News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in June 2008
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Lenovo Launches Its First U.S. Consumer Desktop
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The IdeaCentre K210 release follows Lenovo's launch this year of IdeaPad consumer notebooks outside of China.
Alliance Formed To Promote Macs On Corporate Networks
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Parallels and others will publish best practices for OS X and Windows interoperability, addressing issues such as integrating Macs with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4 Bolsters Performance, Security
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Nine of the 25 vulnerabilities addressed affect the Tomcat 4.1.36, which comes bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems.
Diablo III Formally Announced By Blizzard, Mac And PC Versions Planned
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The follow-up to 2001's Diablo II features a 3-D graphics engine that renders environments that are interactive and destructible, allowing players to create traps and obstacles.
Jackson Hole Gets WiMax Network
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Wyoming resort community's network is based on the WiMax Forum-approved Alvarion base station.
Dell Unveils Notebook Security Services
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The latest offerings are an expansion of the computer maker's ProSupport portfolio of services.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Rhapsody Challenges iTunes With DRM-Free Initiative
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
RealNetworks' Music Without Limits initiative allows potential buyers to listen to complete songs for free, buy DRM-free music, and more.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Zooming Web Pages
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
The most useful new feature in Firefox 3 is that it lets you zoom whole Web pages, making them bigger and smaller to enhance usability. Previously, you could only resize the text, which made the overall page look lopsided and funny. We'll show you how to use this new feature -- it's pretty simple, which makes this a pretty short video.
Company Argues For Right To Read Ex-Employee's E-Mail
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
A finance company is arguing in court that it had a right to read an ex-employee's personal e-mail. Sounds crazy, right? And yet, in this world where we carry BlackBerrys to access work e-mail from home, and handle personal business over the company Internet connection, it takes a crazy person to figure out where personal life ends and work begins.
Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide
News  |  6/29/2008  | 
We look at a range of versatile UMPCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) from ASUS, Gigabyte, and Samsung, Amtek, OQO, Roan Digital, Vye, and WiBrain.
Martian Soil Points Toward Possibility Of Life
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
NASA says the soil appears similar to that found in Antarctica's dry upper valleys and the salts it contains are another indication of the presence of water.
PC Market Rises On Notebook Sales; HP, Dell, Acer Hold Top Rankings
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
For the last five years, first-quarter PC shipments have grown by an average of 12%, making this quarter part of the norm, iSuppli said.
Canadian iPhone 3G Service Plans Require 3-Year Contract
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Rogers said there would be no unlimited data plans, and prices range from $60 to $115 a month.
MetroPCS' 'Open' Network Signals Single-Network Shift
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Sprint, Verizon, and Alltel phones can now be used on the MetroFlash flat-rate wireless service for a $40 a-month fee.
Nokia Focuses On Style With Supernova Cameraphones
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Three of the new phones have exchangeable front and back colors, and all the phones feature a stylish design, bold colors, and multimedia options.
Google's Latest App Connects PCs To TVs
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Devices that could communicate with the Google software include the video-game consoles PlayStation and Xbox 360 as well as HP's high-definition TVs.
IBM Teams With Mars To Sweeten Cocoa Research
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The computing giant plans to sequence and analyze the cocoa genome, which lies at the heart of all the world's chocolaty goodness.
Apple May Offer Remote Control App For iPhone, iPod
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The remote control application would presumably work via a Wi-Fi connection, since the iPhone and iPod Touch support the wireless technology.
Virgin Mobile Officially Buys Helio For $39 Million
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Helio has approximately 170,000 subscribers on one-year or two-year contracts who will be absorbed into Virgin Mobile's existing 5.1 million prepaid customer base.
Gadgets Gone Wild At Digital Experience 2008
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Digital Experience, a safari jungle-themed consumer electronics showcase in New York, featured RIM's Blackberry Bold, Eye-Fi's wireless memory cards, several GPS devices, and digital cameras from Canon.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Phishing And Malware Protection
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Firefox 3 includes built-in warnings designed to protect you against those bad guys who want to trick you into giving up your credit card numbers, or download software infections to your PC. The browser throws up a warning when you try to visit a known crooked Web page. Take a look at how it works.
NASA Unveils 128-Screen Visualization System
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The "hyperwall-2" consists of a 23-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall liquid crystal display capable of rendering a quarter-billion pixel graphics.
Palm Awaits Future Products As Revenues Decline
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The company continues to struggle with a reported a loss of $43.4 million, despite the success of the Centro.
Verizon 'Dares' LG Touchscreen Phone Release
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The LG Dare packs 3G capabilities, full HTML-browsing, and a 3.2-megapixel camera into a stylish frame.
Apple Expected To Build As Many As 17M iPhones This Year
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
An investment bank forecasted increased production volumes for Apple's iPhone, iPod, notebook, and desktop lines.
Should The U.S. Nationalize The Internet?
Commentary  |  6/26/2008  | 
The Internet faces many problems from companies looking to maximize profits at the expense of the public good. Greedy businesses threaten innovation by trying to put an end to net neutrality, media companies want to control every Internet-connected device in an effort to lock down distribution channels, and spammers and other fraudsters have pretty much taken over e-mail. Now, TechCrunch is reporting that Vint Cerf, the so-called "father of the Internet," says maybe we should think of the Intern
Dell Unveils Colorful Line Of Midlevel Notebooks
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The Studio line notebooks are powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and come standard with a built-in Webcam, 802.11b/g wireless, and Windows Vista.
Power Your Cell Phone With Wind, Or By Waving Arms
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
People attending the Glastonbury Festival in England will find new ways to recharge their cell phones.
RIM Reports Surge In Revenue, Profit
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The company's first quarter earnings more than doubled from the year before, and it added 2.3 million subscribers.
Mobile Gaming Revenue To Hit $4.5 Billion
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Growth in emerging markets and a proliferation of mobile devices will be the key drivers, according to a Gartner report.
Google, Microsoft Back Online Health Records Privacy Framework
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The Markle Foundation rolled out a set of best practices backed by medical professionals, health insurers, consumer groups, healthcare providers, employer coalitions, and tech companies.
VMware Finds Partner To Push Virtualization In China
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Inspur Servers, the leading Chinese server maker, will sell, distribute, and support VMware's Infrastructure suite.
AMD Ships Teraflops Line Of Graphics Cards
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
AMD's new line of graphics cards is capable of a trillion calculations per second, double the computing power of the company's previous generation of high-end cards.
Panasonic Unveils Rugged Ultra-Mobile PC
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The CF-U1, the first ultra-mobile PC in the Toughbook product line, is 7 inches wide, 6 inches deep, and 2 inches high.
Hospital Implements High-Tech Emergency Response System
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Location-based mapping system helps public safety officials, hospitals, and emergency responders more quickly and efficiently get aid to people in trouble.
Motorola Introduces Two TouchScreen Smartphones
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The latest in the company's Ming line feature built-in GPS, a Linux operating system, and Bluetooth capabilities.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: The Awesome AwesomeBar
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
We're kicking off a series of videos showing off the top features of Firefox 3. This time, we're taking a peek at the AwesomeBar, an updated version of the good old browser location bar, designed to make it easier for you to return to your favorite Web pages again and again. The Awesome Bar is controversial -- many people love it (including me). But others hate it, and for those people, we've got tips for how to disable the AwesomeBar.
With EcoSearch, It IS Easy Being Green
Commentary  |  6/25/2008  | 
Here's an inconvenient truth: being green can be a pain in the neck. So when I heard of a new search tool that helps the environment without inflicting the least bit of discomfort upon users, I checked it out at once.
Mac Office 2008 Update Includes More Than A Dozen Fixes
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Fixes included in the update cover all major components of the suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage.
Apple's 3G iPhone Costs About $173 To Build, iSuppli Estimates
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The original 8 GB iPhone cost $226 to build. iSuppli attributed the 23% decrease to component price declines.
Looking Into The Work-Trend Crystal Ball
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
A new report forecasting the top 10 workplace trends of the future says video and Web conferencing will make business travel extinct while social networking sites and other Web 2.0 technologies emerge as the primary tools for job recruiting. Is your organization ready to support these and other workplace trends? Or maybe you're already making these shifts.
Credit Suisse Spin-Off Launches Virtual Machine Manager
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
DynamicOps' VRM is a cross-vendor management tool, handling provisioning and decommissioning tasks on virtual machines.
HP Tailors BladeSystem To Oracle Data Warehouse
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
The system provides the essential elements of a data warehouse infrastructure, including computing power, storage, interconnect, and management.
Alltel Upgrades 3G Network
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
With the Verizon Wireless deal on the horizon, Alltel will increase upload speeds and expand its 3G network.
Hitachi Upgrades Server Line With Latest Intel Chips
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
The BladeSymphony server line is available with the newest Intel Itanium and Xeon processors.
Nokia N78 Hits U.S. Market
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
The smartphone packs 3G capabilities, integrated Wi-Fi, assisted GPS, and an FM transmitter.
Consumer Tech Sales Rebound From Weak Economy
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
Leading the pack were notebook computers and LCD TVs, followed by digital point-and-shoot cameras, portable digital players, inkjet cartridges, and desktop computers.
How To Recycle Spent CFLs
Commentary  |  6/24/2008  | 
Those corkscrew-shaped CFL bulbs use about a third of the power needed to light incandescent bulbs, so their cost-saving appeal to homes and businesses is obvious. But what happens when potentially toxic CFLs need to be replaced?
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