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Content tagged with Software posted in August 2012
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HP, Dell Jump Back Into Tablet Market
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
With new Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets, Dell and HP look to gain a new foothold. But will they learn from their past tablet failures?
Walmart Search Engine Move Aims At Amazon
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
By developing its own e-commerce search engine, Walmart aims to drive more online sales.
Tech Out Your Pet Photo Contest
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
Got a pet? Got a gadget? Take a photo of your pet with the gadget and enter it in the Honeywell Tech Out Your Pet Photo Contest. Tweet or Instagram it to @HoneywellPlugIn using the hashtag #TechOutYourPet. The deadline is September 7th.
Workday Wins Google Deal, Plans $400 Million IPO
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
As Workday details its IPO plans, it reportedly lands a huge deal with Google as a human capital management customer.
Feds' Cloud Email Deal Paves Way For Agencies
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
General Services Administration taps 17 vendors to provide cloud email from Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Zimbra to government agencies from federal to local levels.
Attunity Strives To Make Big Data Accessible
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
It's not enough to sift and combine big data, you also have to store it in ways that work for business users. Attunity services try to simplify enterprise work with Amazon Web Services' S3 storage.
Curiosity Rolls Ahead On Mars Following Software Upgrade
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
NASA engineers upgrade software on Curiosity to let six-wheeled vehicle cruise longer distances on surface of Mars and make use of robotic arm.
When Google Docs Isn't Enough: One Retailer's Story
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
Wireless retailer LetsTalk needed a way to collaborate and consolidate the many moving parts of its business. Here's why Podio's tools did the trick.
Think Small Data Before Big Data, Healthcare Gurus Argue
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
Two health IT experts say that providers already have plenty of "small" data to improve patient outcomes, if they use it correctly.
Top 15 Government IT Innovators For 2012
Slideshows  |  8/30/2012  | 
From mobile apps to testbeds on wheels, creative thinkers at government agencies are finding ways to better serve the public.
Firefox 16 Adds Charms For Developers
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Mozilla's Firefox 16 beta release includes a command line interface to speed development work.
Data Scientists: Meet Big Data's Top Guns
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
These big data gurus remain in high demand. A hiring side expert talks about what data scientists bring to the table.
20 Great Ideas To Steal In 2012
Slideshows  |  8/30/2012  | 
Are you playing it too safe, IT leaders? Take these InformationWeek 500 projects along to rev up your next brainstorming session.
Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
Leaked press shots of Nokia's next-generation Lumia devices show Windows Phones that will stand out from their peers.
Engaging The Enemy On Social Media: 5 SMB Tips
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Online controversy can drive big traffic to small and midsize businesses, but is it a good idea to provoke competitors and other foes on social sites?
Uber Is Disrupting How Urbanites Get Around
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Uber is one of the hottest startups in San Francisco and continues to expand from city-to-city. Using your smartphone, the service allows you to request a car for a ride. As a regular user of Uber, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson took Uber for a spin.
Amazon Kindle Fire: Total Number Sold Remains Mystery
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Amazon on Thursday said that its Kindle Fire tablet, available for the past nine months, has sold out, accounting for 22% of U.S. tablet sales in the process. But it won’t talk number of units.
Google+ Grows Up For Business
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Google+ has new features that will allow employees to collaborate more, while making IT folks comfortable with privacy restrictions and control mechanisms.
Shoutlet Helps Retailers Track Foursquare Activity
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Social media management tool also manages promotions tied to a location.
State Agencies Need A Big Data Strategy
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
State CIO association urges states to make better use of big data, warns of challenges in implementing programs.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Windows 8 Smartphones: First Impressions
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Samsung's new Android phablet and Windows Phone 8 smartphones impress, but Nokia is gunning for Samsung.
Parallels 8 Runs Windows More Like a Mac
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Popular software for running multiple virtual machines on a Mac, including Windows, gets a major upgrade. Windows users on Mac can take advantage of Mountain Lion features like multi-touch gestures, dictation and notifications. Windows can use the Retina display to its full potential. Overall, Windows apps feel more part of the Mac experience.
Samsung Announces Windows 8 Phone, PC and Tablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Samsung announced a new line of Windows 8-based devices under the ATIV brand Wednesday, including the first publicly-revealed Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The company said the lineup will include the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro, an ATIV tablet and ATIV S smartphone.
Reddit Struggles While Hosting President Obama
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
The President of the United States answered questions on the website, which slowed under the heavy load.
Samsung Updates Galaxy Note Phablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Pundits were skeptical about the Galaxy Note phone/tablet hybrid, but Samsung has sold 10 million of them. The Galaxy Note II bumps up the hardware power and battery life, updates the OS to Android Jelly Bean, and increases screen size with only a modest increase in size and weight.
How Spigit Fosters Innovation: A Hands-On Tour
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
In both its enterprise software and its new freemium product, Icon, Spigit offers tools for brainstorming and selecting the best ideas. Learn more in this Valley View video.
10 Best Apps For Samsung Galaxy Notes
Slideshows  |  8/29/2012  | 
Check out these 10 great apps that take advantage of the Samsung phablet's S Pen stylus.
Apple 'AirPlay Direct' To Shed Wi-Fi Requirement
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
At September iPhone 5 event, Apple expected to announce way for iOS and OS X devices to transmit audio to wireless speakers without a Wi-Fi network..
Wajam Dodges iPhone Restrictions, Adds Social Search, Maps
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Bypassing the App Store, social search utility demonstrates the value of making iPhone apps talk to each other and to social networks.
Aerospike Vies To Advance NoSQL Database
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Acquire a competitor? Check. Round of VC funding? Check. Open source version of base product? Check. The former Citrusleaf hits several big data development trends at once.
Firefox 15: Better Graphics, Painless Updates
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Mozilla's revamped browser utilizes new Web standards for better gaming, improved memory management and developer support, and best of all, less disruptive updates.
3 Ways To Turn Enterprise 2.0 Laggards Into Fans
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
Try these experiments to learn why early adopters differ from the people who want collaboration tech thoroughly documented and explained.
MongoDB Upgrade Fills NoSQL Analytics Void
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Latest release of 10Gen's database sidesteps complicated MapReduce processing with a new data-aggregation framework. That distances MongoDB from NoSQL rivals including Cassandra, HBase, and Riak.
Your Purchased iTunes, Ebooks Die With You
Commentary  |  8/28/2012  | 
The iTunes license is nontransferable. So when you die, all access to the content you've bought goes with you. BYTE's Chris Spera thinks that's messed up.
Google Gives Nexus 7 Prime Ad Spot
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Google embellishes its usual pristine, white search page with an ad for its 7" Android tablet.
Video: Good Technology App Upgraded For Easier Mobile Work
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Good Technology on Wednesday upgraded Good for Enterprise, an email and collaboration app that lets employees use personal smartphones without compromising data security. The major upgrade is focused on making GFE easier to use and require fewer clicks.
SUSE Launches OpenStack Cloud Platform
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
SUSE Cloud automated platform aims to speed OpenStack cloud setup, improve resource utilization.
Google+ Gets Down To Business
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Google rolls out several new Google+ features, eyes launch of a distinct Google+ enterprise service by 2014.
Top 5 Password Managers
Slideshows  |  8/28/2012  | 
2012 is the year of the password breach. Did you know there are tools to manage multiple, strong passwords so you don't have to? Here are BYTE's Top 5 P@$$w0rd Managers.
FAA Reconsiders Airplane Mobile Device Ban
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Federal Aviation Administration study may change airlines' requirement that passengers turn off electronic devices for significant portions of flights.
Splunk Adds Cloud-Based Systems Monitoring Option
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Splunk Storm offering helps companies monitor, gain insight from apps built on public cloud platforms.
AirWatch Integrates MDM With Apple Configurator
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Mobile security vendor AirWatch now allows users of Apple Configurator to access its Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM), Mobile Content Management (MCM), Mobile Email Management (MEM) and BYOD management software, for mass deployment and configuration of iPhone and iPad devices.
Curiosity's Robotic Arm: Strong, But Not Sensitive
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
NASA's Curiosity rover is using its seven-foot robotic arm and tools to gather more information about Mars. Next step: Make the arm 'feel' what it's doing.
Oracle Real-Time Advance Taps Compressed Data
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Oracle GoldenGate 11g R2 upgrade handles Oracle Database tables previously untouched by change data capture systems.
Apple Seeks Injunction Against 8 Samsung Phones
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
At the judge's request, Apple has produced a "tailored" list of 8 Samsung models on the sale of which it seems an injunction. Numerous Samsung Galaxy models are on the list, but not the most current ones.
Ready For This? GlassMap Maps Social Network Streams
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Glassmap puts your social streams on a map, hinting at a future when news won't live on a single scrolling page but will come alive on a map as you walk around in the real world.
Apple Wins, But Android Game Not Over
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Samsung lost an important legal round to Apple. But looking ahead, Google has Android patent weapons of its own.
Android Smartphones To Power NASA Satellites
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
NASA plans to use Nexus Android smartphones as the on-board computers on tiny, low-cost satellites.
Inside IBM's $1.3 Billion Kenexa Buy
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
IBM social business group's move mirrors acquisitions by SAP, Oracle, and Salesforce.com to add online recruiting and talent management to product suites.
iOS And Android Phones Are Taking Over The World
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
It's a good time to be a mobile phone software developer: iOS and Android phones are being adopted at a rate never seen before in consumer tech history, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry.
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