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Content tagged with Government posted in March 2009
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CA Links Advanced Systems Management To VMware OS
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
CA seeks to remain a virtualization vendor-neutral supplier of systems management as VMware, Citrix Systems, and Microsoft contend as hypervisor suppliers to the data center.
HP Eyeing Google's Android
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The computer maker reportedly may be considering swapping out Microsoft Windows for the Android operating system in some PCs.
Web 2.0: Lunch.com Mixes Social Network, Facts, Opinions
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The startup matches like-minded people in its review community to zero in on what's most interesting and helpful.
Airborne Emergency Rooms Possible With Flying Wi-Fi
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Incidents of passenger medical crises have been increasing as populations age and as more huge airliners come into service.
Dell Offers HD Screen With Mini 10 Netbook
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Other options available with the Mini 10 include a faster Intel Atom processor for an additional $50.
A Last Look at Open Source BI
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Open-source BI and I have come to a parting of ways. OS-BI capabilities, reliability, and support have matured. Commercial OS-BI vendors now compete with BI market leaders. That competition now appears to focus primarily on solutions and on the cost and community advantages open-source-reliant business models can (and do) offer. I will, however, take one last look, a snapshot of the state of the market, before I take my leave of the topic...
Design Changes May Help Cell Phone Makers
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
With the mobile market expected to see a decline, many manufacturers are looking to add GPS, music players, and full keyboards to spur interest.
Facebook, Adobe Team On Support For Flash
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The companies got together last fall after Facebook reviewed support for ActionScript and found that none of its client libraries was complete and fully updated.
H-1B Visa Applications Expected To Slow
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Experts believe the weak economy will lead fewer companies to apply for H-1B visas this year, but that the 85,000 visa cap eventually will be filled.
Sony Dropping PS2 Price To $100
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
While video-game consoles typically have a lifespan of five years, Sony said it believes it can extend the life of its consoles to 10 years.
The TomTom Dispute: No Bang
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Kinda saw this one coming. TomTom and Microsoft have settled their whole dispute out of court -- leaving, as various pundits have observed, the whole MS-vs.-Linux issue still in legal limbo. That is, if there even is such an issue.

Microsoft Offers Server For Tiny Businesses
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Windows Server 2008 Foundation, aimed at organizations with 15 or fewer computer users, will be sold through computer manufacturers.
CTIA: Shock Jock Stern To Talk Up The Palm Pre
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Looks like Palm wants to get the word about its forthcoming smartphone, the Pre, to as many people as possible. As such, it has tapped famed radio disc jockey -- and noted Treo addict -- Howard Stern to give its device an on-air interview.
Samsung Brings Out Propel Pro Smartphone
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The Propel Pro has Wi-Fi, 3G, assisted GPS, and a full QWERTY keyboard for composing text messages and e-mails.
Alcatel-Lucent Smoothes CDMA-LTE Transition
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The company's integration product is likely to be welcomed by Verizon Wireless, which plans to move aggressively from 3G to 4G wireless technology starting this year.
Gartner Says IT Spending Worse Than After Dot-Com Bust
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Companies worldwide will spend 3.8% less on IT in 2009, significantly lower than the analyst firm's "worst-case" October forecast of a 2.3% increase.
EBay Opening App Store In Summer
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Similar to Apple's App Store, eBay hopes to entice third-party developers with a slice of the revenue from its Selling Manager Application.
Detroit Free Press And E-Reader Startup Announce Partnership
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
The Detroit Free Press, which "delivered" its first online-only newspaper yesterday, has announced a partnership with a Silicon Valley startup, called Plastic Logic, that's developing an e-reader. Is this the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between newspapers and e-reader companies?
PC Failures, PC Fixes: Troubleshooting Mysterious Problems
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Our expert shares strategies for dealing with difficult-to-trace desktop computer problems stemming from Windows and hardware failures, electrical problems, and untrappable OS issues.
Microsoft Gives Details For Its App Store
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The software maker will let users pay for mobile apps with credit cards or bill their carriers, and developers will be able to offer free upgrades for their products.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 31, 2009
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Internet ad sales, Ballmer feted, Google launches VC, small business job loss, Intel's Nehalem, Nehalem virtualization, wireless carriers standardize, AdMob mobile ad platform, ADTRAN IP communications, UC paging for SMBs, D-Link lifetime warranty, AccelOps all-in-one management, Hostway Exchange platform, Azaleos Exchange patent, Spam increasing, Conficker, MySpace Local, YouTube premium content, Web presence packages for SMBs, bye bye Enc
CTIA: Samsung Officially Trots Out Its Wimax Tablet
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
First spotted last week, it appears that Samsung is going to fess up to its Wimax-enabled Mondi Mobile Internet Device. The Mondi boasts some impressive specs, but will it sell?
American Airlines Plans Fleet Of Flying Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Service is scheduled for 150 domestic MD-80s this year to be followed by the rollout of the Wi-Fi service on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Microsoft Encarta Is Web 2.0's Latest Victim
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
The online encyclopedia falls in the face of competition from the likes of Wikipedia.
Facebook Quick Tip: Managing The Redesign
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Facebook's redesign puts more information in your News Feed -- sometimes too much. Here's how to block updates from the noisiest pals in your social network, without un-friending them entirely.
BI from the SAP Customer Viewpoint
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It struck me that the SAP Netweaver BI & Portals conference keynote was perhaps too visionary for where attending SAP customers are today in terms of their BI initiatives. Many are primarily writing ABAPs for reporting... Even Business Objects Web Intelligence is a major leap forward for them...
Microsoft CTIA Announcements
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
Microsoft is at CTIA this week and they will be making a few announcements today - nothing Earth shattering as Windows Mobile 6.5 has already been announced and Windows Mobile 7 is the worst kept secret out there right now, but there are a few interesting items for mobile device users.
What Intel's Nehalem Servers Mean To SMBs
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It might seem easy to dismiss Intel's new Xeon 5500 Series processors (code-named Nahelem) as expensive toys for high-performance computing and large enterprises. But despite the launch's concentration on big companies, the new chips also promise to deliver faster, more energy-efficient options at small-business-friendly prices.
BlackBerry Storm .113 Firmware Said To Be The Next Official Update
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
As seems to be the norm, the BlackBerry Storm got off to a shaky start when it went on sale back in November. It was a bit buggy, and users experienced no small number of issues. Verizon offered a firmware update in early December that fixed many of the major issues. Now, a new update is on the way. Ready for nearly every bug to be fixed?
Intel's Nehalem Server Chips Seen Aiding Virtualization
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The improvements in Xeon processors are the kind of technology organizations will need as they deploy more virtualization in their data centers and move toward cloud computing, Intel said.
Nokia Updates Touch-Screen Smartphone
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Nokia's iPhone competitor received a firmware upgrade that improves download speeds, adds a dictionary, and boosts the cameras.
Video Game Play Improves Eyesight
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
A research study showed that playing first-person shooters like Unreal Tournament 2004 and Call of Duty 2 improves vision.
MySpace Coming To Windows Mobile
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The partnership will also open up Microsoft's Silverlight to MySpace developers.
Will Buying New Nehalem Servers Save Your Business Money?
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
Spending more to spend less? That's HPs claim for the new line of ProLiant G6 rack, blade, and tower servers. But do Nehalem processors, improved power management, enhanced automation, and seductive financing make it so?
Discovery Crew Returns Home From ISS
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Astronauts land in Florida after finishing up 12-day mission aboard the International Space Station.
Google China Starts Offering Free Music Downloads
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Google's partner and music source is Top100.cn, a 4-year-old Beijing-based company that aims to promote licensed online music distribution in China.
AT&T Nabs Nokia E71x Smartphone
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The Symbian-powered smartphone will be aggressively priced at $99, a sign that Nokia is aiming to have a stronger presence in the U.S. market.
BearingPoint Sale Could Disrupt Customer Engagements
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
Tech consulting firm Gartner is warning clients that the sale of government outsourcer BearingPoint could disrupt work on current projects, such as the rebuilding of Afghanistan's civil institutions.
Will Microsoft's Mobile Strategy Pay Off?
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
I ran across an interesting post at Seeking Alpha that outlines why Microsoft's attempts to make significant headway in the mobile market haven't yielded much fruit and that they've slid back in the past few years. It also argues that the road ahead is going to be tough for MS. Can Microsoft remain a key player in the mobile market?
Warning: Bad Men In Black Hats!
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
If there's one criticism of open source you can count on -- one that comes back like crabgrass in the lawn of life, to paraphrase Peanuts's Linus -- it's the line that goes something like this: "Open source means everyone can see your code. Therefore anyone with Bad Things in mind can hack you all the more easily." Here is, I hope, another bullet to the forehead of that myth.

Microsoft, TomTom Settle Patent Dispute
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
TomTom will pay Microsoft an undisclosed sum and remove features from its car navigation devices.
Cisco Blade Will Be Built For Hosting Virtual Machines
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
What was interesting about Cisco's entry into blade servers Mar. 16 was the key role that it expects virtualization to play. It trumpeted its convergence of storage and networking data on the blade. But what about its assumption that the blade will be virtualized?
Storage Startup Turns Many Servers Into One Storage Pool
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
ParaScale software enables a cloud-like system for tier 2 storage and archiving on commodity hardware and Linux.
Fresh Crop Of Intel Nehalem Servers On Way
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, and Sun are among the vendors launching products at the same time Intel officially introduces its latest Xeon server chips.
Annual Strategic Security Survey
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
If it's spring, it must be InformationWeek's Annual Security Survey, where we gather and analyze changes in security practices. Please join the 40,000 security professionals, IT staff, and managers who have participated in this landmark survey in recent years.
Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic Receives Major Firmware Upgrade
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
Remember the 5800 XpressMusic? It's the first touch phone from Nokia, and saw a bumpy start here in the U.S., with units pulled from the shelves because of nonworking 3G connections. It later returned, and now gets a major upgrade in key areas such as responsiveness, data speeds, and camera features.
Motorola Dishes Out The QA4 Evoke Touch Phone
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
Today Motorola announced a new handset, and a decent-looking one at that. The QA4 Evoke is a slider that has a full touch screen and brand-new widget-powered user interface. It apes the iPhone and the palm Pre, and is (oddly) bound for the Cricket pre-paid network.
Intel To Launch Nehalem Server Processor
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The new members of Intel's Xeon family implement the company's next-generation microarchitecture featuring an integrated memory controller.
Microsoft Gaffe Hints At Windows 7 Release Date
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Online leak points to a Release Candidate in May and the possibility of a final version by autumn.
LucidEra Upgrades Online Sales Analytical Tool
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Pipeline Insight 2.0 introduces new pre-built stage conversion metrics and best-practice reports that enable sales managers to analyze current and historical trends.
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