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posted in December 2012
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BlackBerry 10 Will Be Great, Please Wait, Says RIM
News  |  12/31/2012  | 
With just about a month to go until the rollout of BlackBerry 10, RIM is reaching out to customers and the public about how great it will be, hoping, no doubt, that customers will hold off buying an iPhone or Android phone or Windows Phone. BlackBerry 10 could be the great, ironic BYOD product of 2013.
6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
Commentary  |  12/31/2012  | 
This could be a make or break year as Microsoft looks to establish itself in mobile, cloud and other hot new markets while fending off challenges to its Windows franchise.
Battery Life Boost Coming From New Antenna Tech
News  |  12/30/2012  | 
The amplifier for the data transmission on a mobile phone's antenna is the device's biggest power guzzler, wasting up to 65 percent of its juice through heat. Large increases in battery life may be coming soon through new technology designed to use power for data transmission more efficiently.
FCC Streamlines Aircraft Wi-Fi Rules
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
The FCC will establish a regular process and rules for approval of Internet services (basically Wi-Fi) aboard aircraft. The agency says that current approval system is ad-hoc and requires too much time.
NASA Details 2013 Plans
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
NASA plans continued exploration of Mars and the night sky, continued missions to the International Space Station, and numerous satellite and spacecraft missions.
Where SDN Is Going Next
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
Well, it seems to be going everywhere, but here are some guesses as to what might come of that.
Feds Issue First Cloud Services Security Authorization
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
FedRAMP, which aims to make it easier and more cost-effective for government agencies to adopt cloud services, is now officially open for business with the authorization of Autonomic Resources ARC-P service.
Apple's Education Phenomenon: iPad
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
iPad's popularity with students and instructors helped Apple break its own education market sales records in 2012.
Nokia Lumia 810 A Win For T-Mobile
News  |  12/27/2012  | 
The Nokia Lumia 810 is an excellent, if not top-of-the-line Windows Phone available on T-Mobile. It's reasonably priced, has a top-notch camera and intriguing software, including two music apps that stream free tunes, "augmented reality" to show you what points of interest are right in front of you, and Nokia's highly-regarded maps. It also has a screen that's clearly a class or two below the best ones on the market, such as the iPhone 5. If you want a better screen on a Windows Phone, choose th
Top 10 Tech Fails Of 2012
Slideshows  |  12/27/2012  | 
Sometimes technology disappoints. Here are some of the products, services and companies that let us down in 2012.
iPhone Prices Under Competitive Pressure
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
Phone prices are being aggressively lowered by Apple's competition and Apple appears to be responding with price cuts, something we haven't seen before. Never mind that excellent Android and Windows Phones can be had for a lot less than the iPhone's $199 with a 2 year plan; more and more users are opting for older and cheaper iPhone models. The bottom line of all this is that Apple's average selling price for an iPhone is going down.
Amazon Outage Scrooges Netflix, Heroku
News  |  12/27/2012  | 
Amazon Web Services suffers a second holiday services disruption and the fourth outage of 2012.
Healthcare Execs Worry About Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  12/27/2012  | 
KPMG survey suggests training and change management are bigger barriers than technology implementation in achieving federal health IT standards.
5 Cloud App Trends To Expect In 2013
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
We'll see more mobile options and embedded analytics, of course, but surprises will include growth in financial apps and big-data insights.
China Tries Again To Control Internet
Commentary  |  12/25/2012  | 
The Great Firewall of China is increasingly effective in stopping anonymous VPN-based access in and out of the country after a recent upgrade, and now the government is considering another attempt to strengthen authentication of users before obtaining Internet connections. The proposed law is being cynically framed as a privacy protection measure. As offended as I am at the ideas behind these proposals, I'm confident that they can't be implemented practically.
Nexus 7 Android Tablets for Christmas At DoubleDutch
News  |  12/24/2012  | 
Why did the founder of Mobile CRM company DoubleDutch give his employees Android Nexus 7 Tablets for XMas? He wanted to inspire them to develop for the platform — not just for the iPad — and explained how enterprise app development is fundamentally changing the way enterprise business is done.
iPad 5th Generation Coming In March Says Report
News  |  12/24/2012  | 
Thinner, lighter iPad coming on accelerated schedule. A new iPad mini is also on the way with a Retina display and A6X processor.
Google/Motorola 'X phone' Tries To Push Tech Limits
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
Google and Motorola are trying to make the hottest phone on the market and running into the problems that kept everyone else from making such a phone, such as poor battery life. The way they're going about it suggests that Google does not have the clearest vision of what they want to do or how to do it.
iPhone 5 Sales Up, Price Down
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
A new research report shows Apple with a majority of the smartphone market in the United States, but lagging behind Samsung and other Android vendors abroad. In spite of U.S. dominance, Apple is allowing discounts to its newest iPhone. The same research shows Nokia's fortunes turning in Great Britain, although less so among younger buyers.
Why One SMB Sticks With Windows XP: Truckload Of Toner
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
For budget-constrained small businesses, the decision to upgrade from XP is complicated by older networks, peripherals, applications, and, in this case, a multi-year stockpile of printer supplies.
5 Ugliest Smartphones Of 2012
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Not every smartphone is a charmer. Here are five handsets with some seriously questionable designs.
HTC Prepping Windows 8 Rival To iPad Mini?
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
HTC 7-inch tablet could pit Microsoft's Windows 8 OS against Amazon's Kindle Fire and Apple's iPad mini.
Humedica, Harvard Bring Continuing Medical Education To Trenches
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center uses Humedica's analytics capabilities to make patient care part of a continuous learning process.
5 Big Data Predictions For 2013
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Vendors and analysts make bold big data predictions for next year. Are their crystal balls cloudy or clear?
Mayo, Philips Collaborate On Cloud-Based ICU Alerts
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Government grant will support 3-year study involving four hospitals across country. Researchers will look at information overload, best practices in ICU.
Cloud Jobs: 7 Million In 3 Years, IDC Says
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Microsoft-sponsored IDC report says there are currently 1.7 million open cloud positions just waiting to be filled.
Mobile's Biggest Losers In 2012
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
The last twelve months have been turbulent for smartphone makers and wireless network providers. Here's who took it on the chin hardest.
Red Hat Buys ManageIQ, Gains Hybrid Cloud Tools
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Red Hat will pay $104 million to fill out self-provisioning and performance management for its virtualization environment, get multi-hypervisor capability.
Email Overload: Disease Or Symptom?
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
Email overload is a symptom of larger management dysfunctions. Why are your employees spending so much time covering themselves for every little thing?
10 Year-End To-Do Items For IT Leaders
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
It's time to reflect, give thanks, recharge and come out of the gate swinging in 2013.
Best Of InformationWeek 2012: 12 Must-Reads
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Catch up on the best of what InformationWeek had to offer this year, from profiles of top CIOs to investigations of tech security gone wrong.
Massive Open Online Courses Meet Higher Ed
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are prompting discussion about higher education's future and business model.
Last-Minute Tablet Shopping Tips
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Need to score a tablet for someone on your shopping list before Tuesday? Here's advice on what you might be able to find in the nick of time.
Android Fails in Mobile Malware Research
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
There are many more malware-infected Android devices out there than you might think. It's all because the Android ecosystem and Google Play store are more friendly to malware and exploits than iOS and the Apple App Store or Windows 8, Windows Phone and the Windows Store. There's some, but not much reason, to think things will improve for Android in the near future.
Oracle Buys Eloqua: Watch Out Salesforce?
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Eloqua buy represents the latest move in Oracle's "marketing cloud" acquisitions duel with Salesforce.com.
Flipboard Android Tablet Version Debuts
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Flipboard now runs on Android tablets, including the high-resolution Nexus 10.
Medicaid Providers Rack EHR Incentive Dollars
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
GAO report shows that nearly 40% of eligible hospitals and a third of professionals got payments in 2011, despite slow start in many states.
Microsoft's Big Hits And Misses Of 2012
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
The past year saw some big wins, and big setbacks, for Microsoft. And then there's the special case of Windows 8.
Samsung Acknowledges Severe Android Vulnerability
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
A serious vulnerability in the Android kernel for their Exynos processors in many of their phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S3, has been found by the Android hacking community. It may be used by any application to root (jailbreak) or unroot the device, brick it or even silently modify arbitrary memory or other applications.
CloudVelocity Seeks To Champion Enterprise Hybrid Cloud
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Startup maps out applications, creates clones and moves them to cloud data center.
Apple Must Settle With Samsung
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Apple Needs To Cut The Patent Nonsense. If Apple really thinks they need to sue the competition out of the market then they must think they're in worse shape than anyone else thinks. Recent legal setbacks, including the reexamination by the US Patent and Trademark Office of the 'pinch and zoom' and other patents, have the potential to embarrass Apple severely and embolden the competition. Now's the time to scale back in their settlement negotiations.
Windows Phone 8 Update Details Revealed
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
An update to Windows Phone 8 should be out soon sporting messaging improvements, the ability to text replies to incoming callers, bandwidth-saving IE changes and favorite Wi-Fi connections, among other improvements not yet specified.
eBay Drops Mobile Advertising
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
eBay has decided that advertising inside mobile apps is not worth the effort and that they will end all ads inside their own mobile apps. What does this mean for the future of mobile advertising?
Dell Acquires Credant For BYOD, Data Security
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Dell announced today its acquisition of data security company Credant Technologies to beef up its BYOD security toolset.
6 Dell Storylines To Watch In 2013
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
With Tuesday's purchase of Credant, Dell has bought 19 companies in the last four years. But what does all the activity mean for the company's future?
2012's Most Memorable Reader Comments
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
From Apple's iPad Mini to outsourcing, you had plenty to say. Take a look back at some of this year's heated technology discussions.
Social Enterprise 2013: Opportunities And Obstacles
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Big changes such as integrating social tools with business take time. Remember that in slow-moving revolutions, the persistent are as likely to be successful as the bold.
11 Amazing Apps Of 2012
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Here are 11 applications that mattered in 2012 -- and a hint at what's to come. Each underscores meaningful software trends.
5 Ways To Stay Ahead Of Consumerization Of IT
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Here's how to seize on the user trend as an opportunity rather than a problem.
7 SMB Technology Predictions For 2013
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
What's in store for small and midsize business technology in the New Year?
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