News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in May 2011
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VMware Seeks Collaboration Dominance With Socialcast Buy
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
It already leads the virtualized data center, now it's taking on the Microsoft/Citrix alliance with more end-user computing and cloud software.
Lodsys Sues Developers For Patent Infringement
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
iOS, Mac OS X, and Android apps infringe on its intellectual property, according the patent holding firm.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs To Unveil iCloud
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Along with Apple's forthcoming media streaming service, Jobs is expected to discuss updates to his company's mobile and desktop operating systems.
WHO Classifies Cell Phones As 'Possible Carcinogens'
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Health agency finds that the electromagnetic fields received by mobile devices may increase odds for a type of brain cancer.
Bridgestor Launches Symantec Backup Exec Appliance
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The backup and storage device is aimed primarily at midsize businesses and combines Symantec's data deduplication and Bridgestor's hardware-based thin provisioning and data compression capabilities.
Nokia Expects To Ship Windows Phones In Q4
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Phone maker's stock plunges as transition to Microsoft platform puts damper on current sales.
Telecom Providers See Opportunities In Telemedicine
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are among the telecom companies that have announced new initiatives for telehealth services, and there are more opportunities to come, says an IDC report.
Intel Ultrabooks Promise Thin, Powerful Mobile Computing
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The computers will be powered by Atom processors, which Intel says will outpace Moore's Law as they shrink from 32 nanometers to 14 nm over the next three years.
Software AG Buys Metismo To Support Mobile Apps
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The middleware vendor's latest acquisitions nets a platform for writing apps once and delivering them across Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows devices.
Next iPhone To Get Better Camera
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Apple hasn't provided any details on a new version of the iPhone, but most reports suggest it will have an improved camera and won't look all that different from the iPhone 4.
Transportation Dept. Gets $100 Million For Wireless Apps
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The White House wants DOT to develop wireless applications to deliver emergency services, Internet access in remote locations, and other innovative services.
IBM Boosts Health Analytics With 'Watson' Supercomputer Capabilities
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Advanced business intelligence technologies help extract more useful data from electronic medical records.
Microsoft Hindered By Retailer Failures
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The company would be wise to take a page from Apple to overcome its reputation for poor customer service delivered by its point-of-sale partners.
Apple iOS 5.0: 5 Must-Have Features
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch operating system gets an upgrade at WWDC next week, and here are five features we would like to see make their way into iOS 5.0.
Microsoft's Android Revenue Exceeds Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  5/30/2011  | 
To avoid patent claims, HTC is paying Microsoft a $5 licensing fee for every Android phone it sells.
Intel Considers Fabbing Chips For Others
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Fueling rumors that Intel will manufacture custom chips for Apple, CFO Stacy Smith said the company is open to manufacturing processors for competitors.
Google, Mobile Payment Wars, Custom ROMs, Mango, And More
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
BYTE Wireless Radio digs into the week in mobile news.
RIM Has Lost The War For Consumers
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Analyst says Research In Motion has fumbled its smartphone strategy so badly that it no longer has a chance of competing in the consumer market.
DOD Tests Delivery Of Data To Mobile Devices
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Relevant ISR to the Edge is a program the military is testing to send intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data to soldiers via technology-agnostic handhelds.
PayPal Sues Google, Ex-Employees
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
eBay's payment arm has sued for theft of trade secrets and breach of contract, the same day Google introduced its mobile payment system.
Windows 8 Tablets Not Doomed To Fail
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Analysts say Microsoft may still hold edge in the enterprise market due to lower integration costs.
Android App Market Stats Reveal Few Downloads
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Apple's iPhone App store generates many more downloads compared to Google's store, as the bulk of paid applications go almost completely ignored by the Android masses, says a Distimo study.
Enterprise 2.0 B.S. List: Term No. 1 Consumerization
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Consumerization may let Enterprise 2.0 folks wallow in the Apple glow, but it can lead to some really bad decisions.
Cray's XK6 Supercomputer Promises 50-Petaflop Performance
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
AMD 16-core, Opteron processors, Nvidia Tesla graphics processors, and a Linux-based operating system are the foundation of Cray's fastest machine.
Nokia Plans For Frequent Windows Phone Releases
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
With Symbian put out to pasture, the Finnish phone maker plans to launch new phones for Microsoft's mobile platform every two to three months.
Schwartz On Security: Should Businesses Track Employee Smartphones?
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
It may be one way to protect business secrets, but many aspects of smartphone security remain out of the hands of IT administrators or security-conscious users.
Windows 8 Tablet To Debut Next Week?
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Microsoft set to unveil its answer to Apple's iOS and Google's Android, according to a published report.
Sony Xperia Play Teardown
Slideshows  |  5/26/2011  | 
UBM TechInsights looks inside the Android-based Xperia Play from Sony Ericsson, the first "PlayStation Certified" smartphone.
Google Wallet Enables Mobile Payments
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Citi, MasterCard, First Data, and Sprint are working with Google to launch a mobile commerce platform.
iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked By Forensics Firm
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The iPhone 4 is at risk, but the forensics tool will only be sold to law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and forensics investigators.
Itanium 'A Dead-End,' Says IBM Server Chief
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Senior VP Rod Adkins claims businesses that rely on Intel's high-end chip need to find an alternative like, say, Big Blue's Power7.
Freescale Semiconductor Launches IPO
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The semiconductor company saw its shares post modest gains in early trading as it seeks to regain its former glory in a tough chip market.
Cisco, AppSense Partner On Virtualization
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
By combining desktop and user virtualization, AppSense and Cisco hope to make virtualizing desktop PCs more appealing.
RIM PlayBook Sales Forecast Sliced 23%
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is not selling as well as originally thought, causing another analyst to reduce sales expectations for Research in Motion for both the quarter and fiscal year.
Google Maps Mobile Use Surges
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Google's Marisa Mayer revealed that more people will soon be accessing Google Maps from mobile devices than from desktop computers.
iPad And Enterprise File Sharing
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
MobilEcho, GroupLogic's new mobile file management platform, gives iPad users network access to network shares using a simple app, while granting administrators control over data access and usage.
Anxious To Get Google's New Mobile Payment System?
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
If payment systems that use your phone take off, having to carry cash or credit cards around may soon be a thing of the past. Consider the risks first though.
Cox Abandons 3G Network
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The cable provider is dropping plans for its own wireless network and instead will partner with Sprint.
Dell Releases Two New Thin Clients
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The vendor upgrades its premium OptiPlex model and introduces a thin client for "task-oriented workers."
The Law Of Social Media: Employers Beware
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
A harder line against employers by the National Labor Relations Board, as well as a lack of case law, leave a lot of room for business risk.
TweetDeck Users Hopeful On Twitter Acquisition
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
They say they want Twitter to invest in better analytics and customer support for the social media management tool.
Google Preps Mobile Payment System
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
Mobile commerce could soon become much easier for users of Android phones.
IBM Tops HP, Oracle In Server Growth
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
Market for back-end hardware sees solid Q1 gains as enterprises refresh technology and plan for big data.
Samsung Forced To Deliver Prototypes To Apple
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
A federal judge has ruled that Samsung must turn over five unreleased smartphones and tablets to Apple in a case involving patent infringement claims.
Google Patches Sidejacking Vulnerability
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The server-side patch fixes an authentication bug that affects 99.7% of Android users and their access to Calendar and Contacts.
BlueStacks Runs Android Apps On Windows PCs
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The startup company's software is designed to help people access apps and data that's stuck on their smartphones from their PC.
Microsoft Hopes Mango Will Keep WP7 Momentum Alive
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Windows Phone 7 gets a major upgrade when Mango is released with 500 new features later this year, but Microsoft still has a long way to go.
Verizon To Bludgeon Data Hogs With Fees
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Wireless network operators have yet to settle on the best policy for managing bandwidth hogs, but Verizon Wireless plans to move to tiered data plans this summer.
Windows Phone 7 To Get 500 New Features
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
Mango update confirmed for autumn; new handset makers include Fujitsu, Acer, and ZTE.
How To Avoid A Wintel Mobility Disaster Of Your Own
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Microsoft and Intel have a compatibility mess on their hands. Make certain you don't, too.
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