Smartphones Alter Unified Communications Equation
Earlier this week, I wrote about a Siemens study that identified the top 6 communications pain points for SMBs. Today, I heard from a UC expert who offered some interesting insight into the topic -- especially on the impact of smartphones on unified commications.
A Cloud User Switches Clouds
Less than two weeks after platform-as-a-service vendor Coghead disclosed that it's going out of business, competitor Caspio has migrated one of Coghead's abandoned customers to its platform.
Google News Gets Text Ads
It's a significant turning point for Google News, which has been ad-free since its beta launch in April 2002.
Salesforce CEO Benioff Claims Huge Wins Over Oracle
UPDATE: Bob Evans has just posted a new column about Salesforce and Benioff's challenges and opportunities in squaring off against Oracle, Microsoft and SAP.
Two months after Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told financial analysts his company was whipping Salesforce in head-to-head competition for cloud deals, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff hit back this week by releasing a list of customers h
Nortel To Cut 3,200 Jobs
As part of its massive reorganization, the telecom equipment supplier will cut about 10% of its workforce and eliminate bonuses.
Should Microsoft Build Its Own Phone?
Steve Ballmer recently said that Microsoft is not interested in building and selling its own phone. This was the same speech where he announced Windows Mobile 7 would be out in 2010. Instead, Microsoft would focus on the operating system and working with manufacturers to get products built. Should Microsoft be so rigid in this stance?
FCC Approves CDMA Version Of BlackBerry Pearl Flip
If you're a Verizon Wireless or Sprint customer and have longed for the chance to get your hands on the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, there's some good news. The FCC has recently given the green light to a CDMA variant of the Pearl Flip.
IT Search Engine Adds Netflow
Startup Paglo, which offers SaaS-based IT management based on search, now collects Netflow data to help customers monitor bandwidth usage by users, applications and protocols.
Users Want One Phone For Personal And Business
Now that cell phones have morphed into mini-computing devices, people are putting a lot more in them than just a few cell phone numbers. Now they have hundreds if not thousands of contacts, all of our appointments, tasks, a sizable chunk of our music library, pictures and maybe even a few DVDs that have been ripped to watch during a flight. Trying to keep a personal and work phone up to date with critical information has just about become impossible, leaving many to just go for a single device f
Gmail Failure Breeds Status Dashboard
The software provides data on the status of Google Apps applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Microsoft Sues TomTom; Orange Alert For Linux Backers
Microsoft has filed suit against a software maker whose GPS navigation system uses Linux. Microsoft claims TomTom infringes eight of its patents. Linux backers are keeping a wary eye on the case, but so far consider this to be a dispute over GPS mapping software.
Google Shortchanges Android Developers
Developers who paid $400 for the fully unlocked Android Dev 1 are being prevented from buying and downloading premium applications from the Android Market.
Yahoo CEO Bartz Shakes Up Management
While Yahoo's CFO and mobile czar pack their bags, the executive's first blog indicates a new focus on improving relations with customers and advertisers.
Opera Brings Gears Support To Mobile Browser
Google Gears is a great tool to have if you need to access certain Google or other Web services and there's no Internet connection available. Opera has extended the ability to use Gears to its Opera Mobile 9.5 browser, bringing new potential to the offline powers of mobile phones.
Nokia Looking To Make Laptops
The world's largest cell phone maker is actively looking at the market because the mobile phone and PC experiences are rapidly converging.
PCI Compliance Questions? You're Hardly Alone.
The more companies breached, the likelier we are to hear more clamor for for tighter, stricter, tougher compliance standards for companies handling customer credit card information. But some feel it will take a lot more breaches before standards get a lot tighter.
Business Owners' Optimism Starts To Inch Upward
Knowing exactly when the low point (or high point) of any fluctuation occurs is almost impossible without some distance from the events. According to a new survey, the low point of optimism for small business owners may have been last October.