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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in December 2010
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B&N Says Nook Top Selling Product Ever
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Responding to a recent similar claim for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble said its e-reader was its best-selling product in nearly 40 years.
Verizon To Showcase Smart Home Monitoring At CES
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
The telecommunications company is taking a crack at offering an automated home service, a concept that has yet to gain much acceptance among consumers.
CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
California Agencies Favor Microsoft For Email
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About two out of three state mailboxes will be migrated to Microsoft-hosted email, rather than a competing state system.
Europeans Approve Universal Smartphone Charger Standards
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Fourteen phone manufacturers have committed to using the new MicroUSB-based design when developing phone charging devices beginning in 2011.
Skype Releases Apple iOS Video Chat
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
App allows recent iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices to make and receive video-enabled calls with Windows, Mac, Linux, and other iOS devices.
Skype Pegs Outage On Buggy Windows App
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About 40% of the computers in the peer-to-peer VoIP network went offline in the day-long service disruption due to a flaw in an older version of Skype's software.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010  | 
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
The Wi-Fi Tech Conference Challenge
Commentary  |  12/29/2010  | 
For those of us who see wireless LANs rapidly displacing wired Ethernet as the client access protocol of choice, there was a rather disturbing article in the NYT highlighting the high-profile Wi-Fi meltdowns at various tech conferences over the past year. Most of us are familiar with some of those embarrassing moments, such as the one depicted in the article of a frustrated
DARPA Developing Mobile Networks For War Communications
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
Defense Department's MAINGATE will allow forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to share joint military mission information and remotely control surveillance vehicles.
Verizon To Preview Android Devices, Not iPhone
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
At CES next week, the carrier has scheduled a news conference to provide "sneak peek" of Android-based 4G LTE consumer devices, rather than the rumored announcement it will launch a version of the Apple iPhone.
Sears Debuts Online Video Service
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Alphaline Entertainment aims to stake a claim against Netflix, Amazon, Google, and Apple by offering movie downloads the same they they're released on DVD.
LG To Unveil 'World's Largest' LCD 3D HDTV
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The 72-inch, LED-backlit TV will be revealed at CES, along with mobile 3D televisions.
Samsung Launching iPod Touch Rival
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The Android 2.2-based Galaxy Player is modeled after the popular Galaxy S smartphone, will be revealed at CES, according to reports.
AT&T Expands WiFi Hotzones In NYC, San Francisco
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Move intended to ease mobile spectrum congestion in large cities.
Synology Intros NAS Server Scalable To 15 Drives
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
The DS1511+ network attached storage server for small and midsize businesses delivers 197 MB/sec reading speed under RAID 5.
Skype To Unveil iPhone Video Chat At CES
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
A Verizon iPhone may have been accidentally confirmed in a FAQ about a FaceTime competitor posted on -- and quickly removed from -- the VoIP provider's site Friday.
Top 11 Mobile Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
The meteoric rise of wireless will further accelerate in the new year, with expanded adoption of 4G, tablets, smartphones, and other technology in the consumer and enterprise markets.
Skyfire Browser Brings Flash To iPad
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Apple has approved a version of the Skyfire browser for the iPad. The $4.99 browser allows the iPad to play back Flash video content.
White House Deputy CTO Resigns
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Andrew McLaughlin will leave his government post, where he worked on Internet policy, to launch two startups.
Voters Used Cell Phones For Election News
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Younger, more affluent people were more inclined to use wireless devices to share information about November's midterm vote, finds Pew study.
Skype Struggling To Recover From Outage
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Millions of Skype users have been unable to make voice or video calls over the VoIP service since Wednesday.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Lesser known manufacturers, including ECS, MSI, Indamixx, and Asus, offer sneak peeks at the products they'll put up against HP, Motorola, and other well-known brands in January.
Dell Acquiring Medical Storage Firm InSite One
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
The cloud-based service addresses some of the biggest problems in health IT: data archiving, migration, and sharing medical images across providers, systems, and locations.
VA Employees Using Unauthorized Cloud Services
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs staff have been using Google and Yahoo tools without the agency's knowledge, raising privacy, security concerns.
Google Sends Androids Into Space
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Google recently sent experimental balloons up into space, each equipped with a Nexus S Android smartphone.
iPad 2 Smaller, Flatter, Boasts More Capable Speaker
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Details of Apple's second-generation iPad continue to pop up across the web. The newest details suggest the iPad 2 will have a reduced bezel and flat back panel.
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
Got The Gadget; Lost The Manual
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many techies and their families will have one or more gadgets under the tree this weekend, yet despite Steve Jobs' best intentions, many of them still need a manual, particularly to unlock those obscure but innovative features that just aren't obvious on the surface. Yet with today's globalized, cost-conscious supply chain, many (most?) products don't include a printed manual. Those that do include some paper often just have a cursory 'quick install' sheet filled with hieroglyphic-like icons and
Motorola Mobility Buys Cloud Service Provider Zecter
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Technology that lets users share media among mobile devices, PCs and tablets will be incorporated into Motoblur, said the phone maker.
Samsung Nears 10 Million Galaxy S Sales
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Samsung recently announced that sales of its Android-based Galaxy S line of smartphones has reached 9.3 million, putting it just short of Samsung's goal of 10 million.
HP To Unveil Palm Tablets at CES
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The three versions are expected to be updated editions of the less than successful Slate tablet.
Microsoft Developing Windows For ARM Devices
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The operating system would offer multitasking capabilities to the low-power processor that dominates tablets and handheld devices, say reports.
COD Black Ops Crosses $1 Billion Mark
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The latest Call of Duty video game ties the movie "Avatar" as the fastest entertainment products to hit the million-dollar revenue mark.
Verizon Branded WP7 Apps Appear, Suggesting Imminent Launch
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Applications bearing Verizon Wireless branding have been spotted in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. This points to an imminent release of WP7 devices on Verizon's network.
Google Voice Extends Free Calling Through 2011
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Hoping to grab share from Skype in the VoIP space, Google's giving Gmail users another year of service at no charge.
Apple TV Sales To Top 1 Million Mark
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Competitor Google TV suffers setbacks as Apple announces strong demand for its media streaming device.
FCC Net Neutrality Vote Sets Up Legal Challenges
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The 3-2 Federal Communications Commission decision in support of an open Internet won't be the end of the story, as Congress and the courts will likely be called in to address the matter.
Can The Market Support 4 Tablet Operating Systems?
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
By mid 2011, tablets will be available running Apple's iOS, Google's Android, HP/Palm's webOS, and RIM's PlayBook OS. Is that too many?
Top 5 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2011
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
In the coming year, the cloud will reach milestones that critics said it never would: it will be certifiably secure for credit card transactions; able to host multiple virtual machine types in the same infrastructure; and easier to manage.
Verizon Wireless Prepping LTE Tablets, Smartphones For CES
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
An official tweet and a component supplier confirm that Verizon Wireless will debut smartphones and tablets with Long Term Evolution 4G included at CES 2011.
Mac App Store Set To Open Early January
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Steve Jobs says he is hoping to recreate the iPhone store's success on the venerable Mac platform.
Kno Ships Education Tablet
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.
WiFi, ZigBee Battle On Smart Grid Cred
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The competing home wireless network technologies launch a public debate about which is more energy efficient.
Sur La Tablet
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
2011 will be the year of the tablet, or at least the year that everyone says is the year of the tablet. There will be more than enough devices, but will there be enough reasons to buy them?
Google Beats Facebook On Mobile Web, Says Opera
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Opera Software's latest State of the Mobile Web report highlights the browsing behavior of its 80 million users. In the U.S., the big winners are Google and Apple.
Census Hampered By IT Problems
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Significant technology issues led to a peak backlog of 12 million forms that were delayed in processing, found the Government Accountability Office.
Stuff That Probably Won't Happen in 2011 (But Ya Never Know)
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Apple probably won't release an iCar and Oracle's unlikely to take optimization to home appliances, but our columnist won't completely rule out some offbeat technological twists.
ZigBee Intros Wireless Input Device Standard
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The communications spec for mice, keyboards, set-top boxes, and other consumer electronics will replace infrared devices with greener, smarter technology, said Zigbee Alliance.
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