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Content tagged with Productivity/Collaboration Apps posted in May 2009
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Business Owners Need A Holiday
Commentary  |  5/29/2009
With every dime precious, taking time off from work, much less an actual vacation, might seem to be an unthinkable luxury, but it turns out that small business owners are planning vacations this summer at about the same rate as last year.
HDMI Audio-Video Connector Gets Ethernet Support
News  |  5/29/2009
Besides high-speed bidirectional communication, the connector will allow an Internet-enabled HDMI device to share its Internet connection with other HDMI devices without a separate cable.
Google Executive To Become Federal Deputy CTO
News  |  5/29/2009
Andrew McLaughlin will find that he isn't the only ex-Google employee serving the Obama administration.
Adobe Releases Flash Platform Betas
News  |  5/29/2009
The company is positioning Adobe Flash Builder 4, Adobe Flash Catalyst, and the open source Flex 4 framework as its answer to Microsoft's Silverlight software.
Tesla Recalls 345 Electric Roadsters
News  |  5/29/2009
No accidents have been reported, but the recall covers all of the luxury automobiles built before April 22.
ISS Expedition 20 Crew Complete After Arrival Of Soyuz
News  |  5/29/2009
For the first time, all five international partner agencies are represented in orbit, NASA said.
Obama Announces White House Cybersecurity Position
News  |  5/29/2009
Names that have been bandied about include acting White House cybersecurity chief Melissa Hathaway and Microsoft VP Scott Charney.
FCC To Examine Rural Broadband Needs
News  |  5/29/2009
A new report indicates that there will be a multiplicity of solutions ranging from cable and DSL to satellite and broadband over power lines.
Microsoft Changes Tune On Intellectual Property
Commentary  |  5/28/2009
If the book Burning the Ships by Marshall Phelps and David Kline is any indication, the Microsoft we see today is in the midst of a radical change to the way they do business. Most of the book describes the changes to Microsoft's intellectual property policies that Phelps has championed and implemented during his time at the company; he's
Terracotta Helping Hotelier Build Individualized Services
News  |  5/28/2009
InterContinental Hotels is using in-memory data-sharing systems to better anticipate what amenities customers will want during their stays.
Dell Unveils Entertainment Laptop For Students
News  |  5/28/2009
The Studio 14z is available with an optional 500-GB hard drive, enough to store up to 125,000 songs, 142,000 photos, or 133 DVD-quality movies.
Sony Ericsson Revamps Its Multimedia Phone Lineup
News  |  5/28/2009
Three handsets with strong multimedia and gaming abilities including motion controls along with PlayStation 3 integration may help the company revive its sales.
Microsoft Insists Bing Is A 'Decision Engine'
Commentary  |  5/28/2009
Microsoft's Bing is a welcome addition to the search landscape. Competition should help keep the search market healthy. But Bing's initial marketing leaves me rolling my eyes.
AT&T, Verizon Racing To Rollout 4G Wireless
News  |  5/28/2009
Super-high-speed LTE wireless infrastructure is expected to expand into mainstream networks in the next few years, analysts predict.
Palm Pre, iTunes To Sync, App Store Revealed
News  |  5/28/2009
Programs from Fandango, Pandora, AP News, and other content makers will be available at the June 6 launch, Palm executives say.
Intel Tools Driving Multi-Core Chip Development
News  |  5/28/2009
Parallel Studio is intended to work with Microsoft Visual Studio for development of Windows applications intended to run on servers with multicore CPUs.
Plastic Logic Demos Amazon Kindle Challenger
News  |  5/28/2009
The e-book reader will have a touch screen for navigation and 3G connectivity to purchase books and magazines wirelessly.
Time Warner To Spin Off AOL
News  |  5/28/2009
Struggling ISP hopes independence will provide a new lease on life.
Government Wrestles With Social Media Records Retention Policies
News  |  5/28/2009
The National Archives is trying to navigate complex regulations that require capturing and storing all sorts of content in the age of social media, cloud computing, and seemingly endless storage.
'Google Wave' May Challenge Microsoft SharePoint
News  |  5/28/2009
Google's product, platform, and protocol also combines aspects of e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and blogs to allow real-time and stored collaborative messaging.
Microsoft Formally Launches Bing Search Engine
News  |  5/28/2009
Software maker seeks to challenge Google's dominance with introduction of functional search tools.
White House Launching Transparency Blog
News  |  5/28/2009
In a nod to openness and citizen participation in government, the Obama administration also will open White House blogs to public comments.
Google Expects 18 Android Phones This Year
News  |  5/28/2009
Smartphone makers will be able to modify the Linux-based OS to have unique user interfaces and features, Google says.
Google Automates Apps With Scripting System
News  |  5/27/2009
Search giant expects enterprise users to employ Google Apps Scripts for scheduling and procurement, transportation planning, and other business automation functions.
Google Firing Up Android Developers With Goodies
News  |  5/27/2009
The search giant is looking to poach content creators away from competitors by offering new tools, application contests, and an open market for distributing apps.
Google And Mozilla Make Nice
Commentary  |  5/27/2009
It was a small gesture but it spoke volumes: At the Google IO developer conference, while expounding on the virtues and possibilities of HTML 5, Google engineering VP and head of developer evangelism Vic Gundotra thanked the Mozilla community for advancing the state of browser technology.
Univ. North Carolina, IBM Team Up For Research, Personalized Care
News  |  5/27/2009
Integration with IBM's technologies is expected to improve treatment of patients with diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cystic fibrosis.
Google Arms Developers With Free Phones, Web Tools
News  |  5/27/2009
Google CEO Eric Schmidt heralds the maturation of the Internet application programming model as the fulfillment of a decades-old dream.
VMware Invests $20 Million In Terremark Cloud Services
News  |  5/27/2009
The virtualization giant will own 5% of Terremark, which produces cloud and managed IT services for large companies and government agencies.
Good Technology Buys Intercasting
News  |  5/27/2009
The acquisition will enable Good to offer a smartphone-like experience, with access to social networks, IM, and e-mail, for feature phones.
Mobile Browser Skyfire Hits 1.0
News  |  5/27/2009
The release version of the mobile browser enables Windows Mobile and Symbian users to have a desktop-like experience while on the go.
Glide's Engage To Deliver Twitter-Style Micro-Blogging
News  |  5/26/2009
Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, and on dozens of mobile devices.
Borland Launches TeamDefine For Simulating Apps
News  |  5/26/2009
The company is in the process of being acquired by Micro Focus International for $75 million.
Google Riding 'Wave' To Redefine Collaboration
News  |  5/26/2009
Structured like Gmail, the developer and end-user software interoperates with other Web services, such as IM, forums, wikis, and blogs.
iPhone App Used For 'New Yorker' Cover
News  |  5/26/2009
The June 1 issue of the magazine was created with a $5 app for the iPhone, showing how far the App Store has come into the mainstream.
Obama, White House To Oversee Cybersecurity Leadership
News  |  5/26/2009
The national security staff will include new positions for addressing cybersecurity, information sharing on terrorism, border security, and preparedness and response.
Department Of The Interior Can't Locate Many PCs
News  |  5/26/2009
The federal agency can't locate 20% of its computers and, because it has no encryption requirements, the missing PCs could be vulnerable to data theft or loss.
Revamped Has Tough Return Policy
News  |  5/26/2009
While Systemax has kept the same look and feel as the original Circuit City site it purchased, critics say its return policies are too severe.
Ericsson Lights Up LTE Site
News  |  5/26/2009
The company deploys the first commercial 4G cell site using Long Term Evolution technology, and the data network is capable of high-speed mobile services.
Facebook Gets $200 Million From Russian Investors
News  |  5/26/2009
DST offer values social networking site at about $10 billion.
Firefox Extension Malware Raises Security Questions
News  |  5/26/2009
Mozilla's diligent cleanup rather than catching malicious add-ons before they reach the public has rankled some in the security community.
IBM Takes BPA to the Cloud
Commentary  |  5/26/2009
"Cool" is not a word I would normally apply to IBM's business process management (BPM) software, but for the new BPM BlueWorks offering the term is appropriate. IBM bills BPM BlueWorks as a BPM community in the cloud, and it is that, plus a lot more.
HTC Bringing Android Phone To China
News  |  5/26/2009
China Mobile's Android-based handsets will be dubbed "OPhones" and will directly compete with Apple's iPhone.
Nokia Launches Answer To Apple's App Store
News  |  5/26/2009
Nokia's Ovi virtual application store can access more devices than its rivals and will use social networking and location to offer relevant apps.
MIT's 'EyeStop' Giving Riders iPhone-Like Experience
News  |  5/26/2009
MIT's SENSEable City Lab worked with the city of Florence, Italy, to give commuters a way to browse the Web, create their bus routes, and determine the exact location of oncoming buses.
SAP Braces For Change
News  |  5/26/2009
New sole-CEO Leo Apotheker wants the enterprise-software powerhouse to be more responsive to customers.
Microsoft Plays Hardball With Windows 7 Versions
Commentary  |  5/23/2009
When Windows Vista proved too big to fit early netbooks, Microsoft resurrected XP at a lower price to satisfy that market. Microsoft would only sell XP to an OEM if the system was sufficiently underpowered that it couldn't run Vista. Microsoft has already said that all versions of the slimmer Windows 7 should run on netbooks, so what will happen with Windows 7?
Introducing The Latest And Greatest Small Business Technology: Blogs!
Commentary  |  5/22/2009
Blogging may be old hat to some, but a new study says it's just now becoming mainstream for small businesses.
Apple's Tablet: Open Or Closed?
News  |  5/22/2009
Developers may catch a glimpse of Apple's stance on future software rights and controls next month when Apple discusses its development plans for Snow Leopard.
3-Year-Old Levels Parents: Earthmover Bought Online
News  |  5/22/2009
With a few clicks of the mouse, the girl from New Zealand won the heavy equipment listed on the auction site's home page.
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