News & Commentary
Content tagged with Government posted in June 2009
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Red Hat To Certify Linux Apps For Amazon's EC2
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Move will guarantee that Enterprise Linux packaged with third-party apps are ready to run in Amazon's EC2 cloud.
Apple Seeds iPhone SDK 3.1 To Developers
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Today Apple began pushing out iPhone Software Development Kit 3.1 to developers of the iPhone platform. The new SDK has several new features that should make it easier for developers to create applications for the iPhone. The biggest new development is that the MMS feature is automatically turned on in 3.1.
Dell's Adds Ultraportable Notebook To Its Vostro Line For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Question: What's smaller than a notebook but bigger than a netbook? Answer: An ultraportable, like Dell's new 3.36-pound Vostro 1220, with a 12.1-inch screen.
Lenovo Launches Four Xeon Servers
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The new ThinkServers feature built-in virtualization, new power-saving features, and several Intel Xeon 5500 processors to choose from.
Is The Pre Poorly Built?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
There have been scattered reports that Palm's Pre smartphone is not holding up well. A few Pre users have been complaining that their screens are wobbly and can get easily cracked, the slider is poorly-designed, and the overall manufacturing is shoddy.
Dell Launches 12-inch Vostro Business Laptop
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The notebook PC comes with Wi-Fi support or optional mobile broadband for connecting to a wireless carrier.
Bsquare: Why Wait? We Got Yer Flash For Android Right Here
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Bsquare says, "Pshaw!" No need to wait until the end of 2009 to get Flash on your Android device. It is already offering Android developers support for Flash Lite 3.1 on ARM-based devices.
Amazon Drops More Affiliates Over Online Tax Issue
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The online retailer has been dropping affiliates in states that approve the collection of sales taxes for online transactions.
Maine Orders 64,000 Apple Laptops For Schools
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
An additional 7,000 MacBooks will be ordered in the coming weeks. Maine is the only state to provide laptops to every public school student.
Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The company is trying to one-up Apple's App Store by offering carriers a hosted virtual store that can reach a broad variety of devices.
Linux Netbook Prices: How Low Can They Go?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Some netbook vendors can't stop bad-mouthing Linux. But it's still the way to go if you want a low-priced, energy-efficient machine that is actually capable of doing useful work.
Cisco Eyes Web Alternative To Microsoft Office
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Online application service would put Cisco alongside Google and others in going after a slice of Microsoft's lucrative Office software franchise.
GPL Usage: Growing And Shrinking, Both
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
If the latest round of statistics are to be believed, the GPL -- the most popular license for open source software -- is undergoing a slow but fundamental shift. But if the same statistics are to be further believed, other licenses are also gaining ground on the GPL.

Realizing Government 2.0
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
One of the most compelling attributes of Web 2.0 is that it transformed the static Interweb from something pushed at us to something that includes our inputs. The coincidence of Howard Dean's intelligent use of the Web, the rise of Facebook in public consciousness and Barack Obama's very technologically-savvy campaign has led to the expectation that Government 2.0 would quickly follow.
Supreme Court May Review Conviction Of Ex-Qwest CEO
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Joe Nacchio is serving six years in prison for illegal insider trading while head of the telecom firm.
Verizon Gives BlackBerry Tour Pricing, Details
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Mobile workers using the BlackBerry Tour smartphone will be able to use Verizon's CDMA network while in the U.S and EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad.
Dell May Be Building Android Pocket Device
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The Internet-enabled handheld device is being likened to Apple's iPod Touch and could be released this year.
Beyond Google Docs: 7 Web-Based Collaboration Apps
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Along with the search-engine giant's popular collaboration tools, we look at Zoho Writer, Pastebin, Dabbleboard, Dimdim, Yugma, and Bubbl.us.
Palm Pre Beating Sales Expectations
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Palm's touchscreen smartphone may be overshadowed by Apple's iPhone 3GS, but one analyst says sales are about twice previous estimates.
Twisting Terms to Make BI Market Share Claims
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
When a BI vendor claims they are the market leader of anything, according to IDC, you need to be clear on what exactly gets counted. In other words, study the taxonomy on page three of IDC's latest report...
File Sharing And SMS Powers Come To Skype 3.0 For Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
The latest version of Skype for the Windows Mobile platform adds some nifty new features. Users will now be able to swap files back and forth, and can send text messages to other mobile phones directly from Skype.
Microsoft Defends Windows 7 Upgrade Limit
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Redmond notes that cap for free upgrades is five times higher than Vista limit.
BlackBerry Tour Hitting Verizon July 12 For $200
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
If you've been hankering for some BlackBerry Tour action from Verizon Wireless, it's time to get excited. The nation's largest carrier has launched pre-orders for the Tour, which will be in stores starting July 12. It will come in two versions: one with a camera, and one without.
600 Apps For Windows Marketplace For Mobile Launch
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
When the new application store for Windows Mobile, dubbed Windows Marketplace for Mobile, opens it will have 600 apps to start with according to a Windows Mobile product manager at Microsoft France.
Sun, RingCube Partner On Virtual Desktops
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Ringcube Technologies' vDesk desktops will run on Sun's Sun Ray thin clients, lowering the hardware costs of virtualized workspaces.
The Go-To Geek, June Edition
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Oh, sure, you may be a high flying enterprise architect, DBA, infrastructure engineer, or coder, but your friends and family all think: you work in IT. You love IT. And, "you must want to take care of my consumer grade tech needs because you love IT so much." Riiiight. How can you satisfy them and still have time for summer fun?
Windows 7: Free Upgrades End With SP1
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Microsoft will charge businesses for XP-to-Win7 upgrades once first service pack is released.
iPhone 3GS Owners Complain Of Overheating
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
iPhones with white cases seem to be hit hardest, turning the plastic cover pink or brown.
Nokia Siemens' Acquisition Of Nortel's LTE Unit Contested
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
In the face of objections from creditors and suppliers, Nortel wants a judge to approve the proposed $650 million sale.
Jobs Returns To Work At Apple
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The Apple chief executive is splitting his time between the company's corporate offices and working from home.
Comcast Rolling Out WiMax Service
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The cable company will be reselling Clearwire's 4G service starting this week in Portland, Ore.
Will New Certification Criteria Fuel Open Source E-Health Records?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Till now, certification requirements for electronic medical records were pretty hefty, addressing hundreds of stringent criteria that comprehensive inpatient and ambulatory systems must meet in order to get a seal of approval from the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, or CCHIT, a non-profit federally supported group.
Toyota Develops Mind-Controlled Wheelchair
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Brain/machine interface transmits user's thoughts to an onboard laptop which analyzes and passes commands to wheelchair.
Mozilla Releases Fennec Builds For Windows, Nokia Devices
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The latest version of mobile Firefox brings Windows Mobile users better support for touch screens and better stability, Mozilla said.
Palm Kills Homemade Apps With Latest Pre Firmware
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Palm has issued another firmware update for the Palm Pre. The latest version, 1.0.4, offers some minor security improvements and one unwelcome change: some homemade apps no longer work.
Apple Sees iPhone 3GS Shortages
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The company has rolled out an online inventory-tracking tool showing how many iPhone 3GS handsets remain in Apple's retail stores.
NASA Mints Nine New Astronauts
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Space agency's class of 2009 features diverse group of experts.
Amazon Drops North Carolina SMBs Over Sales Tax Proposal
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Trying to make up for declining state revenue, North Carolina is preparing to collect taxes on online transactions.
Information Builders Tops Ventana's 'Value Index' For BI Vendors
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Information Builders topped the list of seven vendors that agreed to participate in the study with a value index of 93%, followed by IBM Cognos Software, Infor, Softscape, Arcplan, Actuate, Symphony-Metreo, Microsoft and InetSoft, respectively.
Sony Mulls PSP Phone For Gamers
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
A cell phone version of its PlayStation Portable gaming device may be the company's response to increased competition from Apple's iPhone and App Store.
Review: Apple's Speedy iPhone 3GS
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Its blazing speed and new features make the 3GS Apple's best iPhone yet, but its App Store, and easy-to-use OS are what set it apart from the Palm Pre and Nokia N97.
Stallman and Mono: Not As Mono-Lithic As You'd Think
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Free software grand master Richard Stallman weighed in not long ago about Mono, the open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET. He's not against it in principle, he just doesn't feel it's a good idea to depend on it for anything, especially not the core GNU tools.

Panorama Gets Help From Google In Upgrade Of Web-Enabled BI Apps
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
A new Google Apps client includes a Flash-based analysis application that uses Google Docs in presenting an intuitive user interface that allows casual information workers to navigate through large amounts of data to generate business insights.
Universal Cell Phone Charger Gets EU OK
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Manufacturers endorsing EU agreement include Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Qualcomm, and RIM. Concept has been endorsed in the US by the CTIA wireless association.
Apple Reporting iPhone 3GS Shortages
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
It looks like the iPhone 3GS is a solid seller. Apple is reporting that the iPhone 3GS is out of stock at 29 of its retail stores (as of 6/26). Apple also recently launched a tool to let would-be iPhone buyers check the stock levels of the Apple Store near them.
KACE Offers Mac Management Upgrade
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Apple Macintosh users like to believe that they use the best computers around. And maybe they do. But from an IT-management perspective, Macs in mixed environments have often been treated as red-headed step-children. The next versions of KACE's KBOX Systems Management Appliance aims to level the playing field with Mac-management tools on par with its Windows offerings.
VM Management For Fun And Profit
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
I chatted up a group of IT pros running full tilt towards virtualization. They all seemed to have left their management hats at home... How 'bout you? We'd love to get your view on VM management.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
CIO Seeks Open Government In Brawling New York State Senate
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Andrew Hoppin, CIO of the New York State Senate, is working to leverage information technology to get more people involved in politics. Politics needs more voices from the left, right, and center, he said. "Not just professional voices, the people paid to be there, but the people who are interested and have a concern about the workings of the legislators," he said.
T-Mobile Launch Events For New Phones
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
T-Mobile in the US is holding events in seven cities around the country for the impending launches of the HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Dash 3G. The Touch Pro2 has been eagerly awaited by many, and the Dash 3G might be better known to you as the HTC Snap.
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