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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in December 2008
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The Internet's Cool, But TV Remains Ad King
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
A Deloitte survey also finds that nearly six in 10 U.S. consumers would like to easily integrate their televisions with their computers to download or watch online content.
LG Adds CinemaNow, YouTube Access To Blu-Ray Player
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The new services will be available on Network Blu-ray Disc Players shipping in the first half of next year.
Microsoft Scrambling To Thaw Zune Freeze
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The incident is unlikely to help Microsoft gain ground against Apple's iPod, which accounts for about three-quarters of the digital music player market.
China Approves 3G Licenses
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The rollout could lead to big business for the likes of Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola, but questions remain about which companies will get 3G contracts.
Dell Unveils Massive Reorganization
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
To try to stem declining revenue and profits, the PC maker will change its business sales and marketing approach from a regional to a global strategy.
What Ever Happened To On/Off Switches?
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
On this last day of 2008, among the many forecasts and prognostications for the next year, I'd like to take a moment to ponder a subtle change that already has occurred.
Green Stories To Watch In 2009, Part 2
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
Yesterday, I wrote of five green IT stories worth following in 2009: Energy Star data centers; cap and trade, carbon offsets and RECs; federal business energy tax credits; e-waste; and corporate purchases of green IT equipment. Here are five more:
Cisco Comes To A Home Near You
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
Cisco is going to launch a new product at the Consumer Electronics Show in January intended to "take on" Apple, Sony, and other brands that sell technology products to regular folks.
Consumers Don't See Mobile Banking As Secure
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A research report recommends banks adopt a login method beyond user name and password, and provide e-mail alerts for particular conditions like a large withdrawal.
Sony PS3 Costs Less To Make, But Still A Money Loser
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A teardown analysis by iSuppli finds that the latest PS3 costs $448.73 to make, or 35% less than the $690.23 for the first-generation model.
Home Networking: Next Big Thing For Consumer Devices
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A Parks Associates survey suggests 2009 will center largely on connecting digital cameras, photo frames, and mobile phones.
Sprint Increases Payments To Virgin Mobile
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
At last count, Sprint had slightly more than 50 million subscribers.
Samsung Building Its Own 4G Chips
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
The company will bypass paying royalties to the likes of Qualcomm by manufacturing its own WiMax and LTE chips.
Global CIO: The Top 10 CIO Issues For 2009
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
What should be on your agenda next year: A CIO-centric blend of business and tech issues that will help you increase business and customer value.
LG Display To Unveil Motion-Blur-Free LCD TV
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
The Trumotion 480Hz uses scanning backlight technology to eliminate the blur often seen when flat-panel displays show fast-moving images.
FCC Could Drop Filtering For Free Internet Plan
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
In hopes of getting free wireless broadband passed before he's replaced, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said the winner of the AWS-3 spectrum wouldn't have to filter adult content.
Green Stories To Watch In 2009
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
There have been a lot of warm, fuzzy feelings around green computing in 2008. As a new year begins, expect intense scrutiny as green efforts take shape, including data center metrics, cap-and-trade programs, vendor claims of power-management features, and state and federal legislation. Here are five stories to watch in 2009 (another five to come tomorrow).
Intel Launches Fresh Mobile Quad-Core Chip
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The Core 2 Quad Q9000 can first be found in Acer's latest Aspire 8930G-7665 laptop.
Text Messaging Rates Questioned Again
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Industry watchers and politicians say the cost to transmit the growing number of SMS messages isn't in line with the rising fees.
RIM Takes Motorola To Court Over Jobs
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Motorola is trying to keep the BlackBerry maker from hiring fired or soon-to-be fired employees, RIM said in a lawsuit.
Kindle E-Reader Amazon's Top-Selling Electronic Device
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The Oprah-endorsed e-book reader was also the No. 1 item on Amazon customers' wish lists.
Calif. Saying Hasta La Vista To Driving While Texting
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Ironically, text messaging has exploded in the last few years and has become a significant revenue generator for wireless carriers.
Congressman Says Funds Needed For Digital TV Converters, Call Centers
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
A government agency is projecting a shortage of coupons for analog-to-digital converter boxes.
Getting Started With Your New iPod Touch
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
The iPod Touch was a hugely popular gift for Christmas last week. If you got an iPod Touch or iPhone, read on for pointers to our favorite free and cheap iPod Touch apps. And if you didn't get an iPhone or Touch, we have some alternatives for you.
Samsung's 8-Megapixel Innov8 Coming To AT&T
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The Symbian-powered smartphone, with its high-caliber camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, will be compatible with AT&T's networks.
Winter Storm Causes Major AT&T Outages
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The large scale voice and data outages came as Wal-Mart began selling Apple's iPhone 3G in thousands of stores.
New Hampshire Considers Ban On Texting While Driving
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Washington state, Alaska, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Minnesota, and New Jersey all have similar bans in effect.
Palm Gets a Needed Christmas Present
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
Struggling to maintain a leading position in the smartphone space, Palm received a much needed cash infusion. Once a leader in this space, the company has recently struggled to remain relevant as high profile companies entered this space. In response, Palm has staked its future on its new Nova operating system, and the money could be used to help promote it.
Ten Excellent Language Translators And Resources
Commentary  |  12/28/2008  | 
I've spent the last few years attempting to learn German. Initially, I attended German language classes at the Goethe Institute. Last year, I moved to a new city with no Goethe Institute and my schedule made it nearly impossible to find a class that would fit my schedule. Naturally, I turned to the Internet to continue my education, and here are 10 tools to translate content and interact with others who speak German.
Wal-Mart Sells Apple iPhone, $99 Models Available
News  |  12/28/2008  | 
Consumers can find great deals on the 8-GB version of the smartphone, but only at a handful of retailers.
A Service Holiday As The Ultimate Gift
Commentary  |  12/26/2008  | 
"For sale" is certainly a purchase motivator, but the gift of help -- even if but for a day -- might deliver value far in excess than that revealed by even the deepest price slash.
Wikipedia Appeals To Readers For $6 Million
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is asking for donations to the nonprofit site. But with more than 150,000 volunteers at his disposal, the question remains: Is it in trouble of folding?
Fry's Exec Accused Of Massive Kickback Scheme
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
The manager with a gambling debt is accused of demanding exorbitant commissions from a handful of Fry's suppliers in return for prominent product placement within the retailer's stores.
Researchers Boost Brightness Of Energy-Efficient OLED Lighting
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
The technology can be used in a wide variety of applications, including television screens, computer displays, advertising signage and mobile phones.
Facebook, MySpace Could Boost Location-Based Services
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
Integrating LBS and tapping into its anticipated $13 billion market is expected to generate a healthy revenue stream for the social networks.
iPhone Trumps Storm In Customer Satisfaction
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
Owners of the iPhone 3G were more satisfied than BlackBerry Storm owners, but RIM is well positioned for the next quarter, according to a report.
iTunes Gives And Gets A Blessing
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
Apple's iTunes has received a unique endorsement in a marketplace populated by sports and entertainment celebrities: The Vatican has blessed an iPhone app.
Green IT, Unwrapped
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
Bookmark this page. Contained herein are some of the more useful links I've come across in 2008. They are by no means exhaustive, but I believe they'll come in handy when you're looking for some eco-answers. They include private-sector sites, government agencies, NGOs, and 501(c)3 sites.
Initial Thoughts On WordPress 2.7
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
Back in October, I attended an event where WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg provided a demo of the upcoming WordPress 2.7 release. I captured the demo on video and it has become one of my most popular videos to date. Here are my thoughts on the 2.7 release and why WordPress always seems to think about publishers first.
Plane Crash Survivor Twitters Eyewitness Account
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Twitter also was instrumental in getting the news out about the April 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the October 2007 Southern California wildfires.
Handango Partners With Mobile Game Publishers
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The mobile application retailer finds that smartphone users are increasingly choosing fun and games over productivity apps.
Laptop Shipments Exceed Desktops For The First Time
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The impact of the global economic meltdown didn't affect third-quarter shipments in the worldwide PC market, which saw an overall increase of 15.4%.
EA Offers DRM-Free Option For Spore
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
In response to heavy criticism, Electronic Arts is allowing "Spore" fans to play the title on an unlimited number of PCs through the online Steam service.
iPhone Gets High-Profile Apps
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
HP, NPR, and USA Today are the latest organizations to develop applications for Apple's App Store.
AT&T, Verizon Finalize Asset Swap
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The swap, which stems from the acquisitions of rural carriers, will improve AT&T's voice and data coverage in several states.
Device Blocks Teens From Texting While Driving
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The Key2SafeDriving car key wirelessly disables cell phones via a Bluetooth or RFID connection while the car is turned on.
Proposed EPA Green Guidelines Lend Credibility
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
The U.S. EPA has proposed five changes to its Green Power Partnership program that will affect how Intel, Cisco, and other large purchasers of renewable energy credits (RECs) are credited. The five changes, proposed to take effect on Feb. 13, 2009, lend credibility and accountability to green efforts.
RIM's Takeover Bid For Certicom Takes A Hostile Turn
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Research In Motion is vowing to fight Certicom's efforts to block being acquired by the BlackBerry maker.
Red Hat Revenues, Earnings Survive Economic Buffeting
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Subscription revenue, which provides some guarantee of continued stable income, was up 17% over the same quarter a year ago.
Sprint, Clearwire Sued Over WiMax Patents
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
A wireless software and service provider claims the companies are infringing on six patents, and a lawsuit could eventually halt the nationwide WiMax network rollout.
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