News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in June 2009
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Benioff Offers Cloud Riposte: It's Not Just Fashion
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Marc Benioff, CEO of, finally got a little revenge. He wasn't in the least spiteful. Rather, he was only guilty of repeating something his former boss, Larry Ellison, said about software-as-a-service and cloud computing. An audience of cloud cognoscenti at Structure 09 loved the performance.
Lenovo Launches Four Xeon Servers
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The new ThinkServers feature built-in virtualization, new power-saving features, and several Intel Xeon 5500 processors to choose from.
Dell Launches 12-inch Vostro Business Laptop
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The notebook PC comes with Wi-Fi support or optional mobile broadband for connecting to a wireless carrier.
Dell's MID Idea Is Kinda SAD
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Later this year, Dell is reportedly going to sell a pocked-sized gizmo that can access the Internet, but won't offer telephony. In other words, it's working on inventing its own version of Apple's Newton.
Maine Orders 64,000 Apple Laptops For Schools
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
An additional 7,000 MacBooks will be ordered in the coming weeks. Maine is the only state to provide laptops to every public school student.
Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The company is trying to one-up Apple's App Store by offering carriers a hosted virtual store that can reach a broad variety of devices.
Realizing Government 2.0
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
One of the most compelling attributes of Web 2.0 is that it transformed the static Interweb from something pushed at us to something that includes our inputs. The coincidence of Howard Dean's intelligent use of the Web, the rise of Facebook in public consciousness and Barack Obama's very technologically-savvy campaign has led to the expectation that Government 2.0 would quickly follow.
Verizon Gives BlackBerry Tour Pricing, Details
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Mobile workers using the BlackBerry Tour smartphone will be able to use Verizon's CDMA network while in the U.S and EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad.
Dell May Be Building Android Pocket Device
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The Internet-enabled handheld device is being likened to Apple's iPod Touch and could be released this year.
Palm Pre Beating Sales Expectations
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Palm's touchscreen smartphone may be overshadowed by Apple's iPhone 3GS, but one analyst says sales are about twice previous estimates.
Firefox 3.5 Is Here
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Right on schedule, Mozilla Corp. shipped Firefox 3.5 about a minute ago, at about 11:20 am Eastern time. The new version adds performance improvements, privacy features, support for embedded video, and more. It comes into the world facing a more crowded and competitive market than before, as alternatives such as Google Chrome and Safari have emerged as viable alternatives to both Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
The Go-To Geek, June Edition
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Oh, sure, you may be a high flying enterprise architect, DBA, infrastructure engineer, or coder, but your friends and family all think: you work in IT. You love IT. And, "you must want to take care of my consumer grade tech needs because you love IT so much." Riiiight. How can you satisfy them and still have time for summer fun?
iPhone 3GS Owners Complain Of Overheating
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
iPhones with white cases seem to be hit hardest, turning the plastic cover pink or brown.
Jobs Returns To Work At Apple
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The Apple chief executive is splitting his time between the company's corporate offices and working from home.
Comcast Rolling Out WiMax Service
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The cable company will be reselling Clearwire's 4G service starting this week in Portland, Ore.
Broadband Stimulus May Disappoint Thousands
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
The ball might finally get rolling tomorrow for the $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus funds, not a moment too soon where operators and Internet-starved rural communities are concerned.
Toyota Develops Mind-Controlled Wheelchair
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Brain/machine interface transmits user's thoughts to an onboard laptop which analyzes and passes commands to wheelchair.
Mozilla Releases Fennec Builds For Windows, Nokia Devices
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The latest version of mobile Firefox brings Windows Mobile users better support for touch screens and better stability, Mozilla said.
Apple Sees iPhone 3GS Shortages
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The company has rolled out an online inventory-tracking tool showing how many iPhone 3GS handsets remain in Apple's retail stores.
Sony Mulls PSP Phone For Gamers
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
A cell phone version of its PlayStation Portable gaming device may be the company's response to increased competition from Apple's iPhone and App Store.
Review: Apple's Speedy iPhone 3GS
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Its blazing speed and new features make the 3GS Apple's best iPhone yet, but its App Store, and easy-to-use OS are what set it apart from the Palm Pre and Nokia N97.
Universal Cell Phone Charger Gets EU OK
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Manufacturers endorsing EU agreement include Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Qualcomm, and RIM. Concept has been endorsed in the US by the CTIA wireless association.
Is Text The Only Way To Hold A Conversation?
Commentary  |  6/27/2009  | 
Audio podcasts haven't seemed to take off like some expected. Video is great as a broadcast medium but it too hasn't taken off for conversations. Is text the only way to hold a conversation online?
Apple Bans 'Hottest Girls' iPhone App
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Apple threw cold water on the "Hottest Girl" iPhone app, removing the software from the App Store after the developer started showing pictures of topless women.
Apple Increases Investment In British Chip Designer
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Apple has been on a chip-design spending spree, buying PA Semi, a vendor of low-power PowerPC processors, and hiring more than 100 people with semiconductor expertise.
Microsoft Snuffing Windows 7 In The Cradle
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
Those geniuses in Redmond seem to have decided that we'll pay just about anything to get rid of Vista, even if that means spending $119 to upgrade to Windows 7. By the way, that's $119 per user, not per household.
Lenovo Joins HP In Free Windows 7 Upgrade
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Buy a PC running Windows Vista Vista now, get a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it ships in September.
Collateral Damage & The Browser Wars
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
With Microsoft's IE8 and Mozilla's Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 2 both publicly available, there's been a fair amount of conversation about whether the functionality of these new versions will cause consumers to change browsers.
Can Government Mandate Innovation?
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
An influential technology lobby wants President Obama to create an Office of Innovation Policy (OIP) to help spur innovation in the U.S. It sounds like the making of a new alphabet soup, but the idea has some merit.
Palm Posts $105 Million Loss
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Palm has essentially bet its future on the success of its Pre smartphone and webOS operating system.
Pirate Bay Judge Not Biased, Appeals Court Rules
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Judge who ruled against Pirate Bay in filesharing case did not have a conflict of interest, despite involvement in a copyright protection group, appeals court said.
Review: Palm Pre Smartphone Mostly Pleases
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Palm needs the Pre to be a smash. There is a lot to like about the handset, but the iPhone, RIM's Blackberry line, and a coming crop of Android devices pose serious obstacles.
Apple 3GS Cost $179 To Build, Sells For $199
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Teardown analysis from iSuppli shows that Apple managed to boost performance over previous generations of the device, without significantly increasing cost to itself.
iPod Touch Firmware Upgrades Scant
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Just 1% of iPod Touch owners have downloaded and installed Apple's latest firmware, compared to 44% of iPhone owners.
Recovery In Sight For PC Market
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Stronger consumer PC shipments -- especially netbooks -- will revive the battered hardware sector, Gartner says.
Could You Take An 'E-Mail Sabbatical'?
Commentary  |  6/25/2009  | 
danah boyd, a social media researcher for Microsoft and all-around brilliant person, switches off e-mail entirely when she goes on vacation. She directs all her incoming mail to the trash, and sets her vacation auto-responder to let people sending mail know that she won't read it, and they should contact her when she returns from vacation. Could you do that? How do you handle e-mail over vacation?
Apple Approves First iPhone Porn App
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The "Hottest Girls" app was apparently approved because the iPhone 3.0 software includes age-verification controls for the App Store.
Verizon Intros HTC Ozone Smartphone
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The smartphone has a bargain price, Windows Mobile, Wi-Fi, 3G, and access to over-the-air e-mails.
Forecast: Electronics Industry To Recover In 2010
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Mobile phones are projected to be the first market to achieve a sustainable recovery, says Gartner.
Palm Pre Sees 1 Million App Downloads
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The Palm Pre's App Catalog is far behind Apple's App Store, but Palm could see a flood of interest once its SDK is released.
Is Netflix's Core Business Doomed?
Commentary  |  6/25/2009  | 
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings believes his core business of DVD rentals is doomed, somewhere around four to nine years from now, so he wants to migrate his brand to the transmission of digital content. Is he right?
Obama Plans Brighten IT Prospects
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
If all you've heard is business complain that increased taxes and government regulation is driving investment and innovation abroad or is otherwise bad for business, you haven't been listening to IT vendors.
Apple Sued For iTunes Gift Card Fraud
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Illinois plaintiffs seek a refund for songs purchased for $1.29 while using Apple's $.99 iTunes gift cards.
Quake Meets Fallout As Bethesda Buys Id
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Bethesda parent ZeniMax says it's bought out Doom and Quake creator Id Software.
HP Launches Mini 5101 Business Netbook
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Netbooks are the fastest-growing segment of the PC market, which has seen steep declines overall in sales during the economic recession.
Ellison: Oracle Plans To Be No. 1 In On-Demand Software
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
It may take 10 years, the CEO acknowledges, noting that Oracle is currently only "a little bit" involved in cloud computing.
RealPlayer Aims For Mobile Devices
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The latest version of the popular media player software allows downloads of Web videos and transfers to personal music players and smartphones with a few clicks.
HTC Reveals Android-Powered 'Hero' Smartphone
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
HTC has layered its own UI, called Sense, on top of the Google-backed Android in order to take advantage of gesture controls, widget support, and quick-launch icons.
Apple's Jobs Doing Well Following Liver Transplant
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The co-founder and CEO took a a six-month leave of absence from Apple to recover from an undisclosed illness that many industry watchers believed was related to the previous surgery.
IBM 'Roadrunner' Holds World's Fastest Computer Crown
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
The 2009 International Supercomputing Conference also saw two new systems enter the top 10.
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