News & Commentary
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.
Zend Launches PHP Subscription
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Aimed at cloud-based applications, the Zend Unlimited Subscription allows customers as many instances as they want without the need to calculate licensing.
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.
The Return of Business ByDesign and the Future of On-Demand ERP
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
It's tough being SAP's Business ByDesign in an unforgiving market. Having been launched and then pulled back, redesigned and then offered back to a market that is a little more jaded and a lot more cautious... the ByD team is facing an almost unprecedented quantity of challenge, skepticism, and even ridicule.
8Coupons Offers Local Marketing Solution
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
The online coupon aggregator 8Coupons offers a make-it-yourself mobile coupon platform that enables businesses to generate and send promotions in near real time.
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.
North Social Helps Users Tap Facebook Fan Pages
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
Say hello to yet another tool that SMBs can use to get into the Facebook game. This one's called North Social, and it lets users create a professional, customizable Facebook fan page within minutes, and without any coding or web publishing expertise.
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.
Samsung's Record Profits Driven By Chips, LCD
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Mobile phone sales were up 22% in the second quarter, but average unit price declined as did operating profit from Samsung's telecommunications unit.
Privacy Gets A Senate Hearing
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
A recent Senate hearing showed some well-informed congressman making intelligent comments about the problem of privacy and the Internet today. But while the attention to privacy was promising, any actual privacy legislation out of Congress would probably make privacy issues worse, not better.
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.
FAA NextGen Criticized For Poor Performance Tracking
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
A General Accountability Office report has found the FAA project to overhaul the U.S. air-traffic control system lacks performance metrics and outcome-based goals.
RIM BlackPad Tablet Launching In November
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
Sources say that Research In Motion is preparing to launch its iPad competitor, the BlackPad, in November.
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.
HHS Allocates $51 Million For Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Up to $1 million in grants per state will be available from the Department of Health and Human Services to help establish health insurance exchanges.
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.
IBM Remains On U.S. Antitrust Watch
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
DOJ investigation into Big Blue 's mainframe licensing policies ongoing even as European authorities ramp up their own probe.
India Handset Sales To Rise 18.5%
News  |  7/30/2010  | 
Gartner finds the Indian mobile phone industry dominated by low-cost devices and inexpensive prepaid voice and SMS plans.
FCC Approves First 4G LTE Phone
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
The Federal Communications Commission has recently approved some of the first devices to use Long Term Evolution 4G technology, including a phone and a laptop dongle.
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.
Sprint Updating EVO 4G To Android 2.2
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
Sprint on Thursday announced that it will be the first wireless carrier in the U.S. to distribute Android 2.2 Froyo to the HTC EVO 4G starting on August 3.
The Cellular Network - Not Just For Cell Phones
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
When most of us think of our cellular network, we immediately think of cell phones. That is why we fork over big bucks to the carriers each month right? They keep us connected without tying us down to a physical location. Today though there is so much more using cellular networks that have nothing to do with voice communication at all.
Office 2011 Video Shows New Features, Marketing Challenge
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
Microsoft has released a video showing off some of the new features of the upcoming Office for Mac 2011. The video also unwittingly demonstrates the difficulties companies have in marketing product upgrades.
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.'
Oracle Sued By Justice Department For Fraud
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
The suit contends Oracle misrepresented its commercial sales practices to give government customers deals inferior to those offered to commercial customers.
The Cloud's Proliferating Open Source APIs
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
In June, Red Hat moved its Deltacloud open source project into the Apache Software Foundation's incubator. In July, Rackspace made its Cloud Files code open source and will collaborate with partners in the OpenStack project. The Open Cloud Standards Incubator at the DMTF is producing another set. Isn't this just too much open source?
Fun With Your New Dragon
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
Version 11 of NaturallySpeaking re-raises the perennial question, does "easier" mean "easy"?
Amazon CTO Counters Eli Lilly Rumors Via Twitter
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Werner Vogels used the micro blogging service to respond to reports that Eli Lilly, a leading EC2 customer, was "dumping" Amazon Web Services.
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.
Microsoft Plans Intel 'Oak Trail'-Based Tablets
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer tells financial analysts that catching Apple in the slate PC market is "job one" for the company.
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.
AppSumo Offers Green SMB Software Deal
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
Software aggregator will donate 50 percent of its revenue from each sale of its Startup Bundle, through August 2, to the National Wildlife Federation.
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%.
GAO Launches Mobile Website
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Responding to the growing trend of accessing content on mobile devices, the Government Accountability Office reports are now accessible to BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and other mobile device users.
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.
NOAA Supercomputer Tapped For Climate Change Research
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the 14-cabinet, 260-teraflop system is the most powerful supercomputer operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
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.
Radio Shack Revenues Top $1 Billion
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
An emphasis on mobile products, including a successful wireless kiosk program in Target stores, helped drive $53 million in profits for the second quarter.
Health IT Alone Won't Improve Primary Care
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Federal report raises numerous questions about whether electronic health records and other technologies can advance the patient centered medical home model.
BlackBerry Springs Leaks, App World 2.0 Goes Beta
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
It's been hard to escape the cavalcade of leaked information about unannounced BlackBerry devices of late. Find out what the latest scuttlebutt is here.
Mobile Networks Falter Under Video Demand
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Peak traffic congestion at night causes most stalling, according to Bytemobile, and coming network upgrades likely won't help.
Google Ramping Games Business
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Discussions with online gaming companies and a job listing for a games project manager suggest Google is prepping its Facebook-competing social network.
Apple Probes iPhone iOS 4 Complaints
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Still stinging from "antennagate," the company is now looking into reports its new mobile operating system is buggy.
Oracle Patches Bug Crashing Eclipse
News  |  7/29/2010  | 
Changing the company field name from Sun to Oracle in latest Java update caused the Eclipse software development environment to fail.
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