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Content posted in February 2012
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Microsoft Azure Outage Explanation Doesn't Soothe
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft leader's post mortem on Azure cloud outage cites a human error factor, but leaves other questions unanswered. Does this remind you of how Amazon played its earlier lightning strike incident?
Windows 8: 8 Things SMBs Should Know
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft released the beta version of its much-revamped operating system for PCs and tablets. Here are some key facts for smaller companies.
What CIA Wants In Next-Gen HD Video
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
In-Q-Tel, the CIA's investment arm, has partnered with Mersive to bring high-definition video to a new level.
Top Considerations For Cloud EHR Buyers
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Cloud computing offers a speed ramp into the electronic health record highway. But don't overlook critical questions about security, performance, say legal experts at HIMSS.
Windows 8 Beta: 8 Insights For IT
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview, now available for download, gives valuable information to enterprise IT pros preparing for the final version.
Facebook Revamps Pages For Businesses
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
"Sponsored stories," along with premium ads, now eligible for distribution in the Facebook newsfeed. Check out this and five other key changes.
Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud Service
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Large government contractor shutters cloud computing service and $200 million data center, less than a year after opening.
How To Become More Agile and Innovative
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
It's time to move beyond the latest agility and innovation fads and institute substantive approaches. Here's how IT can get involved.
Microsoft Azure Suffers Outage
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft Azure cloud services dashboard shows access problem in three regions; most users back online within eight hours.
9 Coolest Smartphones At Mobile World Congress
Slideshows  |  2/29/2012  | 
From the HTC One to the Samsung Galaxy Beam, check out some of the most interesting smartphones from Mobile World Congress 2012.
The Big Data Challenge: Social Data Meets Corporate Data
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
With the rise of social media sites, companies are getting hit with a blizzard of unstructured data, and must now find cost-effective ways to integrate and analyze the collective pool of big data to generate granular business insights.
New Intel Architecture is Built to Scale—At Many Levels
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
In the IT world, multiple trends are driving a whole new set of requirements for the data center.
Skills Shortage? Quit Whining
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
If "people are our most important resource," why do most employers expect this precious asset to show up gift wrapped?
Turnaround Artist: Microsoft Earns Security Respect
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
Ten years ago Microsoft's reputation for security was, to put it mildly, bad. As RSA keynote shows, my, how things have changed.
How To Get Clean Cuts With Multiple Video Codecs
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Video from multiple codecs can clash when edited together. Here's how to avoid that problem.
Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Windows 8 beta software gives public first chance to check out OS that will be crucial to Microsoft's efforts to become relevant in the tablet market.
Scalado Re-Imagines What Smartphone Cameras Can Do
Scalado Re-Imagines What Smartphone Cameras Can Do
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/29/2012  | 
At Mobile World Congress, Nokia introduced a 41 megapixel camera in a new phone, and HTC came out with some pretty amazing technology as well. But Scalado, a company many haven't heard of, is busy re-inventing what phone cameras can do.
AT&T, Verizon Android Tablets Have Big Negatives
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
New Android tablets from Sony and Samsung hit AT&T and Verizon store shelves this week. But they don't run the latest version of Android and come with expensive contracts.
iPad 3 Invites And The Art Of Minutia
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Apple is highly selective about what it reveals in event invitations. What does its latest tell us about the iPad 3?
3 IT Trends At World-Class Banks
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
To optimize global opportunities, banks must strive for standardization, tackle customer experience from the top down, and move beyond traditional IT outsourcing.
CIOs Must Beware Private Cloud Plan Hijackers
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Employees with something to lose will try to thwart your private cloud plans. The boss needs to take charge.
MWC 2012: Novatel Shows Off Global Mifi Devices
MWC 2012: Novatel Shows Off Global Mifi Devices
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/28/2012  | 
Novatel's latest mifi offering includes global roaming including Asia Pacific and Europe, and includes a handy OLED display for showing battery and connection information.
MWC 2012: emporia's Uniquely Simple Phones
MWC 2012: emporia's Uniquely Simple Phones
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/28/2012  | 
emporia Telecom has created a line of high quality mobile phones that are intuitive and user-friendly, making them easy to use for individuals who have a hard time with small buttons and text, such as elderly people.
Know Your Tribe, Be Your Tribe
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in initiating major company changes is to expect that everyone's reaction will be even remotely like yours.
Look Beyond Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Physicians and institutions must accept new reimbursement models and greater patient control, says healthcare CEO at HIMSS.
Microsoft, Hortonworks Expand Hadoop Partnership
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
ODBC driver for Hive will enable Microsoft Excel and PowerPivot for Excel users to explore Hadoop data.
Mobile Device Management Debate: Mobile Iron Vs. Good Technology
Mobile Device Management Debate: Mobile Iron Vs. Good Technology
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/28/2012  | 
Mobile device management is a hot topic, as IT tries to get a handle on the influx of mobile phones and tablets end users are bringing into enterprise environments. Two of the industry leaders go head-to-head in a debate about the right approach.
Coyote Systems Driver Info App Expands Across Europe
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
U.K.-based travel mobile app and device developer Coyote Systems is betting a paid subscription model and user loyalty will drive it to the top of the market.
MWC 2012: Cisco's Plan To Improve Mobile Internet
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
At Mobile World Congress, Cisco talks up a vision of its gear at the heart of an Internet where wireless devices seamlessly roam anywhere, automatically adjusting to new networks.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: 8 Expectations
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Microsoft plans to make its new OS available to the public on Feb. 29 with the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Here's what to watch.
4 Cloud Computing Pain Points That Still Hurt
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
In a cloud project, common sense gets you only so far: then the pain really kicks in. Consider these four issues still plaguing even the experts.
Sennheiser Amps Up Travel Headphones: MWC 2012
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
At Mobile World Congress this week, we got to try out the company's new MM 450x travel headphones. Check out our video coverage.
MWC 2012: HiDrive's free online storage service
MWC 2012: HiDrive's free online storage service
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/28/2012  | 
HiDrive Free launched new mobile apps at Mobile World Congress 2012 for iOS, Android and Windows Phone users. The apps are free to download and provide a free 5GB of storage on the HiDrive platform.
Watchitoo Offers Multiparty Video As Embeddable Player
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Google+ Hangouts On Air continues a slow rollout, as others show the potential of multiparty video broadcasts.
Homeland Security Tackles Agile Development
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
DHS plans a big push toward more agile development, where software is developed over a series of one- or two-week sprints.
MWC Smartphones: Where's The Battery?
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
More hardware makers showed off smartphones at Mobile World Congress that don't have removable batteries. What's the deal?
MWC 2012: Secure Mobile Communications with CellTrust
MWC 2012: Secure Mobile Communications with CellTrust
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/28/2012  | 
CellTrust demonstrates its award-winning SecureSMS service to protect and manage SMS messaging for consumers and across enterprises.
Pentaho, DataStax Build Ties To Ease NoSQL Data Movement
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Open-source Kettle data integration software provides a drag-and-drop approach to getting information into and out of Cassandra.
HTC, Nokia: I'm Too Sexy For This Smartphone
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
At Mobile World Congress, HTC and Nokia try hard to cast smartphones as femme fatales--but leave us more bothered than hot.
Sennheiser's Superior Quality Bluetooth Headphones
Sennheiser's Superior Quality Bluetooth Headphones
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/28/2012  | 
Audio giant Sennheiser has amped up its line of travel headphones by adding CSR's aptX, an audio codec that optimally compresses the signal and can stream it back in real-time over Bluetooth. In our short experience, the quality was outstanding.
ON Voicefeed Aims To Modernize Mobile Voicemail
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Free iOS app, coming soon for Android, offers unique greetings for different contacts, plus social media integration.
IBM Layoffs Exceed 800, Workers Say
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
IBM cut employees in its outsourcing and server manufacturing units, among others.
Mostashari: EHRs Will Help Most Patients By 2013
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology predicts majority of patients will get care via electronic health record systems next year, but says challenges still exist.
Liquipel: After Market Gadget Water Repellent
Liquipel: After Market Gadget Water Repellent
InformationWeek Videos  |  2/28/2012  | 
Water damage is a big issue with mobile devices -- smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other gadgets. At Mobile World Congress, there were several technologies on display. Liquipel is an after market solution: Send your phone and they'll treat it.
Managing Virtual Machine Performance Problems
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Virtual infrastructure administrators have two options to fix performance problems: fine-tune the environment, or cover up the problem with hardware.
Randy Mott Named General Motors CIO
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Former CIO of HP, Dell, and Walmart is tapped for ability to 'transform global IT operations.' Will appointment mean less IT outsourcing for GM?
5 Keys To U.S. National Mobility Strategy
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Security, device support, and applications development are tough issues that agency CIOs must address as they hurry to put smartphones and tablets into more employees' hands.
HTC One Smartphones Debut At MWC 2012
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
HTC One series of Android 4.0 smartphones includes high-end camera components and sound from Beats Audio. Check out our video coverage, from Mobile World Congress 2012.
Intel Shows Mobile Roadmap
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Intel said it has more partners lined up to sell Intel-based smartphones, and plans a series of powerful chips that will smash through Moore's law.
Android's Success: By The Numbers
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Google's Android boss bragged about the platform's incredible success: Think 300 million devices, with 850,000 new devices activated daily.
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