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Content tagged with Government posted in February 2011
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DataStax Preps Launch Of Cassandra Management Interface
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
OpsCenter, now in beta, will make it easier to implement the open source, NoSQL system used to manage big data at Netflix, Twitter, and Facebook, said the company's CEO.
SAP Plays Games With The Analysts
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The 'gamification' of the enterprise could make work more compelling, engaging and -- gasp -- fun.
SeaMicro Launches Low Power Server With Atom Chips
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Intel's 256 Atom N570 dual-core processors power servers optimized to run applications that process high-volumes of small Web transactions such as in online gaming and social networks.
Porting Android Apps Won't Solve RIM's PlayBook Problems
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Growing evidence suggests RIM is looking to permit applications written for Google's Android platform to run on its PlayBook tablet. Here's why this is a bad idea.
Facebook Adds Share Capabilities To Like Button
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The functionality is expected to bolster page views and traffic for third-party advertisers and content creators.
Windows Phone 7 To Verizon?
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Published photos show an HTC device running Microsoft's new mobile operating system and bearing the U.S. carrier's logo.
Clickatell Intros Text Messaging Service For SMBs
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The company is pushing SMS as the best channel for small businesses to deliver urgent customer communications to a broad wireless audience.
Will Windows XP Really Die On Cue?
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Microsoft says Windows XP support ends in 2014, but can they stick to their guns?
Google Gmail Messages Go Missing
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Google has been racing to restore messages for Gmail users following a service disruption on Sunday.
VA To Migrate Email To The Cloud
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The agency is seeking a contractor to move 600,000 employees to a hosted system through a project it's calling the "Big 4."
Groupon Launches Group Buying Portal In China
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The daily deal company is partnering with Tencent and Yunfeng on GaoPeng.com, hoping to take advantage of a market that could reach $2.4 billion by year's end.
Guerra On Healthcare: HIMSS Buzz Doesn't Square With Reality
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The top trends seen at the leading health IT conference -- accountable care organizations, payment reform, medical homes -- are far removed from the real issues confronting CIOs in the trenches.
Demo Show Still The Place To Be -- Or View
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Keep an eye on JetStream HD, a hardware-software combo designed to let you stream movies and other heavy content to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads.
SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Mixes Expected Upgrades, Innovative Breakthroughs
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The list of business intelligence enhancements includes long-awaited fixes as well as in-memory and real-time advances.
RIM's Byzantine Process For Playbook Development
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
With the RIM Playbook release just around the corner, RIM is hoping to get some apps in the App World before its release. A developer of iOS and Android apps thought he'd give it a go, especially since he lives near the RIM Waterloo campus. To say the process is counterintuitive or not at all straightforward though is a bit of an understatement.
Global CIO: iPad Versus Motorola Xoom: Apps Give Apple Huge Advantage
Commentary  |  2/27/2011  | 
In considering new Android and Blackberry tablets, CIOs need to focus on the numbers that matter: how many apps, and price of device.
Amazon Launches CloudFormation To Simplify App Deployment
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The service automates building virtual workloads for EC2, much like Kaavo CEO's says it does for Amazon, VMware, and other public and private clouds.
Intel Study Finds Mobile Etiquette Lacking
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The majority of Americans have seen boorish behavior with mobile devices and the number of incidents is growing.
Sun's Scott McNealy Recalls Triumphs, Near Misses
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The former Sun Microsystems CEO recollects brilliant innovations, hiring Bill Joy, and almost acquiring Apple, but talks little about missteps in a conversation with former Sun president Ed Zander at Silicon Valley's Churchill Club.
Verizon Wireless CEO Claims Strong iPhone Sales
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Most of the carrier's Apple iPhone 4s were sold via online pre-orders, which is why there were no long lines at stores, Dan Mead said.
Antennagate Redux On Verizon iPhone 4
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Consumer Reports testing of the Verizon Wireless version of the Apple smartphone find it has the same antenna problem as the AT&T version and is susceptible to dropped calls.
Practical Analysis: User Habits And Making Tablets Seem More Like Beer
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Our research shows IT pros prefer HP as the vendor of choice for tablets and other new wave computing devices, but how are they going to convince users to go along with them?
IBM Tops In Q4 Server Sales
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Big Blue led all vendors in revenue while Hewlett-Packard was number one in shipments as the industry picked up steam.
China Blocks LinkedIn
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The business social media site is the latest to be barred by the government, although partial access seems to have been restored.
Feds Pick San Francisco CIO To Push Innovation
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Chris Vein is now deputy U.S. CTO for Innovation, reporting to U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
SMBs Stymied By Virtualization Backup
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Virtual environments may cause disaster recovery headaches for smaller companies if not handled with same urgency as physical systems, says Acronis.
21,000 Healthcare Providers Registered For EHR Incentives
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
More than $20 million has already been disbursed in the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program in its first two months, as the parallel Medicare program prepares for its May launch.
Facebook Tells FTC To Balance Privacy, Innovation
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
In commenting on the Federal Trade Commission's plan to protect online privacy, the social media site cautions the agency not to do anything that will hinder business development.
Server Market Continues Triumphal Procession
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Gartner says the market defied the Great Recession last year by growing 17 percent, driven by refresh cycles. But next year could be different.
Motorola Xoom Teardown: What's Under The Covers
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
The Xoom is the first shipping tablet with dual-core processors, and the first to run Android 3.0. UBM TechInsights took the device apart and found similarities to Motorola's Atrix 4G smartphone.
The Growth Of Android - Visualized
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
The Android Developer's Youtube channel has a cool video that lets you watch the growth of Google's mobile platform over the last two and a half years.
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Laptops
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Intel's high-speed Thunderbolt technology and second-generation Core processors, along with faster graphics cards and high-def FaceTime Webcams, are among the upgrades.
Motorola Xoom Teardown: Inside The New Android Tablet
Slideshows  |  2/24/2011  | 
UBM TechInsights, a sister company to UBM Techweb, InformationWeek's parent company, took apart the newest Motorola tablet, the 10.1-inch Xoom, the first dual-core Android tablet and the first tablet to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Inside is Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor. In fact, many of the Xoom's components are similar to those of Motorola's newest smartphone, the Atrix 4G. That's not a surprise given that Apple and Samsung, for example, share design components across tablets and smartphones; an
Intel's Thunderbolt Speeds Connections
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Debuting in Apple's MacBook Pros, the high-speed PC connection technology, previously codenamed Light Peak, provides data transfer speeds much faster than USB 3.0 and FireWire.
Review: Clearvale Express Free Social Networking For Businesses
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Broadvision is providing a free, stripped-down version of its enterprise product for businesses looking for a simple way to offer social networking functionality to employees.
Sprint's Windows Phone 7 Entry 'Arrives'
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Pre-orders begin for new HTC model, which carrier promises to deliver to consumers by March 20th.
Local Governments Embrace The Cloud Faster Than Feds
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
State and local governments are moving more quickly than their federal counterparts to adopt Web-based services, according to a Microsoft executive.
Consumers Combine Search, Social Media For Purchasing Decisions
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Nearly half of all consumers surveyed used a combination of search and social media sites before making a buying decision, GroupM Search and comScore report.
Facebook Cracks Down On Third Party Apps
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Software developers say that the social media site is disabling their apps, including Breakup Notifier and a poker game, without warning or clear explanation.
Google Turns Office Into Google Apps Client
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
With software to subvert Office and a test drive program to tempt businesses into the cloud, Google is aiming right at Microsoft's heart.
IBM's Watson Boosts Global Supercomputing Effort
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Mechanical Jeopardy champ sparks worldwide interest in virtual computing and artificial intelligence.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb First Impressions
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
The Motorola Xoom arrives with the tablet-optimized version of Android and it feels like a more complete OS than earlier versions.
Intel Up, AMD Down In Global Microprocessor Shipments
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Sales of x86 processors running desktops, laptops, and servers rose 26.7% in 2010 from the previous year to $36.3 billion, while shipments grew 17.1% and prices were up 8%, according to IDC.
No Windows Phone 7 Update For Some Users
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Samsung phones prove incompatible with patch, which also caused headaches for users of other phones powered by Microsoft's new mobile OS.
Developer Rights Now
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Platform owners shouldn't be allowed to treat developers like serfs.
Watson's Jeopardy Win A Victory For Mankind
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
The IBM supercomputer not only beat the quiz show's most successful human contestants, but also showed what skilled researchers will be able to do as they tackle big problems in the future.
Global CIO: HP CEO Apotheker Is Betting The Farm
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Leo Apotheker's silence has raised lots of uncertainty about HP, but he says a March 14 event will make everything clear. He'd better be right.
HP Upgrades EliteBooks, ProBooks For Businesses
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Intel's second-generation Core processors, as well as a Celeron processor option, will available on the business notebooks.
Microsoft Unveils Public Sector Cloud Deals
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Business Productivity Online Suite and Windows Azure are among the hosted services that will be delivered to regional and local government customers.
iPad 2: 5 Must-Have Features
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
With Apple preparing to announced its second-generation tablet, here are the five features it can't leave out.
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