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Holiday Gift Guide For Tech Gadget Lovers
News  |  12/30/2011  | 
Need a gift idea for the tech gadget geek in your life? Here are several of the hottest new tech toys for the 2011 holiday season, from the Looxcie Camera to the Logitech Harmony Link to the Amazon Kindle Fire, and much much more.
iOS Developer Services Improve App Testing
News  |  12/29/2011  | 
Restrictions put in the developer license by Apple cause problems for many users, but outside services are popping up to break the limits.
10 Enterprise Social Networking Obstacles
Commentary  |  12/29/2011  | 
Why wouldn't every organization flock to the vision of an agile, transparent, people-centered, and collaborative team? Let's count the reasons.
NASA Spacecraft Set To Orbit Moon
News  |  12/29/2011  | 
The two spacecraft in the GRAIL mission aim to create a new gravity map of the moon. They will go into orbit one after the other on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Will Windows Phone Take Off In 2012?
Commentary  |  12/28/2011  | 
Microsoft has two updates planned for its mobile platform next year, and its application store has a lot of apps. Will it spur sales?
10 Biggest Social Business Stories Of 2011
Commentary  |  12/28/2011  | 
They range from Facebook platform changes to OpenSocial specs to the phenomenon of social poseurs.
Fed Health IT Spending: $6.5 Billion By 2016
News  |  12/28/2011  | 
Government must upgrade systems that support clinical and business operations to drive efficiencies and curb the cost of healthcare.
VA Plans Cloud Telephony Pilot
News  |  12/28/2011  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs solicits information to transform its telephone infrastructure to a voice-as-a-service platform.
Will The FAA Relax Electronic Device Restrictions?
Commentary  |  12/28/2011  | 
Longstanding rules that require you to turn off your iPads and Kindles during airplane takeoff and landing may have no basis in science.
Dachis Group Builds Analytics Around Social Business Index
News  |  12/27/2011  | 
Razorfish co-founder Jeff Dachis launches firm to analyze the components of a company's social media performance.
Baby Pajamas Talk To Your Phone, Tablet Via Cloud
News  |  12/27/2011  | 
Exmovere's Exmobaby pajamas transmit data on infant vital signs through the cloud to parents' smartphones and computers.
Amazon Updates Kindle Fire Software
News  |  12/27/2011  | 
Interface sluggishness has been unslugged. Users get some control over the contents of the carousel.
Citrix Receiver One Answer to BYOD
News  |  12/27/2011  | 
Desktop virtualization tools like Citrix Receiver give employee-owned iOS and Android devices access to Microsoft Office apps and data.
Android Gets Toe In Pentagon Front Door
News  |  12/27/2011  | 
The US Department of Defense has approved the use of certain specific Android devices on their networks.
Congress Funds Exascale Computing
News  |  12/22/2011  | 
The race is on for exascale computing, and Congress sees keeping the U.S. in the hunt as an imperative for long-term American competitiveness.
NASA Sees Drones Flying In U.S. Airspace
News  |  12/22/2011  | 
Space agency hires contract to develop communications systems to allow unmanned aerial vehicles to safely fly alongside manned aircraft.
Microsoft To Withdraw From CES
News  |  12/22/2011  | 
Consumer Electronics Show in January will be the last one for Microsoft, which says the tech fest is out of synch with its product cycles.
WellPoint Taps IBM Watson For Cancer Decision Support
News  |  12/22/2011  | 
Los Angeles cancer institute will also contribute to the project, which aims to use Watson-based technology to improve treatment outcomes.
4 Questions SMBs Should Ask Outsourcing Vendors
News  |  12/22/2011  | 
Small and midsize businesses that plan to outsource their IT operations need to ask these four questions before signing the dotted line.
Do Clinicians Need Their Own DWI Rule?
Commentary  |  12/22/2011  | 
Doctoring While iPhoning isn't the same as Driving While Intoxicated. But doctors should know better than to engage in such behavior.
5 Mobile Things That Won't Happen In 2012
Commentary  |  12/22/2011  | 
Here are five things we probably won't see take place in the mobile industry in 2012, along with a few that might.
Startup Automates SMB Customer Engagement
News  |  12/22/2011  | 
OneReach gives small and midsize businesses a simple way to set up automated voice, SMS, and email customer messaging--no technical skill needed.
Mobile App Inventory Crosses 1 Million Mark
Commentary  |  12/22/2011  | 
Apple's App Store is the biggest, but it's the only one of seven app stores that didn't post double-digit growth in 2011.
The Case For SharePoint Plus Silverlight
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
The authors of SharePoint 2010 Development with Silverlight talk about why the two Microsoft technologies are more powerful together.
Feds Set Tougher Data Center Consolidation Goals
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
Federal agencies are ahead of schedule in their data center consolidation plans, so the White House now plans to close even more data centers.
Prevent Drunk Facebooking With Sobriety App
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
Avoid the shame of PUI (posting under the influence) by testing yourself and your drinking buddies.
Mobile Digital Divide: Personal Apps Vs. Work Apps
Commentary  |  12/21/2011  | 
3 questions IT must answer to provide a better mobile experience for employees.
5 Ways The Smartphone Market Evolved In 2011
Commentary  |  12/21/2011  | 
The smartphone market is one of the most dynamic in the world. Here are the five biggest smartphone trends that took place during 2011.
Microsoft, Nokia Mulled RIM Acquisition
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
Amazon is also said to have kicked the tires on the struggling smartphone maker.
Feds Tackle Sprawling, Disorganized Government Websites
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
Some agencies have more than 100 domains and dozens of Web hosting providers, but administration has ordered agencies to clean up their mess.
Microsoft Wins Patent Claim Against Motorola
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
International Trade Commission, however, rejects several other patent claims that Microsoft filed against Motorola.
Radian6 Chief: Ignoring Social Could Bring 'CEO Spring'
Commentary  |  12/20/2011  | 
Companies must embrace enterprise social media in 2012 or be overrun by it, says Marcel LeBrun.
5 Biggest Mobile Stories Of 2011
Commentary  |  12/20/2011  | 
From mergers to phones, wireless technologies, and mobile operating systems, 2011 was an explosive one for the mobile industry. Here are the five biggest stories of the year.
IBM Acquires Social Services Software Developer
News  |  12/20/2011  | 
Curam Software will bolster IBM's Smarter Cities strategy to help governments use technology to better deliver citizen services.
White House Moves To Future-Proof Government IT
News  |  12/20/2011  | 
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel's priorities for 2012 include making sure IT investments pay off, shared services, cloud computing, data center consolidation, and cybersecurity.
Patent Office Presents $50,000 Innovation Challenge
News  |  12/20/2011  | 
U.S. Trademark and Patent Office turns to crowdsourcing for an algorithm to speed the patent approval process.
Novell Vs. Microsoft Ends In Mistrial
News  |  12/20/2011  | 
Jurors unable to reach a verdict on Novell's claims that Microsoft intentionally sought to destroy WordPerfect and Quattro.
Google Want To Google Get On Google's Tech Google News Google Page? Put Google In Your Google Headline
Commentary  |  12/20/2011  | 
My unscientific research reveals Google likes stories about itself and Google products. While I took it lightheartedly, the U.S. government is more concerned.
Telligent Buys Leverage Software To Boost Cloud Power
News  |  12/19/2011  | 
Acquisition strengthens Telligent's cloud computing and enterprise social networking products.
5 Innovations IBM Says Will Change Your Life
Commentary  |  12/19/2011  | 
Mind-reading PCs, people-powered generators, and an end to passwords could all become realities within the next five years, according to Big Blue.
Social Business In 2012: Enter The Water Dragon
Commentary  |  12/19/2011  | 
I hope to see the term "social business" bite the dust in 2012. Enterprise 2.0 is about individualism, data, new management models, and architecture.
Microsoft's Dumbest And Smartest Moves Of 2011
Commentary  |  12/19/2011  | 
The past year was one of highs and lows for the world’s biggest software company. Here are seven reasons why.
NASA Commercial Flight Program Faces Delays, Funding Woes
News  |  12/19/2011  | 
Space agency and its partners move ahead with plans for spacecraft that can transport crew and cargo into space.
Top 10 Government IT Flops Of 2011
News  |  12/19/2011  | 
Alongside success in many areas, government IT deployments suffered security snafus, fraud fiascoes, budget breakdowns, and more over the past year.
Salesforce Acquires Rypple For Social Employee Performance Management
News  |  12/19/2011  | 
Employee performance recognition and goals application to become "Successforce," build on Salesforce's enterprise social media aspirations.
Top 20 IT Trends In 2011
Commentary  |  12/19/2011  | 
The business technology sector went through a lot of changes in 2011. What follows is my list of the most important themes, events, products, and people of the past year.
SAP Steps Up Mobile, Cloud And In-Memory Commitments
Commentary  |  12/19/2011  | 
SAP spotlights innovation, customer success and new partnerships with Google, Tableau and Tibco at its Influencer Summit.
Why Developers Still Target iOS Ahead Of Android
Commentary  |  12/18/2011  | 
There potentially is more money to be made developing for Apple's iPhone, even though Android has more users.
What If Microsoft And Intel Weren't Two Years Late?
Commentary  |  12/16/2011  | 
Both companies made recent moves to put themselves in better stead to compete in phones and tablets. What if they'd done it two years ago?
IBM Acquires Analytics Specialist Emptoris
News  |  12/16/2011  | 
Big Blue continues to bet big on the business analytics and intelligence markets.
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