CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
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.
Skype Pegs Outage On Buggy Windows App
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
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
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
Verizon To Preview Android Devices, Not iPhone
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
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.
Skype To Unveil iPhone Video Chat At CES
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
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.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
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.
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 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
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
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
Samsung Nears 10 Million Galaxy S Sales
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.
Top 5 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2011
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.
Kno Ships Education Tablet
The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.
Sur La Tablet
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?
Census Hampered By IT Problems
Significant technology issues led to a peak backlog of 12 million forms that were delayed in processing, found the Government Accountability Office.
ZigBee Intros Wireless Input Device Standard
The communications spec for mice, keyboards, set-top boxes, and other consumer electronics will replace infrared devices with greener, smarter technology, said Zigbee Alliance.