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Android 4.0 Upgrade: Coming Soon To Your Phone?
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Don't buy a new Android smartphone unless you know for sure that it will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Here's the list.
Windows Phone Dwindles To 6% Of U.S. Market
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Microsoft's mobile phone efforts dropped 33% from the second quarter to the third in the U.S., while Google surged and Apple held its ground.
iOS 5.1 Beta Points To New iPhone, iPad
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Beta release of iOS 5.1 includes reference codes to unannounced versions of the iPhone and iPad, though new features appear to be scarce.
Windows 8 Tablets: Too Little, Too Late?
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Touch-friendly devices running Microsoft's next OS may be more than a year away, leaving some analysts to conclude that Redmond has already lost the tablet market.
RIM Adds iOS, Android To BlackBerry Management Service
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Faced with a terminal case of uncoolness of its BlackBerry phones, the company looks to strengthen the appeal of its respected back-end platform.
Windows Phone 7 Usage Shows Small Uptick
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
More Facebook users are making use of the integration feature in Windows Phone 7, suggesting a small spike in new users for Microsoft's mobile platform.
9 Mobile Health Apps Worth A Closer Look
Slideshows  |  11/28/2011  | 
There's no doubt: Clinicians love their mobile devices. Among many new health apps, here are 9 that healthcare professionals and their patients should investigate.
HTC 'Not Another Nokia' Says CFO
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
HTC says innovative new products on deck for next year will address investor fears concerning the company's stalled growth.
Microsoft Buys Video Search Engine For $100 Million
News  |  11/23/2011  | 
VideoSurf gives Redmond technology that helps users sift through movies, TV shows, and other online content.
Google Donates Chromebooks To Wounded Warriors
News  |  11/23/2011  | 
Tech giant gives notebook computers to military hospitals to help vets connect with families and loved ones while healing.
Samsung Ads Poke Fun At Apple Fanboys
News  |  11/23/2011  | 
Samsung has a little fun at Apple's expense with its new ad campaign. Skewered Apple fanboys, anyone?
RIM Cuts PlayBook Price By $300
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
Research in Motion has dropped the price of the base model of its tablet temporarily to $199 in what appears to be a last ditch effort to generate some enthusiasm.
RIM BlackBerry and Nokia Windows Phone Sales Sputter
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
Sales of RIM's latest crop of BlackBerrys have slowed and Nokia's new Windows Phones aren't off to a good start, analysts say.
What Should SMB Marketers Ask Of Siri?
News  |  11/22/2011  | 
It's time to consider how Apple's Siri voice assistant affects your SMB's marketing and business plans.
Android Buyer Beware: 12 Least Secure Phones
News  |  11/22/2011  | 
More than half of most popular Android smartphones run outdated--and insecure--versions of the OS. And update policies vary.
HP Earnings Fall Short, Whitman Looks To Future
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
Meg Whitman's HP is focused more on the next decade than the next quarter, she says. And her HP has plenty of use for the personal systems business.
RIM Software Glitch Hits BlackBerry Bold 9900 Phones
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
Research In Motion has promised to deliver a software update to fix bricked Bold 9900/9930s. RIM has also sliced the price of the PlayBook tablet to $199.
High Order Bit: Gil Elbaz with Factual from Web 2.0 Summit 2011
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
At Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Gil Elbaz from Factual hosts 'High Order Bit.'
Solar-Powered Mobile Device Charging Goes Social
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
German startup Changers launches solar-powered charger for mobile phones and a community and marketplace for turning energy produced into tangible credit.
Consumerization of IT: A View From The Real World
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
Executives from three very different industries--finance, healthcare, and distribution--discuss how they're coping with the consumerization of IT, in this panel discussion at the InformationWeek 500 conference.
“Big Data, Big Decisions, Big Impact" - Michael Dell speaks with IWTV at Web 2.0 Summit
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc., speaks with IWTV about how to distill Big Data into something meaningful and translate it into customers. David Berlind interviews Dell while at Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, 2011.
Mobile Workers Working Longer, Sleeping And Exercising Less
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
Are you always connected? Is vacation just working in a more exotic location? If so, you're not alone, according to a new survey.
AMD Designed Bulldozer For Large Virtual Machine Loads
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
BlueLock, which provides infrastructure services from its data centers, likes AMD cores for computing in highly virtualized environments.
Amazon Kindle Phone: Android Me-Too Could Flop
Commentary  |  11/18/2011  | 
Amazon's cooking up a phone for 2012, analysts say. But will it be more than just a customer loyalty tool?
Windows 8 PCs May Resemble Big Smartphones
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
Qualcomm execs say the next generation of laptops will feature technologies inspired by the cellular industry
LooxcieLive: Wearable Camera Live Streams Video
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
With this tiny wearable camera and your Android phone, you can live broadcast to friends and family--even while riding a mountain bike.
Solaris 11 Supports Two Forms Of Virtualization
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Oracle's first update of Sun's Unix includes support for Oracle VM hypervisor and Solaris Zones.
10 Android App Flops
Slideshows  |  11/17/2011  | 
Among Android apps, you'll find some jewels--and many stinkers. Here's our top 10 list of Android apps to skip, including a few names you might not expect.
Android Hits 200 Million Activations
Commentary  |  11/17/2011  | 
That's up from 100 million devices activated as of six months ago, Google says. Not bad for a platform that didn't exist three years ago.
iPhone Ousts BlackBerry From Boardroom, iPass Says
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Nearly all mobile professionals now use smartphones--and more choose iPhones than BlackBerrys, new iPass study says.
Mobile Data Traffic To Increase Tenfold By 2016
Commentary  |  11/17/2011  | 
Mobile phone users keep downloading more data, and carriers respond by ending unlimited plans.
Google Music: 7 Key Facts
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
In contrast with Apple and Amazon, Google isn't charging for its cloud-based music storage and streaming service.
7 Health Education Tools For Patients
Slideshows  |  11/16/2011  | 
Patients can benefit by getting a variety of healthcare information electronically--as these seven options prove. The tools also help healthcare organizations comply with the HITECH Act Meaningful Use requirements.
AT&T: What iPhone Defections?
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
AT&T says contrary to pundits' expectations, iPhone customers are not fleeing to Sprint or Verizon Wireless.
Federal Data Center Consolidation: By The Numbers
Slideshows  |  11/16/2011  | 
Go inside the federal government's data center consolidation initiative, which aims to save $5 billion. See who's closing the most data centers, where, and how else the picture is changing.
iTunes Match, Google Music, Amazon Cloud Drive Smackdown
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
Apple's streaming music service arrived this week. So how does it compare with offerings from Google and Amazon?
Nokia Reveals Windows 8 Tablet Plan
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
Microsoft's closest ally may be first out of the gate with slates that run Redmond's next OS.
RIM Announces Two More SnoozeBerrys
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
Research In Motion took the wraps off the Bold 9790 and Curve 9380, incrementally updated BlackBerry smartphones that don't break much ground.
Kindle Fire Hits The Office: 5 Security Concerns
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
As proud owners of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet walk this device through your company's front door, enterprise IT should be prepared.
Android Dominates Smartphone Market, Says Gartner
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
Third-quarter report shows Android holds 52.5% of the global smartphone OS market, more than all other platforms combined.
Smartphone Invader Tracks Your Every Move
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
Carrier IQ software, installed on more than 141 million mobile phones, tracks GPS location, websites visited, search queries, and all keys pressed.
AT&T Deal: Android Tablet, Plus Bonus Smartphone
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
AT&T offers a free Samsung Android smartphone to those who purchase the new 8.9-inch LTE 4G-equipped Galaxy tablet.
Dell Plays Switzerland Between Microsoft, VMware
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
Dell will be an honest broker on behalf of customers using hypervisor technologies from warring parties--who have shown no appetite for appeasing tensions themselves.
Top 10 Supercomputers: U.S. Still Dominates
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
NASA and Energy Dept. supercomputers nabbed five of the top 10 spots in a bi-annual list of the world's most powerful computers.
Siri Works Outside iPhone 4S? Crackers Say Yes
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
Crackers reverse-engineer Siri Protocol, to extend Apple's voice recognition service to any device, at least on the sly.
Kindle Fire: Early Reviews Roundup
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
After one day on the market, Amazon's touch-based tablet draws raves, mostly.
iPhone Battery Woes Rooted In Hardware Or Software?
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
There's evidence for both, which makes finding a fix tricky
AMD Bulldozer Chip Wants To Flatten Intel
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
Bulldozer Opteron 6200 processor, first x86 chip to use up to 16 cores, aims to help servers host many virtual machines while consuming less power per core.
RIM Betting Big On 'London' Phone?
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
Research In Motion may be pinning its future on a smartphone that appears to have come straight out of a science fiction movie.
Feds Detail Supercomputing's Future
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
Federal agencies are working on everything from supercomputing in the cloud to software optimizations for fusion research, and will be discussing their research at this week's annual SC11 conference.
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