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Google's Risky Business
Commentary  |  6/29/2012
Google I/O, company's annual developer conference, confirms that Google is on a mission to organize the world's information. Big bets such as Project Glass could bring big rewards, or painful lessons.
RIM Explores Microsoft Alliance, Other Radical Moves
News  |  6/29/2012
After more devastating losses and another massive layoff announcement, RIM is looking at more options, including partnering with Microsoft to put Windows Phone on BlackBerries, or selling access to its secure network.
RIM, Microsoft Marriage Makes Sense
Commentary  |  6/29/2012
There's a lot of logic behind the idea of Microsoft either buying RIM's network or buying access to it. The security and the reach of the network would be a huge asset to Microsoft and worth a lot of money. But giving that access would be an admission of defeat for BlackBerry 10.
Adobe Backs Off Flash Support on Android
News  |  6/29/2012
The variety of devices and OS configurations makes it difficult for Adobe to optimize Android properly in a plugin general to the operating system, so the company will be withdrawing support for the plugin.
Google Analytics Goes Mobile
News  |  6/28/2012
Developers and marketers can now use Google Analytics to understand mobile app usage.
Drones Fail 'Perch And Stare' Contest
News  |  6/28/2012
DARPA competition to develop unmanned aerial vehicles capable of landing and relaying real-time surveillance video ends without a winner.
Google I/O Day 2: Chrome Hits iOS, IaaS Play
News  |  6/28/2012
Google Compute Engine is an infrastructure-as-a-service offering that competes with Amazon Web Services, while Chrome browser is now used by 310 million people, execs said at Google I/O.
Nokia Update Turns Lumia Phones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  6/28/2012
Patch for Lumia 710 and 800 also adds new camera features, but potential buyers may decide to wait for Windows Phone 8.
Google Drive iOS App: Essential Features Missing
Commentary  |  6/28/2012
Google Drive for Apple's iOS platform hits the iPhone and iPad, but you're better off using the browser-based version.
EPA Aims For 80% Cloud Use By 2015
News  |  6/28/2012
Agency awards a three-year contract to CGI Federal for infrastructure-as-a-service as part of a broader strategy to implement an agency-wide hybrid cloud.
Google Compute Engine: Hands-On Review
News  |  6/28/2012
Google Compute Engine is a stable, reliable, and fast provider of on-demand computing resources. But it offers fewer features than rival Amazon Web Services.
5 Tips To Build Your Personal Social Brand
News  |  6/28/2012
Consider these best practices for successfully strengthening your social credibility.
Windows 8 Phones Easily Managed--Because It's Windows
Commentary  |  6/28/2012
The fact that Windows Phone 8 is Windows, and not a radical variant, means it can be managed like Windows. While other phones must be managed through new and separate management tools such as MobileIron, Windows Phone 8 plugs right into Active Directory. IT can use standard tools and consoles and deploy apps in the usual way.
Google App Engine Gets Ready For Business
News  |  6/27/2012
Google platform now hosts one million active applications; Release 1.7.0, unveiled at Google I/O, to add business-friendly features.
Google I/O: 10 Awesome Visions
Slideshows  |  6/27/2012
Google Glasses, the Nexus Q home entertainment streaming device, Android software upgrades, and a Nexus tablet shine at day one of Google's I/O developer conference.
Google Nexus Q: Fight For Living Room On
Commentary  |  6/27/2012
Google's Nexus Q home media device lets Android phone and tablet users push content from their handhelds to a TV or stereo system.
Google Hardware Cred Grows With Nexus 7, Nexus Q
News  |  6/27/2012
Via the Google Play Store, Google now sells smartphones, tablets, a funky media device, and even accessories. Day one of Google I/O made the company's hardware player ambitions clear.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet Aims For Amazon, Not Apple
Commentary  |  6/27/2012
Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, announced at Google I/O, doesn't try to be an iPad killer. Instead, it aims to supplant Amazon's Kindle as a media consumption device.
NASA Cranks Up Its Rocket Science
News  |  6/27/2012
Commercial space industry tests rockets, books flights, and builds spaceports in anticipation of playing a bigger role in the U.S. space program.
Google I/O: Jelly Bean, Nexus Tablet, Project Glass
News  |  6/27/2012
At Google I/O, Google unveiled the next Android OS, a 7-inch tablet device dubbed Nexus 7, the brand-new Nexus Q, and more.
Huddle iPad App Recommends Relevant Documents To You
News  |  6/27/2012
Designed to compete with SharePoint, Huddle is an iPad app positioned as a content discovery and recommendation platform that can find documents for you.
Asana Offers Inbox Just For Work
News  |  6/27/2012
Asana's task management tool, derived from software to keep Facebook engineers organized, adds an inbox for getting things done.
Lawrence Livermore, IBM Team On Big Data
News  |  6/27/2012
New venture, called Deep Computing Solutions, aims to apply supercomputing to complex industrial problems ranging from new aircraft design to agriculture's impact on the environment.
Pano Logic Cloud System: Chromebook Minus The Book
News  |  6/27/2012
Pano Logic debuts a browser-based "desktop" computer with pricing that's likely to appeal to SMBs. Analysts say it will best suit organizations that are already running most, if not all, of their applications in the cloud.
Microsoft Offices In Athens Hit By Terrorists
News  |  6/27/2012
Motive behind firebombing of software maker's facilities in the Greek capital is still unknown.
Google Launching Android 4.1 and Nexus 7 Tablet
News  |  6/27/2012
Rumors are that Google Wednesday will announce a Google-branded tablet, made by Asus, for under $200, and a new version of Android, code-named Jelly Bean, to run it. Cool as this might be, history suggests few users will enjoy Jelly Bean any time soon.
Google I/O Live Blog: Tablet Eyed
News  |  6/27/2012
Google I/O kicks off Wednesday at 9:30 PST and InformationWeek's Fritz Nelson is live blogging right here. Join us for breaking news and expert analysis.
Big Data Analytics Power Revolution In Decision-Making
Commentary  |  6/27/2012
InformationWeek virtual event explores enterprise steps toward deriving valuable insights amid unprecedented data volume, velocity, variety, and complexity.
Microsoft Rolls Out Office 365 For Education
News  |  6/27/2012
Cloud-based productivity suite supersedes Microsoft's [email protected] offering for the education market.
Red Hat Shifts Into Gear With OpenShift
News  |  6/26/2012
Red Hat's new version of platform-as-a-service, MegaShift, supports the complex version of Java. Many developers are finding an advantage in that compared to VMware's Cloud Foundry.
Choose Your Social Business Strategy Before Your Tools
Commentary  |  6/26/2012
The concepts, not the technologies, of social business pave the road to success.
Yammer Deal Casts Shadow On NewsGator Strategy
News  |  6/26/2012
When Microsoft bought Yammer for $1.2 billion, it snubbed the vendor that has helped the most to round out SharePoint as an enterprise social platform. NewsGator's CEO explains why that's a good thing.
Mac Users See Pricier Rooms At Orbitz
News  |  6/26/2012
Orbitz says Mac users are willing to pay 30% more for hotel rooms than PC users so it is showing them more expensive options.
How To Build A Collaborative Organization
News  |  6/26/2012
Jacob Morgan, author of the book, The Collaborative Organization, talks to BYTE about how to build a good internal social network.
Google Compute Engine Challenges Amazon
News  |  6/26/2012
At Google I/O, Google Compute Engine debuts, bringing Google into more direct competition with infrastructure-as-a-service market leader Amazon Web Services. But don't forget about Microsoft.
Dropbox Anxiety? WatchDox Tries To Ease CIO Fears
News  |  6/26/2012
Investment firm Blackstone uses the cloud file-sharing platform to live the dream: WatchDox gives users BYOD freedom while putting control in IT's hands.
Yammer Acquisition Raises Social Strategy Questions
Slideshows  |  6/26/2012
Yammer is officially on its way to becoming part of the Microsoft Office product family that includes SharePoint. How will it fit in?
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4
News  |  6/26/2012
Mountain Lion, a.k.a. OS X 10.8, marries the Apple desktop operating system to iOS features that previously were found only on the iPhone and iPad. Among them: Messages, Notifications, Reminders, a Game Center, and better integration with iCloud. It's not a revolutionary upgrade to the desktop OS, but it should please Mac enterprise users.
Dell Launches Windows 8-Ready Ultrabooks
News  |  6/26/2012
XPS 14 and XPS 15 pack sufficient punch, but will they satisfy home and business users who consider touch capability a must?
Google Bouncer Beat Up By Security Researchers
News  |  6/26/2012
Google's gatekeeper for the Android app store has major growing pains ahead, as security researchers find ways to bypass it.
When Data Is A Matter Of Life Or Death
Commentary  |  6/26/2012
Healthcare analytics startup offers insights into how to develop the numbers when it counts for everything.
Firefox For Android Reborn
News  |  6/25/2012
Mozilla's engineers have reworked Firefox for Android, transforming it from an also-ran into a compelling option for Android users.
The Big Windows Phone 8 Difference: It's Windows
Commentary  |  6/25/2012
For years, we have put up with the fact that smart phones exist outside of established networks and management systems and need all new code. Windows Phone 8 plugs right into the existing management infrastructure and existing Windows software probably ports with ease. If you're a business of any size, Windows Phone 8 is going to be very tempting, and if you have to bribe your users to adopt it you might be making a wise investment.
Microsoft Confirms $1.2 Billion Yammer Buy
News  |  6/25/2012
Microsoft will add Yammer to the Microsoft Office Division, placing the cloud social service side-by-side with SharePoint.
Google Ventures Backed Cliqr CloudCenter Tackles Lock-In
News  |  6/25/2012
Google partner says it will provide cloud computing benefits without requiring your company to commit to one service provider.
Swype Android Beta Adds Dragon Speech, Handwriting Recognition
Slideshows  |  6/25/2012
Nuance's Swype app offers a new winning combination for fast typing on Android devices: gestures and Dragon speech recognition, with handwriting recognition thrown in for good measure.
Feds Begin Work On BYOD Policy
News  |  6/25/2012
Federal CIO VanRoekel announces an innovation center to help agencies share digital services, as well as a new advisory group working on a bring-your-own-device policy.
Splashtop Releases 'Next Generation' Remote Desktop App For iOS
News  |  6/25/2012
Splashtop 2, the latest version of the desktop remote control app for iOS, supports new hardware, including the Retina display; speeds network traffic; and makes connections easier. Splashtop 2 can remotely control either Macs or Windows PCs from an iPad or iPhone.
Box Brings 50 Apps Partners To Android
News  |  6/25/2012
Previously available only on iOS, Box OneCloud lets third party apps read and write files from the Box cloud service.
Microsoft: We Won't Build Own Windows Phones
News  |  6/25/2012
Microsoft exec categorically denies reports that the company plans to bring its Surface tablet strategy to the smartphone market.
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