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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in September 2008
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Dell Offers PC Pre-Loaded With Movies
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
For an additional $20, movie fans can get a copy of "Iron Man," along with bonus features, pre-loaded on select Inspiron, Dell Studio, and XPS laptops, and desktops.
Nokia Abandons Business Market -- What Does It Mean For Your Company?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Nokia this week announced that it will stop marketing and developing its own software services for business customers. What does that mean for companies using Nokia solutions?
Movie Studios, RealNetworks Sue Each Other In DVD-Copying Dispute
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
RealDVD software lets people rent DVDs from a legitimate video-rental store and build a library of copied movies without ever buying a DVD.
T-Mobile Concerned Over FCC's Free Wi-Fi Plan
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The mobile operator claims recent tests near Seattle prove the free service would interfere with its cellular network.
Tech Sector Could Star In U.S. Economic Salvation
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Universal broadband, spending on energy technologies, and alternative technologies could encourage the growth needed to come back from the Wall Street bailout, analysts conclude.
AMD Says 'Shanghai'-Based Servers To Hit Market In 4Q
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The chipmaker said that rollout of its first 45-nm server chip is ahead of schedule and that it learned from its mistakes in launching Barcelona.
Nokia Prepares 'iPhone Killer,' Changes CTO
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Symbian S60-powered smartphone dubbed "Tube" is expected to include Nokia's music player, DVB-H mobile TV support, and various GPS applications.
LG Intros Affordable Touch-Screen Phone
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The KP500 has Bluetooth, a document viewer, expandable memory, and multimedia capabilities, and it should have a low price.
Nokia To Acquire Mobile E-Mail, IM Provider
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The acquisition of OZ Communications is part of Nokia's larger strategy of providing more than just the handset.
Snow Seen On Mars
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Phoenix Mars Lander detected snow falling from the Martian clouds about 2.5 miles above the planet's surface.
iPhone 3G Gets Lotus Notes Support
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
IBM released a Web app that enables iPhone users to get access to their Notes and Domino e-mail, calendar, and contacts.
The Economy And Jobs: More Than You Can Handle?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Feel that? It's the economy quaking. With the House rejecting the $700 billion bailout bill, stocks seesawing, and loads of uncertainty looming, it's possible you'll have more candidates than you ever imagined applying for jobs at your company. Are you ready to handle that?
Mobile Broadband Group Forms To Counter Wi-Fi
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Led by the GSM Association, the group plans to spend more than $1 billion promoting a Mobile Broadband service mark to signify the alternative to Wi-Fi and WiMax in a range of notebook PCs.
SOA Applications In Virtual Machines? Experience Matters
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Not everybody remembers a little outfit called Wily Technology. It was a Silicon Valley startup that caught my eye because it did something that made eminent common sense: it watched a running Java application the way an end user would experience it on the Internet. In January 2006, CA acquired the eight-year-old company for $390 million.
Samsung Samples 'Smallest' 2 Gb Memory Module
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The next-generation memory style is expected to increase from 29% of the DRAM market in terms of units sold to 72% by 2011, according to IDC.
Apple Tweaks App Store Policies
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company is hoping to stop shady developers from propping up their applications with fake reviews, as well as keep users who haven't tried it from posting negative reviews.
Nintendo DS Refresh Sets Its Sights On Apple
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The next version of the handheld gaming device would be able to take pictures and play music similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Apple Unlocks Its Own iPhones For Hong Kong
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Apple also may be looking to expand into more Chinese markets by unlocking the iPhones for other wireless standards beyond GSM.
SpaceX 'Falcon 1' Marks New Era For Space Industry
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Falcon 1 is carrying a simulated payload, a hexagonal aluminum alloy chamber that weighs 364 pounds and stands about 5 feet tall, designed specifically for the test mission.
Leap Wireless, MetroPCS Sign Roaming Deal
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The companies agreed to roaming deals, spectrum swapping, and settling all outstanding litigation between them.
IBM, ARM Join On Mobile-Device Chip Technology
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The results of the partnership will be used in logic, memory, and interface products for the customers of IBM's Common Platform technology alliance, such as Chartered Semiconductor and Samsung.
WiMax Makes Its Long Awaited Debut
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
WiMax has resembled the networking industrys next budding princess. While a great deal of talk has centered on when the technology would debut, much of it has been shrouded in secrecy and duplicity. Well, for some lucky few businesses, the wait is finally over.
CTL Launches Two Sub-$500 Netbooks
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The 2go Classmate PC is aimed at the education market, while the IL1A mini-notebook targets consumers and businesspeople.
Nero Launches TiVo For PC, Multimedia Software
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company announced software that brings TiVo to PCs, a digital media transferring tool, and an upgraded burning and ripping suite.
Samsung 'Pixon' Hits Store Shelves With 8-Megapixels
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The camera phone also supports 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, a Microsoft Office document viewer, and a multimedia player.
Sprint Debuts 'XOHM' WiMax In Baltimore
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The no-contract service will feature a $10 daily pass, a $25-a-month home plan, and a $30-a-month on-the-go plan.
USB Thumb Drives For Multitaskers
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Serdar Yegulalp's story "12 Tricks To Teach Your USB Drive" got me thinking about some of the more accomplished thumb drives I've seen recently.
Microsoft Details Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company will focus on debugging and modeling for developers, including a feature that functions just like an airplane's black box.
AT&T, DirecTV Partner On Satellite Television
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
AT&T planned to start offering DirecTV service after its contract with Dish expires Jan. 31, 2009.
Wireless Mergers Top FCC's To-Do List
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The Verizon-Alltel and Sprint-Clearwire mergers will be reviewed by the end of the year, the FCC said.
Motorola Prepares WiMax USB Dongle
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The thumb-sized-device will be available in the fourth quarter in each of the three WiMax bands around the world -- 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, and 3.5 GHz.
Space Station Invites Public To Very Long-Distance Chess Match
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
Students in kindergarten through third grade will get the first four moves against undefeated astronaut Greg Chamitoff.
Toshiba Unveils 256 GB Drives For 'Netbooks'
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The new category of mini-notebooks was popularized this year by the computers makers including Dell and Hewlett-Packard.
Visa To Bring Apps To Google's Android
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
Visa will enable Android users to get near-real-time alerts on card activity, as well as get discounts and directions to merchants.
Panasonic Gets Tougher While Lightening Up
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
Panasonic has updated its Toughbook family of business-rugged notebooks with three new 3G-ready models, one of which the company says is the lightest to be had.
FCC's Dilemma: Moving Sprint Away From Public Safety Nets
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
Ever since the Nextel acquisition, plans to reallocate the 800-MHz spectrum have been bandied about so it doesn't interfere with bands used by public safety agencies.
Chip-Designer Transmeta Up For Sale
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
In essence, Transmeta's technology was instrumental in helping the industry reach a level of power efficiency that has become the foundation of so-called "green IT" initiative today.
Which Video Editing Program Should You(Tube) Use?
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
Our software smackdown compares Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, and Corel VideoStudio, with tips on the best package for creating your digital camcorder movie masterpiece.
China's iPhone 3G May Lack 3G And Wi-Fi
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The move may be a way for China Mobile to keep customers from unlocking the device and running it on rival China Telecom's W-CDMA 3G networks.
VMware Beefs Up Ability To Deliver Virtual Desktops
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The enhancements make it possible to run multimedia presentations over Remote Desktop Protocol such as voice combined with images.
Twitter Outage Even Grounds 'Fail Whale'
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
A system-wide outage of Twitter on Thursday got people's blood boiling, but raises another round of questions about the Web 2.0's effectiveness in the enterprise.
BlackBerry Maker RIM Posts $492 Million Profit For 2Q
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The company is still the dominant leader in U.S. smartphone sales, and is making headway around the globe.
U.S. Court Upholds Two Broadcom Patents In Qualcomm Case
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The patents are related to chips used in phones with high-speed Web links.
Global IPTV: $19 Billion Market By 2012
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Driving the increase is growing consumer demand for video, as well as the entry of new content providers such as YouTube and Joost, according to a new Gartner survey.
Google's New Smartphone Wows Consumers, But Enterprises Must Wait
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Mobile users hoping to use the G1 for business may be disappointed by the absence of Microsoft Exchange support, and a desktop syncing client.
Toshiba Expands HDD Lineup For Mini-Notebooks
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The Serial ATA products also are available with Toshiba's free-fall sensor option that parks the disk head before impact when a notebook is dropped.
Google's Larry Page Calls FCC White Space Test 'Rigged'
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The test back in August determined whether a prototype device for transmitting Internet traffic over the unused white space in the TV spectrum could interfere with microphones.
Down To Business: Should Your People Come Before Your Customers?
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
One school of thought is that if you treat your people right, they'll be far more motivated and equipped to engage with (and maximize returns from) your customers.
Apple Launches iPhone 3G Online Buying Tool
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Customers still can't get an iPhone 3G shipped to their homes, but the online tools could speed up the sign-up process.
Apple Clamps Down On App Store Developers
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Apple has been criticized for being inconsistent in its rationale for rejecting applications or pulling ones that have already been approved.
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