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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in June 2012
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Google Chrome Comes To iPhone, iPad
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google's Chrome browser will be available for the first time on the iPhone and iPad. Google Drive is also available on the iOS and on Chrome OS.
E-Stores Should Cater To Tablet Users, Study Says
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
Social sites are driving more referrals but few conversions. Meanwhile, mobile traffic is also on the rise, with tablet visitors converting to buyers at almost the same rate as PC users.
Google's Risky Business
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google I/O, company's annual developer conference, confirms that Google is on a mission to organize the world's information. Big bets such as Project Glass could bring big rewards, or painful lessons.
Rev Up Your IT Career
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
In the constantly evolving world of IT, there's no such thing as resting on your laurels. Here's how to stay relevant.
RIM Explores Microsoft Alliance, Other Radical Moves
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
After more devastating losses and another massive layoff announcement, RIM is looking at more options, including partnering with Microsoft to put Windows Phone on BlackBerries, or selling access to its secure network.
RIM, Microsoft Marriage Makes Sense
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
There's a lot of logic behind the idea of Microsoft either buying RIM's network or buying access to it. The security and the reach of the network would be a huge asset to Microsoft and worth a lot of money. But giving that access would be an admission of defeat for BlackBerry 10.
Microsoft Looms As White Knight For RIM
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
Troubled smartphone maker seeks strategic options as BlackBerry 10 delayed until 2013.
Adobe Backs Off Flash Support on Android
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
The variety of devices and OS configurations makes it difficult for Adobe to optimize Android properly in a plugin general to the operating system, so the company will be withdrawing support for the plugin.
Google Compute Engine Ignores VMware, Microsoft Users
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google's new cloud infrastructure service is geared to Linux workloads running in KVM. What does that mean for VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix users?
The iPhone 1.0 Anniversary Quiz
Slideshows  |  6/28/2012  | 
The iPhone was released 5 years ago. Read about how the iPhone changed the industry, and test your knowledge about the first of its kind.
Google Analytics Goes Mobile
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Developers and marketers can now use Google Analytics to understand mobile app usage.
DR-As-A-Service Moves Closer To Reality
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
New cloud-aware disaster recovery automation software like that from VirtualSharp could free IT from complex runbooks and expensive recoverability exercises.
Intel Puts Future On Exhibit
Slideshows  |  6/28/2012  | 
Imagine life without house keys or using an entire wall as a touch display. Walk through an exhibit of some of Intel's most intriguing research projects to date.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet: 10 Coolest Features
Slideshows  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google's Android 4.1 slate takes aim at Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire.
BlackBerry 10 Delay Could Spell RIM's Doom
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Research In Motion has postponed the release of its next-generation smartphone platform to 2013 and plans to lay off 5,000 employees. Is there any hope left?
Wireless Emergency Alert System Goes Live
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
FEMA, National Weather Service team to provide texting service intended to save lives in bad weather.
HootSuite Grows Apps Directory, Adds Instagram, SlideShare
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
HootSuite now has 20 add-ons to its social media management tool. Others added this week are Zuum, for finding engaging content to share on Facebook, and edocr, for sharing and tracking marketing documents.
Drones Fail 'Perch And Stare' Contest
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
DARPA competition to develop unmanned aerial vehicles capable of landing and relaying real-time surveillance video ends without a winner.
Google I/O Day 2: Chrome Hits iOS, IaaS Play
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google Compute Engine is an infrastructure-as-a-service offering that competes with Amazon Web Services, while Chrome browser is now used by 310 million people, execs said at Google I/O.
Apple Obsolescence Debate: More Analysis Please, Fanboys
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The Apple-can-do-nothing-wrong crowd cranked up the hate machine when I questioned the vendor's upgrade treadmill. Some responses and clarifications are in order.
Nokia Update Turns Lumia Phones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Patch for Lumia 710 and 800 also adds new camera features, but potential buyers may decide to wait for Windows Phone 8.
Google Drive iOS App: Essential Features Missing
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google Drive for Apple's iOS platform hits the iPhone and iPad, but you're better off using the browser-based version.
4 Steps To A Successful BYOC Program
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Many employees are ready and willing to use their own computers to get work done. Consider these steps to launch a bring-your-own-computer program.
IT Pro's Travel Guide To Volunteering Abroad
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Volunteering overseas can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. But you'll need more than a passport to bring IT projects to life in developing countries.
Healthcare Patients Insist On E-Access: Accenture Study
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Patients want more access to their medical records online, but want to maintain their personal contact with doctors, according to new Accenture research.
Obama's Attack On Outsourcing Rings Hypocritical
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Campaign jabs at Mitt Romney notwithstanding, the evidence suggests the President wants to use outsourcing to boost ties with India and level the global playing field.
5 Tips To Build Your Personal Social Brand
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Consider these best practices for successfully strengthening your social credibility.
Windows 8 Phones Easily Managed--Because It's Windows
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The fact that Windows Phone 8 is Windows, and not a radical variant, means it can be managed like Windows. While other phones must be managed through new and separate management tools such as MobileIron, Windows Phone 8 plugs right into Active Directory. IT can use standard tools and consoles and deploy apps in the usual way.
Hurricane, Wildfire Seasons Highlight Importance Of BC/DR Plans
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Companies need to consider where to house displaced workers, select appropriate backup locations, and plan for potential infrastructure damage.
Google I/O: 10 Awesome Visions
Slideshows  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google Glasses, the Nexus Q home entertainment streaming device, Android software upgrades, and a Nexus tablet shine at day one of Google's I/O developer conference.
Google Nexus Q: Fight For Living Room On
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google's Nexus Q home media device lets Android phone and tablet users push content from their handhelds to a TV or stereo system.
Google Hardware Cred Grows With Nexus 7, Nexus Q
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Via the Google Play Store, Google now sells smartphones, tablets, a funky media device, and even accessories. Day one of Google I/O made the company's hardware player ambitions clear.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Does It Measure Up?
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google's newest OS sports fewer new features than previous updates. Instead, Android 4.1 focuses on improving core features and making the platform faster.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet Aims For Amazon, Not Apple
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, announced at Google I/O, doesn't try to be an iPad killer. Instead, it aims to supplant Amazon's Kindle as a media consumption device.
Huddle iPad App Recommends Relevant Documents To You
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Designed to compete with SharePoint, Huddle is an iPad app positioned as a content discovery and recommendation platform that can find documents for you.
Teardown: Inside Apple MacBook Pro
Slideshows  |  6/27/2012  | 
Our colleagues at UBM TechInsights did a partial teardown of the new MacBook Pro from Apple. We have the pictures. The disassembled unit appears to be the $2799 configuration of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina screen. TechInsights did a separate teardown of the solid state drive (SSD) in the MacBook Pro, including x-ray images.
MDM As Mobile Strategy, Career Necessity
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Mobile device management is about a lot more than managing and monitoring mobile devices. It's a crucial CIO strategy challenge.
Google Launching Android 4.1 and Nexus 7 Tablet
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Rumors are that Google Wednesday will announce a Google-branded tablet, made by Asus, for under $200, and a new version of Android, code-named Jelly Bean, to run it. Cool as this might be, history suggests few users will enjoy Jelly Bean any time soon.
Ford Chairman: Tech Needed To Combat Global Gridlock
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Ford Motor chairman Bill Ford Jr. thinks traffic congestion could be so limiting to mobility that it becomes a human rights issue.
Google Primed To Debut 7-Inch Tablet At I/O
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Mere hours before Google is set to take the stage at its developer conference in San Francisco, sources say its new 7-inch tablet will be the highlight of the show.
NASA Satellites Track Tropical Storm Debby
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite serves as a "rain gauge in space"
Choose Your Social Business Strategy Before Your Tools
Commentary  |  6/26/2012  | 
The concepts, not the technologies, of social business pave the road to success.
Consumerization of IT: A View From The Real World
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Executives from three very different industries--finance, healthcare, and distribution--discuss how they're coping with the consumerization of IT, in this panel discussion at the InformationWeek 500 conference.
How To Build A Collaborative Organization
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Jacob Morgan, author of the book, The Collaborative Organization, talks to BYTE about how to build a good internal social network.
Tape Is Back And Ready For Backup
Commentary  |  6/26/2012  | 
Could a combination of disk and tape backup be the best strategy for your data center?
Dropbox Anxiety? WatchDox Tries To Ease CIO Fears
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Investment firm Blackstone uses the cloud file-sharing platform to live the dream: WatchDox gives users BYOD freedom while putting control in IT's hands.
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Mountain Lion, a.k.a. OS X 10.8, marries the Apple desktop operating system to iOS features that previously were found only on the iPhone and iPad. Among them: Messages, Notifications, Reminders, a Game Center, and better integration with iCloud. It's not a revolutionary upgrade to the desktop OS, but it should please Mac enterprise users.
Dell Launches Windows 8-Ready Ultrabooks
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
XPS 14 and XPS 15 pack sufficient punch, but will they satisfy home and business users who consider touch capability a must?
Google Bouncer Beat Up By Security Researchers
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Google's gatekeeper for the Android app store has major growing pains ahead, as security researchers find ways to bypass it.
Microsoft Integrates HealthVault With Greenway EHR
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Pilot program pulls patients' clinical data from Greenway's electronic health record into Microsoft's cloud-based personal health record platform.
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