News & Commentary
posted in November 2010
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Hacking Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
There is news on two fronts on hacking Windows Phone 7. The OS was released last month in Europe and is less than a month out of the gate in the US and already someone has found a way to bypass Microsoft's Marketplace application store. Microsoft is fighting back though on more serious hacking attempts, like custom ROM images.
Like Having Steve Jobs Show You How to Use Your iPhone
Commentary  |  11/28/2010  | 
In a recent InformationWeek SMB On Location webcast, the grateful employees of Torelli Bicycle Co. discussed details of their successful enterprise resource planning system deployment. The feat was accomplished through the help of ERP solution provider SAP and Navigator Business Solutions, a premier SAP integration partner that specializes in serving the small and midsize business (SMB) community.
Google Cloud Connect Changes Everything
Commentary  |  11/28/2010  | 
Just last week I looked at the fight for your domain and thought that Microsoft's Office 365 might have the edge. The next day, Google announced Cloud Connect and changed the balance again.
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Tips for Installing 'Big Business' Applications on an SMB Scale
Commentary  |  11/26/2010  | 
In this series, we've been following the exploits of a particular company in the small to midsize business (SMB) category as it implemented the type of enterprise resource planning solution typically associated with Fortune 1000 firms. In fact, with its four full-time employees, Torelli Bicycle Company in North Hollywood, Calif., may be among the smallest companies to ever install an integrated ERP system from a leading software provider such as SAP.
Wealthier Americans Use Internet More
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
Pew Research study finds households earning $75,000 or more go online and use technology more often than their lower-income counterparts.
FCC Postpones Net Neutrality Vote
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
The delay of the early-December meeting sparks speculation the agency is mobilizing for a vote on the controversial issue of overseeing Internet access.
Navy Names Terry Halvorsen CIO
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
Replacement for Rob Carey is a cyber expert who spent nearly a year as deputy commander for the Navy Cyber Forces.
Methane Powered Laptops Could Arrive Soon
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
Harvard researchers develop platinum-free solid-oxide fuel cells, which could be reliable and cheap enough for mobile technology.
Facebook Gets Nod To Trademark 'Face'
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
By getting permission from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Facebook moves closer to adding a legal weapon for protecting its name from upstart social networks.
Paper Is Not Just Paper Anymore
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
A close look shows that the use of ColorLok technology does have an impact on output quality, especially in duplex mode.
White House Names Top Mobile Apps
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
Services for learning about NASA missions, finding government jobs, or the nearest U.S. embassy are among the administration's top picks.
Taiwanese Group Developing Thin, Flexible E-Reader Displays
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
The Industrial Technology Research Institute and AU Optronics are partnering to mass produce durable, paper-thin screens suitable for use in schools.
NASA Awards $6 Million To Develop 'Green' Aircraft
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman get funding to build plans for cleaner, quieter, and more fuel-efficient airliners.
Apple I Nets $213,600 At Auction
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
Rare computer sells to Italian businessman Marco Boglione.
Angry Birds Running Poorly On Some Android Phones
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
One if the most popular apps in mobile phones is the addictive Angry Birds by Rovio Mobile. They have brought the game to the Android platform, but if you have an Android phone, don't assume you can run the game.
ComScore's Big Data Deployment In Detail
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
Crunching tens of terabytes, a leading digital marketing measurement firm delivers insight -- quickly.
Skyfire Adds Facebook Integration To Android Mobile Browser
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
Social media focused app features easy video streaming, quick news feed access, and a simple way to "like" articles on any site.
NextGen, ScImage Intro Universal Medical Image Integration Module
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
Scans produced by multiple picture archiving and communication systems can be accessed, viewed directly within NextGen's Ambulatory Electronic Health Record system.
Kids Want iPads
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
Nielsen asked a bunch of kids want they are interested in acquiring at some point in the next six months. Thirty-one percent said the Apple iPad.
Young Adults Browse Via Mobile More Than Desktop
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
Opera's latest State of the Mobile Web report indicated that young adults aged 18 to 27 spend more time browsing the Internet on their phone than on a traditional PC.
Oracle 1, SAP 0 (But Don't Forget the Sidelights)
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
Oracle's copyright infringement case against SAP was never about the money -- Oracle's objective was to embarrass SAP and gain customer mindshare. So, did they really accomplish that?
Surviving 'Mack Truck Syndrome,' Part II
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
In our last installment of the InformationWeek SMB On Location blog, we talked with Torelli Bicycle's Product Design Manager Christian Feldhake about the benefits of his company's new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Jury Decides: SAP To Pay Oracle $1.3 Billion
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Oracle wins its landmark copyright infringement case in a landslide, as the jury awards an unprecedented figure. The case is likely to be appealed, and its outcome will linger for years.
Asus Launches Notepad E-Reader
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
Asus's Eee Note EA800 combines an e-book reader with the ability to take notes and draw sketches on the device's touch screen.
Shoutlet Announces Facebook Storefront Tool
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
The Shop & Share application lets businesses create custom storefronts on FaceBook fan pages that incorporate social sharing options.
Quest Adds Hyper-V Support To vFoglight 6.5
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
The third-party tool for monitoring VMware environments can view and manage Microsoft's hypervisor and examine Exchange and Active Directory performance.
Google's Office Trojan Horse
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
It's no secret that Google has been eying Microsoft's lucrative Office application franchise since the release of the premium, supported version of Google Apps a couple years ago.
Acer To Release Android Tablets
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
Competing with Apple's iPad and shifting from netbooks, the PC maker next year will roll out two Android-based tablets and a Windows system.
RIM Kicks Kik Out Of App World
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Research In Motion said that award-winning Kik violated contractual obligations and pulled Kik's application from BlackBerry App World.
Will You Know Where Your Business Is If The Lights Go Out?
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
A recent study pointed out that fear of downtime outranked data theft among consequences of a data breach or other intrusion. There's a reason for that ranking, and it extends far beyond breaches.
Emergency Department Integration Trumps Functionality
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
KLAS report shows only 69% of best-of-breed clients indicated their current system is part of their long-term plans.
iOS 4.3 To Include 'Daily' Newspaper App Code
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
News Corp has confirmed that it is working with Apple to deliver an iPad-only digital newspaper called "The Daily." New reports suggest that Apple will need to perform a system update to make it work.
PeeWee PC Unveils Laptop For Children
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
The $599 Pivot 2.0 convertible tablet has a 10.1-inch rotating touch screen and comes with water-resistant keyboard, slip-resistant grips and security software.
HP Profit Jumps As IT Spending Rises
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
Net income jumps 5% on an 8% revenue increase, but software sales lag.
VAR Helps Wholesaler Boost Efficiency With Analytics
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Pop Quiz: How can a business turn a mish-mash of data into a neat set of statistics it can use to make intelligent decisions about day-to-day operations? Hint: The answer is a technology I mentioned in one of last week's blogs.
Pandigital Novel eReader Goes On Sale
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
The $214 nine-inch device is powered by Android and is offered through Barnes & Noble's eBookstore.
Yelp Intros Check In Offers
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
Social media firm revamps business owner dashboard with location-based customer loyalty features.
Health Execs Laud EHRs For Boosting Care
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
Government Accountability Office report finds that e-health records support disease management by improving data sharing and communication.
TerreStar Extends Dual Satellite Cell Phone For Consumers
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
The Genus handset, targeted toward outdoor enthusiasts, public safety, and business users, connects to AT&T's cellular network and the TerreStar-1 satellite.
TSA Screening Protests Take To Social Media
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
Air travelers turning to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to try to change the Transportation Security Administration's new hand-search and enhanced body scanner policies.
ManTech To Buy Federal IT Contractor for $75 Million
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
Acquisition of privately held MTCSC will bolster ManTech's cybersecurity, network engineering, and systems integration practices.
Coupa Integrates Expense Management With SalesForce
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
Cloud-based platform allows companies to control spending in real time, including creating expense reports, viewing project costs, and more.
Mobile Google Docs Editing Stinks
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Based on my attempts to use Google's new mobile Docs editing features, I'd say the feature is far from fully baked.
Ready for 150M Broadband Connections?
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Faster networks have been an ongoing desire among small and medium businesses since the days of 50K bps modems. Trying to gain the high ground in the never ending speed war, Verizon boosted its top speed to 150M bps.
Is Android Too Open For Google's Benefit?
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Google has never really cared about selling services to the consumer. Instead, they want to give you something that keeps you on their site so they can generate advertising revenue. This is the strategy with Android, but that may be backfiring as handset makers replace Google as the default search engine.
Vudo Video Service Coming To Panasonic Blu-ray Players
News  |  11/22/2010  | 
Panasonic's Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray player is the latest device in a growing list of high-definition TVs and players supporting Vudu's Internet-video service.
Storage Virtualization, Cloud Make Compellent Compelling
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
Its ability to "thin provision" marks a storage vendor ready for the virtualized data center and cloud computing.
AT&T iPhone App Targets 'Backup And Go'
News  |  11/22/2010  | 
SMBs using the remote backup service can access their files, view, print and fax directly, instead of going through the website.
Black Friday Deals Starting Early
News  |  11/22/2010  | 
Some cyber retailers, like Amazon and RadioShack, will kick off bargains as early as Monday, while others will start on Thanksgiving.
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