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posted in April 2012
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Ridiculous IT News: Fresh from Valley View
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
From Mitt Romney's use of Google+ hangouts to AT&T's slogan flip-flop, InformationWeek's Fritz Nelson shares his newest roundup of the funny and the ridiculous in tech news.
What DataSift Customer Sentiment Analysis Shows
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
In this video chat from our latest episode of Valley View, we talk with DataSift CEO Rob Bailey about what differentiates his customer sentiment analysis tools.
Urgent Care Centers Need Robust EMRs Too
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Urgent care centers have lagged in adoption of electronic medical records. But with most of the country's 9,000 centers planning expansions, need is growing, says KLAS report.
Samsung Galaxy Note: A Phone And Tablet In One
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
The Galaxy Note from Samsung, available in the U.S. only from AT&T, breaks new ground. It's not just a large phone with a big, beautiful screen like the Droid Razr. It adds a stylus that makes annotation and new application types possible.
Woz Digs Windows Phone, But LG Doesn't
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Apple's co-founder gives the Lumia 900 Windows Phone a public display of affection, while LG halts efforts to bring new Windows Phones to market.
Oracle Insists Google's Clean Room Was Dirty
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
As the two sides deliver their closing arguments in the trial's copyright phase, Google maintains it played by the book. Did Google's file cabinet prop win over the jury?
Zynga Takes On Amazon In IaaS Game
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Zynga will sell cloud infrastructure-as-a-service to other game makers who want a hosting platform. With this innovative play, Zynga just became Amazon's competitor.
American Well Revamps Telehealth Platform
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Online Care 6.0 update adds conveniences for consumers and healthcare providers connecting outside the office; changes include support for smartphones and medical devices.
Mobile Threats Are Increasing But Are Still Nothing Compared To PC Crime
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
The latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report describes a dangerous world where threats involving mobile computing, such as identity theft and malware, are increasing, but still a small minority of the total.
Amazon's 7 Cloud Promises: Hype Vs. Reality
Slideshows  |  4/30/2012  | 
Amazon says cloud computing is an indispensable enabler of seven important computing transformations. We hype-test the promises with a few reality checks.
ARM: Why Virtualization Belongs In Smartphone Hardware
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
ARM's lead mobile strategist explains why virtualization is such an important trend for smartphones, and how ARM's Cortext-A15 fits in. See our video coverage.
3 Examples: Visual Technologies Change The Rules
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Businesses of all shapes and sizes will soon be held to a higher standard of customer experience as they try to sell products, or convey content of any kind.
Busting Through The Federal IT Budget Ceiling
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Federal agencies in lean startup mode? It's one of the ideas being floated as government CIOs look for ways to deliver new technologies and services despite flat IT spending.
Many EHRs Not Ready For Meaningful Use
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Study finds that only 11% of physicians have the technical capabilities to meet federal standards that define how an electronic health record system is to be used in a meaningful way.
Microsoft, Barnes & Noble Strike E-Book Partnership
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Deal calls for Microsoft to invest $300 million in new partnership with bookseller and drop Nook patent claims. Coming later: A Nook app for Windows 8 tablets.
5 Tips For Handling Complaints On Social Media
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Here's advice on how small and midsize businesses can handle negative customer feedback on social platforms without becoming overwhelmed.
So What Was Wrong With ICD-9?
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
As your IT team makes the transition to the ICD-10 medical coding system, doctors will insist that the older system worked just fine. Here's your comeback.
Finally, An iPad With A Keyboard!
News  |  4/29/2012  | 
If only iPads had keyboards, preferably built into a case. The ZAGGfolio Apple iPad 3 keyboard case is a good product, but iPad apps aren't designed to use a keyboard. Here's why.
Your iPhone Will Now Self-Destruct
News  |  4/29/2012  | 
It's not for real, but it is amusing. What would Ethan Hunt of Mission Impossible's iPhone look like?
ARM Puts Virtualization In Hardware For BYOD World
ARM Puts Virtualization In Hardware For BYOD World
InformationWeek Videos  |  4/27/2012  | 
ARM Lead Mobile Strategist, James Bruce, joins InformationWeek's Art Wittmann at the whiteboard to talk about why virtualization is such an important trend for smartphones, and how ARM's Cortext-A15 will enable that virtualization in hardware.
Elevator Pitch: Aurasma's Augmented Reality; Hitachi Consulting
Elevator Pitch: Aurasma's Augmented Reality; Hitachi Consulting
InformationWeek Videos  |  4/27/2012  | 
We pluck two lucky audience members from the Valley View crowd to give us an elevator pitch. We feature Aurasma (part of HP's Autonomy). It makes an augmented reality app. Also Stephen Harris, VP of US products for Hitachi Consulting.
Startup DataSift's Big Data Platform
Startup DataSift's Big Data Platform
InformationWeek Videos  |  4/27/2012  | 
DataSift CEO Rob Bailey talks about the growth in big data, and his company's platform to ingest, manage and provide that data from social networks. He also provides a quick demonstration of the product.
Oracle, Google Trial: Who Wins Round One?
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
In the first phase of the case, concerning copyrights, Google's arguments have been more compelling than Oracle's, to date. Patent testimony is still to come.
The Ridiculous IT News Segment
The Ridiculous IT News Segment
InformationWeek Videos  |  4/27/2012  | 
Everything from IBM's new CEO getting snubbed at the Masters golf tournament to Microsoft's acquisition of AOL patents to AT&T's new slogan (or T-Mobile spokeswoman Carly's change in attitude) to Mitt Romney's use of Google+ is ripe for ridicule.
Proton Media's Immersive Enterprise Collaboration In 3D
Proton Media's Immersive Enterprise Collaboration In 3D
InformationWeek Videos  |  4/27/2012  | 
As enterprise organizations try to solve the collaboration problem, Proton Media comes to the rescue with ProtoSphere, an immersive, 3D environment that ties itself to the Microsoft stack (Lync, Outlook, Sharepoint) for a unique experience.
Population Health Management Requires Better IT Tools
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Today's electronic health records don't include enough information or interoperability to enable population health management, according to Institute for Health Technology Transformation report.
Army Seeks Gloves For Battlefield Smartphones
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Special gloves must be flexible enough for touchscreens, but also tough enough to withstand the rigors of combat.
6 Ways To Turn Your iPad Into A Laptop
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Apple says it won't make tablet-laptop hybrids, but these add-on products will turn your iPad into a work-friendly machine.
Zynga Masters The Hybrid Cloud, Turns It Into A Service
Zynga Masters The Hybrid Cloud, Turns It Into A Service
InformationWeek Videos  |  4/27/2012  | 
Zynga, one of the most popular developers of games in the universe went from relying on the public cloud, to developing a private cloud (Z-Cloud), which it now offers as a service. CTO Allan Leinwand discusses how it came about, and talks big data.
FTC Hires Attorney, Eyes Google Search: What's Next?
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Despite Google's mantra, "competition is only a click away", FTC hires lawyer to head antitrust investigation of Google's search advertising business. This pressures Google to make concessions.
CISPA Passes House: What's Next?
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Cybersecurity information-sharing bill moves to the Senate, but civil liberty groups vow to continue fighting it tooth and nail.
BlackBerry World: 5 Changes RIM Users Must See
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
Research In Motion's developer and partner conference gets underway April 30. Here's what RIM needs to show everyone to silence the BlackBerry naysayers and doomspellers.
How To Protect The Big Data Archive
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
Your big data disaster recovery strategy must consider size, cost, and the unpredictable, but inevitable, need to access old data.
Google Drive: 10 Alternatives To See
Slideshows  |  4/27/2012  | 
Dropbox, Box, iCloud, and now, Google Drive, have the most familiar names. But many alternative services satisfy a variety of storage, backup, and file-sharing needs.
After Flashback, Apple Walled Gardens Won't Help
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
Apple and other vendors will use the Flashback botnet as reason to move forward with desktop walled garden restrictions. Here's why that approach won't cut malware.
Samsung Steals Nokia's Mobile Crown
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Samsung's first quarter results put it ahead of Nokia, but research firms disagree whether it regained the smartphone lead from Apple.
VMware Breach: Time To Assume Hypervisor Code Open?
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
The VMware source code disclosure awakens a long sleeping fear for enterprise IT, that a compromised VM could become a listening post for snoopers, spies and malware makers.
Zynga, Proton Media DataSift & ARM on Valley View
Zynga, Proton Media DataSift & ARM on Valley View
InformationWeek Videos  |  4/27/2012  | 
Mobile, Social Analytics, Collaboration, and Cloud just happen to be the hottest topics in technology, and the subjects of the April 24 episode of our monthly, live web show Valley View, featuring ARM, DataSift, Proton Media, Zynga, and more!
Another Big Step Toward DRM-Free E-Books
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Amazon, ask yourself. What's worse: piracy, or indifference from the people who are supposed to be your customers?
Why Apple Will Never Equal Sony
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Is Apple destined to decline, as Forrester's CEO has predicted? If so, it won't be due to the absence of Steve Jobs.
The Google Phone That Never Was
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Evidence at the Oracle v. Google trial reveals what the original Google Phone prototype looked like, before Apple's iPhone moved the goal posts. Related Android revenue information is also enlightening.
Physician EHR Adoption Varies With Age, Specialty, Affiliation
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Study suggests that older, small-practice, specialist, and independent doctors are less likely to have EHRs than are other physicians.
Walgreens Launches 'Find A Pharmacist' Online Directory
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Walgreens lets consumers check pharmacists' training and languages spoken, and also make pharmacy appointments.
6 Reasons iPad Hybrid Tablets Are Inevitable
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Apple's chief executive says he won't consider an iPad that transforms into a laptop. Here's why he may not have any choice in the matter.
DARPA Aims To Reuse Space Junk
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Agency seeks to transform non-functioning Earth-orbiting satellites into refurbished communications systems.
LinkedIn iPad App: Plenty To Like
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
LinkedIn's new application for the Apple iPad serves as a hub for business connections, news, and social networking in one slick, though not perfect, package.
Skype Has A Future In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Skype is one of those consumer technologies that IT hates and tries to banish, but it's probably too late for that. There is a good consumerization-of-IT case to be made for Skype, even in use with professional unified communications products, such as Microsoft Lync.
Skype For Windows Phone: Hands-On First Look
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Microsoft has finally released Skype for Windows Phone. See what InformationWeek's Eric Zeman had to say about it after taking it for a spin on his Nokia Lumia 800.
IaaS A Bad Deal? Not So Fast
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
The calculation as to whether infrastructure services make sense involves more than just sunk data center costs.
5-Step IaaS Migration Plan
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
SMBs have saved big buying complex software on a subscription model. Here's how to determine if infrastructure services can pay off, too.
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