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Microsoft's Security Essentials: A Promising Start
Commentary  |  6/30/2009
I've been using the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, (MSE) having been one of the lucky few to grab it in the first few days before Microsoft closed the beta. Here's what I think so far: It's not flashy, it's not feature-rich, and its not a replacement for enterprise-class workstation security. Because of that, it has the potential to be a great solution for consumers and small businesses.
Dell's Adds Ultraportable Notebook To Its Vostro Line For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/30/2009
Question: What's smaller than a notebook but bigger than a netbook? Answer: An ultraportable, like Dell's new 3.36-pound Vostro 1220, with a 12.1-inch screen.
Google Fixes App Sync Plug-In
News  |  6/30/2009
Google App Sync for Microsoft Outlook has been fixed so that it no longer interferes with Windows Desktop Search.
Amazon Drops More Affiliates Over Online Tax Issue
News  |  6/30/2009
The online retailer has been dropping affiliates in states that approve the collection of sales taxes for online transactions.
Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
News  |  6/30/2009
The company is trying to one-up Apple's App Store by offering carriers a hosted virtual store that can reach a broad variety of devices.
Cisco Eyes Web Alternative To Microsoft Office
News  |  6/30/2009
Online application service would put Cisco alongside Google and others in going after a slice of Microsoft's lucrative Office software franchise.
Firefox 3.5 Released
News  |  6/30/2009
Mozilla's Firefox 3.5, long delayed, has been officially released and now faces an increasingly competitive browser market.
Dell May Be Building Android Pocket Device
News  |  6/30/2009
The Internet-enabled handheld device is being likened to Apple's iPod Touch and could be released this year.
Beyond Google Docs: 7 Web-Based Collaboration Apps
News  |  6/30/2009
Along with the search-engine giant's popular collaboration tools, we look at Zoho Writer, Pastebin, Dabbleboard, Dimdim, Yugma, and Bubbl.us.
Are SMBs Facing A Crisis Of Cloud Confidence?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009
Cloud computing is often thought of as the perfect option for small businesses. But a new survey shows that small businesses share many of the cloud computing concerns of their larger competitors, including security, availability, and speed.
The Pirate Bay Goes Legit
News  |  6/30/2009
Buyer Global Gaming Factory X plans to introduce commercial business model to infamous file-swapping site.
Online Sales Tax Brouhaha Hits More SMB Amazon Affiliates
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
Amazon.com has dropped affiliate relationships with small businesses in North Carolina and Rhode Island as the states prepare to implement new laws requiring the company to collect online sales tax.
Pirate Bay Takes On YouTube
News  |  6/29/2009
VideoBay is in "beta extreme" and comes with the warning, "Don't expect anything to work at all."
Google Fights Information Poverty In Africa
News  |  6/29/2009
Google is rolling out new mobile phone services in Uganda, where mobile phones represent the dominant computing device.
So Long, And Thanks, Google Earth, For All The Fish
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
In the latest installment of what appears to an ongoing series in the technology press, criminals are using technology to commit crimes.
Toyota Develops Mind-Controlled Wheelchair
News  |  6/29/2009
Brain/machine interface transmits user's thoughts to an onboard laptop which analyzes and passes commands to wheelchair.
Mozilla Releases Fennec Builds For Windows, Nokia Devices
News  |  6/29/2009
The latest version of mobile Firefox brings Windows Mobile users better support for touch screens and better stability, Mozilla said.
China Limits Use Of Virtual Currency
News  |  6/29/2009
Trading virtual currency for real goods has been banned in China, putting hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity at risk.
Amazon Drops North Carolina SMBs Over Sales Tax Proposal
News  |  6/29/2009
Trying to make up for declining state revenue, North Carolina is preparing to collect taxes on online transactions.
KACE Offers Mac Management Upgrade
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
Apple Macintosh users like to believe that they use the best computers around. And maybe they do. But from an IT-management perspective, Macs in mixed environments have often been treated as red-headed step-children. The next versions of KACE's KBOX Systems Management Appliance aims to level the playing field with Mac-management tools on par with its Windows offerings.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
Adaptive Planning Says Challenging Economy Requires More Sophisticated Planning Tools
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
Is the recession bottoming out or will things get worse? Is a comeback bounce around the corner, or are we looking at the dreaded "L-shaped" recovery where business remains stuck at a depressed level? More to the point, what is your company going to do about whatever scenario plays out?
Google Ups File Attachment Capability Of Gmail
Commentary  |  6/29/2009
I just don't know how anyone can survive with the limits placed on email systems these days. I mean, where does Google get off thinking it is acceptable to limit Gmail file attachments to a mere 20MB. That's ridiculous. Wait, what? Google just changed it to 25MB? Oh. That's cool.
Windows 7 Pricing: How Much Lower?
Commentary  |  6/27/2009
For months, the news about Windows 7 has been encouraging. The product looks good, but the one thing we didn't know was how much it would cost. Now, we know that too -- or at least some of the picture.
China Should Hire Apple To Police Porn
Commentary  |  6/26/2009
The Chinese government has been having a rough month. The authorities there have been dialing back already limited Internet freedoms to discourage disruptive remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. In early June, authorities let slip that starting in July PCs shipped in China would have to include Web filtering software called Green Dam.
ICANN Names Security Expert As CEO
News  |  6/26/2009
Rod Beckstrom, former director of the U.S. National Cybersecurity Center, faces demands to make the US organization into an international body.
Google Warns Of Social Profile Spam
News  |  6/26/2009
Social profile spam is on the rise and Google wants Web site operators to do something about it.
Apple Bans 'Hottest Girls' iPhone App
News  |  6/26/2009
Apple threw cold water on the "Hottest Girl" iPhone app, removing the software from the App Store after the developer started showing pictures of topless women.
How Long Should Your Business Keep Its Computers?
Commentary  |  6/26/2009
When does buying new PCs for your business become cheaper than NOT buying new PCs for your business? According to Intel, it's when those PCs reach the ripe old age of... 3.
Pirate Bay Judge Not Biased, Appeals Court Rules
News  |  6/25/2009
Judge who ruled against Pirate Bay in filesharing case did not have a conflict of interest, despite involvement in a copyright protection group, appeals court said.
Google Voice Calls Out To New Users
News  |  6/25/2009
Google has started sending out invitations to use Google Voice, the company's online voice mail and communication management service.
YouTube Mobile Videos Surge With iPhone 3GS Release
News  |  6/25/2009
Apple's new iPhone 3GS has boosted mobile video uploads on YouTube by 400% per day since it launched.
Enterprise 2.0: Twitter Up, Facebook, MySpace Down
News  |  6/25/2009
Twitter is this year's social networking phenom. Last year it was Facebook. Next year's is anyone's guess.
Google Commences 'Voice' Invites
Commentary  |  6/25/2009
If you've used or been using Google's Grand Central product, you've probably already switched to Google Voice. Now, Google is rolling out Voice to the masses.
Google Briefly Blocked As China Expands Porn Crackdown
News  |  6/25/2009
Google.com and Gmail were offline in China on Wednesday as Chinese authorities try to exercise more control over Internet content.
Apple Approves First iPhone Porn App
News  |  6/25/2009
The "Hottest Girls" app was apparently approved because the iPhone 3.0 software includes age-verification controls for the App Store.
IBM Builds 3D World For Business Meetings
News  |  6/25/2009
Virtual Collaboration for Lotus Sametime lets colleagues and partners get together—in avatar form.
Enterprise 2.0: Making Virtual Collaboration Work
News  |  6/25/2009
A Volvo team's online collaboration experiences demonstrate the importance of finding a human side to virtual teams.
Will OMG Set a Standard for Case Management?
Commentary  |  6/25/2009
The vote to approve BPMN 2.0 is not the only thing on the agenda at this week's Object Management Group (OMG) meeting in Costa Rica. There is also the release of an RFP for a new Case Management standard, authored by Henk de Man of Cordys. The RFP asserts that BPMN is inadequate for case management, and I agree...
CODA and Corefino Hope Midmarket CFOs Are Ready For "Cloud Accounting"
Commentary  |  6/25/2009
Corefino 2go combines the CODA 2go Software as a Service accounting package with Corefino's Triple-C Technology Platform and outsourced accountants.
Google Adds Swipe Control To iPhone's Gmail App
Commentary  |  6/25/2009
Google has given the Web-based version of Gmail for the iPhone yet more powers. Now, users can swipe across an email to automatically archive it. That's great and all, but I'd really like to see Google develop an actual on-board email application for the iPhone instead.
PODCAST: Social Networking, Web 2.0 And The Consumerization of IT - Best Practices For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/25/2009
Earlier this month, I got the chance to be a present a video Webinar on how small and midsize companies can best take advantage of the latest changes in technology. While I was in Pittsburgh for the video shoot, I also recorded an audio interview with Maurice Saluan from Zenith Infotech, where we discussed many of these same subjects in a more casual forum. You can listen to the podcast here.
Apple Sued For iTunes Gift Card Fraud
News  |  6/24/2009
Illinois plaintiffs seek a refund for songs purchased for $1.29 while using Apple's $.99 iTunes gift cards.
Google Pitches Faster Web
News  |  6/24/2009
The search giant has launched a developer Web site that offers advice on optimizing CSS, gzip compression, and HTTP caching so that Web pages load faster.
Eclipse Updates Apple Mac Cocoa, PHP, Memory Analyzer Support
News  |  6/24/2009
The open source, file-sharing developer's environment now includes 24 million lines of code.
Tesla Gets $465 Million For Electric-Car Production
News  |  6/24/2009
Tesla plans to use $100 million of the funds from the Department of Energy for a powertrain manufacturing plant.
Google Opens AdSense For Mobile Applications
News  |  6/24/2009
Developers may now integrate Google AdSense network ads into their mobile applications and allow advertisers to bid for placement.
Microsoft Exec Predicts Mobile Ad Boom
News  |  6/24/2009
Improved networks and emerging markets are expected to fuel mobile advertising's growth from $3.1 billion to $28.8 billion within five years.
Google China Blocks Porn Accuser's Name
News  |  6/24/2009
The Chinese government's condemnation of Google as a purveyor of porn continues.
RealPlayer Aims For Mobile Devices
News  |  6/24/2009
The latest version of the popular media player software allows downloads of Web videos and transfers to personal music players and smartphones with a few clicks.
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