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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in January 2012
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9 Tech Innovations For Your Health
Slideshows  |  1/31/2012  | 
Wondering if you're having a cardiac event or suffering from a concussion? There's an app for that: Check out these promising health-related apps, gadgets, and ideas from the Digital Health Summit.
Microsoft, Please Don't 'Touch' Office 15
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Will Microsoft's attempt to revamp Office with a touch interface leave behind its core users?
iPhone 5 Could Be Game-Changer For Mobile Payments
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Some developers are betting the next Apple iPhone will have NFC capability and pave the way for mobile payment technology to finally take off.
New Industry Alliance Targets Phishing And Spam
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
DMARC can help fight bogus emails--but only if everyone agrees to use its DKIM and SPF authentication rules.
Apple Now Top PC Maker, Report Says
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
iPad sales pushed Apple well ahead of Wintel giants like Hewlett-Packard and Dell in Q4, according to research.
Oracle Loses One To HP In Itanium Saga
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
HP wins on one ruling, but a judge denies both companies' requests to seal documents tied to the ongoing HP-Oracle Itanium case.
RIM's Cartoon More Preschool Than Bold
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
RIM turns to the "Bold" team of superheroes in its latest marketing push. But the Saturday-morning-style characters probably won't appeal to anyone other than Disney Junior fans.
Invasion Of The Android Malware! Or Not.
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
[Update:] Symantec identifies more than a dozen apps in the Android Market that are infected with malware--sort of.
Will Microsoft Port Kinect To Asus Notebooks?
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Windows 8 prototype may be among the first to incorporate hands-free control technology originally developed for Xbox 360.
Commodity Hardware Meets Mission-Critical Apps: Success Story
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Here's how First American Title Insurance saved $800,000 by exchanging its HP Superdome hardware for commodity x86 servers, and resisted pressure to move from SQL to Oracle database technology.
Stolen iPhone Saved By iCloud
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police follow Find My iPhone directions to nab a suspect and recover an iPhone in the space of four hours.
Facebook's Timeline Soon Will Be Mandatory
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Your Facebook page as you know it will be going away, to be replaced by Timeline, a richer and more complete look at your status over time.
Apple iPad: Happy 2nd Birthday
Slideshows  |  1/26/2012  | 
Apple changed the way we think about computing and digital devices--again--when it introduced the iPad tablet in early 2010. Take a look back and a peek ahead.
AT&T Loses $6.7B, Faults FCC Regulation
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
AT&T CEO complained about inconsistent government regulation and the need for spectrum to serve rural America as the company recorded massive fourth-quarter loss.
Microsoft Xbox 720 Details Trickle Out?
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Microsoft's upcoming entertainment and cloud services platform console could run seven times faster and dish up Blu-Ray. But gamers may not like rumored restrictions.
HP WebOS Open Source Timeline Revealed
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
HP will release Open WebOS 1.0 in pieces during the next eight months, disappointing some developers who'd hoped to get the entire platform at once.
Smartphone Option Overload Confuses Consumers
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Vendors have bombarded consumers with conflicting information about smartphone costs, network data speeds, and features, slowing adoption and upgrade rates.
Apple iPad Sales Show Rivals No Threat
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Apple sold more than 15 million iPads during the holiday quarter, and CEO Tim Cook predicts tablets will outsell PCs in the future.
Apple CEO: Three Horses In Smartphone Race
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Tim Cook says Microsoft's Windows Phone can't be counted out, but that Apple ignores rivals and focuses on innovation.
Google Has Lost Control Of Android Fragmentation
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Fragmentation allows variety among device makers, but can cause frustration for developers and lower satisfaction among end users.
Apple's Record Revenue: By The Numbers
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
As Apple reports its highest quarterly revenue and earnings ever, a few numbers pop. One example: Apple has $97.6 billion in cash on hand, enough to buy Sony five times, or about half of Google.
Verizon: 44% Of Customers Use Smartphones
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
Verizon's fourth quarter earnings show a significant jump in the number of smartphone subscribers, but strong iPhone sales dinged Verizon's margins.
Ultrabooks: The Next Big Thing In Notebooks
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Aren't notebooks and PCs in general on the way out as we adopt tablet and touch interfaces and everything else moves to the cloud? Not so fast.
Survey: iPad Use Growing Among IT Pros
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
IT pros are using their iPads at work a lot, usually for communication, but more for data consumption than production.
Nokia Sells More Than 1 Million Lumia Phones
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Good news for Microsoft Windows Phone 7? Nokia has sold about 1.3 million Lumia smartphones, analyst survey says.
12 Hadoop Vendors To Watch In 2012
Slideshows  |  1/23/2012  | 
Promising low cost and unheard of scalability, Hadoop has been called the next-generation platform for data processing. Check out the vendors taking Hadoop to the next level.
Hackers Jailbreak iPad 2, iPhone 4S
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
It took 10 months for hackers to crack iOS 5.0.1. Workplaces that allow bring your own device need to act immediately to avoid potential security risks.
Windows Phone Predicted To Overtake iOS By 2015
Commentary  |  1/22/2012  | 
Nokia partnership will launch Microsoft's platform to second place in global smartphone market share, iSuppli forecasts.
Is This Patent Full Of Crap?
News  |  1/22/2012  | 
Tech people love to disparage patents, but we don't look at them the way the legal system does. How do you tell if a patent is really bogus?
How To Make A Textbook With Apple's iBooks Author
Slideshows  |  1/20/2012  | 
Apple's free iBooks Author is an easy way to get started in electronic textbook publishing. Just know there's a middleman standing between you and your adoring public: Apple. Read more about Apple's tricky software license agreement, which as InformationWeek's Thomas Claburn points out, puts severe restrictions on authors' rights. BYTE's Chris Spera has his own opinion about
Apple's iBooks Author Software: Just Say No
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Buried in the iBooks Author software license agreement is a contractual requirement that gives Apple considerable power over content that you create using the software.
Microsoft, Intel Face Their Kodak Moment
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Unless they embrace radical change, the once dominant Wintel partners will follow the photography giant's unenviable path into decline.
RIM $299 PlayBook Sale On Again
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
Research In Motion is offering all three variants of its PlayBook tablet at this cut-rate price through February 4. But this device has drawbacks.
10 Big Tech Ideas For Retailers
Slideshows  |  1/20/2012  | 
Mobile and social lead the list of hot tech trends for retailers, but they had company at the National Retail Federation's Big Show 2012. Here's a basket full of ideas to check out.
Samsung Logs Apple Case Loss, Sales Win
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
Samsung suffers a setback in its legal fight with Apple in Germany, but sales of its flagship smartphone in Korea hit a huge milestone.
Can Nokia Crack The Verizon Nut?
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
To be successful in North America, you have to have a device on the biggest network, Verizon.
Apple iBooks 2.0 Slam Dunks the Educational Tablet Market
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
If there was ever any doubt over who would dominate the tablet space in the educational market, Apple put that question to rest this week.
$500 iPads In The Classroom: Good Idea?
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
Apple says it wants to put textbooks on a pricey tablet to deliver a richer learning experience. But critics say the device cost is what's rich.
Apple's New iPad Play: Remake Textbook Market
News  |  1/19/2012  | 
iBooks textbooks offer interactive learning for $15 or less, but hardware costs could hamper Apple's success.
AT&T Tweaks Data Plan Prices
News  |  1/19/2012  | 
AT&T adds $5 to the monthly price for smartphone and tablet data plans. But added bandwidth cuts the cost per megabyte.
Plaxo's Broken Services: Part Deux
News  |  1/19/2012  | 
I love the power of the Internet to quickly rectify--and confirm--information. Here's what Plaxo had to say about my claim that it's broken.
Why RIM Should Cut BlackBerry Losses
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
RIM's best move may be to cut its losses on BlackBerry 10 and adopt Android or Windows Phone instead.
Supercomputer Cools Off Using Groundwater
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
Novel cooling system turns normal groundwater into big savings for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is running a new 162 teraflop supercomputer, Olympus.
Samsung Doesn't Want RIM. What's Next?
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
Samsung denies reports that it's in talks to acquire Research In Motion, but that doesn't mean the BlackBerry maker is without options.
Windows 8 Tablets Overpriced Thanks To Intel?
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
Report suggests that Windows 8 tablets with Intel chips could cost significantly more than Android-based devices. This could push tablet makers to favor Intel rival ARM.
CES 2012: The Coolest Stuff
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
Here are 6 products or technologies that really stood out for me at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Ford CEO: More Tech Means Less Driver Distraction
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
As Ford turns to IT to redefine its product line and image, it answers questions about whether gizmo-laden cars are less safe cars.
Stop SOPA And Piracy
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
It does seem as if the SOPA and PIPA bills will facilitate abuse of innocent Internet users. So what do we do about the abuse of IP holders?
One CES Lesson: HP's Apotheker Had It Right
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
TV manufacturers want to make your company's laptops, tablets, and phones too. Don't swim against this tide.
PowerTrekk's Phone Charger: Just Add Water
News  |  1/17/2012  | 
Need to recharge your phone? Add your favorite water or beverage to the PowerTrekk Fuel Cell, and you get battery juice, no matter where you are.
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