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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in April 2012
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Mobile Threats Are Increasing But Are Still Nothing Compared To PC Crime
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
The latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report describes a dangerous world where threats involving mobile computing, such as identity theft and malware, are increasing, but still a small minority of the total.
Amazon's 7 Cloud Promises: Hype Vs. Reality
Slideshows  |  4/30/2012  | 
Amazon says cloud computing is an indispensable enabler of seven important computing transformations. We hype-test the promises with a few reality checks.
ARM: Why Virtualization Belongs In Smartphone Hardware
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
ARM's lead mobile strategist explains why virtualization is such an important trend for smartphones, and how ARM's Cortext-A15 fits in. See our video coverage.
5 Tips For Handling Complaints On Social Media
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Here's advice on how small and midsize businesses can handle negative customer feedback on social platforms without becoming overwhelmed.
Your iPhone Will Now Self-Destruct
News  |  4/29/2012  | 
It's not for real, but it is amusing. What would Ethan Hunt of Mission Impossible's iPhone look like?
6 Ways To Turn Your iPad Into A Laptop
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Apple says it won't make tablet-laptop hybrids, but these add-on products will turn your iPad into a work-friendly machine.
BlackBerry World: 5 Changes RIM Users Must See
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
Research In Motion's developer and partner conference gets underway April 30. Here's what RIM needs to show everyone to silence the BlackBerry naysayers and doomspellers.
Why Apple Will Never Equal Sony
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Is Apple destined to decline, as Forrester's CEO has predicted? If so, it won't be due to the absence of Steve Jobs.
6 Reasons iPad Hybrid Tablets Are Inevitable
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Apple's chief executive says he won't consider an iPad that transforms into a laptop. Here's why he may not have any choice in the matter.
LinkedIn iPad App: Plenty To Like
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
LinkedIn's new application for the Apple iPad serves as a hub for business connections, news, and social networking in one slick, though not perfect, package.
Skype Has A Future In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Skype is one of those consumer technologies that IT hates and tries to banish, but it's probably too late for that. There is a good consumerization-of-IT case to be made for Skype, even in use with professional unified communications products, such as Microsoft Lync.
Skype For Windows Phone: Hands-On First Look
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Microsoft has finally released Skype for Windows Phone. See what InformationWeek's Eric Zeman had to say about it after taking it for a spin on his Nokia Lumia 800.
Microsoft Preps Spotify-Like Music Service
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Streaming music service called "Woodstock" would replace Zune-branded services, according to published report.
Apple iOS 6 Wishlist: 10 Features We Want
News  |  4/25/2012  | 
If iOS 6 is discussed at Apple's sold-out developer conference, here's what we want to hear.
Facebook Phone: 4 Reasons Why It's Crazy
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Reports of the fabled "Facebook Phone" have resurfaced, this time linking HTC to the social network. Here's why you shouldn't believe them.
Apple CEO: Hybrid Tablets Doomed
News  |  4/25/2012  | 
Without naming rival Windows 8 tablets specifically, Tim Cook says convertible laptop-tablet systems are kludgy compromises that will please no one. Microsoft and its tablet partners disagree.
Apple's Cook Won't Find Peace From Competitors
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't want Apple to be "the developer for the world." As the market leader, however, that's exactly the position in which Apple has put itself.
10 Must-See Tech Product Ideas From Startups
Slideshows  |  4/24/2012  | 
Can you spot tech's next big thing? Check out ten hot new ideas, fresh from the Demo show, that could impact the way you work and play.
Intel Ivy Bridge: What Enterprise IT Gains
Commentary  |  4/24/2012  | 
ARM will own the smartphone market, Intel will own the desktop and high-end laptop market, and the space in between the two will likely become more confused.
Logitech Earbuds For Business Sound Good
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
The BH320 is a high quality set of earbuds designed for business Unified Communications applications. They're comfortable, the sound is excellent, and they are light and feel good. They are also expensive, but not outrageously so.
As More Docs Use Digital Records, So Will Consumers
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
HITECH Act is prompting widespread adoption of e-health records, but there's more to "Meaningful Use" than what's in the government's programs.
Intel Ships 13 Ivy Bridge Processors
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Intel's quad-core chips are designed for desktop systems and provide twice the graphics performance of earlier processors.
10 App Stars For New iPad Screen
Slideshows  |  4/23/2012  | 
Apple optimized its core tablet apps, including iMovie and iPhoto, for the new iPad. But look what else you can do with the gorgeous new Retina display.
Google Docs Parts Hidden In iOS GMail App
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
It looks like it was left in by accident, but the iOS GMail app has very limited support for Google Docs. We could create and edit word processing and spreadsheet documents on an iPad and iPhone, but only the text of the documents was editable.
Samsung Preps New Phone, Tablet, Cloud Service
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Samsung will show off a new Galaxy smartphone May 3, but rumors also point to a new Galaxy tablet and cloud-based storage service.
Green Tech: A Work In Progress
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Ecologically conscious technology is all the rage, but it walks a line between truly useful and merely for show.
Microsoft Earnings Show Enterprise Strength, Consumer Weakness
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Microsoft Q3 earnings report reveals strong growth in business market but anemic gadget sales. Is it time for Redmond to jettison its consumer offerings?
Why Intel Cove Point Ultrabook Is No iPad Killer
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Intel's latest showcase hybrid tablet-notebook is impressive as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough. It's too heavy, too expensive, and too short on battery life to make a serious dent in the iPad/MacBook juggernaut.
iPhone 5 May Get New Display, 'Liquidmetal'
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Reports that surfaced this week suggest the next iPhone will use brand-new touch screen technology and will be encased in something called "liquidmetal."
Verizon To Push Windows Phone
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
The iPhone has high costs and lower margins for carriers. One approach Verizon will have to keeping more of the money is to push Windows Phone, where they retain more control as well.
6 Kickstarter Projects That Grabbed Our Attention
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website where people show off their ideas and ask for funding. There are plenty of good and bad ideas, but we're going to focus on six that caught our eye.
Intel-Based Xolo X900 Android Smartphone: India First
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Lava kicked off sales of the Xolo X900, an Android smartphone with an Intel Atom processor inside. It marks Intel's renewed push into the mobile market.
Windows 8 Tablets: 32 Models In 2012?
News  |  4/18/2012  | 
Microsoft and hardware makers will reportedly ship more than 30 Windows 8 tablets for holiday season; timing matches details in Microsoft document leaked earlier this week.
IBM's First Quarter: Where's The Growth?
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Big Blue might need to further cut costs to meet earnings goals as its top line sputters, but customers could suffer if it's too aggressive.
Microsoft Breeds Windows Phone 8 Update Confusion
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Will Windows Phone 7 smartphones be upgraded to Windows Phone 8? Microsoft declines comment on conflicting reports, and its silence isn't helping its cause.
Run Windows 8 On Your iPad Remotely
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
If you're a Windows developer writing software for Windows 8 Metro and you lack a touch environment, you can hack one using a desktop, an iPad, and Splashtop's Win8 Metro Testbed app.
Nokia's Lumia 'Not Good Enough' Say Carriers
Commentary  |  4/17/2012  | 
Nokia's carrier partners say the Finnish phone maker's Lumia line of smartphones can't compete against Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.
Phone Stolen? FCC PROTECTS Initiative Promises Some Relief
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
With the recently announced PROTECTS Initiative, the FCC hopes to put an end to smart phone thefts by removing the incentive to steal them. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile will create a blacklist of stolen device IDs, making it harder to reactivate them. Even so, some victims might be on their own.
iPad Diagramming Tool Is A Good Desktop Companion
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
OmniGraffle is a useful diagramming tool with most industry standard features for a fraction of the price. Portability and intuitive use make it an attractive way to start working on any project. But, in order to create complex diagrams the desktop version is a must.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC's Upstart
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Sprint begins selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus April 22, but here are 5 reasons you may want to wait for the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
Apple's 'Revolutionary' Project: 7 Possibilities
News  |  4/13/2012  | 
Famed French designer Philippe Starck says he's been working on an Apple product to be released in late 2012. What's the mystery project?
Nokia's Time Running Out, Analysts Say
News  |  4/13/2012  | 
Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone sales have exceeded expectations, AT&T says. But two analysts give Nokia only six months to turn itself around.
Apple Should Settle E-Book Antitrust Case, Expert Says
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
Former FTC policy director says the DOJ's evidence against Apple and several book publishers is the kind that prosecutors "fantasize about."
10 Ways To Get More From Android Devices
Slideshows  |  4/12/2012  | 
Want longer battery life? A faster browser? A way to zap annoying ads? These 10 Android apps and tips can help.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Pressures Apple, Amazon
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
Refreshed Samsung tablet lineup keeps the heat on Apple's iPad, with unique features and prices starting at $250.
Will $699 Tablets Win Over Enterprises?
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Intel boasts that ultrabook prices will sink to $699 in the coming months, which puts them right in tablet territory. But they could get stuck in no-man's land between cheaper tablets and more powerful laptops.
Sony SmartWatch: Cool, But Limited Value
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Think of Sony's $150 SmartWatch as a sort of remote control for your Android smartphone. Here's what it can and can't do.
The Computer Of The Near Future
Commentary  |  4/11/2012  | 
The incompatibility of the hardware and software of the present (PCs) and the future (tablets) is stark. Nobody has really solved the problem, but there is a reasonable interim approach.
Intel Debuts 'IT On A Chip' For SMBs
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Small Business Advantage, baked into Intel's PC chipsets, performs many traditional help-desk chores. But don't expect it to fix the problems it finds.
U.S. Targets Apple, Publishers On E-Book Price Fixing
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Justice Department sues Apple and alleged co-conspirators, including Hachette, HarperCollins, and Penguin, saying they conspired to undercut Amazon in e-book market. Could be one of biggest antitrust cases since Microsoft.
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