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posted in June 2010
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Microsoft Kills Kin Phone
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Engineers working on the handset will transfer to the Windows Phone 7 development team.
Notify The Next Of Kin
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
There's a business strategy for new products that goes by the name of "fail fast, fail cheap". Perhaps that's the reason that Microsoft is pulling the plug on its Kin phones after just two months and one desperate price cut. But they didn't fail fast, and I doubt Kin's failure will be cheap.
MSpot Launches Music Streaming Service For Android
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
User can store 2GB of music purchased from the service in the cloud for playback on Android phones.
Unidesk: A Companion To VDI
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Every now and then, a technology comes along that's intriguing enough that I sit up and take notice. Unidesk, a start-up based in Massachusetts, recently introduced the concept of "composite virtualization," a technology that addresses a missing component in VDI implementations: user personalization. Now, you may be saying, "That's not new, it's existed forever in profile management and other tools." In this blog, I will explain why the way Unidesk approaches personalization really is n
PDF News: Acrobat Security Update, New Foxit Reader
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Adobe has released "critical" updates for its Acrobat and Adobe Reader products, while Foxit has added new features in an upgrade to its own PDF Reader.
Google News Gets Personal
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
A redesign of Google's news aggregation site emphasizes personalization, discovery, and sharing.
Five Predictions Concerning Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
It may be presumptuous to make predictions about cloud computing, since the cloud has such little history and is almost all about future potential. But here are a few prognostications, based on trends that have established the current cloud-computing paradigm.
Keeping Up With Smartphone Data-Storage Security
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
The more powerful your smartphone gets, the more likely you are to use it to store important business data. And that means paying closer attention to a couple of important storage security concerns.
FCC Names New CTO
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Former division chief Douglas Sicker will lead the agency's technology efforts starting next month, replacing Jon Peha, who is leaving for OSTP.
Big Data is This Year's Hot Topic
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Hadoop is a fast-growing choice for handling large-scale-data (as in petabytes) as well as complex-data (as in XML, e-mail, images and more) and mixed-data (as in structured mashed with semi-structured data types).
YouTube Stumbles Into Flash Gaming
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Amid the flowering of Google's strategic relationship with Adobe, a Flash-based game has appeared and disappeared on YouTube.
Amazon Boosts Kindle Royalties
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Authors can almost double the amount they receive from sales of digital books priced 20% or more below the list price for the physical book version.
Machines Are Driving The Big-Data Era
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Future big-data growth will be in the area of machine-generated data. In contrast to human-generated data, which can grow only as fast as human data-generating activities allow it to, machine-generated data is limited only by capital budgets and Moore's Law.
Android 3.0 'Gingerbread' Elements Leaked
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
The first details about Android 3.0 -- codenamed "Gingerbread" -- have been revealed. Android 3.0 will set the Android bar higher.
Summer Worker Security
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Temporary and summer workers offer the chance to increase production -- and increase your security risks. But taking on summer help also offers the opportunity to review, refresh and enhance your security policies and practices.
Rock Star CIO Scores A CEO Seat
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
A rare few CIOs make the jump to CEO of their companies. Even fewer jump to vendor CEO roles. John Glaser's doing just that.
Wikileaks: An Enemy Of Open Society?
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Steven Aftergood, who runs the Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News site, on Monday dropped the hammer on Wikileaks, a Web site now infamous for exposing documents that countries and other powerful entities wish to keep secret. "WikiLeaks must be counted among the enemies of open society because it does not respect the rule of law nor does it honor the rights of individuals," declared Aftergood in a blog post.
Sony Recalls Half Million Vaio Laptops
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
At least 30 laptops have been reported to overheat causing casings and keyboards to warp and reaching temperatures hot enough to burn users.
Study: Windows 7 Halves SMB Support Costs
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Automation and security tools built into Microsoft's newest operating system mean fewer headaches for IT staffs and less downtime for users, IDC says.
DARPA Plots Supercomputing Future
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
The Omnipresent High Performance Computing program is seeking proposals to dramatically advance the performance and capabilities of future computing systems and enable ExtremeScale computing.
Qualcomm Opening App Store In China
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Chipmaker to partner with web portal SINA to offer its Brew mobile platform.
Droid Incredible Or Droid X?
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Deciding which Verizon Wireless Android phone to pick can be tough. Here's what sets them apart.
HTC EVO 4G In Short Supply
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Sprint says demand for the 4G smartphone has been greater than expected.
Army Using Telemedicine For Healthcare Delivery
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Wounded soldiers, pregnant women, and diabetes patients are receiving medical and appointment reminders to support their rehabilitation and treatment.
Cisco Boosts Outsourcing In Palestine
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Google, Microsoft and HP also investing as West Bank and Gaza eye tech-driven growth.
Hadoop Gains Momentum for Affordable Data Analysis
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Talend and Quest add to fast-growing list of Hadoop data-integration options.
Glaser Talks About Healthcare's Challenges, Opportunities
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
When longtime Partners Healthcare CIO John Glaser leaves his position in mid-August to join Siemens Healthcare as CEO of its Health Services Business Unit, he'll be bringing along solid, on-the-ground experience and insightful perspective about the many challenges facing the healthcare industry.
DISA Readies $5 Billion RFP Bundle
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
A raft of request for proposals will address Defense Information Systems Agency projects in provisioning, net operations, net assurance, and network maintenance.
China Search, E-Commerce Leaders In Dispute
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Baidu accused of unfair competition by reducing search results for Alibaba Group retail sites.
Foursquare Valued At $95 Million
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
The location-based social media firm closed on an additional $20 million in venture funding Tuesday.
AT&T Attempts To Head Off Android Market Criticism
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
AT&T has been bashed for banning its Android phones from installing non-Android Market apps. In an attempt at some damage control, AT&T tries to explain why.
China's Alibaba Wants Yahoo Stake Back
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
The e-commerce leader is seeking to repurchase Yahoo's 40% ownership in the company and list it on China's stock exchange.
iPhone 4 On Verizon In 2011?
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
AT&T's exclusive right to market the smartphone will reportedly expire at year's end and Apple is said to be open to new partners.
Ray Kurzweil On 'The Singularity' Future
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
The noted futurist has released a movie, The Singularity is Near, exploring how technology may reshape the fabric of our physical reality and life experiences.
Apple iPhone 4 Supply Issues Could Hurt Sales
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Supply chain management issues that delayed pre-order shipments dates combined with the new smartphone's technical glitches, could spell opportunity for competitors according to iSuppli.
Verizon iPhone Rumors Heating Up
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
This isn't the first time we've heard Verizon would be getting the iPhone "soon." This rumor though has enough details to help its credibility. Think this one will come true?
Cisco, Avaya Battle For Enterprise Voice Market
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
PBX equipment sales during the first quarter of 2010 surged for both providers, but neither took a decisive lead according to a Infonetics report.
DoD Updates Open Government Plan
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Responding to feedback that previous versions lacked detail, the agency made some info about its transparency plan more accessible.
Cisco Crafts Android-Based Enterprise Tablet
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
The mobile collaboration tool is targeted at businesses, so it's not seen as a direct competitor to Apple's iPad.
Global CIO: 5 Ways Ford's CIO Is Driving Growth
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
Nick Smither and his team have some ideas worth copying.
"Young World Rising" by Rob Salkowitz
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
Small Business Employment Growing, Outpacing Overall Employment
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
The latest figures from Intuit's Small Business Employment Index show small businesses added roughly 18,000 new jobs in June. Hours worked and compensation likewise increased.
3TB Hard Drives (Sort Of) Hit The Street
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
The biggest hard disk on the market just got a lot bigger.
HTML5 Isn't Ready For Primetime, YouTube Says
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Flash offers video streaming capabilities that HTML5 just can't match yet.
Seagate Launches 3TB External Hard Drive
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Positioned to meet a projected nine-fold increase in consumer household digital media storage by 2014, the drive can store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games and more for approximately 8 cents per gigabyte.
Cisco, MobileAccess Boost Indoor Cell Phone Reception
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
The solution enables sending RF signals over Ethernet LANs to improve cellular coverage without affecting LAN traffic.
Image Gallery: 11 Leading Data Warehousing Appliances
Slideshows  |  6/29/2010  | 
Enterprises are abandoning conventional warehouse development approaches in favor of prepackaged apps and hardware configurations combining database management systems, processing power, storage, and connectivity. Here are the leaders.
iPhone 4 Antenna Lawsuit Looms
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Lawyers are rounding up unhappy consumers and could drag Apple into court over smartphone's glitchy reception.
Healthcare CIOs Worried About Achieving Meaningful Use
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Reporting requirements and uncertainty around the meaningful use criteria raise concerns with 80% of healthcare CIOs according to survey findings.
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