News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in August 2010
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Borders Announces Kobo eReader Price Cut
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
In a move that undercuts Amazon's Kindle by $9, the bookseller plans a $20 reduction in the price of its electronic reader, lowering the cost to $130.
Google Voice Problems Limited
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Isolated reports of failures do not reflect a widespread collapse of the service, Google says.
Google PowerMeter Promises Social Recognition For Saving Energy
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Forget about saving energy to help the planet. Try turning out the lights to win badges and humble your friends.
Android, iPhone Users' Preferences Differ
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Coupons.com data, based upon the number of coupons printed or saved to store loyalty cards in various categories, indicates distinctions between the users of the two mobile operating systems.
Gartner Lowers PC Sales Forecast
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
PC shipments are projected to increase by 15.3% year over year in the second half, about 2% less than Gartner's previous forecast, due to the uncertainty in the U.S. and European economies.
Xbox Gets 'Transforming' Control Pad
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Directional pad turns into raised "plus sign" buttons with the twist of a wrist.
Google Corrects IBM's Security Math
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
IBM has fixed a security report it issued last week that misstated Google's security vulnerabilities.
Wirefly Selling HTC EVO 4G To Facebook Fans
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
The wireless retailer is making the popular Android handset available for a limited time, but only to its friends on the social networking site.
Lenovo Spins Off Game Console Business
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Beijing Eedoo Technology formed to develop the eBox multimedia device.
Clearwire Unveils Rover Pre Paid 4G Service
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
The Rover looks like an oversized hockey puck, fits in a backpack and can connect up to to eight laptops or other devices to the Internet at claimed download speeds of 3 to 6 megabits per second.
Top 12 PC Games Of All Time
Slideshows  |  8/30/2010  | 
With a click of the mouse, gamers can transport themselves into futuristic worlds, realistic battle scenes and a virtual life of organized crime. Although there they face extensive competition from console-makers such as Nintendo and Sony, PC software games continue to flourish, as each year hundreds of titles vie for consumers' attention, loyalty and dollars. Here's a dozen of the all time best.
Google Buys SocialDeck
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
The deal promises to strengthen Google's social competency and to address issues of app discoverability.
Nintendo To Cut DSi, DSi XL Prices
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Responding to tough competition from Apple and other smartphone makers in the handheld gaming market, Nintendo said it will slash $20 from the price of two systems starting September 12.
Best Mobile Apps For Busy Professionals
Slideshows  |  8/30/2010  | 
Today's smartphones have led to the development of hundreds of thousands of mobile apps. Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry and phones based on Google's Android all have access to extensive libraries of apps that you can download and install for our increasingly mobile world. When you're always on the go, having the right smartphone app makes it easy to transition from business to pleasure and back again without skipping a beat so you can get the most out of every minute. Here we pick 17 of the be
Server Technology Hits A Crossroads
Slideshows  |  8/30/2010  | 
Highlights of exclusive InformationWeek Analytics research as it appears in "State Of Server Technology 2010," our report evaluating changes in the server market motivated by the push to consolidate data center systems, get power and cooling costs under control and make the most of the cloud.
BlackBerry Ban In India Postponed
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
RIM's engagement with Indian government officials may keep BlackBerry users from losing e-mail and instant messaging service.
Samsung Epic 4G Listed For $199.99 At Amazon
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Sprint's list price for the smartphone with a new service plan is $249.99, but Amazon is advertising the handset with the same terms for $50 less.
Intel To Buy Infineon Wireless Unit
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
The $1.4 billion acquisition would expand the chipmaker's offerings in the smartphone market while also gaining a customer base that includes every major mobile phone maker.
Google Planning YouTube On-Demand Video
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
A deal with Hollywood studios could help Google TV succeed.
Stream TV Unveils eLocity A7 Tablet
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Android 2.2-powered device takes on the iPad with a front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, and 1080p high-definition playback.
Older Americans Flocking To Social Networks
News  |  8/28/2010  | 
The percentage of U.S. adults ages 50 and older using Facebook and other online communities nearly doubled from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May of this year, according to the Pew Research Center.
Google Fights E-mail Overload With Priority Inbox
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Gmail has gained an automated, trainable filter that attempts to segregate important e-mail messages.
Paul Allen Sues Google, Apple, Others Over Patents
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
AOL, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube are also named in the patent infringement lawsuit filed by the Microsoft co-founder's firm, Interval Licensing LLC.
The Rare Earth Element Crisis
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
A Congressional Research Service report considers whether U.S. dependency on foreign sources of rare earth elements threatens the defense and technology industries.
Icahn Increases Stake In Motorola
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Buying another $86 million in stock has increased financier Carl Icahn's holdings to 10.4% of the company, according to a SEC filing.
Top 20 Android Productivity Apps
Slideshows  |  8/27/2010  | 
Android handsets are pouring onto the market every day and there's a deluge of Android apps competing to fills those screens. To sort through the storm surge of app choices, we've trolled through the Android Market to hauled in 20 Android apps that no business user should be without.
Four Friday Apple Anecdotes
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
Today's Apple happenings include: defensive statements from HTC; Apple and SurfaceInk call it quits; the Verizon iPhone rears up again; and some numbers about how many Facebookers use iOS.
FTC Settles Fake iTunes Reviews Case
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
The deal calls for the removal of the fake iTunes app reviews created by Reverb Communications.
Linux, Windows Server Demand Drives 24% Gain
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Unix didn't grab a piece of the market's fastest quarterly growth in more than 5 years.
Finding Your Company's Social Data
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
So you've decided that some form of enterprise social networking application would be a good fit in your business and help keep employees connected and improve collaboration? Great, but once you've done this, you should make sure that you have some view into how well your employees are embracing social networking.
Garmin Recalls Nuvi GPS
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Affected personal navigation devices will be repaired free of charge due to a risk of overheating batteries.
Canon Intros DSLR Camera With Adjustable LCD
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
EOS 60D adds features for the advanced amateur, including a "vari-angle" screen, full HD video, and in-camera RAW image processing.
Netflix Launches iPhone, iPod Touch App
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Subscribers to the Netflix service can watch movies and TV shows on the Apple devices over Wi-Fi or a 3G wireless connection using the free app.
Video Patent Holders Forswear Fees
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
MPEG LA says that its H.264 Internet video technology will remain free.
Best Bluetooth Headsets For Business
Slideshows  |  8/26/2010  | 
Bluetooth headsets eliminate clumsy wires, boost productivity and, with more states requiring hands-free devices in vehicles, have become required equipment for businesspeople on the go. Vendors offer a dizzying array of headsets, differentiated by price, battery-life, weight and clarity. Many of today's headsets are multipoint, allowing use for both desktop and mobile phones. Developers also look to separate themselves from their competition through software or hardware design elements designed
Craigslist Urged To Shutter Adult Services
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Attorneys general from 17 states say Craigslist's attempt to police the section and remove illicit prostitution ads has failed and called for the site to take down its adult services section.
Cisco To Acquire ExtendMedia
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Adding the firm's video content lifecycle management software is likely to expand Cisco's video content capabilities.
Google Expands Real-Time Search
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
A new home page for real-time search results underscores Google's focus on timely information.
First Impressions: Making Phone Calls From Gmail
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
InformationWeek takes Gmail's new calling feature for a spin. Is it worth skipping Skype, or does it still need more time to bake?
Citrix Adds Desktop Virtualization For Mobile PCs
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
XenDesktop upgrade lets end users run laptop applications in a virtual machine, even when disconnected from a virtualized server.
Top 10 Most Hated Tech Mascots Ever
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010  | 
Mascots are marketing personified. When they're good, they're grrreat, as Tony the Tiger, one of the world's more successful mascots might say. When they're lame, uninspired, annoying or perplexing, they might end up on a list like this. Mascots are particularly important in the technology industry, because so many tech products and services are intangible and would benefit from an evocative symbolic representative. It's hard to imagine Linux without thinking about penguins. As for the mascots t
IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010  | 
Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
Toshiba Readying 3D TV That Doesn't Require Glasses
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Toshiba's imaging system emits rays of light at different angles, making it possible for viewers to recreate a 3D image in their brains that can be seen from different angles.
Gmail Offers Free Phone Calls
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
With technology from its acquisition of Gizmo5, Google is taking on Skype and the rest of the telecom world.
Amazon Kindle Hits Record Sales
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
The latest model of the e-reader began shipping Wednesday, two days earlier than expected.
Man Watches His Home Get Robbed Via iPhone
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
A man from Dallas was alerted by an iPhone application that his house was being robbed. He watched it happen live while away on vacation.
DARPA Developing Autonomous Robots
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Defense agency leading initiative to build mobile manipulators that work independently on tasks too dangerous for humans.
Sony Unveils Quick Focusing DSLR Cameras
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Interchangeable-lens cameras add new translucent mirror technology that enables light to be simultaneously received by image and auto-focus sensors.
Keeping Facebook In Its Place(s)
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
I know what you did last summer! And last Tuesday afternoon. And last night. OK, I don't actually know this, but Facebook Places does
AMD Unveils Bulldozer, Bobcat Microprocessor Details
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
The two designs will be integral to the chip maker's next-generation processors that combine the CPU and graphics cores on a single die.
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