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posted in April 2010
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MongoDB Handles Masses Of Data
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The merits of MongoDB, a NoSQL database management system, are detailed by its CEO.
Microsoft IE9 Throws Weight Behind H.264 Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Supporters of license-free video codecs immediately decried the announcement as proof that Microsoft doesn't really support an open Web.
What's Not BI? Don't Get Me Started...
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
Do you prefer the broad or the narrow definition of BI, and how should we differentiate BI and analytics? Read on for my "extended jam" on these and other FAQs about business intelligence.
HTC's Droid Incredible Flies Off Verizon Shelves
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
April 29 marked the first day the HTC Droid Incredible was available to Verizon Wireless customers. The device, which boasts great specs, is selling hotly, and Verizon retail shops are running out of stock -- if they haven't already.
The Cloud's Biggest Benefit? (That's a Question)
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
What is cloud computing's biggest benefit? Is it cost savings? Time to market? Flexibility? Write down your answer on a piece of paper (if that's an unfamiliar concept, just note it in your iPhone), then take it out and look at it six months from now and see if you would still come to the same conclusion.
Adobe CEO Calls Jobs' Flash Complaint 'Smokescreen'
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Shantanu Narayen sees Apple's restrictions making life difficult for developers who want to create content on multiple platforms.
HP 'iPad Killer' DOA?
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard may be putting their tablet partnership on the shelf.
Avatar Director Helps NASA With Mars Cameras
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
James Cameron is working with the space agency to outfit the next-generation rover, Curiosity, with 3D cameras.
Motorola A Two-Time Loser To Apple & RIM
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
Poor Motorola. This week, Apple officially ousted Motorola as the number one handset maker in the U.S., and Research In Motion pushed Motorola out of the top five handset makers in the world.
Acer Preps Smartphone Line
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon platform will power four new handsets this year, as Acer, like HP and Dell, gets serious about the mobile phone market.
HP-Palm Can Leapfrog Apple In Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
If you look at the volume of mobile apps available for Apple (180,000), Android (40,000), and Palm (1,000), you just might scratch your head and wonder what in tarnation Mark Hurd was thinking when he agreed to spend $1 billion to acquire Palm. But an investment manager who's a massive Apple fan suggests one clear way for HP and Hurd to make the deal a big winner.
Mobile Phone Shipments Surge 21%
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
RIM entered the top five for the first time, pushing Motorola off the list of the world's best-selling mobile phone makers.
Healthline Lands $14 Million In Funding
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The funds will be used to boost the online health information firm's content, sales, and advertising platform.
Adobe 'Moving Forward' Without Apple
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
All the back-and-forth on the Flash issue is getting a little ridiculous. Whichever side you happen to support in the issue, what really matters is giving customers what they want. That's what Adobe says it is going to do -- with or without Apple.
YouTube Dominates Online Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The Google-owned site reached 75% of the 180 million Internet users who watched online video in March.
Processor Shipments Up 39%
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Chip revenue was also up 40% in the first quarter, indicating that PC makers are seeing the fruits of an improving economy.
NASA Space Telescope Achieves Milestone
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The Webb deep space telescope has gained manufacturing approval, putting it a step closer toward its mission to study the Big Bang's origins.
SMBs Adding Jobs At Fastest Pace In 3 Years
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
According to the latest Small Business Employment Index, the hiring rate for small businesses has reached a three-year high.
Sentiment Analysis Feels Its Way Forward
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
A bit of controversy regarding sentiment analysis is playing out. A techno-skeptic blogger clique asserts that automated sentiment analysis is so inaccurate as to render automated methods worthless. Others differ with them: we like automation. Newly joining us are some of the skeptics' own kind, critics such as "Measurement Queen" K.D. Paine...
Morphlabs Launches Cloud Appliance
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
An appliance built on open source code enables enterprises to build a pool of virtual servers and manage them as a private cloud.
Global CIO: Inside SAP: 10 Factors Behind Its Dramatic Turnaround
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
Here are 10 ways SAP's new leaders have reinvigorated the company, redefined its strategy, and reestablished the primacy of its customer.
Jobs Lashes Out At Adobe, Oh The Irony
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
By now you have heard about the recent open letter from Steve Jobs called "Thoughts on Flash." Mr. Jobs goes on for about 1,700 words to explain why Flash is bad in general, and for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specifically. Is he being reasonable, or just protecting his revenue stream and control over the mobile platforms Apple offers?
HP-Palm Deal Reinforces Microsoft-HTC Pact
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
This week has seen two big developments in the business of mobile technology. The first was Microsoft's intellectual property licensing agreement with HTC, the maker of Android devices including Google's Nexus One phone. Next came Hewlett-Packard's offer to buy Palm Computing for $1.2 billion. Turns out that is more good news for Microsoft too.
It Takes a Partnership
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
One of the best ways to ensure a successful cloud computing initiative is by partnering up: Get someone (or some-ones) on the business side to agree to invest as much in terms of risk and sweat equity in a SaaS implementation as you plan to invest from your IT budget and resources. Chances are, those potential partners are out there.
Image Gallery: Government's 10 Most Powerful Supercomputers
Slideshows  |  4/29/2010  | 
The United States government owns many of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, including six of the top ten. These supercomputers are being used for everything from climate modeling to building spaceships to basic science research.
Analysis Of HP-Palm Acquisition
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Virtual Machines Running Mission-Critical Workloads
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Managing virtual machines, especially now that more of them they carry mission-critical workloads, remains a top concern among IT managers who have deployed virtualized servers in the data center, according to a survey on the floor of Interop in Las Vegas.
Foxit, Solid Documents Release New PDF Tools
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Two new programs for working with PDF files have become available this week. Foxit Phantom PDF (for Windows) is for creating and manipulating PDF files, while Solid PDF to Word for Mac is for turning PDF files into documents editable by standard office programs.
Product Cloud Or Service Cloud? Know The Difference
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
In the world of on-premise computing, product companies are as distinct from services companies as land is from water. Yet in the cloud, it's often hard to see the difference. Some people lump cloud companies together, as if they all do the same thing. But they don't; in fact, not recognizing the difference can be an expensive mistake for customers, investors, and even the cloud companies themselves.
Microsoft Adds BPMN to Visio (with Help from G360)
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
It's safe to say that despite the proliferation of real BPMN tools, the majority of BPMN-like process diagrams that exist in the world have been created in Microsoft Visio. For me, Visio, by itself, was always just a "drawing" tool, not a real modeling tool... In Visio 2010 Premium, Microsoft has put a real BPMN editor into the box.
Apple iAd Aims Upscale
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
High-profile partners are being sought by Apple for its iAd platform, ones willing to pay well and make a splash.
AT&T Admits Its Network Can't Handle Tethering
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Smartphones that can tether to laptops have swelled in number lately, including those such as the HTC Droid Incredible, Palm Pre, and others. One smartphone that can't tether -- at least in the U.S. -- is the iPhone. Why not? Because AT&T's network can't handle it.
Dedupe And The Cloud: A Perfect Pairing
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Data deduplication and cloud-based storage are a match made in heaven, especially for smaller businesses. Here's why.
Apple CEO Explains Flash Ban
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Steve Jobs cites security, poor performance and no support for touch-based interfaces as problems with Adobe's cross-platform browser plug-in.
What Apple Owes Developers
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
When the little people make enough noise, Apple CEO Steve Jobs switches his mode of public interaction from terse e-mail replies to open letters. That's what happened on Thursday when Jobs finally articulated his disdain for Adobe's Flash technology in a rare public post.
Virtualization Driving Data Center Growth
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Ethernet switches, application delivery controllers, and WAN optimization equipment are particular growth spots in data center equipment.
Federal Health Architecture Director Steps Down
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Vish Sankaran used his post to urge federal agencies to collaborate with one another and to adopt interoperable health IT.
Skyfire Now Showing Flash On Android
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
The mobile browser supports Flash video, before Android officially gets Flash support.
Motorola Posts 1Q Profit
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Strong sales of the Droid smartphone by Verizon Wireless were a bright spot.
Army Pushes IT In Modernization Plan
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
The service is counting on IT networks, mobile radios, cloud computing, and helmet-mounted displays to gain advantage in battle.
Tech Experts Sought For STEM Events
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
The White House and The National Science Foundation are urging technologists to participate in events to raise student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Business Analytics: Q&A With Teradata's CTO
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Stephen Brobst makes a case for open access to data, simpler analytic tools and new forms of analysis for sources such as Facebook.
Apple To Buy Siri Mobile Voice Search Developer
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Siri "personal assistant" technology lets users perform voice-activated Web searches from their smartphones. Financial details were not disclosed.
Most Software Execs See Rebound This Year
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
According to the findings of a new survey, most software CEOs and CFO see a return to pre-recession levels this year and cloud computing, particularly among SMBs, is the big driver for the rebound.
NIST: Federal R&D Boosts Industry
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
In an annual report, The National Institute of Standards and Technology details innovations developed collaboratively by federal labs and organizations outside of government.
Chronically Ill Need Telehealth But Face Hurdles
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Several recent studies highlight the importance--and challenges-- of utilizing IT to help manage chronic illnesses.
Analysis Of HP-Palm Acquisition
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
HP turned the smartphone space on its head Wednesday with its surprise purchase of Palm. At first blush, the deal would appear to help both companies, but it is far from a sure bet to save Palm's line of webOS devices.
Global CIO: Can HP, IBM, & Oracle Make Peace With Breakaway Banks?
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Three huge global banks plan to revolutionize the CIO-vendor relationship—will their audacious plan trigger major changes from major IT vendors?
What's Next For Palm Inside Of HP
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Today HP announced it was buying Palm. The big question is, now what? Does HP absorb Palm into HP's operations and keep the brand around for a while or does HP let Palm run free and provide financial and marketing support, or is it somewhere in between?
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