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posted in April 2011
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Intel Develops 50 Gbps Transfer Technology
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Silicon Photonics Link technology is expected to provide higher speeds than DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and USB 3.0.
Can Consumer Tech And Security Co-Exist?
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
It's an incredibly exciting time to be in IT. And that's part of the problem.
Nvidia Adapts SLI Technology For AMD Chips
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Computer motherboard makers can use Nvidia's SLI technology to boost graphics processing on systems that use AMD's upcoming FX-series processors.
12 Hot Mobile Medical Apps
Slideshows  |  4/29/2011  | 
Mobile medicine is everywhere. There's the iPhone app that lets you cut away images of muscle layers to see what lies beneath, an e-health record system for the iPad, and a smartphone-based blood pressure monitor. Here are a dozen innovative ones.
Post Mortem: When Amazon's Cloud Turned On Itself
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
For the cloud to be a permanent platform for enterprise computing, it can't be an environment where both computing and errors just occur on a larger scale.
ACO Rules Limit Patient Telehealth Options
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
American Telemedicine Association wants HHS to waive five Medicare restrictions on telehealth payments.
Guerra on Healthcare: MU Debate On Lab Reporting
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Some members of the Meaningful Use Workgroup question the need for office labs to keep public health agencies in the loop on diseases and lab data.
SAS Institute Creates Internal Facebook With Socialcast
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Socialcast offers support for internal company activity streams that mimic the news feed on a Facebook page and is available as a service or as a software appliance.
Microsoft Sees Business PC Sales Up 9%
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
The need to replace aging machines and upgrade to Windows 7 drives uptick in corporate market.
Program Links Hospital Labs To Public Health Agencies
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
The Lab Interoperability Cooperative program is designed to help public health officials act more rapidly and efficiently to control disease.
Amazon Web Services Apologizes, Explains Outage
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
The company said it will provide 10 days of service credit for customers using AWS resources in the affected region because of the multi-day outage.
Congress To Question White House On Digital Communications
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
A House committee will consider whether social-networking communications of White House staffers should be preserved according to the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
Motorola Ships 250,000 Xooms, Delays LTE Products
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Motorola Mobility reported a first quarter loss of $81 million on revenue of $3.0 billion, an improvement from a year ago when it lost $212 million.
Feds Aim To Improve IT Management Skills
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Officials have established a CIO best practices forum and program governance boards to comply with a 25-point IT reform plan.
Feds Seek IT Ideas From Private Sector
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has called a meeting with business CIOs to identify emerging tech trends, with a goal of helping federal agencies begin planning now for what comes next.
RIM's Reduced Forecast Darkens Outlook
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Research In Motion predicted it will sell fewer devices than previously thought because it has failed to update its aging line of high-end BlackBerry smartphones.
M/A-COM Acquires Optomai To Boost Fiber Optic Business
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Fabless semiconductor company Optomai targets the high-speed optical market to resolve power consumption, cost, and size issues faced by 40-Gbps and 100-Gbps systems.
Phones Are Getting Thinner, Heavier, Larger
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
For a while, it seemed cellphone makers' goal was to build the smallest usable device, but smartphones with touchscreens have reversed that trend--though thin is still in.
Wildfire Helps SMBs With Social Media Marketing
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Here's a Web app that you don't need a lot of money or technical know-how to use.
Filemaker Eyes Mobile SMBs With Go Updates
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
iPhone and iPad versions of the popular desktop database software target users frustrated by a lack of mature business apps and those lacking development resources to build applications themselves.
VMware, Why Are You Buying SlideRocket?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Acquiring the presentation software company and pushing into end-user apps seems strange, but the virtualization firm's new VP of apps insists it's core to what they do.
IBM Tutors Yale Students On Social Media Analytics
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Cognos Consumer Insight business intelligence and analytic tools used by Yale MBA candidates to seek insight and identify evolving topics.
PepsiCo Debuts Social Vending Machine
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
The beverage giant sees a new way to connect with customers.
Filemaker Go 1.2 Expands iOS Feature Set
Slideshows  |  4/28/2011  | 
The latest version of Filemaker Go--the database software provider's iOS-based mobile application for business users--adds charts and graphs, digital signature capture, enhanced PDF tools, and wireless printing while allowing users to develop custom applications for the iPhone or iPad without heavy-duty development work.
Google Gmail Gets Shared Inboxes
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Cloud workflow specialist RunMyProcess adds key collaboration feature to help businesses jump from Microsoft Exchange to Google Gmail.
Microsoft Posts Strong Gains in Q3 Sales, Profits
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Revenue from Office and server products up sharply, but Windows takes hit from tablets.
Mobile Security, The Way Forward
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Our newest Tech Center is your one-stop shop for news, analysis, and commentary on the nexus of mobile computing and cyber threats.
GSA Prepares $2.5 Billion Cloud Procurement
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra said federal agencies will use the cloud to consolidate 950,000 email boxes now sitting on 100 different systems.
SAP Product Promise Pushes Ahead Of Profit
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Software giant's first-quarter financial results fall short of expectations as its mobile, in-memory database, and on-demand products ramp up.
Appsbar Helps SMBs Build Mobile Apps
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Businesses can build Apple iOS and Android mobile applications with the free service without needed development expertise.
Electronic Patient Consent System Planned
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Given the public's concerns about online privacy and ID theft, ONC is launching a pilot project that will build trust in data exchange.
Google Chrome 11 Kills Bugs, Adds Speech Input
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
The company paid out a record $16,500 in rewards to security researchers who helped to eliminate more than two dozen bugs.
Motorola Xoom To Get Software Update
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Verizon Wireless has begun revealing details of the first major software update for Android 3.0 Honeycomb running on the Motorola Xoom tablet.
IT Support Of Healthcare Quality Key To Reform
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Philip Bredesen, former Tennessee governor and national e-health alliance co-chair, remains frustrated with the slow pace of change in the industry.
Five Things To Expect From RIM's BlackBerry World
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
New BlackBerrys, a revised BlackBerry OS, and info on the PlayBook's first two weeks of life will highlight Research In Motion's annual developer and partner event in Orlando next week.
RIM Acquires Cloud Calendar Startup Tungle
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets will get enhanced scheduling and calendar capabilities in the wake of RIM's purchase of Tungle.
Air Force CIO Outlines $1.2 Billion Savings Plan
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
CIO William Lord said the Air Force can save money through network optimization, data center consolidation, identity access management, enterprise email, and other efforts.
Does Vermont Prescriber ID Law Violate Free Speech?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
The Supreme Court might not even be hearing the case if the state's ban on using a doctor's prescription records for marketing purposes were written as "opt-out" rather than "opt-in."
Can IT Really Nail A Complex Medical Diagnosis?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
State-of-the-art clinical decision-support systems can sharpen a veteran physician’s reasoning skills, but they're far from perfect.
Are Cheap Android Phones A Good Deal?
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
The Motorola Citrus or the LG Optimus may appeal to you because of the low price, but there are questions you should ask.
Amazon Cloud Outage Proves Importance Of Failover Planning
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Contingency plans kept Bizo and Mashery up and running during the Amazon service outage, offering lessons to other cloud-based businesses.
Vidyo, Massachusetts Hospital Partner On Telemedicine
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
The Internet-based system gave Mass General's stroke center the secure, low-latency, high-definition, and interoperable videoconferencing platform it needed.
SETI Shutters Search For Alien Life
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Budget cuts force the Allen Telescope Array, which scans space for extraterrestrial life, into hibernation mode while SETI searches for other funding.
Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Upgrade Customer Service
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
The Executive Order requires federal agencies to develop plans to leverage technology to improve their customer service capabilities.
Everyone Wants to Own Your Activity Stream
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Enterprise collaboration tools are adopting activity streams a la Twitter or Facebook, but how many streams do you really need?
Google Apps Tuned For SMBs
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Google has made some pricing and billing changes for those that use Google Apps.
U.S. OKs Expiration of Microsoft Antitrust Deal
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
At court hearing, DOJ and state attorneys pass on their last chance to challenge May 12 deadline.
Nokia Drops Symbian, Cuts 7,000 Jobs
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Accenture to assume maintenance of OS as Finnish phone maker transitions to Windows Phone 7.
How To Build A Modern Data Center
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Borrowing ideas from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, Vantage is building three wholesale data centers in Santa Clara that focus on energy efficiency.
Google Sees Smartphones As Advertising Goldmine
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Smartphones are used by consumers when they are shopping to help make buying decisions, according to a Google survey.
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