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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in July 2010
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Twitter Launches 'Who To Follow' Feature
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
"Suggestions for You" is based on algorithms built by the site's user relevance team to help users find others with similar interests.
HP Unveils Mini Tower Desktop PC
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
The sub-$600 Pro 3130 is targeted to professionals and knowledge workers in small to midsize companies with expansion options for power users.
American Airlines Goes iPhone But Flunks Alphabet
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
American Airlines has rolled out a new iPhone app that promises to offer everything (except on-time arrivals) from E-check-ins to seat assignments to monitoring upgrades but the, uh, fly in the ointment seems to be that it won't let you log in unless your American Advantage membership number contains at least one letter. The problem is, many don't.
Barnes & Noble Pushes Nook, Expands Store Presence
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Nook-dedicated "boutiques" with staffed demonstration tables featuring demo models, video displays and accessories will occupy a prominent space in B&N stores starting this fall.
Sourcefire Slams Open Source IDS Suricata
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Matt Olney expressed disappointment with the Open Information Security Foundation's efforts, and touted Razorback, Sourcefire's open source analysis and detection engine, as truly innovative.
Intel, AMD Gain In Graphics Market, Nvidia Declines
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Nvidia lost market share in every segment except notebook integrated graphics, while AMD had the biggest gains in both discrete and integrated desktop chips according to Jon Peddie Research.
Web Apps For Sale Without Censorship
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
OpenAppMkt.com offers a place to distribute and sell Web apps without an Apple-style approval process.
Nokia, Samsung, LG Lead Mobile Phone Growth
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Mobile phone sales increased almost 15% in the second quarter, according to IDC, with Latin America and Asia Pacific projected to drive smartphone growth.
4G To Drive Wireless Infrastructure Spending Rebound
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Carriers deploying LTE 4G networks is expected to spur global capital spending on wireless infrastructure in 2011 after two years of declines, according to iSuppli.
Email Beats Social Media For Grabbing Consumers' Attention
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Most consumers prefer to receive email notifications of ads and special deals, despite the current emphasis on social media marketing campaigns, according to an Econsultancy study.
Microsoft Stock 'Inexpensive' As Big Upgrade Cycle Looms
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
With 84% of global PCs still running XP/Vista and 63% of Office users still on versions from 2003 or earlier, Microsoft is looking at some serious growth potential over the next couple of years, says enterprise software analyst Brent Thill.
Global CIO: The CEO Of The Year Is SAP's Bill McDermott
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
With co-CEO Jim Snabe, McDermott's set a vibrant new strategy, restored growth and profitability, and exorcised some wicked demons and ghosts.
Apple Developing Social Fashion Shopping Technology
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Shoppers with iOS devices may soon have access to an Apple Virtual Closet that will facilitate buying, sharing, and washing clothes.
HTC Droid Incredible Almost Identical To Nexus One
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
A teardown analysis of the handset found it so similar to the Google model, also built by HTC, that the Droid could be called "Nexus Two.'
YouTube Promises 15 Minutes Of Fame
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
To mark an increase in allowable running time for non-partner videos, YouTube says it will promote a handful of video makers.
Army Plans Private Cloud
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
APC2, the Army Private Cloud, will be a cornerstone of a broader data center consolidation initiative that aims to reduce the number of Army data centers from 200 to less than 20.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Improves Speech Recognition
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Nuance Communications claims version 11 reduces set-up time required to 'train' the software to your spoken voice and boosts accuracy up to 15%.
Amazon Launches $139 Wi-Fi Kindle
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
The Wi-Fi only electronic reader and a $189 third generation model of the original Kindle with Wi-Fi and 3G are Amazon's latest bid to spur digital book sales.
Juniper Networks To Acquire SMobile For $70 Million
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Adding SMobile's Junos Pulse software platform for smartphones, tablets, netbooks and notebooks, helps position Juniper to better compete in the mobile client security market.
Black Hat: Android, iPhone App Data Risks Overlooked
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
A survey of mobile app security for iPhone and Android reveals that information disclosure isn't always obvious.
Defense Agency Expands Cloud Computing
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Platform-as-a-service, Microsoft Office, and SharePoint may be delivered to military agencies from the Defense Information Systems Agency's private cloud.
Mariposa Botnet Creator Arrested
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Developer of the malware, used to create almost 10,000 unique pieces of malicious software, was busted in Slovenia.
Black Hat Warning: ATMs At Risk
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Barnaby Jack of IOActive demonstrated attacks that would allow a criminal to compromise ATMs.
Microsoft Launches Office For Mac 2011 Video
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
The marketing video highlights user interface enhancements, including a new ribbon that presents users with the commonly used controls, the template gallery and email improvements.
Global CIO: IBM Attacked By EU Anti-Capitalists & IT Washouts
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
Two tiny makers of mainframe knockoffs are joining forces with the always-eager EU to try to browbeat IBM into unearned submission.
Facebook Launches Q&A Service
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
Facebook Questions, launched in a limited beta, allows crowdsourcing of answers to questions on any topic from the 500 million users of the social network.
Google Fights Android Piracy
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
A new licensing service for Android apps aims to limit misuse.
Panasonic Announces 3D Camera Lens, Camcorder
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
The interchangeable lens is actually two small lenses that transmit slightly different viewpoints of a subject to the camera's image sensor.
Dell's New SMB Security Sevices Portfolio
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
Dell's announcement of a broad range of new and enhanced security tools and services for small and midsized businesses includes network endpoint security, and will ultimately, in partnership with SecureWorks, offer a hardware/software solution that includes security management and threat identification and monitoring.
Google Pitches Wave For Health Records
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
Wave's auditable multi-user collaboration turns out to be well-suited for health records, as long as patients don't mind a bit less privacy.
Slideshow: Top 10 Tech Newsmakers Of 2010
Slideshows  |  7/28/2010  | 
These individuals and companies involved in the most significant news stories so far this year. Here's of list of the people and businesses who are making waves in the tech pool.
Black Hat: 'App Genome' Exposes Smartphone Risks
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
Researchers from Lookout will present their findings thus far in study of freebie Android, iPhone apps.
EVO Drives Sprint Nextel Subscriber Growth
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
Despite reporting a $720 million quarterly loss, the wireless provider's announcement of a net customer gain after three years of subscriber attrition drove its stock up 4%.
Amazon Sells Out Of Kindles
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
The growth rate of Kindle sales has tripled since Amazon lowered the price to $189; customers can still order the electronic reader, but estimated delivery dates are not available.
White House To Review High-Risk IT Projects
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
As part of its effort to improve IT project management across federal agencies, OMB will require that designated projects devise improvement plans and get executive backing.
Apple Safari 5.01 Fixes Security, Adds Extensions
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
An update to Apple's Safari Web addresses longstanding complaints about the difficulty of Safari plugin development.
IBM, UPMC Partner On Hospital 'SmartRoom'
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
SmartRoom systems, now deployed at two University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals, identifies clinicians, providing real-time access to patient information and workflow tools based on role and location of caregiver.
Sina Opens Microblog Platform
News  |  7/28/2010  | 
Twitter-style rapid information sharing faces an uphill battle with China's government censors.
Qualys Offers Free Browser Plug-In Checker
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Less-than-current browser and plug-in versions can leave your browsing unnecessarily vulnerable to web-based attacks... and make latest-and-greatest-based web sites harder or impossible to use, but Qualys' free BrowserCheck can help.
Red Hat Deltacloud Joins Apache Software Foundation
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
Deltacloud APIs work with the NASA Nebula cloud engine and converts it into an alternative open source project.
Nvidia Loses Patent Fight With Rambus
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
The International Trade Commission will issue a Limited Exclusion Order against Nvidia barring the company from importing products that infringe on Rambus patents.
Apple Updates Mac OS X
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
The update includes the fixes in the v10.6.4 update released June 15, plus a few compatibility and performance-related graphics issues specific to the latest iMacs.
Slideshow: 12 CIOs' 'Career Killer' Pet Peeves
Slideshows  |  7/27/2010  | 
Don't derail your career by making these missteps with your boss. Get the inside scoop on what not to say in these excerpts from our CIO Profiles.
IT Asset Inventories Need To Be Actionable
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
eTelemetry matches device addresses with names, cable ports and physical locations for compliance and for quicker "hey you, turn that off," as part of your IT Asset Inventory/Management.
SuccessFactors Revenue Nears $200M As SaaS Grows Up
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
While Salesforce.com's the unquestioned SaaS revenue leader, Taleo, RightNow, NetSuite and SuccessFactors are all closing in on annual run rates of $200 million. With SuccessFactors this week reporting 27% quarterly revenue growth to $46.8 million, these and other high-growth SaaS vendors have proven they've got industrial-strength enterprise chops.
Facebook, Twitter Influence Purchases
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
A Gartner study of social networks influence on purchasing decisions finds they have become important shopping tools for both retailers and consumers.
Apple Refreshes iMac, Mac Pro
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
The Magic Trackpad, a wireless navigation device, and a 27-inch LED Cinema Display were announced in addition to the Mac updates.
Black Hat: External Content Threatens Web Security
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
Companies that rely on third-party Web content place themselves at the mercy of their partners' security practices.
SAP Reports Strong Growth, Completes Sybase Deal
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
U.S. market leads revenue gains and growth in large deployments.
Ask.com Betas Q&A Social Network
News  |  7/27/2010  | 
Search technology will direct people to experts who can answer their questions.
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