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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in January 2010
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SMB Trends To Watch In 2010
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Technology consultants Access Markets International Partners have pointed to six trends among small and medium businesses that, they say, deserve more attention.
Google Docs, Sites Dropping IE 6 Support
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Old browsers are being put out to pasture so new Web technologies can run free.
Apple iPad Arrives Amid Controversy
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Skeptics dismiss the iPad as underwhelming and limiting while developers see dollar signs.
The Fritz & David Show: What a Week! Apple, Oracle, Rant
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
January 2010 won't go quietly, nor will Techweb's Chief Content Officer, David Berlind and I in our second podcast version of The Fritz & David Show where we give some of our final thoughts no the Apple iPad, and summarize the announcements coming from Oracle this week.
HP Extends Financing Plans
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
SMBs can get 0% lease financing on HP products for either 12-month or 36-month terms, with an option to purchase at the end of the lease. Both programs go into effect on Monday, February 1..
Search Keywords Mean Business
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Businesses that focus on branded searches may be missing out on the visitor traffic that comes from generic search terms.
Mobile Handset Sales Rebound
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Manufacturers shipped 15% more mobile phones in the fourth quarter of 2009 than in the third quarter, researcher says.
Six Things To Like About The Apple iPad
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
The iPad is certainly missing a lot of features, but there's still plenty to like. Here are six features of the iPad that I think many will find appealing.
Down To Business: What Could Doom The IT Recovery?
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
The economy (stupid). Absent more responsible and disciplined fiscal policies, the U.S. tech rebound will be a short-lived phenomenon.
iPad Debut Swamps Social Networks
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Launch of Apple's highly anticipated tablet-style computer prompts record chatter on Twitter and other services.
iPad And SMBs, Take Two
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Now that we've all found out what Apple has had up its sleeve all these months, we can start to assess the iPad's usefulness for business more confidently. At least one possible use case is clearly out the window -- at least for now -- but the demo introduced one no one had thought about.
Global CIO: Oracle's Ellison Challenges IBM, NetApp And—Well—Everyone
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Is Larry Ellison's silicon-to-application strategy the next wave, or is he 50 years out of phase?
Full Nelson Video: iPad Revealed
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
View a video demonstration, and read my thoughts on why I wouldn't buy Apple's latest must-have device if it were available today.
Google Social Search Reaches Beta
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
It just got easier to tap the wisdom of your friends online.
iPad Missing 'Something Important'
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Adobe says no Flash support means Apple's hot new tablet is incompatible with millions of Web sites.
Tech Resellers See Revenue Gain
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Commercial resellers saw a rise in sales in December, indicating that tech spending among small and medium-sized businesses is on the rebound.
Does The Apple iPad Have Value For SMBs?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
For SMBs, at least, the most useful part of the new Apple iPad may be an accessory.
Samsung 3D TV Mass Production Begins
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Some analysts say the market for 3D television will take about 10 years to reach more than half of the U.S. population.
Apple Releases iPad SDK In Beta
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
The software development kit is available to individuals and enterprises who wish to build proprietary tablet applications.
Apple iPad Backlash Begins
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The pre-release hype has given way to complaints about the device's supposed shortcomings.
Live Blog From Apple's iPad Launch
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Being one of the lucky few to have scored a press pass into Apple's highly secretive launch event today, I will be live blogging the announcement with text and photos as it happens. So, starting at around 11:30 AM ET, be sure to refresh this blog entry (and refresh often) as I frantically attempt to bring you all there is to know about Apple's tablet (or whatever it is) in real time.
Global CIO: Apple's Steve Jobs Torpedoes Another Stale Business Model
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Jobs and the iPad are revolutionizing the book business while picking a big fight with Amazon. What can you learn?
Symantec To Offer Hosted Medical Image Archiving
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The security vendor's hosted storage archiving service will provide hospitals with disaster recovery capabilities for medical images.
MSI Launches Atom N450 Netbook
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The Wind U135 is powered by Intel's 1.66-GHz "Pine Trail" processor, which enables manufacturers to build smaller, more energy efficient netbooks.
Apple iPad Promises Media Revolution
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The early speculation is that the tablet brings publishers hopes of new revenue for digital content while ushering in a shift in how users interact with the Web.
Trade Commission To Investigate Apple
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The U.S. International Trade Commission will explore Nokia's complaint that Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe on the phone maker's patents.
PC Graphics Chips Rebound
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
In the fourth quarter of 2009 Intel led the market with a 55.2% share, followed by Nvidia with 24.3%, and Advanced Micro Devices with 19.9%.
Apple Tablet Details Leaked
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
Apple's partners and other insiders may have jumped the gun in early morning television interviews.
McGraw-Hill CEO Confirms Apple Tablet Details, Deal; Engadget Has Photo
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
On the eve of one of Apple's most yet anticipated product launches in history, McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw pre-empted Apple CEO Steve Jobs when he let slip confirmation on CNBC (video below) that Apple is indeed launching a tablet later today (Jan 27, 2010). McGraw revealed that it will run on the iPhone OS as well as details of the company's dealings with Apple. Separately, tech gadget site Engadget.com has what appears to be some very convincing photos of the device which it estimates to be 9
Global Social Media Week Kicks Off Monday
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
If you live in one of the six cities participating in Global Social Media Week, next week is jam-packed with parties, networking and educational events.
Dell Bets On iSCSI For Networking Convergence
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
iSCSI serves as a satisfactory basis for implementing converged networking over 1 Gb Ethernet broadly used in corporate networking and data centers, Dell says.
Review: Remote Access Options For iPhone Users
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
A new review takes a look at two of the most popular applications designed to give iPhone users remote access to their desktop PCs.
PC Processor Shipments Surge 31%
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The worldwide microprocessor market left the recession behind, buoyed by growth in mainstream and performance processors for laptops and desktops and X86 server chips.
Cisco Introduces Financing Plan For SMBs
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Small and midsize businesses can get three-year, zero-percent financing on products and services ranging in price up to $250,000.
Full Nelson: Apple's Tablet Is Naturally Corporate
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
With a Kindle-thin device that can play music and serve books and navigate the Web and run enterprise-class apps, you've got your Burberry satchel and away you go. But there are caveats.
Truckers Hit With Nationwide Texting Ban
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Feds say drivers of big rigs and buses could face criminal and civil penalties if caught using their mobile devices on the road.
Most Hospitals Increasing IT Spending
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Government regulatory issues and financial incentives were named as the top drivers in a survey of hospital IT executives.
Mars Rover Not Dead, Just Stunned
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The robot is wedged in the Martian sand, but NASA insists it will continue to function if it can survive the oncoming winter.
Verizon Posts $653 Million Loss In 4Q
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The company said it took a major hit from costs related to layoffs in its landline division, but saw growth in its wireless business.
AOL Buys Online Video Firm
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The $36.5 million acquisition of StudioNow will allow AOL to distribute professionally created video through its Seed.com site.
Apple Defends iPhone Partner AT&T
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The iPhone maker says it's confident its exclusive U.S. carrier will improve the network traffic problems that have plagued users.
Mobile Cloud Services Ready to Take Flight
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Two of the IT industrys hottest markets, mobility and cloud computing, are poised to coalesce. Juniper Research projects that the worldwide mobile cloud services market will reach $9.5 billion, in part because of the adoption of new mobile application development standards.
Apple Profits Up 50%
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Mac sales jumped 33% from a year ago, and iPhone sales showed 100% unit growth.
Global CIO: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Top 10 Reasons For Buying Sun
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
New customer value, Sun's great technology, an IBM fixation, resetting the IT landscape, something deeply personal, and more.
Judge Slashes Music Sharing Fine
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
The $1.92 million fine levied against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for illegally downloading music was cut to $54,000.
Netezza Intros Entry Level Data Warehouse Appliance
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Rather than taking Microsoft and Oracle head on, Netezza's Skimmer is focusing on application-specific offerings from partners.
AMD Unveils Budget Processors
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Three of the chips are priced below $100 and targeted for low-cost Windows 7 desktops.
IBM, Mayo Partner On Aneurysm Diagnostics
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Advanced medical imaging, analytics, workflow software, and private clouds are helping Mayo Clinic doctors detect the brain disease -- and the technologies could aid other research.
Apple Tablet Revealed By Analytics Data
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Flurry, a company that collects online data about ads, claims to have detected Apple's widely anticipated tablet device.
Motorola Files Trade Complaint Against RIM
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is selling products that infringe on five Motorola patents, the complaint claims.
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