Online Shopping Has Its Brightest 'Black Friday'
More people than ever chose to let their fingers do their holiday shopping. Consumers spent $250 million online on Friday, a 41% increase over the $174 million they spent online on the same day a year ago.
You Want Reviews? We've Got 'Em!
Been coveting a snazzy, sleek smartphone? How about an inexpensive way to share and sync files? A workhorse file and print server? Or a digital pen that remembers everything you write and creates e-mails
SmartAdvice: Five Main IT Categories To Evaluate In Companies You Might Buy
There are some basic IT functions, from tech plans to an inventory of products, to consider when your company is deciding whether to buy another, The Advisory Council says. Also, weigh the cost of backing information up against the cost of lost business in deciding on a data backup plan; and look at your company's software-development processes when deciding whether to move immediately to the new CMMI.
Politics Prevails Over Intelligence
Just when it seemed that the 9/11 Commission had fired up government reform, politics is again taking center stage. Congress, with a little help from members of the Bush administration apparently, has failed to advance a key 9/11 Commission recommendation that would establish an independent National Intelligence Authority headed by a national intelligence director. While this would appear to deal a major blow to the ideal of a unified intelligence community better equipped than the current one t
Analyzing RFID's Reliability And Stability Limitations
RFID and bar codes are both auto-identification technologies, but bar codes have a much longer track record and therefore boast greater reliability. In addition to stability issues, there are other potential shortcomings in the readiness of RFID that enterprises must understand and weigh.
Microsoft Seizes PDA Market Lead From PalmSource
Microsoft led the market in the third quarter for operating systems used in personal digital assistants, surpassing for the first time the Palm OS that dominated the handheld-computer segment for years.
SmartAdvice: Demonstrate IT's Business Value At Budget Time
Justify the budget by showing IT as an asset and highlighting the business value it creates, The Advisory Council says. Also, look for fit with company polices and ease in integration when evaluating message-management systems; and the key for CIO survival is IT asset management.
Earlier Editions Of Firefox Flawed
Just days after the Mozilla Foundation released the final version of its standalone Firefox browser, a security firm Thursday said that earlier editions should be replaced.
Microsoft Unveils Search Beta
Microsoft unveils the beta version of its own search engine, dubbed MSN Search. It does not include some anticipated tools, such as desktop search.
Cisco Profits Up 29%
CEO John Chambers says CIOs will continue to invest in IT over the long term, despite short-term ups and downs.
BT To Buy Major Competitor
London telecom company to acquire Infonet, a leading provider of international managed voice and data services.
What's Missing From RFID Tests
Many RFID pilots under way don't adequately account for the impact on data-warehouse and business-intelligence apps. It's time to step back and factor in these critical metrics, or risk reducing the long-term success of RFID in your company.
E-Voting? From Electronic Pads to Felt-tip Pens
The security and integrity of electronic voting machines has been put into question during the past two years, and within the next day or so we'll learn if the new touch-screen voting contraptions prove troublesome or helpful. What's been your high-tech (or low-tech) voting-technology experience? Here's a sampling from InformationWeek editors around the country today.