News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in October 2009
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Google Maps Adds More Real Estate Data
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
Users of Google's search engine can now find out more detailed information about real estate.
WhiteHouse.gov Drupal Detractors Get Buggy
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
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
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
Microsoft baked a number of support technologies directly into its new operating system so it can self-diagnose and repair problems.
VoiceCon 2009: Tackling A Shifting Business Communications Landscape
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
The enterprise communications event, in San Francisco November 2-5, will feature deep dive sessions and keynotes from Avaya, IBM, and Siemens.
Alcatel Lucent Sales, Profits Slide
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
A 2Q profit of $19.7 million, however, may help the networking company break even for the year.
Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
Qualcomm Unit Joins Symbian Foundation
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
The move boosts the Symbian platform, which includes a mobile operating system, user interfaces, middleware, and various mobile applications.
Sprint Nextel Subscribers Dwindling
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
To counter losses, the carrier is betting on Android handsets and a plan to roll out WiMax through Clearwire.
Asus Unveils USB 3.0 Motherboard
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
USB 3.0, also known as SuperSpeed USB, supports throughput up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.
Social Media Influence Elections, Not Laws
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
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.
Enterprise 2.0: Challenging Economy Pushes Businesses Toward Better Tools
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Nov. 2 through 5 in San Francisco, aims to connect companies with better business technology.
An Android App For The Military
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Raytheon's mobile application for Android-based smartphones employs GPS, camera, and other real-time capabilities for use in the field.
Amazon Introduces PayPhrase Payment Shortcut
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Online merchants can use Amazon's passphrase payment scheme to ease the friction of online commerce.
Does Driving Electric Need To Mimic Combustion?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
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.
Windows 7 Hardware Discounts Offered
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
PC users can now get bargains on Microsoft mice, keyboards, Webcams, and other peripherals—even if they didn't host a launch party.
Is The Desktop PC Doomed?
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
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
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
The handset maker is looking to its Google Android-based smartphones, like the Verizon Droid, to regain market share.
Practical Analysis: Time To Embrace The Netbook
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
One thing's for certain: The computing device policy you laid down a few years ago won't do anymore.
Nortel Sells LTE Packet Assets To Hitachi
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
The $10 million deal for long term evolution technology will enable Hitachi to support the transfer of data from 3G networks to next-generation mobile broadband.
Qwest Profits Dip, But Outlook Brightens
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Its next-generation network backbone facilities will deliver 100 Gbps speeds and will be implemented next year.
Android 2.0 Revs Enterprise Features
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
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.
Xerox Unveiling Enterprise Print Services
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Xerox is expanding its enterprise print services to support home and remote locations and help enterprise customers cut costs and improve efficiency.
Sony Recalls 69,000 Vaio AC Adapters
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Sony and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warn the devices could deliver an electrical shock to users.
Google Launches Music Service
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Look out iTunes and Amazon, Google has integrated songs into its search results.
Windows 7 Could Spark Move To 64-Bit
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
More robust architecture would help business users better cope with information overload.
Innovation, Not Cost, New Cloud Battle Cry
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
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.
Google's 'Gov Cloud' Wins $7.2 Million Los Angeles Contract
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The City of Los Angeles plans to replace its Novell GroupWise e-mail system with Google Apps, partly using anti-trust settlement money paid by Microsoft.
Verizon Droid Targets iPhone
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The enterprise-friendly Motorola Droid smartphone, which runs on Google's Android OS, has built-in Microsoft Exchange support.
Google Unveils Free Navigation Service For Android 2.0 Devices
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Turn-by-turn directions will soon be available to users of Android 2.0 devices, like Verizon's Droid, courtesy of Google.
Boingo Rolls Out Wi-Fi For BlackBerry
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
BlackBerry owners using the service are automatically alerted when they are in range of a Boingo Wi-Fi hotspot.
Pre-Beta: SAP Expands BI On Demand (Video)
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
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.
Smartphone Boom Challenging PC Makers
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
A shift in mobile computing from laptops to smaller devices is forcing PC makers to adjust, research firm says.
Ericsson Shuffles Top Management
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The wireless networking equipment maker has named a new CEO and CFO.
Barnes & Noble To Sell Plastic Logic eReader
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The high-end device will fill out Amazon's upcoming product line, to compete with Amazon's Kindle.
Google CEO Imagines Era Of Mobile Supercomputers
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The future, as Eric Schmidt describes it, belongs to smart phones and data centers.
Dealing With Digital Depression 2.0
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
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
Symbian Kick Starts Developer Program
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Developers in the Horizon program will be able to more efficiently distribute applications for Symbian, the most widely used mobile OS.
Dell Unveils Thin, Light Convertible Tablet
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The new system is designed for use in harsh environments, such as military, police, field-service and factory floors.
Lithium Batteries On The Hot Seat Over Airline Fires
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
The mantra for today's portable device batteries is "better, stronger and longer." When they take to the sky, however, "snap, crackle, pop!" might be more appropriate.
Verizon CEO: iPhone Deal 'In Apple's Court'
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The Verizon Wireless network is positioned to handle heavy smartphone usage, but it's Apple's call, says Verizon chief.
Windows 7 Boosts Laptop Battery Life
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Collaboration between Intel and Microsoft means at least an extra hour of power, vendors claim.
Google Launches Social Search
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
With Google Social Search enabled, searchers are more likely to find what friends and associates have to say about things.
Cisco To Acquire ScanSafe
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The market for tech companies is heating up again, as Cisco strengthens its position in Web and mobile security.
T-Mobile: No Contract, No Problem
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The wireless carrier is offering no-contract service plans and revised pricing for voice, text, and data services.
Tilera Readies Processors With 100 Cores
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Porting servers and data centers to multi-core TILE-Gx chips may be a challenge as the x86 architecture used by Intel and AMD remains the industry standard.
Google Gains a Louder Voice
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
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
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
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.
Lenovo Unveils Six Win 7 Laptops, Desktops
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
The systems include custom software to speed start-up and shutdown.
Google Voice Liberates Voicemail
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Users of Google Voice can now choose Google as a voicemail provider for existing mobile numbers, displacing mobile carrier voicemail systems in the process.
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