News & Commentary
posted in May 2011
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VMware Seeks Collaboration Dominance With Socialcast Buy
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
It already leads the virtualized data center, now it's taking on the Microsoft/Citrix alliance with more end-user computing and cloud software.
Lodsys Sues Developers For Patent Infringement
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
iOS, Mac OS X, and Android apps infringe on its intellectual property, according the patent holding firm.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs To Unveil iCloud
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Along with Apple's forthcoming media streaming service, Jobs is expected to discuss updates to his company's mobile and desktop operating systems.
VMware Buys Socialcast For Cloud Apps
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The enterprise social media management and collaboration platform already taps VMware for on-premises deployment as an appliance.
Military Finds Security In Virtualized Desktops
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The Defense Intelligence Agency and Air Force are working on a secure, mobile end user client, and they believe virtualization is the key to achieving it.
WHO Classifies Cell Phones As 'Possible Carcinogens'
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Health agency finds that the electromagnetic fields received by mobile devices may increase odds for a type of brain cancer.
Bridgestor Launches Symantec Backup Exec Appliance
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The backup and storage device is aimed primarily at midsize businesses and combines Symantec's data deduplication and Bridgestor's hardware-based thin provisioning and data compression capabilities.
MIT Invests In Next-Generation Medical Technologies
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
In conjunction with GE and Analog Devices., the school has opened the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center to improve IT usability and foster innovation.
HHS Proposes Changes To HIPAA Privacy Rule
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Individuals would know who accessed their e-health information as well as details about the data disclosed.
Physicians Get Meaningful Use Payment Checks
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
A family doctor with a six-physician center in Ohio recommends building spreadsheets to track progress and ease the attestation process.
Nokia Expects To Ship Windows Phones In Q4
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Phone maker's stock plunges as transition to Microsoft platform puts damper on current sales.
Telecom Providers See Opportunities In Telemedicine
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are among the telecom companies that have announced new initiatives for telehealth services, and there are more opportunities to come, says an IDC report.
Intel Ultrabooks Promise Thin, Powerful Mobile Computing
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The computers will be powered by Atom processors, which Intel says will outpace Moore's Law as they shrink from 32 nanometers to 14 nm over the next three years.
50 Most Influential Government CIOs
Slideshows  |  5/31/2011  | 
Check out InformationWeek's Government CIO 50, our power list of top government CIOs--ranging from the NSA's technology chief to innovators at the state and city government level. They've got vision, clout, and sometimes, billion-dollar IT budgets. But most of all, these CIOs are known for delivering tangible, measurable results. Here's an inside look at the government technology leaders and their approaches to unique IT leadership challenges.
Guerra On Healthcare: Improve Your Feedback Loop
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
We need an accurate and fast data-feedback loop. IT data reports that take six months or more to come out don't make the grade.
Software AG Buys Metismo To Support Mobile Apps
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The middleware vendor's latest acquisitions nets a platform for writing apps once and delivering them across Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows devices.
Next iPhone To Get Better Camera
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Apple hasn't provided any details on a new version of the iPhone, but most reports suggest it will have an improved camera and won't look all that different from the iPhone 4.
Transportation Dept. Gets $100 Million For Wireless Apps
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The White House wants DOT to develop wireless applications to deliver emergency services, Internet access in remote locations, and other innovative services.
IBM Boosts Health Analytics With 'Watson' Supercomputer Capabilities
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Advanced business intelligence technologies help extract more useful data from electronic medical records.
Microsoft Hindered By Retailer Failures
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The company would be wise to take a page from Apple to overcome its reputation for poor customer service delivered by its point-of-sale partners.
SAP And Sybase: The Synergy Begins
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The two companies appear to be on track to become a cohesive strategic unit, now it's time to execute on that potential.
Apple iOS 5.0: 5 Must-Have Features
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch operating system gets an upgrade at WWDC next week, and here are five features we would like to see make their way into iOS 5.0.
Microsoft's Android Revenue Exceeds Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  5/30/2011  | 
To avoid patent claims, HTC is paying Microsoft a $5 licensing fee for every Android phone it sells.
Intel Considers Fabbing Chips For Others
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Fueling rumors that Intel will manufacture custom chips for Apple, CFO Stacy Smith said the company is open to manufacturing processors for competitors.
Will InboundWriter Make Me A Better Blogger?
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Why this tool for targeting keywords and social chatter didn't convert me.
Google, Mobile Payment Wars, Custom ROMs, Mango, And More
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
BYTE Wireless Radio digs into the week in mobile news.
RIM Has Lost The War For Consumers
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Analyst says Research In Motion has fumbled its smartphone strategy so badly that it no longer has a chance of competing in the consumer market.
GSA Seeks Cloud-Based IT Management Tools
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
The software as a service provider must provide service desk, asset management, client management, network service monitoring, and system management tools, among others.
DOD Tests Delivery Of Data To Mobile Devices
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Relevant ISR to the Edge is a program the military is testing to send intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data to soldiers via technology-agnostic handhelds.
PayPal Sues Google, Ex-Employees
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
eBay's payment arm has sued for theft of trade secrets and breach of contract, the same day Google introduced its mobile payment system.
Windows 8 Tablets Not Doomed To Fail
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Analysts say Microsoft may still hold edge in the enterprise market due to lower integration costs.
Android App Market Stats Reveal Few Downloads
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Apple's iPhone App store generates many more downloads compared to Google's store, as the bulk of paid applications go almost completely ignored by the Android masses, says a Distimo study.
Enterprise 2.0 B.S. List: Term No. 1 Consumerization
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Consumerization may let Enterprise 2.0 folks wallow in the Apple glow, but it can lead to some really bad decisions.
Satisfaction Insurance For Your Social Business Platform
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Writing and rewriting test scripts may be a tedious task, but it forces you to have a plan and constantly improve upon it.
Oracle Dives Into Retail Analytic Apps
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
The company's Retail Merchandising Analytics combines a prebuilt data model for building a data warehouse with predefined dashboards, metrics, and reports on various aspects of retail performance.
Cray's XK6 Supercomputer Promises 50-Petaflop Performance
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
AMD 16-core, Opteron processors, Nvidia Tesla graphics processors, and a Linux-based operating system are the foundation of Cray's fastest machine.
Nokia Plans For Frequent Windows Phone Releases
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
With Symbian put out to pasture, the Finnish phone maker plans to launch new phones for Microsoft's mobile platform every two to three months.
IT As A Service Is The Future
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
Software execs say software as a service has more domains to conquer, will gradually take over more of the IT infrastructure.
Advanced Health IT Needed For ACO Initiatives
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Data analytics tools, clinical applications, and other technologies technologies can help accountable care organizations deliver on the promise of curbing costs and improving care.
Apple, Google Asked To Require Privacy Policies
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Developers of iOS and Android apps may soon have to provide information about how they use location data.
Government CIOs Doubt Cloud Savings
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
More than 45% of U.S. government IT officials don't think cloud computing will save their agencies enough money to make it worthwhile, an Ovum report finds.
Schwartz On Security: Should Businesses Track Employee Smartphones?
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
It may be one way to protect business secrets, but many aspects of smartphone security remain out of the hands of IT administrators or security-conscious users.
Wyse, Kaviza Offer VDI At $99 Per Seat
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The virtual desktop infrastructure offering enables small and midsize businesses to repurpose existing PCs or upgrade to thin clients at higher price points.
Windows 8 Tablet To Debut Next Week?
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Microsoft set to unveil its answer to Apple's iOS and Google's Android, according to a published report.
Sony Xperia Play Teardown
Slideshows  |  5/26/2011  | 
UBM TechInsights looks inside the Android-based Xperia Play from Sony Ericsson, the first "PlayStation Certified" smartphone.
NewsGator Adds Video To SharePoint Social Sites
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Microsoft SharePoint-based social software gets video sharing, plus enhanced news feeds and brainstorming.
Google Wallet Enables Mobile Payments
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Citi, MasterCard, First Data, and Sprint are working with Google to launch a mobile commerce platform.
KLAS Finds Partial IT Outsourcing On The Rise
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
With a majority of healthcare groups using such services, the key to success is knowing what services to send out and what to keep in-house.
iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked By Forensics Firm
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The iPhone 4 is at risk, but the forensics tool will only be sold to law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and forensics investigators.
Itanium 'A Dead-End,' Says IBM Server Chief
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Senior VP Rod Adkins claims businesses that rely on Intel's high-end chip need to find an alternative like, say, Big Blue's Power7.
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