CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
Skype Pegs Outage On Buggy Windows App
About 40% of the computers in the peer-to-peer VoIP network went offline in the day-long service disruption due to a flaw in an older version of Skype's software.
2011 Looks Bright For Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7 didn't get off to a blazing start, at least by modern smartphone standards. Our basis for comparison is the iPhone, the device that redefined what a smartphone was. That sells millions within days of each new iteration and there are over 300,000 books and apps in the App Store. That doesn't mean though that Windows Phone is off to a bad start.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
The Wi-Fi Tech Conference Challenge
For those of us who see wireless LANs rapidly displacing wired Ethernet as the client access protocol of choice, there was a rather disturbing article in the NYT highlighting the high-profile Wi-Fi meltdowns at various tech conferences over the past year. Most of us are familiar with some of those embarrassing moments, such as the one depicted in the article of a frustrated
Tips For Tapping The Cloud
It's no secret that more and more businesses are flying high these days. That is, they're computing in the cloud to save money and resources. But did you know that SMBs are one of the largest consumers of the cloud? And that, according to IDC, the SMB cloud market is expected to grow more than threefold in the next three years, from $16.5 billion to more than $55.5 billion by 2014?
iPad's Competition Is Junk
The iPad wasn't the first tablet available, but it has far and away been the most commercially successful model. This has prompted others to get tablets out the door as soon as possible hoping to ride the coattails of the iPad to riches.
Verizon To Preview Android Devices, Not iPhone
At CES next week, the carrier has scheduled a news conference to provide "sneak peek" of Android-based 4G LTE consumer devices, rather than the rumored announcement it will launch a version of the Apple iPhone.
Sears Debuts Online Video Service
Alphaline Entertainment aims to stake a claim against Netflix, Amazon, Google, and Apple by offering movie downloads the same they they're released on DVD.
Top 10 Government IT Predictions For 2011
Federal agencies will deliver on current IT projects, like cloud computing and data center consolidation, while tackling open government, cybersecurity defense, and privacy in the post-WikiLeaks era.
Worthy New Year's Resolution - Don't Text And Drive
The New Year is just days away and people will be making all sorts of resolutions. Many won't make it a full month or even a full week before falling back to their old ways. One resolution that is worth making a serious effort to keep though is no texting while driving.
Skype To Unveil iPhone Video Chat At CES
A Verizon iPhone may have been accidentally confirmed in a FAQ about a FaceTime competitor posted on -- and quickly removed from -- the VoIP provider's site Friday.
Top 11 Mobile Predictions For 2011
The meteoric rise of wireless will further accelerate in the new year, with expanded adoption of 4G, tablets, smartphones, and other technology in the consumer and enterprise markets.
HTC Wants To Tweak Windows Phone 7 Interface
Microsoft is trying to keep tighter control over what phone makers can do to the user interface of Windows Phone 7, but HTC wants to add its Sense special sauce to differentiate its phones from the competition. Will that be good for users?
Phony Phone Numbers
How many Window Phone 7 units has Microsoft sold? For whatever reason, it's difficult for Microsoft to give a straight answer. That, of course, leads to industry speculation that things aren't going so well for Microsoft's new mobile platform.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
Lesser known manufacturers, including ECS, MSI, Indamixx, and Asus, offer sneak peeks at the products they'll put up against HP, Motorola, and other well-known brands in January.
Give Social Media 'Plate-Spinning' A Rest
Hey, small-business owners: Have you ever considered being a plate-spinner in the circus? You know the people I'm talking about, right? They'll dazzle you with deftness, slay you with their sleight of hand. How do they do it? How do they keep so many balls…uh, I mean plates…in the air without having them smash to the ground?
Will Malware Hit Smartphones In 2011?
Malware, viruses and the like have been a routine part of life for PC owners for years, at least if you are running Windows. Smartphone users have been largely ignored by the malware community, but that will inevitably change. Will it be sooner rather than later?
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2010
Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
Got The Gadget; Lost The Manual
Many techies and their families will have one or more gadgets under the tree this weekend, yet despite Steve Jobs' best intentions, many of them still need a manual, particularly to unlock those obscure but innovative features that just aren't obvious on the surface. Yet with today's globalized, cost-conscious supply chain, many (most?) products don't include a printed manual. Those that do include some paper often just have a cursory 'quick install' sheet filled with hieroglyphic-like icons and