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Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in August 2010
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Gartner Lowers PC Sales Forecast
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
PC shipments are projected to increase by 15.3% year over year in the second half, about 2% less than Gartner's previous forecast, due to the uncertainty in the U.S. and European economies.
Google Corrects IBM's Security Math
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
IBM has fixed a security report it issued last week that misstated Google's security vulnerabilities.
Nimbula Unwraps 'Director' Cloud Operating System
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Virtualization software from Amazon EC2 designers aims to operate across multiple virtual machine formats and internal and external clouds.
FalconStor Announces NSS SAN Accelerator For VMware View
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
VMware VDI environments can improve performance as much as 10x using the FalconStor Network Storage Server, the company claims, and provide integrated multi-tier data protection.
Top 12 PC Games Of All Time
Slideshows  |  8/30/2010  | 
With a click of the mouse, gamers can transport themselves into futuristic worlds, realistic battle scenes and a virtual life of organized crime. Although there they face extensive competition from console-makers such as Nintendo and Sony, PC software games continue to flourish, as each year hundreds of titles vie for consumers' attention, loyalty and dollars. Here's a dozen of the all time best.
Nintendo To Cut DSi, DSi XL Prices
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Responding to tough competition from Apple and other smartphone makers in the handheld gaming market, Nintendo said it will slash $20 from the price of two systems starting September 12.
Best Mobile Apps For Busy Professionals
Slideshows  |  8/30/2010  | 
Today's smartphones have led to the development of hundreds of thousands of mobile apps. Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry and phones based on Google's Android all have access to extensive libraries of apps that you can download and install for our increasingly mobile world. When you're always on the go, having the right smartphone app makes it easy to transition from business to pleasure and back again without skipping a beat so you can get the most out of every minute. Here we pick 17 of the be
Server Technology Hits A Crossroads
Slideshows  |  8/30/2010  | 
Highlights of exclusive InformationWeek Analytics research as it appears in "State Of Server Technology 2010," our report evaluating changes in the server market motivated by the push to consolidate data center systems, get power and cooling costs under control and make the most of the cloud.
BlackBerry Ban In India Postponed
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
RIM's engagement with Indian government officials may keep BlackBerry users from losing e-mail and instant messaging service.
Samsung Epic 4G Listed For $199.99 At Amazon
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Sprint's list price for the smartphone with a new service plan is $249.99, but Amazon is advertising the handset with the same terms for $50 less.
Intel To Buy Infineon Wireless Unit
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
The $1.4 billion acquisition would expand the chipmaker's offerings in the smartphone market while also gaining a customer base that includes every major mobile phone maker.
Google Planning YouTube On-Demand Video
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
A deal with Hollywood studios could help Google TV succeed.
Stream TV Unveils eLocity A7 Tablet
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Android 2.2-powered device takes on the iPad with a front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, and 1080p high-definition playback.
Paul Allen Sues Google, Apple, Others Over Patents
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
AOL, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube are also named in the patent infringement lawsuit filed by the Microsoft co-founder's firm, Interval Licensing LLC.
Intel Cuts Revenue Forecast On Slower PC Sales
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Expected gross margins for the third quarter were lowered a point, to 66%, by the chipmaker along with a revised revenue projection of 11 billion.
Windows Phone 7 Gets $400 Million Boost
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Microsoft is pulling out all the stops when it comes to marketing its forthcoming smartphone platform.
Linux, Windows Server Demand Drives 24% Gain
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Unix didn't grab a piece of the market's fastest quarterly growth in more than 5 years.
Apple Takes Streets Of San Francisco
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Steve Jobs' company is expected to launch new iPod Touch next week at downtown arts center.
Video Patent Holders Forswear Fees
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
MPEG LA says that its H.264 Internet video technology will remain free.
Best Bluetooth Headsets For Business
Slideshows  |  8/26/2010  | 
Bluetooth headsets eliminate clumsy wires, boost productivity and, with more states requiring hands-free devices in vehicles, have become required equipment for businesspeople on the go. Vendors offer a dizzying array of headsets, differentiated by price, battery-life, weight and clarity. Many of today's headsets are multipoint, allowing use for both desktop and mobile phones. Developers also look to separate themselves from their competition through software or hardware design elements designed
Ford Using Wi-Fi Provisioning To Install SYNC Software
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Wireless software installation eliminates the need to build, stock and store multiple SYNC hardware modules on assembly lines.
RIM Looks To Escape BlackBerry Ban
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
The Canadian smartphone maker is continuing talks with Indian authorities in effort to resolve impasse over security issues.
Top 10 Most Hated Tech Mascots Ever
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010  | 
Mascots are marketing personified. When they're good, they're grrreat, as Tony the Tiger, one of the world's more successful mascots might say. When they're lame, uninspired, annoying or perplexing, they might end up on a list like this. Mascots are particularly important in the technology industry, because so many tech products and services are intangible and would benefit from an evocative symbolic representative. It's hard to imagine Linux without thinking about penguins. As for the mascots t
IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010  | 
Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
Wind River Updates VxWorks MILS Platform
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
The embedded real-time operating system includes support for Wind River Linux as a guest operating system and an optional high-assurance network stack.
AMD Unveils Bulldozer, Bobcat Microprocessor Details
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
The two designs will be integral to the chip maker's next-generation processors that combine the CPU and graphics cores on a single die.
Akorri Expands Storage Management For Virtual Machines
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
BalancePoint manages across both VMware and Microsoft virtualized environments and a "Predictor" can foresee storage problems that could lead to application workload outages.
GetApp Provides Directory Of Business Apps
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
The business-only directory includes apps in more than 300 categories with information to help assess needs and make choices from among the mix of free and paid listings.
Dell Launches Aero Smartphone
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
The first Android phone from Dell weight less than four ounces with a 3.5-inch display, 5-megapixel camera and sells for $100 with a two-year AT&T service contract.
Apple, Google, Nokia Face Mobile Ad Patent Lawsuit
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
A maker of Internet kiosks claims that it owns the right to deliver personalized ads in public places.
Google's Android Licensing Scheme Cracked
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
Developers should obfuscate their code and take steps beyond those explained in the Android Market Licensing reference implementation, Google advises.
Intel, Nokia Developing Mobile 3D Tech
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
R&D lab will explore technologies like 3D holograms that display the person being talked to on a mobile device.
Amazon Tops Cloud Study
News  |  8/23/2010  | 
Black Duck Software's survey of open-source cloud environments sees Amazon ahead of Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce in terms of most widespread use.
Nokia To Buy Mobile Analytics Company Motally
News  |  8/20/2010  | 
Nokia has apparently taken aim at application developers to help drive smartphone sales.
Verizon Roadmap Is Android Heavy
News  |  8/20/2010  | 
Leaked handset roster details the carrier’s release plans well into 2012.
Linux Gets Google Voice, Video Chat
News  |  8/20/2010  | 
Plug-in compatible with Ubuntu, other Debian-based Linux distributions released two years after Windows and Mac versions.
Dell 2Q Profits Rise On Enterprise Boost
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
The computer maker's net income rose 16% overall, spurred by a 38% bump in sales to large enterprises.
HP Q3 Profits Rise On Strong Global Sales
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
In its first earnings report since ousting Mark Hurd as CEO, Hewlett-Packard reported that profits in its third fiscal quarter rose 6% on higher worldwide sales in its core computer businesses.
What BlackBerry 6's Consumer Focus Means For Business
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
Research In Motion is clearly targeting the end user with its latest operating system and Torch smartphone, but its core enterprise market can still find things to like.
Google, Bing, Yahoo Search Shares Unchanged
News  |  8/18/2010  | 
Though overall search share remained statistically unchanged in July, with Google dominating, Microsoft's Bing was the growth leader in several vertical categories.
8 Big Data Deployments In Detail
Slideshows  |  8/18/2010  | 
What does it take to move into the era of large-scale data analytics? Data warehousing experts from Barnes & Noble, BNP Paribas, Cabelas, McAfee and more share insights on innovative big-data deployments.
Lakeside Simplifies VMware View Desktop Virtualization
News  |  8/18/2010  | 
Following an agreement with VMware, partners can use Lakeside SysTrack monitoring and analysis tool to automate assessment of Windows desktop virtualization requirements and deployment planning.
Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Details Leaked
News  |  8/18/2010  | 
A German consumer electronics website displayed photos and a product description of the new mouse that is expected to include Microsoft's BlueTrack advanced optics technology.
Google Chrome OS Tablet Brings Ties With Verizon
News  |  8/18/2010  | 
The Chrome Web Store is set to open in October, with Chrome OS hardware following shortly thereafter.
MongoDB Update Adds Scale Out Features
News  |  8/18/2010  | 
Auto-sharding and replica sets equip the open source key value system to subdivide data sets across a large server cluster.
Who Should Hewlett-Packard Buy?
Slideshows  |  8/17/2010  | 
HP can't afford to buy every one of our Desirable Dozen, but in the post-Mark Hurd era, the world's largest computer maker needs to consider acquiring more than a few of these companies. Here's who -- and why.
Google App Engine Gets Tune-Up
News  |  8/17/2010  | 
A new version of App Engine has been released, promising multi-tenant apps, faster image serving, and expanded quotas.
Android Developers Bemoan Paid App Limits
News  |  8/17/2010  | 
Android apps can only be sold in 13 countries, leaving developers wondering why Google isn't doing more to help them profit on its platform.
IBM Bolsters Power7 Server Lineup
News  |  8/17/2010  | 
New midrange servers can run any of the more than 30,000 business applications available for AIX, Linux, or IBM i operating systems.
Nokia Taking Orders For N8 Smartphone
News  |  8/17/2010  | 
The $549 device, which boasts entertainment features, Symbian^3 operating system, will be delivered in late September.
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