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posted in March 2013
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iPad nano Fills Micro-Tablet Niche For Apple
News  |  3/31/2013  | 
Formerly known as the "iPod Touch" Apple is recasting this product as an affordable, easy-to-handle micro tablet. "It's the best 4-inch iPad we've ever made!" says Apple's Phil Schiller.
Windows Blue: What We Know
News  |  3/30/2013  | 
Will Windows Blue, Windows 8's successor, be a nail in the coffin of traditional PCs? Here are 5 key facts that have emerged.
Nebula One Debuts: OpenStack As Hardware
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Until now, OpenStack has appeared in the marketplace as a set of components in major Linux distributions. The Nebula One hardware appliance aims to simplify private cloud.
Dell Latitude 10-ST2 Windows 8 Pro Tablet: the Good and the Bad
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
The Dell Latitude 10-ST2 is billed as a full Windows 8 Pro tablet and Microsoft Surface Pro competitor. Like Windows 8 itself, the product isn't completely baked yet.
Gmail's New Compose: 5 Pros and Cons
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Introduced as an option, Gmail's new compose will become the default over the next few days. Here's what I like and dislike.
Veterans Affairs BYOD Plans On Hold
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs will delay bring-your-own-device until it solves legal questions involving privacy with personal mobile devices used for work.
Windows Blue Rumors: RT's Demise, 'Risky Apps'
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Microsoft Windows Blue rumor mill refuses to die down. New developments include a secret Redmond app development team and the alleged retirement of Windows RT.
5 Social Strategies For Job Hunters
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
If you are looking for your next job opportunity, you can't ignore social.
National Patient ID System: Debate Stoked
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Hoping to spark a national conversation on information exchange, a prominent health IT advocate has started a WhiteHouse.gov petition to have Congress lift ban on HHS national patient identification system.
Smartphone Battery Life: Back To The Future
Commentary  |  3/29/2013  | 
Three innovations could help you squeeze a full day's work out of your smartphone battery. Many of us haven't seen that since 2007.
HTC One 'Impossible To Repair' Says iFixit
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
HTC did such an incredible job piecing the One smartphone together that it is practically unrepairable, teardown outfit concludes.
Facebook Phone? Android Event Teased
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Facebook has something significant to say about Android. Will the company finally introduce the long-rumored Facebook Phone?
How To Make A MOOC, MIT Style
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
Here's how MIT professor Eric Lander's introduction to biology course is being turned into a massive open online course for remote students.
UCSF Heart Disease Study To Use Mobile Apps
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
Big data trial will follow up to 1 million patients, who will use smartphones to transmit blood pressure and other data several times a day.
Health IT Priorities Put Regulations Before Innovation
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
Implementing electronic records and meeting Meaningful Use rules are top of the list in our Health IT Priorities survey. Is there room for breakthrough technology?
Gmail Users Cut Off in Windows 8
Commentary  |  3/28/2013  | 
The new Calendar and Contacts apps in Windows 8 will not synchronize with Google at all, and Google email is limited to IMAP from now on. Google users will probably have to use the browser versions because Google has no plans to write Windows 8 apps.
Cancer Researchers Mine Big Data To Individualize Treatment
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
CancerLinQ prototype from American Society of Clinical Oncology aggregates data from disparate EHRs to find the most effective therapy for a specific patient.
Federal CIO Announces PortfolioStat 2.0
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
PortfolioStat program outlines best practices for agencies to reduce IT spending.
Office 365 Gets Thumbs Up In Kansas City
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
Microsoft is talking up new fans in local government, such as Kansas City, Mo., which expects to save $600,000 annually with Office 365 suite.
Windows Blue's Got Me Down
Commentary  |  3/28/2013  | 
Microsoft has allowed that something called "Windows Blue" exists. Too bad the company seems hell-bent on taking Windows in the wrong direction.
Digital Government May Exclude 4 Million U.K. Citizens
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
National Audit Office study finds 17% of citizens don't use the Internet and may be unable to access services under "Digital by Default" plan.
Google Nexus 7, Take Two: What To Expect
Slideshows  |  3/28/2013  | 
Google watchers expect a new version of the 7-inch Nexus tablet to debut soon. Here's what it might look like.
British Video Game Sector Reboots
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
After four years of low scores, the games creation business is regaining strength thanks in part to lure of possible tax relief.
Texting While Driving: Teens Not Top Offenders
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
49% of commuters send text messages or emails when behind the wheel, compared to 43% of teenagers, says new report from AT&T.
City IT Can Sidestep Colocation Danger
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
Colocation services, like cloud services, offer big benefits for cities, as long as performance levels and security are nailed in place.
Cloud-Based LMS Wins Over Abilene Christian University
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
Pearson's cloud-based OpenClass learning management system impressed Abilene Christian University as social, modern, flexible -- and free.
BlackBerry Ships 1M Z10s
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
BlackBerry's Q4 earnings show the company eked out a slim profit as it shipped one million Z10 smartphones.
Compare Cloud Service Prices With New Tool
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
Cloud service prices change frequently. PlanForCloud, a free online tool, tracks those changes and calculates your potential deployment costs with six different providers.
5 Underrated Healthcare Trends From A Top CIO
Commentary  |  3/27/2013  | 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CIO Dan Drawbaugh shares his thoughts about what the next health IT opportunities will be.
Topol Gives Colbert a Dose of 'Destruction'
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Scripps cardiologist and noted proponent of wireless health technologies Eric Topol shows off gadgets to comedian's audience.
MS Touts Education Wins For Windows 8, Office 365
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Microsoft brags about 10 school and university adopting Windows 8, plus three new university customers for Office 365 Education.
U.S. Agencies Told To Share Financial Systems
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Obama administration hopes to save money and development time by pushing agencies toward shared services for all future financial systems.
Flipboard Update Lets You Create Magazine
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
You too could become famous (or infamous) for publishing content created by other people.
Orion, Caradigm Team To Offer Accountable Care Product
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Mashup of Orion's HIE product with Caradigm's Intelligence Platform will feature health information exchange plus data aggregation, analytics and care management.
Tell Me Again: Why Rush Into Windows 8?
Commentary  |  3/27/2013  | 
Windows Blue might signal a bold new future for touch computing, but it doesn't exactly inspire a quick upgrade to Windows 8 for traditional users like me.
Windows Blue Confirmed But Microsoft Mum On Details
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Microsoft finally acknowledges Windows Blue, the rumored update to Windows 8, is on the way.
BMW Brings iPhone Apps To Dashboards
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Drivers of newer BMW and Mini Cooper cars will be able to access their iPhone's music apps from the dashboard.
BlackBerry Balance - The Real Reason To Buy It
Slideshows  |  3/27/2013  | 
The BlackBerry Z10 is a good phone, but it doesn't get really cool until you use it as both your work and personal phone. BlackBerry 10 has a series of features the company calls "BlackBerry Balance," to make both roles work well and to protect each from the other.
BlackBerry Says 80% Of BB10 Apps Are Native
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
BlackBerry says BB10 platform is gaining traction with developers and now has 100,000 apps, with only 1 in 5 an Android port.
Amazon CloudHSM Aims To Ease Security Worries
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Amazon Web Services adds security appliance to keep encryption keys out of common infrastructure, help public cloud users comply with strict compliance regulations.
Oracle Sparc T5 Can't Make Sun Rise
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
Oracle says new Sparc servers beat IBM's Power line, but gains in a shrinking market aren't likely to stanch hardware losses.
EMC, VMware Prep Big Data Analytics Spinoff
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Pivotal unit, set to launch April 1, will integrate an unusual and powerful set of software components into a single big data platform.
MobilEcho Secures Corporate Docs For iOS Users
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Acronis file management tool now works with MobileIron AppConnect to lock down and improve access to corporate files for remote workers.
GDC: Facebook Insists Gaming Is Growing
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Facebook's gaming revenue may have disappointed in recent quarters, but the company says more people are playing and paying than ever before.
Is There A Viz Wall In Your Future?
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Some companies are installing visualization walls -- big banks of high-definition screens -- to see the big picture on their big data.
Netflix's Cloud Contest: More Companies Should Follow Suit
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
The economics of open innovation are too compelling to ignore.
HHS Seeds Employee-Driven Pilot Projects
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Department of Health and Human Services staff can get up to $10,000 to implement innovations that will improve agency operations.
T-Mobile's iPhone 5 By The Numbers
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
T-Mobile will at long last offer the Apple iPhone, but does the carrier's new math add up?
Google Objects To 'Ungoogleable'
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Swedish Language Council removes word coined to describe a term that search engines can't find -- "ogooglebar" in Swedish -- after Google complains.
Hope Battles Fear Over Student Data Integration
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
Education data might accomplish more to improve learning if we can overcome concerns about its potential misuse.
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