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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in July 2012
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Our Sad Future: Take Your Robot To Your Room Or Else
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Robot problems? Here's a glimpse of some of the things that go down at Blackhat and DefCon.
HTC One X: Big Screen In Thin, Fast Phone
Slideshows  |  7/31/2012  | 
HTC's new HTC One X packages a big, beautiful screen in a thin and light phone. Although not perfect, it's a compelling smart phone we'd consider buying ourselves.
iPhone 5, iPad Mini Launch Date Revealed?
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Consumers eager to own Apple's next-generation mobile products may not have to wait much longer.
4G Case Turns iPod Touch Into an iPhone
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
The FreedomPop case for the iPod Touch gives it 4G connectivity and the company provides a free plan. Add a VoIP service like Skype and you've got the equivalent of an iPhone. The case is actually a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to eight other devices.
Report: Apple To Announce iPhone 5 Sept. 12
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
If reports are accurate, Apple will announce and release its larger-screened iPhone and smaller-screened iPad in September, weeks earlier than expected.
Good, Bad And Ugly Of Fingerprint Scanning
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Apple's recent purchase of Authentec points toward the possibility of a fingerprint-secured iPad. There are some advantages to the technology, some disadvantages, and some dangers.
Long Island Railroad Rolls Out NFC Pilot Project
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Soon, commuters on the Long Island Rail Road might be able to use their smart phones to pay for passes. Test stations have been rolled out in the first step of an ambitious plan to use near field communications (NFC) for payments and information.
Windows 8 Gets Touch-Compatible Mice, Keyboards
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new Sculpt and Wedge lines of peripherals will make it easier to navigate through Windows 8 touch menus, but the convenience comes at a price.
Will Olympics Streaming Video Take Your Network Down?
News  |  7/28/2012  | 
If Michael Phelps swims his way toward medal history, people will be able to see it as it happens on their computers. For the first time, NBCUniversal is streaming live all 302 events and all 32 sports of the Olympics. Can your network handle it?
Company Policy Be Damned: Employees Love Dropbox
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Thirty-one percent of IT pros say their users frequently use Dropbox, according to a new survey. Half the respondents think it's led to loss or theft of confidential documents. Forbidding employees from using such services isn't practical anymore. DCS--data-centric security--could be the answer.
Apple Swipes Fingerprint Security Company AuthenTec
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Could we soon see an iPad or iPhone or Mac from Apple that uses fingerprints for authentication?
Apple's Authentec Buy Hints At Secure iPad
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
$356 million acquisition of biometrics specialist suggests Apple might be getting serious about the enterprise client market.
4 Ways Ford Is Exploring Next-Gen Car Tech
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
InformationWeek 500 Conference preview: Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas will discuss how the automaker is making software an ever more important part of the vehicle.
Can Some Code, $40 Arduino Unlock Millions Of Hotel Rooms?
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
After re-engineering how card keys are coded, Cody Brocious figured out a simple hack that can unlock millions of hotel rooms. Now he's sharing it with the world.
Windows RT Won't Run Some Old Printers
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
Windows on ARM was always going to need a lot of new driver work, but it appears that Microsoft's commitment to supporting devices on the low-cost Windows version is tentative. Only some printers will be supported.
Samsung's Smartphone Sales Trounce Apple's
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Samsung sold twice as many smartphones as Apple in the second quarter. No wonder Apple's trying to protect its turf in court.
Will Dossia-WCS Alliance Jumpstart Personal Health Records?
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Union of Wellness Corporate Solutions and Dossia could drive more consumers to use PHRs.
NFC Phone Hacking and Other Mobile Attacks
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Just by getting a few centimeters from a phone running NFC (Near Field Communications) with a malicious NFC tag you can take control of that phone. Charlie Miller demonstrated the attack at Black Hat using an Android phone and some test devices he created.
Google Glasses: Does This Make Sense?
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
Yes, I want Google Glass glasses. But here's why you probably won't.
Enterprise Still Likes Apple over Android
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
A Good Technology report reveals that enterprise companies are choosing Apples over Androids. On the flip side, Android activation is doubling in the enterprise.
Google Now Points To Future Of Mobile
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
I've been testing Google Now for a few weeks on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Search innovation is alive and well.
Apple Earnings: All About iPad
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Apple's latest quarterly earnings revealed tremendous iPad sales, solid Mac sales, and good iPhone sales, but fell short of analyst expectations.
DARPA-Funded App Collects Android Vulnerability Data
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
The brainchild of start-up Duo Security, the X-Ray service will let users know whether their smartphones have vulnerable systems software and allow Duo to collect population statistics.
Android 'Bootkit' Malware On Rise, Especially In China
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
The latest quarterly threat report from security company AVG reaffirms existing trends in the growth of Android malware, but notes a new type of threat increasing in the wild: "bootkits".
Oracle Appealing Trash Talk Wrist Slap
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Advertising industry self-regulatory group recommends that Oracle discontinue ads claiming Exadata performance advantages over IBM Power servers.
Dell's Software Shift: 4 Big Questions
Commentary  |  7/24/2012  | 
As Dell embarks on an ambitious software journey, it must map out a plan to overcome early obstacles. Here are some key issues Dell must address.
Apple Wins EU Ban Of Smaller Samsung Tablet
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
German court bans Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 7.7 across the European Union, but allows Samsung to continue selling its Tab 10.1N.
Facebook Marketing: How To Keep Your Brand Liked
News  |  7/23/2012  | 
Promotion-filled news feeds drive Facebook users to unlike brands. Consider these ways to provide real value to your Facebook followers and keep them engaged.
Windows 8: No 99 Cent Apps For You
News  |  7/23/2012  | 
Cheapest Windows 8 apps will be 50% more expensive than least costly Apple apps, Microsoft reveals.
Samsung Galaxy S III: 10 Million Sold
News  |  7/23/2012  | 
Samsung reached its 10 million unit sales goal for the Galaxy S III smartphone more than a week early, an executive says.
Samsung Moves 10 Million Galaxy S3 Smartphones
News  |  7/23/2012  | 
Less than 2 months after release the Galaxy S III is Samsung's fastest selling smartphone. With the iPhone 5 not expected till October, sales should remain strong for months.
First Look: Windows 8 Office 2013 On Samsung Slate
News  |  7/20/2012  | 
The Samsung Slate hybrid with Windows 8 and the new Metro-enabled Office 2013 won't replace the iPad but it might be your next laptop.
How Health Data Is Changing The Way We Live
News  |  7/20/2012  | 
Practice Fusion digitizes medical records and provides a way to structure the data. Kaggle discovers algorithms that look at data patterns to identify trends. 100Plus personalizes the data to recommend lifestyle changes. I spoke to data scientists from those companies at a panel held at Practice Fusion yesterday.
Shared Data Plans Complicate BYOD
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
The end of per-device billing by AT&T, Verizon, and soon others means that accounting for BYOD in a company will become trickier. The answer probably is to change the nature of employee reimbursement.
Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Vs. The Mommy Judges
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
The mommy judges couldn't wait to weigh in on Marissa Mayer. But in their quest for answers, the judges miss the truth.
Yahoo Heroine Mayer Boards Ship Lost In Space
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
As dramatic narrative, it doesn't get much better than this. Here's why we must root for Yahoo’s heroic young CEO to save the day.
Nexus 7 Arrival Incites 7-Inch Tablet Brawl
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
Apple's 9.7-inch iPad set the gold standard on tablet size. Competitors have offered a variety of different screen sizes, but none have had as much impact as the Google Nexus 7.
Apple, Samsung Patent Fight Draws Blood
News  |  7/20/2012  | 
Apple and Samsung were each handed victories and defeats in court this week ahead of a patent trial scheduled to begin July 30.
Barack Obama Takes on Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
After years of courageously studying the matter, Congress has come up with a cybersecurity bill that's inoffensive enough that it may pass. If it does, don't expect it to make much of a difference. It's not like Washington really cares.
Dell Outlines Big Software Ambitions
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
Dell software chief John Swainson explains how Quest Software acquisition is key to Dell's big plans for security, systems management, and business intelligence software.
Olympics Viewing Habits Shift To Smartphones, Tablets
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
How will you watch the Olympics? Chances are if don't watch it on your computer, you'll catch it on your smartphone, or tablet--or both--according to a new survey.
Windows 8 Launch Date Revealed
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
Microsoft announces a definitive date for the arrival of tablets and PCs running its new, touch-friendly OS.
Nokia's Ugly Lumia Truth In $1 Billion Loss
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
Nokia recorded a loss of $1 billion on combined smartphone sales of 10.2 million--only 600,000 of which were shipped in the U.S.
AT&T, Verizon Shared Data Plans: Which Is Better?
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
AT&T just joined Verizon in offering a shared data plan. Which is better for you? We compare plan tiers and device costs.
BYOD Warrior? Have Contingency Plans For Disaster
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
Smartphones fail. tablets get damaged, and Internet services go down. Knowing that you have a backup plan and that it works brings peace-of-mind. In this article we tell you how to keep yourself protected.
AT&T To Offer Shared Mobile Data Plan
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
Like Verizon Wireless' Share Everything plan, AT&T's Mobile Share data plan will let multiple mobile devices belonging to one customer pull from the same data pool. All devices will have unlimited talk and messaging and mobile hotspot service.
Smartphone Shoppers Prefer Larger Displays
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
T-Mobile USA says 77% of consumers prefer devices with screens larger than 4.5 inches. Where is the real sweet spot?
Microsoft Office 2013 Embraces BYOD, Cloud Era
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
At a Monday press event Microsoft said its goal was to let users work from anywhere on anything, using its new cloud- and touch-friendly Office 2013 productivity applications.
Why Google, Microsoft Got Into Tablet Business
Commentary  |  7/17/2012  | 
Google and Microsoft have watched the performance of their respective operating systems suffer on underpowered, hastily built hardware. If you want a job done right, sometimes you just have to do it yourself.
Microsoft Office 2013: 10 Best Features
Slideshows  |  7/17/2012  | 
Go inside Office 2013, Microsoft's ambitious suite for both desktop and mobile devices.
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