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Content tagged with Software posted in February 2012
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Windows 8: 8 Things SMBs Should Know
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft released the beta version of its much-revamped operating system for PCs and tablets. Here are some key facts for smaller companies.
What CIA Wants In Next-Gen HD Video
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
In-Q-Tel, the CIA's investment arm, has partnered with Mersive to bring high-definition video to a new level.
Can Cisco Deliver On Security Strategy?
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
New leadership makes promises, but some pundits remain skeptical.
Windows 8 Beta: 8 Insights For IT
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview, now available for download, gives valuable information to enterprise IT pros preparing for the final version.
Facebook Revamps Pages For Businesses
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
"Sponsored stories," along with premium ads, now eligible for distribution in the Facebook newsfeed. Check out this and five other key changes.
9 Coolest Smartphones At Mobile World Congress
Slideshows  |  2/29/2012  | 
From the HTC One to the Samsung Galaxy Beam, check out some of the most interesting smartphones from Mobile World Congress 2012.
Timeline For Facebook Pages Takes Getting Used To
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
Businesses that use Facebook for marketing and to connect to customers may learn to love Timeline for Facebook Pages. But designers and developers of custom tabs will have to scramble to adjust over the next 30 days.
The Big Data Challenge: Social Data Meets Corporate Data
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
With the rise of social media sites, companies are getting hit with a blizzard of unstructured data, and must now find cost-effective ways to integrate and analyze the collective pool of big data to generate granular business insights.
Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Windows 8 beta software gives public first chance to check out OS that will be crucial to Microsoft's efforts to become relevant in the tablet market.
CIOs Must Beware Private Cloud Plan Hijackers
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Employees with something to lose will try to thwart your private cloud plans. The boss needs to take charge.
Microsoft, Hortonworks Expand Hadoop Partnership
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
ODBC driver for Hive will enable Microsoft Excel and PowerPivot for Excel users to explore Hadoop data.
Coyote Systems Driver Info App Expands Across Europe
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
U.K.-based travel mobile app and device developer Coyote Systems is betting a paid subscription model and user loyalty will drive it to the top of the market.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: 8 Expectations
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Microsoft plans to make its new OS available to the public on Feb. 29 with the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Here's what to watch.
4 Cloud Computing Pain Points That Still Hurt
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
In a cloud project, common sense gets you only so far: then the pain really kicks in. Consider these four issues still plaguing even the experts.
Watchitoo Offers Multiparty Video As Embeddable Player
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Google+ Hangouts On Air continues a slow rollout, as others show the potential of multiparty video broadcasts.
Homeland Security Tackles Agile Development
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
DHS plans a big push toward more agile development, where software is developed over a series of one- or two-week sprints.
Pentaho, DataStax Build Ties To Ease NoSQL Data Movement
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Open-source Kettle data integration software provides a drag-and-drop approach to getting information into and out of Cassandra.
ON Voicefeed Aims To Modernize Mobile Voicemail
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Free iOS app, coming soon for Android, offers unique greetings for different contacts, plus social media integration.
5 Keys To U.S. National Mobility Strategy
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Security, device support, and applications development are tough issues that agency CIOs must address as they hurry to put smartphones and tablets into more employees' hands.
HTC One Smartphones Debut At MWC 2012
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
HTC One series of Android 4.0 smartphones includes high-end camera components and sound from Beats Audio. Check out our video coverage, from Mobile World Congress 2012.
Android's Success: By The Numbers
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Google's Android boss bragged about the platform's incredible success: Think 300 million devices, with 850,000 new devices activated daily.
The Rise Of The Hybrid Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/27/2012  | 
As on-premises ERP dies a slow death, the hybrid enterprise, not pure SaaS, will be the dominant model for some time to come.
Google Tells Businesses 'Fall In Love With Mobile'
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Companies that don't invest in mobile websites and ads will soon get left behind by customers, predicts Google's global head of mobile.
DataSift Turns Back Clock On Twitter
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Social data processing specialist launches searchable archive of tweets going back to January 2010.
DARPA, MIT Research A Self-Healing Cloud
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Researchers aim to develop a cloud computing environment that could immediately recognize and fend off a cyber attack, much like the human body fights a virus.
MWC 2012: Smartphone Apps, Gadgets For Cars
Slideshows  |  2/27/2012  | 
Fresh from Mobile World Congress 2012, check out new apps and devices designed to make your car time more productive, enjoyable, and safe.
Mozilla, Telefonica Promise Open Web Phone
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Does the world need another mobile operating system? Boot2Gecko, Mozilla's HTML5 operating system, aims to pry open the mobile Web.
Nokia Launches 41-MP Camera Phone At MWC 2012
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Nokia is first to seize the Mobile World Congress 2012 stage, bringing a slew of new phones including one that begs the question whether it's more camera than phone.
Accenture CIO Vision Emphasizes Social, Contextual IT
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Social and mobile data lead big themes in Accenture's technology vision for 2012.
8 Ways Windows Server 8 Handles Storage Better
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Microsoft has added important enhancements to the way Windows Server 8 works with and uses storage.
Hadoop Behind Metamarkets' Data Science-as-a-Service
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Business Intelligence startup Metamarkets aims to take "BI in the cloud" one step further.
4 Ways SMBs Can Score With Gamification
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Small and midsize businesses are well-positioned to take advantage of gamification. Here's some expert advice on how to use the growing trend to get closer to your customers.
10 Ways To Make Hay From Customer Feedback
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
You can learn a lot from the comments your customers post on Facebook and other social networks. Here's how to make the most of them.
Skype App Comes To Windows Phone
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Microsoft’s VoIP app is optimized for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smarpthones, including Nokia’s Lumia line and Samsung Focus devices.
Oracle Exalytics: When Late Is Better Than Never
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
In-memory appliance promises to turbocharge business intelligence and analytic apps, but its biggest appeal will be to IT shops with an all-Oracle commitment.
TelyHD Brings Skype To Your TV
News  |  2/26/2012  | 
Android-based TelyHD connects your TV to the Internet to enable Skype video calling, photo sharing, and other features.
Chart.io Seeks To Shake Up BI
News  |  2/26/2012  | 
Startup's cloud-based business intelligence solution takes on entrenched on-premises BI providers.
Why Google Plus Is Better For Business
News  |  2/26/2012  | 
Google social and mobile global marketing director Rikard Steiber comes to the set of InformationWeek's Valley View to explain why businesses should use Google Plus to engage their customers.
Seriously Secure Mobile Voice With Custom Crypto
News  |  2/25/2012  | 
KoolSpan's mobile phone voice encryption products create a secure point-to-point channel for voice or other high-value communications.
Wanted: Secure Android App Whitelisting
Commentary  |  2/25/2012  | 
Android's security is broken. Here's how it could be strengthened.
Google Web Intents Promises Better Online Sharing
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
Chrome developer feature makes communication between different online services a lot easier.
Yammer's Game Plan: CEO David Sacks Explains All
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
Sacks discusses the virtues of enterprise social networking in the cloud, the viral virtues of freemium, and how to kill an unsanctioned Yammer network.
Authentication Via Mobile Phone Enhances Login Security
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
Usernames and passwords are inadequate for strong authentication. Mobile devices are increasingly popular as a second factor.
NASA Gives Ozone Layer A Checkup
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
New instrument aboard Suomi Earth-observation satellite will monitor the ozone layer's recovery during the coming decades.
Apple Takes Chomp
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
Search company acquisition will help Apple's customers more easily find the mobile apps they need.
8 More Ways Windows 8 Could Be Great
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
From SkyDrive integration to picture passwords and Office apps, significant changes to Microsoft's new OS make it barely recognizable compared to predecessors.
Microsoft Windows 8, Server 8 Near Beta Test
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
Microsoft's OS and server OS at the core of its mobile and cloud-era architecture approach a big milestone, along with Visual Studio 11.
Next Office Version To Have Touch Mode
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
Just as Windows 8 is preparing to make touch interfaces a natural part of use, Microsoft Office 15 will allow users to move in and out of Touch Mode.
What Salesforce.com Results Say About Oracle Battle
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
Salesforce.com keeps furthering its reach into more corners of its customers' operations. The competition has noticed.
Air Force Says 'Nyet' to iPad2
News  |  2/23/2012  | 
The U.S. Air Force is pulling back an order of thousands of iPads. Is it because the plan includes software written by a Russian?
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