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Content tagged with Cloud posted in September 2010
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Google Seeks Allies Against Censorship
News  |  9/21/2010  | 
A new online transparency report shows which Google services are being blocked in different countries. Whether the U.S. will use this information to challenge censorship as a trade barrier remains to be seen.
Seagate Intros 1.5TB Portable Hard Disk Drive
News  |  9/21/2010  | 
The FreeAgent Go Flex storage device can store 60 high-definition movies or 750 video games and has a USB 3.0 connector for fast data transfer.
Halo Reach Needs HDD For Co-op Play
News  |  9/21/2010  | 
"Hidden requirement" means gamers equipped with a lesser version of Xbox 360 may be disappointed, but Microsoft says it's working on a fix.
Google Researching Real-Time Frustration Detection
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
Having seen how users react when their searches fail, Google researchers foresee a time when computers can determine when users are banging their heads against walls.
iPad, iPhone, iPod Get Napster App
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
$10 per month gives users full access to online music service's catalog of more than 10 million songs.
Video Games Deserve Free Speech Protection, Groups Argue
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
The U.S. Supreme Court has to decide whether violent video games are different from other forms of expressive media.
Flash Faster Than HTML5, Sometimes
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
Adobe may have committed itself to making great HTML5 tools, but it still has a fondness for Flash.
Halo Reach Hit With Disc Errors
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
Microsoft says it's received a small number of complaints from users playing on certain versions of the Xbox 360 console.
Global CIO: Oracle Launches 'Cloud In A Box' And New Cloud Business
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
Larry Ellison debuts the Exalogic Elastic Cloud middleware machine and says it runs everything from legacy apps to modern Java releases.
Global CIO: At Oracle Open World, Oracle Commits To Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  9/19/2010  | 
Oracle EVP Thomas Kurian's keynote was initially focused on forthcoming Fusion apps but is now called "Oracle and Cloud Computing."
Tech Execs, Feds To Convene On Cloud Computing
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
Vivek Kundra, Aneesh Chopra and other government officials will meet with members of the Business Software Alliance in an effort to optimize federal cloud deployments.
Apple iPad Launched In China
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
Hundreds lined up at Apple Stores in Beijing and Shanghai to be among the first to buy the tablet.
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 To Debut With AT&T
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless is expected to offer a CDMA version of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 early next year.
RIM Q2 Earnings Beat Expectations
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
BlackBerry smartphones in demand generally and the sales success of the BlackBerry Torch fueled a 45% increase in shipments for the quarter.
If Novell Is For Sale, VMware May Buy Its Expertise
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
The New York Post reported Sept. 15 that Novell was for sale and a deal in two parts was about to be consummated. The Wall Street Journal's Digital Network reported the next day that two of the companies involved in the talks are Attachmate and VMware. Might IBM be involved as well?
SCO Group To Sell Unix Business
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
After suing IBM and Novell in a failed attempt to gain control over Unix, SCO Group will now sell its Unix assets following bankruptcy court approval.
Google Health Gets Usefulness Injection
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
In an effort to make Google Health more appealing to people, Google has redesigned and refocused the service.
Review: IE9 May Be Best Version Yet
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9, now in public beta, improves on previous versions of the browser, but most of the new features simply catch up to Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
15 Budget Busting Technology Projects
Slideshows  |  9/16/2010  | 
Large-scale information technology projects can balloon to inconceivable figures very quickly with endless revisions, change orders and delays pushing budgets into the stratosphere. Sometimes the cost of an IT project can be measured simply in dollars, but just as often these projects costly in other ways -- in reputation, for example. With government projects, it's easy to look at the budget and see how much it costs -- or at least how much it's supposed to cost. In the private sector, it's not
Verizon Android Phones Add Good Security, Management Services
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
Good Technology will offer its business-grade security and mobile device management services for Motorola, HTC, LG and Samsung Android smartphones.
Apple Adds Wireless Printing To iPad, iPhone, iPod
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
iOS 4.2 brings new AirPrint technology to Steve Jobs' full lineup of portable devices.
CommVault Unveils Cloud Disaster Recovery For SMBs
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
Leverages integration between Simpana software and Rackspace cloud hosting to secure backup and archive data.
Acer, HTC, Avaya Joining Tablet Race
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
The iPad's success is driving many companies, including RIM, Nokia, and Samsung, to launch versions of the mobile device over the next six months.
Success Factors Upgrade Follows Footsteps
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
Cloud-based applications vendor will add Chatter-style collaboration capabilities.
Novell Launches Cross Hypervisor Cloud Manager
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
System declutters private cloud resources and generates workloads on virtual machines from multiple vendors.
19 Gadgets That Changed The World
Slideshows  |  9/15/2010  | 
Every so often, a device comes along that changes the way we live our daily lives and things are never the same again. With today's digital technology, such devices may come more frequently than in the past, but our list revolutionary gadgets extends back two centuries.
Ansca Mobile Updates Corona SDK For iOS, Android
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
Cross-platform mobile app development tools suddenly look much more appealing now that Apple has relaxed its developer rules.
Why Eli Lilly Might Talk To More Than One Cloud Vendor
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
In a discussion on cloud computing at the InformationWeek 500 Conference, Eli Lilly CIO Michael Heim disclosed that his firm has explored options with BlueLock and Savvis. Eli Lilly thus far has been strongly identified as a marquis user of Amazon's EC2. Could it be about to switch? Probably not but there's reason to shop around.
Microsoft Unleashes Windows Internet Explorer 9 Beta
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
The software giant's next Web browser rises to the challenge posed by Google Chrome 6, Firefox 4, and Safari 5.
Halo Reach Breaks Xbox Live Record
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
Sales momentum continues for what may become one of the bestselling video games of all time.
Global CIO: Oracle Upside Earns Outperform Rating From Wells Fargo
Commentary  |  9/14/2010  | 
Oracle's just starting to wring full value out of Sun and is firmly among top players in overhauling data centers, says analyst Jason Maynard.
Google, Georgia Tech Develop Video Screen 'Retargeting'
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
Say goodbye to the black bars on wide screens showing content created using a standard screen aspect ratio.
Fed Data Center Efforts Move To Execution Phase
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
Agencies should look to cloud computing and virtualization for quick gains, but overall success of data center consolidation will depend on execution, says effort's point man.
InformationWeek 500: Eli Lilly Ties Future To Cloud
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
The pharmaceutical firm relies on the public cloud for compute-intensive scientific and drug development research and sees more extensive use of cloud computing as essential to its future.
Microsoft Questions Growth Prospects
Commentary  |  9/14/2010  | 
Will the hot CRM vendor be a cloud computing shooting star? Rival exec says R&D investments won't measure up.
Verizon Intros Cloud Computing For SMBs
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
Pay-as-you-go, on-demand model offers small and midsized businesses features including built-in security and prebuilt server templates.
Be Realistic About Cloud Standards
Commentary  |  9/14/2010  | 
Standards are a funny thing. We all want them, rarely get them, and always seek more. It's pretty much a checklist item these days when it comes to cloud computing, but we could be in a bit of denial about the true value of standards.
RFID Tags' Range Boosted By Ductwork
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
Using building HVAC ducts can triple the range of wireless RFID tags, creating new possibilities for climate control, health and safety, security and other monitoring applications.
Adobe Adds HTML5 Support To Illustrator
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
Despite the unexpected resuscitation of Flash last week, Adobe seems to be committed to the technology that Apple forced upon it.
Google Buying Quiksee
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
The Israeli startup's technology should enhance Google's social capabilities in its map and location services.
Lenovo Reveals Plan To Develop Smartphone Apps
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
Mobile software, the eBox gaming console, and a tablet PC are pieces of the PC maker's scheme to boost revenue and compete with the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and Sony.
Global CIO: As HP And Oracle Brawl, IBM And SAP Snatch Customers
Commentary  |  9/12/2010  | 
IBM offers HP and Oracle customers aggressive trade-in financing, and SAP hits back at Oracle with new industry-specific real-time applications.
Android, Symbian To Dominate Smartphone Market By 2014
News  |  9/10/2010  | 
Gartner projects lackluster growth for Apple's iOS and declining market share for RIM's BlackBerry OS and Microsoft's Windows Phone over the next four years.
Vidyo Launches Inexpensive Cloud Based Broadcast Suite
News  |  9/10/2010  | 
VidyoCast offers TV networks and stations software and hardware to achieve SD/HD quality video transport that Vidyo claims deliver savings equal to one-tenth the cost of satellite transmission.
Department Of Justice Bureau Builds Private Cloud
News  |  9/10/2010  | 
The Office of Justice Programs spent $9 million and 16 months on a new dynamically virtual hosting environment for its key IT systems.
Global CIO: Gunning For IBM & Oracle, HP Plans Optimized-Systems Blitz
Commentary  |  9/10/2010  | 
HP's pairing with Microsoft and SAP on huge rollout of machines aimed at BI, OLTP, Exchange, and more. Can it catch IBM and billion-dollar Exadata?
TrackVia Launches Cloud Database Application Platform For SMBs
News  |  9/9/2010  | 
Simplified online interface can be used by a business user without relational database administration experience, says company CEO.
Best Buy To Sell Amazon Kindle
News  |  9/9/2010  | 
With Barnes & Noble's Nook, Sony's Reader and Amazon's Kindle on its shelves, the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer is expected to be an important battle ground for e-reader supremacy.
Google Apps Migration Nearly Complete For Los Angeles
News  |  9/9/2010  | 
CSC has successfully moved more than half of the city's employees to the cloud for email and collaboration with only the LAPD and other public safety workers still using Novell's GroupWise suite.
Apple Allows Apps Translated From Flash
News  |  9/9/2010  | 
In a surprising about-face, Apple has removed many restrictions in its developer agreement and published guidelines about the kinds of apps it will accept and reject.
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