News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in April 2009
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Netbook Boom Likely To End With Better Economy
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The mini-laptops optimized for Web surfing and costing as little as $300 have experienced a boom for more than a year.
Apple Turning To Chip Design For Its Innovation
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Apple's plans for all this design power are likely to revolve around video and power consumption, and will boost the company's desire for secrecy.
Twitter, Microsoft And... Oracle?
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Apparently where there's Tweets, there's fire. Twitter may or may not have a business model (management claims it does), but traditional software vendors are apparently convinced there's money to be made in them thar' streams.
GPS Evidence Too Unreliable For Legal Purposes
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.
iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Applications
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Users of BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC smartphones are far less likely than iPhone users to download applications to their devices.
Slacker For BlackBerry Hits 1 Million Downloads
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The success of the music-streaming app is another sign that BlackBerrys are gaining popularity with an audience that's not exclusively corporate users.
Disney Taking Equity Stake In Hulu
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Hulu will stream full-length episodes of popular Disney and ABC shows, using an ad-supported model, the companies say.
Pure Digital Expands HD To Flip Ultra Camcorder
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The pocket-size Flip UltraHD captures images at 1,280-by-720 resolution and comes with software that makes it easy to upload videos to YouTube.
Mobile Phone Shipments Dip In First Quarter
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The first quarter's decline was especially sharp this year because of weak demand and lack of credit, but smartphone growth continues to defy the recession.
Motorola Bets On Android As Mobile Slide Continues
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Lagging behind T-Mobile's G1 handset, Motorola vows it will have an Android phone in stores in time for the fourth-quarter holiday season.
Sony Expected To Unveil New PSP In June
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The handheld console likely will be called the PSP Go! and will be available with either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory.
Apple May Be Prepping For Blu-Ray
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The beta pre-release version of ITunes that shipped to developers late Tuesday may hold the key to Apple's future plans.
Steve Jobs Opts Out Of Town Meeting
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Preservationists are seeking to save from demolition Jobs' 14-bedroom, 17,000-square-foot house in Silicon Valley.
7 Netbooks That Will Surprise You
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
More memory, more powerful processors, and larger displays aren't the half of it. Some features manufacturers are adding to netbooks may really surprise you.
Are You A Super-User?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
A long list of big brand names are outsourcing customer service to unpaid, voluntary enthusiast users who staff and sometimes manage online company forums. I'm just not getting it, and I thought you might help me out.
Pentagon Using Virtual Reality To Treat PTSD
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
The U.S. military is using virtual worlds to help treat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Acer Could Replace Dell As World's No. 2 PC Maker
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Despite reporting disappointing first-quarter financial results and lowering its netbook shipment forecast, Acer is still growing while Dell's performance is suffering.
Nokia's App Store Will Require Credit Cards
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company couldn't get carrier billing in the United States but thinks the social networking and location-based aspects of its Ovi Store will help it gain widespread adoption.
Microsoft: We're Not Making A Phone
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company denies recent reports that it's working on a "ZunePhone" for Verizon Wireless, and it will focus on upcoming Windows Mobile upgrades.
Podcast: Is Twitter Making Us Stupider?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Leave it to Nicholas Carr to get us so twisted up that his mere name evokes a leer or a cheer, and rarely anything in between. His big stir ("Does IT Matter") gave way to "The Big Switch" (his book), and just for fun in between he published things like "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Done questioning whether we matter, in "Twitter Dot Dash," he questioned our patte
Twitter Users' Loyalty As Brief As Their Posts?
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The most popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace, have much higher user retention rates than Twitter.
Mobile Apps To Hit $25 Billion By 2014
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Handset makers will receive the bulk of the revenue selling apps to smartphones, but carriers have an opportunity to bring app stores to entry-level and feature phones.
Graphic Chip Sales Brighten PC Market Outlook
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The big winners in the PC market were Intel and Nvidia, which saw quarter-to-quarter growth of 7.5% and 4.8%, respectively.
Apple Hires Former AMD Graphics Expert
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
Bob Drebin's hire could indicate that Apple is expanding its role in the development of graphics technology for its products.
Lenovo, RIM Launch 'Constant Connect'
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The product uses Bluetooth to wirelessly sync corporate e-mails and other information between a BlackBerry and laptop, even if the computer is turned off.
Suit Accuses Apple Of Stifling
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The Web site is fighting Apple's contention that just talking about making the iPhone and iPod work on software other than iTunes is a copyright violation.
Apple May Have Two iPhones For Verizon
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The computer maker may give Verizon Wireless exclusive iPhones to grow its customer base while retaining the special quality that makes the smartphone so popular.
Google Starts Twittering News Headlines
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
As the Internet becomes a more capable platform for real-time information delivery, Google is looking to make more of its services as speedy as its search engine.
HP Peps Up Its Mid-Range Business Laptops
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The ProBook s-series represents HP's new mainstream business laptop brand, replacing most of the Compaq line.
Google Makes Android 1.5 Available To Devs
News  |  4/28/2009  | 
The move means the "Cupcake" update could be pushed out soon, and it will bring to Android video-recording capabilities, a virtual QWERTY keyboard, and stereo Bluetooth.
Google Not Connecting Swine Flu Dots
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
Google's map of swine flu outbreaks is useful if you need a geography lesson, but it's not doing much to help people figure out where the disease is heading next or, more importantly, how it got started in the first place.
Amazon Acquires Stanza E-Book Reader: Superior Selection Meets Superior Software
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
The other day, I tweeted that it would be awesome if the Amazon Kindle store sold books through the Stanza iPhone app. Yesterday, Amazon acquired Lexcycle, the company behind Stanza. I must never use this power for evil.
Amazon Buys Maker Of iPhone E-Book Reader
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Software like Lexcycle's Stanza and Amazon's Kindle iPhone application could drive adoption of electronic books and magazines further by making them available on more than just the Kindle.
Seagate Offers Easy Backup For Windows PCs
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Seagate believes its external drive will be a winner because a third of consumers don't back up their computers, and those that do, do so rarely because of the time-consuming task.
Cablevision Launches Mobile Portal
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The mobile Web site may help the cable provider fend off increased competition from the telecoms, but it lacks the ability for users to program DVRs on the go.
BI (Business Intrusion) Software Needs A Reality Check
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Here's the ideal scenario for a retailer: you visit and search for a book on how to avoid annoying marketing scams. They go, hey Michael, your wife's birthday is coming up in a few days and we noticed she was cruising lingerie at Victoria's Secret. She's also buying a pair of tickets to the Dominican Republic on Thursday. Why don't you surprise her with this nice pair of high-heeled sandals that we have in her size. We know yellow is her favorite color.
Facebook Opens Stream To Devs
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Web and mobile developers can create applications and Web sites that let Facebook users access their news streams without visiting
Apple 'Pretty Messed Up' When Steve Jobs Returned
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Jobs' comments made to the SEC during his stock backdating deposition reveal the lengths the co-founder had to go to reset Apple's direction.
The Ultimate I/O
Commentary  |  4/27/2009  | 
Researchers have sent a Twitter message by simply thinking it via a setup that read a user's thoughts, and then translated them into text. The folks at Twitter should embrace this experiment, and at least two of the wild possibilities it suggests.
Apple Corrects Shareholder Vote To Grant Voice On Pay
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
The company says it expects to see regulations requiring some form of shareholder input on compensation at public companies in the near future.
Verizon, Apple May Be Close To iPhone Deal
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
AT&T would likely be aggressive in retaining the exclusive deal with Apple, however, because it has successfully poached numerous subscribers from rivals before.
Samsung Rolls Out Android Phone
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Samsung's first Android-powered handset has Wi-Fi, 3G, an AMOLED touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and deep integration with Google's Web services.
IBM Computer Plays 'Jeopardy'
News  |  4/27/2009  | 
Big Blue has developed a machine that's designed to play the popular game show.
Gotta Go? These Three Bathroom Finders Can Help
Commentary  |  4/25/2009  | 
Sometimes you need to find a public restroom while out and about. In some cities, it's easy to find a bathroom, while in others -- including New York City -- it's pretty difficult. Here are three tools that can help you when you're in need.
Napster Judge Hears Hollywood, RealNetworks Arguments
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The movie studios sued RealNetworks in 2008, accusing the company of violating their copyrights.
Alltel Grabs BlackBerry Pearl Flip
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The Alltel version will get boosted mobile Internet speeds to help subscribers stay connected on the go.
Samsung's Profits Stung By Sapping Demand
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
Cuts in demand for memory chips and LCDs resulted in a 72% decline in profits, but the company's cell phone division was profitable and gained market share.
Warner Offers Low-Priced Blu-ray Discs To HD DVD Buyers
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
People still using their HD DVD players will need a Blu-ray player to watch movies on the new discs.
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Sees Potential Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  4/24/2009  | 
Cloud computing has a supporter in Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who told me in an April 23 interview that he saw potential for big savings with the cloud approach. In fact, the fed's information portal,, is being moved to a cloud-computing infrastructure within weeks.
T-Mobile Sells 1 Million G1s
News  |  4/24/2009  | 
The success of the Android-powered handset could spur other manufacturers to adopt Google's open source operating system.
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