CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
Top 10 Government IT Predictions For 2011
Federal agencies will deliver on current IT projects, like cloud computing and data center consolidation, while tackling open government, cybersecurity defense, and privacy in the post-WikiLeaks era.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
Lesser known manufacturers, including ECS, MSI, Indamixx, and Asus, offer sneak peeks at the products they'll put up against HP, Motorola, and other well-known brands in January.
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
Top 5 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2011
In the coming year, the cloud will reach milestones that critics said it never would: it will be certifiably secure for credit card transactions; able to host multiple virtual machine types in the same infrastructure; and easier to manage.
Kno Ships Education Tablet
The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.
Microsoft Prepping Kinect Upgrade
The firmware update would improve motion sensing accuracy and allow more data to pass through to the Xbox 360, according to reports.
Creative Launches Android Tablets
The entertainment-focused ZiiO 7" tab includes the Pure Android Audio application and Creative's X-Fi Crytalizer, which the company claims provides a superior experience over "conventional tablets that offer mediocre sound."
Top 10 Software Stories Of 2010
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
Cloud Storage Appropriate Data
As vendors continue to mature the cloud storage on-ramps we discussed previously, the use case for cloud storage is becoming more wide spread. What was once primarily backup and archive storage destination is now quickly becoming an option for primary data storage. As a result the data that you are going to involve in a cloud storage solution may be different than it was only a year ago.
FUD Strikes Chrome OS
Chrome OS is one of those rare Google products that's accompanied by almost universal skepticism. In fact, their Cr-48 laptop proof-of-concept was on the received a fair amount of opprobrium. Admittedly the hardware isn't close to the elegance of a MacBook Air, but the objections primarily focus on Chrome's operating model, not the device.
The complaints fall into four categories:
Sony Outs PlayStation App For iOS And Android
Sony announced that it will soon deliver an official PlayStation application for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android handsets. Don't get too excited, though. It's not what you think.
Top 10 Cloud Stories Of 2010
Everybody's head was in the cloud, or so it seemed in 2010. Both well established and startup vendors developed solutions and strategies designed to extend their reach or provide entry into this booming market. After all, IDC estimated the cloud market will be worth $55 billion by 2014; Gartner predicted the cloud world could be valued at $148 billion at that time, in part because Gartner included Google AdWords advertising revenue in its figures, said Gregor Petri, adviser, lean IT and cloud co
Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010
Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2010
Odds are, almost every household in the United States bought or used at least one Microsoft-related product in 2010. From smartphones to game consoles, entertainment software to applications, cloud computing infrastructure to expanded search engine agreements, the developer increased its footprint across earth and cyberspace. This year marked one of new beginnings and some endings for Microsoft, which released its long-awaited Windows Phone 7 operating system, the software giant's answer to Appl
SAP Goes On Demand
The prospects for the company's technology and multi-front, hybrid strategy look good. Now it's a matter of market execution.
CNN Debuts App For iPad
CNN today released a brand new application specifically for the iPad. It takes what CNN did for the iPhone to the next level...for free.
Gmail Creator Bashes Chrome
Paul Buchheit, a former Google employee and one of the brains behind Gmail, believes that Google will kill Chrome off in 2011 or fold it into Android.
Amazon Hints At Millions Of Kindle Sales
Responding to recent reports of the Barnes & Noble Nookcolor's brisk sales, Amazon has claimed that more Kindles have been purchased in the last 73 days than in all of 2009.