HP-Palm Deal Reinforces Microsoft-HTC Pact
This week has seen two big developments in the business of mobile technology. The first was Microsoft's intellectual property licensing agreement with HTC, the maker of Android devices including Google's Nexus One phone. Next came Hewlett-Packard's offer to buy Palm Computing for $1.2 billion. Turns out that is more good news for Microsoft too.
Image Gallery: Government's 10 Most Powerful Supercomputers
The United States government owns many of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, including six of the top ten. These supercomputers are being used for everything from climate modeling to building spaceships to basic science research.
Foxit, Solid Documents Release New PDF Tools
Two new programs for working with PDF files have become available this week. Foxit Phantom PDF (for Windows) is for creating and manipulating PDF files, while Solid PDF to Word for Mac is for turning PDF files into documents editable by standard office programs.
Microsoft Adds BPMN to Visio (with Help from G360)
It's safe to say that despite the proliferation of real BPMN tools, the majority of BPMN-like process diagrams that exist in the world have been created in Microsoft Visio. For me, Visio, by itself, was always just a "drawing" tool, not a real modeling tool... In Visio 2010 Premium, Microsoft has put a real BPMN editor into the box.
Apple iAd Aims Upscale
High-profile partners are being sought by Apple for its iAd platform, ones willing to pay well and make a splash.
What Apple Owes Developers
When the little people make enough noise, Apple CEO Steve Jobs switches his mode of public interaction from terse e-mail replies to open letters. That's what happened on Thursday when Jobs finally articulated his disdain for Adobe's Flash technology in a rare public post.
NIST: Federal R&D Boosts Industry
In an annual report, The National Institute of Standards and Technology details innovations developed collaboratively by federal labs and organizations outside of government.
Apple WWDC Kicks Off June 7
The iPhone OS 4, HTML 5, and potentially a new iPhone will be spotlighted at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Microsoft Gets Paid For Android
By striking a patent licensing deal with HTC, Microsoft is raising the cost of using Google's free Android operating system.
SMBs Demand Fast ROI On IT Investments
According to a CompTIA survey, 80% of SMBs wants technology solutions that "deliver immediate payback in terms of minimum disruption of business continuity and seamless integration with existing solutions" and are most interested in virtualization, unified communications, and mobile.
Interop 2010 Show Winners
This year's competition shines a light on the very best that IT vendors have to offer in cloud computing, network management, security, virtualization, wireless, and more. We also picked a top startup and gave out a green award.
BPM Helps Manage Aircraft at Heathrow Airport
Before a recent event-driven architecture initiative took place, London's Heathrow Airport had a depressingly low on-time departure rate of 68%... Better air-to-air management now saves 90 liters of fuel per flight and has raised the on-time departure rate to 83%.
Mac Vendor Launches SMB Sweepstakes
MacMall, a leading Mac mail order company, is holding a sweepstakes in which creative studios and related businesses can pick up a complete Mac-based work station (except for the Mac).
VMware Plus Salesforce.com, An Unlikely Pair
Two young companies, neither of them leaders in traditional software development, have teamed up to pull enterprise Java programmers into cloud development. In this case, the cloud is specifically the Force.com data centers that already host Salesforce.com's CRM applications. It's an unlikely pairing, but it just might work.
Google Buys Labpixies
In acquiring the widget maker, Google is deepening its commitment to social software.
TextFlow Comes To Desktop
Nordic River has released a desktop version of its document comparison software TextFlow, previously available only as an application within Box.net. TextFlow makes it easy for businesses to manage the process of collaborating on a document.
Verizon Decides To Skip The Google Nexus One
When Google first announced the Nexus One Android phone, it mentioned that the device would initially be available for T-Mobile, followed later this year for Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. Well, Looks like the HTC Droid Incredible has ousted the Nexus One.
Crapware Banished On Windows Phone 7
In recent years Microsoft has let carriers and OEMs do just about anything they want with Windows Mobile phones they make and sell. In an effort to make sure the carrier logo is in your face as much as possible, lock you into their specific services or just make a dime by contracting with a third party, phones would often come with tons of unnecessary trial or full blown software, which users know as crapware. Microsoft is trying to put an end to it.
McAfee Shows Flaws of Status Quo
Last week's McAfee meltdown showed that there is danger in automatic security signature updates. Yet as much as it would be easy to just blame McAfee, what this incident really shows is the insanity of the current security process.
RIM's MVS 5.0 Supports Wi-Fi Voice Calls
Blackberrys are getting a new mobile voice system, giving enterprise users get a multi-transport way to make voice calls seamlessly and with standard PBX functionality.
Three Things Android Needs To Improve
Android has seen some solid success and growth since its debut in October 2008. The platform has progressed from 1.0 to 2.1, and high-end Android handsets have been all the rage in recent months. For all its successes, there are still some major failings of the platform. Here are three of them.