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Content posted in October 2012
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A Shaky Virtual Stack
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Our InformationWeek 2013 Virtualization Management Survey shows automated service delivery is the future -- unless you want to find yourself managing cloud providers.
Mobility Tips: Planning For The Next Power Outage
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Hurricane Sandy cut off millions of people from the power they needed for their mobile devices to call and text friends, relatives and coworkers. You can be ready for the next power outage with a little forethought and equipment for battery charging.
7 Lessons From Social Business Leaders
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Companies can learn from these leaders in the use of social networking technology for business.
CIO Profiles: Zack Hicks Of Toyota
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Toyota's Innovation Fair is the highlight of this tech chief's year.
Big Data Talent War: 7 Ways To Win
Slideshows  |  10/31/2012  | 
53% of big data-focused companies say analytics experts will be tough to find for the next two years. Here's how IT leaders plan to train, borrow, or steal talent--and what job seekers should know.
Apple's Exec Shakeup: 10 Necessary Fixes
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
If Apple wants a more collaborative management structure, it will need to become a more open, collaborative company.
RIM Seeks Carrier Approval For BlackBerry 10
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
Research In Motion has given BlackBerry 10 to more than 50 carriers around the world for certification.
BYOD Security Tops Doctors' Mobile Device Worries
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Bring-your-own-device trend leads healthcare providers to question mobile device management and security effectiveness, KLAS study finds.
Windows 8 Upgrade: No Touch, No Good
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
BYTE's Chris Spera has been using Windows 8 since the first preview version. There's a lot to like about it on the new touch PCs and tablets, but upgrading Windows on your old non-touch PC to the new OS isn't worth the trouble.
SAP Merges Social, Structured Collaboration
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
SAP Jam "redefines enterprise social software" by combining an enterprise social network with structured collaboration.
Hurricane Sandy: Government Data Tools Assist
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Federal, state, and local information technology and data are on the case in the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
EHR Vendors React Favorably To CMS E-Measure Specs
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Association representative says government is moving in right direction to facilitate reporting of clinical quality measures.
10 Wearable Health Tech Devices To Watch
Slideshows  |  10/31/2012  | 
Wearable medical technology is becoming a hot commodity. As these devices come to market, they have the potential to help both patients and clinicians monitor vital signs and symptoms.
4G World: AT&T Plays Consumer Catch-Up
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Wireless industry can't stay ahead of consumers, but it can plan its networks to keep pace more effectively, says AT&T Labs executive.
6 Reasons To Want Windows 8 Ultrabooks
Slideshows  |  10/31/2012  | 
Ultrabooks got off to a slow start -- but thanks to new Intel chips, Windows 8 and creative form factors, 2013 might be the breakout year.
Text Messaging Between Clinicians Increasing In Hospitals
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Hospitals that are worried about security and privacy risks can purchase technology to fill the gaps. The bigger problem is getting staff to follow policies and procedures.
One Microsoft Way: Smart Road For Developers?
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
As Microsoft plays catch-up in smartphones and tablets, it woos developers at its Build conference this week to write apps that work on all of its platforms.
What's Killing APM?
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
App performance management is seen as less important than it was two years ago, partly because vendors haven't kept up.
Stimulus Funds First, Layoffs Second?
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
CRN's investigation into how tech companies used Recovery Act funds yielded some unsettling results. Watch this Valley View video for the details.
California Targets Mobile Apps For Missing Privacy Policies
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Mobile app developers that don't post conspicuous online and in-app privacy policies will face $2,500 fine per download.
Huawei Hits Back At U.S. Security Investigation
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Executive dismisses U.S. report tying Huawei to security threats, saying it's a case of "Americans being Americans."
4G World: The Need For More Spectrum
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
The wireless industry may run out of spectrum in three years, and it needs government help to find more to realize the promise of mobile broadband.
Amazon, Equinix Data Centers Vs. Hurricane Sandy
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
As Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast, Amazon Web Services and Equinix data centers held up for most customers.
Microsoft Uses Office To Push Windows Phone 8
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
On iOS, Android and Symbian Microsoft provides Lync and OneNote, but on Windows Phone 8 you also get Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The company wants Windows Phone 8 to be the best phone platform for Office document use.
Why Internal Social Networks Are Not Enough
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
CIOs must extend their internal social networks to business partners and contractors, Forrester says. But that model is still uncharted territory for most.
Google's Play Store Closes In On iTunes
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
Google Play Store now has nearly as many apps as the Apple iPhone App Store, and new content deals give it access to more digital music and movies.
Google Nexus 4: Why No LTE?
Commentary  |  10/30/2012  | 
LTE 4G is conspicuously missing from Google's brand new Nexus 4 Android smartphone. What's the deal?
Slick Windows Phone 8: An Acquired Taste
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson spent some time using the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and found that it is relatively easy despite some problems along the way. Watch her video interview with the engineer in charge of Windows Phone 8 development to find out more about the phone's security features.
Hurricane Sandy Surge Challenges NYC Data Centers
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
As Hurricane Sandy raged Monday night, several NYC data centers had to convert to use of diesel generators--and found unexpected problems as the storm surge roiled backup plans.
Red Robin CIO Named Social Business Technology Leader
Commentary  |  10/30/2012  | 
For best articulating the value of social business in the context of business transformation, Chris Laping of Red Robin is our 2012 Social Business Technology Leader of the year.
Windows Phone 8: Star Features
Slideshows  |  10/30/2012  | 
Microsoft pulled out all the stops to introduce its new mobile OS -- but will it be enough to tempt iOS and Android users?
DoD, VA To Expand Health Data Exchange Pilot
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
Year-long test has already signed up 56,000 veterans; plug-and-play testing for nationwide exchange to play role in expansion.
Google Gmail Learns New Tricks
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
Revised Gmail interface makes it easier to write messages.
PremierConnect Links Doctors, Brings Data Out Of Silos
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
With the help of Perficient and IBM, Premier healthcare alliance and PremierConnect let physicians share best practices and data.
NationalField Campaigns For Social Business
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
Software that gained fame as an online tool for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign puts setting and tracking corporate goals at the center of enterprise social networking.
Will Microsoft's Hadoop Bring Big Data To Masses?
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
HDInsight Server "dramatically" lowers the cost and complexity of deploying Hadoop, Microsoft exec says.
Best 3G & 4G Cities In America
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
RootMetrics helps us track the fastest and slowest wireless cities in the U.S. and gives a snapshot of carrier performance peaks and troughs in 2012.
Actuate Acquires Quiterian For Big Data Tools
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
Quiterian Analytics will integrate with ActuateOne product suite, bringing advanced and predictive analytics to Actuate's BI software.
iOS Designer Forstall Pushed Out At Apple
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Scott Forstall, responsible for Apple's iOS platform, has been shoved out the door following the iOS 6 Maps flap.
Google Unveils Universal Analytics
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Looking beyond the Web, Universal Analytics offers companies a way to measure data from marketing campaigns, sales calls and other sources.
Google Nexus 10 Bests iPad's Retina Display
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Google and Samsung aim for Apple's jugular with the Retina Display-beating Nexus 10 tablet.
Windows Phone 8 First Impressions: Snappy Redesign
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Latest version of Microsoft's smartphone OS offers just as many useful features as iOS and Android.
Yammer Promotes Enterprise Graph Solution To Social Silos
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Just as Facebook's social graph connects you to friends and the content you've liked, Yammer says its Enterprise Graph will connect you to colleagues, documents, and data.
Energy Dept.'s Titan Supercomputer: Record Breaker?
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory turns on new 20-petaflop Titan supercomputer, which may be world’s most powerful.
Google Debuts 3 Nexus Devices
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Two tablets and a phone arrive carrying Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean operating system.
Taptera: 'Beautiful' Apps For Mobile Users
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Startup offers suite of mobile apps for employees, including productivity tools and more. Watch our Valley View elevator pitch session with Taptera CEO.
Hearsay Guards Against Social Media Trouble
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Hearsay Social helps businesses plug into social media while still controlling compliance and governance. Learn more in our Valley View video.
Google Announces Android 4.2, New Nexus Tablets, Phone
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
The new Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets keep the competition fierce in the tablet world. Google claims the Nexus 10 tablet has "the highest resolution tablet on the planet," meaning higher than the Retina display in the iPad.
Windows 8 Momentum: Will Pop-Up Stores Help?
Slideshows  |  10/29/2012  | 
Microsoft opened dozens of temporary stores to showcase its new Windows 8 and Surface tablets. Take a look at our opening day tour.
Election 2012: Who's Winning Big Data Race?
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Obama campaign focuses on email, social strategies, while Romney uses behavioral marketing techniques, targets disenfranchised voters.
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