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Content tagged with Mobile Applications posted in October 2013
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IBM Shifts SmartCloud Customers To SoftLayer
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
IBM customers have been notified to move by Jan. 31; IBM SoftLayer unit operates 13 data centers.
FAA Allows Electronics During Takeoff, Landing
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Federal Aviation Administration no longer sees mobile devices as threat to air safety.
Android Tablets Gain On iPad
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
No new iPads throughout most of 2013 means Apple's share of the tablet market has dipped below 30% -- its lowest ever.
Salesforce.com Enables Private App Stores
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Salesforce Private AppExchange lets you put IT-approved applications in a customizable corporate app store. There's one catch, though.
Amazon Plans 4th California Retail Distribution Facility
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Online retail giant seeks to foster faster deliveries, including same-day fresh groceries, through modern fulfillment centers.
Nebula, GigaSpaces Team To Ease OpenStack App Migrations
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Nebula configures the hardware, while GigaSpaces' Cloudify helps prepare complex legacy apps to migrate into an OpenStack private cloud.
EHealth To Obama: We Can Run HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Obama Administration response to online health insurance site is cool, but proposal reveals backup possibility. EHealth offers to help Covered California, too.
GSA Streamlines IT Operations, Closes Data Centers
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Agency CIO says closure of 37 data centers and centralization of IT operations will improve efficiency within GSA and in serving other federal agencies.
How Will You Manage Your Digital Self?
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
You can't keep track of all the digital content you generate. In the next five years, expect vendors to come to the rescue with digital-self services.
iPhone 5s Battery Issues Confirmed; iPad Air Praised
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Apple confirmed a small number of iPhones 5s units have defective batteries, but the iPad Air has scored impressive reviews ahead of its release.
Lenovo Yoga: A More Flexible Tablet
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Lenovo announced two new Android tablets uniquely designed to offer improved hold, stand and tilt modes.
Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
WinXP is already an easy target for hackers, and it will get even simpler once Microsoft ends support for the 12-year-old OS in April.
U.S. Joins Global Effort On Open Data
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Publicly accessible data can add trillions of dollars in value to global economies such as education, says U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Federal CIO Urges Bold Vision For Government IT
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel calls Obamacare site's launch something "to be proud of" and urges government IT community to view bugs as a "teachable moment."
Motorola's Project Ara Promotes Modular Smartphones
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Google's Motorola Project Ara envisions mobile phones as customizable components that can be snapped together like Lego blocks. But can flexibility beat slick smartphone design?
Dell Seals Deal To Go Private
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Michael Dell's bid to take his company private is finally complete. But now that the deal's done, what will Dell do to compete?
Will HealthCare.gov Mess Spur Procurement Reform?
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Review and overhaul of government IT purchasing procedures needed, trade association expert says.
CareCloud Books Appointment With ZocDoc
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Cloud practice management and EHR service connects with the consumer-friendly appointment booking service, part of broader platform strategy.
Nokia Smartphone Sales Improve, But Samsung Leads
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Q3 earnings reports show Samsung holding its strong lead in the smartphone market, followed by Apple. Meanwhile, Nokia shows new signs of life.
Why We Need Digital Government Strategy 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
The federal government has been an early adopter of mobile technology but now it is time to take it to the next level. These five areas need to be addressed.
Google Smartwatch Nears Production
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Google shops manufacturers for its upcoming smartwatch, which will make heavy use of its voice-activated Google Now search feature.
Docker Finds Open Source Success
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
PaaS firm formerly known as dotCloud changes its name to Docker after developers embrace open source Docker.org project.
NTT Invests $875M In U.S. Colocation, Cloud Companies
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
Japanese telecom giant will pay $525 million for Virtela enterprise communications and $350 million for an 80% stake in RagingWire data centers.
Twitter Two-Factor Lockout: One User's Horror Story
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Is the security payoff from using Twitter's two-factor authentication system worth the risk of losing account access?
Lawmakers Try To Sharpen FDA Focus On Healthcare Apps
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Congress attempts to clarify which health software should be regulated like a medical device with the Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act.
Bromium, 'Microvisor' Champion, Raises $40 Million More
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
Bromium's third round of financing brings total to $75.7 million as company positions itself for rapid growth.
Google's Mystery Project Won't Float
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
A San Francisco regulator casts doubt on the viability of a waterborne Google store.
Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
After an FBI security rule prevented the LAPD from using Google Apps, the city was forced to backpedal from its move to the cloud. Now Los Angeles is trying again.
Datalink Lets Feds Test Drive Cloud
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
New service offers federal agencies a way to evaluate different cloud systems that align with their own configurations before they commit to a provider.
Why Do Big IT Projects Fail So Often?
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Obamacare's website problems can teach us a lot about large-scale project management and execution.
LG's Curved Smartphone 'Heals' Itself
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
LG's curved G Flex smartphone resembles a G2 that was put through a wringer.
Nexus 5 Release Date? Only Google Knows
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 leaks continue unabated, but specs and release dates are anything but certain.
DevOps And The Perpetual Motion Machine
Commentary  |  10/25/2013  | 
New data shows cooperation between developers and operations pays off for companies moving at the speed of today's business. Oh, and practice does makes perfect.
Microsoft Surface Pro Docking Station Arrives Early
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
With Microsoft's docking station -- which hadn't been expected until 2014 -- the Surface Pro can be a three-in-one device: tablet, laptop, desktop.
How Google Flu Trends Blew It
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Last year, Google Flu Trends made a mountain out of a molehill by overestimating the incidence of influenza. Blame the media.
Private Sector Rides To Rescue Of HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Handful of Web insurance brokers will start enrolling people in HealthCare.gov plans within a month, but backend coding problems could continue to delay completion of policy purchases.
When Smartphones Do Dumb Things
Commentary  |  10/25/2013  | 
Mobile health apps are slowly revolutionizing patient care, but occasionally the revolution takes a left turn into lunacy and feeds a hypochondriac's worst fears.
Microsoft's Earnings: 6 Takeaways
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Shareholders have questioned Microsoft's strategy. Will this week's strong earnings report persuade skeptics that the company is on the right track?
HealthCare.Gov Woes: Lack Of Testing
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Tech contractors are confident they can fix the problems over time, but pass the buck to CMS.
Apple Vs. Microsoft: Tablet Empire Strikes Back
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Following iPad and Surface tablet launches, Apple and Microsoft trade new barbs in quest for tablet supremacy.
Suspicious BBM For Android Reviews Cloud Launch
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
BBM for Android received a large number of positive reviews that contained the exact same text, but BlackBerry denies any involvement.
Native App Vs. Mobile Web: Not A Simple Choice
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
Unless your app truly is a special snowflake, think long and hard about adding it to the pile -- lest it get buried.
Jive Customers Say Yes To Cloud
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Jive customers like Nuance Communications have gone from traditional to cloud hosting, while Thomson Reuters plans to switch over its 60,000 employee social portal in 2014.
Apple OS X Mavericks Sees Fast Adoption
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Apple declares end to expensive operating system upgrades; OS X users appear to appreciate the free software.
Why HealthCare.gov Failed
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Experts say a lack of consumer-centric development and user testing led to the disastrous rollout of the government's Obamacare portal.
Microsoft Surface Pro Vs. Competitors
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Microsoft quietly slashed another $100 off the price of the original Surface Pro. Here's how it stacks up to the competition.
Tech Contractors Reject Blame For HealthCare.gov Mess
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Contractors point fingers at each other and the government as they attempt to shift responsibility for healthcare website problems.
City Websites: What's Good, What's Not
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
A great city website enhances its brand. Here are some examples of great city portals.
Portfolio Management Tools: Lessons From King County, Washington
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
County IT portfolio manager shares what his team learned when they moved from spreadsheets to a real management tool.
Verizon Unveils Remote Patient Monitoring Platform
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Verizon's Converged Health Management wirelessly transmits data from patients' health monitoring devices to doctors using a HIPAA-secure cloud.
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