News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in October 2009
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Google Maps Adds More Real Estate Data
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
Users of Google's search engine can now find out more detailed information about real estate.
WhiteHouse.gov Drupal Detractors Get Buggy
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
The news that WhiteHouse.gov relaunched this week running open source Drupal software raised eyebrows and hackles among knee-jerk anti-Obama types and a small cadre of ignorant bloggers.
The Internet At 40: A Promise Deciphered
Commentary  |  10/30/2009  | 
The Internet turned 40 yesterday, and it got me thinking about its relationship to the time and place in which it was invented. The happenstance of its first message belies why it wasn't just an innovation or improvement, but a truly disruptive technology.
Windows 7 First 'Self-Healing' OS
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
Microsoft baked a number of support technologies directly into its new operating system so it can self-diagnose and repair problems.
Asus Unveils USB 3.0 Motherboard
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
USB 3.0, also known as SuperSpeed USB, supports throughput up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.
Social Media Influence Elections, Not Laws
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
We've seen how social media like Twitter and Facebook can be used as part of a winning election strategy, but the same tools don't seem to influence elected officials or public policy.
Amazon Introduces PayPhrase Payment Shortcut
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
Online merchants can use Amazon's passphrase payment scheme to ease the friction of online commerce.
Does Driving Electric Need To Mimic Combustion?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
I've read that most of the plug-in electric vehicles under development have been designed to mimic the "feel" of driving a combustion engine car. I'm not sure that's even possible, and I don't know why they'd try.
Windows 7 Hardware Discounts Offered
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
PC users can now get bargains on Microsoft mice, keyboards, Webcams, and other peripherals—even if they didn't host a launch party.
Is The Desktop PC Doomed?
News  |  10/29/2009  | 
The rise of Web-based apps, virtualization, and a crop of powerful mobile devices have the traditional PC desktop on the run.
Practical Analysis: Time To Embrace The Netbook
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
One thing's for certain: The computing device policy you laid down a few years ago won't do anymore.
Xerox Unveiling Enterprise Print Services
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Xerox is expanding its enterprise print services to support home and remote locations and help enterprise customers cut costs and improve efficiency.
Sony Recalls 69,000 Vaio AC Adapters
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Sony and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warn the devices could deliver an electrical shock to users.
Google Launches Music Service
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Look out iTunes and Amazon, Google has integrated songs into its search results.
Windows 7 Could Spark Move To 64-Bit
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
More robust architecture would help business users better cope with information overload.
Innovation, Not Cost, New Cloud Battle Cry
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
Maybe folks are simply trying to talk themselves out of the recession (which would be a good thing in itself), but it seems like the conversation around cloud computing is shifting from cost-cutting to unleashing innovation.
Google's 'Gov Cloud' Wins $7.2 Million Los Angeles Contract
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The City of Los Angeles plans to replace its Novell GroupWise e-mail system with Google Apps, partly using anti-trust settlement money paid by Microsoft.
Verizon Droid Targets iPhone
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
The enterprise-friendly Motorola Droid smartphone, which runs on Google's Android OS, has built-in Microsoft Exchange support.
Google Unveils Free Navigation Service For Android 2.0 Devices
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Turn-by-turn directions will soon be available to users of Android 2.0 devices, like Verizon's Droid, courtesy of Google.
Boingo Rolls Out Wi-Fi For BlackBerry
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
BlackBerry owners using the service are automatically alerted when they are in range of a Boingo Wi-Fi hotspot.
Pre-Beta: SAP Expands BI On Demand (Video)
Commentary  |  10/28/2009  | 
It's exciting to see this part of SAP: nimble, open, swift, even on demand. Last week, the company began showing pre-beta versions of several new software as a service technologies, code named 12 Sprints and Kona, one meant to provide a collaborative decision-making environment, the other to provide users with an on demand BI experience. We got an up close look, and filmed it, ReviewCam style, and even took a glance at SAP's newest BusinessObjects Explorer.
Smartphone Boom Challenging PC Makers
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
A shift in mobile computing from laptops to smaller devices is forcing PC makers to adjust, research firm says.
Barnes & Noble To Sell Plastic Logic eReader
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The high-end device will fill out Amazon's upcoming product line, to compete with Amazon's Kindle.
Google CEO Imagines Era Of Mobile Supercomputers
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The future, as Eric Schmidt describes it, belongs to smart phones and data centers.
Dealing With Digital Depression 2.0
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
I knew things had really changed when I came across a homeless man sitting on the ground at Columbus Circle last weekend, panhandling for $15 million to fund an "electronic Democracy project." One thousand dollars would go towards an iBook and $5 for lunch. He wouldn't tell me about his project in detail unless I put up some "serious money," but his request drove home how much has changed in our society since even the recession o
Symbian Kick Starts Developer Program
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Developers in the Horizon program will be able to more efficiently distribute applications for Symbian, the most widely used mobile OS.
Dell Unveils Thin, Light Convertible Tablet
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The new system is designed for use in harsh environments, such as military, police, field-service and factory floors.
Windows 7 Boosts Laptop Battery Life
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Collaboration between Intel and Microsoft means at least an extra hour of power, vendors claim.
Google Launches Social Search
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
With Google Social Search enabled, searchers are more likely to find what friends and associates have to say about things.
Tilera Readies Processors With 100 Cores
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Porting servers and data centers to multi-core TILE-Gx chips may be a challenge as the x86 architecture used by Intel and AMD remains the industry standard.
Pilots Who Missed Airport Busy With Laptops
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
The pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 188, which overflew the runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport last week, told investigators from the National Transportation Safey Board that they used their laptop computers -- a violation of company policy -- while discussing airline crew scheduling procedures.
Lenovo Unveils Six Win 7 Laptops, Desktops
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
The systems include custom software to speed start-up and shutdown.
Google Voice Liberates Voicemail
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Users of Google Voice can now choose Google as a voicemail provider for existing mobile numbers, displacing mobile carrier voicemail systems in the process.
Palm Gives Pixi Release Details
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
The second webOS smartphone will cost about $100 after rebates, discounts, and a new two-year contract from Sprint Nextel.
Atigeo's Smarter Social Profile (video)
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
The World Wide Web is becoming the World Wide Watch -- a creepy place where people talk about behavioral targeting and learning your intent. The goal is less nefarious, because implied in that is the ability to offer consumers more meaningful content. Startup Atigeo promises to make this all palatable by giving users access to their social profiles, including how that profile is acted upon.
Windows 7 Draws Praise, Putdowns
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Most early adopters appear pleased with Microsoft's new OS, but some are griping about installation bugs.
Google Custom Search Engine Gets Tune-Up
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Web site owners can now take advantage of custom themes and improved metadata support for their Google Custom Search Engines.
Verizon Nabs Storm 2, Pushes OS 5.0
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
The touchscreen Blackberry smartphone mimics the feeling of a physical keyboard and adds Wi-Fi to its 3G capabilities.
Wells Fargo's Innovation Balancing Act
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Wells Fargo's Executive Vice President of Information Services, Wayne Mekjian faces all of the challenges most bank IT executives face, like an increasing focus on security and privacy and a move to consumer friendly services like mobile banking. But he's also had to digest the integration of acquisitions. And yet, the bank still manages to focus on innovation. Mekjian shared some of his challenges and innovations in a video interview.
Why Do Companies Fail?
Commentary  |  10/24/2009  | 
Every week I read about another company that has closed its doors. Many news outlets are quick to report on the closures but rarely there is an analysis on why they failed.
Ochocinco Beats Single Coverage, Breaks Anquan Boldin News
Commentary  |  10/24/2009  | 
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco likes to boast that he can't be covered. Now he says he's the one who'll be doing the covering. Of news.
Amazon Drops Kindle Pricing Again
News  |  10/24/2009  | 
Changes to the Kindle e-reader line come as rivals Barnes & Noble, Sony, Plastic Logic, and Asus take aim at the electronic book reader market.
Mobile Service Tracks Alzheimer's Patients
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
The Comfort Zone service combines GPS and wireless technologies to enable caregivers to monitor Alzheimer's patients.
Windows 7: Early Sales Strong
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
Online shoppers rush to purchase Microsoft's new operating system.
In Search Of Lost Time
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
This week's O'Reilly Web 2.0 Summit yielded the usual detritus about technology reinventing the laws that govern time and space, but Facebook's revelation that people spend 8 billion minutes a day on its service really cut through the clutter for me.
Is There A Business In The Virtual World?
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
Much has been made of the premature obituaries for Second Life, but while the virtual world manufactured by Linden Labs has prevailed long beyond its presumed expiration date, the business model seems too arcane and forbidding to inspire many imitators.
AT&T: Devices Spiking Wi-Fi Connections
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
For the first time, the wireless carrier is seeing more Wi-Fi connections from smartphones than from laptops.
Mozilla Unveils Raindrop Messaging Dashboard
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
E-mail used to be the Internet's killer app. Mozilla's forthcoming Raindrop software anticipates a world where e-mail has been reduced to one channel among many.
Microsoft's Quarterly Profit Falls 18%
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
Software maker is hopeful Windows 7's debut will lift sales and income.
CNN Bringing iReport Closer
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
CNN.com unveiled a new site design to reporters Thursday that it will launch on Monday that includes more prominent use of video and a radical change in how it incorporates so-called citizen journalism.
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