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posted in August 2012
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HP, Dell Jump Back Into Tablet Market
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
With new Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets, Dell and HP look to gain a new foothold. But will they learn from their past tablet failures?
Walmart Search Engine Move Aims At Amazon
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
By developing its own e-commerce search engine, Walmart aims to drive more online sales.
Tech Out Your Pet Photo Contest
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
Got a pet? Got a gadget? Take a photo of your pet with the gadget and enter it in the Honeywell Tech Out Your Pet Photo Contest. Tweet or Instagram it to @HoneywellPlugIn using the hashtag #TechOutYourPet. The deadline is September 7th.
Workday Wins Google Deal, Plans $400 Million IPO
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
As Workday details its IPO plans, it reportedly lands a huge deal with Google as a human capital management customer.
Feds' Cloud Email Deal Paves Way For Agencies
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
General Services Administration taps 17 vendors to provide cloud email from Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Zimbra to government agencies from federal to local levels.
Attunity Strives To Make Big Data Accessible
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
It's not enough to sift and combine big data, you also have to store it in ways that work for business users. Attunity services try to simplify enterprise work with Amazon Web Services' S3 storage.
Curiosity Rolls Ahead On Mars Following Software Upgrade
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
NASA engineers upgrade software on Curiosity to let six-wheeled vehicle cruise longer distances on surface of Mars and make use of robotic arm.
When Google Docs Isn't Enough: One Retailer's Story
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
Wireless retailer LetsTalk needed a way to collaborate and consolidate the many moving parts of its business. Here's why Podio's tools did the trick.
EHRs Feed Clinical Research Machine
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
One-million-patient study provides further evidence that EHRs and analytics tools can advance clinical research.
Think Small Data Before Big Data, Healthcare Gurus Argue
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
Two health IT experts say that providers already have plenty of "small" data to improve patient outcomes, if they use it correctly.
Apple iPhone 5 May Face Supply Problems
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
Sharp Display has not been able to begin production of iPhone 5 displays because of manufacturing problems.
Apple Worked A Broken Patent System
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
Apple used a dysfunctional U.S. patent system to gain excessive control over technologies it did not invent. If you value innovation, don't cheer Samsung's punishment.
Top 15 Government IT Innovators For 2012
Slideshows  |  8/30/2012  | 
From mobile apps to testbeds on wheels, creative thinkers at government agencies are finding ways to better serve the public.
Firefox 16 Adds Charms For Developers
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Mozilla's Firefox 16 beta release includes a command line interface to speed development work.
Data Scientists: Meet Big Data's Top Guns
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
These big data gurus remain in high demand. A hiring side expert talks about what data scientists bring to the table.
Cloud Solutions & Deployment: Increasing the Momentum
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
The ODCA has been hard at work on a number of exciting new initiatives.
Standing at the Cusp of Innovation - 200th Episode of Intel Chip Chat with Diane Bryant
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
One of the best things about working at Intel is having access to so many people whose innovations impact the way the world works.
20 Great Ideas To Steal In 2012
Slideshows  |  8/30/2012  | 
Are you playing it too safe, IT leaders? Take these InformationWeek 500 projects along to rev up your next brainstorming session.
Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
Leaked press shots of Nokia's next-generation Lumia devices show Windows Phones that will stand out from their peers.
Engaging The Enemy On Social Media: 5 SMB Tips
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Online controversy can drive big traffic to small and midsize businesses, but is it a good idea to provoke competitors and other foes on social sites?
Uber Is Disrupting How Urbanites Get Around
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Uber is one of the hottest startups in San Francisco and continues to expand from city-to-city. Using your smartphone, the service allows you to request a car for a ride. As a regular user of Uber, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson took Uber for a spin.
Amazon Kindle Fire: Total Number Sold Remains Mystery
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Amazon on Thursday said that its Kindle Fire tablet, available for the past nine months, has sold out, accounting for 22% of U.S. tablet sales in the process. But it won’t talk number of units.
Google+ Grows Up For Business
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Google+ has new features that will allow employees to collaborate more, while making IT folks comfortable with privacy restrictions and control mechanisms.
Shoutlet Helps Retailers Track Foursquare Activity
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Social media management tool also manages promotions tied to a location.
Top 10 Healthcare IT Innovators For 2012
Slideshows  |  8/30/2012  | 
Among 10 IT teams transforming parts of the U.S. healthcare system, you'll find important lessons in innovation and persistence.
Startup Weekend Made Me A Better IT Leader
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
You'll be amazed at what you can learn when you push outside of your comfort zone.
Android Device Chip Race: MIPS Takes On ARM
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
MIPS Technologies' upcoming proAptiv processor squares off against ARM's Cortex A-15, signaling renewed compeition in chip designs for Android smartphones and tablets.
Android Drives China Smartphone Adoption Past U.S.
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
China will race past the U.S. in smartphone adoption this year, thanks to inexpensive Android devices.
State Agencies Need A Big Data Strategy
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
State CIO association urges states to make better use of big data, warns of challenges in implementing programs.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Windows 8 Smartphones: First Impressions
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Samsung's new Android phablet and Windows Phone 8 smartphones impress, but Nokia is gunning for Samsung.
27% Of Healthcare Providers Say Current Business Model Unsustainable
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
KPMG study says healthcare providers, payers, and pharmaceutical firms have divergent views on changes coming to the industry, but all view health IT as crucial.
Parallels 8 Runs Windows More Like a Mac
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Popular software for running multiple virtual machines on a Mac, including Windows, gets a major upgrade. Windows users on Mac can take advantage of Mountain Lion features like multi-touch gestures, dictation and notifications. Windows can use the Retina display to its full potential. Overall, Windows apps feel more part of the Mac experience.
Samsung Announces Windows 8 Phone, PC and Tablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Samsung announced a new line of Windows 8-based devices under the ATIV brand Wednesday, including the first publicly-revealed Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The company said the lineup will include the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro, an ATIV tablet and ATIV S smartphone.
Reddit Struggles While Hosting President Obama
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
The President of the United States answered questions on the website, which slowed under the heavy load.
Samsung Updates Galaxy Note Phablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Pundits were skeptical about the Galaxy Note phone/tablet hybrid, but Samsung has sold 10 million of them. The Galaxy Note II bumps up the hardware power and battery life, updates the OS to Android Jelly Bean, and increases screen size with only a modest increase in size and weight.
How Spigit Fosters Innovation: A Hands-On Tour
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
In both its enterprise software and its new freemium product, Icon, Spigit offers tools for brainstorming and selecting the best ideas. Learn more in this Valley View video.
Severe Weather Warnings: Twitter, Text, Or TV?
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
NOAA awards $879,000 in grants to study how social media might improve warnings for severe weather events like Hurricane Isaac.
E2 Innovate Profile: Keynote Speaker Kevin Spain
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Formerly an acquisitions team leader at Microsoft, Spain now seeks innovation as a venture capitalist, focusing on cloud, social, mobile, and consumerized technologies.
10 Best Apps For Samsung Galaxy Notes
Slideshows  |  8/29/2012  | 
Check out these 10 great apps that take advantage of the Samsung phablet's S Pen stylus.
10 Tips For Not Working This Weekend
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
This Labor Day weekend BYOB, not BYOD. Unless you're a cop or a doctor or something like that.
Apple 'AirPlay Direct' To Shed Wi-Fi Requirement
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
At September iPhone 5 event, Apple expected to announce way for iOS and OS X devices to transmit audio to wireless speakers without a Wi-Fi network..
Wajam Dodges iPhone Restrictions, Adds Social Search, Maps
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Bypassing the App Store, social search utility demonstrates the value of making iPhone apps talk to each other and to social networks.
Aerospike Vies To Advance NoSQL Database
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Acquire a competitor? Check. Round of VC funding? Check. Open source version of base product? Check. The former Citrusleaf hits several big data development trends at once.
Firefox 15: Better Graphics, Painless Updates
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Mozilla's revamped browser utilizes new Web standards for better gaming, improved memory management and developer support, and best of all, less disruptive updates.
3 Ways To Turn Enterprise 2.0 Laggards Into Fans
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
Try these experiments to learn why early adopters differ from the people who want collaboration tech thoroughly documented and explained.
Sony Debuts Xperia S Android Tablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Sony unveiled a new Android-based tablet and smartphones at IFA Wednesday. Check out the Xperia S and its siblings.
Consumer Health Kiosks Coming To Stores Near You
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
SohoHealth to place thousands of FDA-approved units in pharmacy departments of Walmart and other mass merchants. Plans include free health screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index.
EHR Adoption Grows As Docs Bid For Incentives
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Three-quarters of docs report using EHRs in latest Medscape survey, but loss of productivity remains an issue for many.
Are Consumers Dumping Samsung Smartphones?
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
Trade-in sites, research firms suggest consumers are unloading their Samsung phones in the wake of the courtroom loss to Apple. But some are just upgrading.
How Wireless Operators Get Hurricane-Ready
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Verizon Wireless talks about how its COLT (cell on light truck) mobile base station trucks can be deployed at hurricane time.
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