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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in March 2013
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iPad nano Fills Micro-Tablet Niche For Apple
News  |  3/31/2013  | 
Formerly known as the "iPod Touch" Apple is recasting this product as an affordable, easy-to-handle micro tablet. "It's the best 4-inch iPad we've ever made!" says Apple's Phil Schiller.
Gmail's New Compose: 5 Pros and Cons
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Introduced as an option, Gmail's new compose will become the default over the next few days. Here's what I like and dislike.
HTC One 'Impossible To Repair' Says iFixit
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
HTC did such an incredible job piecing the One smartphone together that it is practically unrepairable, teardown outfit concludes.
Facebook Phone? Android Event Teased
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Facebook has something significant to say about Android. Will the company finally introduce the long-rumored Facebook Phone?
Gmail Users Cut Off in Windows 8
Commentary  |  3/28/2013  | 
The new Calendar and Contacts apps in Windows 8 will not synchronize with Google at all, and Google email is limited to IMAP from now on. Google users will probably have to use the browser versions because Google has no plans to write Windows 8 apps.
Google Nexus 7, Take Two: What To Expect
Slideshows  |  3/28/2013  | 
Google watchers expect a new version of the 7-inch Nexus tablet to debut soon. Here's what it might look like.
British Video Game Sector Reboots
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
After four years of low scores, the games creation business is regaining strength thanks in part to lure of possible tax relief.
BlackBerry Ships 1M Z10s
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
BlackBerry's Q4 earnings show the company eked out a slim profit as it shipped one million Z10 smartphones.
Oracle Sparc T5 Can't Make Sun Rise
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
Oracle says new Sparc servers beat IBM's Power line, but gains in a shrinking market aren't likely to stanch hardware losses.
Is There A Viz Wall In Your Future?
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Some companies are installing visualization walls -- big banks of high-definition screens -- to see the big picture on their big data.
Turing's 'Universal Machine' Voted Top British Innovation
News  |  3/25/2013  | 
Early sketch for a programmable computing device beats out DNA, the Mini motorcar and 97 other innovations of the past century.
Windows Blue/9: No Desktop? No Way!
Commentary  |  3/25/2013  | 
A leak of an allegedly major revision of Windows 8 hit the web last week. Microsoft's focus seems to be on developing the Metro interface, but will they ever actually remove the desktop? Absurd!The desktop is a major strength of Windows!
HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S 4: Launch Rivals
News  |  3/25/2013  | 
HTC delays U.S. launch of the One to late April, right when Samsung's Galaxy S 4 goes on sale. Can HTC's new marketing focus help the One stand out?
Big Data Debate: Will Hadoop Become Dominant Platform?
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
Will Hadoop become the hub from which most data management activities will either integrate or originate? Two big data experts square off.
BlackBerry Q10 - Feel the Keyboard
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
Next up for BlackBerry is the Q10. It has a smaller screen than the now-available Z10, but also has the hard keyboard that made BlackBerry famous. Here we have a short video demo of the Q10 and its differences from the Z10
ARM CEO Retirement Raises Fears
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
Microchip maker's CEO, Warren East, attempts to allay concerns about the company's long-term viability without him at the helm.
New York's 32-Story Data Fortress: Inside Tour
Slideshows  |  3/22/2013  | 
Sabey's 1-million-square-foot facility in lower Manhattan is billed as the world's tallest and largest high-rise data center.
4 Signs That Microsoft Finally Gets It
Commentary  |  3/21/2013  | 
After making moves last year right out of a Greek tragedy, Microsoft is finally taking steps to fix its mobile mess and other blunders.
HP Shareholders Meeting Marked By Dissent
News  |  3/21/2013  | 
Shareholders raise heated questions about HP board's Autonomy investigating committee; narrowly fail to oust controversial board members.
Unlocked Android Smartphones Will Free Consumers
Commentary  |  3/20/2013  | 
Look Out Below! Here Come Smartphone Prices! Locked iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones can only be successful in the market at their current prices when subsidized by carriers. Low-cost unlocked Android phones from Google and smaller companies like Blu Products will break that model.
Raspberry Pi Production Returns To U.K. From China
News  |  3/19/2013  | 
Main production of the inexpensive build-it-yourself Raspberry Pi computer has been switched back to the U.K. to meet rising demand.
Chromebook Availability Expands Amid Sales Questions
News  |  3/19/2013  | 
Google made its Chromebook computers available in six more countries Tuesday; precise sales figures remain a mystery.
Samsung Smartwatch In The Works
News  |  3/19/2013  | 
Samsung's wearable device will do many of the same things that a smartphone can.
Is Apple Losing War Of Words?
Commentary  |  3/18/2013  | 
Playing hard to get isn't helping Apple anymore. Here are 4 words it must embrace to fight off hard-talking rivals like Google and Samsung.
BlackBerry CEO: Apple iPhone Getting Old
News  |  3/18/2013  | 
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins says rival Apple isn't innovating. Also, don't hold your breath for another BlackBerry tablet.
Intel Cuts Manufacturing Costs With Big Data
News  |  3/18/2013  | 
Processor giant uses big data to develop chips faster, identify manufacturing glitches and warn about security threats.
BlackBerry Z10 Hands-On: First Impressions
Slideshows  |  3/18/2013  | 
BlackBerry 10 — not just the phones, but the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 software — will make or break the former smartphone giant. BYTE obtained an BlackBerry Z10 for evaluation. We haven't yet tested the most interesting enterprise features, but some features of the phone, especially the predictive soft keyboard, have already won us over.
How I Solved My Windows Tablet Question
News  |  3/15/2013  | 
Lockheed IT pro Doug Lampe explains why an unusual tablet has all but replaced his traditional laptop in the office -- and why Microsoft's Surface team should pay attention.
Samsung Galaxy S 4: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  3/15/2013  | 
Samsung's new Galaxy S 4 smartphone offers unique features to challenge Apple's iPhone. Take a closer look.
HTC Crashes Samsung Galaxy S 4 Event
News  |  3/15/2013  | 
HTC shows up at Samsung's Galaxy S 4 launch party to pitch the One and do a little trash-talking.
Samsung Galaxy S 4: What's Missing?
News  |  3/15/2013  | 
Samsung packed the Galaxy S 4 with new features, but here's what we wanted and did not get.
AT&T 4G Takes First Place in Speed Tests
News  |  3/14/2013  | 
Verizon's LTE network is available in more markets and has a better reliability rate, however, according to findings by independent analytics firm Root Metrics.
Boston, IBM Plot Smarter City
News  |  3/14/2013  | 
Public-private partnerships aim to deliver services that cash-strapped cities can't provide on their own. In Boston, pilot projects tackle energy, traffic and more.
BlackBerry Boasts Order For 1 Million Smartphones
News  |  3/14/2013  | 
BlackBerry says a long-time partner placed the order, its largest-ever purchase.
BlackBerry Z10 U.S. Launch Prepped
News  |  3/13/2013  | 
AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to announce a firm launch date for the BlackBerry Z10.
Samsung Galaxy S IV Features Emerging
News  |  3/13/2013  | 
With one day to go before the big reveal, speculation about the Samsung Galaxy S IV is running at an all-time high.
AT&T's LTE 4G Network Speedier Than Rivals
News  |  3/12/2013  | 
Sprint, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless can't touch AT&T's mobile broadband network speeds, says Root Metrics.
Microsoft Reverses Course on IE10 Flash Support
News  |  3/12/2013  | 
Until today — March 12, 2013 — Internet Explorer 10 in the new Windows UI allowed Adobe Flash content only when the site was on a special Microsoft-controlled whitelist. Now all sites are allowed except those on a special Microsoft-controlled blacklist. It's probably a concession to usability problems.
Chromebook Pixel: My First Week Living In Cloud
News  |  3/11/2013  | 
After forsaking all other PCs for a week to work with just a Chromebook Pixel and an iPhone, I learned a few lessons about the post-PC era.
Google Nexus 4 Phone Slick, But Limited
News  |  3/11/2013  | 
Google's flagship Nexus 4 phone is a compelling entry in a crowded marketplace. During my testing the Nexus 4 proved a reliable, capable piece of hardware. The display is great, and its size and weight make it easy to slip into a pocket. But, there are some hardware limitations that will likely deter people from buying it — the 3G only, no micro SD expansion, most notably.
Samsung Knox Raises Android Security Game
Commentary  |  3/10/2013  | 
Following the BlackBerry announcement of BES 10 as a general-purpose mobile management solution, Samsung has expanded their SAFE program to include EMM features like MAM and business/personal partitioning. These companies are advancing the technology for customers. Where are Microsoft and Apple in this? Microsoft is doing a little, but Apple seems to think that management of their devices is not their problem.
Apple iPhone 5S: Best And Worst Rumors
Slideshows  |  3/8/2013  | 
What will Apple's next iPhone, or iPhones, look like? As the rumors fly, we separate the likely from the ludicrous for the iPhone 5S.
Dropbox Alternative OwnCloud Uses Your Own Storage
News  |  3/7/2013  | 
ownCloud is already a powerful and useful alternative to Dropbox or other file-hosting services. Future revisions of this open source project promise to be even better.
Apple iPhone Gains U.S. Market Share
News  |  3/7/2013  | 
Apple is on an upward trajectory in U.S., while Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices all lost share, ComScore says.
Communication and Collaboration Startups Win Innovation Awards
News  |  3/6/2013  | 
At the Enterprise Connect conference in Orlando later this month, four startups focused on enterprise communication and collaboration - Nexistant, Plivo, Scoop App and ÜberConference - will receive awards for Enterprise Connect's Third Annual Innovation Showcase competition. Enterprise Connect explores unified communications, network video, SIP trunking and BYOD for an IT audience.
Unlocked Phones: How and Why to Do It
News  |  3/6/2013  | 
An unlocked phone is one not tied down to a specific carrier network. If you want to use an unlocked phone, what are the practical implications? Who sells unlocked phones? What carriers let you unlock theirs and activate others? BYTE explores these issues and tells you why you might want an unlocked phone and how you'd go about buying one and getting service for it.
For HTC, The One Can't Come Soon Enough
Commentary  |  3/6/2013  | 
HTC saw another precipitous revenue decline in February, putting even more pressure on the One smartphone's success.
BlackBerry Z10 Battery Life Tips
News  |  3/6/2013  | 
Is your BlackBerry Z10 battery running out of juice too quickly? Check out our advice on options and settings.
Android 4.x Finally Surpasses Gingerbread
News  |  3/6/2013  | 
All versions of Android 4.0 and up for the first time account for a larger portion of the Android installed base than those running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Android To Dominate 2013 Mobile App Downloads
News  |  3/5/2013  | 
App developers may start targeting Google's Android platform ahead of Apple's iOS platform, says ABI Research.
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