News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Business posted in January 2011
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Oracle Unveils 5TB Tape Drive
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
The StorageTek T10000C is built for the SL8500 Modular Library System, which can be expanded to 1 exabyte of storage for archiving and backup.
Global CIO: HP Calls Out Apple In CEO's Quest To Be Coolest Of All
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
New CEO Leo Apotheker finally talks about HP's future but says nothing about the enterprise. Instead, he says HP will out-cool Apple. Word up.
Samsung Backtracks On Tablet Sales, iPad Loses Share
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
When pressed for answers, a Samsung executive admitted that the number of consumers who've actually purchased the Galaxy Tab is "quite small."
Intel Discloses Flaw In Sandy Bridge Chipset
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Fixing the 6 Series chipset design error will cause a $300 million revenue drop in the first quarter, said the company.
IBM Tapped For NYC Data-Center Consolidation
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Big Blue will build a cloud computing infrastructure to merge IT operations for 14 New York City agencies.
Android Steals Top Smartphone Spot From Symbian
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Nokia was ousted from atop the smartphone platform leader board after a nearly ten-year stay as Android led sales in fourth quarter of 2010, according to Canalys data.
Mobile Devices To Surpass PCs In 2011
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
It was inevitable that this time would come. Mobile phones have long since surpassed PC purchases but 2011 will be the first year that internet connected devices, not merely dumb phones, will surpass sales of full sized computers.
Global CIO: The Software Revolution: Can SAP Light The Fuse?
Commentary  |  1/30/2011  | 
Three emerging technologies have sparked a new generation of incredibly fast enterprise apps with huge disruptive potential—and SAP plans to lead this revolution.
The Environment Starts With You
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Misuse of computers can hurt the most important part of your personal environment: your body.
CodeWeavers Unmasks Windows Impersonator For Mac, Linux
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
CrossOver software lets users run apps on PCs "without paying a dime to Microsoft," said the firm.
Samsung Sells 2 Million Tablets
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Samsung says sales of its Galaxy Tab Android tablet have surpassed the two million mark after three months. Can it maintain that pace?
Top 5 Handset Makers Of 2010 Ranked
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Nokia, Samsung, and LG remain firmly entrenched atop the market share rankings, but innovation and the crucial smartphone segment will determine the rest of the pecking order in 2011, according to IDC.
Microsoft Embraces Jailbreakers
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Microsoft's history has involved a bit of heavy-handedness against those that have tried to hack or jailbreak their systems. That seems to be changing with Windows Phone 7 and the Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360.
Lenovo, NEC Announce PC Joint Venture
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Boosting share in the Japanese computer market is the goal of the alliance, which was announced the same day NEC reported a threefold increase net losses.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Will Need A Time Machine To Catch Us, Says IBM
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Ellison's vowed to remake Oracle in the fashion of circa-1960 IBM: a true systems company. But IBM says it's impossible for Ellison to overcome that 50-year head start.
Verizon Bundles Google Apps For SMBs
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Deal continues trend of partnering with high-profile software companies to package business applications around its core voice and broadband products.
iPad Fuels 241% Growth In Apple's Market Share
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Analyst firm says Steve Jobs' company is now tied with Dell as the third largest PC maker—if the iPad is included.
The Dark Side Of Remote Printing?
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Having a printer that can reach out to the Web means having a printer that a hacker can reach out to. Should SMBs lose sleep over this?
Motorola, Nokia Q4 Results Underscore Need For Innovation
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Apple's iPhone has snagged market share from both handset makers, a movement that Verizon's addition of the smartphone is likely to exacerbate.
Windows Phone 7's Big Update Not For January
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
A lot of sites, this one included, have been reporting since November that Microsoft was planning to release a big update for its new platform, including the much anticipated copy and paste feature. It is pretty obvious as this point that January will come and go with nary an update in sight.
Codec Wars: What About Mobile Devices And Content Sites
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Last week I commented about Google's decision to eliminate support for the H.264 video codec standard from Chrome and while I initially focused on the implications for PC users, given the growing use of mobile browsers, I wondered if the ramifications could be even more significant for them. Well, on further reflection, I'm not too worried, at least yet.
Mobile App Revenue To Top $15B This Year
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Worldwide revenue from mobile applications downloaded from online stores will reach $58 billion in three years, Gartner says.
Plantronics Unwraps New UC Products
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Famed Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin highlights company's 50 year anniversary with new UC-ready handset, speakerphone and UC toolkit.
DARPA Eyes Thermal Sensors For Cell Phones
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The military research agency is soliciting bids to develop small, high-performance infrared cameras for personal handheld devices every soldier can use.
Mac Office 2011 Available For Free Trial
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Apple users can kick the tires for 30 days on new features like Outlook for Mac and Excel Sparklines before they decide to buy.
IBM To Build Massive China Cloud Data Centers
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The 6.2-million-square-foot campus near Beijing will include offices, call centers, restaurants, and living spaces, as well as at least seven enormous data centers.
Microsoft Ships 2M Windows Phone 7 Handsets
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Microsoft claims handset manufacturer partners shipped two million Windows Phone 7 devices by the end of 2010, but it's unclear how many have been sold to end-users.
Intel Commits $100 Million To University Research
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The first of six university-based R&D centers, led by Stanford, will focus on visual computing in tablets, smartphones, and other consumer tech.
Do You Really Need A Server?
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
A lot of SMBs are apparently deciding that they don't, and firms like Cbeyond are banking on that.
HTC's Tablet Entry Won't Run Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Specifications for HTC's unannounced Android tablet have hit the web, and all indicators point to a mid-range device rather than a high-end iPad competitor.
Microsoft Earnings Preview: Kinect Up, Windows Down
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Windows OS license sales may be off as much as 25%, but solid growth is seen other key parts of Redmond's operations.
FCC Standardizes On LTE For Public Safety Network
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The typically platform-neutral agency has chosen the 4G wireless standard for an interoperable first-responder network, in the works since 9/11.
Disney Interactive Restructures, Lays Off 200
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The company has tapped Electronic Arts executive Adam Sussman to lead the operation, which will refocus on social media and mobile games.
Android Gaining On iOS Among App Developers
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Tablets are driving rising interest in Google's mobile platform, which is now within 5 points of matching Apple's ranking.
Steve Jobs Should Take A Cue From AIG's Cancer-Stricken CEO
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Robert Benmosche's forthrightness about his illness is in stark contrast to the Apple chief’s secrecy.
Verizon Going For The iPhone Market Hard
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Not since Moses famously said "Let my people go" has there been such pent up demand of users wanting to give up their cellular overlords as there is today. Verizon is doing everything it can to make it as easy as possible for AT&T iPhone users to switch to the big red Z.
Hitachi Unveils 3TB Enterprise Hard Drive
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
The 7,200 RPM Ultrastar 7K3000 has a claimed enterprise-class mean time between failure of 2 million hours.
Verizon Prepping For iPhone Debut
Commentary  |  1/25/2011  | 
Verizon Wireless says its network -- and its piggy bank -- will be ready for the Apple iPhone 4 launch on February 3.
Apple Taps NSA Alumnus As Global Security Chief
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Geekonomics author David Rice is the latest in a string of high-profile security hires for the company.
Microsoft Asks Court To Ban Tivo DVRs
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
The software maker claims the underlying software in Tivo set-top boxes violates its patents and is looking to block sales of the devices in the U.S.
Will Apple, Google Lead Mobile Payment Revolution?
Commentary  |  1/25/2011  | 
By adding near-field communications to the iPhone and iPad, Apple -- along with Google -- may provide the spark needed to ignite mainstream use of mobile payments.
First WebOS Tablet Revealed
Commentary  |  1/25/2011  | 
The fruits of HP's acquisition of Palm are starting to show up. The HP Topaz tablet has been spotted and not surprisingly, the name "Palm" is nowhere to be seen.
Microsoft's CES Misdirection Depends On Developers To Succeed
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
The version of Windows running on the ARM platform that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed at Consumer Electronics Show, only hinted at Redmond's four-point plan for the future of its flagship operating system.
Electronics Contract Manufacturing Growth To Slow
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
After growing more than 30% last year, electronics manufacturing services and original design manufacturing are projected to slump into single digits this year, according to iSuppli.
AMD Updates Driver Support For OpenGL 4.1
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Radeon, ATI FirePro, and ATI FireGL graphics card drivers for Windows and Linux support the latest OpenGL spec.
Inside Watson, IBM's Jeopardy Computer
Slideshows  |  1/24/2011  | 
IBM has spent four years and untold hundreds of millions of dollars developing Watson, a computer that can play Jeopardy. In fact, Watson answers questions so quickly and accurately that IBM challenged Jeopardy and two of the show's all-time champions to a match. Jeopardy's producers and the human contestants agreed. Taping took place January 14, and the three computer-vs.-human episodes will air February 14-16. Cynics may call it a publicity stunt, but the project has brought real advances in c
Motorola Xoom To Cost $700. Or $800
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
Conflicting reports put the price tag of Motorola's unreleased Android 3.0 tablet at either $700 or $800, with a launch of February 17.
Ubuntu Ditches OpenOffice For LibreOffice
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
The April Linux release will include the Document Foundation's productivity suite instead of Oracle's software.
NASA Spins Android App
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Spinoff, the space agency's first software for Google's mobile platform, highlights NASA innovations used in people's daily lives.
Foursquare Value Checks In At $250 Million
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Social media location site is developing tools to help local businesses connect with customers and expects to hit 10 million users by June, said site co-founder.
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