News & Commentary
Content tagged with Government posted in January 2011
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Microsoft Needs More Kinect, Less Kin
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
The Xbox Kinect shows that Microsoft is still capable of shipping innovative products -- why can't they do the same in other business groups?
Oracle Unveils 5TB Tape Drive
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
The StorageTek T10000C is built for the SL8500 Modular Library System, which can be expanded to 1 exabyte of storage for archiving and backup.
Government Workers Seek Better IT Tools
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Less than half are satisfied with the technologies they are given to use in the workplace, according to a Forrester report
Global CIO: HP Calls Out Apple In CEO's Quest To Be Coolest Of All
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
New CEO Leo Apotheker finally talks about HP's future but says nothing about the enterprise. Instead, he says HP will out-cool Apple. Word up.
Guerra On Healthcare: Will Congress Cut HITECH?
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
As legislators look to reduce federal spending, funding for electronic health records looks to be right in their crosshairs -- and maybe that's not so bad.
Samsung Backtracks On Tablet Sales, iPad Loses Share
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
When pressed for answers, a Samsung executive admitted that the number of consumers who've actually purchased the Galaxy Tab is "quite small."
Intel Discloses Flaw In Sandy Bridge Chipset
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Fixing the 6 Series chipset design error will cause a $300 million revenue drop in the first quarter, said the company.
Google Docs Gets Facelift
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
A revamped interface for Google Docs promises to promote greater productivity.
EHR Studies Need Another Look Post-Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Recent studies concluding that electronic health records fail to boost patient care need a follow-up visit.
IBM Takes Social Business Mobile
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Lotus-integrated social features for the Apple iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Nokia devices were unveiled at Big Blue's Lotusphere event in Orlando.
IBM Tapped For NYC Data-Center Consolidation
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Big Blue will build a cloud computing infrastructure to merge IT operations for 14 New York City agencies.
Facebook Expands Places Deals To Europe
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Social network users in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. can now get discounts by checking in at Starbucks, Mazda, and other partner businesses.
MicroStrategy Revs Up Mobile Computing
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Transactions services and new cloud computing and data visualization options enrich the vendor's business intelligence portfolio.
Android Steals Top Smartphone Spot From Symbian
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Nokia was ousted from atop the smartphone platform leader board after a nearly ten-year stay as Android led sales in fourth quarter of 2010, according to Canalys data.
Mobile Devices To Surpass PCs In 2011
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
It was inevitable that this time would come. Mobile phones have long since surpassed PC purchases but 2011 will be the first year that internet connected devices, not merely dumb phones, will surpass sales of full sized computers.
Global CIO: The Software Revolution: Can SAP Light The Fuse?
Commentary  |  1/30/2011  | 
Three emerging technologies have sparked a new generation of incredibly fast enterprise apps with huge disruptive potential—and SAP plans to lead this revolution.
The Environment Starts With You
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Misuse of computers can hurt the most important part of your personal environment: your body.
Egypt Internet Shutdown Underscores Vulnerability
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The government ordered the shutdown of the country's four ISPs, effectively blocking all Internet communications during anti-government protests.
VA Seeks To Modernize VistA EHR System
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The department plans to use open-source technologies to help refurbish its massive, decades-old system for electronic health records.
DHS Elevates Social Networking In Terror Alert System
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Facebook, Twitter, and Homeland Security's Web site gain importance in the agency's replacement for the color-coded communications system used since the 9/11 attacks.
Verizon To Buy Terremark For $1.4 Billion
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
With the acquisition of the supplier of secure and government-oriented cloud services, Verizon is repositioning itself as a broad technology supplier.
HHS Adds $80 Million For Health IT Grants
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Funding will be divided among Regional Extension Centers, health information exchanges, and workforce training initiatives, said the Office of the National Coordinator.
Malware Driven Banner Ad Attacks Rising
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
While fake cost-per-click rates declined in the fourth quarter, a new form of impression inflation has emerged, finds online advertising audit firm.
For Doctors, EHR Adoption Isn't A Spectator Sport
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Selecting and adopting an electronic health records system is critical to the health of a physician's practice.
CodeWeavers Unmasks Windows Impersonator For Mac, Linux
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
CrossOver software lets users run apps on PCs "without paying a dime to Microsoft," said the firm.
Samsung Sells 2 Million Tablets
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Samsung says sales of its Galaxy Tab Android tablet have surpassed the two million mark after three months. Can it maintain that pace?
LinkedIn IPO Valuation Projected To Be $2 Billion
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The professional social networking site nearly quadrupled revenue from 2007 to 2009, but expects a slowdown in 2011 as it invests for growth, according to the company’s SEC filing.
Top 5 Handset Makers Of 2010 Ranked
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Nokia, Samsung, and LG remain firmly entrenched atop the market share rankings, but innovation and the crucial smartphone segment will determine the rest of the pecking order in 2011, according to IDC.
Microsoft Embraces Jailbreakers
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Microsoft's history has involved a bit of heavy-handedness against those that have tried to hack or jailbreak their systems. That seems to be changing with Windows Phone 7 and the Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360.
Lenovo, NEC Announce PC Joint Venture
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Boosting share in the Japanese computer market is the goal of the alliance, which was announced the same day NEC reported a threefold increase net losses.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Will Need A Time Machine To Catch Us, Says IBM
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Ellison's vowed to remake Oracle in the fashion of circa-1960 IBM: a true systems company. But IBM says it's impossible for Ellison to overcome that 50-year head start.
EXCLUSIVE: Socialcast to Announce Extension to its Platform
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
On Feb. 1, Socialcast will announce Town Hall, allowing direct company forums, with Version 2.0 release to follow in three weeks.
Top Features Absent From Windows 7
Slideshows  |  1/27/2011  | 
From dropping SteadyState to the lack of touch support, universal software updates, or third-party hardware support there's still a great deal missing from the Microsoft operating system. Some, inexplicably, didn't carry over from XP or Vista and others still haven't materialized despite widespread, ongoing demand. Why would Microsoft skimp on offering features that seem in their best interest to provide natively? One possibility is that they don't feel that way -- because they're waiting for so
Google-Backed 'Super Wi-Fi' Plan Gets FCC Approval
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
The regulatory agency has granted Google and eight other companies a conditional role in the deployment of white spaces broadband.
NASA Employs RightNow Cloud For Support Center
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
The space agency has put its Shared Services Center online to cut costs associated with handling inquiries via a call center.
Verizon Bundles Google Apps For SMBs
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Deal continues trend of partnering with high-profile software companies to package business applications around its core voice and broadband products.
iPad Fuels 241% Growth In Apple's Market Share
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Analyst firm says Steve Jobs' company is now tied with Dell as the third largest PC maker—if the iPad is included.
Air Force Awards Space Fence Contracts
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have won $107 million deals to provide preliminary designs for a radar system to detect objects passing over Earth.
100 P2P Users Produce 75% Of Files Downloaded
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Targeting the users responsible for the most content might trigger a sharp decline in file-sharing via peer-to-peer networks, suggest researchers.
LinkedIn Launches Targeted Ad Service
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Pay-per-click service can select users based on job title, company, LinkedIn group.
The Dark Side Of Remote Printing?
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Having a printer that can reach out to the Web means having a printer that a hacker can reach out to. Should SMBs lose sleep over this?
Linux Developers Mull Unified App Store
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Fedora, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and other distros are working on a framework for a universal application installer.
Motorola, Nokia Q4 Results Underscore Need For Innovation
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Apple's iPhone has snagged market share from both handset makers, a movement that Verizon's addition of the smartphone is likely to exacerbate.
Oracle Exec Says Exadata Can Do It All
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Database executive Andy Mendelsohn tells financial analysts that Oracle has all the bases covered. Here's where the company stands on Exadata progress and disruptive threats to its database business.
Wolfe's Den: Intel Inches Into Its Next Big Market
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Diversifying beyond the PC, Intel's multi-billion dollar embedded computing push envisions Atom processors in millions of appliances, Smart TVs, and other connected devices.
Windows Phone 7's Big Update Not For January
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
A lot of sites, this one included, have been reporting since November that Microsoft was planning to release a big update for its new platform, including the much anticipated copy and paste feature. It is pretty obvious as this point that January will come and go with nary an update in sight.
Oracle Rolls Web 2.0 Features Into WebCenter Suite
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
In integrating the best communication features of different portals, Oracle gives project teams a common means of information sharing across its product set.
Codec Wars: What About Mobile Devices And Content Sites
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Last week I commented about Google's decision to eliminate support for the H.264 video codec standard from Chrome and while I initially focused on the implications for PC users, given the growing use of mobile browsers, I wondered if the ramifications could be even more significant for them. Well, on further reflection, I'm not too worried, at least yet.
Mobile App Revenue To Top $15B This Year
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Worldwide revenue from mobile applications downloaded from online stores will reach $58 billion in three years, Gartner says.
Plantronics Unwraps New UC Products
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Famed Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin highlights company's 50 year anniversary with new UC-ready handset, speakerphone and UC toolkit.
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