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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in November 2012
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Celtics, Nets Score With Unified Communications
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
NBA teams' IT executives explain how and why they decided among on-premises, hybrid and hosted technology services.
Avoid Vague Social Media Policies
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Recent National Labor Relations Board decision reminds employers that employee speech related to terms of employment is protected.
Cisco Pledges SDN Openness With Cariden
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Cisco insists it's been "open" about software-defined networking and will stay that way after its latest acquisition.
Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Apple is now selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5 starting at $649. Make sure you know the pros and cons involved in buying an off-contract device.
SMS Text Messaging Has 20th Birthday Monday
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Who invented texting? Who sent the first text and what did it say? Why 160 characters? These and more fun questions are answered on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first short message service (SMS) text message.
NASA Mars Mission: No Little Green Men -- Yet
Slideshows  |  11/30/2012  | 
NASA debunks rumors of new evidence of life on Mars, but its Curiosity rover continues to make many smaller discoveries. Some of NASA's latest images raise interesting questions.
Apple iTunes 11: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  11/30/2012  | 
Take a closer look at Apple iTunes 11 and see how the venerable music application and e-commerce interface has been redesigned for the better.
5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS holds plenty of potential, but so far consumers aren't loving the radically redesigned desktop. Microsoft should consider these changes.
Apple To Sell iPhone 5, iPad Mini In China
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Sales of Apple's latest tablets kick off December 7 in China, with the iPhone following December 14.
Microsoft Scroogled Site Challenges Google Shopping Honesty
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Are you getting Scroogled? What does that even mean? Microsoft wants you to believe Google Shopping is a rip-off and has dedicated Scroogled.com to explaining it all. (Hint: Bing is a much safer place to holiday shop.)
Unlocked iPhone 5 For Sale At Apple
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
You can now buy an iPhone 5 from Apple with no carrier contract committment. There is no CDMA support and what LTE support they have is unclear. The phone should work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but perhaps not on Verizon and Sprint.
Ballmer: Hardware Key To Microsoft's Future
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Facing tablet pressure, Microsoft CEO tells shareholders that company needs to bring hardware and software together to speed up innovation.
Internet Explorer Ad Attacks Hard-Core IE Hate
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
A new Microsoft ad for Internet Explorer entitled "Do you know this guy?" shows an IE-hating, "IE Sucks"-tweeting, basement-dwelling techno-geek finally moved -- a little -- by the progress made by Microsoft's web browser.
SugarSync 2.0: More Convenient, More Enterprise Focus
SugarSync 2.0: More Convenient, More Enterprise Focus
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
SugarSync CEO Laura Yecies gives us her elevator pitch, focusing specifically on ease of use improvements to the product in version 2.0.
ClearStory: The Convergence of Big Data Analytics
ClearStory: The Convergence of Big Data Analytics
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
ClearStory CEO Sharmila Mulligan gives the elevator pitch on her company, explaining that it buffers business users from the technical aspects of data analysis, while providing a deep look at disparate data types.
Google Counters Amazon's Storage Price Cuts
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Google cut storage prices by 20% at start of week, and then slashed another 10% in response to Amazon's price drops. Is there a storage price war going on in the cloud?
Dwolla Builds Mobile Payment Network Of The Future
Dwolla Builds Mobile Payment Network Of The Future
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
Little Dwolla, barely two years old, with all of about 40 employees in the technology hotbed of Iowa, has big intentions. It has created a modern payment network, and it aims to change how money moves. Dwolla CEO Ben Milne explains how.
How To Outsource Your Life With Exec
How To Outsource Your Life With Exec
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
BYTE tried out Exec's business concierge service at the W Hotel, for only $25/hour. Exec co-founder and CEO Justin Kan appeared on InformationWeek's Valley View to give us a deeper dive into the tech driving the service and how he plans to expand.
Kaggle Crowdsources The Data Scientist Problem
Kaggle Crowdsources The Data Scientist Problem
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
Kaggle CEO Anthony Goldbloom describes how his company uses crowdsourcing to bring data scientists to organizations that need them, using competitions to spur innovation.
Windows Phone 8 Keeps Growing Up
Windows Phone 8 Keeps Growing Up
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/29/2012  | 
Microsoft Windows Phone Sr Product Manager gives us a deeper dive into the features of Windows Phone 8, discusses Microsoft's approach to apps and developers, and shows off some of the newest hardware from Nokia, HTC and Samsung.
10 Essential Android Apps For Work, Home
Slideshows  |  11/29/2012  | 
Do you use your own Android phone at work? These 10 apps go the distance between home and office.
Microsoft Reveals Details of Intel-Based Surface
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
The Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft will look like the ARM-based Surface RT, only slightly thicker and heavier. On the other hand, unlike the RT, it will be able to run existing Windows apps. It will start at $899 and be available in January. These tablets are based on Intel Ivy Bridge chips, and so do not have the superior battery life of ARM or Intel Clover Trail systems.
911 Centers Not Ready For Mobile App Era
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Some of the latest public safety apps offer to let you send texts, photos and even videos to 911 centers. There's just one problem: They don't work. According to the National Emergency Number Association, 911 centers still live in the telephone era, not the Internet and smart phone era.
Big Data And Analytics Expertise: Beg, Borrow Or Steal?
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
Demand for big data and analytics experts is on the rise, but it will take years for the supply to catch up. Here's how to cope.
Storage Virtualization Gets Real
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Four business scenarios illustrate how small and midsize companies can reduce costs, improve disaster recovery and more via storage virtualization.
T-Mobile May Score iPhone Next Week
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Is the time right for T-Mobile to launch the iPhone? At least one analyst thinks so.
LinkedIn Launches Ads API
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
LinkedIn Ads API opens the door for a new class -- and a new scale -- of B2B social advertising and marketing campaigns on the site.
Wireless Carrier Rankings: AT&T Vs. Verizon
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Verizon outscored its rivals in Consumers Reports' annual rankings of wireless network operators, but not in every category.
Microsoft Windows Phone 8, Dwolla and More on Valley View
Microsoft Windows Phone 8, Dwolla and More on Valley View
InformationWeek Videos  |  11/28/2012  | 
On Valley View, we took a deep dive into Windows Phone 8 with Microsoft Senior Product Manager, Greg Sullivan. We also talked with Ben Milne, CEO of e-payments upstart Dwolla, and Justin Kan, CEO of Exec. Also see our elevator pitch segment.
Windows Phone 7 Users To Get Cosmetic Update
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Users of Windows Phones prior to the new generation of devices will not be upgraded to the new operating system, Windows Phone 8. Instead, they will receive an update early next year that makes their OS look like Windows Phone 8, but not get any of the other new features.
Amazon Web Services Slashes Storage Prices
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
At its first developers conference, Re:Invent, Amazon features customers like Netflix and NASDAQ and disses its software firm rivals.
Where Are All The iPhone/iPad Lightning Accessories?
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Where are all the Lightning accessories? It's now almost December -- two months after Apple's new Lightning connector debuted on the iPhone 5 -- and there is still practically no Lightning-compatible iOS hardware available. Owners of the new Lightning-equipped iPad Mini, iPad 4 and new iPods are waiting, too.
Feds Fall Short On IT Project Management
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Government agencies, including Health and Human Services, do a poor job of following federal IT investment guidelines, reports Government Accountability Office.
Samsung Loses In Latest Apple Patent Decision
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Dutch court rules that Samsung violated Apple patents as the two firms' legal battles continue.
Future Cities: IT Priorities For Urban Transformation
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
City planners and their IT teams are setting big goals -- and facing big challenges -- in the development of tech-enabled "Future Cities," our survey results show.
Google Nexus 4 Ships In 4 To 9 Weeks
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Crush of orders for Nexus 4 Android smartphone leaves Google's servers gasping for breath. It's not sold out, but you face a wait.
Windows 8 Enterprise Antivirus Market Starts Off Slow
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Test lab AV-Test finds only 6 corporate antimalware / endpoint protection solutions for enterprises. By contrast, they count 60 consumer anti-virus products available and compatible with Windows 8, including some big names -- like Kaspersky, McAfee and Symantec -- not yet available in corporate editions.
Nokia Apps Make Windows Phone More Fun
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
The 822 is a second-tier model in Nokia's Windows Phone resurgence in the market. It's inexpensive and has a top-notch camera and intriguing software, like a music app that streams free tunes, "augmented reality" to show you what points of interest are right in front of you and Nokia's highly-regarded maps. It also has a display that's clearly a class or two below iPhone quality. If you want a much better screen, you might want to move up to AT&T's Nokia 920.
Is Apple Maps Salvageable?
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Apple is dealing with the crappy mapping launch by firing the manager in charge of the software. But can this repair the damage that is already done and can Apple ever catch up to Google?
Sprint Hits 43 4G LTE Markets
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Sprint's 11 new market deployments bring faster data to smaller U.S. towns and cities.
NFL Uses EHRs To Tackle Player Injuries
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
National Football League taps into eClinicalWorks electronic health record (EHR) system to coordinate care, better diagnose concussions and other game-related injuries.
Is There A Case For Ditching Dropbox?
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
Competing vendors who come at CIOs with a "more secure" file sync solution are missing the point.
The IT Behind The Indie Gaming Company Double Fine
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
BYTE spoke to IT manager Brent Shinn at Double Fine Productions to see how he operates the lean IT department, what he thinks about Windows, and his feelings on BYOD in the workplace. While producing a video game traditionally costs millions of dollars and takes years to make, companies such as Double Fine are using consumer tools like Kickstarter to raise money and to speed up production.
What GE's $15 Trillion Industrial Internet Needs
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
GE makes the case that a more business-oriented 'Internet of things' will spur a productivity boom. Not so fast.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday: 4 SMB Lessons
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
SMBs should mind these tech-focused takeaways from the annual shopping craze.
New Patient Engagement Guidelines Stress Electronic Tools
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
National eHealth Collaborative offers healthcare organizations self-assessment tool to measure their success in this area.
iOS Squeaks Past Android In U.S.
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Strong iPhone 5 sales helped Apple's iOS platform eke out a lead over Google's Android platform in U.S. market share.
Drop Your Cell Plan And Still Use Your Phone
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Here's how to hack a free mobile phone plan. The downsides include having to change your number and not being able to make 911 calls.
Nexus 4 Returns To Google Play Store Tuesday
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Those unable to snag a Nexus 4 when the smartphone went on sale Nov. 13 have a second chance beginning Tuesday afternoon.
Samsung Slammed Over Labor Abuses
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
New Samsung guidelines at China supplier factories are insufficient to protect workers, says labor watch group.
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