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Content tagged with Software posted in June 2012
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E-Stores Should Cater To Tablet Users, Study Says
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
Social sites are driving more referrals but few conversions. Meanwhile, mobile traffic is also on the rise, with tablet visitors converting to buyers at almost the same rate as PC users.
Google's Risky Business
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google I/O, company's annual developer conference, confirms that Google is on a mission to organize the world's information. Big bets such as Project Glass could bring big rewards, or painful lessons.
Facebook, Oracle, Microsoft, Apple.: The Joke's On You
Facebook, Oracle, Microsoft, Apple.: The Joke's On You
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/29/2012  | 
InformationWeek's Fritz Nelson pokes fun at the news, and a few big-name companies like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, RIM, Nokia and more.
Google Art Project Now Uses Google Plus Hangouts
Google Art Project Now Uses Google Plus Hangouts
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google Art Project data lead Piotr Adamczyk demonstrates not only the site, containing some 30,000 pieces of art, but also its integration with Google Plus Hangouts, designed for virtual video tours and collaboration.
Google Ventures: A Hands On Startup Fund
Google Ventures: A Hands On Startup Fund
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google Ventures is Google's investment arm, but unlike similar entities at technology companies, Google is hands on, helping with engineering, product, marketing and other talent that a startup might need to succeed. Partner David Krane explains.
RIM Explores Microsoft Alliance, Other Radical Moves
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
After more devastating losses and another massive layoff announcement, RIM is looking at more options, including partnering with Microsoft to put Windows Phone on BlackBerries, or selling access to its secure network.
RIM, Microsoft Marriage Makes Sense
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
There's a lot of logic behind the idea of Microsoft either buying RIM's network or buying access to it. The security and the reach of the network would be a huge asset to Microsoft and worth a lot of money. But giving that access would be an admission of defeat for BlackBerry 10.
Adobe Backs Off Flash Support on Android
News  |  6/29/2012  | 
The variety of devices and OS configurations makes it difficult for Adobe to optimize Android properly in a plugin general to the operating system, so the company will be withdrawing support for the plugin.
Google Analytics Goes Mobile
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Developers and marketers can now use Google Analytics to understand mobile app usage.
Getting Googly On Valley View
Getting Googly On Valley View
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/28/2012  | 
Our June episode of Valley View featured plenty of news and deep dives from Google, given that the show aired during Google I/O, the company's developer conference. We featured news from the conference, guests from Google, SAS and Zenprise.
HootSuite Grows Apps Directory, Adds Instagram, SlideShare
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
HootSuite now has 20 add-ons to its social media management tool. Others added this week are Zuum, for finding engaging content to share on Facebook, and edocr, for sharing and tracking marketing documents.
Drones Fail 'Perch And Stare' Contest
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
DARPA competition to develop unmanned aerial vehicles capable of landing and relaying real-time surveillance video ends without a winner.
Google I/O Day 2: Chrome Hits iOS, IaaS Play
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google Compute Engine is an infrastructure-as-a-service offering that competes with Amazon Web Services, while Chrome browser is now used by 310 million people, execs said at Google I/O.
Apple Obsolescence Debate: More Analysis Please, Fanboys
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The Apple-can-do-nothing-wrong crowd cranked up the hate machine when I questioned the vendor's upgrade treadmill. Some responses and clarifications are in order.
Nokia Update Turns Lumia Phones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Patch for Lumia 710 and 800 also adds new camera features, but potential buyers may decide to wait for Windows Phone 8.
Google Drive iOS App: Essential Features Missing
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google Drive for Apple's iOS platform hits the iPhone and iPad, but you're better off using the browser-based version.
EPA Aims For 80% Cloud Use By 2015
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Agency awards a three-year contract to CGI Federal for infrastructure-as-a-service as part of a broader strategy to implement an agency-wide hybrid cloud.
Google Compute Engine: Hands-On Review
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google Compute Engine is a stable, reliable, and fast provider of on-demand computing resources. But it offers fewer features than rival Amazon Web Services.
5 Tips To Build Your Personal Social Brand
News  |  6/28/2012  | 
Consider these best practices for successfully strengthening your social credibility.
Windows 8 Phones Easily Managed--Because It's Windows
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The fact that Windows Phone 8 is Windows, and not a radical variant, means it can be managed like Windows. While other phones must be managed through new and separate management tools such as MobileIron, Windows Phone 8 plugs right into Active Directory. IT can use standard tools and consoles and deploy apps in the usual way.
Google App Engine Gets Ready For Business
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google platform now hosts one million active applications; Release 1.7.0, unveiled at Google I/O, to add business-friendly features.
Google I/O: 10 Awesome Visions
Slideshows  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google Glasses, the Nexus Q home entertainment streaming device, Android software upgrades, and a Nexus tablet shine at day one of Google's I/O developer conference.
Google Nexus Q: Fight For Living Room On
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google's Nexus Q home media device lets Android phone and tablet users push content from their handhelds to a TV or stereo system.
Google Hardware Cred Grows With Nexus 7, Nexus Q
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Via the Google Play Store, Google now sells smartphones, tablets, a funky media device, and even accessories. Day one of Google I/O made the company's hardware player ambitions clear.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet Aims For Amazon, Not Apple
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, announced at Google I/O, doesn't try to be an iPad killer. Instead, it aims to supplant Amazon's Kindle as a media consumption device.
NASA Cranks Up Its Rocket Science
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Commercial space industry tests rockets, books flights, and builds spaceports in anticipation of playing a bigger role in the U.S. space program.
Google I/O: Jelly Bean, Nexus Tablet, Project Glass
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
At Google I/O, Google unveiled the next Android OS, a 7-inch tablet device dubbed Nexus 7, the brand-new Nexus Q, and more.
Huddle iPad App Recommends Relevant Documents To You
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Designed to compete with SharePoint, Huddle is an iPad app positioned as a content discovery and recommendation platform that can find documents for you.
Asana Offers Inbox Just For Work
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Asana's task management tool, derived from software to keep Facebook engineers organized, adds an inbox for getting things done.
Lawrence Livermore, IBM Team On Big Data
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
New venture, called Deep Computing Solutions, aims to apply supercomputing to complex industrial problems ranging from new aircraft design to agriculture's impact on the environment.
Pano Logic Cloud System: Chromebook Minus The Book
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Pano Logic debuts a browser-based "desktop" computer with pricing that's likely to appeal to SMBs. Analysts say it will best suit organizations that are already running most, if not all, of their applications in the cloud.
Microsoft Offices In Athens Hit By Terrorists
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Motive behind firebombing of software maker's facilities in the Greek capital is still unknown.
Google Launching Android 4.1 and Nexus 7 Tablet
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Rumors are that Google Wednesday will announce a Google-branded tablet, made by Asus, for under $200, and a new version of Android, code-named Jelly Bean, to run it. Cool as this might be, history suggests few users will enjoy Jelly Bean any time soon.
Google I/O Live Blog: Tablet Eyed
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google I/O kicks off Wednesday at 9:30 PST and InformationWeek's Fritz Nelson is live blogging right here. Join us for breaking news and expert analysis.
Big Data Analytics Power Revolution In Decision-Making
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
InformationWeek virtual event explores enterprise steps toward deriving valuable insights amid unprecedented data volume, velocity, variety, and complexity.
Microsoft Rolls Out Office 365 For Education
News  |  6/27/2012  | 
Cloud-based productivity suite supersedes Microsoft's Live@Edu offering for the education market.
Red Hat Shifts Into Gear With OpenShift
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Red Hat's new version of platform-as-a-service, MegaShift, supports the complex version of Java. Many developers are finding an advantage in that compared to VMware's Cloud Foundry.
Patent Trolls Decimate Innovation
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Study finds the cost of patent litigation brought by non-practicing entities comes to about a tenth of R&D spending by U.S. businesses.
NASA Satellites Track Tropical Storm Debby
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite serves as a "rain gauge in space"
Choose Your Social Business Strategy Before Your Tools
Commentary  |  6/26/2012  | 
The concepts, not the technologies, of social business pave the road to success.
Yammer Deal Casts Shadow On NewsGator Strategy
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
When Microsoft bought Yammer for $1.2 billion, it snubbed the vendor that has helped the most to round out SharePoint as an enterprise social platform. NewsGator's CEO explains why that's a good thing.
Mac Users See Pricier Rooms At Orbitz
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Orbitz says Mac users are willing to pay 30% more for hotel rooms than PC users so it is showing them more expensive options.
How To Build A Collaborative Organization
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Jacob Morgan, author of the book, The Collaborative Organization, talks to BYTE about how to build a good internal social network.
Orbitz Controversy: Tip Of Big Data Iceberg
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Websites know which PC, phone, and browser you use. But ad networks and social sites today give marketers more information about you than ever before to better target advertising.
Google Compute Engine Challenges Amazon
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
At Google I/O, Google Compute Engine debuts, bringing Google into more direct competition with infrastructure-as-a-service market leader Amazon Web Services. But don't forget about Microsoft.
Dropbox Anxiety? WatchDox Tries To Ease CIO Fears
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Investment firm Blackstone uses the cloud file-sharing platform to live the dream: WatchDox gives users BYOD freedom while putting control in IT's hands.
Yammer Acquisition Raises Social Strategy Questions
Slideshows  |  6/26/2012  | 
Yammer is officially on its way to becoming part of the Microsoft Office product family that includes SharePoint. How will it fit in?
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Mountain Lion, a.k.a. OS X 10.8, marries the Apple desktop operating system to iOS features that previously were found only on the iPhone and iPad. Among them: Messages, Notifications, Reminders, a Game Center, and better integration with iCloud. It's not a revolutionary upgrade to the desktop OS, but it should please Mac enterprise users.
Dell Launches Windows 8-Ready Ultrabooks
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
XPS 14 and XPS 15 pack sufficient punch, but will they satisfy home and business users who consider touch capability a must?
Google Bouncer Beat Up By Security Researchers
News  |  6/26/2012  | 
Google's gatekeeper for the Android app store has major growing pains ahead, as security researchers find ways to bypass it.
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