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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in May 2009
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HDMI Audio-Video Connector Gets Ethernet Support
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Besides high-speed bidirectional communication, the connector will allow an Internet-enabled HDMI device to share its Internet connection with other HDMI devices without a separate cable.
Video Conferencing: Your Slipups Are Showing
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
If you think how you look is the only issue to worry about during a video conference call, you haven't even scratched the surface. Here are seven common mistakes to avoid.
HP, IBM Tie As Global Server Market Hits 12-Year Low
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Market conditions worsened across all geographic regions in the quarter, as customers of all types pulled back on spending, an IDC report shows.
Telecom Magnate Carlos Slim's Rise To Power
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
The wealthy and powerful Slim, a mystery in American telecom circles, is revealed in a lengthy profile in The New Yorker.
Users Want Virtual Desktops That Match Their Physical PCs
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Over the last two years, Intel commissioned a study on how companies were delivering virtualization to end users. It's one of the few indicators of where this confused segment is headed. Several approaches are still on the table, but the fastest growing one is where the virtual machine resides on the end user's PC.
FCC To Examine Rural Broadband Needs
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
A new report indicates that there will be a multiplicity of solutions ranging from cable and DSL to satellite and broadband over power lines.
Palm's Pre Emerging As iPhone Threat
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Palm's last, best gasp may be in fact a lifesaver. The Pre drew early rave reviews, and the news keeps getting better as the device nears launch date.
Oh No, Not Another Microsoft Branding Campaign!
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
There's been a lot of coverage exploring questions about the functionality of Bing, Microsoft's new search engine. Before the company blows $100 million trying to give consumers the answer, I thought I'd give it two branding ideas.
Dell Unveils Entertainment Laptop For Students
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The Studio 14z is available with an optional 500-GB hard drive, enough to store up to 125,000 songs, 142,000 photos, or 133 DVD-quality movies.
Sony Ericsson Revamps Its Multimedia Phone Lineup
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Three handsets with strong multimedia and gaming abilities including motion controls along with PlayStation 3 integration may help the company revive its sales.
USAir Suffers Collosal Failure During Multiple CRM "Moments of Truth"
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Jan Carlzon, former CEO of Scandanavian Airlines (SAS) and author of the bible on customer satisfaction (Moments of Truth) would be rolling his eyes right about now if he could have heard the telephone conversation I just had with a US Air. I've just learned that despite holding a US Air-issued Dividend Miles card (pictured below) in my hand (the one to which I've been applying my last 15+ years of US Air travel), I am a
Dell Profits Tumble As Customers Tighten Purse Strings
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
CEO Michael Dell does not offer a forecast for the current quarter, saying "indicators of global IT demand remain mixed."
AT&T, Verizon Racing To Rollout 4G Wireless
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Super-high-speed LTE wireless infrastructure is expected to expand into mainstream networks in the next few years, analysts predict.
Palm Pre, iTunes To Sync, App Store Revealed
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Programs from Fandango, Pandora, AP News, and other content makers will be available at the June 6 launch, Palm executives say.
Practical Analysis: Change Starts At The Top
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Most IT execs aren't ready to make the organizational changes needed to capitalize on virtualization.
Intel Tools Driving Multi-Core Chip Development
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Parallel Studio is intended to work with Microsoft Visual Studio for development of Windows applications intended to run on servers with multicore CPUs.
Plastic Logic Demos Amazon Kindle Challenger
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The e-book reader will have a touch screen for navigation and 3G connectivity to purchase books and magazines wirelessly.
Government Wrestles With Social Media Records Retention Policies
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The National Archives is trying to navigate complex regulations that require capturing and storing all sorts of content in the age of social media, cloud computing, and seemingly endless storage.
Verizon Will Have Android, Pre, Storm 2
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
In a potential blow for Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless' CEO said the largest U.S. carrier will have the Palm Pre in about six months.
'Green' Supercomputer Maker, SiCortex Closes Its Doors
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The company reportedly sold at least 60 computers to universities and large corporations in 2008 and continued to log sales in 2009.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Sales Top 30 Million
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The company also reports its Xbox Live online gaming service has more than 20 million subscribers.
AT&T Wants To Offer Palm Pre
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
CEO Randall Stephenson says he wants to offer Palm's highly anticipated handset after the exclusive deal with Sprint runs out.
HP, Cast Iron Offering SaaS Integration Appliances
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
HP's resellers will offer appliances for handling integration between SaaS and on-site applications, which remains one of the biggest hardships of SaaS deployments.
Google Expects 18 Android Phones This Year
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Smartphone makers will be able to modify the Linux-based OS to have unique user interfaces and features, Google says.
EMC To Acquire Configuresoft
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Configuresoft products, which assist IT operations in maintaining continuous regulatory and security compliance, are used in EMC's server configuration solutions.
AOL-Time Warner: Worst Merger Ever?
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Time Warner's decision to spin AOL back out as an independent company is the closest thing we'll get to an admission that the marriage between old-world Time Warner and new world order AOL never worked out.
Shuttle Unveils VIA Nano-Based Mini-Desktop
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Built primarily for browser-based tasks and for multimedia playback, the XS295 supports SATA storage and up to 4 GB of DDR2 system memory.
Google Firing Up Android Developers With Goodies
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The search giant is looking to poach content creators away from competitors by offering new tools, application contests, and an open market for distributing apps.
Apple Offers Free iPod Touch To Mac-Buying Students
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Apple also refreshes its entry-level white MacBook with a faster processor and more storage.
HP Expands Low-Priced Mini-Laptop Family
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The consumer-centric Mini 110 is available with Windows XP or Linux, while the business-focused Mini 1101 gives buyers the choice of Windows XP Home, XP Pro, or Vista, each for less than $350.
Greylock Headquarters Moving To California
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The company's decision to shift its venture capital headquarters from Boston to Silicon Valley is calling into question the Boston/Cambridge area's entrepreneurial spirit.
DTV Transition Test Inundates FCC With Calls
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The FCC's soft test of the digital television conversion was a wake-up call for consumers who aren't prepared for the June 12 transition.
AT&T Boosts 3G Networks
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The carrier will be spending nearly $18 billion to double the speed of its mobile data networks up to 7.2 Mbps.
Microsoft Zunes Further Into Oblivion
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
It's hard to see where Microsoft thinks it's going with Zune, part of the Entertainment and Devices Division that continues to tread water as the also-ran of the company's five main divisions.
Apple Awaits Tax Break In Plans For $1 Billion Data Center
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The company is eyeing North Carolina for an East Coast data center to serve its growing Internet operations.
Google Arms Developers With Free Phones, Web Tools
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt heralds the maturation of the Internet application programming model as the fulfillment of a decades-old dream.
VMware Invests $20 Million In Terremark Cloud Services
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The virtualization giant will own 5% of Terremark, which produces cloud and managed IT services for large companies and government agencies.
Good Technology Buys Intercasting
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The acquisition will enable Good to offer a smartphone-like experience, with access to social networks, IM, and e-mail, for feature phones.
Who Ever Said Assistants Were Intelligent?
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
A company called Siri decloaked within sensor range earlier today, promising test drives of its intelligent virtual assistant as an iPhone app this summer, and predicting that most every Internet user will have something like it within five years or so.
Mobile Browser Skyfire Hits 1.0
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The release version of the mobile browser enables Windows Mobile and Symbian users to have a desktop-like experience while on the go.
Former EMC Storage Exec Cleared To Work At HP
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
But a Massachusetts court has ruled that storage expert David Donatelli must avoid for one year working at any Hewlett-Packard unit that competes with EMC.
Microsoft Unveils Zune HD
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Revamped music player features high-definition touch screen and built-in Wi-Fi.
Glide's Engage To Deliver Twitter-Style Micro-Blogging
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, and on dozens of mobile devices.
Intel Offers Details On Xeon Nehalem-EX
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The server chip's refresh takes x86 technology into computers where RISC-designed CPUs dominate, such as high-performance computing and mainframes.
iPhone App Used For 'New Yorker' Cover
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The June 1 issue of the magazine was created with a $5 app for the iPhone, showing how far the App Store has come into the mainstream.
Obama, White House To Oversee Cybersecurity Leadership
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The national security staff will include new positions for addressing cybersecurity, information sharing on terrorism, border security, and preparedness and response.
Department Of The Interior Can't Locate Many PCs
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The federal agency can't locate 20% of its computers and, because it has no encryption requirements, the missing PCs could be vulnerable to data theft or loss.
U.S. Stimulus A 'Potential Goldmine' For Wireless Telecoms
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
A mix of Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices, sensors, and communications systems will link health networks, while in education, providers will promote a brace of opportunities, a new report says.
Ericsson Lights Up LTE Site
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
The company deploys the first commercial 4G cell site using Long Term Evolution technology, and the data network is capable of high-speed mobile services.
Psystar Carries On Cloning Despite Bankruptcy
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Imitation Mac maker continues to take orders after Chapter 11 filing.
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