News & Commentary
posted in November 2010
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Zeo Personal Sleep Coach
Slideshows  |  11/2/2010  | 
Technology's pervasiveness doesn't stop at the bedroom. The Zeo Personal Sleep Coach combines wireless, the Web, and an intelligent design to bring sleep data and therapy to the masses.
SAP Tackles BusinessObjects Support Woes
Commentary  |  11/2/2010  | 
Apps vendor unveils new communication approaches and support options in hopes of healing an old wound.
Visage Updates SaaS Mobility Management Tool
News  |  11/2/2010  | 
Cloud-based MobilityCentral helps SMBs and enterprises provision, manage, and secure company-owned wireless devices.
Dell: Windows Phone 7 Easier Than Android
Commentary  |  11/2/2010  | 
According to Dell CEO Michael Dell, developers think Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is an easier platform to develop for than Google's Android.
McKesson To Buy U.S. Oncology For $2.16 Billion
News  |  11/2/2010  | 
Combined company will deliver technology, business, and distribution services to community cancer practices, one of the fastest-growing segments in healthcare.
OpenOffice.org Developers Flee To LibreOffice
News  |  11/2/2010  | 
Shakeup followed Oracle's decision to fire leaders of the Document Foundation, which is heading up the alternative open source productivity suite.
Oracle To Acquire ATG For $1 Billion
News  |  11/2/2010  | 
Full-service e-commerce house will complement Oracle's back-end analytics software and hardware.
How Much Do You Trust Your Employees? How Much Should You?
Commentary  |  11/2/2010  | 
Insider fraud cost businesses 5% of their revenue in 2009, a new study reports. So ho how much should you trust -- or distrust -- your employees?
Twitter Deposits Promoted Tweets In Timelines
News  |  11/2/2010  | 
Partners with HootSuite to test ad messages in users' microblog feeds.
Only 36% Of Android Devices Running Froyo
Commentary  |  11/2/2010  | 
According to Google, 77% of all Android devices are running either Eclair or Froyo, but many are still stuck with Cupcake and Donut.
Shuttle Discovery Is 'Go' For Final Launch
News  |  11/2/2010  | 
Preparations underway as NASA's oldest orbiter set to take to the skies one last time.
Apple Seeds iOS 4.2 Golden Master To Devs
Commentary  |  11/2/2010  | 
iOS 4.2 brings folders, multitasking, AirPlay and wireless printing to the iPad. It may be available to consumers as early as next week.
Global CIO: Under The Oracle-SAP Radar: Can Workday Scale Into Financials?
Commentary  |  11/2/2010  | 
With many Fortune 500 companies using its SaaS HR apps, Workday is developing a suite of financial applications as well—plus an IPO.
iPhone Users: Borrow An Alarm Clock This Weekend
Commentary  |  11/2/2010  | 
If you use your iPhone as an alarm clock you might want to get a cheap alarm clock if you want to make it to work on time. There is a daylight savings bug that is causing the alarm to go off an hour later than scheduled.
Are You Ready for Your ERP Close-up?
Commentary  |  11/1/2010  | 
As part of a live webcast last week featuring executives from Torelli Bicycle Company, enterprise resource planning software leader SAP, and ERP implementation specialists to the small and midsize business market Navigator Business Solutions, we had the opportunity to conduct a live poll of the nearly 200 SMB companies in attendance.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Cheaper Than iPad To Make
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
An iSuppli teardown analysis finds that Samsung's Galaxy Tab is more of a large-scale Galaxy S smartphone, than a challenger to the Apple iPad.
Informatica Deal Promises Big Data Impact
Commentary  |  11/1/2010  | 
Partnership with Cloudera will open up Hadoop to thousands of data integration developers.
Adobe Connect 8 Gets Vidyo Plug In
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
Flash-based Connect 8 allows live audio and video broadcast streams during Web conference.
NASA, Microsoft Reveal Mars In Pictures
Slideshows  |  11/1/2010  | 
As Earth's closest neighbor and with an atmosphere more similar to Earth's than any other planet in the solar system, Mars has long been a subject of great interest to astronomers and the public. NASA began exploring Mars with unmanned spacecraft in the 1970s, and the space agency hopes to eventually send a human to the Red Planet. In March 2009, NASA and Microsoft partnered under a Space Act Agreement to make images of Mars and other planets available through Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope, an
T-Mobile's New Data Plans Include Smartphone Tethering Option
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
T-Mobile introduced revised pricing for its data services today, including a $10 entry-level option and (limited) smartphone tethering for the first time.
Xbox Kinect To Crush PlayStation Move?
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
IDC estimates Microsoft's hands-free control system could top Sony's rival offering in units sold by as much as 50%.
Cognizant Profit Soars, Exceeding Wall Street's Expectations
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
The global IT services company attributes its 32% profit increase to businesses spending more on new technologies.
TV Makers Brace For Sluggish Holiday Season
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
Leading electronics manufacturers Sony, Panasonic, Samsung and LG anticipate dismal sales and price drops during the critical holiday buying period.
Top 5 Twitter Clients Reviewed
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
Third-party clients bring horsepower and rich features to the Twitter experience, so you can manage the tsunami of information flowing through the streams you follow and make the most of every 140-character opportunity. Here, InformationWeek lifts the hoods of five leading clients and breaks down the pros and cons of each.
Is Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Right For SMBs?
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
A local Boy Scout chapter found that Microsoft's workflow software, while most often used by large enterprises, was the most efficient way to roll out its collaborative website.
Android, iPhone Leave Windows Mobile In Dust
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
Redmond continues to lose ground to Google and Apple, and needs its latest offering—Windows Phone 7—on the market as soon as possible.
Blekko Social Search Challenges Google
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
The search startup believes those using search engines should define what's relevant and share their insights to help everyone else.
SAS Services Mine Customer Interactions
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
Twitter comments and Web site interactions yield insight into customer satisfaction, segmentation and campaign success.
HHS Offers Grants For Health IT Infrastructure
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
Early Innovators competition will reward states for innovative and cost effective proposals to help consumers and SMBs compare and sign up for health insurance plans.
IBM Jumps Into Government Cloud Computing
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
Big Blue is launching infrastructure-as-a-service targeted at federal agencies and piloting a community cloud effort for local governments.
Phoenix Tech Subject Of Takeover Bid Battle
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
Key system software maker is the subject of a bidding war between Gores and Marlin Equity Partners.
Wind River Revs Embedded Linux
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
Open source development platform adds features to increase productivity and improve resource sharing across multiple groups.
Android Captures Smartphone Lead In U.S.
Commentary  |  11/1/2010  | 
According to numbers from Canalys and NPD Group, Google's Android mobile operating system grabbed a commanding 43.6% of the U.S. smartphone market in the third quarter.
ViewSonic Unveils Android Tablets
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
The ViewPad 10 is a dual-boot Win 7 and Android device, while the ViewPad 7 offers Google Mobile Services in a compact 7-inch design.
Holiday Shoppers Count On Online Research
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
A majority of consumers say they'll use social networks, websites, and smartphones to get advice, deals, and coupons before they buy.
Global CIO: SAP: The Top 10 Reasons We'll Beat Oracle In Applications
Commentary  |  11/1/2010  | 
SAP says its strength in on-demand applications, mobility, and business analytics, plus a huge difference in philosophy, will keep it ahead of Oracle in enterprise apps.
Microsoft To Buy 3D Chipmaker
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
Canesta's image sensors for 3D cameras will be used in developing natural user interfaces, says Microsoft.
Shuttle Discovery Prepped For Final Flight
News  |  11/1/2010  | 
NASA orbiter embarks Wednesday on its last mission to International Space Station.
Clear And Sprint Launch WiMax In NYC
Commentary  |  11/1/2010  | 
Sprint and its partner Clearwire today announced the official launch of the companies' joint WiMax network in New York City, Hartford, Conn., Trenton, N.J., Tampa, Fla., and other cities.
Data Usage Drives Cellular Network Upgrades
Commentary  |  11/1/2010  | 
Significant growth in data transmissions is expected to force cellular network providers to make massive investments in network upgrades, according to market research firm In-Stat. The emerging requirements could stretch their pocketbooks as well as their network capacity.
Microsoft Already Making Changes To Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  11/1/2010  | 
The new mobile platform from Microsoft is just two weeks old in Europe and still has a week to go before launching in the US. Even so, Microsoft is taking feedback from developers and is making changes both to the platform and the Marketplace application store.
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