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Content tagged with Software posted in February 2011
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DataStax Preps Launch Of Cassandra Management Interface
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
OpsCenter, now in beta, will make it easier to implement the open source, NoSQL system used to manage big data at Netflix, Twitter, and Facebook, said the company's CEO.
SAP Plays Games With The Analysts
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The 'gamification' of the enterprise could make work more compelling, engaging and -- gasp -- fun.
GDC: Google Woos Game Makers
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The Web as a platform remains a work-in-progress, but Google wants game developers to climb on board.
SeaMicro Launches Low Power Server With Atom Chips
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Intel's 256 Atom N570 dual-core processors power servers optimized to run applications that process high-volumes of small Web transactions such as in online gaming and social networks.
Porting Android Apps Won't Solve RIM's PlayBook Problems
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Growing evidence suggests RIM is looking to permit applications written for Google's Android platform to run on its PlayBook tablet. Here's why this is a bad idea.
Facebook Adds Share Capabilities To Like Button
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The functionality is expected to bolster page views and traffic for third-party advertisers and content creators.
Windows Phone 7 To Verizon?
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Published photos show an HTC device running Microsoft's new mobile operating system and bearing the U.S. carrier's logo.
Will Windows XP Really Die On Cue?
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Microsoft says Windows XP support ends in 2014, but can they stick to their guns?
Google Gmail Messages Go Missing
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Google has been racing to restore messages for Gmail users following a service disruption on Sunday.
Groupon Launches Group Buying Portal In China
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The daily deal company is partnering with Tencent and Yunfeng on GaoPeng.com, hoping to take advantage of a market that could reach $2.4 billion by year's end.
SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Mixes Expected Upgrades, Innovative Breakthroughs
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The list of business intelligence enhancements includes long-awaited fixes as well as in-memory and real-time advances.
Global CIO: iPad Versus Motorola Xoom: Apps Give Apple Huge Advantage
Commentary  |  2/27/2011  | 
In considering new Android and Blackberry tablets, CIOs need to focus on the numbers that matter: how many apps, and price of device.
Amazon Launches CloudFormation To Simplify App Deployment
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The service automates building virtual workloads for EC2, much like Kaavo CEO's says it does for Amazon, VMware, and other public and private clouds.
Marketing 101: Don't Forget To Follow Up!
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Nowadays, marketing your business is a different ball game than it was even six months or a year ago. Radio and print media are being eclipsed by social networking and e-mail messaging. But one thing hasn't changed, and it probably never will: how you follow up with prospective and existing customers.
Sun's Scott McNealy Recalls Triumphs, Near Misses
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The former Sun Microsystems CEO recollects brilliant innovations, hiring Bill Joy, and almost acquiring Apple, but talks little about missteps in a conversation with former Sun president Ed Zander at Silicon Valley's Churchill Club.
Google Demotes Crummy Content
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
About 12% of Web sites have become significantly less visible in Google search results sought by U.S. users due to their low-quality content.
IBM Tops In Q4 Server Sales
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Big Blue led all vendors in revenue while Hewlett-Packard was number one in shipments as the industry picked up steam.
China Blocks LinkedIn
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The business social media site is the latest to be barred by the government, although partial access seems to have been restored.
SMBs Stymied By Virtualization Backup
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Virtual environments may cause disaster recovery headaches for smaller companies if not handled with same urgency as physical systems, says Acronis.
Facebook Tells FTC To Balance Privacy, Innovation
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
In commenting on the Federal Trade Commission's plan to protect online privacy, the social media site cautions the agency not to do anything that will hinder business development.
Server Market Continues Triumphal Procession
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Gartner says the market defied the Great Recession last year by growing 17 percent, driven by refresh cycles. But next year could be different.
Bing Adds Facebook 'Likes' To Search Results
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Users will see their friends' preferences, and profile pictures, show up directly within listings on the Microsoft search engine.
Amazon's EC2 Adds Zeus Load Balancer For SMBs
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud incorporates a low cost option for spreading a workload over servers from Zeus Technology.
Firm Gets 'ProActive' About Social Media Marketing
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
A Wall Street veteran, Jeff Ramson saw first-hand how difficult it can be for a small, fledgling company to get noticed. It occurred to him that he could merge his traditional investment expertise with social media to help these emerging operations gain some visibility and, ultimately, traction in the marketplace. That's why he started ProActive Capital Resources Group.
Apple Releases Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Registered Mac developers can download the preview version of Mac OS X Lion from the Mac App Store.
Intel's Thunderbolt Speeds Connections
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Debuting in Apple's MacBook Pros, the high-speed PC connection technology, previously codenamed Light Peak, provides data transfer speeds much faster than USB 3.0 and FireWire.
Review: Clearvale Express Free Social Networking For Businesses
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Broadvision is providing a free, stripped-down version of its enterprise product for businesses looking for a simple way to offer social networking functionality to employees.
Sprint's Windows Phone 7 Entry 'Arrives'
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Pre-orders begin for new HTC model, which carrier promises to deliver to consumers by March 20th.
Local Governments Embrace The Cloud Faster Than Feds
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
State and local governments are moving more quickly than their federal counterparts to adopt Web-based services, according to a Microsoft executive.
Consumers Combine Search, Social Media For Purchasing Decisions
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Nearly half of all consumers surveyed used a combination of search and social media sites before making a buying decision, GroupM Search and comScore report.
Facebook Cracks Down On Third Party Apps
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Software developers say that the social media site is disabling their apps, including Breakup Notifier and a poker game, without warning or clear explanation.
Google Turns Office Into Google Apps Client
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
With software to subvert Office and a test drive program to tempt businesses into the cloud, Google is aiming right at Microsoft's heart.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb First Impressions
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
The Motorola Xoom arrives with the tablet-optimized version of Android and it feels like a more complete OS than earlier versions.
No Windows Phone 7 Update For Some Users
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Samsung phones prove incompatible with patch, which also caused headaches for users of other phones powered by Microsoft's new mobile OS.
Developer Rights Now
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Platform owners shouldn't be allowed to treat developers like serfs.
Watson's Jeopardy Win A Victory For Mankind
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
The IBM supercomputer not only beat the quiz show's most successful human contestants, but also showed what skilled researchers will be able to do as they tackle big problems in the future.
Global CIO: HP CEO Apotheker Is Betting The Farm
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Leo Apotheker's silence has raised lots of uncertainty about HP, but he says a March 14 event will make everything clear. He'd better be right.
Cisco Terminates Cloud Email Service
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Cisco Mail is being shut down, but the company assures customers that it remains committed to collaboration services.
Microsoft Unveils Public Sector Cloud Deals
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Business Productivity Online Suite and Windows Azure are among the hosted services that will be delivered to regional and local government customers.
SAP Announces Blockbuster BusinessObjects Upgrade
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Business intelligence and information management suites are synchronized and enhanced in a feature-packed release highlighting real-time analysis.
Apple MacBook Pro Expected With Light Peak
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
The company's updated MacBook Pro should be the first to bring Intel's Light Peak technology to market.
Few Businesses Use Social Media For Disaster Recovery
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Only about 25% of businesses have added social media like Facebook or Twitter to their disaster recovery and business continuity plans, a survey by Janco Associates reveals.
FBI Redesigns 'Most Wanted' Site
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
The agency has enhanced its search and other tools to improve the way people can help it locate fugitives and missing persons.
OKI Switches To Green Printer Parts
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
By "green" they mean bioplastics, resulting in lower CO2 emissions. Also, things made from them are not immortal, and that's good for the environment.
Global CIO: SAS Takes On IBM, As IT Meets Marketing
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Analytics is changing marketing, as recent M&A activity shows.
Microsoft Releases Windows 7 SP1
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 bundles all bug fixes to date, but includes few new features.
Microsoft To Release Kinect SDK
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Software development kit will give users a chance to create their own apps for the Xbox motion-control system.
Great Lost Software: 16 Gone But Not Forgotten
Slideshows  |  2/22/2011  | 
Software comes and software goes. Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option. Though such also-rans are soon forgotten, some defunct software still holds our affections, whether because nothing as good has come along or because it was our "first love" in a category. Software may seem a funny thing to be sentimental about, but when you use a tool every day, you can grow quite fond of it. We ransacked
Cloud Connect To Tackle Challenges For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
The second-annual event will bring together strong advocates of cloud computing from Amazon, Cisco Systems, Rackspace, eBay, Cloudscaling, and others for a four-day conference.
NASA Renews SAIC Service Contract For $62 Million
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The firm will continue to support NASA's Information Technology Service Network for at least the next 8 months.
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