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Microsoft IE9 Throws Weight Behind H.264 Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Supporters of license-free video codecs immediately decried the announcement as proof that Microsoft doesn't really support an open Web.
Adobe CEO Calls Jobs' Flash Complaint 'Smokescreen'
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Shantanu Narayen sees Apple's restrictions making life difficult for developers who want to create content on multiple platforms.
Avatar Director Helps NASA With Mars Cameras
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
James Cameron is working with the space agency to outfit the next-generation rover, Curiosity, with 3D cameras.
Acer Preps Smartphone Line
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon platform will power four new handsets this year, as Acer, like HP and Dell, gets serious about the mobile phone market.
Mobile Phone Shipments Surge 21%
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
RIM entered the top five for the first time, pushing Motorola off the list of the world's best-selling mobile phone makers.
YouTube Dominates Online Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The Google-owned site reached 75% of the 180 million Internet users who watched online video in March.
Processor Shipments Up 39%
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Chip revenue was also up 40% in the first quarter, indicating that PC makers are seeing the fruits of an improving economy.
Image Gallery: Government's 10 Most Powerful Supercomputers
Slideshows  |  4/29/2010  | 
The United States government owns many of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, including six of the top ten. These supercomputers are being used for everything from climate modeling to building spaceships to basic science research.
Apple iAd Aims Upscale
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
High-profile partners are being sought by Apple for its iAd platform, ones willing to pay well and make a splash.
Apple CEO Explains Flash Ban
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Steve Jobs cites security, poor performance and no support for touch-based interfaces as problems with Adobe's cross-platform browser plug-in.
What Apple Owes Developers
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
When the little people make enough noise, Apple CEO Steve Jobs switches his mode of public interaction from terse e-mail replies to open letters. That's what happened on Thursday when Jobs finally articulated his disdain for Adobe's Flash technology in a rare public post.
Virtualization Driving Data Center Growth
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Ethernet switches, application delivery controllers, and WAN optimization equipment are particular growth spots in data center equipment.
Skyfire Now Showing Flash On Android
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
The mobile browser supports Flash video, before Android officially gets Flash support.
Apple To Buy Siri Mobile Voice Search Developer
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Siri "personal assistant" technology lets users perform voice-activated Web searches from their smartphones. Financial details were not disclosed.
Mozilla Tests Mobile Firefox For Android
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The developers working on Mozilla's Fennec are seeking feedback from Android users.
Mobile Hotspot Buyer's Guide
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Wi-Fi, 3G, and now 4G services enable broadband on notebooks, smartphones, and other wireless devices practically anywhere. Here's a guide to the latest offerings from T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.
Apple WWDC Kicks Off June 7
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The iPhone OS 4, HTML 5, and potentially a new iPhone will be spotlighted at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Microsoft Gets Paid For Android
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
By striking a patent licensing deal with HTC, Microsoft is raising the cost of using Google's free Android operating system.
RIM Launching BlackBerry 6 OS In Fall
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The updated operating system will offer a faster browser, better touchscreen technology, and support for older devices, the company said.
Sprint Nextel Reports $865 Million Loss
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Prepaid signups held strong in the first quarter as the company held out hope that its nationwide 4G network will return it to profitability.
Microsoft Releases Windows Embedded 7
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard and Wyse Technology intend to use the operating system for thin clients.
iPad Users Targeted By Malware
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Hackers take aim at Windows users who have bought an iPad and don't run a security product.
AMD Unveils Six Core Phenom II Desktop Processor
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The 45-nanometer Phenom II X6 enables PC enthusiasts to tune system performance, customize settings, and tune memory.
Interop 2010 Show Winners
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
This year's competition shines a light on the very best that IT vendors have to offer in cloud computing, network management, security, virtualization, wireless, and more. We also picked a top startup and gave out a green award.
Oregon Public Schools Go Google
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
By moving to Google's cloud infrastructure, Oregon expects to save $1.5 million annually for e-mail alone.
DA Mulling Charges Against Gizmodo Editor
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
A California district attorney is trying to determine whether laws were broken over the tech blog's payment for an unreleased iPhone.
Google Buys Labpixies
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
In acquiring the widget maker, Google is deepening its commitment to social software.
RadioShack Profits Up On Wireless Sales
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Sales of wireless handset at the electronics retailer surged more than 60% in the first quarter.
Nokia Unveils Symbian N8 Smartphone
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
The Symbian ^3 handset is a "portable entertainment center" allowing for content creation, social networking, and TV viewing, the company says.
Rhapsody iPad App Stores Music Offline
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
The music service allows subscribers to store music for listening on mobile devices even without an Internet connection.
Gizmodo Editor's Computers Seized By Police
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
The investigation into possible wrongdoing by Gizmodo may itself have violated the law.
Motorola Drops Google Location For Skyhook
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Developers helped convince Motorola to use Skyhook location technology in future Google Android devices.
Google Ends Search Fees For Ad Partners
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
A revamped advertising partner program promises to make life easier for ad agencies.
Google Nexus One Unlikely On Verizon
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless owner Vodafone will start carrying the Android smartphone in its UK stores this month.
Israel Lifts iPad Ban
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
The Apple device must pass wireless interference regulatory tests before it's allowed into certain countries, including South Korea.
Digitization Slashing Health IT Vendor Dominance
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Dell says traditional health IT vendors will lose market share as the medical industry converts from film to digital medical imaging.
Massive Mobile Phone Health Risk Study Underway
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Researchers hope the 30-year study will yield definitive answers on whether the use of mobile handsets is linked to brain cancer or other disorders.
RIM's MVS 5.0 Supports Wi-Fi Voice Calls
News  |  4/25/2010  | 
Blackberrys are getting a new mobile voice system, giving enterprise users get a multi-transport way to make voice calls seamlessly and with standard PBX functionality.
Microsoft Pulls Security Fix
News  |  4/23/2010  | 
A Windows 2000 Server security patch released last week does not address the underlying issue effectively, company says.
Microsoft Posts Record Quarterly Sales
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
Redmond reports strong Windows revenue in third quarter and solid performance across other lines.
Garmin, T-Mobile Releasing Android Phone
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
The navigation-focused smartphone will be the successor to Garmin's Nuvifone A50.
Life With The iPad: Enterprise Ready
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
Apple's iPad isn't a replacement for anything -- not for an iPhone, iPod, nor a laptop PC. But as a mobile personal productivity device, or for a short business trip, it might be all you need.
iPhone Paired With Google Android
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
Hacker successfully marries Google's mobile operating system to Apple smartphone.
Cloud Computing Leaves Consumers Cold
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
More than half of adults surveyed disagreed with the concept that files stored online are safer than files stored locally on a hard drive.
Microsoft Connects Office To Facebook
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Docs for Facebook, Microsoft's latest online document creation and sharing service, promises productivity in a social context.
Adobe Burns Bridge With Apple, Embraces Google
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
There will be no more investment in development tools to bring Flash content to the iPhone.
Google Buys Former Apple Employee Startup
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Agnilux was founded by people involved in making the application processor used to power the iPad. Terms were not disclosed.
Review: HTC Droid 'Incredible' A Winner
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
The latest Android smartphone earns its name with super-fast performance from its 1-GHz processor and an amazing AMOLED display.
Information Builders' CEO Gets Intelligence First Hand
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Business intelligence software chief Gerry Cohen stays close to customers, and closer to the competition.
Teens Prefer Text To Talk
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Half of U.S. teens surveyed say they send 50 or more SMS text messages a day, or 1,500 a month.
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