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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in July 2012
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Our Sad Future: Take Your Robot To Your Room Or Else
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Robot problems? Here's a glimpse of some of the things that go down at Blackhat and DefCon.
Google Catches Wildfire For Social Marketing
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Wildfire Interactive gives Google a social media marketing component to round out its advertising and analytics offerings.
HTC One X: Big Screen In Thin, Fast Phone
Slideshows  |  7/31/2012  | 
HTC's new HTC One X packages a big, beautiful screen in a thin and light phone. Although not perfect, it's a compelling smart phone we'd consider buying ourselves.
Census Releases Data Through New API
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Agencies, businesses, and individual developers can create apps using census statistics on population, age, gender, race, education, occupations, and more.
Marketing Services Simplify Social Post Timing
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Sprout Social and HootSuite both add automation and optimization for social post timing. HootSuite also introduces bidirectional integrations with Zendesk, Evernote, and Storify.
The Upside Of Conflict
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Don't shrug off conflict in your IT team as just a sign of poorly matched personalities. Instead, turn office struggles around to create a more productive IT shop.
CIA Invests In Broadband Wireless Chips
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Technology can help cover gaps in cell network coverage.
5 Ways To Benefit From Big Data
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Big data can make all the difference in a successful CRM strategy, but it can be overwhelming. Here's how sales and marketing organizations can put big data insights to work for your customers and your business.
iPhone 5, iPad Mini Launch Date Revealed?
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Consumers eager to own Apple's next-generation mobile products may not have to wait much longer.
Apple Vs. Samsung: Opening Day In $2.5 Billion Case
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Samsung fears shadow of Steve Jobs will influence jurors in the heart of Apple country. Judge Koh says no and go; jury selection tries to move case forward.
4G Case Turns iPod Touch Into an iPhone
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
The FreedomPop case for the iPod Touch gives it 4G connectivity and the company provides a free plan. Add a VoIP service like Skype and you've got the equivalent of an iPhone. The case is actually a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to eight other devices.
Why Hasn't Hyper-V Achieved World Domination Yet?
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Microsoft is falling down on its patented copy/embed/propaganda formula. Where's Bill Gates when you need him?
Druva Marries Backup And Sharing
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
With inSync, the cloud provider mixes and matches capabilities. After all, who decided storage services have to be siloed?
Report: Apple To Announce iPhone 5 Sept. 12
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
If reports are accurate, Apple will announce and release its larger-screened iPhone and smaller-screened iPad in September, weeks earlier than expected.
Apple-Samsung Case Hurts You, Me, The Economy
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Both companies deserve our wrath as their patent trial gets under way. Why? They're propagating an intellectual property war with immense collateral damage.
The Death Of 'Open'
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Apple controls everything from your hands to your head. Google and Microsoft are moving in that direction, too. Here's what the end of tech populism means for the mobile ecosystem.
Good, Bad And Ugly Of Fingerprint Scanning
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Apple's recent purchase of Authentec points toward the possibility of a fingerprint-secured iPad. There are some advantages to the technology, some disadvantages, and some dangers.
Oracle Buys Xsigo To Boost Cloud Prowess
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Oracle nabs networking virtualization technology for simple, flexible connections to servers, storage, and networks.
Why McKinsey Values Social Economy At Up To $1.3 Trillion
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Impact of public social media is important, but McKinsey study sees two-thirds of the value coming from social business collaboration within and between businesses.
Long Island Railroad Rolls Out NFC Pilot Project
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Soon, commuters on the Long Island Rail Road might be able to use their smart phones to pay for passes. Test stations have been rolled out in the first step of an ambitious plan to use near field communications (NFC) for payments and information.
Windows 8 Gets Touch-Compatible Mice, Keyboards
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new Sculpt and Wedge lines of peripherals will make it easier to navigate through Windows 8 touch menus, but the convenience comes at a price.
Feds Make Hospital, Nursing Home Comparisons Easier
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
New online features from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services give patients and their families easy access to vital performance and safety information for hospitals and nursing homes.
Will Olympics Streaming Video Take Your Network Down?
News  |  7/28/2012  | 
If Michael Phelps swims his way toward medal history, people will be able to see it as it happens on their computers. For the first time, NBCUniversal is streaming live all 302 events and all 32 sports of the Olympics. Can your network handle it?
VMware's System Management Push: CA, BMC, HP Push Back
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Traditional systems management vendors lock horns with VMware as it trespasses into their space. In some cases, they remain the better option, say users.
Company Policy Be Damned: Employees Love Dropbox
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Thirty-one percent of IT pros say their users frequently use Dropbox, according to a new survey. Half the respondents think it's led to loss or theft of confidential documents. Forbidding employees from using such services isn't practical anymore. DCS--data-centric security--could be the answer.
Apple Swipes Fingerprint Security Company AuthenTec
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Could we soon see an iPad or iPhone or Mac from Apple that uses fingerprints for authentication?
Harvard's Connected Health Docs Service Fortune 500 Clients
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Partners Healthcare specialists will work with CHS Healthcare Services, a large onsite clinic operator, to provide telemedicine services to its corporate clients.
Apple's Authentec Buy Hints At Secure iPad
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
$356 million acquisition of biometrics specialist suggests Apple might be getting serious about the enterprise client market.
Apple Mountain Lion And iOS: Living In Sync
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Now that Mountain Lion offers iMessage and iOS-like notifications, is keeping everything in sync really all it's cracked up to be?
Samsung, Apple Widen Lead In Smartphone Race
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Samsung and Apple both gained ground on their smartphone competitors, while Chinese firm ZTE jumped into the top five vendors.
4 Ways Ford Is Exploring Next-Gen Car Tech
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
InformationWeek 500 Conference preview: Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas will discuss how the automaker is making software an ever more important part of the vehicle.
Google Talk, Twitter, Azure Outages: Bad Cloud Day
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Google's video chat service had plenty of company on the disabled list on tough day for cloud computing.
Cerner Hosting Outage Raises Doctor, Hospital Concerns
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Cerner's national network went down for a day, forcing physicians to resort to handwritten orders.
CIO Roundtable: How To Navigate The Healthcare Maze
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Our brain trust of eight leading healthcare CIOs offers insights on Meaningful Use, accountable care, clinical analytics, and BOYD.
Can Some Code, $40 Arduino Unlock Millions Of Hotel Rooms?
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
After re-engineering how card keys are coded, Cody Brocious figured out a simple hack that can unlock millions of hotel rooms. Now he's sharing it with the world.
IT Chief Heals Growing Pains At Expanding SMB
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Georgia-based Digital Insurance has IT pain points that might sound familiar. Consider these strategies if your SMB has a growing need for speed.
Facebook Phone, Or Facebook Faceplant?
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
Facebook is reportedly working with HTC to bring a Facebook-branded phone to market by the middle of 2013. Surely Facebook knows by now that this is a bad idea.
Windows RT Won't Run Some Old Printers
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
Windows on ARM was always going to need a lot of new driver work, but it appears that Microsoft's commitment to supporting devices on the low-cost Windows version is tentative. Only some printers will be supported.
Samsung's Smartphone Sales Trounce Apple's
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Samsung sold twice as many smartphones as Apple in the second quarter. No wonder Apple's trying to protect its turf in court.
Will Dossia-WCS Alliance Jumpstart Personal Health Records?
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Union of Wellness Corporate Solutions and Dossia could drive more consumers to use PHRs.
Nicira Acquisition Is VMware's Smartest Move Yet
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
NVP technology will lead to sustained profitability and relevance--and throws down the gauntlet for Cisco.
NFC Phone Hacking and Other Mobile Attacks
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Just by getting a few centimeters from a phone running NFC (Near Field Communications) with a malicious NFC tag you can take control of that phone. Charlie Miller demonstrated the attack at Black Hat using an Android phone and some test devices he created.
4 Steps For Secure Tape Backups
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Lock data behind walls of encryption and tapes behind layers of physical access protection.
Walgreens' Prescription For Photo Profits: Public API
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Walgreens expects to expand use of its chain-wide photo printing service 20% through third-party mobile app developers. An open API will pave the way.
Apple Vs. Samsung Trial: What's At Stake
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
The smartphone giants have been preparing for this IP battle, which kicks off July 30, for more than 14 months. Here's what they want.
Microsoft Exchange Servers Spoofed To Manipulate Mobile Devices
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Black Hat researcher demonstrates mobile man-in-the-middle proof-of-concept attack that allows for unauthorized remote wipes.
Google Glasses: Does This Make Sense?
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
Yes, I want Google Glass glasses. But here's why you probably won't.
Enterprise Still Likes Apple over Android
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
A Good Technology report reveals that enterprise companies are choosing Apples over Androids. On the flip side, Android activation is doubling in the enterprise.
Google Now Points To Future Of Mobile
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
I've been testing Google Now for a few weeks on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Search innovation is alive and well.
Android App IDs Smartphone, Tablet Vulnerabilities
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Can Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and carriers be pressured to stop waiting months before patching known, exploitable vulnerabilities on their Android smartphones and tablets?
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