News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in December 2010
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B&N Says Nook Top Selling Product Ever
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Responding to a recent similar claim for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble said its e-reader was its best-selling product in nearly 40 years.
Verizon To Showcase Smart Home Monitoring At CES
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
The telecommunications company is taking a crack at offering an automated home service, a concept that has yet to gain much acceptance among consumers.
CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
Europeans Approve Universal Smartphone Charger Standards
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Fourteen phone manufacturers have committed to using the new MicroUSB-based design when developing phone charging devices beginning in 2011.
Skype Releases Apple iOS Video Chat
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
App allows recent iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices to make and receive video-enabled calls with Windows, Mac, Linux, and other iOS devices.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010  | 
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
Verizon To Preview Android Devices, Not iPhone
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
At CES next week, the carrier has scheduled a news conference to provide "sneak peek" of Android-based 4G LTE consumer devices, rather than the rumored announcement it will launch a version of the Apple iPhone.
Sears Debuts Online Video Service
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Alphaline Entertainment aims to stake a claim against Netflix, Amazon, Google, and Apple by offering movie downloads the same they they're released on DVD.
LG To Unveil 'World's Largest' LCD 3D HDTV
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The 72-inch, LED-backlit TV will be revealed at CES, along with mobile 3D televisions.
Samsung Launching iPod Touch Rival
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The Android 2.2-based Galaxy Player is modeled after the popular Galaxy S smartphone, will be revealed at CES, according to reports.
AT&T Expands WiFi Hotzones In NYC, San Francisco
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Move intended to ease mobile spectrum congestion in large cities.
Synology Intros NAS Server Scalable To 15 Drives
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
The DS1511+ network attached storage server for small and midsize businesses delivers 197 MB/sec reading speed under RAID 5.
Skype To Unveil iPhone Video Chat At CES
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
A Verizon iPhone may have been accidentally confirmed in a FAQ about a FaceTime competitor posted on -- and quickly removed from -- the VoIP provider's site Friday.
Top 11 Mobile Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
The meteoric rise of wireless will further accelerate in the new year, with expanded adoption of 4G, tablets, smartphones, and other technology in the consumer and enterprise markets.
Skyfire Browser Brings Flash To iPad
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Apple has approved a version of the Skyfire browser for the iPad. The $4.99 browser allows the iPad to play back Flash video content.
Voters Used Cell Phones For Election News
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Younger, more affluent people were more inclined to use wireless devices to share information about November's midterm vote, finds Pew study.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Lesser known manufacturers, including ECS, MSI, Indamixx, and Asus, offer sneak peeks at the products they'll put up against HP, Motorola, and other well-known brands in January.
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
Got The Gadget; Lost The Manual
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many techies and their families will have one or more gadgets under the tree this weekend, yet despite Steve Jobs' best intentions, many of them still need a manual, particularly to unlock those obscure but innovative features that just aren't obvious on the surface. Yet with today's globalized, cost-conscious supply chain, many (most?) products don't include a printed manual. Those that do include some paper often just have a cursory 'quick install' sheet filled with hieroglyphic-like icons and
Motorola Mobility Buys Cloud Service Provider Zecter
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Technology that lets users share media among mobile devices, PCs and tablets will be incorporated into Motoblur, said the phone maker.
HP To Unveil Palm Tablets at CES
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The three versions are expected to be updated editions of the less than successful Slate tablet.
Microsoft Developing Windows For ARM Devices
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The operating system would offer multitasking capabilities to the low-power processor that dominates tablets and handheld devices, say reports.
COD Black Ops Crosses $1 Billion Mark
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The latest Call of Duty video game ties the movie "Avatar" as the fastest entertainment products to hit the million-dollar revenue mark.
Apple TV Sales To Top 1 Million Mark
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Competitor Google TV suffers setbacks as Apple announces strong demand for its media streaming device.
Verizon Wireless Prepping LTE Tablets, Smartphones For CES
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
An official tweet and a component supplier confirm that Verizon Wireless will debut smartphones and tablets with Long Term Evolution 4G included at CES 2011.
Mac App Store Set To Open Early January
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Steve Jobs says he is hoping to recreate the iPhone store's success on the venerable Mac platform.
Kno Ships Education Tablet
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.
WiFi, ZigBee Battle On Smart Grid Cred
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The competing home wireless network technologies launch a public debate about which is more energy efficient.
Sur La Tablet
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
2011 will be the year of the tablet, or at least the year that everyone says is the year of the tablet. There will be more than enough devices, but will there be enough reasons to buy them?
ZigBee Intros Wireless Input Device Standard
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
The communications spec for mice, keyboards, set-top boxes, and other consumer electronics will replace infrared devices with greener, smarter technology, said Zigbee Alliance.
SEC Probes Former HP CEO Mark Hurd
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Investigators said to be focused on whether Hurd, now co-president at Oracle, leaked details of HP's plan to buy EDS to a female companion.
Eclipse Will Send A Blood Moon Rising
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
Lunar surface will change from gray, to orange, to a deep crimson as Earth passes between the moon and sun in the predawn hours.
Healthcare iPad Deployment To Approach 70% In 2011
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
The rising number of iPad point-of-care applications are accelerating its use by physicians, finds Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society survey.
Microsoft Prepping Kinect Upgrade
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
The firmware update would improve motion sensing accuracy and allow more data to pass through to the Xbox 360, according to reports.
Amazon Replacing Kindle Cover
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
Many customers have complained that a leather e-reader accessory causes the device to freeze, reboot, and lose their page.
AU Optronics To Build China LCD Panel Plant
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Taiwanese company's $3 billion project is viewed as vital to helping the island maintain a competitive tech edge over South Korea.
Words Lens For iPhone Translates Spanish To English
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Quest Visual augmented reality Apple iPhone app provides real-time Spanish to English translation and vice versa.
Creative Launches Android Tablets
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The entertainment-focused ZiiO 7" tab includes the Pure Android Audio application and Creative's X-Fi Crytalizer, which the company claims provides a superior experience over "conventional tablets that offer mediocre sound."
Top 10 Software Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/17/2010  | 
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
LG Launching Dual Core Smartphone
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Optimus 2X, debuting in Asia and Europe, will run Nvidia's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip processor for increased performance playing video and games.
Nokia Sues Apple For Patent Infringement
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
In a suit filed in Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands, the mobile phone maker is accusing Apple of violating 13 patents in the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Twitter Valuation $3.7B After $200M Funding Round
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
Kleiner Perkins has reportedly led a fourth round of venture funding for the microblogging service that values the company at three times it's worth only months ago.
Philips, SleepTracker & Zeo: Give The Gift Of A Wake-up Call
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Missing sleep can impact your health and your performance. Thankfully, there's plenty of technology that can help. We review three of them.
Sony Outs PlayStation App For iOS And Android
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Sony announced that it will soon deliver an official PlayStation application for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android handsets. Don't get too excited, though. It's not what you think.
Freescale Boosts Share Of Tablet Processor Market
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
The leader in e-reader chips is powering 11 tablet PCs, including a growing number of Chinese white box devices.
CyberPower Debuts Advanced Gaming PCs
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
The high-end computers are integrated with the new AMD Radeon HD 6900 series graphics cards, adding enhanced performance.
Army Expanding Soldier Smartphone Program
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications will begin widely deploying iPhones, iPads, Kindles, and other devices to military personnel early next year.
Google TV Update Adds Voice Search
News  |  12/15/2010  | 
Users will receive the first Google TV software update automatically.
Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/15/2010  | 
Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
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