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posted in November 2011
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Sprint Beefs Up Network For iPhone
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
Carrier takes action to remedy users' reports of subpar smartphone speeds.
How Netflix, Zynga Beat Amazon Cloud Failure
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
When Amazon Web Services crashed in April, Netflix and Zynga kept operating because they designed their systems to accommodate that possibility.
Google Indoor Maps: 6 Uses, Good To Ugly
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Google Maps Floor Plans of malls, airports, and the like are mostly about increasing ad revenue. Consider the use cases, from good to perhaps ugly.
House Approves Faster Green Cards For Foreign IT Workers
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Senate also expected to approve bill that eliminates per-country visa caps and institutes a first come, first served system.
Help Wanted 2.0: SMB Recruiting Goes Mobile
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Does your recruiting strategy extend to tablets and smartphones? Learn how and why Photobucket reaches out to mobile-savvy candidates
App Allows Radiology Diagnosis Via Tablet, Smartphone
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
FDA clearance of GE Centricity mobile app lets radiologists use smartphones and tablets to make diagnoses from remote locations or in the field.
RIM Responds To PlayBook Jailbreak
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Research In Motion insists its PlayBook tablet is secure, despite claims from security researchers that it has been jailbroken.
Latest Tablet Fans: U.S. Census Bureau
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Next census not until 2020, but bureau already working on field data collection via tablet apps.
Security Tips Cyber Monday Madness Teaches Us
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
You're not as locked down as you think. It's utterly impossible to secure an organization without having the buy-in of the employees.
RIM BlackBerry Fusion: A Swing And A Miss?
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
RIM's new MDM platform will handle BlackBerry, Android, and Apple iOS devices--but it's arriving too late for some IT shops.
Appirio Social Enterprise Toolkit Links To Chatter
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Cloud consulting company Appirio is bundling a greatest hits collection of Salesforce.com Chatter tools for integration and compliance.
10 Silliest Tech Company Names Of 2011
Slideshows  |  11/30/2011  | 
Tech companies have created some of the strangest and funniest company and product names in business. Here's the most recent evidence that this trend is only accelerating.
Android 4.0 Upgrade: Coming Soon To Your Phone?
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Don't buy a new Android smartphone unless you know for sure that it will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Here's the list.
Cancer Researchers Call For EHR Standards
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
American Society of Clinical Oncology report says, with modifications, electronic health records could play a transformational role in targeting cancer treatments.
VMware's Best And Worst Moves Of 2011
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
Virtualization market leader VMware launched several bold initiatives in 2011--and made several missteps.
Salesforce.com Steps Past CRM, Into Social Marketing
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Radian6-powered services help companies capture, decipher, and respond to customer interactions across Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
Microsoft Apps Coming To Apple iOS
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
Microsoft apps like Office, Azure, and SharePoint may soon show up on iOS and Android devices.
Google's Daring Dozen: 12 Big Bets In 2011
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Google has played a smart game in 2011, especially with Android, but it hasn't been perfect. We evaluate its main moves in the past year.
Office 365 Gets 30 New Features
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Microsoft takes aim at Google Apps with Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and Mac support, as well as easier-to-manage security tools.
AT&T-T-Mobile Wrangling: What A Waste
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
Imagine if all the time and money spent on the wheeling and dealing around this merger were channeled into actually creating something of value.
DOD Sees Budget Challenge To Data Center Consolidation
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
The military says it's on track with its data center consolidation plans, but budget uncertainty might make it hard to maintain the pace.
Windows Phone Dwindles To 6% Of U.S. Market
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Microsoft's mobile phone efforts dropped 33% from the second quarter to the third in the U.S., while Google surged and Apple held its ground.
DOD Aims To Improve Info Sharing
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Defense Department plans to use semantic Web principles to improve how data is shared, analyzed, and reported across myriad systems.
Cloud Computing's Unintended Consequences
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
Wise CIOs will gravitate toward services, become more data-driven, and factor more frequent usage spikes into their capacity planning.
InterContinental Hotels Explores Enterprise Social Software
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Hotel chain explores broader ambitions for enterprise social software, starting with a focus on recruiting and training.
Carrier IQ Withdraws Legal Threat Against Security Researcher
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Network diagnostic software vendor issues apology to researcher who discovered its application secretly monitoring smartphone users.
5 Resolutions For Better BI in 2012
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
Make business intelligence easy to use, deploy, afford, administer and embed.
Why Can't Patients See Their EHR Data?
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association outlines arguments for and against expanding patient access to their health data.
iOS 5.1 Beta Points To New iPhone, iPad
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Beta release of iOS 5.1 includes reference codes to unannounced versions of the iPhone and iPad, though new features appear to be scarce.
Windows 8 Tablets: Too Little, Too Late?
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Touch-friendly devices running Microsoft's next OS may be more than a year away, leaving some analysts to conclude that Redmond has already lost the tablet market.
RIM Adds iOS, Android To BlackBerry Management Service
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Faced with a terminal case of uncoolness of its BlackBerry phones, the company looks to strengthen the appeal of its respected back-end platform.
Obama Orders Agencies To Move Records To Cloud
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
White House tells federal agencies to improve records management by considering new electronic alternatives.
Health Information Exchanges: Get Everyone Onboard
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
The ultimate goal is a universally accepted national health information exchange. What's the holdup?
RIM Set To Manage Android And iOS Devices
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
For mostly-BlackBerry organizations, RIM's new product offers broad support with a familiar administrative look and feel.
Google+ Hangouts Ready For Business?
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Google's powerful, free videochat service may be a business meeting alternative to GoToMeeting or Skype--under very controlled circumstances.
Unofficial Android Build CyanogenMod Gets An Ice Cream Sandwich
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
New custom edition of Google's latest mobile OS, Android 4.0, might pose security threat to bring-your-own-device outfits.
Twitter Buys Mobile Security Startup Whisper
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Two-person development shop created software for secure text and voice communications on Android smartphones.
Private Cloud Choices Grow For SMBs
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Public cloud-wary midsize businesses can leverage KnowledgeTree's document management tools for online file sharing and storage.
Windows Phone 7 Usage Shows Small Uptick
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
More Facebook users are making use of the integration feature in Windows Phone 7, suggesting a small spike in new users for Microsoft's mobile platform.
NSFW - Siri Fails At Couples Therapy
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
The iPhone 4S's new voice command interface may seem magical, but she can't perform miracles. Don't force her into the middle of your personal problems.
iPhone Flames Out On Australian Flight
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
It's rare, but it's been known to happen before: an iPhone on an airplane combusted. Nobody was hurt.
Aetna, Banner Health Pitch ACO-Related Health Plan
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
New insurance plan for employees of small businesses is based on accountable care organization model and the latest clinical technology to boost the quality of patient care.
NASA Launches Mobile Apps Store
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Agency employees and contractors can download apps for smartphones to access internal information, although choices are thin to start.
Microsoft Said To Eye Yahoo Deal, Again
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Software maker may be set to revive campaign to acquire all or parts of the online portal, which it tried to buy three years ago.
Dropbox For Teams Addresses Business Needs
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
The file sync service is already widely used in business, but it's only beginning to address team collaboration and IT control.
EHR Adoption To Reach 80% By 2016
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Competitive marketplace means electronic health record vendors must work harder to meet clinicians' demands, says IDC.
How Defense IT Will Cope With Billions In Cuts
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
The Pentagon is betting that spending on technology can save money and help it meet huge cuts in the defense budget that have been ordered and additional cuts that may be on the way.
9 Mobile Health Apps Worth A Closer Look
Slideshows  |  11/28/2011  | 
There's no doubt: Clinicians love their mobile devices. Among many new health apps, here are 9 that healthcare professionals and their patients should investigate.
Consumerization Is Forcing Techs To Improve Their Business Skills
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
Consumerization of IT is putting greater pressure on techs to broaden their skills beyond information technology, lest they find themselves marginalized by skilled power users.
HTC 'Not Another Nokia' Says CFO
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
HTC says innovative new products on deck for next year will address investor fears concerning the company's stalled growth.
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