News & Commentary
Content posted in March 2009
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MySpace-CitySearch Deal Puts More Pressure On Retail Businesses
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Retailers, restaurants, and other businesses who serve the public are already scrambling to figure out how to deal with online review sites like Yelp, Angie's List, TripAdvisor, and others. Now social networking giant MySpace has upped the ante by cutting a deal with Citysearch.
The End Of Encarta
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
This week, Microsoft announced the end of Encarta, its multimedia encyclopedia that started life as a CD-ROM-only product offering way back in 1993. Back then, even a CD-ROM drive was a novelty. A lot has changed in the intervening years, including Internet resources like Wikipedia that tap into the collective knowledge of the world.
CA Links Advanced Systems Management To VMware OS
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
CA seeks to remain a virtualization vendor-neutral supplier of systems management as VMware, Citrix Systems, and Microsoft contend as hypervisor suppliers to the data center.
HP Eyeing Google's Android
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The computer maker reportedly may be considering swapping out Microsoft Windows for the Android operating system in some PCs.
Web 2.0: Lunch.com Mixes Social Network, Facts, Opinions
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The startup matches like-minded people in its review community to zero in on what's most interesting and helpful.
Airborne Emergency Rooms Possible With Flying Wi-Fi
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Incidents of passenger medical crises have been increasing as populations age and as more huge airliners come into service.
Netbooks vs. Smartphones
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
I started my day swapping messages with an IT manager who thought InformationWeek missed the mark with our cover story on smartphones, because he thinks netbooks are the answer for his road warriors. We discussed how quickly the two devices might converge. Now I end the day reading about how Hewlett-Packard's testing Google's Android cell phone operating system for use on netbooks. Convergence ahead.
Dell Offers HD Screen With Mini 10 Netbook
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Other options available with the Mini 10 include a faster Intel Atom processor for an additional $50.
A Last Look at Open Source BI
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Open-source BI and I have come to a parting of ways. OS-BI capabilities, reliability, and support have matured. Commercial OS-BI vendors now compete with BI market leaders. That competition now appears to focus primarily on solutions and on the cost and community advantages open-source-reliant business models can (and do) offer. I will, however, take one last look, a snapshot of the state of the market, before I take my leave of the topic...
Design Changes May Help Cell Phone Makers
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
With the mobile market expected to see a decline, many manufacturers are looking to add GPS, music players, and full keyboards to spur interest.
Facebook, Adobe Team On Support For Flash
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The companies got together last fall after Facebook reviewed support for ActionScript and found that none of its client libraries was complete and fully updated.
H-1B Visa Applications Expected To Slow
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Experts believe the weak economy will lead fewer companies to apply for H-1B visas this year, but that the 85,000 visa cap eventually will be filled.
Sony Dropping PS2 Price To $100
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
While video-game consoles typically have a lifespan of five years, Sony said it believes it can extend the life of its consoles to 10 years.
Google's Stimulus Package: A Venture Capital Fund
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The company will invest up to $100 million in consumer Internet, software, hardware, clean-tech, bio-tech, and health care startups through Google Ventures.
The TomTom Dispute: No Bang
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Kinda saw this one coming. TomTom and Microsoft have settled their whole dispute out of court -- leaving, as various pundits have observed, the whole MS-vs.-Linux issue still in legal limbo. That is, if there even is such an issue.

Microsoft Offers Server For Tiny Businesses
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Windows Server 2008 Foundation, aimed at organizations with 15 or fewer computer users, will be sold through computer manufacturers.
CTIA: Shock Jock Stern To Talk Up The Palm Pre
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Looks like Palm wants to get the word about its forthcoming smartphone, the Pre, to as many people as possible. As such, it has tapped famed radio disc jockey -- and noted Treo addict -- Howard Stern to give its device an on-air interview.
Samsung Brings Out Propel Pro Smartphone
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The Propel Pro has Wi-Fi, 3G, assisted GPS, and a full QWERTY keyboard for composing text messages and e-mails.
Boeing Lands $17B Outsourcing Deal From India
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Although it has a subsidiary called Boeing India and just opened an advanced technology center in Bangalore, Boeing has landed a $17 billion outsourcing deal to deliver 100 airplanes to Indian airline companies over the next several years. No comment was available from the Obama administration on the Indian economy's decision to ship some of "its jobs" overseas.
Alcatel-Lucent Smoothes CDMA-LTE Transition
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The company's integration product is likely to be welcomed by Verizon Wireless, which plans to move aggressively from 3G to 4G wireless technology starting this year.
Apple, Dell, Intel Sued Over Encryption Patent
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The PACid Group named 19 tech companies in its lawsuit claiming infringement of its patent on generating encryption keys.
Google Yanks Tethering Apps From Android Market
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It looks like Google is exerting some control over a few applications in the Android Market. It recently pulled a tethering application for Developer Distribution Agreement violations.
Gartner Says IT Spending Worse Than After Dot-Com Bust
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Companies worldwide will spend 3.8% less on IT in 2009, significantly lower than the analyst firm's "worst-case" October forecast of a 2.3% increase.
Cloud Interoperability? Amazon And Microsoft Play Nice
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Amazon and Microsoft--both of which declined to sign the newly published Open Cloud Manifesto--yesterday said they won't lock customers into their respective cloud services.
MySpace Launches Local Business Directories
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The social networking site kicks off a trial version of a service it ultimately plans to offer nationwide.
EBay Opening App Store In Summer
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Similar to Apple's App Store, eBay hopes to entice third-party developers with a slice of the revenue from its Selling Manager Application.
Detroit Free Press And E-Reader Startup Announce Partnership
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
The Detroit Free Press, which "delivered" its first online-only newspaper yesterday, has announced a partnership with a Silicon Valley startup, called Plastic Logic, that's developing an e-reader. Is this the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between newspapers and e-reader companies?
PC Failures, PC Fixes: Troubleshooting Mysterious Problems
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Our expert shares strategies for dealing with difficult-to-trace desktop computer problems stemming from Windows and hardware failures, electrical problems, and untrappable OS issues.
Microsoft Gives Details For Its App Store
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The software maker will let users pay for mobile apps with credit cards or bill their carriers, and developers will be able to offer free upgrades for their products.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 31, 2009
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Internet ad sales, Ballmer feted, Google launches VC, small business job loss, Intel's Nehalem, Nehalem virtualization, wireless carriers standardize, AdMob mobile ad platform, ADTRAN IP communications, UC paging for SMBs, D-Link lifetime warranty, AccelOps all-in-one management, Hostway Exchange platform, Azaleos Exchange patent, Spam increasing, Conficker, MySpace Local, YouTube premium content, Web presence packages for SMBs, bye bye Enc
CTIA: Samsung Officially Trots Out Its Wimax Tablet
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
First spotted last week, it appears that Samsung is going to fess up to its Wimax-enabled Mondi Mobile Internet Device. The Mondi boasts some impressive specs, but will it sell?
American Airlines Plans Fleet Of Flying Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Service is scheduled for 150 domestic MD-80s this year to be followed by the rollout of the Wi-Fi service on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Microsoft Encarta Is Web 2.0's Latest Victim
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The online encyclopedia falls in the face of competition from the likes of Wikipedia.
Making Sense of Network and Systems Management Data
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Small and medium businesses now have a wide variety of tools to collect network and systems management information. The challenge has become sifting through all of that data to pinpoint the source of any bottlenecks. One vendor has tried to address that problem.
Facebook Quick Tip: Managing The Redesign
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Facebook's redesign puts more information in your News Feed -- sometimes too much. Here's how to block updates from the noisiest pals in your social network, without un-friending them entirely.
Nehalem Launch Emphasizes Upscale Drift Of Commodity Servers
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Question: When is a commodity server no longer a commodity server? Answer: When the system is so darn powerful it can run your data center. That's the deal with the latest crop of server CPUs, including Intel's Xeon 5500 unveiled on Monday, and AMD's upcoming six-core Istanbul. It's all of a piece with my theory that processing power has become ubiquitous, and figuratively free.
BI from the SAP Customer Viewpoint
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It struck me that the SAP Netweaver BI & Portals conference keynote was perhaps too visionary for where attending SAP customers are today in terms of their BI initiatives. Many are primarily writing ABAPs for reporting... Even Business Objects Web Intelligence is a major leap forward for them...
Software Vendors Get An F For Mobile Preparedness
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
With most CIOs planning or building out enterprise-wide mobile strategies, you would think enterprise software companies would be rushing to lead the charge with suitably broad product roadmaps and strategies of their own. But, as my colleague Mary Hayes Weier points out in her excellent news-analysis package, you would be wrong.
Microsoft CTIA Announcements
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Microsoft is at CTIA this week and they will be making a few announcements today - nothing Earth shattering as Windows Mobile 6.5 has already been announced and Windows Mobile 7 is the worst kept secret out there right now, but there are a few interesting items for mobile device users.
What Intel's Nehalem Servers Mean To SMBs
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It might seem easy to dismiss Intel's new Xeon 5500 Series processors (code-named Nahelem) as expensive toys for high-performance computing and large enterprises. But despite the launch's concentration on big companies, the new chips also promise to deliver faster, more energy-efficient options at small-business-friendly prices.
Cisco Opens Up Unified Communications And Telepresence To Multivendor Solutions
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Lack of interopability between vendors' systems has long been a thorn in the side of both Unified Communications and Telepresence. At VoiceCon this week, though, Cisco is moving to let its products work better with vendors -- and that could help spur interest in both technologies, especially among smaller companies.
Mark Turrell CEO • Imaginatik
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
BlackBerry Storm .113 Firmware Said To Be The Next Official Update
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
As seems to be the norm, the BlackBerry Storm got off to a shaky start when it went on sale back in November. It was a bit buggy, and users experienced no small number of issues. Verizon offered a firmware update in early December that fixed many of the major issues. Now, a new update is on the way. Ready for nearly every bug to be fixed?
Operators Agree To Standardize Marketing
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
AT&T's, Sprint's, T-Mobile's, and Verizon Wireless' marketing practices could deliver a more consistent experience for the end user.
Intel's Nehalem Server Chips Seen Aiding Virtualization
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The improvements in Xeon processors are the kind of technology organizations will need as they deploy more virtualization in their data centers and move toward cloud computing, Intel said.
Nokia Updates Touch-Screen Smartphone
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Nokia's iPhone competitor received a firmware upgrade that improves download speeds, adds a dictionary, and boosts the cameras.
Telstra CEO Sees Investments In China
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Sol Trujillo says additional investments in Asia can bolster his controlling interest in China M, which provides mobile phone content in China.
Netflix To Charge 300% More For Blu-ray Discs
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Many customers who currently pay $1 extra per month for HD discs will soon have to shell out $4 per month.
Time For An Enterprise Mobility Strategy
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
The mobile Internet has arrived for business. Do you have a strategic plan to take advantage of it? Or does your mobile business app strategy begin and end with a policy for what level of manager gets a BlackBerry and whether the iPhone's allowed?
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