News & Commentary
Content tagged with Government posted in April 2009
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Zend Supports Amazon EC2, Faster PHP Development
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Open source Zend Framework 1.8 includes APIs needed to invoke cloud computing and storage services and allows for more rapid application development.
Netbook Boom Likely To End With Better Economy
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The mini-laptops optimized for Web surfing and costing as little as $300 have experienced a boom for more than a year.
Just Say No to Virtual Security FUD
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
What is special about a virtual computer-a VM? It's a computer in a file. That's it. It's just a computer stored in a file with similar foibles and management issues as a physical computer. So why do some people invest virtual computers some magical transformative powers? Do they not understand what a virtual computer is?
IBM Launches Appliance For Private Cloud Computing
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
IBM is the first major vendor to produce a cloud appliance for its customers, a sign of how the concepts of private cloud computing are changing.
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.
Apple Turning To Chip Design For Its Innovation
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Apple's plans for all this design power are likely to revolve around video and power consumption, and will boost the company's desire for secrecy.
GPS Evidence Too Unreliable For Legal Purposes
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.
AT&T, Hertz Putting Wireless In Rental Cars
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The partnership will let drivers remotely connect with Hertz employees to locate and unlock vehicles, as well as to provide tracking and driving time.
Bill Would Shift Government Cybersecurity Requirements
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The U.S. Information and Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 would require more continuous monitoring of systems and effectiveness of agencies' cybersecurity measures.
iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Applications
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Users of BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC smartphones are far less likely than iPhone users to download applications to their devices.
Slacker For BlackBerry Hits 1 Million Downloads
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The success of the music-streaming app is another sign that BlackBerrys are gaining popularity with an audience that's not exclusively corporate users.
Shopping Service Opens Up On Twitter
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
There is a new account on Twitter that gives you shopping assistance and since Twitter works on your mobile phone, this can be a useful companion when looking for something or when you have a question about a product. You just send @imshopping your question, in 140 characters of course, and it will respond with the information you are looking for.
Verizon Seeks Extension For Alltel Spinoff
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The company says it needs more time to divest in wireless assets it obtained from Alltel because of difficulties related to the economic climate.
Google Granted Floating Data Center Patent
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Google is considering floating data centers because of the practical problems it faces in trying to locate data centers on coastal land, where real estate is typically expensive.
Disney Taking Equity Stake In Hulu
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Hulu will stream full-length episodes of popular Disney and ABC shows, using an ad-supported model, the companies say.
Meet The Palm Eos, Follow-Up To The Pre
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Palm may not have announced it, but a new device called the Eos has been spotted on the Internet. It's thin, it's sexy, and it just might be more exciting than the Pre.
Pure Digital Expands HD To Flip Ultra Camcorder
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The pocket-size Flip UltraHD captures images at 1,280-by-720 resolution and comes with software that makes it easy to upload videos to YouTube.
Mobile Phone Shipments Dip In First Quarter
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The first quarter's decline was especially sharp this year because of weak demand and lack of credit, but smartphone growth continues to defy the recession.
Microsoft Completes Work On Windows Vista SP2
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The service pack has officially been released to manufacturing and should be ready to ship soon.
A Great Guide To Picking The Right Linux Distro
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Choice is empowering -- but too many choices can be overwhelming. The key to succeeding with Linux is to avoid the latter without sacrificing the former.
Feds Ink Deals To Let Government Agencies Use Social Media
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
The General Services Administration reached agreements with popular social media networks like Facebook and YouTube to allow agencies to use the service. Previously, elements of the terms of these services blocked the government from using them.
Make Linux Suck Less
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Linux sucks! So says Bryan Lunduke, himself a Linux software developer, at a presentation he gave at Linux Fest Northwest. In truth, it's not a hatchet job -- it's exactly the kind of pointed and forceful Linux criticism we need more of.

Motorola CEO: 'Android-Based Devices' On Track For Late 2009
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Today Motorola filed its first quarter earnings. Buried within the report was a juicy gem about the company's plans regarding Android devices, which CEO Sanjay Jha said will be available in time for the holidays. (Oh, and handset sales fell a whopping 45%.)
Motorola Bets On Android As Mobile Slide Continues
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Lagging behind T-Mobile's G1 handset, Motorola vows it will have an Android phone in stores in time for the fourth-quarter holiday season.
BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.141 Leaked Onto Interwebs
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
What feels like mere hours after we first learned about the existence of Storm firmware 4.7.0.141, it appears the Internet Gods have delivered it for your downloading pleasure.
Terracotta 3 Takes A Load Off Databases
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Release 3.0 of Terracotta Server reduces database load by initiating Java Virtual Machines and application servers when applications are scaled up.
Sony Expected To Unveil New PSP In June
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The handheld console likely will be called the PSP Go! and will be available with either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory.
Apple May Be Prepping For Blu-Ray
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The beta pre-release version of ITunes that shipped to developers late Tuesday may hold the key to Apple's future plans.
Steve Jobs Opts Out Of Town Meeting
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Preservationists are seeking to save from demolition Jobs' 14-bedroom, 17,000-square-foot house in Silicon Valley.
A Plethora Of Pre News
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
I'm still waiting for some official word on when Palm's Pre is coming out, but a few items leaked this week that may point to a price. There's also speculation that Palm may cap the stock of the handset when it's released to create a buss. That's right, we may face Wii-like scarcities.
Time Warner Ready To Spin Off AOL
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The fate of the partnership may be decided at an all-hands meeting at AOL's ancestral headquarters in mid-July.
Down To Business: Are Execs Twittering Their Time Away?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Clearly, the rules of social networking engagement are still evolving. Either these tools are shedding light on business issues, or they're just a distraction.
7 Netbooks That Will Surprise You
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
More memory, more powerful processors, and larger displays aren't the half of it. Some features manufacturers are adding to netbooks may really surprise you.
Mobile Operators Think Differently To Beat Recession
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The carriers have seen steady revenue and growth during tough economic times because of smartphone growth and the fact that many users see cell service as a necessity.
Acer Could Replace Dell As World's No. 2 PC Maker
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Despite reporting disappointing first-quarter financial results and lowering its netbook shipment forecast, Acer is still growing while Dell's performance is suffering.
IT Helps Seal Our Borders
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The economic stimulus package includes about $980 million aimed at beefing up surveillance of our borders. Much of that fuels a huge bet that technology projects can help secure them.
Practical Analysis: Mainframes And x86 Headed For Virtual Collision
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Mainframes are still the best virtualization platform around. Perhaps there's more there than just a few best-practices lessons.
IBM Adds Social Networking To DeveloperWorks Portal
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company is hoping to unify its approximate 8 million registered users worldwide, including enterprise software developers and other IT professionals.
Nokia's App Store Will Require Credit Cards
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company couldn't get carrier billing in the United States but thinks the social networking and location-based aspects of its Ovi Store will help it gain widespread adoption.
iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4 Adds Voice Memo Recorder
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Late Tuesday, Apple made a fourth beta version of the iPhone 3.0 operating system available to developers. One new feature spotted in the software is a voice-recording application.
Eucalyptus Open Source Private Cloud Project Goes Commercial
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
With a $5.5 million investment from Benchmark Capital, Eucalyptus is preparing to sell deployment, consulting, and maintenance services for its open source software.
Microsoft: We're Not Making A Phone
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company denies recent reports that it's working on a "ZunePhone" for Verizon Wireless, and it will focus on upcoming Windows Mobile upgrades.
Will Business Intelligence Software Move to Appliances?
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
SAP-Teradata alliance, IBM's plans and Oracle-Sun deal all point to BI bundles on top of data warehouse appliances.
25% Of Companies Increasing IT Investments
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
More than 69% of respondents say their companies see at least half the expected value from their IT investments.
IBM Helps Arkansas With Real-Time Monitoring Of Stimulus Funds
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The state's Department of Education is on track to receive nearly $570 million in stimulus funds over the next six months.
Inside Ubuntu 9.04
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Critics are calling 'Jaunty Jackalope' as slick and seamless as Mac OS X. We uncover the Linux distro's pitfalls and gotchas -- as well as its hidden delights.
Incubator Aims to Cook Up Potential Cloud Standards
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
A group of heavyweight tech vendors have assembled to put cloud interoperability and security specifications on a fast track to standardization
Twitter Users' Loyalty As Brief As Their Posts?
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The most popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace, have much higher user retention rates than Twitter.
New ProCurve Threat Module: Flexibility Requires Planning
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
HP ProCurve announced a new module for their ProCurve 8212 and 5400 modular switches. The Threat Management Module offers firewall, VPN, and IPS functions simultaneously on the switch backplane which is unlike Cisco's approach with the Catalyst 6500 requiring separate security modules firewall, VPN, and IPS. The cost, however, is lower performance per module. ProCurve needs to increase module performance to make it a replacement for appliances.
The Palm Pre Costs Less To Build Than The iPhone, Storm And G1
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
The price point of the Palm Pre has been a much-debated topic ever since the phone was announced. iSuppli hasn't coughed up that nugget of information, but has estimated that the Pre costs a mere $138 to manufacture.
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