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Resolving What Not To Do In 2009
Commentary  |  12/31/2008
The New Year is upon us. This annual switch of the calendar signals the official shift from looking back on 2008 to looking forward to 2009. Looking forward usually takes two forms: predictions and resolutions.
Microsoft's Year-End Zune Fail
Commentary  |  12/31/2008
Users of the 30-GB Zune all over the world awoke this morning to find that it was the day the music died. Although it's still a bit of a mystery why the Zunes failed, the only fix that gets the Zune working right now is an extreme reset that requires disassembling the case to disconnect both the battery and hard drive.
The Internet's Cool, But TV Remains Ad King
News  |  12/31/2008
A Deloitte survey also finds that nearly six in 10 U.S. consumers would like to easily integrate their televisions with their computers to download or watch online content.
Treasure Hunter Claims Google Maps Treasure Find
News  |  12/31/2008
A 39-year-old musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles has been fighting representatives of an estate in Refugio County, Texas, for the right to excavate.
Alaska Air Taps Oracle To Build Customer Loyalty
News  |  12/31/2008
The airline implements Siebel loyalty-program software designed to shift the focus away from revenue-draining free miles and more toward personalized service.
LG Adds CinemaNow, YouTube Access To Blu-Ray Player
News  |  12/31/2008
The new services will be available on Network Blu-ray Disc Players shipping in the first half of next year.
Microsoft Scrambling To Thaw Zune Freeze
News  |  12/31/2008
The incident is unlikely to help Microsoft gain ground against Apple's iPod, which accounts for about three-quarters of the digital music player market.
China Approves 3G Licenses
News  |  12/31/2008
The rollout could lead to big business for the likes of Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola, but questions remain about which companies will get 3G contracts.
Consumers Don't See Mobile Banking As Secure
News  |  12/30/2008
A research report recommends banks adopt a login method beyond user name and password, and provide e-mail alerts for particular conditions like a large withdrawal.
Home Networking: Next Big Thing For Consumer Devices
News  |  12/30/2008
A Parks Associates survey suggests 2009 will center largely on connecting digital cameras, photo frames, and mobile phones.
Samsung Building Its Own 4G Chips
News  |  12/30/2008
The company will bypass paying royalties to the likes of Qualcomm by manufacturing its own WiMax and LTE chips.
Amazon, Netflix Rated Highest In Holiday Customer Satisfaction
News  |  12/30/2008
Home Shopping Network and the Gap suffered the steepest declines in the annual ForeSee online retailer customer satisfaction survey.
Crisis Survival Kit: 3 Things Every Business Owner Need To Thrive
Commentary  |  12/30/2008
Among the axioms flying around in these bleak financial times is that a recession is a great time to start a business. It's also a time to seize opportunities as competitors retreat and retrench. But whether you're hatching a new business or scrambling to keep the one you already have afloat, bringing 3 things to your business will put you on the path to success.
Windows 7: Linux Killer, Or Windows Killer?
Commentary  |  12/30/2008
The newest installment of Conventional Computer Wisdom holds that Windows 7 will be "a Linux-killer," unseating Linux on netbooks and sealing its fate on the desktop. Well, maybe XP-killer and Vista-killer is more like it.
Microsoft's Obvious-Patent Insanity
Commentary  |  12/29/2008
On Christmas, Microsoft filed for yet another one of those crazy patents that seems so obvious you have to wonder why they bother to apply. Aren't patents supposed to be for nonobvious inven
Microsoft Seeks Pay-As-You-Go Computing Patent
News  |  12/29/2008
While such patent applications don't always lead to products, they do give some inkling as to what Microsoft is considering.
Text Messaging Rates Questioned Again
News  |  12/29/2008
Industry watchers and politicians say the cost to transmit the growing number of SMS messages isn't in line with the rising fees.
Kindle E-Reader Amazon's Top-Selling Electronic Device
News  |  12/29/2008
The Oprah-endorsed e-book reader was also the No. 1 item on Amazon customers' wish lists.
Samsung's 8-Megapixel Innov8 Coming To AT&T
News  |  12/29/2008
The Symbian-powered smartphone, with its high-caliber camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, will be compatible with AT&T's networks.
Microsoft Layoffs Coming?
Commentary  |  12/29/2008
Despite hiring at a rapid clip for the last few years, even Microsoft may not be immune to the rounds of layoffs hitting the technology industry recently.
Intelligent Enterprise Top-Ten Stories of 2008.
News  |  12/29/2008
How-to articles trump news and trend pieces yet again.
Microsoft Keeps Netbooks Small And Weak
Commentary  |  12/28/2008
Although this doesn't seem to have been a great holiday season for technology in general, I suspect that netbooks will be a bright spot for computer makers. Tiny notebook PCs like the Asus Eee PC, Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9, and
Let's Stop This Patent Trolling
Commentary  |  12/26/2008
It seems like every few months, some obscure company is awarded a patent for some relatively mundane idea, then turns around and sues the companies that have been using it. This time, the incredible and seemingly patentable innovation is icons that update based on document or window content.
Some Business Stories Are Filled With Cheer
Commentary  |  12/24/2008
It's all too common lately to check out the news and end up depressed. Which is why it's refreshing to read some good news, like the story of a recently shuttered bakery -- that resulted in 300 layoffs -- being opened back up by another company just in time for the holidays.
Facebook, MySpace Could Boost Location-Based Services
News  |  12/24/2008
Integrating LBS and tapping into its anticipated $13 billion market is expected to generate a healthy revenue stream for the social networks.
NORAD Tracking Santa Claus With Google Maps
News  |  12/24/2008
The aerospace command is using the Internet to follow Kris Kringle's Christmas Eve progress.
Fighting Click Fraud And Bots From The Heart Of Texas
Commentary  |  12/24/2008
It's been a big year for Click Forensics, a company that helps advertisers, agencies, and ad networks recognize and reduce low-quality Web traffic. In addition to naming a new CEO and securing second-round funding, the fraud-fighting startup struck a deal with Google.
Plane Crash Survivor Twitters Eyewitness Account
News  |  12/23/2008
Twitter also was instrumental in getting the news out about the April 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the October 2007 Southern California wildfires.
Handango Partners With Mobile Game Publishers
News  |  12/23/2008
The mobile application retailer finds that smartphone users are increasingly choosing fun and games over productivity apps.
EA Offers DRM-Free Option For Spore
News  |  12/23/2008
In response to heavy criticism, Electronic Arts is allowing "Spore" fans to play the title on an unlimited number of PCs through the online Steam service.
iPhone Gets High-Profile Apps
News  |  12/23/2008
HP, NPR, and USA Today are the latest organizations to develop applications for Apple's App Store.
BPMN's Three Levels, Reconsidered
Commentary  |  12/23/2008
I've now been doing BPMN (business process modeling notation) training for two years, and only recently have I begun to appreciate the true nature of BPMN usage levels. This reconsidered view may help you better understand what is rapidly becoming the one significant standard in business process managment.
New Web Utility Combines Time Reporting With Social Networking
Commentary  |  12/22/2008
TimeXchange, a just-launched, free Web-based platform, aims to be an alternative to timesheet reporting and approval. "We're trying to take a process no one likes to do and make it easy," said Joe Piekarz, president of Actus Technology.
Sprint, Clearwire Sued Over WiMax Patents
News  |  12/22/2008
A wireless software and service provider claims the companies are infringing on six patents, and a lawsuit could eventually halt the nationwide WiMax network rollout.
Kill CDs, Think Digital First, Record Industry Advised
News  |  12/22/2008
With 77% of U.S. households expected to have broadband connections by 2012, the time to shift strategies is now, according to Gartner.
Building The Next Generation Of Text Messaging
News  |  12/22/2008
CTIA has laid the groundwork for Enhanced Messaging, which is similar to SMS but enables users to include sound, animation, and presence in messages.
Dell Contracted For XML Networking Server
News  |  12/22/2008
XML and SOA software provider Vordel's partnership with the PC maker's Industrial Solutions Group is the latest way the company is extending its reach.
Minneapolis' Wi-Fi Municipal Network Hits A Bump -- Its Parks Department
News  |  12/22/2008
A permitting glitch is preventing people who live near the city's lakes from accessing the muni Wi-Fi network.
Holly-Dazed: Google Gives Employees The G1 Android Phone Instead Of Bonuses
Commentary  |  12/22/2008
Bonus? What bonus? Rather than handing out cash to employees, Google has given (only 85%) of its workers the HTC G1 Android phone for the holidays. Generous or Scrooge-y?
Multiple Android Phones Expected In 2009
News  |  12/22/2008
Handsets with various form factors will hit the market in 2009, and the emergence of Android could be especially bad for Windows Mobile, Palm, and Symbian.
Roku To Stream HD Movies From Netflix On Standard Broadband
News  |  12/22/2008
A free software upgrade adds advanced compression technology to the online video player.
Opera Sees Mobile Traffic Grow 463%
News  |  12/22/2008
The company's Opera Mini browser is gaining popularity in countries with low broadband rates, but it's also popular with BlackBerry users.
Crisis Survival Kit: 8 Ways To Strengthen Your Exit Plan Now
Commentary  |  12/22/2008
Right now, maintaining cash flow and solvency dominates many business owners concerns. Yet amid juggling credit, tight budgets, and market uncertainty, business owners can't afford to ignore planning their exit strategy, whether that's through a sale, merger, liquidation, or succession plan.
Add Value Or Get Out Of The Way
Commentary  |  12/21/2008
Through Ed Bott's blog, I learned that Nvidia has finally released drivers for its notebook-based video chipsets. To be more specific, they are releasing drivers that can be downloaded directly from the Nvidia site, rather than making users find a driver at the web site of the notebook PC maker.
RIAA Taps ISPs To Fight Illegal Downloads
News  |  12/19/2008
In return for ISP cooperation, the RIAA would no longer file lawsuits to force the service providers to turn over identifying information of suspected illegal file sharers.
Free Wireless Broadband Still Available?
News  |  12/19/2008
Two congressmen have found a technicality in the morass of FCC rules and regulations that pertain to the auctioning of the AWS-3 spectrum, which resides in the 2,155- to 2,180-MHz band.
YouTube Gets More HD Video
News  |  12/19/2008
In a move likely to pique the interest of video news organizations, YouTube also added three new video landing pages.
IPhone 3G Discounted At Best Buy
News  |  12/19/2008
Along with the price cut, the retailer is offering an in-store "walk-out-working" service at no additional charge.
Google Street View Panned By Japanese Privacy Group
News  |  12/19/2008
Such concerns have arisen more from the data Google gathers through its search engine.
'Wayne Gretzky' Twitter Page A Fake, NHL Says
News  |  12/19/2008
League spokesman says posts on the microblogging service not really from The Great One.
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