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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in June 2010
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Microsoft Kills Kin Phone
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Engineers working on the handset will transfer to the Windows Phone 7 development team.
MSpot Launches Music Streaming Service For Android
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
User can store 2GB of music purchased from the service in the cloud for playback on Android phones.
Google News Gets Personal
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
A redesign of Google's news aggregation site emphasizes personalization, discovery, and sharing.
Keeping Up With Smartphone Data-Storage Security
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
The more powerful your smartphone gets, the more likely you are to use it to store important business data. And that means paying closer attention to a couple of important storage security concerns.
FCC Names New CTO
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Former division chief Douglas Sicker will lead the agency's technology efforts starting next month, replacing Jon Peha, who is leaving for OSTP.
YouTube Stumbles Into Flash Gaming
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Amid the flowering of Google's strategic relationship with Adobe, a Flash-based game has appeared and disappeared on YouTube.
Amazon Boosts Kindle Royalties
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Authors can almost double the amount they receive from sales of digital books priced 20% or more below the list price for the physical book version.
Wikileaks: An Enemy Of Open Society?
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Steven Aftergood, who runs the Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News site, on Monday dropped the hammer on Wikileaks, a Web site now infamous for exposing documents that countries and other powerful entities wish to keep secret. "WikiLeaks must be counted among the enemies of open society because it does not respect the rule of law nor does it honor the rights of individuals," declared Aftergood in a blog post.
Sony Recalls Half Million Vaio Laptops
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
At least 30 laptops have been reported to overheat causing casings and keyboards to warp and reaching temperatures hot enough to burn users.
Study: Windows 7 Halves SMB Support Costs
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Automation and security tools built into Microsoft's newest operating system mean fewer headaches for IT staffs and less downtime for users, IDC says.
DARPA Plots Supercomputing Future
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
The Omnipresent High Performance Computing program is seeking proposals to dramatically advance the performance and capabilities of future computing systems and enable ExtremeScale computing.
Qualcomm Opening App Store In China
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Chipmaker to partner with web portal SINA to offer its Brew mobile platform.
HTC EVO 4G In Short Supply
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Sprint says demand for the 4G smartphone has been greater than expected.
Army Using Telemedicine For Healthcare Delivery
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Wounded soldiers, pregnant women, and diabetes patients are receiving medical and appointment reminders to support their rehabilitation and treatment.
Cisco Boosts Outsourcing In Palestine
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Google, Microsoft and HP also investing as West Bank and Gaza eye tech-driven growth.
DISA Readies $5 Billion RFP Bundle
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
A raft of request for proposals will address Defense Information Systems Agency projects in provisioning, net operations, net assurance, and network maintenance.
Foursquare Valued At $95 Million
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
The location-based social media firm closed on an additional $20 million in venture funding Tuesday.
iPhone 4 On Verizon In 2011?
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
AT&T's exclusive right to market the smartphone will reportedly expire at year's end and Apple is said to be open to new partners.
Ray Kurzweil On 'The Singularity' Future
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
The noted futurist has released a movie, The Singularity is Near, exploring how technology may reshape the fabric of our physical reality and life experiences.
Apple iPhone 4 Supply Issues Could Hurt Sales
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Supply chain management issues that delayed pre-order shipments dates combined with the new smartphone's technical glitches, could spell opportunity for competitors according to iSuppli.
Cisco, Avaya Battle For Enterprise Voice Market
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
PBX equipment sales during the first quarter of 2010 surged for both providers, but neither took a decisive lead according to a Infonetics report.
DoD Updates Open Government Plan
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Responding to feedback that previous versions lacked detail, the agency made some info about its transparency plan more accessible.
Cisco Crafts Android-Based Enterprise Tablet
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
The mobile collaboration tool is targeted at businesses, so it's not seen as a direct competitor to Apple's iPad.
Global CIO: 5 Ways Ford's CIO Is Driving Growth
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
Nick Smither and his team have some ideas worth copying.
HTML5 Isn't Ready For Primetime, YouTube Says
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Flash offers video streaming capabilities that HTML5 just can't match yet.
Seagate Launches 3TB External Hard Drive
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Positioned to meet a projected nine-fold increase in consumer household digital media storage by 2014, the drive can store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games and more for approximately 8 cents per gigabyte.
Cisco, MobileAccess Boost Indoor Cell Phone Reception
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
The solution enables sending RF signals over Ethernet LANs to improve cellular coverage without affecting LAN traffic.
Image Gallery: 11 Leading Data Warehousing Appliances
Slideshows  |  6/29/2010  | 
Enterprises are abandoning conventional warehouse development approaches in favor of prepackaged apps and hardware configurations combining database management systems, processing power, storage, and connectivity. Here are the leaders.
iPhone 4 Antenna Lawsuit Looms
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Lawyers are rounding up unhappy consumers and could drag Apple into court over smartphone's glitchy reception.
Smartphone Apps Rated By Consumer Reports
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
The consumer publication listed its favorite mobile apps for car and truck drivers.
Virgin Mobile Intros Pre-Paid Wi-Fi Hotspot
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
Hate contracts? Virgin Mobile is now offering the MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot device with no commitment. It costs $150 and data plans runs as little as $10.
HP, Avaya Partner On Unified Communications
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Avaya UC products will be sold and delivered by HP, bolstering the latter's growing enterprise communications portfolio.
Verizon Cuts Microsoft Kin Price
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
The social networking-oriented phones were released a month ago to lukewarm reception.
Supremes Leave SOX IT Regs Intact
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Justices provide little regulatory relief for tech chiefs at publicly traded companies.
Amazon Release Kindle App For Android
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
The app doesn't allow text search or e-book purchases from within the app, but Amazon says it will add those features in the near future.
Apple iPhone 4 Teardown Reveals $188 In Materials
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
The 3.5-inch LCD Retina display screen is the most expensive component at $28.50.
Guerra On Healthcare: Siemens Summer CEO Coup
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
John Glaser taking the helm of Siemens Health Services Business Unit is a game changer proves there's more than just one kind of M&A.
Amazon Releases Kindle App For Apple iOS
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
The e-book application can play audio and video on Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and enables publishers to add instruction videos to how-to books, readings from authors and other add-ons.
Connecticut Launches Emergency Alert System
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
The first statewide comprehensive system of its kind in the U.S. allows residents to with emergency officials via a variety of electronic devices.
The Planet Opts for Dell R710 Servers
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
Houston-based hosting firm The Planet has announced a new service called the Server Cloud, which depends on standard Dell servers for fast provisioning.
Former Qwest CEO Nacchio's Prison Sentence Reduced
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
With estimates of defense costs topping $70 million, Nacchio's attorneys indicated appeals will continue despite a reduction in fines and prison time.
OMB Ends Cookie Ban
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
An updated privacy policy for federal websites allows limited use of cookies, but limits tracking on non-government sites.
Google Chrome Tops Safari In U.S. Browser Share
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Microsoft Internet Explorer continues to dominate with more than half the U.S. browser market, but Chrome has moved past Apple Safari into third place behind Mozilla Firefox.
Siemens Taps Glaser To Lead Global Healthcare IT
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
A former advisor to health IT czar Blumenthal and longtime Partners Healthcare CIO John Glaser will be CEO of Siemens Health Services Business Unit.
Data Warehousing Shifts to Analytics Arms Race
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Performance upgrades and in-database functions highlight latest Netezza, Aster Data and Infobright releases.
Clearwire Expands 4G Wireless Service
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Richmond, Va., Salt Lake City, and St. Louis join the growing list to receive WiMax Internet coverage from Sprint/Clearwire.
Customer Service Nightmare Bodes Ill for SMBs
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
Phone support proves to be of negative value, paralyzing my work for an afternoon after rashly switching carriers.
AT&T Upgrades NYC Mobile Network
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Increases in its 3G network wireless capacity should bring improved service, fewer dropped calls to New York iPhone and other smartphone users, said the telecom.
IT Unprepared For Flood Of Consumer Devices, Apps
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Study finds enterprises are under increasing pressure to manage and support iWorkers' devices and applications.
China Promotes WLAN As 3G Complement
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Demand for mobile Internet is growing faster than industry can build 3G networks.
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