News & Commentary
posted in May 2008
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Looking through the Prism at WPF
Commentary  |  5/31/2008  | 
BlackBerry Leads, iPhone Follows U.S. Smartphone Sales
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The reason for RIM's success? It's been able to broaden the appeal of the BlackBerry to more than just professionals, an IDC report found.
Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Laptop-Embedded Wireless Broadband Closer To Mainstream
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
New technologies and pricing due by the end of 2008 have the potential to eliminate the problems of embedded wireless 3G notebook purchases, Gartner now suggests.
Xerox Ink Expands Commercial Use Of Digital Printers
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The gel-like substance is expected to allow digital print on foil and plastic, both common materials in packaging.
Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
FoneLink 2.0 Targeted At Apple Macintosh Users
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The syncing software has been overhauled to improve the speed, stability, and features for the latest Mac OS X operating system.
Google's Schmidt: Mobile Internet The Future Of Advertising
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Speaking to a German newspaper, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that the mobile Internet will indeed be the next major advertising platform. According to Schmidt, the iPhone is leading the charge.
Is YouTube A Tool For Terrorist Propaganda?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
I think of YouTube as being primarily a place to watch cute cat videos. But Sen. Joe Lieberman condemns the video site for something sinister: Terrorist organizations are using YouTube to post videos inciting Arabs to kill Americans. Lieberman is demanding that YouTube put a stop to the practice.
Enterprise 2.0 Preview: Collaborative Tools Gird Wachovia's Global Push
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Wachovia is embracing Wikis, blogs, instant messaging, social networking sites, Microsoft's Sharepoint, and other collaborative tools to connect staff, cut costs, and retain and attract younger employees.
Microsoft Office Standard Challenged By India, Brazil, South Africa
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Members of a Brazilian technical committee said the process that led to OOXML's ratification was flawed, in part because not all participants were given enough time to make their views heard.
Mars Phoenix Lander Moves Arm For First Time In A Year
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
NASA said the Phoenix was instructed to rotate its "wrist," unlatch its launch lock, raise the forearm, and move it upright to release the elbow restraint.
Google Seeks Dismissal Of Street View Lawsuit
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Google insists it has the right to drive upon a private road, turn around in a private driveway, and take pictures of private property.
Google Shows First Android GPhone Prototype
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Sure, Google engineer director Steve Horowitz says "I'm here to tell you there is actually no GPhone" in this interesting Android demonstration video I've linked to. But then he goes on to show off a GPhone prototype he's been working with for the last six months. So let's go to the videotape.
Samsung Introduces Stylish Smartphone
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The sleek Samsung smartphone has a stainless steel body, is 13.5 millimeters thin, and features a sliding form factor.
No Answers Found In Search For Microsoft's Jim Gray
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Searches on and below the water have not solved the disappearance of the noted computer researcher and experienced sailor.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Harnessing The Web Transformation
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Get ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston June 9 - 12. where attendees will get an up-close look at how SaaS and Cloud Computing, Search 2.0, and social networking in the enterprise are reinventing the way companies do business.
Mozilla's Add-On Army (Finally!) Makes Its Move
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
As Firefox 3 takes its final steps towards a final release, some users are wondering whether their favorite extensions will fall by the wayside. As it turns out, most of them won't have to wonder -- or worry -- much longer.
Cell Phones' Newest Feature: Avoiding Speeding Tickets
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Trapster is a new service that allows cell phone users to alert one another about the location of speed traps. Alerts are sent in real-time to Trapster users as they approach a tagged trap. Never mind the fact that using a cell phone while speeding is probably not a good idea.
Online Ad Market Expected To Beat TV By 2012
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Video advertising will lead the shift, leading to overall Internet ad revenue of $51.1 billion, according to one research firm.
The Challenge of Mobile Analytics
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Last year everyone was talking about Web 2.0; this year it's all about the Mobile Web. Let's take a look at what this means for mobile analytics... The bottom line: Mobile analytics are relatively new; beyond infancy, but certainly not for the faint of heart. The biggest challenges are...
Qualcomm's Plaza To Enable Easier Mobile Widgets
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The company hopes its new platform-neutral widget framework will help operators drive mobile data usage.
Live Search Cashback Invites Company Troubles
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
My first look at Microsoft's new Live Search Cashback mentioned some concerns about its potential for abuse by employees. It would be easy for someone to buy products with company money and pocket the cashback rewards. As I've been doing a few more searches and purchases with the service, it seems like some merchants may be counting on this sort of behavior.
Obama's Tech Outreach Betrays Small Glitches
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
While Sen. Barack Obama unveiled an impressively broad technology policy plan last November, his campaign still has a few glitches to work out in terms of its own use of online technology for outreach.
Google's Android To Offer Up App Store?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Another gem to come from Google's I/O conference is news that Android-powered phones will be able to access some sort of centralized store to find and download applications to the handset. This will be great for developers looking to distribute their applications, as well as users seeking new functionality for their phones.
New Backup Options Blur The Line Between Physical and Virtual Storage
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
NovaStor's new NovaBACKUP 10 data protection and disaster recovery software for Windows lets small busineses store data locally and online in the cloud.
Startup Incubator Opens In Pittsburgh
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
A new facility for startup software and Internet companies is about to open in Pittsburgh. The new AlphaLab is affiliated with Innovation Works, a seed-stage investor that has pumped $37 million into more than 100 Pittsburgh-area startups over the past eight years.
Firefox Or Flock? Or Both?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
With a release candidate of Firefox 3 upon us and the final version set to drop sometime in June, I'm finding myself a bit torn: Do I upgrade to FF3 once it's fully baked, or stay with my current browser?  What makes the dilemma all the tougher is that my current browser isn't Firefox 2 -- well, it is, sort of, but not really.  It's Flock, which serves as great proof of how open
Dining At the Intersection of Search and Retention
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Lawyers were well represented (you might say) at last week's Enterprise Search Summit in New York. At times, it felt more like an e-discovery conference with analytics and social-computing side-tracks rather than a search conference featuring a few e-discovery sessions... Without good search technology, sifting through the data isn't just tedious but nightmarishly expensive.
ClickFree Makes Backup Stupid Simple
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Like many other members of the geek brotherhood, I provide informal tech support services for my friends and neighbors. In return they take care of Dr. Humphrey D. Dogg, DCS (Doctor of Canine Studies), when I fly off to Interop or TechEd. A few weeks ago one of my dog-run buddies was lamenting the lack of a good backup program for his Mac that would save his data to recordable DVDs. Given that he had an older PowerPC-based Mac and couldn't run Time Machine, I didn't have a better answer for him
Spigit's Web 2.0 For Enterprise Collaboration
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Harnessing the collective wisdom of the crowd always sounds so good in theory, but few do it really well. More important, few have figured out the best ways to do it inside the walls of a corporation. I was surprised a couple weeks ago when the head of our HR department forwarded a job description to several of us to help her fill: It was for a company-wide Wiki manager -- not the "manager" role that makes it run and administers it, but the kind that evangelizes it, gets people to use it, and fi
MEDgle: Symptoms Ending In 'gle'
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
You know that rash, that one you don't want to talk about but that you keep scratching and wondering about but you're afraid to go to the doctor and get it checked out? I'm kidding -- but seriously, if you did, you could go to MEDgle first and find out how seriously to take it. This self-funded startup is yet another interesting way to exploit the expansiveness of the Web to create a new business opportunity.
Qualcomm Lays Out Map For The Future Of BREW
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
This week at Qualcomm's annual BREW conference, the giant chipmaker gave its content delivery platform a double shot in the arm. BREW's future includes Flash integration and the ability to run widgets created with Qualcomm's Plaza initiative. Are these improvements enough to fend off the competition?
CDNs Stage 3
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
In an upcoming InformationWeek cover story and online special report on the future of Web video (coming out next week), one of the areas I explored was content delivery networks. As executive producer of TechWeb TV, I publish a fair share of video, but it's been a while since I was able to take a deep dive into the land of CDNs, and boy, have they changed.
Dell Revenues, Earnings Up On Notebook Sales
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
However, the computer maker also reported that it saw "conservatism" in IT spending in the United States, which Dell expects to last through the summer.
Ultra Low-Cost Laptops: A Viable Option For SMBs?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
No one likes to spend more than they have to on a computer. And no one likes to carry around more weight than they have to. You'd think that would make a killer combination for ultra-low-cost ultra-portables like the Asus eeePC, OLPC XO, and HP 2133 Mini-Note. And now a new teeny tiny machine is on the way from Dell. But don't throw away your traditional notebook just yet.
Down To Business: Smell Opportunity, Not Just Upheaval, In Globalization
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
If there's such a thing as a business technology profession of the future, it's in developing, building, managing, and cultivating global supply chains.
CIOs Uncensored: An Interview With The Last CIO
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
How did it come about that Tomorrow's CIO really is tomorrow's CIO?
Mozilla Aims For Firefox 3.0 Download Record
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Given that there's no established Guinness World Record for software downloads, Mozilla is destined for the record book no matter what happens.
MokaFive Virtual Desktops: A Flexible Leash?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Virtualizing desktops is clearly an area of the enterprise that begs for IT action, but the variety of ways to go about it indicates that this technology segment is in deep ferment. Will those who have dominated the desktop so far rule a virtualized future? Perhaps, but where there's fermentation, there's also a whiff of disruption.
IBM Adds Social Networking To Rational Team Development
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Rational Team Concert is aimed at letting all participants in the development process--not just developers--collaborate.
Intel, Micron Launch High-Density Storage Chip
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The new devices are smaller than the size of a thumbnail but can store more than 2,000 digital photos or up to 1,000 songs.
EDS Shareholder Sues To Block HP Merger
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The suit asks a Delaware court to force EDS to auction itself off for a higher price.
VIA Launches Low-Power Nano Processor Family
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The chips could initially be used in thin and light laptops and later in sub-$500 mini-notebooks with screen sizes of less than 10 inches.
Mobile Ad Revenue To Hit $10 Billion By 2013
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
To hit that number, the industry must first solve a host of issues involving formats, pricing strategies, and standards, says a report from Heavy Reading.
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