News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in October 2012
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Apple's Exec Shakeup: 10 Necessary Fixes
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
If Apple wants a more collaborative management structure, it will need to become a more open, collaborative company.
RIM Seeks Carrier Approval For BlackBerry 10
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
Research In Motion has given BlackBerry 10 to more than 50 carriers around the world for certification.
Windows 8 Upgrade: No Touch, No Good
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
BYTE's Chris Spera has been using Windows 8 since the first preview version. There's a lot to like about it on the new touch PCs and tablets, but upgrading Windows on your old non-touch PC to the new OS isn't worth the trouble.
6 Reasons To Want Windows 8 Ultrabooks
Slideshows  |  10/31/2012  | 
Ultrabooks got off to a slow start -- but thanks to new Intel chips, Windows 8 and creative form factors, 2013 might be the breakout year.
California Targets Mobile Apps For Missing Privacy Policies
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Mobile app developers that don't post conspicuous online and in-app privacy policies will face $2,500 fine per download.
4G World: The Need For More Spectrum
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
The wireless industry may run out of spectrum in three years, and it needs government help to find more to realize the promise of mobile broadband.
Microsoft Uses Office To Push Windows Phone 8
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
On iOS, Android and Symbian Microsoft provides Lync and OneNote, but on Windows Phone 8 you also get Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The company wants Windows Phone 8 to be the best phone platform for Office document use.
Google's Play Store Closes In On iTunes
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
Google Play Store now has nearly as many apps as the Apple iPhone App Store, and new content deals give it access to more digital music and movies.
Slick Windows Phone 8: An Acquired Taste
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson spent some time using the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and found that it is relatively easy despite some problems along the way. Watch her video interview with the engineer in charge of Windows Phone 8 development to find out more about the phone's security features.
iOS Designer Forstall Pushed Out At Apple
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Scott Forstall, responsible for Apple's iOS platform, has been shoved out the door following the iOS 6 Maps flap.
Google Nexus 10 Bests iPad's Retina Display
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Google and Samsung aim for Apple's jugular with the Retina Display-beating Nexus 10 tablet.
Windows Phone 8 First Impressions: Snappy Redesign
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Latest version of Microsoft's smartphone OS offers just as many useful features as iOS and Android.
Energy Dept.'s Titan Supercomputer: Record Breaker?
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory turns on new 20-petaflop Titan supercomputer, which may be world’s most powerful.
Google Announces Android 4.2, New Nexus Tablets, Phone
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
The new Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets keep the competition fierce in the tablet world. Google claims the Nexus 10 tablet has "the highest resolution tablet on the planet," meaning higher than the Retina display in the iPad.
Windows 8 Momentum: Will Pop-Up Stores Help?
Slideshows  |  10/29/2012  | 
Microsoft opened dozens of temporary stores to showcase its new Windows 8 and Surface tablets. Take a look at our opening day tour.
Windows Phone Users, Rejoice: More Apps On The Way
Commentary  |  10/28/2012  | 
The biggest weakness Windows Phone has is the weakness of the Windows app store. Why will Windows Phone 8 make any difference? Because, in most cases, developing a Windows Phone 8 app gets you almost all the way to developing an app for Windows 8, a product almost certain to sell hundreds of millions of units.
Phone, Tablet Insurance Set To Flourish
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
With the launch of the iPad Mini this week and overall tablet sales expected to skyrocket in 2012, industry observers say it's time to consider buying insurance for your devices. [Corrected]
8 Cool Windows 8 Tablets
Slideshows  |  10/26/2012  | 
As Microsoft and its hardware partners produce Windows 8 devices in droves, here's a look at some of the more noteworthy launches.
Windows 8 As It Was Meant To Be
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
When I heard that Windows 8 would be a dual-use PC/tablet operating system, I had a vision of how I would want to use it. That vision has come to pass in the form of the Dell Latitude 10 tablet and optional docking station.
iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
Apple iPad Mini versus Google Nexus 7 sets up the tablet battle we've all been waiting for. We see who has the goods to come out on top.
Windows 8 Review: All About Touch
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS offers the option of using a mouse and keyboard. But for most applications, it will have you touching, tapping and swiping.
Apple Kicks Off iPad Mini Preorders
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
Apple is now taking preorders for the iPad Mini. You can get a black, entry-level model for $329 and delivery on November 2.
Windows 8: CIOs Get Enterprise Road Warrior
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
Microsoft has long been king of the desktop, but Windows 8 has enterprise IT leaders experimenting with new, mobile business tools.
Microsoft: Windows 8 Ends Tablet Era
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
With Windows 8, Surface, and the many OEM Windows 8 systems being released, Microsoft is attempting to redefine the personal computing market. In the new vision, tablets are PCs, and tablets that can't do the things PCs do--such as use a keyboard and mouse and multitask--are deficient. Windows 8 PCs and tablets can do these things; Android and the iPad cannot. If Microsoft can make the sale, then we are in store for an industry revolution.
Apple Earnings Prompt iPad Questions
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
Lower than expected iPad sales suggest limits to Apple's recent growth.
Microsoft Needs To Push BYOD For Surface, Win8
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
Microsoft finally makes its mark in the new smartphone and tablet era, but will enterprises adopt the Surface as quickly as they have the iPad, and will developers create apps for it?
iPad University: IT Lessons From College Pilot
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
At Long Island University, iPads are changing the way information technology is managed and applied.
Ballmer: Windows Has Great Tablets 'For The First Time'
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
Windows 8 will make Microsoft and partners serious players in the mobile market, CEO says at launch event.
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung: Battle Of The Buzz
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
Tech's biggest rivals are all are making huge, splashy product debuts this week as they jostle for consumer attention--and dollars.
iPad Mini: How To Pick A 4G Operator
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
The new iPad Mini adds support for Sprint's LTE to AT&T and Verizon 4G, but which carrier is right for you?
Windows 8: A Bridge Too Far For Enterprises?
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Windows 8 may end up marking the moment when people stopped caring about PC operating systems.
HP's Whitman Faces Skeptical CIOs At Gartner Event
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
CEO Meg Whitman faced tough customer questions during her keynote interview at the Gartner Symposium--but will CIOs be persuaded by her answers?
iPad Mini Leaves Gaping Price Umbrella
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
The iPad Mini is a modest product at a premium price. That's good news for Google, Amazon, and Barns & Noble, but it probably won't prevent the iPad from slipping below 50% market share.
With iPad Mini Apple Sees Bigger Picture
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Apple sees only itself as the competition. It now has a full range of tablets, plus the iPod Touch, to fill various needs.
Windows' Worst Mistakes: From Clippy To Vista
Slideshows  |  10/24/2012  | 
Microsoft Windows has hit more than a few bumps in its 27-year history. As Windows 8 launches, let's review some of the low points.
iPad Mini: Apple Could Have Done More
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
It's Just A Smaller iPad. Yes, the components in Apple's devices keep getting better and faster, but they haven't really done anything bold and innovative lately. Eventually someone else will win over customers by thinking different.
Samsung Kicks Off Galaxy Note II U.S. Sales
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
Galaxy Note II, Samsung's second take on the phablet form factor, goes on sale Wednesday. Prices range from $299 to a painful $369.
BYOD Gadgets Bloom Thanks To Crowd Funding
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
Romo is a mobile dock for smartphones that you control with another smart phone or other device, such as an iPad, or a Web browser. Crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made it easier to get a hardware startup off the ground.
AirWatch Brings MDM To Windows Phone 8
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
Mobile security vendor AirWatch announces its mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) software tools will support Windows Phone 8 devices, which are expected to be released next week.
Bring Your Own iPad mini?
Commentary  |  10/23/2012  | 
If the iPad would work for you as a BYOD device, the iPad mini is an easy choice to make. But you'll pay for the privilege. Saving money doesn't seem to be the point for Apple. $329 is a lot of money, but Apple doesn't play by everyone else's rules.
Apple iPad Mini Vs. iPad 4: Which To Buy
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
Apple stunned by announcing a fourth-generation Retina Display iPad along with the iPad Mini. No mere refresh, the iPad 4 sports significantly improved specs.
Apple iPad Mini: Pros And Cons
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
Apple's tiny tablet impresses, but still leaves out some key features. Here are some pros and cons of the new, smaller iPad Mini.
Apple Reveals iPad Mini, New Macs
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
Apple shows off a rash of new hardware products ranging from iMacs and MacBooks to the long-awaited smaller tablet, the iPad Mini.
Some Intel-Based Tablets Flunk Windows 8 Upgrade
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
Many Windows 7 tablet buyers who assumed they could later upgrade to Windows 8 may be disappointed.
Microsoft Surface Tablets On Back Order
News  |  10/22/2012  | 
Windows 8 RT tablets won't be available for up to two weeks or more, according to Microsoft's online store.
Consumer Confusion Coming As Retailers Mislabel Windows RT
Commentary  |  10/22/2012  | 
Retailers are doing a lousy job of teaching customers the difference between Windows RT tablets and Windows 8 tablets. This sloppiness will come back to bite them when customers discover RT tablets' limitations and return them to the store.
Apple iPad Mini Launch: What Else On Deck?
News  |  10/22/2012  | 
Apple is expected to debut the iPad Mini Tuesday, but that's not all. Here's a look at the other gear that may be coming our way.
Verizon Data Collection Doesn't Bother Me
Commentary  |  10/21/2012  | 
There is a deep, dark, secret on the Web: Advertisers are trying to sell you products and services. To do this they will stop at nothing, even paying ISPs to show you advertisements designed to match your interests! Naturally we are helpless against these wiles and will buy whatever we are told to. The latest privacy Nazi? Verizon, who (gasp!) aggregates user data.
Video: Microsoft Surface Drop Tests
News  |  10/21/2012  | 
One of Microsoft's key marketing points for Surface is the tablet's durability. A couple of Microsoft videos demonstrate the point.
Samsung Chromebook: Hands-On Review
News  |  10/19/2012  | 
Samsung's latest Chromebook benefits from rapid improvements in Google's Chrome OS. Is this cloud computing vehicle right for you?
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