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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in August 2008
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Twitter, Not Rock 'N' Roll, Saved My Soul
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
I'm getting lots of questions about whether Twitter and other microblogging sites can and should be used in the enterprise, to which I say, "Can you afford not to?"
Google Launches Google Video For Business
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The company is using its Google Apps business to provide the infrastructure necessary to search videos, restrict access to them, rate them, comment on them, and download them.
Google Shows Off Android App Winners
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
All of the 10 teams that won the Android Developer Challenge top prize of $275,000 utilize GPS in some manner.
Obama's VP Text Missed By Half Who Signed Up
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Keynote Systems' independent tests showed inconsistent performance of Obama's SMS service with extremely poor availability compared to the industry standard.
AT&T-iPhone Problems May Signal Difficulties For Android
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Verizon and T-Mobile may do well to sidestep network glitches if Google wants its phone to outsell Apple's, a wireless spectrum expert suggests.
Psystar: Apple Illegally 'Destroys' Competition, Bricks Mac Clones
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The upstart Mac cloner claims in an antitrust suit that Steve Jobs and company employ a mix of hype, dubious licensing schemes and technology to dominate the Mac computing environment.
BlackBerry Wins Versus Windows Mobile For Google Apps Mail
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
After a flawed experience with one of the first Windows Mobile-based Motorola Q's, Microsoft outfitted me with a Samsung SCH-i760 smartphone which, from an industrial design perspective, is one of the best designs for a smartphone I've ever experienced (more on that in a second). Unfortunately, integrating WinMobile 6.0's version of Outlook with Google Apps-based Gmail was so problematic that I gave up in favor of a company-furnished BlackBerry. Bla
Start-Ups Bring Google's Parallel Processing To Data Warehousing
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Aster and Greenplum have made Google's MapReduce compatible with SQL for use in the parallel data warehousing systems based on open source PostgreSQL.
Microsoft To Acquire Ciao Shopping Portals For $486 Million
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Ciao operates in seven European languages and countries, and recently launched a beta site aimed at the U.S. market.
Electric Cars: Inside Chevy Volt, Tesla Roadster
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Check out our image gallery with pictures of GM's upcoming Chevy Volt hybrid, and Tesla Motors' groundbreaking all-electric Roadster.
Smartphone Apps For The Rest Of Us
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Even if you use Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon -- or don't have an iPhone for your AT&T connection -- you can still get games, music, location-based services, and other mobile content on your phone. Here's how.
Apple Patent Application Describes Multi-Touch Mac
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The 52-page diagram shows gestures on the touch screen associated with a number of tasks, including zooming, panning, scrolling, rotating, and enlarging.
Dell's Profit Drops As IT Spending Slowdown Spreads
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The company has been cutting expenses for months to meet a promise to Wall Street to cut at least $3 billion in spending by the end of the fiscal year 2011.
SaaS Doubts Boost Remote Infrastructure Services
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Chiquita Brands, a SaaS believer, taps remote management services provider for e-mail chores.
Google Unveils Android's App Store
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
A competitor to Apple's App Store, the Android Market will allow users to browse, purchase, install, and rate applications on Android handsets.
Lenovo Unveils Low-Power Business Desktop PC
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The ThinkCentre A62 is also available with Lenovo's optional Dash 1.1 card, which lets an IT department remotely manage, boot, audit and update a desktop.
Motion-Powered Cell Phone Charger Coming Soon
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
M2E Power said it will have a charger for sale next year that can provide 60 minutes of talk for six hours of motion.
How Do You Make A Robot Fish? Copy Bluefin Tuna
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The Olin-Boston Engineering project expects to have a working prototype of its "RoboTuna" by the end of the year.
Orange Caps iPhone 3G Speeds At 384 Kbps
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Users have complained that the French wireless provider's capping of network speeds violates the company's service agreement.
Sony Readies Thinnest 40-Inch LCD HDTV
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The TV includes LED backlighting to produce higher contrast, boosts standard images to high-definition 1080p quality, and uses technology that shows all the colors the eye can see.
Smartphone Sales To Hit $200 Billion In 2012
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Interest in the iPhone and open-source operating systems like Symbian will drive smartphone sales, according to Gartner.
Cisco To Buy PostPath For $215 Million
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Privately-held PostPath, which develops and provides e-mail and calendaring software, will enhance Cisco's WebEx product line, the company said.
Biden's Record Is Inconsistent On Cyber-Rights Issues
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
Joe Biden has a mixed record on privacy and Internet civil liberties issues. He often votes with the FBI and media companies against consumers and citizens. He sponsored legislation designed to make it illegal to circumvent copy-protection -- even on content and devices you legally own. He also sought to weaken encryption, and introduce a bill like the controversial PATRIOT Act long before 9/11. But in other areas he's defended privacy and cyber-rights.
What Do SMB Wi-Fi Customers Want?
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
A good percentage of small to medium businesses are planning to upgrade to 802.11n in the next 12 months, according to a survey from ABI Research.
Linux Systems Being Hit By SSH-Key Attacks
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The attack appears to rely on stolen SSH keys to gain access to a system and then uses a local kernel exploit to gain root access, whereupon it installs the "phalanx2" rootkit.
Dell, IBM Revenue Growth Double Overall Server Market
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The overall market recorded its ninth consecutive quarter of positive revenue growth, increasing sales by 6.4% over the same period a year ago to $13.9 billion.
Nortel Demo Puts 4G Wireless One Step Closer
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The company demonstrates the first live Long Term Evolution handoff between cell sites, but data speeds were lower than what's been promised.
Dell Looks To Tap Emerging Markets With Latest Business PCs
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The Vostro notebooks and desktops are tailored for companies and institutions in countries where low-cost, basic computers are strong sellers.
iPhone Password Flaw Discovered
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Once the emergency call keypad is accessed through the passcode entry screen, a person only needs to double tap the home button.
Dell Explains Cloud-Computing Trademark Attempt
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The computer maker can appeal the Patent Office's rejection of its trademark application for the commonly used term.
AT&T Rolls Out New International iPhone Data Plans
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
AT&T has added two new iPhone data plans that should make using Apple's smartphone outside the U.S. cheaper.
hi5 Offers Mobile Social Networking In 26 Languages
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The social networking site's hi5 Mobile service is aimed at smartphone and PDA users worldwide.
'Misleading' U.K. iPhone Ad Pulled
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Viewers complained that they couldn't access "all parts of the Internet" due to the lack of Flash and Java support on the handset.
Nokia Continues Its Cell Phone Dominance
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The dual strategy of targeting developing countries with low-cost mobile phones and instituting price cuts for its mid-tier devices helped propel its momentum, Gartner said.
Obama Texts His VP Choice: Even When He Loses, He Wins
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Okay, so the Obama campaign's idea to text message everyone who provided the campaign with their cellphone number his choice of Joe Biden as his running mate didn't work out too well from the breaking news angle. The news was leaked out well before many people were woken up in the middle of the night to their cellphones vibrating with misplaced excitement. But in other ways  namely branding and information gathering  the move was a stroke of genius.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Plans Antitrust Suit Against Apple
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Psystar claims Apple's restrictions on third-party hardware makers violate U.S. antitrust laws.
Configuration Tools Become Key Management Driver
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Whats attached to your network? With user requirements constantly changing and an increased emphasis on mobility, the answer to that question is often elusive at small and medium enterprises. Consequently, these firms have been paying more attention to configuration management software.
Blame iPhone 3G Reception Problems On Carriers, Not Handset
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
A global survey of owners found their iPhones operated with very slow speeds, especially in metro areas like San Francisco.
Obama's VP Text Reached 2.9 Million
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
With the success of the announcement, advertisers may take a closer look at SMS as a marketing tool, Nielsen Mobile said.
Acer Drops Mini-Notebook Prices
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The Windows or Linux-based PCs include 1.6 GHz Atom processors, built-in Webcams and Wi-Fi support, and a three-cell rechargeable battery.
Nations Respond To Google Earth Threat
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
From banning Google Earth to simply ignoring the mapping service, countries are working to deal with potential security violations arising from the images Google makes available online.
Aircell Signs Up Fourth Airline For Wi-Fi Service
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
CEO Jack Blumenstein expects there will be some 2,000 commercial airplanes offering Aircell's in-flight Gogo Internet service by the end of next year.
Adobe Launches Photoshop Elements 7, Photoshop.com Storage
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
New features in Elements 7 include a tool that lets users brush away unwanted images, such as passers-by in a photo's background.
AT&T Adds Two International Data Plans For iPhone
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
While still expensive, the latest offerings are hundreds of dollars less than pay-per-use international data roaming charges.
QuickBooks Comes To iPhone, BlackBerry
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The application will enable customers to get an up-to-date view of their finances from a smartphone.
HTC Adds Windows Mobile Smartphone
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The HTC S740 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, integrated Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, assisted-GPS, and is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1.
'Mad Men' Characters Get Twitter Accounts
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Characters on the prime-time soap opera Mad Men are getting accounts at Twitter, where they post in-character comments about the goings-on at the hard-drinking, hard-smoking, sexed-up Sterling Cooper ad agency. However, the characters are at war with Twitter management, who are suspending accounts for copyright violations.
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