News & Commentary
posted in February 2013
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Big Data Myths Persist
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
Big data hype has reached a level where some customers are actually avoiding labeling projects as big data, Tibco executives say.
Coursera Adds 29 University Partners From 13 Countries
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
Nearly doubling its number of participating universities, Coursera adds major universities, goes international and adds lectures in French, Spanish, Chinese and Italian.
Feds Roll Out Social Media Metrics, API
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
New metrics will help agencies assess their social media performance, while API will let news organizations pull real-time data from FEMA and other agencies.
4 Big BYOD Trends For 2013
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Interop Las Vegas speaker Michael Finneran and other BYOD experts discuss key trends enterprise IT leaders should watch in 2013.
IBM Showcases STEM Support At Disney's Epcot
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
New THINK exhibit at Epcot dovetails with a tablet app and curriculum website designed to boost science, technology, engineering and math education.
FAA Drone Plan Hits Turbulence
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Technology and policy issues emerge as the FAA devises a five-year road map to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with commercial flights in U.S. airspace.
LinkedIn Jobs Gets A Search Boost
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
LinkedIn's makeover continues, but is the platform moving in the right direction?
Password Manager On USB Key Launches On Kickstarter
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
myIDkey is a secure USB device that acts as a hardware password manager. The device authenticates the user with a fingerprint swipe. It talks Bluetooth to your mobile device and you talk to it to get it to display secured data such as passwords. But you can't buy it yet; today they launched on Kickstarter for funding.
What A Data-Driven Culture Buys You
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Executives who believe their companies handle and share data well are more likely to say their companies outperform industry peers, says Economist study.
In ICD-10 Transition, Training Trumps Tech Concerns
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Clinical readiness is a top concern among providers regarding the ICD-10 transition, says recent KLAS report.
Google Seeks Glass Explorers
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Anyone interested in buying Google's forthcoming computerized eyewear can post or tweet in hope of receiving an invitation.
U.K. Government Cloud Ambitions Bigger Than Achievements, Critics Say
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
A year after it launched an easy to use, SMB-vendor friendly buying site, critics question what they see as very patchy U.K. government CloudStore success.
U.K. 4G Auction Nets Underwhelming £2.34 Billion Sale Price
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Sale is a third less than cash-strapped government expected, but increase in 4G services will help build a base for future digital industries, say pleased business groups.
Microsoft: Outlook Making Progress Vs. Gmail
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
With, Microsoft takes aim at Google's search and email dominance. Redmond already claims more than 60 million users, but will more Gmail users defect?
iPhone Beats Galaxy S III, But Victory May Be Fleeting
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Apple's iPhone 5 was best-selling smartphone worldwide during closing months of 2012, but Samsung is readying its iPhone-killer for 2013.
Readmissions Don't Measure Quality, Harvard Doctor Says
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Noted health policy researcher Ashish Jha says new Medicare penalties on 30-day hospital readmissions promote accountability, but may not improve patient outcomes.
Apple iWatch: Readers Speak Out
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
Does a smartwatch make sense in the new world of smartphones and tablets? Does anyone even wear a watch anymore? Readers weigh in.
HIMSS Plans New EHR Testing Ground
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Interoperability innovation center will let EHR vendors and other entities test their systems' ability to exchange data with other health IT systems.
HTC Claims "Best Phone Ever Made"
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
HTC aims high with their claims for their revamped Android smartphone. Like previous HTC phones this one is aimed at consumers with a focus on media consumption and other lifestyle features, like TV remote control. A shame it lacks microSD storage expansion.
Higher Education Tech Forecast Sees MOOC, Tablet Momentum
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Next waves will include gamification, learning analytics, 3-D printing and wearable technologies, according to the NMC Horizon report on new media in education.
NASA Reports Space Station Communications Outage Fixed
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Communications are back up between NASA and the International Space Station after a brief glitch happened shortly after a software upgrade.
Accenture: Seven Key Tech Trends For Business
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Accenture survey suggests practical ways to get your organization on a path to digital success.
Sage Sells 3 CRM Divisions To U.S. Partner
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
British software company will focus on its core technology stack for small and midsize businesses.
Big Data Startup Eyes Genome Analysis In 4 Hours
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Bina Technologies introduces analytics platform designed to cut human genome processing time, make personalized medicine more accessible.
Patient Engagement Key To Better Health: AHRQ Report
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Lack of standardization is delaying commercial applications for home monitoring devices, says Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
HTC One Can Compete With Apple, Samsung
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
HTC One offers world-class hardware, slick software enhancements and a really cool camera.
HTC One Key To Turnaround Hopes
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
HTC's flagship smartphone for 2013 promises new camera and home screen features wrapped in an aluminum shell.
CHIME CEO Wants CIO Voices In Healthcare Policy
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Incoming CHIME CEO seeks to give health IT professionals a greater leadership role in public policy, offer "tactical and practical" assistance to overburdened CIOs.
Big Data Dev Tools Too Slow, Startup Says
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Context Relevant, a modeling and analytics software developer, strives to make big data app development faster and less expensive for enterprises.
Windows 8: Microsoft's Progress Debated
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Windows 8 is one of those good news-bad news Microsoft products. For every sign of success, unanswered questions or signs of flagging momentum appear.
Classroom Presentation Tool For Professors, By Professors
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
NetClick simplifies the creation of interactive presentations and lets students give feedback from a smartphone, tablet or laptop rather than a clicker.
The Office for iPad Myth Lives On
Commentary  |  2/18/2013  | 
Microsoft Office for iPad makes perfect sense — if you think Surface and Windows 8 are losers and even Microsoft doesn't believe in them. It's way too early to give up on Microsoft's new operating system which works with tablets as well as conventional computers, and the mythical billions it could make with an Office for iPad would lose them far more by undercutting Windows.
iPad Mini Keyboard Cover Makes A Better Tablet
News  |  2/18/2013  | 
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Mini is an excellent addition to any iPad Mini, which provides not only a proper typing surface but a stand and a protective cover.
Amazon Unlikely To Spin Off AWS Cloud Unit
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
Oppenheimer analyst says it's "inevitable" Amazon Web Services will untether from its parent company, but Amazon disagrees.
3 Reasons SMB Virtualization Projects Fail
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Virtualization is a top priority for SMBs, yet problems like budget overruns are causing heartache. Here's advice on how to avoid common pitfalls.
Amazon Launches Redshift Data Warehousing As A Service
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Amazon promises 10 times the performance at one-tenth the cost of on-premises data warehouses. Can it deliver?
Opera's WebKit Move Isolates Mozilla
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Opera makes its browser more broadly appealing but diminishes diversity of the Web browser technology stack.
Texas Lassos Office 365
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
State reaches agreement to adopt Microsoft's cloud-based applications after forcing additional security and privacy steps.
5 Ways To Improve Healthcare Information Exchanges
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Define the problem you want to solve with an HIE -- and be ready for incompatibility headaches, say experts.
Online College Offers Academic Rigor At Bargain Prices
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
American Honors charges community college rates for top-notch courses, sets students up to transfer into a respected bachelor's degree program.
Oracle Slams Forrester 'Fusion Dilemma' Report
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Oracle says analyst firm's note on contention between legacy applications and Fusion is 'speculative,' 'misrepresentative' and based on a dated, skewed survey.
Google to Launch $99 Tablet, Rumor Claims
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
If the rumor is true, a $99 tablet with decent Web browsing, email, social media would completely disrupt the tablet market
U.K. Attempts To Solve Looming Spectrum Crunch
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
U.K. government is investing millions into space-saving technologies to improve the future of mobile broadband.
BBC Shakes Up Online Arm
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
BBC, recently awash in scandal, shores up confidence in liberal corners by tapping former U.K. media minister James Purnell to lead digital strategy.
How To Beat 3 Disaster Recovery Roadblocks
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Don't let data, WAN and integration challenges knock automated failover off course.
Turning Raw Data Into Smart Data
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Your organization may have a big data platform in place, but do you have a smart data strategy?
iPhone Vulnerability: Return of the Lock Screen Bypass
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
How do security regression errors happen? The key to preventing new code from breaking old code is proper testing. Improved automated testing helped Mozilla to cut regressions caused by security patches. In the case of the iPhone 5 lock screen bypass, a hole in the test plan may be responsible.
Apple Beware, Samsung Plans Smartwatch Too
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Mere days after reports surface about an Apple-made smartwatch, leaked screenshots purport to reveal what Samsung's smartwatch will look like.
Microsoft Surface Pro Fails iFixit’s Repairability Test
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Gadget repair site iFixit finds Microsoft Surface Pro virtually unrepairable
HTC Flagship Smartphone Details, Images Leaked
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Leaked images show HTC made a design change for its 2013 flagship device, codenamed the M7. It will be announced next week.
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