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40 Tech Gifts For The Holiday Season
Slideshows  |  12/7/2010  | 
When it seems like the techie in your life already has every next-generation gadget and gizmo on earth, just the thought of finding them a good gift can make you wince with expectant agony. But no one actually has everything, and there's bound to be something out there that will tickle their tech fancy. From TVs to smartphones, green gadgets to slightly goofy gadgets, jaw-dropping sound to peaceful wake-up calls, here are 40 ideas for the holidays or any other gift-giving occasion. Prices are ro
Securities Agency Retracts Data Center RFP
News  |  12/7/2010  | 
The Securities and Exchange Commission still needs a new home for one of its two data centers by March, when its lease runs out.
Wolfe's Den: Cisco Seeks To Rule The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
The networking behemoth intends to automate cloud deployment, as spotlighted via its just-announced partnership with BMC. We chat with Lew Tucker, Cisco's chief technology officer of cloud computing, who talks about cloud-o-nomics, interoperability standards and how Cisco aims to be the go-to supplier of equipment to cloud providers.
Microsoft Rebates Oracle, Salesforce Customers To Switch CRM
News  |  12/7/2010  | 
Up to $200 per seat offered to lure rivals' customers into making the switch to Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management Online.
What Is A Cloud Data Center Anyway?
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
The IT industry is using the term cloud pretty liberally these days. I'm sure you have seen the latest Microsoft "To The Cloud" commercials. I am not sure they are really helping people get this whole cloud thing. To that add the various cloud storage services as well as the cloud compute services and there is a lot of confusion when you let a CIO know that they can have a cloud right in their own data center.
VMware To Virtualize Mobile Phones
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
LG will soon offer an Android handset with the ability to run a VMware client hypervisor and take on a business profile managed by IT. Branches Into Database As A Service
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | will offer the same software that serves Salesforce's customer relationship management applications, but will companies buy into a multi-tenant database?
SAP StreamWork Lands In Google Apps Marketplace
News  |  12/6/2010  | 
Google Apps users can now try a collaborative decision-making application from SAP that includes technology from Google Wave.
Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure Passes FISMA Test
News  |  12/6/2010  | 
Achieving key Federal Information Security Management Act approval paves the way for the vendor to grab a larger share of the government market.
Facebook Profiles Get Makeover
News  |  12/6/2010  | 
A new look coming to Facebook profile pages promises to be more personal.
Consumer Reports: AT&T Is The Worst
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
Consumer Reports' latest member survey ranks AT&T's wireless services as the worst in the U.S.
Amazon Says Wikileaks Plug Pulled Over SLA Violation
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Amazon says it halted operations of WikiLeaks servers in its EC2 cloud data center due to Wikileaks' breach of its service level agreement, including violations of the provision that it hold all rights to posted content.
Apple Bans Demos, Betas From Mac App Store
News  |  12/3/2010  | 
Unlike the iTunes App Store, where trial versions, betas and demo software are ubiquitous, only fully functional, retail versions of apps will be allowed in the planned Mac App Store.
Google Begins Selling E-Books
News  |  12/3/2010  | 
Challenging Apple and Amazon, Google claims to be the largest e-book provider.
BMC Buys GridApp Systems
News  |  12/3/2010  | 
The systems management vendor plans to incorporate GridApp's database automation technology into the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management offering.
Google Acquires Phonetic Arts
News  |  12/3/2010  | 
The company is characterizing the deal as a move toward Star Trek-style voice interaction with computers.
StarWind Updates iSCSI SAN Management Software
News  |  12/3/2010  | 
Version 5.5 adds fault-tolerant features that improve recovery time, performance, synchronization speed and availability of storage attached networks.
Xbox Mod Suit Dropped By Federal Prosecutors
News  |  12/3/2010  | 
Matthew Crippen had been accused of hacking Microsoft consoles to play pirated games.
Why Did Amazon Web Services Shut Down WikiLeaks?
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
If the real reason is the impact denial of service attacks had on other customers' EC2 service, what does that mean for less controversial cloud users hit by hackers?
Global CIO Top 10 Stories: Oracle Buys Sun For Systems Push
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
More than a simple linear takeover, Oracle-Sun has accelerated some widespread transformations in the IT business—can Larry Ellison take full advantage?
Google Plans Stronger Copyright Protections
News  |  12/2/2010  | 
Rightsholders can expect Google to be more responsive to their concerns in the months ahead.
Motorola CEO Talks Tablets, Hints At Verizon iPhone
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Speaking at the Credit Suisse 2010 Technology Conference, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said the company is working on 7-inch and 10-inch tablets.
Wolfe's Den: Why Oracle's Sun Servers Are Sinking (And Why That's A Good Thing)
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Gartner reports scary Q3 sales news for the server business Oracle took control of when it acquired Sun Microsystems, but Larry Ellison's focus on optimized systems such as Exadata is the reason Oracle needn't worry.
APM Vs. The Cloud
News  |  12/2/2010  | 
IT must rethink its approach to managing the performance of cloud applications.
Gowalla Syncs With Foursquare, Facebook Places
News  |  12/2/2010  | 
Version 3 of the location-based service is available for iPhone, will launch Android and iPad iterations in January.
Qualcomm CEO: Only 1 Million FLO TV Users
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Speaking candidly during an interview, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs estimated that during its 3.5-year run, only about one million people signed up for FLO TV.
Microsoft Calls Google Gmail 'Deficient'
News  |  12/2/2010  | 
Redmond slams rival's e-mail offering after GSA rejects Outlook in favor of Google's cloud-based service.
Global CIO: IBM Details Raids On Customers From HP And Oracle
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
IBM gives customers names and says its "Migration Factory" wins over HP and Oracle/Sun have averaged almost $1 million in revenue.
General Services Administration Picks Google For Email
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
The first major federal agency to move its email to the cloud agency-wide offers the latest evidence of the emerging cloud email market.
Google Says Bad Publicity Now Hurts Search Ranking
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
A change in the company's search algorithm aims to prevent abusive merchants from profiting from online infamy.
Verizon Targets Business Users With LTE Launch
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless plans to launch its Long Term Evolution network on December 5, and is initially taking aim at the enterprise.
Google Editions Coming Soon
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
The book business is about to get a wake up call from Google.
Ralink Rolls WiFi Chips For Mobile Devices
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
The high-performance, low-power processors will support less expensive, small form factor wireless consumer electronics, including cell phones, cameras, gaming devices and tablet PCs.
HP Ditches Windows Home Server
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
Microsoft-based MediaSmart systems will give way to new line of products powered by Palm group's WebOS technology.
ViewSonic Debuts Touchscreen PC, Monitor
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
Both the VPC220T all-in-one PC and the VX2258wm display have multi-touch capabilities, comply with Energy Star ratings and work with Windows 7.
Cisco To Acquire Network Management Software Provider LineSider
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
Deal will boost Cisco's business in building and deploying secure cloud computing infrastructures.
SanDisk, Nikon, Sony Develop Faster CompactFlash Spec
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
The memory card would use a PCI Express interface to achieve 500 MBps data transfer rates for photographers and videographers.
Jumo Launch Overloads Servers
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes' social network that connects charities with donors left users waiting as an unexpected number of visitors strained servers.
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