News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in April 2009
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Zend Supports Amazon EC2, Faster PHP Development
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Open source Zend Framework 1.8 includes APIs needed to invoke cloud computing and storage services and allows for more rapid application development.
Netbook Boom Likely To End With Better Economy
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The mini-laptops optimized for Web surfing and costing as little as $300 have experienced a boom for more than a year.
IBM Launches Appliance For Private Cloud Computing
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
IBM is the first major vendor to produce a cloud appliance for its customers, a sign of how the concepts of private cloud computing are changing.
Apple Turning To Chip Design For Its Innovation
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Apple's plans for all this design power are likely to revolve around video and power consumption, and will boost the company's desire for secrecy.
Twitter, Microsoft And... Oracle?
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Apparently where there's Tweets, there's fire. Twitter may or may not have a business model (management claims it does), but traditional software vendors are apparently convinced there's money to be made in them thar' streams.
GPS Evidence Too Unreliable For Legal Purposes
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.
AT&T, Hertz Putting Wireless In Rental Cars
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The partnership will let drivers remotely connect with Hertz employees to locate and unlock vehicles, as well as to provide tracking and driving time.
iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Applications
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Users of BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC smartphones are far less likely than iPhone users to download applications to their devices.
Slacker For BlackBerry Hits 1 Million Downloads
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The success of the music-streaming app is another sign that BlackBerrys are gaining popularity with an audience that's not exclusively corporate users.
Verizon Seeks Extension For Alltel Spinoff
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The company says it needs more time to divest in wireless assets it obtained from Alltel because of difficulties related to the economic climate.
Disney Taking Equity Stake In Hulu
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Hulu will stream full-length episodes of popular Disney and ABC shows, using an ad-supported model, the companies say.
Pure Digital Expands HD To Flip Ultra Camcorder
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The pocket-size Flip UltraHD captures images at 1,280-by-720 resolution and comes with software that makes it easy to upload videos to YouTube.
Mobile Phone Shipments Dip In First Quarter
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The first quarter's decline was especially sharp this year because of weak demand and lack of credit, but smartphone growth continues to defy the recession.
Motorola Bets On Android As Mobile Slide Continues
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Lagging behind T-Mobile's G1 handset, Motorola vows it will have an Android phone in stores in time for the fourth-quarter holiday season.
Sony Expected To Unveil New PSP In June
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The handheld console likely will be called the PSP Go! and will be available with either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory.
Apple May Be Prepping For Blu-Ray
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The beta pre-release version of ITunes that shipped to developers late Tuesday may hold the key to Apple's future plans.
Steve Jobs Opts Out Of Town Meeting
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Preservationists are seeking to save from demolition Jobs' 14-bedroom, 17,000-square-foot house in Silicon Valley.
Time Warner Ready To Spin Off AOL
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The fate of the partnership may be decided at an all-hands meeting at AOL's ancestral headquarters in mid-July.
Down To Business: Are Execs Twittering Their Time Away?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Clearly, the rules of social networking engagement are still evolving. Either these tools are shedding light on business issues, or they're just a distraction.
7 Netbooks That Will Surprise You
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
More memory, more powerful processors, and larger displays aren't the half of it. Some features manufacturers are adding to netbooks may really surprise you.
Are You A Super-User?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
A long list of big brand names are outsourcing customer service to unpaid, voluntary enthusiast users who staff and sometimes manage online company forums. I'm just not getting it, and I thought you might help me out.
Pentagon Using Virtual Reality To Treat PTSD
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
The U.S. military is using virtual worlds to help treat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Mobile Operators Think Differently To Beat Recession
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The carriers have seen steady revenue and growth during tough economic times because of smartphone growth and the fact that many users see cell service as a necessity.
Acer Could Replace Dell As World's No. 2 PC Maker
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Despite reporting disappointing first-quarter financial results and lowering its netbook shipment forecast, Acer is still growing while Dell's performance is suffering.
Nokia's App Store Will Require Credit Cards
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company couldn't get carrier billing in the United States but thinks the social networking and location-based aspects of its Ovi Store will help it gain widespread adoption.
Eucalyptus Open Source Private Cloud Project Goes Commercial
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
With a $5.5 million investment from Benchmark Capital, Eucalyptus is preparing to sell deployment, consulting, and maintenance services for its open source software.
Microsoft: We're Not Making A Phone
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company denies recent reports that it's working on a "ZunePhone" for Verizon Wireless, and it will focus on upcoming Windows Mobile upgrades.
Podcast: Is Twitter Making Us Stupider?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Leave it to Nicholas Carr to get us so twisted up that his mere name evokes a leer or a cheer, and rarely anything in between. His big stir ("Does IT Matter") gave way to "The Big Switch" (his book), and just for fun in between he published things like "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Done questioning whether we matter, in "Twitter Dot Dash," he questioned our patte
25% Of Companies Increasing IT Investments
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
More than 69% of respondents say their companies see at least half the expected value from their IT investments.
Qwest Adds Customers, Profits In First Quarter
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company has been struggling under the shadow of AT&T and Verizon.
Twitter Users' Loyalty As Brief As Their Posts?
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The most popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace, have much higher user retention rates than Twitter.
More Companies Requiring IT Security Certification
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The study reflects responses from more than 1,000 IT employees.
Mobile Apps To Hit $25 Billion By 2014
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Handset makers will receive the bulk of the revenue selling apps to smartphones, but carriers have an opportunity to bring app stores to entry-level and feature phones.
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 Improves RFID Data Collection
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Devices may now reliably upload RFID data through a periodic or occasional connection to BizTalk Server, as opposed to a continuous connection.
Graphic Chip Sales Brighten PC Market Outlook
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The big winners in the PC market were Intel and Nvidia, which saw quarter-to-quarter growth of 7.5% and 4.8%, respectively.
Swine Flu Prompts Calls For More Telecommuting
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Currently, 60% of federal agencies include telework in plans for continuity of operations, but just more than 7% of federal employees telework regularly.
Opera Mini Sees Explosive 157% Growth
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
However, the mobile browser is facing increased competition from startups and Mozilla.
Apple Hires Former AMD Graphics Expert
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Bob Drebin's hire could indicate that Apple is expanding its role in the development of graphics technology for its products.
Lenovo, RIM Launch 'Constant Connect'
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The product uses Bluetooth to wirelessly sync corporate e-mails and other information between a BlackBerry and laptop, even if the computer is turned off.
Suit Accuses Apple Of Stifling BluWiki.com
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The Web site is fighting Apple's contention that just talking about making the iPhone and iPod work on software other than iTunes is a copyright violation.
Google Hypes Cloud Computing Over Virtualization Alone
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
CIOs are asked to focus on virtualizing storage, network operations, and other critical business infrastructure rather than falling for the pipe dream of "internal clouds."
Apple May Have Two iPhones For Verizon
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The computer maker may give Verizon Wireless exclusive iPhones to grow its customer base while retaining the special quality that makes the smartphone so popular.
Google Starts Twittering News Headlines
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
As the Internet becomes a more capable platform for real-time information delivery, Google is looking to make more of its services as speedy as its search engine.
HP Peps Up Its Mid-Range Business Laptops
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The ProBook s-series represents HP's new mainstream business laptop brand, replacing most of the Compaq line.
Google Makes Android 1.5 Available To Devs
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The move means the "Cupcake" update could be pushed out soon, and it will bring to Android video-recording capabilities, a virtual QWERTY keyboard, and stereo Bluetooth.
Google Not Connecting Swine Flu Dots
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
Google's map of swine flu outbreaks is useful if you need a geography lesson, but it's not doing much to help people figure out where the disease is heading next or, more importantly, how it got started in the first place.
Amazon Acquires Stanza E-Book Reader: Superior Selection Meets Superior Software
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
The other day, I tweeted that it would be awesome if the Amazon Kindle store sold books through the Stanza iPhone app. Yesterday, Amazon acquired Lexcycle, the company behind Stanza. I must never use this power for evil.
Boston Seeks Lead In Mobile Innovation, Startups
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
State funding and MIT connections fueled more than $500 million in investments in Boston-area mobile and wireless startups last year.
HP's New ProBook Line Brings Some Style To SMB Notebooks
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
Everybody wants to look good, even while they're working. But these days not everyone wants to pay a premium for stylish industrial design. HP's new line of ProBook notebook computers tries to bring business style to SMBs at reasonable prices. The attempt largely succeeds.
Amazon Buys Maker Of iPhone E-Book Reader
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Software like Lexcycle's Stanza and Amazon's Kindle iPhone application could drive adoption of electronic books and magazines further by making them available on more than just the Kindle.
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