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Content tagged with Software posted in July 2012
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Google Catches Wildfire For Social Marketing
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Wildfire Interactive gives Google a social media marketing component to round out its advertising and analytics offerings.
HTC One X: Big Screen In Thin, Fast Phone
Slideshows  |  7/31/2012  | 
HTC's new HTC One X packages a big, beautiful screen in a thin and light phone. Although not perfect, it's a compelling smart phone we'd consider buying ourselves.
Census Releases Data Through New API
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Agencies, businesses, and individual developers can create apps using census statistics on population, age, gender, race, education, occupations, and more.
Marketing Services Simplify Social Post Timing
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Sprout Social and HootSuite both add automation and optimization for social post timing. HootSuite also introduces bidirectional integrations with Zendesk, Evernote, and Storify.
Informatica Adds Integration Options As Cloud Demand Multiplies
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Independent data-integration vendor adds templates, developer's tools, and prebuilt connectors for Eloqua, NetSuite, and Workday cloud apps.
5 Ways To Benefit From Big Data
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Big data can make all the difference in a successful CRM strategy, but it can be overwhelming. Here's how sales and marketing organizations can put big data insights to work for your customers and your business.
Why Hasn't Hyper-V Achieved World Domination Yet?
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Microsoft is falling down on its patented copy/embed/propaganda formula. Where's Bill Gates when you need him?
National Lab Replaces Supercomputer With Newer, Faster Model
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Argonne National Laboratory's new 'Mira' takes on climate studies and other major scientific challenges at 8 petaflops, third fastest computer performance in the world.
Apple-Samsung Case Hurts You, Me, The Economy
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Both companies deserve our wrath as their patent trial gets under way. Why? They're propagating an intellectual property war with immense collateral damage.
The Death Of 'Open'
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Apple controls everything from your hands to your head. Google and Microsoft are moving in that direction, too. Here's what the end of tech populism means for the mobile ecosystem.
Oracle Buys Xsigo To Boost Cloud Prowess
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Oracle nabs networking virtualization technology for simple, flexible connections to servers, storage, and networks.
Why McKinsey Values Social Economy At Up To $1.3 Trillion
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Impact of public social media is important, but McKinsey study sees two-thirds of the value coming from social business collaboration within and between businesses.
Windows 8 Gets Touch-Compatible Mice, Keyboards
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new Sculpt and Wedge lines of peripherals will make it easier to navigate through Windows 8 touch menus, but the convenience comes at a price.
SAP's Ugly (ByDesign) Baby Gets Prettier
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
In a sign of progress for SAP's fledgling cloud strategy, SAP improves its Business ByDesign suite, scores a big customer over Workday and Oracle, and prepares a cloud-based financials product.
Xerox Promotes Cloud Services For SMBs
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Xerox Cloud applies enterprise services know-how to give small and midsize businesses what they need, says Xerox's Rob Schilperoort.
Company Policy Be Damned: Employees Love Dropbox
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Thirty-one percent of IT pros say their users frequently use Dropbox, according to a new survey. Half the respondents think it's led to loss or theft of confidential documents. Forbidding employees from using such services isn't practical anymore. DCS--data-centric security--could be the answer.
How Hadoop Cuts Big Data Costs
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Hadoop systems, including hardware and software, cost about $1,000 a terabyte, or as little as one-twentieth the cost of other data management technologies, says Cloudera exec.
7 Deadly Sins Of Big Data Users
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Sloth, negligence, gluttony...and that's just the beginning. Consider these common mistakes organizations make when assessing the meaning of large amounts of data.
Apple Mountain Lion And iOS: Living In Sync
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Now that Mountain Lion offers iMessage and iOS-like notifications, is keeping everything in sync really all it's cracked up to be?
4 Ways Ford Is Exploring Next-Gen Car Tech
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
InformationWeek 500 Conference preview: Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas will discuss how the automaker is making software an ever more important part of the vehicle.
Microsoft Investigates Azure Outage In Europe
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Azure compute service disappears for 2.5 hours in West Europe region; cloud experts downplay possible Olympics connection.
Google Talk, Twitter, Azure Outages: Bad Cloud Day
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Google's video chat service had plenty of company on the disabled list on tough day for cloud computing.
Medical Imaging Options: No Single Vendor Will Do
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
As healthcare organizations grapple with more digital diagnostic images, they're looking at several medical imaging management strategies, a KLAS report shows.
HP, Cloudera Extend Hadoop Ties, Plan Appliance
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
HP agrees to resell Cloudera Enterprise platform along with its hardware and an upcoming HP-Cloudera appliance.
IT Chief Heals Growing Pains At Expanding SMB
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Georgia-based Digital Insurance has IT pain points that might sound familiar. Consider these strategies if your SMB has a growing need for speed.
Facebook Phone, Or Facebook Faceplant?
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
Facebook is reportedly working with HTC to bring a Facebook-branded phone to market by the middle of 2013. Surely Facebook knows by now that this is a bad idea.
Windows RT Won't Run Some Old Printers
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
Windows on ARM was always going to need a lot of new driver work, but it appears that Microsoft's commitment to supporting devices on the low-cost Windows version is tentative. Only some printers will be supported.
NFC Phone Hacking and Other Mobile Attacks
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Just by getting a few centimeters from a phone running NFC (Near Field Communications) with a malicious NFC tag you can take control of that phone. Charlie Miller demonstrated the attack at Black Hat using an Android phone and some test devices he created.
Walgreens' Prescription For Photo Profits: Public API
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Walgreens expects to expand use of its chain-wide photo printing service 20% through third-party mobile app developers. An open API will pave the way.
Oracle Exalogic 2.0 Focuses On Elastic Cloud, Automation
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Oracle's 'cloud in a box' gains virtualization and automation software required for truly elastic private-cloud enterprise application deployments.
Meteor Streaks Through Social Software Sky
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
JavaScript framework for speeding development of fast, collaborative applications gains admirers, as the company behind it gains funding.
Google Glasses: Does This Make Sense?
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
Yes, I want Google Glass glasses. But here's why you probably won't.
Enterprise Still Likes Apple over Android
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
A Good Technology report reveals that enterprise companies are choosing Apples over Androids. On the flip side, Android activation is doubling in the enterprise.
Google Now Points To Future Of Mobile
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
I've been testing Google Now for a few weeks on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Search innovation is alive and well.
Apple Earnings: All About iPad
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Apple's latest quarterly earnings revealed tremendous iPad sales, solid Mac sales, and good iPhone sales, but fell short of analyst expectations.
DARPA-Funded App Collects Android Vulnerability Data
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
The brainchild of start-up Duo Security, the X-Ray service will let users know whether their smartphones have vulnerable systems software and allow Duo to collect population statistics.
Spinoff Of Gehry Architecture Meshes 3-D, Social Collaboration
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Frank Gehry architecture practice spinoff creates Web-based office for sharing computer models for building design and construction, bridging multiple 3-D authoring tools.
VMware Revenue Grows 22%, But Profits Decline
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
VMware's ability to sustain high growth rates appears to be tapering off as annual revenues approach $5 billion.
Android 'Bootkit' Malware On Rise, Especially In China
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
The latest quarterly threat report from security company AVG reaffirms existing trends in the growth of Android malware, but notes a new type of threat increasing in the wild: "bootkits".
Smartphones, Big Data Help Fix Boston's Potholes
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Boston has found an innovative way to find and fix street potholes: a free smartphone app, a crowdsourced competition, and lots of data from motorists.
Oracle Appealing Trash Talk Wrist Slap
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Advertising industry self-regulatory group recommends that Oracle discontinue ads claiming Exadata performance advantages over IBM Power servers.
Dell's Software Shift: 4 Big Questions
Commentary  |  7/24/2012  | 
As Dell embarks on an ambitious software journey, it must map out a plan to overcome early obstacles. Here are some key issues Dell must address.
Big Data Plus Police Work: Good Partners?
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Hadoop and other big data analysis apps promise to help cops catch more criminals, but balancing privacy concerns won't be easy.
Poor Data Management Costs Healthcare Providers
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Healthcare organizations collect massive amounts of data but often fail to translate it into actionable insights, Oracle report says.
How To Choose 'Advanced' Data Visualization Tools
Commentary  |  7/24/2012  | 
Big data and analytical capabilities are the latest coveted features in a fast-growing market for charts, maps, and other ways to visually sort through data for insight.
Mobile Developers Prefer iOS Over Android
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Mobile developers would rather create apps for iOS than Android, according to the Appcelerator/IDC Q2 2012 Mobile Developer Report. Why? Android has done a poor job of courting the enterprise with mobile device management solutions.
X-Ray Shows If Your Smartphone Needs Security Fixes
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
DARPA-funded startup Duo Security's X-Ray service alerts you when your smartphone has vulnerable system software.
7 Habits Of Highly Successful Enterprise App Stores
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
What does it take to launch a successful enterprise app store? Get seven tips to help you evolve your application management tactics.
5 Reasons To Use An Enterprise App Store
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
BYOD policies are great--but now that mobile device management is a priority, what about the applications on those devices? Learn why an enterprise app store might be just what you need.
SAP Growing Faster Than Oracle
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
SAP details strong Q2 marks, says it's growing 20% faster in enterprise applications market during last 12 months and winning 8 out of 10 deals against Oracle.
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