News & Commentary
Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in September 2008
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AMD Says 'Shanghai'-Based Servers To Hit Market In 4Q
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The chipmaker said that rollout of its first 45-nm server chip is ahead of schedule and that it learned from its mistakes in launching Barcelona.
Apple Tweaks App Store Policies
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company is hoping to stop shady developers from propping up their applications with fake reviews, as well as keep users who haven't tried it from posting negative reviews.
SpaceX 'Falcon 1' Marks New Era For Space Industry
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Falcon 1 is carrying a simulated payload, a hexagonal aluminum alloy chamber that weighs 364 pounds and stands about 5 feet tall, designed specifically for the test mission.
CTL Launches Two Sub-$500 Netbooks
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The 2go Classmate PC is aimed at the education market, while the IL1A mini-notebook targets consumers and businesspeople.
Microsoft Details Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company will focus on debugging and modeling for developers, including a feature that functions just like an airplane's black box.
Will Open Source Breathe New Life Into Health Care Cost Savings?
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
A California bill calls for interoperable records and a full, hospital-running health care IT system that's open source. That's music to provider Medsphere, which backs OpenVista.
VMware Beefs Up Ability To Deliver Virtual Desktops
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The enhancements make it possible to run multimedia presentations over Remote Desktop Protocol such as voice combined with images.
Oracle Teams With HP On Database Hardware
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Oracle in tandem with HP is bringing out its first hardware product, a database machine, which Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says is suitable for high end, high performance data warehouses.
Oracle, Intel To Accelerate Cloud Computing
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The companies are looking to connect private clouds to those of partners or third-party companies offering storage, server capacity, middleware, and other services.
Android 1.0 SDK Released
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
Getting developers and programmers to create innovative products will be key for Android's success.
Dell, EMC Offer Pre-Configured Oracle Data Warehouse
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The initiative reflects the emerging interest among BI customers in data warehouse appliances that deliver high-speed data mining.
Google Chrome's Shine Is Fading
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Many analysts believe that Google is not interested in waging a market-share battle with rivals, but launched Chrome to compete with Microsoft's Office software suite.
IBM's Hints At Leaving Some Tech Standards Bodies
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
The policy change is seen by experts as the fallout over the adoption of Microsoft's Open XML document format as an international standard.
How Does T-Mobile's Google G1 Stack Up?
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
We review several features available in the first Android-powered handset that could make it a hit in the enterprise and viable alternative to the BlackBerry or iPhone.
Sony Launches Pricey Lightweight Vaio Notebook
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
The computer includes a Blu-ray disc player and an HDMI-out connector, and weighs less than three pounds.
HPC Helps Wall Street React Faster To Market Volatility
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
As the top-tier financial firms consolidate, their focus will turn inward, while second-tier firms are likely to turn to technology as a game-changer, not a cost-center.
Google, T-Mobile Unveil Android-Powered G1 Smartphone
News  |  9/23/2008  | 
Available Oct. 22, the handset will include a touch screen, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, GPS, Google App integration, and support for Amazon's music download service.
Microsoft Opens $550 Million Data Center In San Antonio
News  |  9/22/2008  | 
The data center is one of a network of massive facilities being built to support Microsoft's push to offer cloud services.
Windows For Supercomputers Inches Toward Release
News  |  9/22/2008  | 
Microsoft announced Windows HPC Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing and will be generally available soon.
Google's Android Era Set To Begin
News  |  9/22/2008  | 
T-Mobile's imminent launch of its Android-powered mobile phone has the potential to disrupt, although questions about the Linux-based open source platform remain.
Fujitsu Consolidates To Defend Against IBM, HP
News  |  9/19/2008  | 
Launching Oct. 1, the three businesses combined are expected to have close to $2 billion in annual revenue.
Android To Capture 4% Of Smartphone Market
News  |  9/19/2008  | 
Buoyed by Google's brand, the first Android handset from T-Mobile and HTC is expected to sell 400,000 units by the end of the year, according to one research group.
Microsoft Wants Your 'I'm A PC' Story
News  |  9/19/2008  | 
Windows users can upload their stories to Microsoft's Web site and possibly see them displayed on the giant video board in New York City's Times Square.
IBM Claims Progress In Building 22-Nanometer Chips
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
IBM is getting around the physical limitations of lithography methods by using mathematical techniques called computational scaling.
EPA Gets Poor Marks For E-Waste Oversight
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
The recycling of electronic devices, particularly CRTs, may expose workers and their local environment to toxic materials.
Interop: O'Reilly Says Think Big, Don't Just Thirst For 'Great Money River'
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
The open source activist said improving the world should take priority over getting wealthy.
Bill Gates Tops Forbes List Of Wealthy Americans
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
Computer entrepreneurs fared well on the magazine's annual list of the superrich.
Microsoft Drops Seinfeld For Its Own PC Guy
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
The latest ad in Microsoft's $300 million Windows campaign features PC users from all walks of life, including a Microsoft engineer who mimics Apple pitchman John Hodgeman.
Data Warehouse Market Heats Up
News  |  9/18/2008  | 
Teradata, Netezza, and Infobright tried to differentiate their offerings this week with new price points, specialized appliances, and open-source software.
Interop: Novell Chief Uses Linux Desktop
News  |  9/17/2008  | 
CEO Ronald Hovsepian said the company is saving big by using open source products internally.
VMware Launches Fusion For Mac, Virtual Client Initiative
News  |  9/16/2008  | 
The software aims to help workers access their desktop environment running remotely in the data center or locally on a desktop or laptop.
T-Mobile To Introduce 'G1' Google Android Phone Sept. 23
News  |  9/16/2008  | 
The handset made by HTC promises to reinvigorate the smartphone market and provide a mobile application platform to rival Apple's iPhone.
Microsoft Zune Users Get Free Wi-Fi At McDonald's
News  |  9/16/2008  | 
Microsoft also has added a Zune Marketplace tab on the main screen of the device for easier navigation to the online music store.
Lenovo Enters Global SMB Server Market
News  |  9/16/2008  | 
The ThinkServer line is aimed at the 80% of small and medium-sized businesses who aren't currently using servers.
Tech Spending Will Be Weaker In 2009 Than Predicted
News  |  9/16/2008  | 
The good news is that tech spending will be better than expected this year. The bad news is that next year things will be worse, said Forrester Research.
VMware Unveils Infrastructure Software For Cloud Computing
News  |  9/16/2008  | 
The Virtual Datacenter Operating System shifts the center of server computing from individual operating systems to infrastructure software that spans many distributed servers.
Google Launches Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Against Memory Maker
News  |  9/15/2008  | 
In 2006, Google considered business proposals from Netlist to supply it with server memory hardware for some of its servers but ended up buying from a different supplier.
Intel Launches 'Dunnington' Six-Core Server Processors
News  |  9/15/2008  | 
Designed for virtualization environments, the latest Xeon-branded products offer frequencies up to 2.66 GHz and power levels starting at 50 watts.
Microsoft Partners With SWIFT Payments Network
News  |  9/15/2008  | 
The software developer said it plans to work more closely with the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Transactions.
VMware's Fusion Wish List: Better Graphics For Mac
News  |  9/12/2008  | 
Besides making the Mac a better machine for playing 3-D PC games, it would also open up the computer for running Windows-based computer-aided design applications.
Apple Patent Describes 'Throw' Command
News  |  9/12/2008  | 
The patent application suggests that on the desktop, the user would select an object and then enter "CTRL-T" followed by an "Up-Arrow" command to launch a file toward a sort bucket.
Lenovo Drops Linux ThinkPads From Web Site
News  |  9/12/2008  | 
The decision to drop the product was based on Lenovo choosing to use its online store to push the company's most popular computers.
Google Android Phone Debut Reportedly Sept. 23
News  |  9/12/2008  | 
While the mobile operating system will be on a plethora of devices, Google made a strategic decision to have it launch on a single HTC handset.
Firefox 3.1 Adds 'Porn Mode' Private Browsing
News  |  9/12/2008  | 
The launch of Google's Chrome browser appears to have prompted Firefox's developers to be less leisurely in bringing the feature to market.
Bill Gates Does The Robot In Latest Windows Ad
News  |  9/12/2008  | 
Microsoft's chairman gets funky, '80s-style, in the latest spot from Crispin Porter + Bogusky.
T-Mobile's App Store Coming, Won't Include Android
News  |  9/12/2008  | 
While the new store presents many opportunities for developers and customers, it will be more restrictive than similar offerings from Google and Apple.
Canonical Wants Ubuntu On Par With Mac OS In Two Years
News  |  9/12/2008  | 
CEO Mark Shuttleworth said the Linux distributor is hiring designers and interactivity experts to help make its distribution more consistent and user-friendly.
BlackBerry Adds 'Lifestyle' Apps From Microsoft, MySpace, TiVo
News  |  9/11/2008  | 
The partnerships coordinate with the release of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip and the increased demand for consumer applications for the smartphone.
No End In Sight For Mix-And-Match Virtualization
News  |  9/11/2008  | 
IT managers for some time will be cobbling together software to get the performance they want.
Microsoft, Novell Team Up On Virtualization
News  |  9/11/2008  | 
Novell has optimized its SUSE Linux server OS to run in Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization environment.
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