China Blocks LinkedIn
The business social media site is the latest to be barred by the government, although partial access seems to have been restored.
The Downsides Of OpenFCoE
A few weeks ago I wrote an entry about software based Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) called Open FCoE being offered by Intel. The immediate responses were questions asking if this is a sign of the end for the hardware based HBA providers? Open FCoE has a lot of promise but the downsides of OpenFCoE prove that it may not be for everyone.
Watson's Jeopardy Win A Victory For Mankind
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.
Solving Scale Out Storage's Dark Side
In a recent entry we discussed a concern with scale out storage, making sure the utilization of processing, power and resources remains efficient. The last thing you want is a storage system that, while it can scale to limitless capacity, also requires limitless power and data center floor space? The good news is that some vendors are aware of these concerns and have some solutions for you to consider.
Foursquare To Host First Hackathon
The location service expects the 150 registered developers to build a variety of maps, mashups, and other tools using the company's new APIv2 during the day-long event.
Speech Recognition Aids Physicians, Cuts Costs
Healthcare providers say speech recognition technology can produce staff reductions, improve report turnaround times, and increase physician satisfaction, according to a new report from KLAS.
NFC, Pico & Audio: Mobile Chips In Full View
Many new mobile technology enhancements, from NFC to 4G to just plain old audio calling, are possible thanks to the silicon that makes it all so. At Mobile World Congress, there are as many chip manufacturers as any other mobile ecosystem player, and we met with everyone from Samsung to Intel to Qualcomm to Texas Instruments. Everyone's heard of them, but some of the most innovative advancements come from companies that are a bit more behind the scenes. Here are a few of our favorites from this
Mobile Wow: NTT Docomo's 3D Touchable Display & More
Mobile World Congress has its fair share of prototype technology, which is always a good way to get inspired about the future of mobile computing. NTT Docomo's advanced technology concepts always bring a big crowd and this year was no exception with its 3D touchable display. We also saw an interesting demonstration of remote printing from HP, and we revisited one of our favorite new technologies, the Motorola Atrix with Laptop Dock. And of course, our slide show wouldn't be complete without a ca
Facebook Refines Search Tools
The social networking site makes a move after competitors like Google and Greplin take steps to improve their own search capabilities.
Building Storage Proof Applications
A storage system failure where more drives have failed then the RAID protection scheme will cover you from or where the storage software itself has crashed is a disaster. The amount of work required to return the system to service can be daunting and applications are likely to experience downtime, in some cases that time can be significant. We have to start working on building storage proof applications.
Open Government May Do More Harm Than Good
A Congressional Research Service report suggests that the expense, information security risks, and workflow disruption may not make the Obama administration's transparency directive worthwhile.
Twitter Trends Driven By Mainstream Media
Traditional news outlets are more influential than bloggers and individual tweeters, says an HP Labs analysis of 16.32 million tweets on 3,361 topics sent over 40 days.
As Seen At Mobile World Congress, Day 2
It is nearly impossible to see every product spinning through the eight halls that make up the massive Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But not for us! This event is typically a chance for the entire mobile ecosystem to gather -- mobile operators, handset manufacturers, software providers, mobile service companies, carrier equipment manufacturers and mobile operating system vendors. Most of the new technology is incremental in nature, but it's always fun to see what new ideas pop up. What fol
Clicking Through Drupal 7's Features
When looking for examples of enterprise applications where open source products have competed effectively against expensive and complex commercial products, a good place to start is content management. Open source content management systems (CMS) have become extremely popular choices for running very large, complex, and busy Web sites. Open source CMS Drupal has made its name on that basis, by managing some very popular Web sites, including many news sites and WhiteHouse.gov. However, in areas s
The $1 Trillion Federal IT Challenge
The CEOs of IBM, Dell, and other tech companies say the U.S. government can reap huge savings from IT-driven initiatives, but their ambitious plan has virtually no chance of success.
What If Storage Hardware Mattered?
It seems like every week I speak to a storage hardware company that informs me that they are really a software company. What they typically mean by this is that they are trying to differentiate themselves by the software capabilities that they put on top of the storage hardware more so than the actual hardware itself. This means that the hardware is basic. The reality is we need great hardware manufacturers more than ever.
U.S. Launches Federal R&D Dashboard
The beta site allows people to see investments made by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation over the last 10 years and the results of those efforts.
Will Apple Rock The Phone World Again?
Apple, which long ago ditched the 'computer' in their name, is known more as a phone cum mobile device maker and digital content distributor; and rightly so, their last earnings report showed these non-computer segments accounting for three-fourths of their revenue, with most of that coming from the iPhone. Having defined the smartphone feature set with a high bar all others must match, and with the Verizon model flying off the shelve
Does Scale Out Storage Have A Dark Future?
Scale Out Storage, also called Clustered Storage or Grid Storage, are storage systems that claim to achieve near limitless scale and performance by adding nodes to a storage platform when you need more performance or capacity. The storage industry, not necessarily the user community, is stumbling over itself to have a product offering in this space. There is a lot to like about the scale out storage model but it does have its downsides.
Gartner Ranks Data Warehousing Leaders
Magic Quadrant puts Teradata in the top spot with Oracle and IBM close behind. Report sees growing interest in column-store, in-memory and cloud-based technologies.