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posted in September 2012
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iPhone 5 Crushes Samsung Galaxy S3 in Crash Tests
News  |  9/30/2012  | 
We show videos from three different organizations who did comparative drop tests of the new iPhone 5 versus the Samsung Galaxy S3. The pattern is clear: The iPhone 5 is an especially resilient phone and the Galaxy S3 breaks without a lot of provocation.
Social Business Nominations: Do I Hear A Second?
Commentary  |  9/30/2012  | 
Help us develop our list of 10 Top Social Business Leaders.
DH2i Takes On SQL Server Consolidation Challenge
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Startup led by former HP PolyServe staff uses virtualization-like techniques to stack up SQL Server instances on a single host, cutting core-based license costs.
Apple's Top 20 Public Apologies
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Apple Maps mea culpa continues a tradition of atonement. Here's a list of the company's top 20 promises to do better.
Acrobat XI Boosts Mobile PDF Support
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Acrobat XI will work better with cloud services and improve PDF support for phones and tablets, said Adobe Monday in announcing the next generation of its document creation and management tool.
New Face Of IT: Line Of Business Execs
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
Without a CIO or a corporate IT staff, Jennifer Trzepacz deployed cloud-based tools to help LivingSocial grow by 4,100 full-time employees in one year.
Telemedicine Improves Health Of Diabetics, Research Says
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Nonprofit group eHealth Initiative says clinics in poor neighborhoods can improve patients' health and cut hospitalizations by using mobile devices, patient Web portals, and social networks to monitor and inform.
Top Five 4G LTE Cities In The U.S.
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Kansas City emerges as a winner for wireless broadband, as RootMetrics helps us break down the top 4G LTE cities in the U.S. by carrier.
Cisco Acquires ThinkSmart For Location-Based Customer Analytics
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
ThinkSmart's technology taps big data analytics to give brick-and-mortar retailers a better grasp on where customers are and what piques their interest.
How LexisNexis Competes In Hadoop Age
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Open source HPCC platform evolves from turnkey system to Hadoop competitor.
Big Data Fuels Rise of Containerized Data Centers
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Big data growth forces more companies to adopt containerized data centers and other solutions to meet storage demands.
AMD, BlueStacks Bring 500,000 Android Apps To Windows
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
AMD's AppZone taps BlueStacks tech to bring popular Android apps to PCs. What does that mean for Microsoft's new Windows app marketplace?
FCC Unleashes Mobile Health Innovation Initiatives
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Federal Communications Commission announces new measures to promote mobile technology in healthcare industry, including hiring its own healthcare czar.
Windows 7 More Popular Than Windows 8?
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Price, compatibility, and the interface formerly known as Metro are among users' biggest concerns about Microsoft's upcoming operating system, poll finds.
EHR Savings Debate Grows
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
Credible sources are raising serious concerns about the value of health IT. Some, but not all, of their criticism is warranted.
VA Studies New Ways To Treat PTSD
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
A recent study synchronizes data streams from in-car sensors and GPS to find out what triggers the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans.
Intel, Hardware Partners Show More Windows 8 Devices
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Intel eyes more share in mobile market with new Clover Trail chips that promise longer battery life for Windows 8 smartphones, tablets, and hybrid devices.
iPhone 5: My First Week
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
After spending a week with the Apple iPhone 5, I have a clear picture of what has improved, evolved, and gone sideways.
Apple Apologizes For iOS 6 Maps
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
In a letter posted to the company's web site, Apple CEO Tim Cook has apologized to customers for "the frustration" caused by the disappointing experience of Apple Maps on the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. The letter suggests that customers use alternatives such as Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps.
RIM Beats Earnings With Narrower Loss
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
RIM surprised analysts and investors by reporting a smaller loss than expected for its second fiscal quarter. What saved it? Emerging markets.
Facebook Seeks Next-Generation Big Data Tools
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
Social network giant Facebook and venture capital blue chip Accel Partners think emerging platforms like Hadoop deserve new business intelligence, data visualization, and analytics tools.
RIM Video Shows BlackBerry 10 Devices Including Keyboard
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
A marketing video with the first clear images of BlackBerry 10 devices, with and without the full QWERTY keyboard, were posted Thursday on Vimeo and then removed. The video lives on at other sites. Appearing in the video are celebrities such as Lady Gaga, J. K Rowling and Thorsten Heins. We also have some images of the BB10 phones taken by CrackBerry.com.
Cool Factor: Future Of Computing Looks Like 'Minority Report'
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Minority Report might soon be coming to a conference room near you. BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson pays a visit to John Underkoffler, builder of the movie's technology and chief scientist at Oblong in San Francisco, to see the future of computer interfaces.
Wrike Takes Google Docs Cue: Collaborative Editing
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Social software for organizing work and projects gets real-time collaborative editing.
Microsoft Says 6,000 Jobs Open, Wants More Visas
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Microsoft says it can't find enough skilled IT workers to fill open positions, but critics say the company is merely trying to justify hiring foreigners.
Hadoop Alternative: Open Source Quantcast Touts Speed
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Quantcast File System uses less disk space than Hadoop and shines on key speed metrics, developers say.
Patient Engagement Tools Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Emmi Solutions platform helped New Jersey medical center reduce readmission rates through interactive voice response calls, feedback reports, and patient education.
For ACOs, IT Startup Costs Top $1 Million
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Smaller accountable care organizations must pony up $1 million, larger ones $4 million, to get to the starting line, says Black Book report.
Six Tips For Navigating The MDM Jungle
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
As mobile device management and mobile application management choices become overwhelming, consider these key issues.
How To Get Google Maps Back On Your iPhone
Slideshows  |  9/27/2012  | 
So you've installed iOS 6 or bought an iPhone 5, and Apple Maps is making you miserable? Join the club. While we wait for Google to release a Google Maps app for iOS 6, here's a simple workaround: Put a browser link to Google Maps on the Home page.
Microsoft Faces Formal EU Antitrust Violation Charges
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Software maker could pay up to $7.4 billion for failing to give European Union consumers alternatives to Explorer Web browser.
Oracle 12c Database: Open World's Centerpiece
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Oracle's venerable database will gain virtualization; new Exadata appliance and tighter integration between cloud and on-premises data also expected.
First ODCA Solutions Provider Summit in the Books
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
This week, the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) hosted its first Solutions Provider Summit to help foster proof of concept testing of ODCA usage models.
CIA Releases Official World Maps Collection Online
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Recommended for teachers, students, journalists, and traveling public, CIA maps include political hotspots and related government officials.
Big Data or Big Analytics?
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
I've heard at least a couple of speakers suggest that "Big Data" is badly named.
RIM Earnings To Erase BlackBerry 10 Bounce?
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Research In Motion reports quarterly earnings Thursday, and the news could erase the gains its stock price made this week on news of its BlackBerry 10 platform.
EHRs: Waste Of Money Or Wise Investment?
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
Recent Wall Street Journal commentary ripped into health IT, but the critics offered very little in the way of viable solutions.
Nokia's Pricey Lumia Phones Hit Europe In November
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 go on sale in select European markets come November, with initial prices that are troublingly high.
Big Data Analytics Predict Obama Win
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Prediction models point to Obama victory--but, as big data election forecasters learned in 2008, it's still too early to count Romney out.
What Collaboration Can And Can't Fix
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
Your collaboration vision must be grounded in real problems your business needs to solve.
Is Windows 8 Too Risky For IT?
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS may be just too different for conservative IT departments, Gartner says. But here's why I'm not counting Windows 8 out--even in the near term.
Without The Keyboard It's Not A BlackBerry
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Everyone, even RIM, knows that time is running out and that in spite of what today's earnings announcement shows, if it has one last chance, it's with BlackBerry 10. What's really hard is that not only does RIM have to change to survive, it also has to stay the same, and that means keeping what people like about the BlackBerry: the keyboard. RIM won't get out of its hole by trying to out-iPhone Apple.
HP Offers 'Test The Cloud' Packages
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Hewlett Packard provides low-priced testbed and client engineer to help newcomers launch cloud workloads.
Hypesters Put IT Credibility On The Line
Commentary  |  9/26/2012  | 
Business technology leaders and managers need to get into the habit of underpromising and overdelivering.
Google Autonomous Cars Get Green Light In California
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
California becomes the third state to permit vehicles that drive themselves to operate on public roads.
Perimeter E-Security To Offer MDM In The Cloud
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Perimeter E-Security will offer cloud-based mobile device management based on AirWatch to manage bring-your-own-device deployments. The system works with Perimeter's Exchange-based email security service.
NASA Uses iPads To Train For Asteroid Exploration
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Astronaut visitors to an undersea training habitat use iPads to simulate time-delayed communications and emergency training for planned 2025 asteroid mission.
Google Maps Shows Underwater Sights
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Take that Apple: Google Street View map images are now available for a few underwater locations.
Google Enterprise, I'm Not Impressed
Commentary  |  9/26/2012  | 
You have great products and are a proven innovator, but it will take changes in thinking to conquer the enterprise.
Patient-Generated Mobile Data Improves Clinical Care
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Studies show that patients who log their thoughts and behaviors--"observations of daily living"--via mobile apps or sensors so docs can monitor them between visits get better care.
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