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Avoid Vague Social Media Policies
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Recent National Labor Relations Board decision reminds employers that employee speech related to terms of employment is protected.
Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Apple is now selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5 starting at $649. Make sure you know the pros and cons involved in buying an off-contract device.
SMS Text Messaging Has 20th Birthday Monday
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Who invented texting? Who sent the first text and what did it say? Why 160 characters? These and more fun questions are answered on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first short message service (SMS) text message.
Hire A Data Science Team, Not A Data Scientist
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Assembling a group of talented people with diverse skills is the best way to meet your data science needs, says Deloitte director.
NASA Mars Mission: No Little Green Men -- Yet
Slideshows  |  11/30/2012  | 
NASA debunks rumors of new evidence of life on Mars, but its Curiosity rover continues to make many smaller discoveries. Some of NASA's latest images raise interesting questions.
Apple iTunes 11: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  11/30/2012  | 
Take a closer look at Apple iTunes 11 and see how the venerable music application and e-commerce interface has been redesigned for the better.
5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS holds plenty of potential, but so far consumers aren't loving the radically redesigned desktop. Microsoft should consider these changes.
Apple To Sell iPhone 5, iPad Mini In China
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Sales of Apple's latest tablets kick off December 7 in China, with the iPhone following December 14.
Unlocked iPhone 5 For Sale At Apple
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
You can now buy an iPhone 5 from Apple with no carrier contract committment. There is no CDMA support and what LTE support they have is unclear. The phone should work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but perhaps not on Verizon and Sprint.
Ballmer: Hardware Key To Microsoft's Future
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Facing tablet pressure, Microsoft CEO tells shareholders that company needs to bring hardware and software together to speed up innovation.
Internet Explorer Ad Attacks Hard-Core IE Hate
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
A new Microsoft ad for Internet Explorer entitled "Do you know this guy?" shows an IE-hating, "IE Sucks"-tweeting, basement-dwelling techno-geek finally moved -- a little -- by the progress made by Microsoft's web browser.
10 Essential Android Apps For Work, Home
Slideshows  |  11/29/2012  | 
Do you use your own Android phone at work? These 10 apps go the distance between home and office.
Microsoft Reveals Details of Intel-Based Surface
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
The Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft will look like the ARM-based Surface RT, only slightly thicker and heavier. On the other hand, unlike the RT, it will be able to run existing Windows apps. It will start at $899 and be available in January. These tablets are based on Intel Ivy Bridge chips, and so do not have the superior battery life of ARM or Intel Clover Trail systems.
911 Centers Not Ready For Mobile App Era
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Some of the latest public safety apps offer to let you send texts, photos and even videos to 911 centers. There's just one problem: They don't work. According to the National Emergency Number Association, 911 centers still live in the telephone era, not the Internet and smart phone era.
Big Data And Analytics Expertise: Beg, Borrow Or Steal?
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
Demand for big data and analytics experts is on the rise, but it will take years for the supply to catch up. Here's how to cope.
Valley View: Windows Phone 8 Up Close
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Our most recent episode of Valley View took a deeper look at Windows Phone 8 with Microsoft's Greg Sullivan and checked out some intriguing startups. See all the highlights.
T-Mobile May Score iPhone Next Week
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Is the time right for T-Mobile to launch the iPhone? At least one analyst thinks so.
Wireless Carrier Rankings: AT&T Vs. Verizon
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Verizon outscored its rivals in Consumers Reports' annual rankings of wireless network operators, but not in every category.
Windows Phone 7 Users To Get Cosmetic Update
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Users of Windows Phones prior to the new generation of devices will not be upgraded to the new operating system, Windows Phone 8. Instead, they will receive an update early next year that makes their OS look like Windows Phone 8, but not get any of the other new features.
Where Are All The iPhone/iPad Lightning Accessories?
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Where are all the Lightning accessories? It's now almost December -- two months after Apple's new Lightning connector debuted on the iPhone 5 -- and there is still practically no Lightning-compatible iOS hardware available. Owners of the new Lightning-equipped iPad Mini, iPad 4 and new iPods are waiting, too.
Feds Fall Short On IT Project Management
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Government agencies, including Health and Human Services, do a poor job of following federal IT investment guidelines, reports Government Accountability Office.
Windows 8: Let's Not Plan The Funeral Yet
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Even in tech time, it seems silly to sound the death knell so soon on such a significant overhaul. Did you really expect instant success?
Samsung Loses In Latest Apple Patent Decision
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Dutch court rules that Samsung violated Apple patents as the two firms' legal battles continue.
Future Cities: IT Priorities For Urban Transformation
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
City planners and their IT teams are setting big goals -- and facing big challenges -- in the development of tech-enabled "Future Cities," our survey results show.
Google Nexus 4 Ships In 4 To 9 Weeks
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Crush of orders for Nexus 4 Android smartphone leaves Google's servers gasping for breath. It's not sold out, but you face a wait.
Windows 8 Enterprise Antivirus Market Starts Off Slow
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Test lab AV-Test finds only 6 corporate antimalware / endpoint protection solutions for enterprises. By contrast, they count 60 consumer anti-virus products available and compatible with Windows 8, including some big names -- like Kaspersky, McAfee and Symantec -- not yet available in corporate editions.
Nokia Apps Make Windows Phone More Fun
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
The 822 is a second-tier model in Nokia's Windows Phone resurgence in the market. It's inexpensive and has a top-notch camera and intriguing software, like a music app that streams free tunes, "augmented reality" to show you what points of interest are right in front of you and Nokia's highly-regarded maps. It also has a display that's clearly a class or two below iPhone quality. If you want a much better screen, you might want to move up to AT&T's Nokia 920.
Google Play Ends Anonymous App Reviews
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Google links Google+ profiles to Google Play reviews, hopes to make comments more trustworthy.
Sprint Hits 43 4G LTE Markets
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Sprint's 11 new market deployments bring faster data to smaller U.S. towns and cities.
NFL Uses EHRs To Tackle Player Injuries
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
National Football League taps into eClinicalWorks electronic health record (EHR) system to coordinate care, better diagnose concussions and other game-related injuries.
Is There A Case For Ditching Dropbox?
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
Competing vendors who come at CIOs with a "more secure" file sync solution are missing the point.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday: 4 SMB Lessons
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
SMBs should mind these tech-focused takeaways from the annual shopping craze.
New Patient Engagement Guidelines Stress Electronic Tools
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
National eHealth Collaborative offers healthcare organizations self-assessment tool to measure their success in this area.
iOS Squeaks Past Android In U.S.
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Strong iPhone 5 sales helped Apple's iOS platform eke out a lead over Google's Android platform in U.S. market share.
Drop Your Cell Plan And Still Use Your Phone
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Here's how to hack a free mobile phone plan. The downsides include having to change your number and not being able to make 911 calls.
Nexus 4 Returns To Google Play Store Tuesday
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Those unable to snag a Nexus 4 when the smartphone went on sale Nov. 13 have a second chance beginning Tuesday afternoon.
Samsung Slammed Over Labor Abuses
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
New Samsung guidelines at China supplier factories are insufficient to protect workers, says labor watch group.
Google-Branded Touch Chromebook Planned
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Production of a touchscreen Chromebook is underway, reports Taiwanese financial newspaper.
Intermountain Floats Medical Images On Dell/Siemens Cloud
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Vendor-neutral approach expands access to multiple picture archiving and communications systems while reducing costs.
Microsoft Surface: My First Month
Commentary  |  11/26/2012  | 
During the first week, I wanted to throw Microsoft's Surface tablet out the window. Now, my opinion has changed.
AT&T Reportedly Turns FaceTime On For Cellular
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
The carrier had blocked FaceTime over mobile data for users not on their Mobile Share plans, generating outrage among some users and activists. A report says that some users are seeing the feature turned on for them, but we confirm that not all users have this feature available now.
Microsoft's New Data Center: The Straight Poop
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Microsoft plans zero-carbon data center in Wyoming that will use biogas from an adjacent wastewater treatment plant as its power supply.
iPad Is Top Black Friday Shopping Tablet
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Apple's tablet was the mobile device of choice for online shoppers looking to grab bargains during Thanksgiving weekend.
Windows Phone 7.8 Still MIA
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Microsoft and Nokia hint that Windows Phone 7.8 might see the light of day soon, but specifics are still ethereal.
Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Note II Smartphones
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Samsung's latest phablet has reached an impressive milestone after just two months. The company is on track for a record fourth quarter.
Are Windows 8 Sales Already Disappointing?
Commentary  |  11/23/2012  | 
It's way too early to declare Windows and Surface failures in the market, although it would be foolish to expect it to obviate Windows 7 any time soon, especially in business and double-especially on desktops. In the meantime, its job is to recover market share for Microsoft that has been lost to Apple iPads and Android tablets, and there's reason to believe it's doing that.
Google Adds Cloud Infrastructure Muscle Vs. Amazon
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Google Compute Engine's first major upgrade adds 36 server instances to its cloud catalog, cuts prices to become more competitive.
iPhone And iPad: My Top 5 Complaints
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
I've never liked my iPhone. Apple's restrictions on interface customization, storage expansion, hardware interfaces and the battery make the experience disappointing. Chalk most of these problems up to Apple's arrogant design philosophy and its desire to make as much money as possible.
8 Essential Black Friday Apps
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Braving the Black Friday crowds? Don't even think of leaving the house without these applications on your smartphone.
Black Friday: 5 Tips For Online Traffic Surges
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Black Friday should remind SMBs to prepare for spikes in website traffic, not just during the busy holiday shopping season but throughout the year.
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