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Content tagged with Government posted in September 2011
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Terremark Cloud Services Pass DOD Security Test
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
After a stringent review, two Terremark infrastructure-as-a-service data centers deemed secure enough for Defense Department operations.
iPhone 5: Top 5 Changes To Expect
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Apple will reveal the iPhone 5 on October 4. Here are five improvements to expect--plus one more thing.
Oracle OpenWorld: What Enterprise IT Wants
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
What's coming at Oracle's big confab next week--and what does enterprise IT really want? Our editors square off on Mark Hurd's plans.
Kindle Fire: 95,000 Orders On Day One
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Amazon's new touch tablet makes an early splash, while Best Buy cuts RIM PlayBook price.
Amazon's Mobile Story Grows, RIM's Falters
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
As Amazon grabs the tablet spotlight, RIM's failing product and marketing strategy makes some CIOs lose the faith.
Oracle SuperCluster: Virtualization Under The Hood
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Oracle's Sparc SuperCluster is the first to pair Oracle VM Server with the newest Sparc processor, the T-4.
IT Spending: No Longer The First Thing Cut
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
Fresh data from the Society for Information Management is the latest evidence that IT spending is surviving this is-it-or-isn't-it recovery.
HHS Offers $13.2 Million For Behavioral Health IT
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Organizations serving people with mental and substance use disorders get grants to improve IT capabilities.
Doctors, Patients Not Using Same Social Spaces
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Doctors are heavy users of social media--but shy away from patients and even online patient communities.
Samsung Intros 7-Inch Tablet; Makes Apple An Offer
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Besides launching the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Samsung also offered a secret proposal to settle Australian patent suits with Apple.
NASA Vets Lead Rival Cloud Startups
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Chris Kemp and Joshua McKenty, original members of NASA's Nebula project, now run competing cloud companies. It's evidence the government can innovate, and that good people are hard to keep.
Windows Phone 30% Of HTC Sales
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
Despite its distant fourth place position among smartphone platforms, Windows Phone contributes significantly to HTC's top line.
5 Questions For Companies Building Mobile Apps
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Apps are the new black; practically every company wants one. But consider these questions before development starts.
Court Drops Google-Microsoft Cloud Contract Suit
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Interior department may reissue cloud email and collaboration services procurement, now that it's scrapped plans to award contract to Microsoft.
Homeland Security To Move Websites To Cloud
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
DHS is first agency to use GSA's infrastructure-as-a-service blanket purchase agreement as it awards $5 million contract to move all public websites to the cloud.
RIM Denies Report PlayBook Is Dead
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Research In Motion quickly moved to squash an analyst report that it has abandoned its BlackBerry PlayBook business.
How P&G Promotes Box File Sharing
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
The head of Proctor & Gamble's Your Files Anywhere program wants to get 18,000 employees on Box Sync file sharing because 'there are a lot scarier things out there' in the cloud.
White House Looks To Moneyball-Style Analytics
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Obama administration official presses federal agencies to use data analytics as a cost-cutting tool.
Secret CIO: RIM, What's Going On?
Commentary  |  9/29/2011  | 
My company has a significant investment in your BlackBerry platform, but my return is starting to erode. Time to step up.
8 Reasons SMBs Fail To Back Up Data
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Most SMBs still fly by the seat of their pants when it comes to backup and recovery. Here are the common excuses--debunked.
Motorola, Verizon Begin Xoom LTE Upgrade
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Good news Xoom owners: Verizon Wireless and Motorola are finally ready to upgrade the Android tablet to Long Term Evolution 4G.
Social Insecurity: 64% Of IT Pros Cite Serious Threat
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Ponemon survey finds that IT professionals see serious risks associated with enterprise social network use--and only 29% say they have adequate protection.
Box Ups Ante To Challenge SharePoint
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
File sharing tool gets an update that includes desktop sync for both PCs and Macs, improved security, and more social features.
Amazon Kindle Fire: Lingering Questions
Commentary  |  9/29/2011  | 
Amazon's Kindle Fire cleanly carves out a spot for itself in a crowded tablet market—and leaves enterprise IT with some security to-do items.
Microsoft Seeks Patent For Smartphone Add-Ons
Commentary  |  9/29/2011  | 
Software giant proposes patent for connecting a smartphone with a keyboard, game controller, extra battery, or even a second mobile handset with another screen.
Amazon Kindle Fire Meets Enterprise: Security Advice
Commentary  |  9/28/2011  | 
How do you secure these devices, and prevent them from accessing the network, without help from your mobile device management system?
Intel, Samsung Back Linux Foundation's Tizen OS
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Android and iOS dominate the mobile operating system market, but that hasn't discourage the creation of a new open source operating system for phones and consumer hardware.
Feel The Heat, IT: Kindle Fire Is Here
Commentary  |  9/28/2011  | 
Like any Android tablet, Amazon's new Kindle Fire is not to be trusted in a corporate environment. But just try to keep your users' hands off it.
iPhone 5 Demand Surges
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Demand for the next-generation iPhone is at an all time high, climbing by 20% in the last two months. according to a new study.
CIO Profiles: Aurelia G. Boyer Of New York-Presbyterian Hospital
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
This CIO is looking to improve communication hospital-wide.
PlayBook Tablet: Retailers Cut Prices, RIM Cuts Hope
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook can be had for $200 off list price. But engineers have dampened expectations for the tablet's Android capabilities.
Amazon: Kindle Fire Tablet Will Torch iPad
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
$199 tablet offers seamless connection to e-merchant's massive catalog of online books, videos, songs, and movies.
Samsung, Microsoft Ink Patent Deal
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Samsung is paying to use Android, and it's also promising to help Microsoft develop Windows Phone devices.
Surfing Naked At Starbucks
Commentary  |  9/28/2011  | 
Think public Wi-fi is private? Think again--unless you arm yourself with an encrypting proxy server, anyone can see everything you're doing.
How To Choose Between Google AdWords And Facebook Ads
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
SMBs with tight budgets and schedules can't afford to throw their online advertising dollars against a wall to see what sticks. Here are some guidelines for choosing the right site.
Socialtext 5.0 Boosts Content Editor, Adds Social Radar
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Social software update makes it easier to post, share, and make connections within the enterprise.
Vivu Brings HD Multiparty Videoconferencing To iPhone, iPad
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Startup stakes claim to being the first with such a sophisticated video app for the iPhone.
Roomba Robots Listen To Social Media
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
For iRobot, the maker of the Roomba vacuum and other household robots, responding to customers on social media is a daily chore just like email, chat, and phone support.
Live Blog Of Amazon Tablet Announcement
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
BYTE.com's Larry Seltzer live blogs as Amazon unveils the much anticipated Kindle tablet.
Verizon Sides With Samsung In Apple Patent Claim
Commentary  |  9/28/2011  | 
Citing harm to itself and consumers, Verizon comes out in opposition to Apple's suit to ban Samsung devices in the U.S.
Big Data Gets A Closer Look From Riak
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Database system adds fine-grained queries of relational systems to NoSQL approach.
Coming Wednesday: Live Blog Of Amazon Tablet Announcement
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
BYTE.com will be live blogging as Amazon unveils the much anticipated Kindle tablet.
Google Redesigns Apps Status Dashboard
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Openly accessible dashboard for Google Apps now offers a clearer view of cloud service outages.
1 Million T-Mobile Customers Use Unlocked iPhones
Commentary  |  9/27/2011  | 
While T-Mobile exec publishes an open letter to customers apologizing for the carrier's lack of the Apple iPhone, customers take matters into own hands.
Samsung Brings Galaxy Tab 8.9 To U.S.
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Samsung's slightly smaller tablet goes on sale October 2 for $469 and $569, around $30 less than an Apple iPad.
Time To Update Firefox--Again
Commentary  |  9/27/2011  | 
In a bid to become a little more enterprise friendly, Mozilla has decelerated its hectic six-week upgrade cycle--but not by much.
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Rolls Out Slowly
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Mobile operating system update will be delivered to the phones of current users any time within the next four weeks.
Google Seeks To Drop Cloud Case Against Feds
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Google filed suit last year claiming that the cloud computing contract was written to benefit Microsoft. Now it seems to be changing its mind.
Marines Release Social Media Handbook
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Two years after the military arm banned the use of Facebook, Twitter and the like, it's now embracing social media to promote communications.
Former U.S. CIO Kundra Earns "B" Grade In Survey
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Federal IT professionals said that Vivek Kundra improved the government's use of technology overall, but suggested his successor take a more realistic approach.
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