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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in March 2012
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Charge, Sync Up To 30 iPads With MultiDock
News  |  3/31/2012  | 
Do you manage multiple iPads or other iOS devices for a group? Synching and charging them can be awkward and security can be a challenge. A new rack from Griffin Technology makes it all a lot easier.
Surprise! RIM's Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
RIM gets picked on a lot, but the company still has compelling strengths. It's not too late for it to be back on top again.
Google Chrome 18 Brings Faster Graphics
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Chrome 18 delivers security improvements plus better 2D graphics rendering technology, as Google courts more developers to create browser-based games.
Windows 8 Vs. 10 Big OS Annoyances
Slideshows  |  3/30/2012  | 
Windows 8 aims to answer some longtime Microsoft OS gripes, from slow startup times to mediocre mobile tools.
DOD Commits $80 Million To Microprocessor Research
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Defense Dept. seeks advantage over adversaries with next-gen processors that combine materials on a single silicon chip.
Apple Supplier Foxconn Will Reduce Working Hours
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Fair Labor Association association finds significant issues with factories in China operated by Apple supplier Foxconn, which said it would reduce hours for some workers.
Google Must Make Android Upgrade Worth Networks' While
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
Months after the release of Android 4.0, a.k.a Ice Cream Sandwich, network carriers such as AT&T and Verizon still ship all their phones with version 2.3 (Gingerbread). How can Google knock the carriers out of their complacency?
Windows 8 Promises 'Edgy' Touch Screens
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Microsoft says its new OS will offer edge-to-edge touch fidelity and support for five-finger touch applications.
Android Smartphone Updates En Route
Commentary  |  3/29/2012  | 
Android system updates head out this week to the Motorola Xoom tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Lumia 800, and other smartphones. Is your device on the list?
Windows 8 Super Guide
News  |  3/29/2012  | 
Windows 8, Microsoft's boldest operating system bet in years, poses crucial questions for enterprises. InformationWeek's super guide rounds up the news, expert analysis, and reviews that you need.
The New iPad: 7 Updates That Mean Business
News  |  3/29/2012  | 
Now that the latest Apple buzz-a-thon has died down, it's time to see what the newest iPad offers enterprise users. Here are the features we find most compelling.
BYOD Policy Or Buy Everyone An iPhone?
News  |  3/29/2012  | 
Enterprise Connect participants debate the best way to respond to the unstoppable trend toward consumerization of mobile devices.
BlackBerry Just 5% Of Recent Smartphone Purchases
Commentary  |  3/29/2012  | 
In the last three months, only 5% of U.S. smartphone buyers chose a RIM BlackBerry, says Nielsen.
Nokia Lumia 800 Arrives In China
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
First CDMA Windows Phone for Chinese market is key to Nokia’s turnaround hopes, and Microsoft’s mobile fortunes.
FBI, Army Tap Epic Games For Training Simulations
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Intelligence and military agencies license the game engine behind Gears of War and Mass Effect to simulate decision-making, medical, and crime-scene scenarios.
Apple's 4G iPad Problems Prompt Australian Refunds
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Apple raised the ire of Australian watchdogs who say the new iPad isn't a 4G device, even though that's how Apple advertises it. This isn't (entirely) Apple's fault.
BlueStacks: A First Step Toward Android On Windows
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Want to run Android applications natively on Windows? Now you can, although BlueStacks still needs a lot of work to be attractive to most people.
Lytro: The Next Big Thing In Photography
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
Light field photography can eliminate the biggest problem photographers have: out-of-focus pictures. Don't toss your digital camera just yet, though. Although a major breakthrough, the Lytro is far from perfect.
Rutgers Gets Big Data Weapon In IBM Supercomputer
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
Blue Gene system will allow Rutgers University researchers and N.J. businesses to tackle big data challenges such as drug research and materials design.
Focus On The Lytro: A Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  3/27/2012  | 
Who hasn't been frustrated by an out-of-focus photo? The Lytro Light Field Camera might be the most revolutionary change in photography since digital came along: it lets you refocus your photos after you take them. Don't sell your old digital camera just yet, though. The Lytro has some serious drawbacks, including a fixed amount of storage. Take our quick tour of this unusual camera's features, from touchscreen to output. To experimen
How To Create A Superior Tablet Banking App
News  |  3/26/2012  | 
Mobile apps for iPads, Kindle Fires, and other tablets need to be more than just ported-over smartphone apps. Industry leaders reveal what goes into creating an engaging and rich tablet-specific experience.
Google Ordered To Delete Defamatory Autocompletions
News  |  3/26/2012  | 
Google says Japanese court issues limited demand that covers a specific set of queries affecting a single plaintiff.
Smoked By Windows Phone, Or Smoke And Mirrors?
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
Microsoft's buzzworthy Smoked By Windows Phone campaign took an ugly turn over the weekend after a contestant accused Microsoft of cheating.
5 Tips: Maximize New iPad Battery Life
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
Apple's new iPad battery should last throughout a workday, but needs some tweaking to get the best results. Check out these five common-sense strategies.
Apple's Airplay Takes The Boardroom By Storm
News  |  3/24/2012  | 
Bored with PowerPoint presentations? Suit up that iPad or iPhone with a cloud-powered mobile business intelligence app, and head for tomorrow's Apple TV-equipped conference room.
NASA Demonstrates Angry Birds In Space
News  |  3/24/2012  | 
A very nerdy NASA astronaut shows how gravity, or the lack thereof, would affect angry birds slingshotting at pigs in space.
Google Awarded Patent For Advertising Based On Environmental Factors
News  |  3/23/2012  | 
Google's newly awarded patent describes a process for listening to background noise, conversations, video, weather, and other environmental factors in order to serve targeted advertising.
New iPad Vs. Windows 8 Tablets: 8 Considerations
News  |  3/23/2012  | 
Buy a new iPad now, or wait for a Windows 8 tablet later this year? Here are some factors to consider.
Big Data Meets Disease-Resistant Plant Research
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
University of Missouri's Appistry-powered big-data analysis could help create disease-resistant plants to feed the world's hungry. Check out our video interview with the scientist leading the charge.
iPad Apps That Sync Audio And Text Recordings
News  |  3/23/2012  | 
It can be hard to take thorough notes, and a recording of an event is hard to scan. Here are three apps that try to provide a good compromise--they synchronize the notes you take with the audio being recorded at the time.
iPad Tablet Huddle Hits The Enterprise: Ready, IT?
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
Picture five senior executives huddled around the water cooler, all carrying tablets and ready to build a multimedia presentation. Now picture slow network speeds and videos that won't play.
Angry Birds Shouldn't Seal Your Smartphone Choice
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
The Internet went into a tizzy when people thought Angry Birds Space wouldn't be available for Windows Phone. This game is big fun, but is it really a must-have app?
Angry Birds Space Mirrors Real Rocket Science
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
Did you know Rovio's Angry Birds Space was developed in collaboration with NASA through a Space Act Agreement? The game illustrates microgravity, a concept fundamental to current NASA experiments.
SMBs Use Gamification To Convert Fans Into Cash
News  |  3/22/2012  | 
Here's how two SMBs are using simple games to produce profits from online prospects.
Windows 8 To Match iPad Retina Display?
News  |  3/22/2012  | 
Microsoft is building Windows 8 to handle a wide range of screen resolutions. But it's unclear whether hardware makers will take advantage.
Top 7 Photoshop CS6 Features
News  |  3/22/2012  | 
After more than 20 years, Adobe is still updating its flagship image-editing application, this time with a new dark look, raw-image editing, and nondestructive cropping.
White House 'Green Button' Initiative Eyes Electricity Savings
News  |  3/22/2012  | 
Effort to help people manage electricity usage expands, with backing from nine utilities, a developer challenge from the DOE, and third-party Web and mobile apps.
Microsoft Patents Virtual Reality Goggles
News  |  3/22/2012  | 
Software maker envisions night-vision style headgear that would enable immersive gaming and commercial applications.
Image Processing Tech Makes Magic Manipulations
News  |  3/22/2012  | 
"Random access JPEG" technology from Scalado lets camera users remove foreground objects, and create high-quality panoramas and 3-D images. Scalado doesn't make digital cameras--they just make digital cameras better.
New iPad: Charging Problem Worse Than Heat Problem
Commentary  |  3/22/2012  | 
iPad owners complain that it runs hot to the touch, but it's inability to charge is far more worrisome.
Apple TV, Google TV Reliability Worse Than Rivals
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
Apple and Google generate more complaints with their TV boxes than scrappy consumer electronics start-ups like Boxee and Roku do, says help site FixYa.
Feds Fund Research For Breakthrough Microprocessors
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
NIST offers $2.6 million grant for research in new methods to overcome the limits that existing CMOS technology will reach in the next 10 to 15 years.
11 Telemedicine Tools Transforming Healthcare
Slideshows  |  3/21/2012  | 
We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
8 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
Slideshows  |  3/21/2012  | 
Have we really entered a post-PC world? The new Apple iPad and its tablet rivals still come up short on a few important measures.
Of Course Apple Would Sell 3 Million New iPads
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
It's practically dog-bites-man stuff now: another record-setting Apple launch.
Why The iPad 3 Regressed In Battery Life
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
Apple's new iPad is pushing technology boundaries to the limit with its ultra high-resolution screen. The result is some uncomfortable trade-offs in heat and power consumption.
Windows 8 Server Core Promises Cheaper Clouds
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
Stripped down version of Windows Server 8 aims to significantly reduce storage costs for organizations building private clouds.
Nokia's Vibrating Tattoo: A Bad Buzz
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
How do you feel about attaching a small membrane to your skin that vibrates when your phone receives incoming calls or messages?
HP Combines PC, Printer Groups
News  |  3/20/2012  | 
Hewlett Packard merges two humbled business units for greater operational efficiency. It may now be harder for investors to assess the health and margins of each operation.
Microsoft Targeting Windows 8 Debut For October
News  |  3/20/2012  | 
It's cutting it close and there will be very few ARM-based devices, but Microsoft is still shooting for the Christmas season for general availability of Windows 8 and devices running it.
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