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Articles by Alison Diana
posted in December 2010
App allows recent iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices to make and receive video-enabled calls with Windows, Mac, Linux, and other iOS devices.
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
Changes to the healthcare insurance status quo won and lost elections, revised and created business plans, and kept harried CIOs and their overworked staffs up at night. But it also generated opportunities for IT professionals in the healthcare industry to save their organizations time and money, reshape burdensome workflows, and improve patient care. When he was elected, President Barack Obama pledged to change healthcare insurance -- and this year marked months of debate and political hijinks
Microsoft co-founder re-files complaint clarifying the basis for his patent infringement claims against a host of tech firms, in advance of a Dec. 28 court deadline.
Florida student said her free-speech rights were infringed when she was suspended for criticizing a teacher on the social network.
A Verizon iPhone may have been accidentally confirmed in a FAQ about a FaceTime competitor posted on -- and quickly removed from -- the VoIP provider's site Friday.
Process cuts e-retailer's high cost of product returns by allowing recipients to exchange undesirable presents before they're even shipped.
Harvard researchers find that most such organizations and independent media sites have been knocked offline by a distributed denial of service attack.
Announcement made that four engineers and a designer -- including the startup's founders -- will move to Twitter, just as a study details the microblogging site's changing usage patterns.
Google user experience researcher Paul Adams has been vocal on the shortcomings of social networks.
Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with the CEO of China's largest search engine prompts speculation about Facebook's prospects in the country.
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
Contract terms cover display and search advertising, but no longer include guaranteed payments, say reports.
WebGL-based 3D app explores the inner anatomy and function of muscles, organs, bones, and more.
Everybody's head was in the cloud, or so it seemed in 2010. Both well established and startup vendors developed solutions and strategies designed to extend their reach or provide entry into this booming market. After all, IDC estimated the cloud market will be worth $55 billion by 2014; Gartner predicted the cloud world could be valued at $148 billion at that time, in part because Gartner included Google AdWords advertising revenue in its figures, said Gregor Petri, adviser, lean IT and cloud co
Purchase of leading Web content creation firm would help YouTube transition from a video-sharing site into a production role, says New York Times.
Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
Canonical, GENIVI, HP, LiMo Foundation, and MontaVista Software will offer guidance on embedded open source development to Linux non-profit.
Southwest Airlines, Bain & Co., General Mills, and Edelman also on Glassdoor.com's list of top employers, based on staff feedback.
Odds are, almost every household in the United States bought or used at least one Microsoft-related product in 2010. From smartphones to game consoles, entertainment software to applications, cloud computing infrastructure to expanded search engine agreements, the developer increased its footprint across earth and cyberspace. This year marked one of new beginnings and some endings for Microsoft, which released its long-awaited Windows Phone 7 operating system, the software giant's answer to Appl
Japanese consortium claims the iBookstore is selling unauthorized versions of copyrighted novels in its self-publishing section.
Social network users were most interested in the World Cup, movies, and communicating one-on-one with their friends, according to the most common topics of 2010.
In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months. In some cases, cities or agencies were able to save money and boost productivity by adopting technologies such as cloud computing, by centralizing contracts, and reducing energy consumption thro
World Cup-related subjects took three of the 10 spots on the list of the most common tweets of the year.
Analysts expect good things from the Linux developer due to its strength in renewing major contracts.
Latest iteration uses OAuth2, not XML, to improve server responsiveness.
All of its major commercial developers have achieved Linux Standard Base 4.0 certification, said the organization.
Partnership with services including TomTom, Zagat, and Gowalla allows users to tweet about more locations.
The OLEX software as a service now includes alert options, as well as automatic delta and command line scanning.
Jason Goldman to take an advisory role for the microblogging company at month's end.
Social network leverages family-friendly Vchatter technology to regain ground in the teen market.
Malware is being distributed through the microblogging site's mobile app and URLs generated by the Goo.gl shortening service.
60% of consumers follow at least one brand on Facebook, Twitter or another social network with a quarter seeking discounts, finds Empathica.
Canonical's developer snapshot gives first glimpse at version 11.04, the anticipated April upgrade of the Linux operating system.
Founder Sergey Brin is said to be deeply involved in development of what's now being called Google +1.
The acquisition will allow the online marketplace to offer inventory and pricing information on products at about 50,000 brick-and-mortar stores across the country.
Version 3 of the location-based service is available for iPhone, will launch Android and iPad iterations in January.
Aditya Agarwal is moving on after more than five years in the position.
Linux operating system allows Windows users to access the web and social media quickly, without booting fully into Microsoft's software.
Venture capitalist John Doerr, determined to own a piece of the microblogging service, is at the center of a bidding war.