News & Commentary
Content tagged with Government posted in January 2009
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Microsoft Patent Turns Smartphone Into A PC
Commentary  |  1/31/2009  | 
Microsoft has applied for a patent that will allow you to dock your smartphone, giving it PC-like powers to print, network, connect to an external display and more.
Take The Moblin Alpha For A Spin
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Intel's Moblin project -- its own sponsored edition of Linux for Atom-powered devices -- just hit the public alpha stage. The Moblin site invites people to take it for a test drive, and that's precisely what I did.

Newcomer Claims 3rd Place In Thin Clients
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
Dell's Smartphone Better Be Spectacular
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Analysts agree that Dell would have to go beyond the Apple iPhone, the RIM BlackBerry, and the upcoming Palm Pre.
Mobile Roundup
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
It's been an interesting week in the mobile space, as Verizon had a strong quarter thanks to the Storm, Sprint said it would be axing 8,000 jobs, and Apple got an important patent f
Umbraco's New CMS Is An Impressive Step Forward
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Almost a year and a half after its last major release, the open source .Net-based Umbraco 4 content management system was finally released this week, and based on the impressive set of new functionality and features, it looks to have been worth the wait.
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
With the iPhone leading the way, smartphone users are downloading games at a rapidly growing rate, according to data from ComScore.
Congress Renewing Efforts To Delay DTV Switch Till June
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
More than 3 million Americans are still awaiting $40 coupons for boxes that will convert the new digital broadcasts to analog.
Gut Versus Analytics: What's the Real Story?
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
A recent article in CIO by Thomas Wailgum entitled "To Hell With Business Intelligence: 40 Percent of Execs Trust Gut" caught my attention. This was driven by some recent (separate) research by Accenture and Forrester to examine how business managers are using analytics, as opposed to... gut reaction, gut feeling, gut instinct and, related but even more evocative, butterflies in the stomach.
Draft "LEED For Datacenters" Now Available
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program sponsored by the non-profit U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) that is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) yesterday posted a draft "LEED for Datacenters" on its website that the lab developed in partnership with a who's who of datacenter industr
Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting On WiMax
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Nortel's officially out of the WiMax game and with capital evaporating, Clearwire's ambition to expand beyond two cities look precarious.
Broadband Stimulus No Panacea
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
The nation's leaders plan to spend $6 billion on expanding broadband access, but it's unclear how their efforts will pan out.
NEC To Cut 20,000 Jobs Worldwide
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The company pinned its financial troubles on the economic recession that caused a slowdown in spending among businesses and consumers.
T-Mobile Confirms G1 Successors
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
T-Mobile will release more G series smartphones this year, but it will face a crowded field as Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson will have Android-powered handsets as well.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
No Longer Co-Dependent: Personal Computing And Business Virtual Desktops
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Desktop virtualization is not like what it sounds. It does not start with a one-by-one conversion of each user's desktop from a straightforward piece of hardware to one that runs only a virtual machine.
Smartphone Market To Grow Despite Economy
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Apple and RIM are expected to take advantage of the increased adoption of smartphones, according to ABI Research.
Gartner's Top Six Marketing Processes For A Down Economy
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Three of the processes, customer retention management, lead management and online marketing, focus on boosting sales, while the others, creative production management, marketing fulfillment and financial management, are designed to improve accountability and cut costs.
NASA To Offer Free Zero-Gravity Flights
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The space agency plans to work with private industry to test technologies in weightless conditions.
RIM: We've Shipped 50 Million Smartphones
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
I received an e-mail from Research In Motion's media relations team this morning. In it were some interesting facts. The first of which is that this month, RIM shipped its 50 millionth BlackBerry.
Why BI is in a Funk
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
I wrote recently that BI is in a "funk." Let me now offer a few ideas as to why that is so: 1. At its heart, BI is an application development technology. 2. Very few enterprises want to or can change the way they do business. 3. Large BI vendors aren't sure what business they're in. 4. The communication collaboration opportunity is being botched.
Nortel Axing WiMax, Trimming Partnership With Alvarion
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The decision raises questions about the long-term viability of mobile WiMax as it gears up for full-fledged competition with LTE.
Wall Street Journal Revives Dell Smartphone Rumors
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Last night The Wall Street Journal ran a piece claiming that Dell is set to enter the smartphone business as soon as next month. The paper reported that Dell is eyeing Windows Mobile and Android.
Reflection 2008 Gets Vista-Style Upgrade
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Attachmate's terminal-emulation software takes advantage of Vista features and has been integrated with Microsoft .Net technologies.
The Truth About Open-Source Groupware
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
The conventional wisdom holds that Microsoft Exchange towers above its open-source competitors. Maybe it's time to challenge the conventional wisdom.
New Firmware Points To New iPhone?
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
One of the Internet's favorite games is spotting the next iPhone, and we've seen tons of rumors that have been squashed. But recent digging into the latest firmware updates potentially reveal a new iPhone model already is being tested.
Graphics Chip Shipments Plummet In 4Q
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
A major contributor to the drop in the GPU market was the nearly 40% fall in shipments for desktop PCs, analysts with Jon Peddie Research said.
Lenovo Targets Small And Midsize Companies With Bargain PCs
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Predicting that small and midsize companies are getting ready to rebound from the recession, Lenovo is poised to battle for their business. And it's releasing a line of low-cost PCs to prove it.
Citrix To Reduce Workforce By 10%
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The trailing off of license revenue in the final quarter was a warning to Citrix that 2009 would be a difficult year, revenue-wise.
Federal CTO To Have Broad Influence
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Two key jobs await the CTO: Giving the tech sector what it needs to thrive, and making sure agencies use IT well.
Apple Applies For Storyboard Software Patent
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Approval for its "Script-Integrated Storyboards" submission could mean better integration with its media applications like Final Cut Pro, Pages, iMovie, and Keynote.
Lenovo Buys Secretive Startup Switchbox
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Consumer technologies from the company, which was co-founded by a former Microsoft executive, are expected to be integrated into upcoming Lenovo products.
Tech CEOs Meet With President, Support Obama's Stimulus Plans
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Tech giants have come out in support of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plans. Dozens of technology company leaders sent a letter to Congress last week saying that they supported Obama's plan.
Sprint Back In Court Over Early Termination Fees
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
A California judge is ordering a new trial in a class-action lawsuit against Sprint regarding its contract cancellation fees that could potentially cost $300 million.
Hawaii Pushes To Improve Broadband Technology
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The state has an ambitious goal of dragging Hawaii out of the country's cellar -- it was recently ranked 49th in broadband speeds among the country's 50 states.
Samsung Touts Highest Density Memory Chip
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Samsung is targeting manufacturers' new generation of "green" PCs with its new technology, which will be used in servers, workstations, desktops, and laptops.
Is Open Source A Recession-Fighting Tool?
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The buzz on open source is that it can slash IT costs and save budgets. Our Linux expert looks at where and how much can be saved with FOSS -- and gives some caveats.
BlackBerry Storm Costs More To Make Than iPhone
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
According to a breakdown by iSuppli, the touch-screen BlackBerry costs $203 to make, $30 more than Apple's smartphone.
Windows 7 Beta Flunks Out Of Georgetown
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
University's IT department nixes downloads of Microsoft's new operating system.
Nintendo Shocks Market With Profit Warning
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
One factor may have been that there were no new blockbuster games for the Wii in the second half of last year, which would have helped to boost sales.
Survey: Older Internet Users Embrace E-Commerce
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Gen Y isn't keeping up with predecessors when it comes to online banking and shopping.
T-Mobile Reports 32.8 Million Subscribers
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Thanks to the rollout of 3G services and the success of handsets like the Android-powered G1, T-Mobile added more than 4 million new subscribers in 2008.
Discount Hardware, Discount Software - Stock Up Now
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
As vendors look to keep revenue coming in the door, prices on hardware and software are plummeting. For small and midsize businesses who can afford it, now's a great time to buy.
Qualcomm's Profits Slip As Mobile TV Rollout Nears
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The MediaFLO problem would be tacked onto the negative losses the company already cited in its financial report Wednesday.
Which Smartphone Reached 1 Million Sold The Fastest?
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
An enterprising reader of Engadget put together a nifty little chart showing how fast a handful of smartphones hit the 1 million mark. The figures used are those based on actual announced sales by the companies involved. Those included are the Apple iPhone and iPhone 3G, the BlackBerry Storm, the HTC G1, and the Nokia 5800. Also, it looks like 2008 saw 1.21 billion mobile phones sold.
Will It Take A New Deal To Stop The Economic Crash?
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Colossal government work programs stopped the Great Depression and created infrastructure improvements we still use today, argues The Infamous Brad. What colossal technology programs might help pull the United States out of its economic nosedive, and leave a legacy for generations to come?
SAP Weathers The Downturn
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Fourth-quarter sales jump 8% on strength of services revenue.
Vendor Stability Matters Too
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Technology is important, and so is vendor stability. You want solutions that perform, and you need to be confident that providers will be there for support and upgrades. I've seen evidence that two software vendors I follow are facing business complications. Here are their stories, a cautionary tale, names withheld as an ethical compromise...
iSuppli: BlackBerry Storm Innards Cost More Than The iPhone's
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
iSuppli sunk its teeth into the BlackBerry Storm to see what the sum of its parts is really worth. According to its analysis, the Storm costs RIM about $203 to make. Verizon Wireless is selling the Storm for $199 (after rebates). Apple's iPhone 3G costs about $174 to make and sells for $199/$299.
Ubuntu In Your Pocket
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Printed documentation never goes completely out of style. Cases in point: the O'Reilly books, the ... For Dummies series, and MacFreda's Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference. It's $10 in print -- and free as a PDF.

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