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Content posted in October 2011
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How Best Western Listens To Social Media
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
The hotel chain works with customer feedback specialist Medallia to blend social feedback with survey results.
Google Apps Finally Gets Access To Google+
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
Google Apps customers may now enable their users to connect to Google+--but there are no administrative controls.
AT&T Announces First 4G LTE Smartphones
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
AT&T's first 4G LTE smartphones, the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, are due Nov. 6.
Windows 8 Upgrade Planning Begins
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
Windows 8 represents Microsoft's most radical departure to date from its standard, icon-based GUI for Windows. An InformationWeek survey shows IT is preparing early.
DOD Approves Dell Android Tablet For Use
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
Dell's Streak 5 tablet is being tested for use on defense networks, where the RIM BlackBerry currently prevails.
Push Tech To Private Market Faster, Fed Agencies Told
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
White House orders agencies to transfer technology and funds to the private market more quickly, hoping to fuel a new group of startups.
5 Ways Mobile Saved Me During Snowtober
Commentary  |  10/31/2011  | 
Like millions of others, I was caught up in the freak snow storm over the weekend. Here's how mobile kept me connected, despite Mother Nature's best efforts.
Don Tapscott To Bring Macrowikinomics To Enterprise 2.0
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
At Enterprise 2.0 conference, Tapscott will argue whole industries will have to transform themselves to survive economic shocks.
How To Avoid Social Media Messes
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
Social networking pioneers may be dealing with a pile of accounts, messaging, and credentials. Here's how to clean up the mess--or avoid it in the first place.
Windows 8 Upgrade Plans: Exclusive Research
Slideshows  |  10/31/2011  | 
A majority of enterprises have upgrade plans for Windows 8, though it won't be available until next year. See what else IT pros have to say about Microsoft's "reimagined" operating system.
Domain Name Land Grab Poses Risks For SMBs
Commentary  |  10/31/2011  | 
Small and midsize businesses may lose out as ICANN begins to create new top-level Web domains. But you can take steps to protect yourself and your brand.
Anonymous Eyes Mexican Cartel Attack
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
Security experts warned that the hacktivist group's plan to name people who assisted the cartels would lead to their executions.
Accellion Pushes SharePoint-Friendly File Sharing
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
While cloud startups like Box joust with Microsoft, Accellion makes a case for SharePoint compatibility for file sharing and on-premises options.
BlackBerry Outage Prompts Class Action Suit
Commentary  |  10/31/2011  | 
RIM's problems mount: executives depart, consumers switch to more advanced phones, and now there's a lawsuit over the recent three-day outage.
Mac Discrimination: Bad For The Enterprise
News  |  10/30/2011  | 
Companies should stop discouraging their employees from using Macs and adopt policies that promote technology choice, finds Forrester report.
4 Fixes For iPhone 4S Battery Woes
News  |  10/30/2011  | 
While you wait for Apple's engineers to pinpoint the source of iPhone battery problems, take these steps to save power.
6 Big Questions For Private Cloud Projects
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
Cloud Technology Partners execs share advice on avoiding common traps as you move from legacy enterprise infrastructure to the private cloud.
iPhone 4S Battery Life Powers Complaints
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Some iPhone 4S owners report that their devices lose power too quickly.
Disruptive Tech Changes IT's Database Choices
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
From NoSQL to appliances to the blurring of column- and row-store databases, IT teams are exploring new options to wring faster insights out of their mountains of data.
Healthcare Providers Fear Disruptions With 5010 Standards
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Attendees at Medical Group Management Association conference urged to learn ANSI X12 version 5010 data format to prepare for medical coding changes in 2013.
Mobile Medical Apps Meet The FDA, Part 2
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
Medical informatics specialists are right to question the reasoning behind the FDA's proposed guidelines on mobile applications.
NASA Launches Advanced Climate Satellite
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
NPP satellite will contribute to 30 existing datasets on the Earth's environment and improve short-term weather forecasting.
EHR Training: Are Your Doctors Fully Prepped?
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Clinicians need more EHR instruction than they now receive, report says.
IBM Eyes Broader Acquisition Strategy
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Big Blue has a new CEO, a multi-billion dollar war chest, a new attitude toward the apps market, and a willingness to look at deals it might have rejected in the past.
Google TV Tries Again, Adds Android App Support
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Google TV's new software is ready and will soon be available for Logitech and Sony hardware.
HP, Nokia, SAP Face The Future
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
HP decides it still likes PCs, Nokia relaunches its smartphone efforts, and SAP breaks a record. It's a glass half-full week for tech.
EHR Privacy Rule Threatens Research, Federal Advisers Say
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Health IT Policy committee urges HHS to sidestep patient consent rule when electronic health record data is used in quality improvement research.
FCC's Broadband Plan: What Would Steve Jobs Think?
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
Would you spend $4.5 billion to put a 486 PC in every farmer's barn? That's basically what the FCC is proposing to do, and the lack of consideration of new models of telecom is troubling.
Motorola, RIM Struggle To Sell Tablets
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Motorola's latest quarterly numbers show it shipped a meager number of its Xoom tablet. RIM, on the other hand, stoops to a buy-two-get-one-free offer to spur PlayBook sales.
Smartphone Sensors Pose Security Threat
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Newly discovered vulnerability shows a phone's accelerometer can detect vibrations from key presses on a nearby keyboard.
Samsung Beats Apple In Smartphone Sales
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones in its most recent quarter, easily sailing past sales of the Apple iPhone.
6 Great Windows Phone Mango Features For Business
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
Which of Mango's more than 500 new features will appeal most to business users? Here are our picks.
5 Cloud Lessons Learned From Finance Industry Gurus
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
The advantages of private clouds and the lack of good IT talent gets Boston members of the Wall Street Technology Association talking.
HP Mines Data To Predict Consumer Behavior
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Pilot project was right 90% of the time when social media data was combined with company data.
HP Will Keep PC Division
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Hoping to end months of corporate turmoil, CEO Meg Whitman promises to clarify HP's mission and to take another stab at the tablet business using Windows 8.
Why Big Data Doesn't Always Equal Big Insight
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
Data is too often inaccessible and not trusted, and companies aren’t doing enough to nurture 'informed skeptics'.
GAO: Federal IT Spending Reports Not Accurate
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Office of Management and Budget can't accurately track federal IT spending, GAO says, urging OMB to improve its reporting guidance to agencies and departments.
Feds Use Internet To Improve Customer Service
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Agencies disclose plans to use technology to improve services to citizens and an Obama administration executive order.
Facebook-Led Open Compute Project Scales Up
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Facebook, Amazon, and others move forward with efforts to develop open standards for data centers and very large scale computing.
Unified Communications Touted For Healthcare Efficiency
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
UC technologies can help healthcare organizations adapt to pay-for-performance reimbursement models, finds IDC study.
Auto Dealer Tries Mobile Apps To Drive Sales
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Can iOS and Android mobile apps sell cars? A dealership for Hondas and Toyotas explores that question and learns some surprising lessons.
RIP Windows XP: Readers Speak
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
As Windows XP's end of life date for support looms, IT pros navigate an old Bermuda Triangle of pain.
CIO Profile: Michael Capone Of Automatic Data Processing
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
This tech chief was greatly influenced by one of the first people to carry the title of CIO--his father.
The Doctor Will See Your Data Now: Wirelessly?
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Thirty-six percent of consumers interested in sending health data to their doctors via a wireless device; 32% would do a video consult, survey says.
Tablets Readied For A Real Day's Work
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
In factories and on battlefields, organizations are testing iPads and their imitators--and liking what they find.
Oracle's Mark Hurd: We Know CIOs
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
Responding to OpenWorld critics, Hurd makes the case for why customers need to put more of their eggs in the Oracle basket.
How Nokia Must Fight Back In U.S.
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
Nokia has a lot of work to do in the U.S. smartphone market if it wants to regain lost ground with Windows Phone 7 devices like the new Lumia models.
IBM, Georgia Tech Point Data Modeling At Kids Health
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Project seeks to identify factors contributing to health outcomes of pediatric patients with asthma, autism, and diabetes.
Tableau Version 7 Challenges Old School BI
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
New version lets users centrally share the data engine while allowing multiple worksheets to leverage it.
The Mac Emperor Has No Clothes
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
Yeah, I'm a Windows guy, but I've worked with Macs on and off a long time, probably longer than you. I keep hearing vague reassurances that the Mac is so awesomely amazing and I'll fall for it, but I'm just not feeling the love. It couldn't really be that the Mac is overhyped and overpriced, could it?
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