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posted in July 2011
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Zynga Co-Founder Joins New Team
News  |  7/31/2011  | 
KIXEYE is the yin to Zynga's yang, as social games explode.
Get Collaborators To 'Touch And Feel' Unstructured Data
Commentary  |  7/31/2011  | 
Rafi Holtzman and his Luidia team want to transform the way far-flung businesspeople work together.
How To Root Your EVO 3D With Linux
News  |  7/30/2011  | 
You can root your HTC EVO 3D phone with Unrevoked and Alpharev's Revolutionary tool. Just follow these steps.
Open Source Helps eBay Process $2000 Per Second
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
The huge Internet auction house uses a small Sri Lankan firm's open source enterprise service bus--a little known but crucial piece of software.
SAP And Oracle Battle, Customers Avoid Choosing Sides
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
Will it be the apps vendor's innovation or the stack vendor's one-stop shop? IT hedges its bets.
Flash Alternative: Adobe Previews Edge HTML5 Software
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Designers and developers can use the HTML5 authoring tools to create animated graphics using HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript.
BYTE Wireless Radio Episode 19
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Listen to Fritz Nelson, Gina Smith and Craig Johnston dig into the week in mobile -- episode 19 of BYTE Wireless Radio.
Is Amazon Hiding A Tipping Point In Its New Tablet?
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
If and when Amazon releases an iPad-killer of a tablet, it won't be its industrial design or user interface that might tip the industry on its ear. If such a tablet is released, it's reliance on Amazon's Whispernet and the business model behind it could be a tipping point.
BrainYard News Briefs: Polycom Adds SMB Videoconferencing Options
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Personalization for WordPress and Joomla. Secure email as a service. A new mobile and social promotions service.
CA Buys Watchmouse, For Remote App Testing Power
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Netherlands firm uses synthetic transactions generated from points around the world to test a cloud app's ability to respond.
Google Search On Tablets Gets A Do Over
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
Google has refreshed the design of its web-based search tool for tablets such as the iPad, Xoom, and Tab 10.1.
Clinical Informatics Poised To Become Medical Subspecialty
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Physician informaticists will finally be recognized as board certified if the American Board of Medical Specialties approves.
DARPA Seeks Wireless Power For Soldiers In Field
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
A method to transmit power over short distances would reduce the need for batteries and cut the load that soldiers carry.
Dell Streak 10 Pro Introduced In China
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
The company is betting on China to make its mark in the increasingly crowded tablet market.
Social Media Engagement: Feds Need Better Policies
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Guidelines for use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media are being developed by federal agencies, but the GAO says they must do more to address records management, privacy, and security.
4 Top 4G Smartphones
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
Looking for a '4G' smartphone? Here are the best of the bunch currently available from U.S. network operators.
Google Acquires 1,000 IBM Patents
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Search giant is tight-lipped about the purpose of the transaction, but the filings cover everything from chips to databases.
Mobile Health Elder Care Apps Get Funding
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Demonstration grants totaling $477,000 will support development of mHealth technology for aging adults with chronic illnesses.
Jive Apps Seek Enterprise Rigor, Consumer Cool
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Jive gathers Apps Market partners to discuss creating consumer quality apps with enterprise power.
Ontario Telemedicine Network Extends Reach Into Patient's Homes
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Using Vidyo technology, OTN will bring videoconferencing into homes and onto PCs rather than requiring patients to go to a facility with telepresence capabilities.
Cloud Moves From Talk To Walk
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
CA and Nebula's cloud announcements this week reflect the reality that enterprises have moved past the theoretical to the practical.
Health IT Doesn't Please Insurance Customers
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Despite major technology investments, insurance users don't see a customer service benefit, says Accenture study.
Cancer Prevention App Contest Offers $80,000
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Federal health officials challenge developers to come up with an application that promotes early detection and helps the public reduce risky behavior.
In Case of Emergency, Check Twitter
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Facebook, Twitter, and similar social media tools can enhance disaster preparedness and emergency response, according to New England Journal of Medicine commentary.
Microsoft: Thousands Of IT Jobs Going Unfilled
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Software maker wants Congress to raise cap on green cards so it can import more hi-tech help.
Mobile Marketplace Wars: Android Market Adds Movies, Books
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
The latest version of Google's application store for smartphones gets a new look and allows users to buy e-books and rent movies.
Fruit Of CA Cloud Acquisitions Adds Up
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
After two years of acquisitions, CA introduces 10 products to help customers plan and deliver private clouds that can use internal and external services.
How To Install the Spotify Preview Client On Ubuntu
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Here's a workaround to get Spotify for Windows and Mac on your Linux box, too.
Nebula Wants To Be iPhone Of Data Center
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Former NASA CTO Chris Kemp explains his startup's appliance that manages commodity servers as a cloud resource. His plan: Out-innovate the competition.
11 iPad Apps For Better Collaboration
Slideshows  |  7/28/2011  | 
The Apple iPad's inherent mobility makes it an obvious weapon for efficient enterprise collaboration--provided you're armed with the right apps.
Bad Cell Phone Behavior: Are You Being Rude?
Commentary  |  7/28/2011  | 
More than 20% of those surveyed can't stand it when people talk too loudly on their phone in public. Here are more examples of bad cell phone behavior that get on our nerves.
Twitter Pushes Ads Into User Timelines
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Promoted Tweets will now appear in the stream that users see, augmenting the Twitter search advertising the microblogging service introduced last year.
How To Restrict Apps And Other Content On iOS Devices
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Here's how to protect certain apps or content from being viewed by young ones.
Motorola Shipped 440,000 Tablets In Q2
Commentary  |  7/28/2011  | 
Motorola may have topped Wall Street estimates, but it sold only 440,000 tablets and 4.4 million smartphones in its most recent quarter.
GAO: Federal Data Center Consolidation Plans Lack Details
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Many federal agencies failed to provide a complete listing of data centers or list all of their software assets, which could affect anticipated savings.
Ask Yourself These Questions Before Moving To OS X Lion
Commentary  |  7/28/2011  | 
10 things to consider before upgrading to OS X 10.7 Lion.
Hospitals Boost IT Spending Plans
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
The prospect of Meaningful Use dollars has spurred healthcare providers to spend more in tough economic times, according to a HIMSS Analytics report.
Google Declares War On Slow Web Pages
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
In its ongoing quest to make Web apps as fast as desktop software, Google Page Speed Service accelerates Web page load times.
Telemedicine Reduces Rural Health Disparities, Says UnitedHealth
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Major health insurer urges more broadband connectivity, fewer regulatory hurdles, and better reimbursement policies.
Hearsay Helps Big Social Marketing Campaigns Get Local
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Social software specialist broadens support for launching major marketing campaigns with corporate control and local customization.
Google Fashion Police Want You; Microsoft Mango Struts Stuff
Commentary  |  7/28/2011  | 
Dear pcstud@aol.com: Google says you're emailing like it's 1999. Take a visual tour of Microsoft's "Mango" smartphone OS.
Android Leaves Apple iOS In The Dust
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Google's smartphone software pulls away from Apple iPhone platform in mobile OS market share race.
BBM 6.0 Brings Social To Mobile Apps
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 turns the popular app from an IM service into a social platform, with benefits for BlackBerry app developers.
AMA Says ePrescribing Program Penalizes Docs
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Aggressive timetable may decrease Medicare patients' access to healthcare, says American Medical Association, which calls for delays.
Androids Returned More Than Other Gadgets
Commentary  |  7/27/2011  | 
Just how high are return rates for the platform? One source stirs the pot.
NASA's Former CTO Brings Cloud Appliance To Enterprise
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Early Google investors back Chris Kemp's 'garage' startup, Nebula, to build OpenStack appliance to compete with Microsoft, Cisco.
7 Hottest Features In Windows Phone 7 Mango
Slideshows  |  7/27/2011  | 
Microsoft this week shipped its Windows Phone "Mango" update to phone makers--adding key features to the smartphone OS that Microsoft is pitting against Apple iPhone and Google Android. Check out this visual tour of seven significant new functions.
Gmail: A Cure For Outdated Email Addresses
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Google's social marketing campaign targets users of aol.com, hotmail.com, or yahoo.com email with an "intervention" to save friends from "embarrassingly out-of-date" email addresses.
Keeping Corporate Data Off Mobile Devices With VDI
Commentary  |  7/27/2011  | 
By turning handhelds into the ultimate thin client, remote virtual desktops provide a crisp boundary between personal and enterprise apps and data.
Health IT Techs Get Another Certification Program
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
CompTIA offers industry-recognized credential that validates EHR installation and maintenance skills learned in federally funded community college courses.
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