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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in April 2010
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Microsoft IE9 Throws Weight Behind H.264 Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Supporters of license-free video codecs immediately decried the announcement as proof that Microsoft doesn't really support an open Web.
Adobe CEO Calls Jobs' Flash Complaint 'Smokescreen'
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Shantanu Narayen sees Apple's restrictions making life difficult for developers who want to create content on multiple platforms.
Avatar Director Helps NASA With Mars Cameras
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
James Cameron is working with the space agency to outfit the next-generation rover, Curiosity, with 3D cameras.
Acer Preps Smartphone Line
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon platform will power four new handsets this year, as Acer, like HP and Dell, gets serious about the mobile phone market.
Mobile Phone Shipments Surge 21%
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
RIM entered the top five for the first time, pushing Motorola off the list of the world's best-selling mobile phone makers.
YouTube Dominates Online Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The Google-owned site reached 75% of the 180 million Internet users who watched online video in March.
Processor Shipments Up 39%
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Chip revenue was also up 40% in the first quarter, indicating that PC makers are seeing the fruits of an improving economy.
Global CIO: Inside SAP: 10 Factors Behind Its Dramatic Turnaround
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
Here are 10 ways SAP's new leaders have reinvigorated the company, redefined its strategy, and reestablished the primacy of its customer.
Image Gallery: Government's 10 Most Powerful Supercomputers
Slideshows  |  4/29/2010  | 
The United States government owns many of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, including six of the top ten. These supercomputers are being used for everything from climate modeling to building spaceships to basic science research.
Virtual Machines Running Mission-Critical Workloads
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Managing virtual machines, especially now that more of them they carry mission-critical workloads, remains a top concern among IT managers who have deployed virtualized servers in the data center, according to a survey on the floor of Interop in Las Vegas.
Apple iAd Aims Upscale
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
High-profile partners are being sought by Apple for its iAd platform, ones willing to pay well and make a splash.
Apple CEO Explains Flash Ban
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Steve Jobs cites security, poor performance and no support for touch-based interfaces as problems with Adobe's cross-platform browser plug-in.
What Apple Owes Developers
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
When the little people make enough noise, Apple CEO Steve Jobs switches his mode of public interaction from terse e-mail replies to open letters. That's what happened on Thursday when Jobs finally articulated his disdain for Adobe's Flash technology in a rare public post.
Virtualization Driving Data Center Growth
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Ethernet switches, application delivery controllers, and WAN optimization equipment are particular growth spots in data center equipment.
Skyfire Now Showing Flash On Android
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
The mobile browser supports Flash video, before Android officially gets Flash support.
Motorola Posts 1Q Profit
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Strong sales of the Droid smartphone by Verizon Wireless were a bright spot.
Apple To Buy Siri Mobile Voice Search Developer
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Siri "personal assistant" technology lets users perform voice-activated Web searches from their smartphones. Financial details were not disclosed.
Most Software Execs See Rebound This Year
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
According to the findings of a new survey, most software CEOs and CFO see a return to pre-recession levels this year and cloud computing, particularly among SMBs, is the big driver for the rebound.
Global CIO: Can HP, IBM, & Oracle Make Peace With Breakaway Banks?
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Three huge global banks plan to revolutionize the CIO-vendor relationship—will their audacious plan trigger major changes from major IT vendors?
Interop: Mobile Security Is Weak Link
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Despite their growing prevalence in the enterprise, smartphones are the poor cousin when it comes to data protection—and that has to change.
Mozilla Tests Mobile Firefox For Android
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The developers working on Mozilla's Fennec are seeking feedback from Android users.
Mobile Hotspot Buyer's Guide
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Wi-Fi, 3G, and now 4G services enable broadband on notebooks, smartphones, and other wireless devices practically anywhere. Here's a guide to the latest offerings from T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.
Apple WWDC Kicks Off June 7
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The iPhone OS 4, HTML 5, and potentially a new iPhone will be spotlighted at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Microsoft Gets Paid For Android
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
By striking a patent licensing deal with HTC, Microsoft is raising the cost of using Google's free Android operating system.
IT Lost 245,000 Jobs In 2009
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The biggest losses were in manufacturing, while software services gained positions, according to TechAmerica.
RIM Launching BlackBerry 6 OS In Fall
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The updated operating system will offer a faster browser, better touchscreen technology, and support for older devices, the company said.
Sprint Nextel Reports $865 Million Loss
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Prepaid signups held strong in the first quarter as the company held out hope that its nationwide 4G network will return it to profitability.
Microsoft Releases Windows Embedded 7
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard and Wyse Technology intend to use the operating system for thin clients.
iPad Users Targeted By Malware
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Hackers take aim at Windows users who have bought an iPad and don't run a security product.
AMD Unveils Six Core Phenom II Desktop Processor
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The 45-nanometer Phenom II X6 enables PC enthusiasts to tune system performance, customize settings, and tune memory.
SMBs Demand Fast ROI On IT Investments
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
According to a CompTIA survey, 80% of SMBs wants technology solutions that "deliver immediate payback in terms of minimum disruption of business continuity and seamless integration with existing solutions" and are most interested in virtualization, unified communications, and mobile.
Interop 2010 Show Winners
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
This year's competition shines a light on the very best that IT vendors have to offer in cloud computing, network management, security, virtualization, wireless, and more. We also picked a top startup and gave out a green award.
Oregon Public Schools Go Google
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
By moving to Google's cloud infrastructure, Oregon expects to save $1.5 million annually for e-mail alone.
DA Mulling Charges Against Gizmodo Editor
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
A California district attorney is trying to determine whether laws were broken over the tech blog's payment for an unreleased iPhone.
IT Group Urges Government To Bolster Industry
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
TechAmerica says the federal government needs to update policy, extend tax credits, and invest in cybersecurity to pull the technology industry out of the recession.
Image Gallery: Wireless Telehealth Brings Medical Help To Those In Need
Slideshows  |  4/27/2010  | 
High-tech developments such as an 802.11-equipped stretcher and mobile vans for digital mammogram screening means living far from a doctor doesn't have to result in poor care.
Cisco CleanAir IDs Wi-Fi Interference
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
CleanAir technology identifies the Wi-Fi interference challenges that haunt many wireless networks, company says.
Google Buys Labpixies
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
In acquiring the widget maker, Google is deepening its commitment to social software.
Global CIO: Global Banks Form Consortium To Counter HP, IBM, & Oracle
Commentary  |  4/27/2010  | 
Three huge banks will work together to buy at lower prices and to build their own cloud-based global banking infrastructure and network.
RadioShack Profits Up On Wireless Sales
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Sales of wireless handset at the electronics retailer surged more than 60% in the first quarter.
Telehealth Links Doctors To Remote Patients In Need
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Don't have health facilities nearby? Medical providers across the country are delivering healthcare virtually.
Nokia Unveils Symbian N8 Smartphone
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
The Symbian ^3 handset is a "portable entertainment center" allowing for content creation, social networking, and TV viewing, the company says.
Twitter Buys Text Startup Cloudhopper
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Cloudhopper powers mobile messaging campaigns. Terms were not disclosed.
Rhapsody iPad App Stores Music Offline
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
The music service allows subscribers to store music for listening on mobile devices even without an Internet connection.
Gizmodo Editor's Computers Seized By Police
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
The investigation into possible wrongdoing by Gizmodo may itself have violated the law.
Motorola Drops Google Location For Skyhook
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Developers helped convince Motorola to use Skyhook location technology in future Google Android devices.
Google Ends Search Fees For Ad Partners
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
A revamped advertising partner program promises to make life easier for ad agencies.
Google Nexus One Unlikely On Verizon
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless owner Vodafone will start carrying the Android smartphone in its UK stores this month.
Israel Lifts iPad Ban
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
The Apple device must pass wireless interference regulatory tests before it's allowed into certain countries, including South Korea.
Federal CIOs Urge Changes To Entice IT Workers
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
The government faces big challenges in hiring and retaining young IT pros to meet staffing and evolving technology goals.
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