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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in January 2012
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9 Tech Innovations For Your Health
Slideshows  |  1/31/2012  | 
Wondering if you're having a cardiac event or suffering from a concussion? There's an app for that: Check out these promising health-related apps, gadgets, and ideas from the Digital Health Summit.
Microsoft, Please Don't 'Touch' Office 15
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Will Microsoft's attempt to revamp Office with a touch interface leave behind its core users?
Google+ Name Policy Leaves Users Unsatisfied
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Google tweaked its pseudonym rules after people complained--but some still-frustrated users say the company didn't listen well.
iPhone 5 Could Be Game-Changer For Mobile Payments
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Some developers are betting the next Apple iPhone will have NFC capability and pave the way for mobile payment technology to finally take off.
New Industry Alliance Targets Phishing And Spam
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
DMARC can help fight bogus emails--but only if everyone agrees to use its DKIM and SPF authentication rules.
Apple Now Top PC Maker, Report Says
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
iPad sales pushed Apple well ahead of Wintel giants like Hewlett-Packard and Dell in Q4, according to research.
Oracle Loses One To HP In Itanium Saga
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
HP wins on one ruling, but a judge denies both companies' requests to seal documents tied to the ongoing HP-Oracle Itanium case.
Virtualization Could Save Feds $30 Billion By 2015
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Government IT departments at all levels are embracing virtualization, mainly for data center consolidation, survey finds. But they'll have to jump implementation hurdles.
RIM's Cartoon More Preschool Than Bold
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
RIM turns to the "Bold" team of superheroes in its latest marketing push. But the Saturday-morning-style characters probably won't appeal to anyone other than Disney Junior fans.
Vblocks: Data Center Hope, Or Hype?
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Cisco, EMC, and VMware have supplied a string of high-profile data centers with these special packages--rackmount servers packed with memory and optimized for virtualization, plus built-in storage and network switching.
Invasion Of The Android Malware! Or Not.
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
[Update:] Symantec identifies more than a dozen apps in the Android Market that are infected with malware--sort of.
Smartphones: The New Fixture In Bathrooms
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Three-quarters of cell phone owners now conduct business while conducting business in the lavatory.
Will Microsoft Port Kinect To Asus Notebooks?
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Windows 8 prototype may be among the first to incorporate hands-free control technology originally developed for Xbox 360.
Riverbed Network Management Tool Can See Virtual Machines
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Cascade 9.5 adds visibility into virtual switching layer and lifts 'fog of virtualization.'
There's No App For That, And That's Good
Commentary  |  1/30/2012  | 
Developing custom apps for tablets and smartphones has become the cool thing to do. Just make sure you aren't opening a can of budget-busting worms long term.
10 Tablet Tricks To Try
Slideshows  |  1/30/2012  | 
Do you know your tablet can also act as a teleprompter, whiteboard, heart rate monitor, or even an emergency Windows 7 machine?
Samsung Galaxy Note: The Next Big Thing?
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
AT&T hopes hybrid device with 5.3-inch screen will entice customers who think buying both a smartphone and a tablet are overkill.
Android Counterclank: Malware, Or Smartphone Advertising?
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Apperhand SDK drops a search icon onto the Android desktop and tracks your device's ID, but so does any adware. Here's what you need to know.
Kindle Fire Sales Hit 6 Million In Q4
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Amazon's Android-based tablet expected to boost year-end revenues, which the company is slated to report Tuesday.
Smartphone Adoption Higher In Europe
Commentary  |  1/29/2012  | 
More U.S. consumers hold on to feature phones and dumb phones. Are U.S. carriers to blame?
Commodity Hardware Meets Mission-Critical Apps: Success Story
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Here's how First American Title Insurance saved $800,000 by exchanging its HP Superdome hardware for commodity x86 servers, and resisted pressure to move from SQL to Oracle database technology.
Stolen iPhone Saved By iCloud
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police follow Find My iPhone directions to nab a suspect and recover an iPhone in the space of four hours.
Smartphone, Tablet Races: 4 Telling Numbers
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Hardware makers and network operators provided insight on adoption of the hottest mobile platforms--Android and iOS--via financial reports this week. Here are four things we learned.
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra Resigns
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Chopra, the first person to hold the federal CTO post and a strong voice behind Obama administration efforts on open government, will depart in February.
Nokia Numbers Show Microsoft’s Mobile Madness
Commentary  |  1/27/2012  | 
Every Windows Phone 7 device Nokia shipped in Q4 cost Microsoft $250, minus a royalty. But Microsoft is burning this cash with good reason.
Facebook's Timeline Soon Will Be Mandatory
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Your Facebook page as you know it will be going away, to be replaced by Timeline, a richer and more complete look at your status over time.
Mobile Payment Technology Gotchas
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Implementing mobile payment systems presents a high risk, high reward opportunity.
RIM CEO: We're Not Baking Cookies
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Research In Motion's new CEO says his earlier comments regarding change at the BlackBerry maker were a bit misunderstood. Instead of taking the easy way out, RIM hopes the more difficult path leads to success.
Smartcards: Still A Smart Choice?
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Despite recent compromises, smartcard technology still has high potential for retail, enterprise security, and other uses.
VMware Vs. The Old School: Data Center Management Battle
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
With vCenter Operations Suite 5, VMware takes steps to manage the burgeoning virtual machine environment in a more advanced manner than traditional management tool vendors can.
Apple iPad: Happy 2nd Birthday
Slideshows  |  1/26/2012  | 
Apple changed the way we think about computing and digital devices--again--when it introduced the iPad tablet in early 2010. Take a look back and a peek ahead.
Even At Facebook, Business Intelligence Is Not Viral
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Rather than relying on social collaboration, Facebook had to bombard impatient employees with specialized training so they would recognize and use the business intelligence tools available in their internal, Microstrategy-based portal.
Nokia Loses $1.25 Billion Amid Windows Phone Switch
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Nokia's big bet on Windows Phone operating system hasn't paid off yet as Symbian sales evaporate.
More Venture Capital Dollars Flow To Health IT
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Venture capitalists invested $633 million in medical software and services in 2011, a 22% increase from 2010.
Symantec Software Causes Outage At Military EHR System
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Storage software upgrade caused Military Health System to shut down access to records for a day.
AT&T Loses $6.7B, Faults FCC Regulation
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
AT&T CEO complained about inconsistent government regulation and the need for spectrum to serve rural America as the company recorded massive fourth-quarter loss.
Smartphone Privacy Snafu: U.K. Carrier Broadcasts Numbers
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Mobile provider O2 said it has patched problem that shared phone numbers with websites. But users of the Orange network in Spain report similar issues.
Microsoft Xbox 720 Details Trickle Out?
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Microsoft's upcoming entertainment and cloud services platform console could run seven times faster and dish up Blu-Ray. But gamers may not like rumored restrictions.
Can $10 Million Trim $100 Billion From Healthcare?
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Philanthropist-backed institute aims to spur technology-driven "common-sense changes in healthcare reimbursement and regulation."
HP WebOS Open Source Timeline Revealed
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
HP will release Open WebOS 1.0 in pieces during the next eight months, disappointing some developers who'd hoped to get the entire platform at once.
Smartphone Option Overload Confuses Consumers
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Vendors have bombarded consumers with conflicting information about smartphone costs, network data speeds, and features, slowing adoption and upgrade rates.
Mozy Expands From Backup To File Sync
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Mozy's automated backup service can now also synchronize files between multiple PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
Kaiser Permanente Offers EHR App For Androids
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
iPhone app coming soon; patients also can securely access health records and email docs via mobile-friendly version of Kaiser website.
Megaupload Closure Forces Cloud Storage Questions
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
In the wake of Megaupload, security experts warn businesses that rely on cyberlockers to include service loss in their disaster and continuity planning.
Apple iPad Sales Show Rivals No Threat
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Apple sold more than 15 million iPads during the holiday quarter, and CEO Tim Cook predicts tablets will outsell PCs in the future.
Apple CEO: Three Horses In Smartphone Race
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Tim Cook says Microsoft's Windows Phone can't be counted out, but that Apple ignores rivals and focuses on innovation.
Google Has Lost Control Of Android Fragmentation
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Fragmentation allows variety among device makers, but can cause frustration for developers and lower satisfaction among end users.
Google's New Privacy Policy Strips Away Users' Anonymity
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Google will consolidate its privacy policies next month to "improve" your experience. BYTE's David Chernicoff tells you what the changes really mean for your privacy.
Apple's Record Revenue: By The Numbers
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
As Apple reports its highest quarterly revenue and earnings ever, a few numbers pop. One example: Apple has $97.6 billion in cash on hand, enough to buy Sony five times, or about half of Google.
HP Wins Blue Shield Health IT Contract
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
HP will help Blue Shield of California modernize its claims management and membership systems.
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