News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in December 2009
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My Last Essay
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
This is my last essay for InformationWeek, as we're putting things on hiatus so I can focus on writing my next book in 2010. There are a few things I want to say before I go...
Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live To Windows Mobile
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
Job posting out of Redmond indicate Microsoft is likely planning to integrate its Xbox Live online gaming platform with Windows Mobile.
LCD TV Sales Boom Foreseen In 2010
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
While worldwide shipments rose 1 percent this year, they're expected to ramp 22 percent to 171 million units in 2010, according to DisplaySearch.
The Myth Of Reliability
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Two outages for BlackBerry users around Christmas prompted many complaints and threats from angry users via online forums, blog posts, and tweets. I'm not sure if there's really an issue here.
Google Nexus One Said To Cost $530 Unlocked
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The HTC handset, expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, may represent a unified platform for the Google Android smartphone.
Nokia: Most Apple Products Violate Patents
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
An International Trade Association complaint claims all of Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe Nokia patents.
Apple Stock Falls Following Record High
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
Investors are bullish on the products they expect Apple to intro in January, particularly the long-awaited Mac tablet.
London iPhone Problems Spotlight Network Issues
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
O2, the United Kingdom's exclusive iPhone provider, has apologized to users for dropped calls and poor reception.
Ford Vehicles To Get iTunes Tagging
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
The capability will be part of Ford's HD Radio, which also offers digital radio reception and Internet radio over Bluetooth.
AT&T Resumes NY iPhone Sales
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
The company may have been trying to prevent fraud when it stopped online iPhone sales to New Yorkers.
Online Shopping Breaks Records
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Coupons and other incentives helped push online retail to record-breaking levels over the holiday shopping season, said comScore.
Qualcomm COO Leaves For CEO Job
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Industry vet Len Lauer will take the top executive position at an unnamed firm, according to Qualcomm.
E-Books Beat Regular Books On Xmas
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Amazon sold more electronic books than physical books for the first time.
Officials Seek Cancer Warnings On Cell Phones
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Although there's no hard evidence linking mobile phones and cancer, elected officials in California and Maine are pushing for warnings.
Five Tech Startup Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
It's that time of the year again when everyone provides their predictions for the upcoming year. I'd like to take a look at five predictions for 2010 related to tech startups.
Wolfe's Den: Apple iSlate Chatter Obscures Device Significance
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Apple's expected release of a humongous-screened iPod will legitimize the platform for business users. It could, in turn, revive Windows-based tablets and make Webpads the big alt.platform story of 2010.
Santa Claus, Technology Propagandist
Commentary  |  12/25/2009  | 
A good number of kids will go to bed tonight thinking at least two things about the traditions of Christmas: first, they'll consciously be thankful and thrilled about their presents and, unconsciously, they'll have been further indoctrinated into the miracles of technology.
BlackBerry Outage Sparks User Revolt
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
Internet forums were abuzz over second service disruption in as many weeks.
Broadcom Unveils Netbook Video Decoder
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The Crystal HD video decoder boosts performance on netbooks using Intel's latest N450 Atom processor.
Truthing Up
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
I've been reminded recently that a few of the leading technology brands have added expert counsel -- lawyering and PR-ing up -- to deal with emerging public policy issues. I wonder why they don't just tell the truth.
Apple Display Suit Dismissed
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The lawsuit claimed that Apple knowingly sold iMacs with defective displays.
Samsung, Kodak Negotiate Patent Settlement
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
A proposed agreement calls for Samsung to deliver an undisclosed payment to Kodak, as well as a cross-licensing deal.
Acer Intros TravelMate Timeline Laptops
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The notebooks target mobile professionals by offering Windows 7 Professional, up to 8 hours of battery life, and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Blackberry Service Down (Again)
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Users complain of e-mail service that is slow or non-existent.
Netbook 2009 Revenues Soar
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Revenue for netbooks was $11.4 billion, up 72% year-over-year, as every other mobile PC category fell.
Barnes & Noble Fixes Nook Software
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The update addresses performance problems including slow page turning and poor formatting of e-books.
HP Probes 'Racist' Webcam Claim
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
YouTube video appears to show company's facial recognition technology only works with white people.
Apple Updates iMac Firmware
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
The release fixes display problems with the 27-inch iMac's graphics cards.
Study: Texting While Driving Is Dangerous
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Drivers can be substantially more distracted by texting than talking on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.
Tap Tap Sales Hit $1 Million Per Month
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
Tapulous chief says Tap Tap Revenge and other games put startup on pace for $12 million in annual revenue.
Fujitsu Offers Laptop With Latest Intel Atom Chip
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Intel's refreshed Atom platform is expected to boost battery life in netbooks, but is not expected to boost power.
Verizon Updates 4G LTE Device Specs
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The specifications will help developers design products and services that will run on Verizon's Long Term Evolution network.
Some Nook Buyers Getting $100 Gift Certificates
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Barnes & Noble will give credits to some e-book buyers who were promised delivery before Dec. 24.
Intel Shrinks Atom, Boosts Performance
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The Atom platform, which now integrates the graphics and memory controller on the same piece of silicon as the CPU, is primarily used in netbooks.
7 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2010
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Microsoft is turning to search, services, and the cloud, but what the company really needs is a game changer.
Mobile Device Sales Still Booming
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Shipments of smartphones, netbooks, cellular modems, and other mobile devices will grow from 1.2 billion in 2009 to 2.25 billion in 2014.
Palm Readies WebOS Update
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
In addition to releasing new webOS firmware, Palm is boosting its developer tools to better compete against BlackBerry and the iPhone.
Verizon Defends Cancellation Fees
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The largest U.S. carrier said doubling its early termination fee was necessary to reduce consumers' costs for sophisticated devices like the Storm 2 or Motorola Droid.
Top Tech Gear Of 2009
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
We take a look back at the year's best smartphones, netbooks, desktops, laptops, and mobile device accessories.
Look For The Off Switch
Commentary  |  12/19/2009  | 
After watching the news about climate change from Copenhagen last night, I turned off the lights and realized that all those glowing little red dots on our entertainment system meant we were doing our part to help destroy the planet.
Intel Unveils 32-NM Chips
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
A total of 17 CPUs, along with three new chipsets and seven microprocessors providing Wi-Fi and WiMax support will be available early next year.
Global Semiconductor Revenue Falls In 2009
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
It's only the sixth time in the last 25 years that industry revenue has declined, according to Gartner.
Global PC Market Returns To Growth
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
IT spending will gradually pick up in upcoming quarters, IDC says.
FTC Won't Seek Intel Breakup
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Commission says it will not attempt to force chipmaker to divest business units.
Lenovo Launches Systems Health App For PCs
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The ThinkVantage Toolbox, built into laptops and desktops, is designed to warn users of pending failures before they happen.
Intel Calls FTC Suit 'Misguided'
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Chipmaker says Trade Commission's legal action has no basis in law.
Fake Steve Versus AT&T, Oh My!
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
A blogger who calls himself "Fake Steve Jobs" wants disgruntled iPhone users to organize into a flash mob to cripple AT&T's 3G network at noon on Friday. AT&T has responded. It's all much ado about nothing.
Top 10 Smartphone Advances Of 2009
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
As smartphones further cemented their place in the enterprise, Apple, Motorola, Google Android, and RIM Blackberry vied for the spotlight.
Psystar Barred From Selling Mac Clones
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The permanent injunction follows a judgment that Psystar violated Apple's Mac OS copyright.
FTC Sues Intel For Monopoly Tactics
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Competition watchdog says chipmaker illegally bullied PC makers into using its chips.
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