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New Survey Questions SMB Interest In Netbooks and Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  8/31/2009
The results of a new Spiceworks survey shows that while more than half of small and midsize companies are using some form of cloud computing, they're still showing caution about fully embracing the technology. And only 13% of SMBs say they plan to buy netbooks. All this as the Great Recession forces SMBs to hold on to computers longer and cut key projects.
Sprint Nabs Touch Pro 2
News  |  8/31/2009
The business-centric smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has a large resistive touchscreen and a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard.
Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G
News  |  8/31/2009
HTC's touchscreen Google Android smartphone brings better hardware and a more refined user experience over the G1.
U.S. Open Warns Against Tweets
News  |  8/31/2009
Players are banned from sending Twitter messages during matches of the Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Palm Pre Heads To Canada
News  |  8/31/2009
Bell Mobility will offer the touch-screen smartphone for $199.95 with a three-year contract.
Google Weighs Fighting Gmail Subpoena
News  |  8/31/2009
A property developer is seeking to identify critics associated with a Gmail address used by TCI Journal, an online site covering the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: Does It Matter?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009
As President Obama said, the media loves a ruckus. But should SMBs really care about the alleged Snow Leopard-Windows 7 throwdown? And is the OS where the real battle is anyway?
China Mobile Intros 'Ophones'
News  |  8/31/2009
The provider hopes smartphones from Dell, HTC, Lenovo, and others will help drive mobile data adoption in the world's biggest mobile market.
IBM Patents Facebook Remote Control
News  |  8/31/2009
Application envisions a system that would allow users to microblog while watching TV.
Global CIO: In The Age Of Facebook, IT Problems Become CIO Nightmares
Commentary  |  8/30/2009
For unknown reasons, a vital software application isn't delivering mission-critical information, and the end-customers are screaming mad. And they're airing their complaints very publicly on Facebook.
Office Upgrades Are Not Summer Fun
Commentary  |  8/29/2009
A friend of mine returned from vacation last week to find that her work PC had been upgraded from Office 2003 to Office 2007. Perhaps I should say that the IT department had attempted to upgrade it, because things weren't working right. All it took was a day of wasted time for her to get things limping along again.
Microsoft's 'Secret' Google Bashing
Commentary  |  8/28/2009
Microsoft is conducting secret meetings to discuss ways to hobble Google, DailyFinance reports. Phrased in a less incendiary way, such as "Microsoft lobbyists are working to advance Microsoft's interests and blunt revenue threats from competitors," this hardly qualifies as news.
Apple Snow Leopard Security Criticized
News  |  8/28/2009
Mac users are getting new security features with the arrival of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6, but some security vendors say those enhancements are lightweight.
Apple Identifies Snow Leopard Incompatibilities
Commentary  |  8/28/2009
In the wake of widespread concern about software that might be incompatible with Snow Leopard, Apple has posted a support page describing known incompatibilities and how Snow Leopard handles them. A few items of interest to SMBs are on the list, and the smart businessperson will make sure to wait for updates or be prepared for workarounds.
Facebook Updates iPhone App
News  |  8/28/2009
Version 3.0 of the social networking app has a retooled user interface and new features.
Google Adds Auto-Translation To Docs
News  |  8/27/2009
Google translates documents using the company's machine translation, while preserving formatting and layout.
Apple, AT&T Sued For Misleading MMS Marketing
News  |  8/27/2009
Apple and AT&T promised MMS messaging for the iPhone, but haven't delivered. Despite a disclaimer, a dissatisfied iPhone user believes laws have been broken.
Does Apple's Snow Leopard Really Matter To SMBs?
Commentary  |  8/27/2009
This is a big week for the Apple Macintosh. The company is rolling out its big Snow Leopard Mac OS X upgrade, and of special interest to SMBs, the server version of Snow Leopard debuts as well. But how big a deal is the Macintosh world to SMBs anyway?
Google Grants Docs Translation Powers
Commentary  |  8/27/2009
If your enterprise is spread across more than one country or region, chances are your employees don't all necessarily speak the same language. In order to help facilitate communication, Google Docs can now translate documents to 42 different languages.
Sirius XM Launches iPhone Dock
News  |  8/27/2009
The XM SkyDock uses the iPhone OS 3 hardware control capabilities to turn a motorist's Apple iPhone or iPod Touch into a satellite radio.
Job Seekers Flunk The Social Networking IQ Test
Commentary  |  8/27/2009
Want to scrape the muck out of your company's job applicant pool? Just head for your favorite social networking site.
Social Networkers Risk More Than Privacy
News  |  8/27/2009
Facebook and Twitter users post personal information that could be used by professional home burglars looking for targets, says a U.K. study.
Facebook Promises Stronger Privacy Controls
News  |  8/27/2009
Developers who create Facebook applications will have to get explicit permission to use personal information from Facebook users.
Facebook Testing Mobile Payments
News  |  8/27/2009
The social network is enabling some users to buy Facebook Credits with their mobile phones instead of a credit card.
Federal Health IT Coding Event Draws Developers
News  |  8/27/2009
Open software designed to link health IT systems to the developing national health IT network is attracting interest.
Android App Users Not Inclined To Pay
News  |  8/27/2009
Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users are more than twice as likely to regularly purchase mobile apps, according to an AdMob survey.
Google, Microsoft Jockey For Enterprise Dominance
News  |  8/27/2009
Microsoft and Google go head-to-head next year over online apps for business.
Iomega Rolls Out 4-Drive Networked Attached Storage Appliance
Commentary  |  8/27/2009
Designed for small businesses and branch offices, Iomega StorCenter ix-4200d uses virtualization, RSA security, data protection, replication, and video surveillance technology from new corporate parent EMC.
Snow Leopard To Have Malware Protection?
Commentary  |  8/26/2009
Sources with advance copies of Snow Leopard have discovered a built-in anti-malware feature. If Apple's taking threats to OS X seriously, maybe it's time for Mac-based businesses to do the same.
Graphic U.K. Video Targets Texting While Driving
News  |  8/26/2009
The video shows happy texting-while-driving teens getting into a violent car crash.
Open Source: One Sure Way To Keep Piracy At Bay
Commentary  |  8/26/2009
The software cops are just a phone call away from showing up at your small business. It's your job to figure out how to slam the door in their faces.
Apple's Snow Leopard Brings Compatibility, Security Concerns
News  |  8/26/2009
Adobe CS3 users are expressing dismay that Snow Leopard compatibility hasn't been tested while hackers tempt Mac users with malware in Snow Leopard clothing.
Global CIO: Salesforce.com Surge Pushes SaaS Into Mainstream
Commentary  |  8/26/2009
With sustained revenue growth and growing acceptance among larger customers, the SaaS community--led by Salesforce.com--has moved confidently out of the margins and into the mainstream.
Dutch Court Rules Against P2P Site In Copyright Case
News  |  8/26/2009
A judge ordered the Mininova BitTorrent site to remove links to copyrighted material.
SMBs Investing Billions in Managed Services
Commentary  |  8/26/2009
A new TechAisle study reveals that small and midsize companies will spend $3.6 Billion on remote managed services in 2009, up more than 9% from last year. And SMBs will spend $14.3 billion on all managed services, up almost 9%.
Web Design Contracts 101: Don't Get Snookered
Commentary  |  8/26/2009
You know your company needs help with its Web site, but how do you sign a Web design contract that will ensure you get what you need at a fair price? These tips can help!
Wikipedia Tightens Editing Policy
News  |  8/26/2009
The online encyclopedia is implementing a review policy for new users to improve accuracy and prevent vandalism on high-profile articles.
Nokia Dials Up Mobile Payments
News  |  8/26/2009
Consumers will be able to use their cell phones to send money to other people, pay for products, recharge prepaid SIM cards, and pay utility bills.
iPhone App For Diabetes Gets $100,000 Grant
News  |  8/26/2009
The developer, a college student, will use the grant to add Internet data-sharing to his app, which helps diabetics manage their health.
No Surprise In Bing's Coming Rise
Commentary  |  8/25/2009
Microsoft has to be encouraged by the modest gains that their new Bing search engine has made over the past couple of months. I would not be surprised to see Bing make gains against Google during the fall. The key to those gains will be the Windows 7 launch and other search deals.
IBM Sharpens Rational Tools
News  |  8/25/2009
The new standard is a bid to make IBM's Rational change management tools more interoperable with other vendors'.
Amazon Launches Private Cloud Service
News  |  8/25/2009
Customers will create a VPN to bridge Amazon to their existing IT infrastructures and use their existing security systems to protect data.
Yahoo Enhances Search, IM, Mail
News  |  8/25/2009
With enhancements for Mail, Messenger, and Search, Yahoo continues to develop as a social destination site.
Pirate Bay Digging In For Battle
News  |  8/25/2009
The file sharing site is determined to keep its site in operation, and is being aided by both open and anonymous supporters.
Opera Mini Tops 25 Million Downloads
News  |  8/25/2009
The mobile browser is the leader in the third-party browser market, but it will be facing stiff competition from Mozilla and startup Skyfire.
Pidgin Brings Order To The IM Jungle
Commentary  |  8/25/2009
Instant messaging is supposed to be quick and easy. One of my favorite open-source projects actually delivers on that promise.
4 Keys To Starting An Online Business
Commentary  |  8/25/2009
Robin Kohli -- lead developer of E-Junkie and an accidental entrepreneur -- offers up four helpful tips to jumpstart the creation of a new Web-based business.
VeriSign Sells Messaging Business For $175 Million
News  |  8/25/2009
The domain registry firm is selling to Syniverse and continues to streamline in order to focus on Internet infrastructure and online security.
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