News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in August 2008
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Twitter, Not Rock 'N' Roll, Saved My Soul
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
I'm getting lots of questions about whether Twitter and other microblogging sites can and should be used in the enterprise, to which I say, "Can you afford not to?"
Google Launches Google Video For Business
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The company is using its Google Apps business to provide the infrastructure necessary to search videos, restrict access to them, rate them, comment on them, and download them.
Google Shows Off Android App Winners
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
All of the 10 teams that won the Android Developer Challenge top prize of $275,000 utilize GPS in some manner.
Obama's VP Text Missed By Half Who Signed Up
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Keynote Systems' independent tests showed inconsistent performance of Obama's SMS service with extremely poor availability compared to the industry standard.
AT&T-iPhone Problems May Signal Difficulties For Android
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Verizon and T-Mobile may do well to sidestep network glitches if Google wants its phone to outsell Apple's, a wireless spectrum expert suggests.
Psystar: Apple Illegally 'Destroys' Competition, Bricks Mac Clones
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The upstart Mac cloner claims in an antitrust suit that Steve Jobs and company employ a mix of hype, dubious licensing schemes and technology to dominate the Mac computing environment.
BlackBerry Wins Versus Windows Mobile For Google Apps Mail
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
After a flawed experience with one of the first Windows Mobile-based Motorola Q's, Microsoft outfitted me with a Samsung SCH-i760 smartphone which, from an industrial design perspective, is one of the best designs for a smartphone I've ever experienced (more on that in a second). Unfortunately, integrating WinMobile 6.0's version of Outlook with Google Apps-based Gmail was so problematic that I gave up in favor of a company-furnished BlackBerry. Bla
Start-Ups Bring Google's Parallel Processing To Data Warehousing
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Aster and Greenplum have made Google's MapReduce compatible with SQL for use in the parallel data warehousing systems based on open source PostgreSQL.
Microsoft To Acquire Ciao Shopping Portals For $486 Million
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Ciao operates in seven European languages and countries, and recently launched a beta site aimed at the U.S. market.
Electric Cars: Inside Chevy Volt, Tesla Roadster
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Check out our image gallery with pictures of GM's upcoming Chevy Volt hybrid, and Tesla Motors' groundbreaking all-electric Roadster.
Smartphone Apps For The Rest Of Us
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Even if you use Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon -- or don't have an iPhone for your AT&T connection -- you can still get games, music, location-based services, and other mobile content on your phone. Here's how.
Apple Patent Application Describes Multi-Touch Mac
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The 52-page diagram shows gestures on the touch screen associated with a number of tasks, including zooming, panning, scrolling, rotating, and enlarging.
Dell's Profit Drops As IT Spending Slowdown Spreads
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The company has been cutting expenses for months to meet a promise to Wall Street to cut at least $3 billion in spending by the end of the fiscal year 2011.
Google Unveils Android's App Store
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
A competitor to Apple's App Store, the Android Market will allow users to browse, purchase, install, and rate applications on Android handsets.
Lenovo Unveils Low-Power Business Desktop PC
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The ThinkCentre A62 is also available with Lenovo's optional Dash 1.1 card, which lets an IT department remotely manage, boot, audit and update a desktop.
Motion-Powered Cell Phone Charger Coming Soon
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
M2E Power said it will have a charger for sale next year that can provide 60 minutes of talk for six hours of motion.
How Do You Make A Robot Fish? Copy Bluefin Tuna
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The Olin-Boston Engineering project expects to have a working prototype of its "RoboTuna" by the end of the year.
Orange Caps iPhone 3G Speeds At 384 Kbps
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Users have complained that the French wireless provider's capping of network speeds violates the company's service agreement.
Sony Readies Thinnest 40-Inch LCD HDTV
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The TV includes LED backlighting to produce higher contrast, boosts standard images to high-definition 1080p quality, and uses technology that shows all the colors the eye can see.
Smartphone Sales To Hit $200 Billion In 2012
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Interest in the iPhone and open-source operating systems like Symbian will drive smartphone sales, according to Gartner.
Biden's Record Is Inconsistent On Cyber-Rights Issues
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
Joe Biden has a mixed record on privacy and Internet civil liberties issues. He often votes with the FBI and media companies against consumers and citizens. He sponsored legislation designed to make it illegal to circumvent copy-protection -- even on content and devices you legally own. He also sought to weaken encryption, and introduce a bill like the controversial PATRIOT Act long before 9/11. But in other areas he's defended privacy and cyber-rights.
Linux Systems Being Hit By SSH-Key Attacks
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The attack appears to rely on stolen SSH keys to gain access to a system and then uses a local kernel exploit to gain root access, whereupon it installs the "phalanx2" rootkit.
Dell, IBM Revenue Growth Double Overall Server Market
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The overall market recorded its ninth consecutive quarter of positive revenue growth, increasing sales by 6.4% over the same period a year ago to $13.9 billion.
Dell Looks To Tap Emerging Markets With Latest Business PCs
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The Vostro notebooks and desktops are tailored for companies and institutions in countries where low-cost, basic computers are strong sellers.
iPhone Password Flaw Discovered
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Once the emergency call keypad is accessed through the passcode entry screen, a person only needs to double tap the home button.
hi5 Offers Mobile Social Networking In 26 Languages
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The social networking site's hi5 Mobile service is aimed at smartphone and PDA users worldwide.
'Misleading' U.K. iPhone Ad Pulled
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Viewers complained that they couldn't access "all parts of the Internet" due to the lack of Flash and Java support on the handset.
Nokia Continues Its Cell Phone Dominance
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The dual strategy of targeting developing countries with low-cost mobile phones and instituting price cuts for its mid-tier devices helped propel its momentum, Gartner said.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Plans Antitrust Suit Against Apple
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Psystar claims Apple's restrictions on third-party hardware makers violate U.S. antitrust laws.
Blame iPhone 3G Reception Problems On Carriers, Not Handset
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
A global survey of owners found their iPhones operated with very slow speeds, especially in metro areas like San Francisco.
Obama's VP Text Reached 2.9 Million
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
With the success of the announcement, advertisers may take a closer look at SMS as a marketing tool, Nielsen Mobile said.
Acer Drops Mini-Notebook Prices
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The Windows or Linux-based PCs include 1.6 GHz Atom processors, built-in Webcams and Wi-Fi support, and a three-cell rechargeable battery.
Nations Respond To Google Earth Threat
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
From banning Google Earth to simply ignoring the mapping service, countries are working to deal with potential security violations arising from the images Google makes available online.
Aircell Signs Up Fourth Airline For Wi-Fi Service
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
CEO Jack Blumenstein expects there will be some 2,000 commercial airplanes offering Aircell's in-flight Gogo Internet service by the end of next year.
Adobe Launches Photoshop Elements 7, Storage
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
New features in Elements 7 include a tool that lets users brush away unwanted images, such as passers-by in a photo's background.
AT&T Adds Two International Data Plans For iPhone
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
While still expensive, the latest offerings are hundreds of dollars less than pay-per-use international data roaming charges.
QuickBooks Comes To iPhone, BlackBerry
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The application will enable customers to get an up-to-date view of their finances from a smartphone.
HTC Adds Windows Mobile Smartphone
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The HTC S740 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, integrated Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, assisted-GPS, and is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1.
'Mad Men' Characters Get Twitter Accounts
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Characters on the prime-time soap opera Mad Men are getting accounts at Twitter, where they post in-character comments about the goings-on at the hard-drinking, hard-smoking, sexed-up Sterling Cooper ad agency. However, the characters are at war with Twitter management, who are suspending accounts for copyright violations.
What To Expect From Airline Internet Services
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
As in-flight Internet services start to take off, air travelers have lots of questions about them. For example, when the bandwidth hog in 19C starts to download gargantuan files, how will that affect service quality for everyone else on the plane? Aircell CEO Jack Blumenstein, whose Gogo service already is on some American Airlines flights, tackled this question and others in an hour-long discussion yesterday.
6 Video Cameras For YouTubers
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
We look at compact digital video cameras that make shooting and uploading video clips to YouTube a snap: The Flip Mino, Creative's Vado, RCA's Small Wonder Traveler, DXG's 567VTo, Kodak's Zi6 and JVC's GZ-MS100U.
Amazon's Kindle May Go Back To School
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The company could be aiming its e-reader at colleges and universities to get a chunk of the $5.5 billion textbook market, according to a McAdams Wright Ragen analyst.
iPod Nano To Get Makeover, Digg Founder Reveals
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
Apple's iPod lineup is set for an overhaul, including a thinner Nano with a larger widescreen display, according to Kevin Rose's predictions.
Nokia Rolls Out Pair Of N Series Smartphones
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The Nokia N85 and N79 pack integrated Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, built-in GPS, and robust multimedia functionality over a Symbian operating system.
Q & A: Futurist Ray Kurzweil
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
We caught up with the visionary inventor at SpeechTek 2008, where he talked with InformationWeek about speech technology, his new cellphone reading machine, and two new movie projects.
AMD Selling Digital TV Group To Broadcom For $193 Million
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The acquisition, which includes ATI-AMD integrated Xilleon DTV processors, will let Broadcom flesh out its growing DTV product line.
NASA Investigates Rocket Failure
News  |  8/25/2008  | 
The space agency said that no injuries have been reported but warned that rocket debris could be hazardous.
Old Media Gets The Scoop On Obama's VP Pick
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
When I woke up Saturday morning, I found a text message waiting on my iPhone from the Barack Obama campaign, informing me that the candidate named Joe Biden as running mate. But I already knew that, because I'd already gotten the news the night before -- from newspapers. Old-fashioned journalism -- wordslingers working contacts inside the Obama campaign -- leaked the story in advance of your new-fangled text messaging. Score one for the old school.
Citrix Unwraps XenApp 5, Presentation Server Upgrade
News  |  8/22/2008  | 
Citrix Systems' Presentation Server, renamed XenApp, fits into a broader suite of desktop virtualization and virtualizes Windows applications on central servers for shared access.
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