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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in November 2008
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Looking At Twitter As A News Source
Commentary  |  11/29/2008  | 
If you are into online technology, you've certainly heard of Twitter by now. It seems many tech blogs can't get enough of how great Twitter is. The scene reminds me a bit of Facebook about 18 months ago. Apparently there's nothing Twitter can't do. In addition to people sharing that they just rode a horse; watched a video; cleaned their apartment; ate a hamburger or took a shower, now Twitter is being utilized as a key news source.
Cisco's Off Switch
Commentary  |  11/28/2008  | 
Cisco is shutting its doors to any employees who aren't "business critical" for four days, starting Dec. 29. It's supposed save money, but I think it'll cost its brand.
Researcher Trims Forecast For LCD-TV shipments
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Given the seriousness of the global economic slowdown, iSuppli lowered its 2008 forecast for LCD-TV shipments by 6%.
Samsung Sees Cell Phone Market Squeezed
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The company joins a long chorus line of handset makers who say the economic slowdown will cut into the growth of the global cell phone market.
Mac Resellers Launch Black Friday Discounts
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Best Buy, MacMall, and even Apple itself are lowering prices on Macs, iPods, and accessories.
Apple Allows Some MacBook Videos To Play On External Displays
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Apple released a QuickTime update that allows standard-definition iTunes movies to play over new MacBooks' DisplayPort to older displays, according to reports on Apple blogs. However, high-def movies are still blocked, which is unfair to owners of MacBooks and other systems by other vendors that use the same technology.
Panasonic, Sanyo Far Apart On Acquisition Price
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
If combined, a Panasonic-Sanyo company would rival Japan's Hitachi, which has some $110 billion in annual sales.
NREL Wood Chips To Power Lab's Silicon Chips
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have taken a major step in launching a "net-zero energy" facility: They lit a road flare and began burning wood chips. No kidding.
Apple's 'Really Fast' Ad Banned In U.K.
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Apple was asked to drop another commercial for the iPhone 3G that promised the handset could access "all parts of the Internet."
Green Jobs In This Economy?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
The momentum for green jobs seems to be building. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty just introduced his Green Jobs Investment Initiative for the 2009 legislative session. Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell is banking on a nearly $12 million investment into alternative clean energy projects to create at least 1,200 jobs. And California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, recent host of an international summit on the issue, has repeatedly thrown his political weight behind clean-technology businesses. But there a
Are Apple Retailers Arming For A Price War?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Best Buy is getting ready to slash prices on new Macs and other Apple products, and Apple has authorized employees of its own retail stores to match the price cuts, according to reports on Apple blogs. That's bad news for store margins, but good news for Apple fans hoping for some fruity goodness under the tree.
Blockbuster Takes On Netflix, Apple With Direct-To-TV Player
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
To lure customers, Blockbuster is offering the player at no charge for people who rent 25 online Blockbuster movies in advance for $99.
Opera Mini Gets Update, Lands On Android
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Version 4.2 of the Web browser can now be downloaded for the T-Mobile G1, improving speeds up to 30%, the company claims.
Dell Adds 3G Option For Mini 9 Netbook
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The device, powered by AT&T in the United States, supports download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 Mbps.
Fewer Than Half Of Available PCs Reused
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Transportation costs, import tariffs, and environmental legislation are among the hindrances cited by refurbished PC exporters.
Program TiVo From Your Cell Phone
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
TiVo has launched a mobile site that lets Series 2 and Series 3 owners schedule recordings from any Internet-enabled cell phone.
Beatles On iTunes Talks Hit Snag
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Negotiations to bring the Fab Four's music to Apple's download service face roadblock.
Online Retailers Launch Early 'Black Friday' Sales
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
With the economy in the tank, retailers have decided there's no time like the present to start the bargain shopping.
Apple Sued Over iPhone's Browser
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The latest iPhone lawsuit claims Apple is infringing on a patent for how the handset navigates the Web.
Worldwide Wi-Fi Social Network Takes Off
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
WeFi's free software download enables users to connect to 10 million Wi-Fi access points around the world.
Verizon Snags Omnia Smartphone
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
With integrated Wi-Fi, 3G, 8 GB of memory, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera, the Samsung Omnia gives Verizon another strong touch-screen smartphone.
Holiday Consumer Electronics Sales Expected To Take A Big Hit
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
While consumers planned to stay loyal to their favorite brand, they expected to buy less expensive models, a survey by the NPD Group found.
Is Blockbuster Still A Brand Without Its Stores?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Blockbuster is rolling out an on-demand device (and service) that lets its customers rent videos without visiting stores. I wonder if anybody will care.
MySpace App Shatters BlackBerry Download Record
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
In a sign that BlackBerry is gaining traction in the mainstream market, the social messaging app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times in its first week.
HP Laptops, Services Boost Quarterly Revenue
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Dell, on the other hand, recently reported a 3% drop in revenue for the same period to $15.16 billion, while its profits fell 5% to $727 million.
Intel, Micron Start Mass Production Of 34-nm Memory Chips
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The product can fit 4 GB of memory on a core and eight cores on a layer for a total of 64 GB of memory on a two-layer stack.
Palm Forced To Cut Jobs As Competition Rises
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The one-time king of the smartphone market has lagged behind Research In Motion and Apple, and it will be cutting an unspecified number of positions.
Hot For The Holidays: 3-D Avatars, Gardening Gadgets
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Move over, avatars. There's a new technology that allows users to create digital versions of themselves for any number of applications in the online world.
Apple First Rejected IBM's Papermaster For Top iPhone Job
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The chip engineer apparently didn't succeed in his first effort to land the position in Cupertino.
BlackBerry Storm Sees Long Lines, Delays
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Analysts estimate the first touch-screen BlackBerry sold more than 100,000 units over the weekend, but the demand may be outstripping supply.
Dell Offers 'Black Friday' $349 Notebook
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Dell also slashed the price of the Vostro 200 Slim Tower and the PowerEdge SC440 single-socket tower server on its Web site.
Nokia To Launch MVNO In Japan
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The cell phone manufacturing giant is hoping to boost its miniscule market share in Japan with a high-end mobile phone service.
Would You Pay For Twitter?
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
My colleague Allen Stern says no. He says he might pay to use Twitter for business, but wouldn't do it just to hear what people are having for breakfast. I think I use Twitter differently than Allen, but my answer is pretty much the same as his: In theory, I might pay for Twitter, but in reality, no.
Obama Appointment Offers Another Green Signal
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
Where is President-elect Barack Obama headed with environmental protection and renewable energy? The answer lies not so much in the encouraging but ultimately self-serving video posted on the transition team's Web site on Friday, but rather on links elsewhere on the page. In particular, look at the appointment of senior transition official Rose Mc
'60 Minutes' Looks At 'Widow Penalty' In Immigration Law
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
Last night, 60 Minutes reported on a group of hundreds of American widows fighting a U.S. government effort to deport them from this country. These women (and a few men) are citizens of foreign countries who married American citizens, but their spouses died before their residency applications were completed. InformationWeek covered this story in June; one of the widow
Why Hulu Will Eat YouTube's Lunch
Commentary  |  11/23/2008  | 
Saturday night, YouTube held its inaugural "YouTube Live" concert where a number of mainstream artists played and sang along with a few YouTube stars. Mogulus estimates that there were 700,000 concurrent viewers of the YouTube live stream. Sounds like a large number until you realize that most TV shows have millions of viewers.
Namespaces, Search, Network Gestures And The American Soft-White Cyber-Underbelly
Commentary  |  11/22/2008  | 
On the drive home from Boston's Logan Airport after 7 hours of red-eye flying back from Mashup Camp in Silicon Valley, National Public Radio's Here & Now aired Robin Young's interview of Larry Wortzel, chair of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, about China's alleged acts of cyberwarfare against the United States. What Wortzel said, right on the heels of what I heard O'Reilly Media founder and CEO Tim O'Reill
Video-Game Consoles Also Waste Your Electricity
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
On average, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 use 150 watts and 119 watts of electricity, respectively, more than prior generations of the consoles.
IBM Demos Reuse Of Data Center Waste Heat
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
The energy consumption of data centers is enormous. According to a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report to Congress, the peak load on the power grid from data centers and servers is currently estimated to be approximately 7 gigawatts, equivalent to the output of about 15 typical power plants of 1,000 megawatts each.
Smartphone Business Apps On The Rise
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
One factor, according to J. Gold Associates, is that access to corporate applications from smartphones is expected to rise 71% in one year and 196% in three years.
I'd Buy That Twitter For A Dollar
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
The question going around the early adopter circle this week is whether Twitter users would pay for their accounts and if so, how much would they be willing to pay. Rob Jensen has analyzed a survey which shows that most people who replied would rather see the service go away than pay for it.
Finally, My Home-Grown Kilowatts
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
There have been a few sparks generated in this space recently. But what excites me more are the sparks being generated in my basement. That's right, I'm finally generating my own electricity.
HP Offers AMD Shanghai-Based Workstation
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
The xw9400 is available with Windows Vista and XP Professional and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.
Apple Releases iPhone 2.2 Update
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
The firmware upgrade adds the ability to download podcasts directly on the device, improves map applications, and fixes some bugs.
Verizon Looks To Steal iPhone's Thunder With BlackBerry Storm
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
The Storm has many features that are similar to or better than Apple's handset, and Verizon's aggressively pricing it to hold onto subscribers.
Nokia Goes Hollywood With Latest Research Center
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
The lab will work on a range of technologies, many of them sensor-based, which will include film, music, games, Web, and TV.
Samsung Installing Charging Stations At Airports
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
The company said it will install 115 stations in three major airports to ensure that your gadgets always have juice.
Dell Hurt By Weakening PC Demand
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
Dell's earnings are a sharp contrast to rival and market leader Hewlett-Packard, which issued last week a stronger-than-expected full-year profit forecast.
Google Crowdsources YouTube Support
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
YouTube is looking for users willing to make a video to explain topics such as Editing my video, Customizing channels, and Transferring from camera to computer.
Alltel Wants To 'Touch' Mobile Pros With Smartphone
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
Alltel joins Sprint and AT&T by offering the business-focused HTC Touch Pro, which features a touch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
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