News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in April 2011
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Intel Develops 50 Gbps Transfer Technology
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Silicon Photonics Link technology is expected to provide higher speeds than DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and USB 3.0.
Can Consumer Tech And Security Co-Exist?
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
It's an incredibly exciting time to be in IT. And that's part of the problem.
Nvidia Adapts SLI Technology For AMD Chips
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Computer motherboard makers can use Nvidia's SLI technology to boost graphics processing on systems that use AMD's upcoming FX-series processors.
12 Hot Mobile Medical Apps
Slideshows  |  4/29/2011  | 
Mobile medicine is everywhere. There's the iPhone app that lets you cut away images of muscle layers to see what lies beneath, an e-health record system for the iPad, and a smartphone-based blood pressure monitor. Here are a dozen innovative ones.
Post Mortem: When Amazon's Cloud Turned On Itself
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
For the cloud to be a permanent platform for enterprise computing, it can't be an environment where both computing and errors just occur on a larger scale.
Microsoft Sees Business PC Sales Up 9%
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
The need to replace aging machines and upgrade to Windows 7 drives uptick in corporate market.
Amazon Web Services Apologizes, Explains Outage
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
The company said it will provide 10 days of service credit for customers using AWS resources in the affected region because of the multi-day outage.
Congress To Question White House On Digital Communications
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
A House committee will consider whether social-networking communications of White House staffers should be preserved according to the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
Motorola Ships 250,000 Xooms, Delays LTE Products
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Motorola Mobility reported a first quarter loss of $81 million on revenue of $3.0 billion, an improvement from a year ago when it lost $212 million.
RIM's Reduced Forecast Darkens Outlook
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Research In Motion predicted it will sell fewer devices than previously thought because it has failed to update its aging line of high-end BlackBerry smartphones.
M/A-COM Acquires Optomai To Boost Fiber Optic Business
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Fabless semiconductor company Optomai targets the high-speed optical market to resolve power consumption, cost, and size issues faced by 40-Gbps and 100-Gbps systems.
Phones Are Getting Thinner, Heavier, Larger
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
For a while, it seemed cellphone makers' goal was to build the smallest usable device, but smartphones with touchscreens have reversed that trend--though thin is still in.
Wildfire Helps SMBs With Social Media Marketing
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Here's a Web app that you don't need a lot of money or technical know-how to use.
Filemaker Eyes Mobile SMBs With Go Updates
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
iPhone and iPad versions of the popular desktop database software target users frustrated by a lack of mature business apps and those lacking development resources to build applications themselves.
VMware, Why Are You Buying SlideRocket?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Acquiring the presentation software company and pushing into end-user apps seems strange, but the virtualization firm's new VP of apps insists it's core to what they do.
PepsiCo Debuts Social Vending Machine
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
The beverage giant sees a new way to connect with customers.
Filemaker Go 1.2 Expands iOS Feature Set
Slideshows  |  4/28/2011  | 
The latest version of Filemaker Go--the database software provider's iOS-based mobile application for business users--adds charts and graphs, digital signature capture, enhanced PDF tools, and wireless printing while allowing users to develop custom applications for the iPhone or iPad without heavy-duty development work.
Appsbar Helps SMBs Build Mobile Apps
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Businesses can build Apple iOS and Android mobile applications with the free service without needed development expertise.
Google Chrome 11 Kills Bugs, Adds Speech Input
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
The company paid out a record $16,500 in rewards to security researchers who helped to eliminate more than two dozen bugs.
Motorola Xoom To Get Software Update
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Verizon Wireless has begun revealing details of the first major software update for Android 3.0 Honeycomb running on the Motorola Xoom tablet.
Five Things To Expect From RIM's BlackBerry World
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
New BlackBerrys, a revised BlackBerry OS, and info on the PlayBook's first two weeks of life will highlight Research In Motion's annual developer and partner event in Orlando next week.
RIM Acquires Cloud Calendar Startup Tungle
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets will get enhanced scheduling and calendar capabilities in the wake of RIM's purchase of Tungle.
Are Cheap Android Phones A Good Deal?
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
The Motorola Citrus or the LG Optimus may appeal to you because of the low price, but there are questions you should ask.
Amazon Cloud Outage Proves Importance Of Failover Planning
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Contingency plans kept Bizo and Mashery up and running during the Amazon service outage, offering lessons to other cloud-based businesses.
Vidyo, Massachusetts Hospital Partner On Telemedicine
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
The Internet-based system gave Mass General's stroke center the secure, low-latency, high-definition, and interoperable videoconferencing platform it needed.
Everyone Wants to Own Your Activity Stream
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Enterprise collaboration tools are adopting activity streams a la Twitter or Facebook, but how many streams do you really need?
Nokia Drops Symbian, Cuts 7,000 Jobs
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Accenture to assume maintenance of OS as Finnish phone maker transitions to Windows Phone 7.
Google Sees Smartphones As Advertising Goldmine
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Smartphones are used by consumers when they are shopping to help make buying decisions, according to a Google survey.
Military Deploys Two Smartphone Apps
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
The Army and DOD are providing mobile device access to information about new munitions and a support network for wounded soldiers, veterans, and their families.
Mobile Video Chatting Needs To Grow Up
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Apple, Google, Skype, and other tech vendors need to develop a standard or share their technology to ensure interoperability, which is the key to pushing video chatting into the mainstream.
Semiconductor Revenue Soars As Economy Recovers
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Intel, Samsung, and Toshiba benefited from the chip market's largest ever one-year rise in revenue, reported Gartner.
Windows Phone, Blackberry App Development Lags
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
With Android and iOS leading the market in applications, Microsoft and RIM are seeing comparatively tepid interest in third party development for their mobile platforms.
Dell Unveils Specialized Workstations
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
Intel's Core i5, i7, and i7 Extreme Edition are among the options offered on the Dell Precision M4600 and M6600 laptop computers, and the Dell Precision R5500 rack workstation, which are designed for graphics-intensive computing.
How HootSuite Recovered From Amazon's Cloud Outage
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
CTO Simon Stanlake said the social media monitoring company was able to get back online after being down for much of Thursday, but it had to sacrifice some customer data.
HP Nixes Windows For New Tablets, Phones
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
Tech giant turns to WebOS--and WebOS only--for new consumer and business devices.
Sony Intros Two Android Tablets
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
The S1 and S2, which will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, are Sony's unconventional and underwhelming entries into the tablet market.
SMBs Need Real Plans For Social Media
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Without clearly defined goals for social media activities, small and midsize businesses risk chasing an elusive return on their investment in the technology.
Motorola Xoom Sales Worse Than Thought
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
The Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet may have sold as few as 25,000 units, according to new estimates.
Go Cloud Or Go Home
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Cloud computing can be diluted into uselessness when mixed with immature technologies and poor practices.
IT Versus User Devices
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Corporate IT managers often find themselves at odds with employees over allowing access to company data with personal devices. There are ways though to benefit both parties.
Get To Know The New HP
Commentary  |  4/25/2011  | 
Léo Apotheker has Hewlett-Packard positioned right where it needs to be.
75% Of Enterprises To Use Videoconferencing By 2013
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Immersive telepresence technology that uses high-definition, life-sized images holds great appeal for collaboration, but is costly and a bandwidth hog.
Supreme Court To Hear Doctor Pharmacy Data Case
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Data collection firms are challenging a Vermont law limiting use of doctors' prescription records for targeted marketing programs by drug companies.
Oracle Wants To Kill HP-Itanium, Users Say
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Survey shows that Oracle's decision to cancel development on the Intel chip could alienate customers.
Microsoft Brings Xbox Kinect To Windows PCs
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Hands-free apps, for industries like healthcare and engineering, could be the next frontier in business computing.
Amazon Cloud Outage Didn't Stop Recovery.gov
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
A forward-thinking continuing operations strategy allowed for seamless failover that kept the site running, despite problems with EC2.
White iPhone 4 To Launch April 27
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Amid reports that iPhone 5 production is delayed until summer, Apple's long-delayed white iPhone 4 is on its way to retail stores.
HP Expands Thin Client Lineup
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Microsoft's Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack makes its first appearance in a HP thin client in the t5740e.
HTC Flyer Tablet $499 At Best Buy
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet with Wi-Fi, not 3G/4G, is available for preorder from the electronics retailer.
iPhone Fends Off Android In Enterprise
News  |  4/24/2011  | 
Android may be the leading smartphone platform, but Apple's iOS is still clinging to a lead in the enterprise, according to Good Technology.
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