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Content posted in June 2012
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Google Chrome Comes To iPhone, iPad
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google's Chrome browser will be available for the first time on the iPhone and iPad. Google Drive is also available on the iOS and on Chrome OS.
BYOD Driving Good Users Away From BlackBerry
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
Due to BYOD, Good Technology says it is seeing more consumers move away from BlackBerry and onto consumer products. Companies are turning to Good Technology and other MDM providers to keep their data secure.
E-Stores Should Cater To Tablet Users, Study Says
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
Social sites are driving more referrals but few conversions. Meanwhile, mobile traffic is also on the rise, with tablet visitors converting to buyers at almost the same rate as PC users.
Google's Risky Business
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google I/O, company's annual developer conference, confirms that Google is on a mission to organize the world's information. Big bets such as Project Glass could bring big rewards, or painful lessons.
Facebook, Oracle, Microsoft, Apple.: The Joke's On You
Facebook, Oracle, Microsoft, Apple.: The Joke's On You
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/29/2012  | 
InformationWeek's Fritz Nelson pokes fun at the news, and a few big-name companies like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, RIM, Nokia and more.
Zenprise MDM Attempts to Balance Compliance, User Experience
Zenprise MDM Attempts to Balance Compliance, User Experience
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/29/2012  | 
MDM is a hot topic, and there are tons of players in the space. Zenprise has emerged as one of the early leaders. We get a demonstration of how the software works, both on the back end (the IT side) and the front end (the end user side).
Google Art Project Now Uses Google Plus Hangouts
Google Art Project Now Uses Google Plus Hangouts
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google Art Project data lead Piotr Adamczyk demonstrates not only the site, containing some 30,000 pieces of art, but also its integration with Google Plus Hangouts, designed for virtual video tours and collaboration.
Google Ventures: A Hands On Startup Fund
Google Ventures: A Hands On Startup Fund
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google Ventures is Google's investment arm, but unlike similar entities at technology companies, Google is hands on, helping with engineering, product, marketing and other talent that a startup might need to succeed. Partner David Krane explains.
Rev Up Your IT Career
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
In the constantly evolving world of IT, there's no such thing as resting on your laurels. Here's how to stay relevant.
Biggest Private Cloud Deployment Threat: Your IT Staff
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
Your technologist-heavy IT staff won't help you find success with a private-cloud deployment. Here's why shifting to an IT service catalog approach may ease your transition to the cloud.
RIM Explores Microsoft Alliance, Other Radical Moves
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
After more devastating losses and another massive layoff announcement, RIM is looking at more options, including partnering with Microsoft to put Windows Phone on BlackBerries, or selling access to its secure network.
RIM, Microsoft Marriage Makes Sense
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
There's a lot of logic behind the idea of Microsoft either buying RIM's network or buying access to it. The security and the reach of the network would be a huge asset to Microsoft and worth a lot of money. But giving that access would be an admission of defeat for BlackBerry 10.
Microsoft Looms As White Knight For RIM
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
Troubled smartphone maker seeks strategic options as BlackBerry 10 delayed until 2013.
Adobe Backs Off Flash Support on Android
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
The variety of devices and OS configurations makes it difficult for Adobe to optimize Android properly in a plugin general to the operating system, so the company will be withdrawing support for the plugin.
Google Compute Engine Ignores VMware, Microsoft Users
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google's new cloud infrastructure service is geared to Linux workloads running in KVM. What does that mean for VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix users?
The iPhone 1.0 Anniversary Quiz
Slideshows  |  6/28/2012  | 
The iPhone was released 5 years ago. Read about how the iPhone changed the industry, and test your knowledge about the first of its kind.
Google Analytics Goes Mobile
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Developers and marketers can now use Google Analytics to understand mobile app usage.
DR-As-A-Service Moves Closer To Reality
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
New cloud-aware disaster recovery automation software like that from VirtualSharp could free IT from complex runbooks and expensive recoverability exercises.
Intel Puts Future On Exhibit
Slideshows  |  6/28/2012  | 
Imagine life without house keys or using an entire wall as a touch display. Walk through an exhibit of some of Intel's most intriguing research projects to date.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet: 10 Coolest Features
Slideshows  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google's Android 4.1 slate takes aim at Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire.
Getting Googly On Valley View
Getting Googly On Valley View
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/28/2012  | 
Our June episode of Valley View featured plenty of news and deep dives from Google, given that the show aired during Google I/O, the company's developer conference. We featured news from the conference, guests from Google, SAS and Zenprise.
BlackBerry 10 Delay Could Spell RIM's Doom
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Research In Motion has postponed the release of its next-generation smartphone platform to 2013 and plans to lay off 5,000 employees. Is there any hope left?
Wireless Emergency Alert System Goes Live
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
FEMA, National Weather Service team to provide texting service intended to save lives in bad weather.
HootSuite Grows Apps Directory, Adds Instagram, SlideShare
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
HootSuite now has 20 add-ons to its social media management tool. Others added this week are Zuum, for finding engaging content to share on Facebook, and edocr, for sharing and tracking marketing documents.
Drones Fail 'Perch And Stare' Contest
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
DARPA competition to develop unmanned aerial vehicles capable of landing and relaying real-time surveillance video ends without a winner.
Google I/O Day 2: Chrome Hits iOS, IaaS Play
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google Compute Engine is an infrastructure-as-a-service offering that competes with Amazon Web Services, while Chrome browser is now used by 310 million people, execs said at Google I/O.
Health IT Leaders Divided On Supreme Court Decision
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Ruling to uphold Affordable Care Act validates health IT efforts, but a decision against it would not have slowed momentum of healthcare industry's transformation, say some observers.
Apple Obsolescence Debate: More Analysis Please, Fanboys
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The Apple-can-do-nothing-wrong crowd cranked up the hate machine when I questioned the vendor's upgrade treadmill. Some responses and clarifications are in order.
Nokia Update Turns Lumia Phones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Patch for Lumia 710 and 800 also adds new camera features, but potential buyers may decide to wait for Windows Phone 8.
Mathematical Modeling Meets Disease Prevention
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Intermountain Healthcare is taking a mathematical modeling approach to clinical decision support in the hope of preventing disease or detecting it early on.
Google Drive iOS App: Essential Features Missing
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google Drive for Apple's iOS platform hits the iPhone and iPad, but you're better off using the browser-based version.
Obamacare Victory Spells More Work For Healthcare CIOs
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
CIOs and CMIOs can expect many more sleepless nights now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act.
4 Steps To A Successful BYOC Program
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Many employees are ready and willing to use their own computers to get work done. Consider these steps to launch a bring-your-own-computer program.
How To Hire A Hacker
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Hackers might have shady pasts, but they can also bring a lot of IT expertise to the table. Should you consider hiring one?
IT Pro's Travel Guide To Volunteering Abroad
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Volunteering overseas can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. But you'll need more than a passport to bring IT projects to life in developing countries.
EPA Aims For 80% Cloud Use By 2015
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Agency awards a three-year contract to CGI Federal for infrastructure-as-a-service as part of a broader strategy to implement an agency-wide hybrid cloud.
Google Compute Engine: Hands-On Review
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google Compute Engine is a stable, reliable, and fast provider of on-demand computing resources. But it offers fewer features than rival Amazon Web Services.
Healthcare Patients Insist On E-Access: Accenture Study
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Patients want more access to their medical records online, but want to maintain their personal contact with doctors, according to new Accenture research.
Obama's Attack On Outsourcing Rings Hypocritical
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Campaign jabs at Mitt Romney notwithstanding, the evidence suggests the President wants to use outsourcing to boost ties with India and level the global playing field.
Randy Mott's Journey To General Motors
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The CIO's road through Wal-Mart, Dell, and HP was marked by very different cultures and expectations.
General Motors Will Slash Outsourcing In IT Overhaul
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
GM's new CIO Randy Mott plans to bring nearly all IT work in-house as one piece of a sweeping IT overhaul. It's a high-risk strategy that's similar to what Mott drove at Hewlett-Packard.
5 Tips To Build Your Personal Social Brand
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Consider these best practices for successfully strengthening your social credibility.
Windows 8 Phones Easily Managed--Because It's Windows
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The fact that Windows Phone 8 is Windows, and not a radical variant, means it can be managed like Windows. While other phones must be managed through new and separate management tools such as MobileIron, Windows Phone 8 plugs right into Active Directory. IT can use standard tools and consoles and deploy apps in the usual way.
Hurricane, Wildfire Seasons Highlight Importance Of BC/DR Plans
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Companies need to consider where to house displaced workers, select appropriate backup locations, and plan for potential infrastructure damage.
Google App Engine Gets Ready For Business
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google platform now hosts one million active applications; Release 1.7.0, unveiled at Google I/O, to add business-friendly features.
Google I/O: 10 Awesome Visions
Slideshows  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google Glasses, the Nexus Q home entertainment streaming device, Android software upgrades, and a Nexus tablet shine at day one of Google's I/O developer conference.
Google Nexus Q: Fight For Living Room On
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google's Nexus Q home media device lets Android phone and tablet users push content from their handhelds to a TV or stereo system.
Google Hardware Cred Grows With Nexus 7, Nexus Q
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Via the Google Play Store, Google now sells smartphones, tablets, a funky media device, and even accessories. Day one of Google I/O made the company's hardware player ambitions clear.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Does It Measure Up?
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google's newest OS sports fewer new features than previous updates. Instead, Android 4.1 focuses on improving core features and making the platform faster.
U.S. Tech Leadership On Solid Ground, IT Pros Say
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
But worries continue about offshoring of tech jobs and innovation, state of STEM education.
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