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posted in January 2013
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Amazon Expands Video Conversion As A Service
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Amazon Elastic Transcoder allows users to use the AWS cloud to convert video into formats for Macs, PCs, iOS and Android devices.
CIO Master Class: Choose Your Public Speaking Style
Commentary  |  1/31/2013  | 
Addressing the troops can be fraught with pitfalls. A psychologist offers tips on how leaders can boost teamwork by using situation-appropriate styles of speaking.
Amazon E-Retail Down For Hour On Thursday
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Amazon offers no explanation. Amazon Web Services continued functioning, with all services apparently available.
Celebrity 'Advisers': Tech's Most Entertaining Ticket
Commentary  |  1/31/2013  | 
BlackBerry names Alicia Keys "global creative director." I can't wait to see who hires Honey Boo Boo.
IBM Showcases Bunchball Social Gamification Partnership
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
To get users to discover the business value of enterprise social networking, first give them a fun experience, IBM says.
Apple Wants You To Dispense Cash
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Apple's filed a patent application to coordinate the physical transfer of cash between two individuals.
PC Makers, Learn From Car Makers: Use Model Years
Commentary  |  1/31/2013  | 
PC vendors, are you tired of losing sales to the cool new tablets? Take a page from the auto industry's playbook and introduce model years.
United Healthcare's Humedica Buy Signals Analytics' Clout
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Humedica would give Optum, United's health services arm, new power in the growing health data mining market.
Apple iOS 6.1 Sees Quick Adoption
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Apple's iOS update was installed on 22% of devices within 36 hours, says website developer.
BlackBerry's New Enterprise Candy Won't Tempt CIOs
Commentary  |  1/31/2013  | 
The company formerly known as RIM can't just copy the same things Apple and Google did to steal the top spot.
HIMSS Goal: Show Value Of Health IT
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Convincing national policy makers that health IT is worth the investment and promoting interoperability tops health IT organization's Washington agenda.
Bill Gates Touts Analytics To Solve Global Problems
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
In his foundation's annual letter, Microsoft co-founder says analytics are helping developing countries tackle health and education problems, urges setting clear goals.
Apple's Tablet Rivals Gaining Share
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Apple sold more tablets than any other company during the fourth quarter, but its competitors are starting to catch up.
IBM Sees Progress On Social Software Standards
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Support for OpenSocial makes it easier to adapt and embed new and legacy applications for use with enterprise social networks.
EHR Accuracy Remains Problem, CHIME Says
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives warn technology and workflow burdens make EHR reporting nearly impossible.
Microsoft Surface Pro Storage Snafu: Does It Matter?
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Windows 8 takes up about 70% of the 64-GB Surface Pro's storage. Will this factor into the tablet's BYOD potential?
OVF 2.0 Takes On Cloud Lock-In Worries
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
DMTF standards body updates its vendor-neutral virtual machine file format. The goal: Make it easier to leap from cloud to cloud.
Are Big Companies Ready For Cloud ERP?
Commentary  |  1/30/2013  | 
Any ERP change is high risk, but CIOs will look closely at cloud options.
China's GitHub Censorship Dilemma
Commentary  |  1/30/2013  | 
Censorship becomes more difficult when communication gets combined with code.
BlackBerry 10: Visual Tour Of Smartphones, OS
Slideshows  |  1/30/2013  | 
RIM rebrands itself as BlackBerry and unveils a new operating system and two new smartphones. Take a closer look at the company's last hope of regaining mobile glory.
Why CMO Tech Spending Is Good For IT
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
As CMOs increase their tech spending, it's up to IT to get wise to marketing’s ways.
Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
Commentary  |  1/30/2013  | 
White House plan will work only if the IT systems and databases used for background checks and gun tracing get the improvements needed to support stepped-up oversight.
Early MOOC Takes A Different Path
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
Focused on "workplace skills," Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online pursues a different agenda than other companies that offer massive online open courses.
Judge Won't Triple $1.05B Verdict Against Samsung
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
In patent battle, Apple had sought "willful infringement" decision in motion following August jury trial; more wrangling ahead.
BlackBerry 10: Not All The Right Moves
Commentary  |  1/30/2013  | 
BlackBerry got many elements of its pivotal new smartphone platform right, but not all of them. Let's break down the good and bad.
Apple Asks Court To Force Google Cooperation
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
iPhone maker accuses Google of unwarranted delays in providing documentation it needs for Motorola Mobility lawsuit defense.
BlackBerry 10 Radically New, But Many Details Missing
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
BlackBerry, the company now formerly known as RIM (Research In Motion), formally announced the new BlackBerry 10 platform today along with two phones to run it. The software on these phones is radically different from the old BlackBerry OS and from existing smartphone operating systems. But many important details - technical specs like battery life and availability in the US - are still missing or unclear.
U.K. Government CIOs Unhappy With ERP
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
More than 60% IT decision makers in British local government feel their electronic resource planning (ERP) investments haven't delivered, says poll.
U.K. Online Retailers Struggle With Product Returns
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
U.K. shoppers adore buying things online. But they also like returning a lot of that stuff and expect snappy turnaround when they do.
BlackBerry Debuts Z10, Q10 Smartphones
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
New smartphones from the company formerly known as RIM are the first to run its new BlackBerry 10 operating system. They won't go on sale in the U.S. until March.
5 Tips For Proactive Customer Engagement
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
When reaching out proactively to customers and potential customers, there's a fine line between helpful and creepy.
Healthcare Experts Confront EHR-Related Medical Errors
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
AMIA task force calls on vendors, clinicians, academics and policy-makers to rethink poorly designed health IT systems.
IBM's Watson Finds Home At Rensselaer Poly Tech
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
IBM's cognitive computer will let university do advanced computing research and expose students to big data analytics disciplines.
Quality Measure Reporting For EHRs Needs Work
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
Mistakes indicate a need for redefined quality measures suited for EHRs, say researchers who conducted Weill Cornell study.
Amazon Profits Fall Despite Rising Revenue
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Amazon reports fourth-quarter sales of $21.27 billion, but heavy capital expenditures led to a decline in net income in quarter and an overall $39 million loss for 2012.
Google Maps North Korea With Help From Users
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Individuals around the world are contributing geo-information about secretive North Korea.
IBM Expands Enterprise Cloud Services
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ can host SAP, other enterprise apps, and offer uptime rates of 99.7%.
Contest Produces Consumer Friendly Health Records
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Competition focused on improving look of downloaded health records, and Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT hopes EHR vendors will participate in followup project.
New Supercomputer To Target Climate Research
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Department of Energy spending $17 million on a new supercomputer for climate and biological research.
Immigration Reform Package Includes Tech Workers
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Separate bill would significantly increase the number of H-1B visas issued by the United States.
Chromebooks Actually Selling, Acer Says
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Laptops running Google's browser-based operating system are resonating with buyers.
MS Office 2013 Upgrade: 4 Points to Consider
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Microsoft Office 2013 offers some compelling new features, especially for mobile users. But how will buyers respond to the new version's license shake-up and cloud emphasis?
Europe's Fastest Satellite Broadband Service Debuts
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
30 million Europeans can't get high speed Internet connections via existing infrastructure. Could a revamped satellite-based option tempt them to try the space-based alternative?
Google U.K., Raspberry Pi Donate School PCs
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Google U.K. teams with Raspberry Pi to donate 15,000 cut-down computers to British schools and inspire the next generation of computer engineers.
Can Europe's Hi-Tech R&D Bet Pay Off?
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
New Future Emerging Technology programs seed graphene and brain modeling research to kick-start whole new tech industries. Do they have a chance?
How Big Data Could Help Tame Cancer
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
U.K. cancer scientists say a huge DNA database could help prolong the lives of some patients.
Apple To Release 128GB iPad 4
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
A new 4th generation iPad with Retina Display will come with 128GB of flash storage.
Apple Adds 128-GB iPad Starting At $799
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Apple says boosting storage capacity will make the iPad more useful for enterprises, educators and artists who work with large files.
BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
Commentary  |  1/29/2013  | 
My enterprise will give the new BlackBerry 10 and BES careful consideration, but it appears our RIM romance is over.
Oracle Wants Cloud Cake And Hardware Wins
Commentary  |  1/29/2013  | 
Oracle hopes infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) plan will help the company have its cake and eat it, too -- boosting Oracle hardware use and increasing cloud subscription revenue.
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