Benioff Offers Cloud Riposte: It's Not Just Fashion
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, 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
The new ThinkServers feature built-in virtualization, new power-saving features, and several Intel Xeon 5500 processors to choose from.
Dell's MID Idea Is Kinda SAD
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.
Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
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
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.
Firefox 3.5 Is Here
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
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?
Broadband Stimulus May Disappoint Thousands
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.
Apple Sees iPhone 3GS Shortages
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
Microsoft Snuffing Windows 7 In The Cradle
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.
Collateral Damage & The Browser Wars
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?
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.
Review: Palm Pre Smartphone Mostly Pleases
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.
Could You Take An 'E-Mail Sabbatical'?
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?
Is Netflix's Core Business Doomed?
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
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.
RealPlayer Aims For Mobile Devices
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.