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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in February 2011
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GDC: Google Woos Game Makers
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The Web as a platform remains a work-in-progress, but Google wants game developers to climb on board.
SeaMicro Launches Low Power Server With Atom Chips
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Intel's 256 Atom N570 dual-core processors power servers optimized to run applications that process high-volumes of small Web transactions such as in online gaming and social networks.
Porting Android Apps Won't Solve RIM's PlayBook Problems
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Growing evidence suggests RIM is looking to permit applications written for Google's Android platform to run on its PlayBook tablet. Here's why this is a bad idea.
Facebook Adds Share Capabilities To Like Button
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The functionality is expected to bolster page views and traffic for third-party advertisers and content creators.
Windows Phone 7 To Verizon?
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Published photos show an HTC device running Microsoft's new mobile operating system and bearing the U.S. carrier's logo.
Clickatell Intros Text Messaging Service For SMBs
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The company is pushing SMS as the best channel for small businesses to deliver urgent customer communications to a broad wireless audience.
iPad 2: 5 Features Apple's Tablet Won't Have
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Apple is prepared to introduce its second-generation iPad on Wednesday. Here are five features this columnist doesn't expect to see.
Google Gmail Messages Go Missing
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Google has been racing to restore messages for Gmail users following a service disruption on Sunday.
Groupon Launches Group Buying Portal In China
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The daily deal company is partnering with Tencent and Yunfeng on GaoPeng.com, hoping to take advantage of a market that could reach $2.4 billion by year's end.
Demo Show Still The Place To Be -- Or View
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Keep an eye on JetStream HD, a hardware-software combo designed to let you stream movies and other heavy content to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads.
Global CIO: iPad Versus Motorola Xoom: Apps Give Apple Huge Advantage
Commentary  |  2/27/2011  | 
In considering new Android and Blackberry tablets, CIOs need to focus on the numbers that matter: how many apps, and price of device.
Intel Study Finds Mobile Etiquette Lacking
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The majority of Americans have seen boorish behavior with mobile devices and the number of incidents is growing.
Sun's Scott McNealy Recalls Triumphs, Near Misses
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The former Sun Microsystems CEO recollects brilliant innovations, hiring Bill Joy, and almost acquiring Apple, but talks little about missteps in a conversation with former Sun president Ed Zander at Silicon Valley's Churchill Club.
Verizon Wireless CEO Claims Strong iPhone Sales
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Most of the carrier's Apple iPhone 4s were sold via online pre-orders, which is why there were no long lines at stores, Dan Mead said.
Antennagate Redux On Verizon iPhone 4
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Consumer Reports testing of the Verizon Wireless version of the Apple smartphone find it has the same antenna problem as the AT&T version and is susceptible to dropped calls.
IBM Tops In Q4 Server Sales
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Big Blue led all vendors in revenue while Hewlett-Packard was number one in shipments as the industry picked up steam.
China Blocks LinkedIn
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The business social media site is the latest to be barred by the government, although partial access seems to have been restored.
SMBs Stymied By Virtualization Backup
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Virtual environments may cause disaster recovery headaches for smaller companies if not handled with same urgency as physical systems, says Acronis.
Facebook Tells FTC To Balance Privacy, Innovation
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
In commenting on the Federal Trade Commission's plan to protect online privacy, the social media site cautions the agency not to do anything that will hinder business development.
Motorola Xoom Teardown: What's Under The Covers
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
The Xoom is the first shipping tablet with dual-core processors, and the first to run Android 3.0. UBM TechInsights took the device apart and found similarities to Motorola's Atrix 4G smartphone.
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Laptops
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Intel's high-speed Thunderbolt technology and second-generation Core processors, along with faster graphics cards and high-def FaceTime Webcams, are among the upgrades.
Motorola Xoom Teardown: Inside The New Android Tablet
Slideshows  |  2/24/2011  | 
UBM TechInsights, a sister company to UBM Techweb, InformationWeek's parent company, took apart the newest Motorola tablet, the 10.1-inch Xoom, the first dual-core Android tablet and the first tablet to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Inside is Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor. In fact, many of the Xoom's components are similar to those of Motorola's newest smartphone, the Atrix 4G. That's not a surprise given that Apple and Samsung, for example, share design components across tablets and smartphones; an
Apple Releases Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Registered Mac developers can download the preview version of Mac OS X Lion from the Mac App Store.
Intel's Thunderbolt Speeds Connections
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Debuting in Apple's MacBook Pros, the high-speed PC connection technology, previously codenamed Light Peak, provides data transfer speeds much faster than USB 3.0 and FireWire.
Sprint's Windows Phone 7 Entry 'Arrives'
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Pre-orders begin for new HTC model, which carrier promises to deliver to consumers by March 20th.
Consumers Combine Search, Social Media For Purchasing Decisions
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Nearly half of all consumers surveyed used a combination of search and social media sites before making a buying decision, GroupM Search and comScore report.
Facebook Cracks Down On Third Party Apps
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Software developers say that the social media site is disabling their apps, including Breakup Notifier and a poker game, without warning or clear explanation.
IBM's Watson Boosts Global Supercomputing Effort
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Mechanical Jeopardy champ sparks worldwide interest in virtual computing and artificial intelligence.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb First Impressions
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
The Motorola Xoom arrives with the tablet-optimized version of Android and it feels like a more complete OS than earlier versions.
Intel Up, AMD Down In Global Microprocessor Shipments
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Sales of x86 processors running desktops, laptops, and servers rose 26.7% in 2010 from the previous year to $36.3 billion, while shipments grew 17.1% and prices were up 8%, according to IDC.
No Windows Phone 7 Update For Some Users
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Samsung phones prove incompatible with patch, which also caused headaches for users of other phones powered by Microsoft's new mobile OS.
Developer Rights Now
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Platform owners shouldn't be allowed to treat developers like serfs.
Watson's Jeopardy Win A Victory For Mankind
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
The IBM supercomputer not only beat the quiz show's most successful human contestants, but also showed what skilled researchers will be able to do as they tackle big problems in the future.
Global CIO: HP CEO Apotheker Is Betting The Farm
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Leo Apotheker's silence has raised lots of uncertainty about HP, but he says a March 14 event will make everything clear. He'd better be right.
HP Upgrades EliteBooks, ProBooks For Businesses
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Intel's second-generation Core processors, as well as a Celeron processor option, will available on the business notebooks.
iPad 2: 5 Must-Have Features
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
With Apple preparing to announced its second-generation tablet, here are the five features it can't leave out.
Apple Shareholders Reject Steve Jobs Succession Plan
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Annual meeting sees company stockholders vote down a call for a formal arrangement that would identify potential replacements if Jobs' health deteriorates further.
Apple MacBook Pro Expected With Light Peak
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
The company's updated MacBook Pro should be the first to bring Intel's Light Peak technology to market.
Few Businesses Use Social Media For Disaster Recovery
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Only about 25% of businesses have added social media like Facebook or Twitter to their disaster recovery and business continuity plans, a survey by Janco Associates reveals.
Apple Event Ignites iPad 2 Speculation
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
The iPad 2 is expected to make its debut at a special event Apple is hosting in San Francisco on March 2, along with some other surprises.
Cisco, GE Healthcare Team On Patient, Equipment Tracking
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Cisco also demos WebEx virtual exam technology at HIMSS conference.
HP Shares Down On Missed Revenue Target
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
The computer maker's 16% increase in first-quarter profits wasn't enough to meet its forecast, due to weakened sales in its consumer and tech services units.
High Prices Dampen Appeal Of Motorola Xoom
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
The Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet comes with a hefty $799 retail price tag. Verizon's $200 subsidy does little to mute the Xoom's high cost.
Acer Unveils Servers, Storage for U.S. Market
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Sixteen servers, including tower, rack, and blade models will be available with three- or five-year onsite service contracts from the Taiwan-based computer maker.
Apple's App Rules Prompt Charges Of 'Greed'
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
But an email attributed to CEO Steve Jobs suggests it's only publishers who need to comply with new subscription selling requirements.
Google Street View Entering Israel, Despite Security Concerns
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Some fear that terrorists could use information in the mapping service to carry out attacks, while others believe it could enhance the nation's tourism industry.
Global CIO: iPad Becoming Kingmaker For Enterprise Apps
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
iPad's success in business market underscores critical need for competitors to match soaring downloads of iPad-ready enterprise apps.
Microsoft's Drops The Curtain On AutoPlay
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
Born during The Age of Auto Everything, the Windows AutoPlay functionality was anything but a home run. So Microsoft finally lays it to rest.
Lenovo Unveils Sandy Bridge ThinkPads
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The six business PCs feature longer battery life, improved performance management, video and voice calling features, and Intel's second-generation Core processors.
Healthcare App Dev Platform Supports More Mobile Devices
News  |  2/21/2011  | 
Diversinet also has added new features to its MobiSecure application development platform.
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