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Server Shipments, Revenue Increase
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
After a two-year slump, server shipments are up more than 23% year-over-year and factory revenue increased almost 5% in the first quarter.
VoltDB Introduces Extreme Transaction Processing Database System
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
The specialized system from database guru Michael Stonebraker claims to be faster than other OLTP systems because it doesn't do calls to disk.
Gov 2.0: GSA Crowdsources Procurement With Wiki
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
The GSA BetterBuy pilot site wiki represents a culture change for government procurement, but shows promise for streamlining the process said assistant commissioner Mary Davie.
MeeGo v1.0 Released For Netbooks
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
A software development kit will be released in June with support for touch-based handsets and tablets.
Gov 2.0: NASA, Microsoft Ready Mars 3D Views
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Users of Microsoft's virtual WorldWide Telescope will soon be able to zoom in on the surface of the red planet and take tours of areas of interest.
IBM Picks Hadoop To Analyze Large Data Volumes
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Big Blue unveiled a package of services and analytics called BigInsights based on Apache's open source Hadoop.
OLPC Developing $99 Tablet PC
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
One Laptop Per Child is emphasizing the educational value of its planned low-cost, low-power, Android-based XO tablet.
Windows Phone 7 In 2010, Ballmer Pledges
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer confirms company's intention to roll out new mobile OS in time for the holiday season.
Ballmer Unfazed By Apple's Gains
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Microsoft chief says the fact his company now lags rival in terms of market capitalization is no big deal.
Image Gallery: Microsoft's Office Web Apps
Slideshows  |  5/26/2010  | 
By themselves, the Microsoft's Office Web Apps may not reshape the computing world. In combination with other features of Office 2010, however, these humble Web services may help Microsoft to turn the tables on its online challengers, like Google.
Symantec Enhances SMB Security Suite
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
For small and midsize businesses, Symantec will offer improved endpoint security, backup capabilities, disaster recovery and messaging security this summer.
Image Gallery: SAP Unveils Integrated BI Strategy Roadmap
Slideshows  |  5/26/2010  | 
Laying out an ambitious roadmap at its SAPPHIRE NOW conference in May, SAP executives detailed an in-memory, tech-powered plan to unite enterprise applications and business intelligence. If it succeeds, the plan will change the course of IT.
Gov 2.0: Cloud Success Hinges On Collaboration
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Microsoft says the private and public sectors must work closely together for government to realize the promises of cloud computing.
Android 2.2: Ready For Enterprise?
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Google is touting its new mobile platform's business-friendly features, but licensing Microsoft's ActiveSync may not offer enough security to make Android ready to work in the enterprise.
Review: Microsoft Office Web Apps
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
We weigh the online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to see how they stack up as standalone productivity apps -- and against Google Apps.
Gov 2.0: Secrets To Social Media Success
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Social media tactics to humanize government officials and call citizens to take action will foster more engagement with the public according a social media expert.
Google Chrome Exits Beta For Linux, Mac
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Google has moved Chrome 5 for Windows out of beta and taken the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome out of beta for the first time.
Sybase IQ Upgrade Takes On Text Analysis
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Analytic database handles structured and unstructured data. Federation and loading options improve.
LG Fathom Slated For Verizon
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
The Fathom is one of the last handsets to ship with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 before it is replaced by Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft Implodes Troubled Hardware Unit
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer will exert more influence over Entertainment and Devices Division as company veterans Bach and Allard head for the exit.
$97 iPhone 3GS Is Wal-Mart Exclusive
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Rivals fail to match retailing giant's 50% discount on state-of-the-art Apple phone.
Microsoft Flops Stir Shakeup Talk
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Redmond may revamp Entertainment and Device group in bid to keep up with Apple and other rivals.
Seagate Releases Hybrid SSD Hard Disk Drive
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
The Momentus XT 2.5-inch laptop drive combines a 4 GB SSD with a traditional HDD in capacities from 250 GB to 500 GB.
HP, Alcatel-Lucent Partner For UC Solutions
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Unified communications and collaboration solutions announced by HP and Alcatel-Lucent seek to tighten integration of IT and communications usage among the two companies' customers.
Gov 2.0: Army Competition Spurs App Development
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
The Apps for Army application development challenge has sparked development of 53 applications in only 75 days, more than half of them for mobile operating systems. Refresh Uses Open Source, Cloud
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Updated site allows more in-depth analysis of where and how the federal government is spending money.
HP Expands Laptop Battery Recall
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
The computer maker expanded the recall of laptop batteries that pose a fire hazard by more than 50,000 units.
Android 2.2 Coming To Most HTC Phones
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
The operating system codenamed Froyo, which is expected to include tethering capabilities, will be delivered to device makers 'in the coming weeks.'
Dell Profits Up 52% On Strong Business Sales
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
The computer maker reported a 38% rise in revenue from servers, storage, and services sold to businesses and increased sales across all its customer segments.
Strange Bedfellows, Google And Adobe Gang Up On Apple
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
Mortal enemies one day. Bedfellows the next. That's how it felt at the Google I/O 2010 conference when, in the course of two days, Google drove two stakes (HTML5 and VP8) through the heart of Adobe's Flash, and then announced unflagging support for Adobe, particularly in its battle against Apple.
Novell Acquisition Bids Going Public
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
Up to 20 firms, mostly hedge funds, are considering trying to take over the software company.
Army Expands Microsoft R&D Partnership
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
The year-old partnership has already led to promising developments using Microsoft Surface multi-touch computers and will now expand to use Microsoft's Project Natal controller-free system designed for Xbox 360.
Google Gives Web $120 Million Gift
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
By providing a royalty-free video codec and a store to help sell Web apps, Google is trying to make the Web the leading development platform.
HP To Bring Palm WebOS To Printers
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
WebOS will be leveraged across numerous devices, including Internet-connected printers and slate computers, said HP.
Android OS Gains Momentum
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
Nokia's Symbian operating system remains in the top spot, but Google's mobile platform grew 707 % compared to the same period last year.
Jolicloud Aims To Boot Netbooks (Webbooks?) Directly To The Web
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
If HTML5 is the Web application platform of the future (as Google and Apple would very much like it to be), then Jolicloud founder Tariq Krim's vision that netbooks should essentially boot straight to the Web (as though the Web was their operating system) could signal a trend for where the operating systems of PCs and smartphones are heading.
HP Profits Surge On Strong PC Sales
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
A 20% increase in desktop and laptop PC shipments helped boost net income to $2.2 billion in the second fiscal quarter for the world's largest PC maker.
Image Gallery: Windows 7 Revealed
Slideshows  |  5/18/2010  | 
Here's a first visual look at the Vista successor, which was previewed for attendees of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles.
Google Partners With VMware
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
The two companies are joining forces to fight cloud lock-in as Google rolls out App Engine for Business.
Consumer Satisfaction With IT Services Rises
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
Increased satisfaction with cable TV, cell phones, and landlines pushed the American Customer Satisfaction Index up to 75.9.
CA Technologies Unveils Cloud Management Suite
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
The renamed CA, now known as CA Technologies, announced four products in its Cloud-Connected Management Suite to bridge the gap between data centers and the public cloud.
FBI CIO Unveils Next-Gen IT Strategy
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
Despite a setback to its Sentinel case-management system, the agency is deploying a high-speed network, new Office-based PCs, and other infrastructure improvements.
Global CIO: SAP's Top 10 Priorities To Become Undisputed #1
Commentary  |  5/16/2010  | 
Welcome to SAP Week, our in-depth look at the company's strategy, products, and customers. Today: 10 steps SAP must take to reclaim its global leadership.
Facebook Leads Display Advertising Resurgence
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
Display advertising increased 15% in the first quarter and total spending on display advertising reached $2.7 billion.
Facebook, Twitter Bridge Customer Service 'Last Mile'
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
The majority of customers are frustrated with customer service offered by communications and high-tech vendors, but social networking tools may enhance the customer experience.
Image Gallery: IT Hall Of Shame
Slideshows  |  5/14/2010  | 
Look back at ten of the most infamous and notorious tech industry frauds, flops, and foibles from individuals to products, ideas to entire companies.
Google Ending Nexus One Web Sales
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
Reversing course, Google plans to increase support for partners selling Android devices in retail stores.
Microsoft Roundup: Office, Sharepoint 2010 Launch
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
By putting its major productivity and collaborative apps in the cloud, Microsoft not only takes aim at Google Apps, but takes an evolutionary step forward.
Image Gallery: Top 12 Firefox Add-Ons
Slideshows  |  5/13/2010  | 
There are thousands of Firefox add-ons. Did we test them all? Nope! But, these 12 are the ones you need to make the most of your Web browsing.
Mozilla Proposes Search-Based Extension Distribution
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
With new HTML tags for browser extensions, Mozilla believes Web site owners can promote wider use of add-on software.
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