News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in December 2012
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BlackBerry 10 Will Be Great, Please Wait, Says RIM
News  |  12/31/2012  | 
With just about a month to go until the rollout of BlackBerry 10, RIM is reaching out to customers and the public about how great it will be, hoping, no doubt, that customers will hold off buying an iPhone or Android phone or Windows Phone. BlackBerry 10 could be the great, ironic BYOD product of 2013.
6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
Commentary  |  12/31/2012  | 
This could be a make or break year as Microsoft looks to establish itself in mobile, cloud and other hot new markets while fending off challenges to its Windows franchise.
Battery Life Boost Coming From New Antenna Tech
News  |  12/30/2012  | 
The amplifier for the data transmission on a mobile phone's antenna is the device's biggest power guzzler, wasting up to 65 percent of its juice through heat. Large increases in battery life may be coming soon through new technology designed to use power for data transmission more efficiently.
FCC Streamlines Aircraft Wi-Fi Rules
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
The FCC will establish a regular process and rules for approval of Internet services (basically Wi-Fi) aboard aircraft. The agency says that current approval system is ad-hoc and requires too much time.
Apple's Education Phenomenon: iPad
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
iPad's popularity with students and instructors helped Apple break its own education market sales records in 2012.
Top 10 Tech Fails Of 2012
Slideshows  |  12/27/2012  | 
Sometimes technology disappoints. Here are some of the products, services and companies that let us down in 2012.
iPhone Prices Under Competitive Pressure
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
Phone prices are being aggressively lowered by Apple's competition and Apple appears to be responding with price cuts, something we haven't seen before. Never mind that excellent Android and Windows Phones can be had for a lot less than the iPhone's $199 with a 2 year plan; more and more users are opting for older and cheaper iPhone models. The bottom line of all this is that Apple's average selling price for an iPhone is going down.
China Tries Again To Control Internet
Commentary  |  12/25/2012  | 
The Great Firewall of China is increasingly effective in stopping anonymous VPN-based access in and out of the country after a recent upgrade, and now the government is considering another attempt to strengthen authentication of users before obtaining Internet connections. The proposed law is being cynically framed as a privacy protection measure. As offended as I am at the ideas behind these proposals, I'm confident that they can't be implemented practically.
Nexus 7 Android Tablets for Christmas At DoubleDutch
News  |  12/24/2012  | 
Why did the founder of Mobile CRM company DoubleDutch give his employees Android Nexus 7 Tablets for XMas? He wanted to inspire them to develop for the platform — not just for the iPad — and explained how enterprise app development is fundamentally changing the way enterprise business is done.
iPad 5th Generation Coming In March Says Report
News  |  12/24/2012  | 
Thinner, lighter iPad coming on accelerated schedule. A new iPad mini is also on the way with a Retina display and A6X processor.
Google/Motorola 'X phone' Tries To Push Tech Limits
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
Google and Motorola are trying to make the hottest phone on the market and running into the problems that kept everyone else from making such a phone, such as poor battery life. The way they're going about it suggests that Google does not have the clearest vision of what they want to do or how to do it.
iPhone 5 Sales Up, Price Down
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
A new research report shows Apple with a majority of the smartphone market in the United States, but lagging behind Samsung and other Android vendors abroad. In spite of U.S. dominance, Apple is allowing discounts to its newest iPhone. The same research shows Nokia's fortunes turning in Great Britain, although less so among younger buyers.
5 Ugliest Smartphones Of 2012
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Not every smartphone is a charmer. Here are five handsets with some seriously questionable designs.
5 Big Data Predictions For 2013
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Vendors and analysts make bold big data predictions for next year. Are their crystal balls cloudy or clear?
Mobile's Biggest Losers In 2012
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
The last twelve months have been turbulent for smartphone makers and wireless network providers. Here's who took it on the chin hardest.
Android Fails in Mobile Malware Research
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
There are many more malware-infected Android devices out there than you might think. It's all because the Android ecosystem and Google Play store are more friendly to malware and exploits than iOS and the Apple App Store or Windows 8, Windows Phone and the Windows Store. There's some, but not much reason, to think things will improve for Android in the near future.
Microsoft's Big Hits And Misses Of 2012
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
The past year saw some big wins, and big setbacks, for Microsoft. And then there's the special case of Windows 8.
Samsung Acknowledges Severe Android Vulnerability
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
A serious vulnerability in the Android kernel for their Exynos processors in many of their phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S3, has been found by the Android hacking community. It may be used by any application to root (jailbreak) or unroot the device, brick it or even silently modify arbitrary memory or other applications.
Apple Must Settle With Samsung
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Apple Needs To Cut The Patent Nonsense. If Apple really thinks they need to sue the competition out of the market then they must think they're in worse shape than anyone else thinks. Recent legal setbacks, including the reexamination by the US Patent and Trademark Office of the 'pinch and zoom' and other patents, have the potential to embarrass Apple severely and embolden the competition. Now's the time to scale back in their settlement negotiations.
Windows Phone 8 Update Details Revealed
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
An update to Windows Phone 8 should be out soon sporting messaging improvements, the ability to text replies to incoming callers, bandwidth-saving IE changes and favorite Wi-Fi connections, among other improvements not yet specified.
eBay Drops Mobile Advertising
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
eBay has decided that advertising inside mobile apps is not worth the effort and that they will end all ads inside their own mobile apps. What does this mean for the future of mobile advertising?
Dell Acquires Credant For BYOD, Data Security
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Dell announced today its acquisition of data security company Credant Technologies to beef up its BYOD security toolset.
6 Dell Storylines To Watch In 2013
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
With Tuesday's purchase of Credant, Dell has bought 19 companies in the last four years. But what does all the activity mean for the company's future?
IBM Gets $4.5 Million Tax Break On Analytics Center
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Columbus grants Big Blue incentive package as IBM pledges to create hundreds of new jobs in big data analytics.
BlackBerry 10 Builds Carrier Support Ahead Of Launch
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
RIM's forthcoming smartphone platform received another bid of confidence, as a handful of European network operators have voiced their support for BlackBerry 10.
Oracle Q2 Results: Ellison Spins On Sun
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
CEO Larry Ellison talks up Oracle's Sun acquisition even as hardware sales slide 23%. Software sales rise.
Google Maps Spurs iOS 6 Adoption
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Data from mobile advertising networks suggests that many iPhone owners updated their devices to iOS 6 after Google Maps became available again.
Smartphone Race's Third Horse: Microsoft Or RIM?
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
Apple and Google are the two strong leaders in the smartphone wars. Microsoft recently kicked off its comeback bid, and RIM follows next month. Which one has the best shot of being the third horse in this race?
Google Nexus 10: My First Month
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
After almost two years of iPad use, I've been living with a Google Nexus 10 tablet for the past month. Google's iPad rival does not disappoint.
10 Million iPhone Users Find Way To Google Maps
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Google crows about Maps' triumphant return to the iPhone, scores millions of downloads in just two days.
Apple Motion To Ban Samsung Products Denied
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the jury finding against Samsung for violating Apple patents did not merit enjoining sale of the products, only 3 of which remain on sale in the United States.
Microsoft Surface RT Best Tablet Ever, 'Reviewers' Gush
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
Windows 8 tablet may not be posting big sales numbers, but everyone who bought one from Best Buy claims to love it unconditionally.
As Mobile Work Rises, 9-to-5 Jobs Decline
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
Using mobile technology to arm mobile workers, services such as Exec, GigWalk, oDesk, and Uber, are changing the very nature of knowledge-based work. How will you cope?
Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
Hear me out on this one, tablet shoppers: You should buy a 7-inch tablet and a 10-inch tablet.
Windows 8 Enterprise: Signs Of Life
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
Enterprises never adopt new Windows versions right after they ship, right? Times may have changed. IT may now have good reasons to move quickly with Windows 8, at least for some deployments.
IBM: PCs By 2018 Will See, Hear, Touch
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
IBM predicts that in five years artificial intelligence will be able to mimic the five human senses.
iPhone 5 Sales Surpass 2 Million In China
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
Apple sold more than two million iPhone 5s during its first weekend of availability in China.
BlackBerry 10 Beta Begins
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
RIM (Research In Motion) has announced that a BlackBerry 10 beta test program called the Technical Preview Program is beginning today for a select group of 120 enterprise and government customers.
Google Makes BYOD Harder
Commentary  |  12/16/2012  | 
Google is ending several services, including Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) for free users and Google Calendar Sync for all users. If you use an iPhone or iPad for free Google services like GMail you have some headaches ahead. Google is pushing you hard to abandon the Mail app and switch to the GMail app. If you use a Microsoft Surface for them then you have a big problem. This Google calls "Winter cleaning."
iPhone 5 On Discount At Wal-Mart
News  |  12/15/2012  | 
$127 gets you a 16GB iPhone 5 at certain Wal-Mart stores, but not online, for the next 30 days. The cut-rate strategy, arranged with Apple's cooperation, is in contrast to Apple's premium image. iPads are also on deep-discount.
Dell's 'Transformation': Customers Speak
News  |  12/14/2012  | 
Michael Dell says his company has become a full-fledged provider of end-to-end IT services -- but do customers agree?
5 Ways Google Maps Beats Apple Maps
News  |  12/14/2012  | 
Google Maps' triumphant return to the iPhone exposes just how bad Apple's app really is.
Can Microsoft Surface, Best Buy Save Each Other?
Commentary  |  12/14/2012  | 
Microsoft needs to get its Windows 8 tablet in front of as many eyeballs as possible, and the retailer needs hot products to drive in-store sales.
Microsoft Surface Doesn't Impress Mobile Developers Says Survey
News  |  12/14/2012  | 
A survey by IDC and tool company Appcelerator finds that most mobile developers are not 'very interested' in writing apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone. Developer interest in Android, iOS and HTML5 remains strong.
Apple Doubles iPad Mini Display Orders
News  |  12/14/2012  | 
Stronger than expected demand has led Apple to increase the number of iPad Mini displays on order from 6 million to 12 million.
Microsoft Surface Hits Best Buy, Staples
News  |  12/14/2012  | 
Windows 8 tablet now available at retail outlets as Microsoft looks to jumpstart sales.
Google Maps On iPhone To The Rescue
News  |  12/13/2012  | 
Google's Maps app is a welcome relief to Apple's blundering attempt at a Maps app. It goes toe-to-toe with Apple Maps in many respects, but doesn't include some of the really neat features that are in the Android and Web apps. If you loved the old Google Maps on your iPhone, download this new app immediately. But if, like me, you use an iPad much more often, this is a disappointing release.
NYC Taxi-Hailing App Pilot Gets Green Light
News  |  12/13/2012  | 
Customers will be able to hail NYC yellow cabs with smartphones via a trial program beginning in February.
Michael Dell, Bill Clinton Share The Stage
News  |  12/13/2012  | 
Dell World: The new Dell is here, and CEO Dell and former President Clinton look to technology's role in the future.
BlackBerry 10 Tests Announced For U.S. Immigration Authorities
News  |  12/13/2012  | 
RIM has announced that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will test BlackBerry 10 phones and management software in 2013.
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