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Content tagged with Government posted in October 2010
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HyperOffice Adds Cloud Collaboration Tools For SMBs
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
Integrated project management tools augment the vendor's web-based document collaboration, email, shared calendars and other collaboration apps.
Microsoft IE 9 Preview Boosts HTML 5 Support
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
With the release of the IE 9 Platform Preview 6, Microsoft showcases more features and standards support for developers as they move closer to the final release of IE 9.
Mobile Phone Sales Strong In Q3
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
Apple, RIM, HTC and Motorola have been unaffected by component shortages, but Nokia has struggled with supplies of AMOLED and semiconductor components for low-cost handsets, according to ABI Research.
Enterprise 2.0 Preview: Collaboration's Next 'Wave'
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
At Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara, November 8-11, Calif., organizations offering insight into their social collaboration initiatives include Citibank, Wells Fargo, and the U.S. Department of State.
Signs Point To Amazon Data Center Expansion
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
The e-retailer and cloud services vendor has reportedly purchased 10 acres in eastern Oregon to be used for an expanding data center footprint along the Columbia River.
GE Ordering Tens Of Thousands Electric Vehicles
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
Chief executive Immelt announces EV order, which could boost car battery developer A123 Systems, in which GE is a major stockholder.
NASA, DARPA Plan '100-Year Starship'
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
With space shuttle program winding down, agencies envision long-distance manned space flight to Mars and beyond … 100 years from now.
Microsoft Girds For Demise Of PC
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
Microsoft’s quarterly profit shows that the software giant is in a strong position to migrate its products to the clouds.
First Impressions: Palm Pre 2 With WebOS 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
InformationWeek spent some time with the unreleased Palm Pre 2 running webOS 2.0. Is this the webOS sequel device for which we've been waiting?
Oracle v. SAP: Daytime Drama
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Part 1 – Trial Preview: A trial nearly four years in the making is finally upon us. Oracle and SAP counsel will put on a dramatic show thanks to star witnesses, a trail of illegal activity, and accusations of misconduct at the highest levels.
NASA Delays Discovery Launch To Fix Fuel Leaks
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
Space shuttle mission to the International Space Station pushed back one day, to Tuesday.
Microsoft Comping Windows Phone 7s For Employees
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
All 89,000 employees worldwide will get the device; no word on whether the perk will include free wireless service.
Pentagon's New CIO Faces A Tough Test
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
The Department of Defense's incoming IT leadership team, led by Teri Takai, will be greeted by organizational upheaval, cost cutting, and pressure from Congress.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Teardown
Slideshows  |  10/29/2010  | 
When Apple introduced the iPad, many were probably disappointed to learn that it would run the same operating system found on Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices. "Isn't the iPad just a big iPhone?" people wondered. Samsung has a similar problem to overcome with the Galaxy Tab. Isn't the Tab, which runs Google's Android 2.2 Froyo operating system (the same one found on nearly a dozen smartphones), really just a big Android phone? The answer is yes and no. In this slideshow, we take a look unde
PatientKeeper Adds Android Support To Health IT App
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
Mobile Clinical Results software allows doctors to remotely access patient medical records.
First Impressions: BlackBerry Style 9670
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Research In Motion's latest BlackBerry smartphone takes a cue from the feature phone with its flip form factor. Does this non-traditional smartphone still pack a punch?
Windows Phone 7 'Early' To Smartphone Market, Says Ballmer
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
Microsoft CEO claims devices running the operating system will take share from Androids, iPhones, and other popular handsets.
Google Nexus Two To Be Made By Samsung?
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Blog Gizmodo claims to have inside information about the next "Nexus" handset from Google. This time around, it will be made by Samsung rather than HTC.
Apple Leapfrogs RIM Into The Top Five
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
According to IDC, Apple's most recent quarter vaulted it past Research In Motion, making Apple the world's fourth-largest maker of mobile phones. Nokia still holds the number one spot with an iron grip.
Cell Phones Defy Downturn
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Many IT markets have been caught in the doldrums recently, however, cell phones are riding high. Market research firm International Data Corp. found sales grew by 14.6% in the third quarter of 2010, the fourth consecutive period of double-digit growth.
WebOS Wrap Up
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
There has been both good news and bad news for WebOS fans this week. News has leaked that HP's Asian manufacturers are planning up to six new Palm devices which would all presumably run WebOS 2.0. Speaking of 2.0, if you like the PalmOS 5.x emulator, or MotionApps Classic, they aren't supporting WebOS beyond 1.x. Oh yeah. HP has unveiled a new logo for its mobile platform.
Global CIO: Can HP's CEO Survive? The Board Talks It Over
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Secret surveillance reveals the HP board's contentious conversation about their legally embattled CEO, whose troubles might be only just beginning.
Amazon Intros Kindle App For Windows Phone 7
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
The e-reader application for Microsoft's new mobile OS includes features not yet available on other Kindle software.
Microsoft Synchs Azure With SQL Server
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
SQL Azure in the cloud now synchronizes tables or entire databases with SQL Server on premises, removing a developer headache.
SAP Admitting Infringement In Oracle Case
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
The admission means SAP will likely be liable for big damages--and possible further investigation--in the suit filed against it by Oracle, which alleged that the SAP-acquired TomorrowNow operation improperly accessed Oracle code.
Really Simple Systems Rolls Free CRM
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
Web-based customer relationship management system is free for two users and up to 100 accounts.
Verizon Maps Out 4G LTE In West Virginia
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
Sen. Rockefeller hails Verizon decision to deploy in West Virginia, where Charleston leads rollout schedule.
IBM Cognos 10 Impresses at IoD
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
I was at IBM's Information on Demand (IoD) and Cognos Business Analytics Forum this week in Las Vegas where Cognos launched its next-generation BI platform: IBM Cognos 10. Some of the improvements put the vendor in a stronger competitive position, but new collaboration features have the potential to be a significant competitive differentiator...
San Francisco Mayor Proposes Data Transparency Law
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
Gavin Newsom's DataSF.org online repository has spurred developers to build more than 50 new applications providing online services for city residents.
Practical Analysis:How Much 'Cloud' Do You Really Want?
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Whether or not you call it cloud computing, the ground is being laid for a more manageable and responsive data center.
Motorola Dials Up Enterprise Mobile Device Management Platform
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
Mobile Services Platform 3 Control Edition adds device location tracking and battery life monitoring for Windows Mobile, Apple iPhone, and Android handsets.
Motorola Rides Android To Profitability
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
Third-quarter financials boasted the mobile unit's first profit in three years, spurred by sales of its smartphones.
Google Updates iPhone Gmail Once Again
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Google rolled out a small update to the Safari-based Gmail Web app for the iPhone.
British Parliament Blasts Google Over Street View Breaches
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
Official calls U.K. information commission investigation into violations "lily-livered," demands deeper protection of individual privacy.
Firefox 4 Delayed
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
Mozilla will push the release to early 2011 to complete remaining work on the open source browser.
Opera Debuts Native Symbian Browser
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Opera Software made a new version of Opera Mini available to the Symbian platform. Opera Mini 5.1 is significant because it is a native -- and not a Java -- application.
Browsers Preferred Over Apps For Many Tasks
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Apple has over 300,000 apps, Google over 100,000 and after just one week, Microsoft over 1,000 in its store, yet users often prefer browsers for getting some of the most common things done on their smartphone.
Global CIO: President Obama's Dangerous Campaign Against Outsourcing
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
For every U.S. job outsourcing displaces, it creates two new ones—so why is the White House so intent on demonizing outsourcing?
The Privacy Discussion Is Heating Up
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Internet privacy issues are getting more and more attention. Frankly, I think we're getting past the point where the only big risk is loss of liberty. More and more, the risk of an excessive backlash is upon us as well...
In Green Move Emerson Unveils Fanless Rack Cooling
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Chilled cooler plates reportedly prevent any heat from escaping the rack cabinet, eliminating the need for both server fans and room cooling fans.
GE, UPMC Announce Digital Pathology Breakthrough
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Testing of a digital pathology system that could speed up patient diagnoses developed by a GE and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center joint venture, has begun.
Intel Spearheads Open Data Alliance For Cloud Users
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Defining cloud services, setting 2011 roadmap and prompting broader adoption are goals of 70-member group.
MySpace Redesigns Site Around Entertainment, Content
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
In a nod to Facebook’s dominance, MySpace tries to regain popularity by shifting focus from user's profiles to news.
iPad Leads Tablets Into Workplace
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
IT organizations have to prepare because the tablets are coming.
Lockheed Announces Turnkey Private Cloud For Public Agencies
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Starfire Mission Ready Cloud features self-service provisioning, automated security and built-in governance capabilities.
NASA Launches Social Media Campaign
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Tweets from Space Shuttle Discovery and a tweetup to celebrate the launch are planned, along with Foursquare mobile app that will let astronauts "check in" from space.
SAP Bullish Despite Third Quarter Shortfall
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Executives slam Oracle while highlighting sales gains and growth prospects.
Review: AT&T's Windows Phone 7 Handsets Tested
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Here's a first look at the HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus, the initial crop of smartphones running Microsoft's new mobile OS.
Apple Opens Online, App Store In China
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch apps available for growing Chinese smartphone and PC markets.
PayPal Banks On Mobile Payments
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
The payments provider launched a two-click Mobile Express Checkout service and added functionality to its Mobile Payments Library, among other upgrades.
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