News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in July 2008
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VMware Releases Beta 2 Of Mac Virtualization App
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The latest suite of Mac-Windows integration features new ways for protecting virtual machines with multiple snapshots and new tools for technical professionals.
Blade Server Use Will Be Limited Through 2012, Researcher Says
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Among the disadvantages of blade servers are proprietary technology and a lack of interoperability standards that tend to lock users to a vendor.
EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
Facebook To Use Intel-Powered Servers
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The agreement includes evaluation, benchmarking, and optimization of software for Intel architecture in Facebook's growing data centers.
Microsoft Sues Mouse Maker Primax
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Microsoft accuses Primax of using several patented technologies developed for keyboards and mice.
Netflix Will Stream TV, Movies To LG Blu-Ray Player
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The LG BD300 player will rely on a wired broadband connection to display a variety of streaming content from Netflix and other services.
Apple Says MobileMe's E-Mail Bugs Fixed
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The company said the service's e-mail issues have been repaired, but some subscribers are still reporting problems.
With Microsoft Midori, Platforms Take Shape In The Cloud
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The advent of browser-based thin clients like CherryPal and projects from Microsoft, Google, and others indicates that fully cloud-based computing will make its way to the masses.
Mobile Phone Market Sees Double-Digit Growth
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Vendors shipped 306 million handsets during the second quarter, a 15% increase from the year before, according to IDC.
Dell's New Entertainment Service: Will It B-Sharp Or B-Flat?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Athletes recovering from a serious injury should take it slow and not overexert themselves. That's a lesson that's apparently being ignored by Dell, which is looking to compete with Apple's champion iTunes while struggling with a lousy rep for customer service.
Scrabulous Revived On Facebook With New Name, New Features
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Like Scrabulous, the new game Wordscraper allows players to choose seven tiles at a time to create words on a board that offers double word and triple letter points.
Mac Cloner Psystar Hires Apple-Busting Law Firm
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Defending Psystar will be Carr & Ferrell, a law firm that specializes in tech industry issues such as copyright and intellectual property law.
Chinese Demand For Locally Made Chips Heating Up
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The main reason for the trend, according to iSuppli's report, is the drop in manufacturing outsourcing to China by foreign electronic equipment makers.
Dell Downplays Report Of Music Device
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dell launched a line of MP3 music players in 2003, but poor sales prompted the company to pull the plug in 2006.
Sprint Updates Its Mobile Web Browser
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dubbed "Sprint Web," the interface includes an adaptive homepage and a Google search bar.
Yahoo To Reimburse Customers Of DRM-Protected Music
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
People who purchased from Yahoo's soon-to-be-closed online music store will be offered coupons for MP3s from Rhapsody.
Microsoft Prepares For Post-Windows Era With 'Midori'
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The operating system is being designed from the ground up to support Internet-based computing and multicore architectures.
Hollywood Sues Two Free-Movie Sites
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The sites offered free streams of copyrighted films, including the latest X-Files, Batman, and Hellboy movies.
Garmin's GPS Cell Phone 'Nuvifone' Delayed
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The company's first mobile phone will be delayed until 2009, but representatives said it will be rolled out with a wireless carrier or two.
Microsoft Offers In-Car Internet Search Service To Automakers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The service comes as automakers begin to embrace the Internet, starting with a wireless connection option on Chrysler models beginning next month.
Free Software Group Seeks To Disrupt Apple Genius Bars
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The Free Software Foundation, unhappy with Apple's restrictions on the iPhone, is urging members to overload the appointment schedule at the Genius Bars.
EPA Asks Whether Energy Star Ratings Would Work For Data Centers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
About 240 data centers will provide the EPA with power consumption information over the next year with the aim of creating possible Energy Star specifications for energy-efficient data centers.
Do Your Batteries Look Like Bombs? Do You Even Know What A Bomb Looks Like?
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
With the exception of a pipe bomb I once saw on the news, I don't think I've ever seen what a regular bomb looks like. Have you? It's an important question because the TSA is apparently willing to confiscate something (in this case, batteries) that it knows isn't a bomb, but that it still considers a threat because it looks like a bomb to other people (other people that don't know what a bomb looks like). Writes Bruce
U.S. Consumer Tech Retail Sales Up For Second Consecutive Month
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Retail sales increased 3% over the same month a year ago to $6.6 billion, the NPD Group said. In May, sales at retail stores rose 7% to $5.4 billion.
Review: iPhone Apps Store
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The best part of iPhone firmware 2.0 is its ability to access the iPhone Apps Store. You want apps? It's got apps. The store is sheer, addictive fun. Here is an in-depth review of how it all works.
Dell Unveils 'Hybrid' Mini Desktop
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The 8-inch computer ships with Windows Vista, either an Intel Pentium Dual Core or Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4 GB of memory, and 320 GB of storage.
Dell Customers Angry With Fix For Faulty Notebooks
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The computer maker is hoping a BIOS update will prevent related problems, such as multiple images, random characters on the screen, lines on the screen, and no video.
Video Of N.Y. Police Officer Shoving Bicyclist A YouTube Hit
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
A New York City police officer is on desk duty after an anonymous YouTube user posted video showing the officer knocking a bicyclist to the ground in Times Square.
Microsoft Dupes Windows Vista Haters With 'Mojave Experiment'
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Microsoft's opinion that Vista's troubles are all in users' heads -- and not in the OS's performance -- was supported by a company experiment.
Apple's Safari Vulnerable To 'Cross-Site Cooking'
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Attacks making use of this vulnerability have not yet been reported and Apple has not yet addressed the flaw.
HP, Intel, Yahoo Join Government, Academia In Cloud Computing Research
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Each of the founding members will host a cloud-computing infrastructure largely based on HP computers and Intel processors in six data centers.
Adobe Ships Photoshop Lightroom 2 For Windows Vista, Mac
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
The update features dual-monitor support, streamlined search capabilities and localized image correction.
Virgin Galactic Unveils WhiteKnightTwo
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The carrier aircraft, expected to lift the SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket into suborbital space, has a 140-foot wingspan.
Rackable To Offer IBM Blade Servers In Containerized Data Center
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The custom ICE Cube will be available with either IBM's BladeCenter T or HT systems, which are certified for use by the telecommunications industry.
Nokia Axes BlackBerry Connections
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Starting with its upcoming E71 and E66 smartphones, Nokia said it wants to offer the option of connecting to other e-mail services.
Samsung, GyPSii Sign Social Networking Deal
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The deal enables Samsung to beef up its mobile social networking and location-based services.
AT&T, Rural Carriers Oppose Sprint-Clearwire WiMax Partnership
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The nation's largest telecom company and the Rural Cellular Association have asked the FCC to scrutinize the proposal to deploy a nationwide broadband network.
Cryptic Announces Star Trek Online, Posts Screenshots
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Online games developer Cryptic Studios plans to unveil video footage of the game at the upcoming Star Trek convention in Las Vegas on Aug. 10.
Gartner Predicts $100 Notebook Will Take Years To Achieve
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The research firm says the industry also needs to answer questions on power availability and the cost and availability of Internet connections.
Mobile Map Usage Growing Rapidly
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The iPhone and Nokia handsets are the most-used phones for accessing mobile maps, according to ComScore.
Fabrik Launches Faster Eco-Friendly External Hard Drive
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The SimpleTech drive can transfer data 25% faster than similar products and includes a companion online backup service and virus protection.
NFL To Stream Sunday Night Football Live
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Sunday Night Football Extra will begin with NFL Kickoff 2008 on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m., when the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants.
Yahoo To Reimburse Customers Of DRM-Protected Music
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
The company said its digital rights management servers would be taken down, severely limiting the use of the files.
NASA Unravels Mysteries Of Northern Lights
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Researchers believe stressed magnetic field lines suddenly snap to a new shape, like a rubber band that's been stretched too far, during a process called magnetic reconnection.
Samsung Handset Sales Up, But Expects Slowdown
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Citing the worldwide economic slowdown and increased competition, Samsung said it anticipated tough business months ahead.
SMS Still Earns Most In Mobile Messaging
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
While instant messaging and e-mail are landing on more phones, text messaging will still garner 83% of all mobile messaging revenue in the next five years, ABI Research said.
Android-Symbian Merger: Officials Weigh In
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Despite predictions by analysis firm J. Gold Associates, officials with Symbian, Nokia, and Google aren't positive the union would work right now.
iPhone: Catalyst For Touchscreen Revolution
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
More than 230 million touch-screen handsets are expected to ship in 2012, according to a report from IMS Research.
Microsoft To Buy DATAllegro
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
The data warehouse appliance maker's software is typically used with Ingres' open source database, but could be easily be optimized for Microsoft's SQL Server.
Apple's MobileMe Continues To Sputter
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
In the latest technical issue, Apple said about 200,000 MobileMe customers haven't been able to access e-mail for nearly a week.
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