News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in May 2008
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BlackBerry Leads, iPhone Follows U.S. Smartphone Sales
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The reason for RIM's success? It's been able to broaden the appeal of the BlackBerry to more than just professionals, an IDC report found.
Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Laptop-Embedded Wireless Broadband Closer To Mainstream
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
New technologies and pricing due by the end of 2008 have the potential to eliminate the problems of embedded wireless 3G notebook purchases, Gartner now suggests.
Xerox Ink Expands Commercial Use Of Digital Printers
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The gel-like substance is expected to allow digital print on foil and plastic, both common materials in packaging.
FoneLink 2.0 Targeted At Apple Macintosh Users
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The syncing software has been overhauled to improve the speed, stability, and features for the latest Mac OS X operating system.
Is YouTube A Tool For Terrorist Propaganda?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
I think of YouTube as being primarily a place to watch cute cat videos. But Sen. Joe Lieberman condemns the video site for something sinister: Terrorist organizations are using YouTube to post videos inciting Arabs to kill Americans. Lieberman is demanding that YouTube put a stop to the practice.
Mars Phoenix Lander Moves Arm For First Time In A Year
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
NASA said the Phoenix was instructed to rotate its "wrist," unlatch its launch lock, raise the forearm, and move it upright to release the elbow restraint.
Samsung Introduces Stylish Smartphone
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The sleek Samsung smartphone has a stainless steel body, is 13.5 millimeters thin, and features a sliding form factor.
Qualcomm's Plaza To Enable Easier Mobile Widgets
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The company hopes its new platform-neutral widget framework will help operators drive mobile data usage.
Spigit's Web 2.0 For Enterprise Collaboration
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Harnessing the collective wisdom of the crowd always sounds so good in theory, but few do it really well. More important, few have figured out the best ways to do it inside the walls of a corporation. I was surprised a couple weeks ago when the head of our HR department forwarded a job description to several of us to help her fill: It was for a company-wide Wiki manager -- not the "manager" role that makes it run and administers it, but the kind that evangelizes it, gets people to use it, and fi
MEDgle: Symptoms Ending In 'gle'
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
You know that rash, that one you don't want to talk about but that you keep scratching and wondering about but you're afraid to go to the doctor and get it checked out? I'm kidding -- but seriously, if you did, you could go to MEDgle first and find out how seriously to take it. This self-funded startup is yet another interesting way to exploit the expansiveness of the Web to create a new business opportunity.
CDNs Stage 3
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
In an upcoming InformationWeek cover story and online special report on the future of Web video (coming out next week), one of the areas I explored was content delivery networks. As executive producer of TechWeb TV, I publish a fair share of video, but it's been a while since I was able to take a deep dive into the land of CDNs, and boy, have they changed.
Dell Revenues, Earnings Up On Notebook Sales
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
However, the computer maker also reported that it saw "conservatism" in IT spending in the United States, which Dell expects to last through the summer.
Intel, Micron Launch High-Density Storage Chip
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The new devices are smaller than the size of a thumbnail but can store more than 2,000 digital photos or up to 1,000 songs.
VIA Launches Low-Power Nano Processor Family
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The chips could initially be used in thin and light laptops and later in sub-$500 mini-notebooks with screen sizes of less than 10 inches.
3K Computers Launches Mini-Laptop
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The RazorBook 400 weighs less than two pounds and includes a 4 GB flash drive for storage and 512 MB of memory.
Dell Confirms It Has A Mini-Notebook
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Though details aren't finalized, Michael Dell's prototype includes three USB ports, a card reader, a VGA out, and an Ethernet connection.
Copyright Issues Become Cloudy When Content Owners Can't Be Found
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Congress is considering changes to the way libraries, historians, museums, publishers, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others can use copyright-protected works whose owners cannot be found.
Like It Or Not, You're An Internet Exhibitionist
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Emily Gould is an attractive young woman who's an Internet exhibitionist. She writes in the New York Times Magazine about her experiences as the co-editor of the gossip blog Gawker, where she shared intimate details of her romantic life and posted scantily clad pictures of herself. You might simply look at Emily as a freak. But if you use Facebook, or Twitter, or keep a personal blog, or are active on any other social media, then you and Gould are two of a kind -- the only difference is w
Cybernetic Monkeys Offer Hope To Human Invalids
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
The New York Times has a front-page story today about a group of monkeys who have learned to move robotic arms using only their thoughts, using tiny sensors in their brains called neural interfaces.
Why The NY Times And Mashable.com Were Off Base On Blogging And Heart Failure
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
OK, I'm going off-campus in this post, but I now feel as though I've joined a "privileged class" that entitles me to comment on the New York Times story questioning the connection between the stresses of prolific blogging and heart failure and subsequently, a completely distasteful post on Mashable.com about being able to see (on a map) where bloggers are "dropping dead." The NY Times piece was shoddy reporting
Google Earth Now Viewable Inside Web Browsers
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Google says it wants to open up the core of Google Earth to developers so they can create the next great 3-D geo application.
Hitachi Takes Low-Power Set-Top Box Drives For A 'CoolSpin'
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The company's latest 500 GB hard drive is expected to find its way into DVRs and other devices starting next month.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.3 Fixes Flaws, Adds Google Sync
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The patch includes a fix for the most serious of three iCal vulnerabilities disclosed by Core Security Technologies earlier this month.
Intel Cites Graphics Problems In Centrino 2 Delay
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
A flawed integrated graphics controller in the GM45/GM47 chipsets means the upcoming version of the Core 2 package is expected to ship on July 14.
Smartphones Become Clear Choice For Mobile Web Access
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The upcoming 3G iPhone and its competitors have some industry experts even saying traditional cell phones are going the way of the dinosaur.
Verizon's FiOS TV Service Nearing Approval In Big Apple
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The service would compete with legacy cable providers Time Warner and Cablevision.
IBM Unveils Three Rack Servers Powered By AMD
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Designed around the "Barcelona" quad-core Opteron processor, IBM said its x3755 configuration can scale up to four sockets and provide up to 128 GB of memory.
How The Cable Companies Can Win Again
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
The cable companies are in trouble, but the trouble is so avoidable. They have home and business premise access, and those lines have been robust enough to carry hundreds of video channels, many now in high definition. The addition of phone and Internet service has been, I'm sure, a fantastic boon to their businesses. But the growth of video on the Internet and the power of the Web as its platform will be this decade's final disrupter. Those with no urgency today will be scrambling for survival
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Offers 'Virtually Silent' Machines
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The systems integrator continues to defy Apple's no-cloning rule, upgrading its Leopard-based knockoffs and ramping up production capabilities.
Worldwide Cell Phone Sales Increase By 13.6%
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Emerging markets are booming, but sales in Western Europe and Japan fell by double digits, Gartner's latest survey reveals.
HP Packs Two Blades In Single Server Slot
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
HP says a fully loaded system takes up 8 square feet of data center floor space and offers 12.3 teraflops of performance.
Sony, Cable Operators Agree On Set-Top Boxes
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The memorandum of understanding is expected to spur the growth of two-way interactive cable TV services.
Phoenix Mars Lander's Robotic Arm Ready To Dig
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Despite a radio glitch, the space agency said that the lander was still able to carry out backup activities ordered through commands that were sent Monday.
In Your Face, Climate Alarmists
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
The agitators over at grassfire.org want you to "break free from the 'carbon footprint guilt' being imposed by Climate Alarmists."
8-Megapixels On Your Camera Phone?
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
OmniVision's new image sensor wants to increase the number of pixels on your cell phone without increasing its profile.
As 3G iPhone Gets Close, Apple Signs Deals In More Countries
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Apple has inked deals or is close to signing deals with service providers to sell the iPhone in Norway, Sweden, Latin America, and Singapore.
Startup Replay: The TiVo Of Software
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
Startup Replay Solutions has mostly (re)played in the gaming world, with customers like Electronic Arts, Vivendi, and Microsoft, but now it's moving into financial services and other verticals with its TiVo-like ability to re-create and play back application sessions for quality assurance and testing.
Microsoft Unveils Multi-Touch Technology For Windows 7
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Multi-touch capabilities are expected to be part of the next Windows operating system when it is released in late 2009 or early 2010.
I Think, I Video, I Am
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
In a cover story for InformationWeek next week, I will say the following (technically I've already said it, you just haven't read it yet; technically, I'm paraphrasing myself, which may be a form of plagiarism, but I don't know): I think Web Video is undergoing a massive upheaval today. Right now. Before our eyes. I think in two years, the lines between what we watch on the Web and what we watch on television will cease to blur. I think all video will soon be delivered over the Internet.
Apple Reportedly Looking At Solar Power For Mobile Devices
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Apple is not the first to consider this technique for using solar power; Motorola describes a similar approach in a 2001 patent.
Dell Committed Consumer Fraud, N.Y. Judge Rules
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Customers lured into no-interest or no-payment financing were denied and offered high-interest loans that often exceeded 20% instead.
Intel Sets Date for Centrino 2 Mobile Platform Launch
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
The platform will ship in July with some chipsets, with the complete line of chipsets and wireless chips available in high volume in the first week of August.
Chipmaker VIA Offers Reference Design For Mini-Notebooks
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Competing with Intel's Atom, VIA's C7-M ULV processor line ranges in speed from 1.0 GHz to 1.6 GHz, and has maximum power use ranges between 3.5 watts and 8 watts.
Google Claims Viacom's Lawsuit Threatens The Net
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
The Web portal says its YouTube division exceeds the minimum requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
UK Theme Park Bans SmartPhones. Everybody Panic!
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
Whenever I get in a discussion of the convenience of mobile devices, I run into some old fart who gets his knickers in a twist about how he doesn't carry one of them newfangled barkberries, he's too important to be at the beck and call of an electronic ball-and-chain. When confronted with one of these pundits, I like to inform him about an exciting new feature on my cutting-edge smartphone that helps protect my privacy. It's called an "off button."
Motorola, Videocon Talks Escalate
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
The Indian consumer electronics provider is interested in acquiring Motorola's troubled handset business.
Phoenix Mars Lander Beams Back Photos
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
The data collected from this mission could have a tremendous impact on planning for future human missions, NASA scientists say.
Microsoft Responds To GameStop Dropping Zune Sales
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
The software giant remains optimistic in the face of the latest obstacle to adoption of its portable media player.
Top 10 GPS Tips And Tricks
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
Get the most from your TomTom, Garmin, Magellan, or other GPS device by learning how to speed satellite lock, send maps from your PC, create POIs, and more from our GPS expert.
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