News & Commentary
Content tagged with Analytics posted in March 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Verizon Wireless Rep: 'Yep, Netbooks On The Way'
Commentary  |  3/29/2009  | 
After a report suggested that Verizon Wireless would begin selling netbooks, a Verizon Wireless representative has confirmed the company's plans.
BlackBerry Gets SlingPlayer, E-Book Reader
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The growing number of multimedia apps should boost the appeal of the upcoming BlackBerry App World.
Apple WWDC Supercharges Steve Jobs Watch
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Expectations include the release of an updated iPhone, since the current iPhone 3G was announced a year ago at last year's developer fest.
Mac OS X Proof Of Concept Exploit Code Published
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The software has the ability to create a new system volume, call to some OS functions, and change the user ID, without administrative privileges.
HTC's Magic Smartphone Passes FCC Muster
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The touch-screen Android smartphone has T-Mobile's branding, and it will be compatible with the carrier's growing 3G network.
Best Buy Beats Sales Expectations With 10% Increase
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The company, which has been moving to expand its European business, says it will delay new store openings there.
Opera Shows Off Updated Mobile Browser
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Version 9.7 will offer faster download speeds and improved performance thanks to Opera's compression technology.
Mobile Round Up: Verizon Netbook, Sling Player For BlackBerry, Free BlackBerry Bold
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Here's a bunch of stories hitting the Interwebs today that are worth sharing. It looks like Verizon Wireless may hop on the netbook bandwagon, while Sling Media is now offering a 1.0 release of its Sling Player for BlackBerries, and AT&T customers can get the BlackBerry Bold for free.
Verizon May Begin Selling Netbooks
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The move would let the carrier cash in on the red-hot netbook market and keep pace with rival AT&T.
bMighty News Flash: Friday March 27, 2009
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Small businesses want less stimulus, more tax cuts, free small businesses resources, Amazon, Google, IBM layoffs, Facebook needs $, Google Checkout fees rise, SMBs virtualize blades, Sun VDI 3, Microsoft attacks Mac, Apple WWDC, Windows 7 Release Candidate, Verizon netbooks, Accolade Systems sues Apple, Skype for iPhone, Opera Mobile 9.7, BlackBerry SlingPlayer, U4EA/Vidtel video communication services, TNCI integrated communications, Conf
iPhone With Skype May Be Right Around The Corner
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Many mobile phone users had been looking for Skype's partnership with iSkoot to provide the link.
First Mobile Wimax Device From Samsung Will Be An Internet Tablet
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Samsung accidentally provided some information about its first handheld Wimax device for the U.S. market. The SWD-M100 Mondi resembles the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet and OQO model 2+. It has a touch screen, which slides up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Many questions remain, though.
Microsoft Ad Takes Swipe At Pricey Macs
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Software maker looks to connect with consumers in an economy where frugality is the new cool.
Can Ubuntu's 'Jackalope' Build A Better Netbook?
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
As one Ubuntu Linux release bows out, another is on its way. And this time around, Canonical is clearly taking aim at the netbook market.
FCC Grants Approval To An Android Phone With T-Mobile 3G
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
HTC announced its second Android phone, the Magic, at the Mobile World Congress conference in February. The device announced at the show was for Vodafone's network in Europe. It was widely expected that a variant of the Magic would come to the U.S., and the FCC has pretty much confirmed that T-Mobile will sell the HTC Magic/G2, to
Meeting The Needs Of An Enterprise Phone
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
NetWorkWorld has an article on what makes a phone optimal as a mobile enterprise device. The better IT managers are realizing that end users want devices with cool features and recognize that the carriers are more interested in catering to users and not IT departments. In the US, it is too expensive to consider buying unlocked devices of your choice for dozens or hundreds of users, so you have to be satisf
Nvidia Countersues Intel In Nehalem Licensing Dispute
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Intel has been in volume production of products using the Nehalem microarchitecture since late last year.
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