News & Commentary
posted in March 2010
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AMD Steals Market Share From Intel
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Intel maintains stranglehold on microprocessor market, but rival is gaining.
More Details Surface On iPhone 4.0 Multitasking
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
The next major iPhone operating system update -- to 4.0 -- purports to bring with it monumental shifts in the way the iPhone works and behaves. Chief among them will be multitasking, the ability to run two or more applications at once, with the non-active ones remaining open in the background.
Full Nelson: iPad Speaks on Verizon, Ship Date, Sandra Bullock
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Apple's iPad, due April 3 spoke with Full Nelson a couple weeks ago, and granted one last interview before it got set to ship.
Finding the Best Vendor Means Treating Bidders Right
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Some enterprises believe that technology suppliers are so hungry for business that they will line up for kilometers to respond to an RFP. This is increasingly not the case. We're actually seeing fewer responses to even "good RFPs." There are a couple reasons why...
Senators Object To Meaningful Use Rules For E-Health Records
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Strict requirements for EHR use could kill funding incentives for doctors, hospitals, senators say.
Can Your Data Storage Avoid A Digital Doomsday?
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Your small business may stand the test of time, but what about your data? As existing storage technologies mature and new ones enter the picture, that question is just as hard to answer as it ever was.
Feds Developing Cloud Security Program
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Proposed FedRAMP effort would make it easier for federal agencies to overcome compliance hurdles and participate in the Obama administration's drive toward the cloud.
Orange, OpenX To Challenge DoubleClick
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Telecom operator will use OpenX's platform to reach the 343 million users of its Ad Network service.
Microsoft Exec: 'We'll Beat Google In Cloud'
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Senior VP Kurt DelBene says cross-platform browsing and editing advantages, plus management and security features, will lure enterprises to Office Web Applications.
Meru Networks Raises $65 million in IPO
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Wireless network equipment supplier Meru Networks has decided to wade into chilly waters and take the firm public. In order to improve its long term viability, the vendor opted to sell 4.4 million shares at a price of $15.
IBM And ShoreTel Introduce "UCC-In-A-Box"
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
The new ShoreTel for IBM Lotus Foundations is a unified communications and collaboration package intended for SMBs.
White House Revising Outsourcing Policies
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
The policy changes requires agencies to keep "inherently governmental" jobs on the federal payroll.
Microsoft, Ford In Electric Car Venture
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Software maker will tie its energy management platform to Ford's vehicles in effort to boost power efficiency.
iPad Encouraging New Levels Of Tech Obsession
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Techies, geeks and Apple fanboys alike are exhibiting alarming symptoms of obsession over the iPad. Apple is doing its own part, too, to fan the flames of excitement with its controlled mitigation of minutia.
iPad On Sale Saturday, 9:00 AM
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Apple is reminding tech fans (as if they need it) that its tablet computer is available for purchase on April 3rd.
Novell Wins Unix Case Against SCO
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
A federal jury ruled that Novell, not SCO Group, owns the Unix copyrights, but SCO said it would continue its fight.
Atom Smasher May Yield 'Dark Matter' Secrets
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Large Hadron Collider tests are providing insight into foundation and origins of the Universe.
Hackers: How To Manually Update Droid To 2.1
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
If you're the type to take risks and can't wait for Verizon's official over-the-air Android 2.1 update to reach your Motorola Droid, here are the instructions you need to update it manually.
NASA iPhone App Adds Facebook Link
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
New version of the application also connects to Twitter and NASA's massive image archive.
Intel Debuts Eight-Core Nehalem-EX
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Chipmaker looks to go head-to-head with IBM and Oracle-Sun in market for enterprise-class processors.
Health Data Deluge Expected To Spur Change
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Expect to see more data center consolidation, database management challenges and use of desktop virtualization in medical facilities, analyst predicts.
SAP Launches Collaboration Cloud
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
StreamWork announcement highlights agile development and innovation. But is it a platform customers want from SAP?
Oracle Unveils Tuxedo 11g, Options
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Database vendor beefs up the software in effort to lure new customers and spur upgrades.
10gen Commercializes 'No SQL' MongoDB
News  |  3/31/2010  | 
Document-oriented database can scale-out as demand increases by adding nodes on a server cluster.
iPad Apps May Cost More Than iPhone Apps
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
If you already have an iPhone you probably have a suite of apps that you can't do without. Before you assume you'll buy them all for the iPad, you might want to check out the pricing. According to preliminary information, some developers are considering charging two, three or even as much as five times the price they charge for the iPhone.
Photo Gallery: Large Hadron Collider Sets Record
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
The world's biggest machine is expected to produce 15 million GB of data annually for analysis by scientists eager to learn about subatomic particles and their role in the universe.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Nightmare: 10 Ways SAP Can Beat Oracle
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Ellison bluntly predicted Oracle will blow past SAP in enterprise apps, but here are 10 steps SAP should take to reassert its preeminence.
Using Cloud Computing for Business Continuity
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Most enterprises are not buying public-cloud computing systems as their primary platform for business-critical applications... For now, perhaps they should not go in this direction. That is, not until business continuity, or disaster recovery, becomes the next killer app for cloud computing.
Aruba VBN 2.0 Puts Branch Offices In The Cloud
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Virtual branch office networking software links central IT operations to remote offices, and can reach roaming workers.
Verizon Intros Push To Talk For BlackBerry
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
The service is available to enterprise customers using RIM's BlackBerry Tour 9630 smartphone.
If You've Got Big Data, You May Want Big Memory
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Jas Dhillon, CTO of Taser, explained to me last December how his company has gone from delivering stunning shocks to unruly police suspects to shocking the competition via cloud computing. In continuing to follow Taser's innovative approach, I found a story behind the story of how Taser was able to do this.
Apple Updates iTunes Ahead Of iPad Launch
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Today Apple made iTunes version 9.1 available via its software update tools. The new version of iTunes offers just a handful of new features, mostly geared toward Saturday's launch of the iPad.
Connected TVs Gaining Interest
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Consumers' growing use of PCs and game consoles to access the Internet on TV bodes well for the future of connected TVs, analyst says.
Guerra On Healthcare: Keys To Managing Your Medical IT Staff
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
With an acute health IT workforce shortage, make sure employees have the opportunity to do their best work.
BlackBerry 9630 Tour Receives OS 5.0 From Verizon
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
If you're using a BlackBerry 9630 Tour on the Verizon Network, head on over to the Verizon Wireless support pages. Verizon is offering a huge system upgrade to system software 5.0. New features and improvements abound.
Dell Launches Printers For SMBs
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Multifunction and single-function laser printers offer low printing costs, reliability, and productivity features for small and midsize businesses.
Verizon Teases Motorola Droid Owners Yet Again
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
According to an internal memo, Verizon has resumed rolling out the Android 2.1 update to users of the Motorola Droid. Don't go scrambling for your device quite yet, however.
Obama Nominates Defense IT Chief
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Teri Takai has been CIO of Michigan and California, winning numerous plaudits along the way.
SRA Lands $500 Million USDA Contract
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has engaged SRA International to implement an SAP-based system to streamline its business processes.
Apple Updates Snow Leopard
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
The update will improve stability, application compatibility, and security within the Mac and server versions of the operating system.
NHIN Direct Focus Is Health Data Exchange Specs
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) Direct aims to develop interoperability specs, but not to replace statewide and regional health information exchanges.
SMBs Continue Hiring Trend
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
U.S. Small businesses created approximately 50,000 new jobs in March and almost 175,000 since mid 2009, while wages and hours worked remained flat.
NASA Archiving Social Networking Activity
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
The U.S. space agency has teamed with The Internet Archive to archive its image, video, and audio collections in a single, searchable resource.
Victorinox Offers 'Unhackable' USB Stick
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Any attempt to forcibly open the flash drive triggers a self-destruct mechanism that burns the device's CPU and memory chip, company says.
Bank Of America Taps Cisco For TelePresence
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Under a managed service agreement, Cisco will install 200 TelePresence units and provide monitoring, support, and maintenance.
iPad Users Will Have To Pay To Upgrade Software
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Apple has certified the Gold Master of the iPhone OS 3.2 Software Developers Kit for the iPad. Under the terms of agreement in the final iPad SDK is an interesting piece of information. It says that iPad users will have to pay (just like iPod Touch users do) to upgrade their device's software.
IBM, Johnson Controls Eye Smart Buildings
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Vendors combine facilities management and IT systems to help customers reduce energy costs by as much as 35%.
Semiconductor Market Rebounding
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
Despite two years of decline, the industry saw a much better second half of 2009 than expected, report says.
Verizon iPhone Could Come This Year
News  |  3/30/2010  | 
An Apple iPhone that would run on Verizon Wireless's CDMA network could go into production by September.
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