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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in August 2012
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Walmart Search Engine Move Aims At Amazon
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
By developing its own e-commerce search engine, Walmart aims to drive more online sales.
Curiosity Rolls Ahead On Mars Following Software Upgrade
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
NASA engineers upgrade software on Curiosity to let six-wheeled vehicle cruise longer distances on surface of Mars and make use of robotic arm.
Apple iPhone 5 May Face Supply Problems
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
Sharp Display has not been able to begin production of iPhone 5 displays because of manufacturing problems.
Apple Worked A Broken Patent System
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
Apple used a dysfunctional U.S. patent system to gain excessive control over technologies it did not invent. If you value innovation, don't cheer Samsung's punishment.
Top 15 Government IT Innovators For 2012
Slideshows  |  8/30/2012  | 
From mobile apps to testbeds on wheels, creative thinkers at government agencies are finding ways to better serve the public.
Data Scientists: Meet Big Data's Top Guns
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
These big data gurus remain in high demand. A hiring side expert talks about what data scientists bring to the table.
Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
Leaked press shots of Nokia's next-generation Lumia devices show Windows Phones that will stand out from their peers.
Engaging The Enemy On Social Media: 5 SMB Tips
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Online controversy can drive big traffic to small and midsize businesses, but is it a good idea to provoke competitors and other foes on social sites?
Uber Is Disrupting How Urbanites Get Around
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Uber is one of the hottest startups in San Francisco and continues to expand from city-to-city. Using your smartphone, the service allows you to request a car for a ride. As a regular user of Uber, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson took Uber for a spin.
Google+ Grows Up For Business
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Google+ has new features that will allow employees to collaborate more, while making IT folks comfortable with privacy restrictions and control mechanisms.
Shoutlet Helps Retailers Track Foursquare Activity
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Social media management tool also manages promotions tied to a location.
Top 10 Healthcare IT Innovators For 2012
Slideshows  |  8/30/2012  | 
Among 10 IT teams transforming parts of the U.S. healthcare system, you'll find important lessons in innovation and persistence.
Startup Weekend Made Me A Better IT Leader
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
You'll be amazed at what you can learn when you push outside of your comfort zone.
Android Device Chip Race: MIPS Takes On ARM
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
MIPS Technologies' upcoming proAptiv processor squares off against ARM's Cortex A-15, signaling renewed compeition in chip designs for Android smartphones and tablets.
Android Drives China Smartphone Adoption Past U.S.
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
China will race past the U.S. in smartphone adoption this year, thanks to inexpensive Android devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Windows 8 Smartphones: First Impressions
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Samsung's new Android phablet and Windows Phone 8 smartphones impress, but Nokia is gunning for Samsung.
Parallels 8 Runs Windows More Like a Mac
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Popular software for running multiple virtual machines on a Mac, including Windows, gets a major upgrade. Windows users on Mac can take advantage of Mountain Lion features like multi-touch gestures, dictation and notifications. Windows can use the Retina display to its full potential. Overall, Windows apps feel more part of the Mac experience.
Samsung Announces Windows 8 Phone, PC and Tablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Samsung announced a new line of Windows 8-based devices under the ATIV brand Wednesday, including the first publicly-revealed Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The company said the lineup will include the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro, an ATIV tablet and ATIV S smartphone.
Samsung Updates Galaxy Note Phablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Pundits were skeptical about the Galaxy Note phone/tablet hybrid, but Samsung has sold 10 million of them. The Galaxy Note II bumps up the hardware power and battery life, updates the OS to Android Jelly Bean, and increases screen size with only a modest increase in size and weight.
How Spigit Fosters Innovation: A Hands-On Tour
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
In both its enterprise software and its new freemium product, Icon, Spigit offers tools for brainstorming and selecting the best ideas. Learn more in this Valley View video.
Severe Weather Warnings: Twitter, Text, Or TV?
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
NOAA awards $879,000 in grants to study how social media might improve warnings for severe weather events like Hurricane Isaac.
10 Tips For Not Working This Weekend
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
This Labor Day weekend BYOB, not BYOD. Unless you're a cop or a doctor or something like that.
Apple 'AirPlay Direct' To Shed Wi-Fi Requirement
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
At September iPhone 5 event, Apple expected to announce way for iOS and OS X devices to transmit audio to wireless speakers without a Wi-Fi network..
Wajam Dodges iPhone Restrictions, Adds Social Search, Maps
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Bypassing the App Store, social search utility demonstrates the value of making iPhone apps talk to each other and to social networks.
Aerospike Vies To Advance NoSQL Database
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Acquire a competitor? Check. Round of VC funding? Check. Open source version of base product? Check. The former Citrusleaf hits several big data development trends at once.
3 Ways To Turn Enterprise 2.0 Laggards Into Fans
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
Try these experiments to learn why early adopters differ from the people who want collaboration tech thoroughly documented and explained.
Sony Debuts Xperia S Android Tablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Sony unveiled a new Android-based tablet and smartphones at IFA Wednesday. Check out the Xperia S and its siblings.
Consumer Health Kiosks Coming To Stores Near You
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
SohoHealth to place thousands of FDA-approved units in pharmacy departments of Walmart and other mass merchants. Plans include free health screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index.
Are Consumers Dumping Samsung Smartphones?
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
Trade-in sites, research firms suggest consumers are unloading their Samsung phones in the wake of the courtroom loss to Apple. But some are just upgrading.
How Wireless Operators Get Hurricane-Ready
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Verizon Wireless talks about how its COLT (cell on light truck) mobile base station trucks can be deployed at hurricane time.
Google Gives Nexus 7 Prime Ad Spot
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Google embellishes its usual pristine, white search page with an ad for its 7" Android tablet.
VMware Shows More Of BYOD, Virtual Desktop Tools
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
At VMworld, VMware CTO Steve Herrod shares more details on upcoming Horizon tools that extend desktop virtualization to Android, iOS devices. VMware has talked up that idea before, but the suite's beta version won't be ready until late 2012.
SUSE Launches OpenStack Cloud Platform
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
SUSE Cloud automated platform aims to speed OpenStack cloud setup, improve resource utilization.
Google+ Gets Down To Business
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Google rolls out several new Google+ features, eyes launch of a distinct Google+ enterprise service by 2014.
Top 5 Password Managers
Slideshows  |  8/28/2012  | 
2012 is the year of the password breach. Did you know there are tools to manage multiple, strong passwords so you don't have to? Here are BYTE's Top 5 P@$$w0rd Managers.
FAA Reconsiders Airplane Mobile Device Ban
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Federal Aviation Administration study may change airlines' requirement that passengers turn off electronic devices for significant portions of flights.
AirWatch Integrates MDM With Apple Configurator
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Mobile security vendor AirWatch now allows users of Apple Configurator to access its Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM), Mobile Content Management (MCM), Mobile Email Management (MEM) and BYOD management software, for mass deployment and configuration of iPhone and iPad devices.
Curiosity's Robotic Arm: Strong, But Not Sensitive
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
NASA's Curiosity rover is using its seven-foot robotic arm and tools to gather more information about Mars. Next step: Make the arm 'feel' what it's doing.
T-Mobile Works iPhone 5 Angles
Commentary  |  8/28/2012  | 
T-Mobile is preparing its retail staff for the iPhone 5's arrival--even though it won't be selling the device. For example, it can woo unlocked iPhone owners.
Motorola RAZR M Details Leak
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Motorola's next high-end smartphone for Verizon Wireless boasts a solid set of specs.
Apple Seeks Injunction Against 8 Samsung Phones
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
At the judge's request, Apple has produced a "tailored" list of 8 Samsung models on the sale of which it seems an injunction. Numerous Samsung Galaxy models are on the list, but not the most current ones.
Apple Wins, But Android Game Not Over
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Samsung lost an important legal round to Apple. But looking ahead, Google has Android patent weapons of its own.
Update: iPad Mini To Debut After iPhone 5
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Reports from typically reliable sources say that the Sept. 12 Apple event will be the debut of the iPhone 5. The rumored iPad Mini won't be released until a later event, so that Apple can get to dominate the news cycle twice.
Amazon Glacier Puts Data In Cold Storage
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
But it's more infrastructure than service, meaning there's room for other vendors to step in and extend.
Android Smartphones To Power NASA Satellites
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
NASA plans to use Nexus Android smartphones as the on-board computers on tiny, low-cost satellites.
Inside IBM's $1.3 Billion Kenexa Buy
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
IBM social business group's move mirrors acquisitions by SAP, Oracle, and Salesforce.com to add online recruiting and talent management to product suites.
Google Nexus 7: A Work Tablet?
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Google's first Android tablet, with its fast quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, compact size, and hi-res screen, offers the best bang for the buck of any tablet available today. It's the snappiest, most comfortable-feeling tablet I've tested.
Big Data Scientists: The New Mad Men?
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Successful marketing now depends on "who has the better math," not the better creative, says analytics firm.
IBM Launches New Mainframe For Big Data Analytics
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
IBM's zEnterprise EC12 offers direct links to the company's Netezza analytics appliance, which can support scenarios like real-time fraud detection.
5 Tips: Overcome Corporate Collaboration Challenges
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Social turns top-down communication channels upside down, as employees demand honesty and input on corporate decisions.
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