Notify The Next Of Kin
There's a business strategy for new products that goes by the name of "fail fast, fail cheap". Perhaps that's the reason that Microsoft is pulling the plug on its Kin phones after just two months and one desperate price cut. But they didn't fail fast, and I doubt Kin's failure will be cheap.
Keeping Up With Smartphone Data-Storage Security
The more powerful your smartphone gets, the more likely you are to use it to store important business data. And that means paying closer attention to a couple of important storage security concerns.
FCC Names New CTO
Former division chief Douglas Sicker will lead the agency's technology efforts starting next month, replacing Jon Peha, who is leaving for OSTP.
Amazon Boosts Kindle Royalties
Authors can almost double the amount they receive from sales of digital books priced 20% or more below the list price for the physical book version.
Summer Worker Security
Temporary and summer workers offer the chance to increase production -- and increase your security risks. But taking on summer help also offers the opportunity to review, refresh and enhance your security policies and practices.
Apple iPhone 4 Supply Issues Could Hurt Sales
Supply chain management issues that delayed pre-order shipments dates combined with the new smartphone's technical glitches, could spell opportunity for competitors according to iSuppli.
DoD Updates Open Government Plan
Responding to feedback that previous versions lacked detail, the agency made some info about its transparency plan more accessible.
Seagate Launches 3TB External Hard Drive
Positioned to meet a projected nine-fold increase in consumer household digital media storage by 2014, the drive can store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games and more for approximately 8 cents per gigabyte.
Health Insurer Launches Live Chat
UPMC Health Plan allows members to use Internet technology to get answers about claims, billing, benefits, and other insurance information.
Amazon Releases Kindle App For Apple iOS
The e-book application can play audio and video on Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and enables publishers to add instruction videos to how-to books, readings from authors and other add-ons.
The Planet Opts for Dell R710 Servers
Houston-based hosting firm The Planet has announced a new service called the Server Cloud, which depends on standard Dell servers for fast provisioning.
OMB Ends Cookie Ban
White House Pauses $3 Billion In IT Spending
The Office of Management and Budget is conducting a detailed review of high-risk IT projects and placing a temporary pause on billions allocated annually to financial systems.
AT&T Upgrades NYC Mobile Network
Increases in its 3G network wireless capacity should bring improved service, fewer dropped calls to New York iPhone and other smartphone users, said the telecom.
Social Media Up 230% Since 2007
Two-thirds of Americans now use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other social media sites; 43% visit multiple times per day.
Microsoft's Slow Path To IE 9
The current round of the browser wars has been marked by near constant upgrades and innovations (typified by Google's five updates of Chrome in less than two years). All of which makes Microsoft's slow progress to IE 9 somewhat surprising.
Windows Phone 7 Missing A Number Of Features
Windows Phone 7 is nearing "gold" status so they can release it to the carriers and manufacturers for final testing and device production. There are a number of features that simply won't be in the initial release. Will it matter or is the target market for the device less discerning than the smartphone enthusiast?
Is Silverlight A Dead End?
When Microsoft released Silverlight in 2007, it was widely seen as an attack on Adobe's Flash player. Silverlight has come a long way since then, adding lots of features in version 4.0 that was just released in April. One thing that it hasn't done, though, is kill Flash. If anything, the predator is now suffering from friendly fire at the hands of its own company.
Microsoft's Ad-Serving Machine
Let's face it, Microsoft has an uphill battle in jump-starting their morbid mobile strategy. The early peeks at Windows Phone 7 show that it may be able to compete as a mobile platform. Assuming, of course, that Microsoft doesn't screw up some other aspect.