News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in January 2011
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Global CIO: HP Calls Out Apple In CEO's Quest To Be Coolest Of All
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
New CEO Leo Apotheker finally talks about HP's future but says nothing about the enterprise. Instead, he says HP will out-cool Apple. Word up.
Intel Discloses Flaw In Sandy Bridge Chipset
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Fixing the 6 Series chipset design error will cause a $300 million revenue drop in the first quarter, said the company.
Android Steals Top Smartphone Spot From Symbian
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Nokia was ousted from atop the smartphone platform leader board after a nearly ten-year stay as Android led sales in fourth quarter of 2010, according to Canalys data.
Global CIO: The Software Revolution: Can SAP Light The Fuse?
Commentary  |  1/30/2011  | 
Three emerging technologies have sparked a new generation of incredibly fast enterprise apps with huge disruptive potential—and SAP plans to lead this revolution.
CodeWeavers Unmasks Windows Impersonator For Mac, Linux
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
CrossOver software lets users run apps on PCs "without paying a dime to Microsoft," said the firm.
Top 5 Handset Makers Of 2010 Ranked
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Nokia, Samsung, and LG remain firmly entrenched atop the market share rankings, but innovation and the crucial smartphone segment will determine the rest of the pecking order in 2011, according to IDC.
Lenovo, NEC Announce PC Joint Venture
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Boosting share in the Japanese computer market is the goal of the alliance, which was announced the same day NEC reported a threefold increase net losses.
Verizon iPhone Or AT&T, Which Is Better?
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
With Apple's smartphone coming to Verizon Wireless next month, users should be asking which carrier offers the better deal.
iPad Fuels 241% Growth In Apple's Market Share
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Analyst firm says Steve Jobs' company is now tied with Dell as the third largest PC maker—if the iPad is included.
Motorola, Nokia Q4 Results Underscore Need For Innovation
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Apple's iPhone has snagged market share from both handset makers, a movement that Verizon's addition of the smartphone is likely to exacerbate.
Wolfe's Den: Intel Inches Into Its Next Big Market
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Diversifying beyond the PC, Intel's multi-billion dollar embedded computing push envisions Atom processors in millions of appliances, Smart TVs, and other connected devices.
Codec Wars: What About Mobile Devices And Content Sites
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Last week I commented about Google's decision to eliminate support for the H.264 video codec standard from Chrome and while I initially focused on the implications for PC users, given the growing use of mobile browsers, I wondered if the ramifications could be even more significant for them. Well, on further reflection, I'm not too worried, at least yet.
Mobile App Revenue To Top $15B This Year
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Worldwide revenue from mobile applications downloaded from online stores will reach $58 billion in three years, Gartner says.
Plantronics Unwraps New UC Products
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Famed Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin highlights company's 50 year anniversary with new UC-ready handset, speakerphone and UC toolkit.
Global CIO: SAP Transformed: From Stuffy ERP To Real-Time iPad Analytics
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Citing impressive across-the-board results, SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott says new strategies and platforms will drive more growth in 2011.
Mac Office 2011 Available For Free Trial
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Apple users can kick the tires for 30 days on new features like Outlook for Mac and Excel Sparklines before they decide to buy.
Microsoft Ships 2M Windows Phone 7 Handsets
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Microsoft claims handset manufacturer partners shipped two million Windows Phone 7 devices by the end of 2010, but it's unclear how many have been sold to end-users.
Intel Commits $100 Million To University Research
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The first of six university-based R&D centers, led by Stanford, will focus on visual computing in tablets, smartphones, and other consumer tech.
Microsoft Earnings Preview: Kinect Up, Windows Down
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Windows OS license sales may be off as much as 25%, but solid growth is seen other key parts of Redmond's operations.
Facebook Credits Policy Raises Developers' Hackles
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The social network addresses concerns that the 30% cut it takes when game players use Credits will damage developers' cash flow.
Disney Interactive Restructures, Lays Off 200
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The company has tapped Electronic Arts executive Adam Sussman to lead the operation, which will refocus on social media and mobile games.
Android Gaining On iOS Among App Developers
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Tablets are driving rising interest in Google's mobile platform, which is now within 5 points of matching Apple's ranking.
Steve Jobs Should Take A Cue From AIG's Cancer-Stricken CEO
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Robert Benmosche's forthrightness about his illness is in stark contrast to the Apple chief’s secrecy.
Global CIO: Apple iOS Crushes Google Android In Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
The iPad continued to surge into the enterprise as Q4 activations jumped more than 50%, while Windows Mobile devices dropped out of Top 10, says Good Technology report.
Apple Taps NSA Alumnus As Global Security Chief
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Geekonomics author David Rice is the latest in a string of high-profile security hires for the company.
Facebook Makes Credits Sole Legal Currency
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Developers must pay the social media giant a 30% cut whenever online game players use the virtual money.
Microsoft Asks Court To Ban Tivo DVRs
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
The software maker claims the underlying software in Tivo set-top boxes violates its patents and is looking to block sales of the devices in the U.S.
Will Apple, Google Lead Mobile Payment Revolution?
Commentary  |  1/25/2011  | 
By adding near-field communications to the iPhone and iPad, Apple -- along with Google -- may provide the spark needed to ignite mainstream use of mobile payments.
AMD Updates Driver Support For OpenGL 4.1
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Radeon, ATI FirePro, and ATI FireGL graphics card drivers for Windows and Linux support the latest OpenGL spec.
NASA Spins Android App
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Spinoff, the space agency's first software for Google's mobile platform, highlights NASA innovations used in people's daily lives.
Foursquare Value Checks In At $250 Million
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Social media location site is developing tools to help local businesses connect with customers and expects to hit 10 million users by June, said site co-founder.
What's Driving Apple's 10 Billion App Success
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
The Google, Research In Motion, Palm/HP, and Microsoft app stores are all playing catch up with Apple, which just celebrated a major app download milestone, but without making one specific change, there's slim chance these competitors will narrow the gap.
Apple Shares Head Lower On Jobs Health Worries
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
The iPad manufacturer's refusal to disclose any details about its CEO's condition has some investors worried.
Global CIO: Steve Jobs' Legacy: 10 Ways He's Rocked Our World
Commentary  |  1/23/2011  | 
The profound influence of Apple's brilliant founder and CEO has changed how corporations of all kinds approach strategy, design, and customer engagement.
Global CIO: Google's Eric Schmidt: Top 10 Reasons Mobile Is Always #1
Commentary  |  1/22/2011  | 
"The answer should always be mobile first," outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt said last year—and his compelling arguments are even more persuasive today.
Camino Upgrades Open Source Mac Browser
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
Version 2.1 Alpha is based on Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine, adds six major features.
IBM Workers Get $1,000 Stock Bonuses
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
Record sales and profits provide an unexpected windfall for Big Blue's rank and file employees.
AMD Beats Wall Street Estimates
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
The microprocessor maker delivers solid earnings, offers few details on the recent resignation of CEO Dirk Meyer.
Google Co-Founder Larry Page To Replace Schmidt As CEO
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Google on Thursday reported Q4 2010 revenues of $8.44 billion, but the bigger news was that co-founder Larry Page will take over as CEO in April, with current chief Eric Schmidt moving out of day to day leadership to become Executive Chairman.
Facebook Fields Feature Phone App
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
The social network is trying to reach the majority of mobile phone users who don't have smartphones.
iOS 4.3 Beta 2 Deletes Multitouch, Adds FaceTime
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Apple has seeded a second beta of iOS 4.3 to developers. The updated code reveals several new camera-related features while nixing others.
AMD Takes Fusion Processors To Embedded Systems
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
The G-series chips compete with Intel's combo graphics-CPU processors, and are targeted toward Internet-enabled set-top boxes, thin clients, and point-of-sale kiosks.
Global CIO: Apple Hammers Google Over Tablet Flaws
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
By the time Google's Android tablet OS is available, 20 million iPads will be in full use. And until then, Apple's spreading the fragmentation FUD.
Lenovo Forms Tablet, Smartphone Product Group
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
The reorganization reflects the computer maker's push into the consumer Internet device market.
Apple Q1 Profits Almost Double
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
Apple announced record revenues and earnings on soaring iPhone and iPad sales, but didn't discuss Steve Jobs's medical leave.
Google's Video Announcement Creates More Heat Than Light
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Google created quite the Internet buzz last week with their announcement dropping support for the H.264 video codec standard as the default HTML5 video player in Chrome, opting instead to use technology from the open source WebM project. Although H.264 is an ITU standard for high definition video and is already widely used on Blu-ray discs, apparently it's not open enough, or perhaps as easily manipulable, for
Sprint Boosts Price Of Unlimited Data Plan
News  |  1/18/2011  | 
The carrier says the $10 increase is to cover the costs of people increasingly using their devices to play games, download applications, and browse the Web.
Brits Bridging Digital Divide With Cheap Linux PCs
News  |  1/18/2011  | 
Refurbished Linux computers and discounted Internet service are being offered in a bid to make the United Kingdom the world's first fully connected nation.
Windows Phone 7, Collateral Damage Edition
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Verizon getting the iPhone is cruelly timed torture for Microsoft and Windows Phone 7, already facing an uphill battle against Android and other smartphones.
Analysis: Google Dropping H.264 Support In Chrome Is Shortsighted
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Google's singular focus on WebM misses the big picture, and is a real misstep for a company that aims for universally accessible information.
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