The End Of Encarta
This week, Microsoft announced the end of Encarta, its multimedia encyclopedia that started life as a CD-ROM-only product offering way back in 1993. Back then, even a CD-ROM drive was a novelty. A lot has changed in the intervening years, including Internet resources like Wikipedia that tap into the collective knowledge of the world.
HP Eyeing Google's Android
The computer maker reportedly may be considering swapping out Microsoft Windows for the Android operating system in some PCs.
Sony Dropping PS2 Price To $100
While video-game consoles typically have a lifespan of five years, Sony said it believes it can extend the life of its consoles to 10 years.
CTIA: Shock Jock Stern To Talk Up The Palm Pre
Looks like Palm wants to get the word about its forthcoming smartphone, the Pre, to as many people as possible. As such, it has tapped famed radio disc jockey -- and noted Treo addict -- Howard Stern to give its device an on-air interview.
EBay Opening App Store In Summer
Similar to Apple's App Store, eBay hopes to entice third-party developers with a slice of the revenue from its Selling Manager Application.
Detroit Free Press And E-Reader Startup Announce Partnership
The Detroit Free Press, which "delivered" its first online-only newspaper yesterday, has announced a partnership with a Silicon Valley startup, called Plastic Logic, that's developing an e-reader. Is this the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between newspapers and e-reader companies?
Microsoft Gives Details For Its App Store
The software maker will let users pay for mobile apps with credit cards or bill their carriers, and developers will be able to offer free upgrades for their products.
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday March 31, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Internet ad sales, Ballmer feted, Google launches VC, small business job loss, Intel's Nehalem, Nehalem virtualization, wireless carriers standardize, AdMob mobile ad platform, ADTRAN IP communications, UC paging for SMBs, D-Link lifetime warranty, AccelOps all-in-one management, Hostway Exchange platform, Azaleos Exchange patent, Spam increasing, Conficker, MySpace Local, YouTube premium content, Web presence packages for SMBs, bye bye Enc
Facebook Quick Tip: Managing The Redesign
Facebook's redesign puts more information in your News Feed -- sometimes too much. Here's how to block updates from the noisiest pals in your social network, without un-friending them entirely.
Microsoft CTIA Announcements
Microsoft is at CTIA this week and they will be making a few announcements today - nothing Earth shattering as Windows Mobile 6.5 has already been announced and Windows Mobile 7 is the worst kept secret out there right now, but there are a few interesting items for mobile device users.
What Intel's Nehalem Servers Mean To SMBs
It might seem easy to dismiss Intel's new Xeon 5500 Series processors (code-named Nahelem) as expensive toys for high-performance computing and large enterprises. But despite the launch's concentration on big companies, the new chips also promise to deliver faster, more energy-efficient options at small-business-friendly prices.
Cisco Opens Up Unified Communications And Telepresence To Multivendor Solutions
Lack of interopability between vendors' systems has long been a thorn in the side of both Unified Communications and Telepresence. At VoiceCon this week, though, Cisco is moving to let its products work better with vendors -- and that could help spur interest in both technologies, especially among smaller companies.
BlackBerry Storm .113 Firmware Said To Be The Next Official Update
As seems to be the norm, the BlackBerry Storm got off to a shaky start when it went on sale back in November. It was a bit buggy, and users experienced no small number of issues. Verizon offered a firmware update in early December that fixed many of the major issues. Now, a new update is on the way. Ready for nearly every bug to be fixed?
AT&T Nabs Nokia E71x Smartphone
The Symbian-powered smartphone will be aggressively priced at $99, a sign that Nokia is aiming to have a stronger presence in the U.S. market.
Will Microsoft's Mobile Strategy Pay Off?
I ran across an interesting post at Seeking Alpha that outlines why Microsoft's attempts to make significant headway in the mobile market haven't yielded much fruit and that they've slid back in the past few years. It also argues that the road ahead is going to be tough for MS. Can Microsoft remain a key player in the mobile market?
Cisco Blade Will Be Built For Hosting Virtual Machines
What was interesting about Cisco's entry into blade servers Mar. 16 was the key role that it expects virtualization to play. It trumpeted its convergence of storage and networking data on the blade. But what about its assumption that the blade will be virtualized?
Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic Receives Major Firmware Upgrade
Remember the 5800 XpressMusic? It's the first touch phone from Nokia, and saw a bumpy start here in the U.S., with units pulled from the shelves because of nonworking 3G connections. It later returned, and now gets a major upgrade in key areas such as responsiveness, data speeds, and camera features.
Motorola Dishes Out The QA4 Evoke Touch Phone
Today Motorola announced a new handset, and a decent-looking one at that. The QA4 Evoke is a slider that has a full touch screen and brand-new widget-powered user interface. It apes the iPhone and the palm Pre, and is (oddly) bound for the Cricket pre-paid network.
Panorama Unveils RC1 Of NovaView 6
The preview of the latest version of NovaView incorporates Google Apps to enable customers to use the online office productivity suite to share and collaborate on reports.
Private-Cloud Azure? How About Shipping Azure?
Microsoft is hard at work trying to finish its Azure cloud operating system and eventually make the Azure world safe for customer data. With that in mind, it seems a bit premature to worry about whether users can create their own private Azure environments. Microsoft is right to tamp down speculation that Azure will move from service to product any time soon, because it is too soon.