienced by businesses of all sizes. The elimination of duplicate data promised by the company also promises to cut storage costs and reduce recovery time in the event of a disaster.
Apple Tablet Revealed By Analytics Data
News  |  1/25/2010
Flurry, a company that collects online data about ads, claims to have detected Apple's widely anticipated tablet device.
Google Founders To Sell 10 Million Shares
News  |  1/25/2010
The stock sale will be executed over a period of five years and will result in Sergey Brin and Larry Page giving up their majority voting rights.
Mathias On Mobility: The Infocentric Era
News  |  1/25/2010
Our columnist says that, as IT resources and applications move into the cloud, the computer no longer matters--only the information does.
Calling All Cloud Computing Developers, Innovators & Startups
Commentary  |  1/25/2010
If you're a cloud computing startup, innovator, or just a developer who is tinkering with that pet cloud project in your "garage" and you're looking for some prime time exposure (including free exhibit space at Cloud Connect), then you should be thinking about putting yourself in the running for Launch Pad at Cloud Connect. I, along with fellow InformationWeek editors John Foley and Fritz Nelson, are among the 10 jury members a
Ericsson 4Q Profits Plunge
News  |  1/25/2010
The company said its net profits dropped 92% from the previous year's quarter while revenues fell 13%.
Apple Tablet: Microsoft Plans Counter Strike
News  |  1/25/2010
Redmond isn't about to let the competition in Cupertino have all the fun when it comes to tech's hottest new category.
HP And Microsoft To Compete Against Oracle/Sun
Commentary  |  1/25/2010
Two weeks ago, HP and Microsoft announced they would jointly spend $250 million to better integrate their hardware and software systems. That's one of the first reactions to Oracle's expected acquisition of Sun Microsystems and its entry into the hardware business. More such alliances are likely to spring out of the ranks of Oracle's competitors.
Bill Gates: Recovery Will Take Years
News  |  1/25/2010
Microsoft chairman says there are no quick fixes for the deficit-burdened economy.
Tech Venture Deals Down In 2009
News  |  1/25/2010
The networking and equipment category recorded just a 5% decline in venture capital investment -- a relative bright spot in the technology sector.
How Much Office Do You Want?
Commentary  |  1/24/2010
With Microsoft Office 2010 due to ship in the middle of this year, now may be a good time to take a look at how you use Office applications and whether it makes sense to plan for an upgrade. There's certainly a lot of interest in Office 2010; Microsoft says the beta is generating 40,000 downloads per day earlier this month.
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