WhiteHouse.gov Drupal Detractors Get Buggy
The news that WhiteHouse.gov relaunched this week running open source Drupal software raised eyebrows and hackles among knee-jerk anti-Obama types and a small cadre of ignorant bloggers.
The Internet At 40: A Promise Deciphered
The Internet turned 40 yesterday, and it got me thinking about its relationship to the time and place in which it was invented. The happenstance of its first message belies why it wasn't just an innovation or improvement, but a truly disruptive technology.
Windows 7 First 'Self-Healing' OS
Microsoft baked a number of support technologies directly into its new operating system so it can self-diagnose and repair problems.
Social Media Influence Elections, Not Laws
We've seen how social media like Twitter and Facebook can be used as part of a winning election strategy, but the same tools don't seem to influence elected officials or public policy.
An Android App For The Military
Raytheon's mobile application for Android-based smartphones employs GPS, camera, and other real-time capabilities for use in the field.
Does Driving Electric Need To Mimic Combustion?
I've read that most of the plug-in electric vehicles under development have been designed to mimic the "feel" of driving a combustion engine car. I'm not sure that's even possible, and I don't know why they'd try.
Is The Desktop PC Doomed?
The rise of Web-based apps, virtualization, and a crop of powerful mobile devices have the traditional PC desktop on the run.
Motorola Posts 3Q Profit
The handset maker is looking to its Google Android-based smartphones, like the Verizon Droid, to regain market share.
Android 2.0 Revs Enterprise Features
The latest version of Google's mobile operating system makes it easier for users to get corporate e-mail, calendar, and contact information on their handsets.
Innovation, Not Cost, New Cloud Battle Cry
Maybe folks are simply trying to talk themselves out of the recession (which would be a good thing in itself), but it seems like the conversation around cloud computing is shifting from cost-cutting to unleashing innovation.
Verizon Droid Targets iPhone
The enterprise-friendly Motorola Droid smartphone, which runs on Google's Android OS, has built-in Microsoft Exchange support.
Pre-Beta: SAP Expands BI On Demand (Video)
It's exciting to see this part of SAP: nimble, open, swift, even on demand. Last week, the company began showing pre-beta versions of several new software as a service technologies, code named 12 Sprints and Kona, one meant to provide a collaborative decision-making environment, the other to provide users with an on demand BI experience. We got an up close look, and filmed it, ReviewCam style, and even took a glance at SAP's newest BusinessObjects Explorer.
Dealing With Digital Depression 2.0
I knew things had really changed when I came across a homeless man sitting on the ground at Columbus Circle last weekend, panhandling for $15 million to fund an "electronic Democracy project." One thousand dollars would go towards an iBook and $5 for lunch. He wouldn't tell me about his project in detail unless I put up some "serious money," but his request drove home how much has changed in our society since even the recession o
Google Launches Social Search
With Google Social Search enabled, searchers are more likely to find what friends and associates have to say about things.
Cisco To Acquire ScanSafe
The market for tech companies is heating up again, as Cisco strengthens its position in Web and mobile security.
Google Gains a Louder Voice
Traditionally, mobile communications have been tightly controlled by carriers and handset suppliers. Gradually, mobile networks have been becoming more open, and Google added a feature to its Google Voice offering, so users can more easily run it on mobile networks.
Pilots Who Missed Airport Busy With Laptops
The pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 188, which overflew the runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport last week, told investigators from the National Transportation Safey Board that they used their laptop computers -- a violation of company policy -- while discussing airline crew scheduling procedures.
Google Voice Liberates Voicemail
Users of Google Voice can now choose Google as a voicemail provider for existing mobile numbers, displacing mobile carrier voicemail systems in the process.