News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chromebooks Actually Selling, Acer Says
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Laptops running Google's browser-based operating system are resonating with buyers.
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?
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.
Apple iOS 6.1 Expands LTE Support
News  |  1/28/2013  | 
Apple's mobile operating system update also allows Siri to accept spoken orders for movie tickets.
Would You Buy $800, 128-GB iPad?
News  |  1/28/2013  | 
Hints from iOS 6.1 beta, iTunes suggest a higher-capacity iPad on deck for later this year.
RIM BES 10: Too Little, Too Late
Commentary  |  1/28/2013  | 
What does BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 really bring to the table in terms of new enterprise management, security and true enterprise mobility?
Android, iOS Leave Little Room For Competitors
News  |  1/28/2013  | 
Together, Apple's iOS and Google's Android own more than 90% of the smartphone market. That leaves very little room for Microsoft and RIM.
Next Generation, Let's Improve Phone Battery Life
Commentary  |  1/27/2013  | 
Samsung, Apple and the other handset makers have been racing for years to add new, power-sucking features to their phones with no concern for the impact on battery life. Now that consumers are beginning to realize that last year's model is still pretty good, it's time for the industry to raise the energy efficiency standards from "good enough" to "much better."
Carrier Deals Fragment LTE Spectrum
News  |  1/27/2013  | 
AT&T, Verizon and other carriers use different ranges in the RF spectrum for LTE services. The recent deal between AT&T and Verizon illustrates the fragmentation of the LTE spectrum and the problems it creates for smooth operation of handsets.
Smartphones Again Dominate Samsung's Financials
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Samsung exceeded fourth-quarter expectations with $52.45 billion in sales, nearly half of which came from mobile devices.
Hospital Logs Productivity, Revenue Gains From Desktop Virtualization
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare turned to Dell's mobile computing tool to increase physician productivity and simplify single sign-on.
Americans Still Not Sold On Nokia Smartphones
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
Nokia posted its first profit in 18 months as sales of Lumia smartphones begin to take off, but North American market remains a challenge.
Apple Reports Record iPhone, iPad Sales
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
Sales of Apple's iOS devices soared while Mac computers dropped precipitously in fourth quarter of 2012. Wall Street disappointed with the results.
4 Ways Microsoft-Dell Deal Could Benefit IT
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
What's in it for business customers if Microsoft invests $1 billion or more in Dell's buyout deal?
Google: Motorola Still A Work In Progress
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Google admits it still has a lot to accomplish with its Motorola handset business, asks investors for patience.
Samsung's New Weapon Against BlackBerry, iPhone: Fixmo?
Commentary  |  1/23/2013  | 
Samsung Ventures has bought a stake in Fixmo, which sells MRM, or mobile risk management solutions. Their SafeZone product creates a separate, secure area on iOS or Android devices for confidential data and apps, similar in some ways to Good Technology's solutions. It's especially well-suited to a BYOD environment, where the company can't completely control and trust the device. The move may reinforce Samsung's SAFE program for security standards in Android devices.
IBM Profits On Smart Software Plays
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
IBM's fourth-quarter 2012 results cap tenth straight year of earnings growth fueled by high-margin software sales.
Microsoft Might Invest In Dell Buyout
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Microsoft is considering investing $1 billion to $3 billion to help Michael Dell take his company private, according to a report issued Tuesday.
DARPA Takes Aim At Space Junk
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Defense research agency seeks partners to help it repair and reuse retired satellites.
Why Royal Caribbean Treats iPads Like Bed Sheets
Commentary  |  1/22/2013  | 
CIO Bill Martin explains how the cruise line works with Apple, how it's improving on-board Internet access and how it gives new guests a clean iPad.
Dell Demos 64-bit ARM-Based Server
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Dell unveils hyperscale server prototype with both x86 and 64-bit ARM processors, and management software that remotely controls the chips from a single console.
iPhone Beats Android In U.S. Market
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Apple's iOS was the leading smartphone platform in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. On the worldwide stage, Android is tops.
Mozilla Unveils Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Mozilla's Firefox OS is continuing on in development, and a significant milestone has been achieved: Mozilla has announced their Firefox OS developer preview phones. The phones are being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica, a major Spanish broadband and telecom provider with worldwide operations, including the US.
iPhone Math? Giant Phone Rumors Don't Add Up
News  |  1/21/2013  | 
The Apple rumor mill has been very accurate in recent times, but the latest stories of a 4.8 inch mega-iPhone. almost an iPhablet, don't sound right. With the iPhone 5 screen, Apple rejected the "bigger is better" school of smartphone design. Could they be changing their minds?
25 Years From Today: A Time for Bugs
Commentary  |  1/19/2013  | 
25 years from today, January 19, 2038, at 03:14:08 UTC, a lot of software will fail if it's not fixed, and some has already begun to fail. It's not worthy of Y2K-level panic, at least not yet, but there are still many examples of programs that won't work, and the ensuing problems are beginning to crop up on us. As with Y2K, nobody really knows the extent of the problem and we will learn as time goes by, but with any luck, it will be as big a disaster.
Network Management Goes Cellular
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
IT folks normally can't track or manage devices once they go out on the cellular networks, but now there is a service that makes it possible. NetMotion Wireless's Locality service reports back to IT where their users are, what they are running, the quality of their wireless service, and many other data points that are otherwise out of IT's reach.
Nokia Embraces 3-D Printing Future, Perhaps Too Soon
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Nokia hopes consumers will push for phone cases made with 3-D printers. But 3-D printing has been a "dismal failure" as a business for a Half Moon Bay, Calif., shop owner.
5-Inch Smartphone Displays To Be Standard In 2013
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
What's in store from handset makers for the remainder of the year? Think full-HD displays.
Sharp Dramatically Cuts iPad Display Production
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Apple and Sharp have not explained the nosedive in the 9.7-inch screen's production.
BlackBerry Customers Signing Up For BB10
News  |  1/17/2013  | 
Corporate and government customers are lining up to prepare for BlackBerry 10 devices, servers and services, according to a RIM spokesperson.
Apple's iPhone Share To Peak In 2013?
News  |  1/17/2013  | 
Apple's share of the global smartphone market will reach its zenith at 22% in 2013, says ABI Research. Thereafter, Apple will only be chasing Samsung's coattails.
Asus, LG Consider Windows Phones
News  |  1/17/2013  | 
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform might win support of two more hardware makers.
Facebook Open Compute Project Shapes Big Data Hardware
News  |  1/17/2013  | 
Big data practitioners like Facebook, Goldman Sachs and Fidelity are setting the standards for cheaper, more efficient servers and systems from the likes of Applied Micro, AMD, Dell and Intel.
Do Not Bring Your Own Surface
Commentary  |  1/16/2013  | 
Windows RT devices, such as Microsoft's initial Surface, lack the manageability features available in business versions of Windows or the forthcoming Windows 8-based Surface Pro. The solution for such devices so far, as with the iPad, iPhone and other BYOD devices, has been MDM (Mobile Device Management). But while Microsoft says it's coming real soon now, the company has yet to document an MDM API for Windows RT devices. Unless you're using certain Microsoft products, they are unmanageable for
Satellite GPS Works Off Grid
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
The Delorme InReach is a combination GPS on steroids and satellite communications link for all those who go boldly where few others go, and want a way to track their movements and call for help if need be.
Apple Doesn't Rule The School
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
Education is one of Apple's traditional markets, but the company's gear isn't always a perfect fit.
Why Apple Is IT's Arch Frenemy
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
Apple devices are supported in nine out of 10 companies, our research finds, but IT needs ways to manage them more efficiently and securely.
Apple's 2013 Roadmap: New iPad Mini, iPhone 5S?
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
Apple will release two new iPhones and a Retina Display iPad Mini during the third quarter, says a respected analyst.
Intel CTO: Smart Sensors, Wearable Tech Coming Soon
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
Touchscreen Ultrabooks might be cutting edge today, but Intel CTO Justin Rattner says it's nothing compared to the next generation of smart sensors and wearable technology just around the corner.
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