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posted in May 2010
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Silent Security Fixes Are A Calculated Risk
Commentary  |  5/31/2010  | 
Recently, the folks at Core Security noticed that Microsoft has been delivering more fixes during patch day than they have documented in their security bulletins. It's great that Microsoft is fixing more security issues, but when they're not documented the IT department's job could become even more challenging.
Apple Sells 2 Million iPads In 59 Days
Commentary  |  5/31/2010  | 
Today is the 59th day since the iPad went on sale April 3. The device launched internationally on May 28. This morning, Apple announced that it has sold two million of them. That's a lotta iPads.
Server Shipments, Revenue Increase
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
After a two-year slump, server shipments are up more than 23% year-over-year and factory revenue increased almost 5% in the first quarter.
VoltDB Introduces Extreme Transaction Processing Database System
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
The specialized system from database guru Michael Stonebraker claims to be faster than other OLTP systems because it doesn't do calls to disk.
Gov 2.0: GSA Crowdsources Procurement With Wiki
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
The GSA BetterBuy pilot site wiki represents a culture change for government procurement, but shows promise for streamlining the process said assistant commissioner Mary Davie.
Government Is Out-Clouding the Private Sector
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Are government agencies outpacing their corporate counterparts in cloud computing? That might seem to be the case, given the recent exposure around government cloud initiatives. However, it may be that governments and corporations have different agendas when it comes to the cloud.
Busting The SSD Reliability Myth
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
One of the most persistent myths surrounding solid state disk (SSD) is that it just isn't reliable. Like most myths, this one started with a grain of truth -- but didn't end that way.
Businesses Have Bought 40% Of iPhones In 2010
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
AT&T's Ron Spears recently revealed that 40% of the iPhones sold to-date during 2010 have been to business customers. RIM's BlackBerry and Microsoft's Windows Mobile platforms are the default enterprise mobile computing choice. Or, rather, were. Should RIM be scared?
MeeGo v1.0 Released For Netbooks
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
A software development kit will be released in June with support for touch-based handsets and tablets.
Apple iBookstore Admits Self-Published Authors
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Having launched its iBookstore with major publishing houses, Apple is now accepting applications from individual authors.
Motorola Android Tablet May Come This Year
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
CEO Sanjay Jha tells investors Motorola is concentrating on the convergence of mobility and the home and 'nearly all' of his focus is on Android.
Constant Contact To Add SMB Tools
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
NutshellMail acquisition will enable small business email marketers to interact with customers through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Skype Promises To Bring Video Calling To Android
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Right now, the only Skype client available to Android handsets is solely through Verizon Wireless. That's about to change, as Skype recently promised to make Skype available to all Android handsets. What's more, Skype said it intends to "set the bar" for mobile-to-mobile video calls.
Printing Less Requires Extra Steps For SMBs
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Many SMBs are using less paper, indicates a recent survey, and the first step can be as simple as getting larger monitors. But that cant be the only step.
Supercomputer Builds 3D Model Of Gulf Oil Spill
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Simulations run at the University of Texas are helping researchers adapt the Advanced Circulation Model to map a trajectory of the Deepwater Horizon spill.
EHRs Lack Standards, Best Practices
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Vendors support an independent body to develop best practices and usability standards for electronic health record products.
Apple's iPad Hits UK
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Steve Jobs' slick new tablet is now available across the pond—but Brits better be prepared to dig deep.
Gov 2.0: NASA, Microsoft Ready Mars 3D Views
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Users of Microsoft's virtual WorldWide Telescope will soon be able to zoom in on the surface of the red planet and take tours of areas of interest.
Memorial Day: Marcus Lutrell And His Navy SEAL Brothers
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
On this Memorial Day weekend, we have a special chance to hear stories of the unimaginable courage, honor, and sacrifice of the U.S. military. Here's a haunting excerpt from Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, one of those books offering a brief glimpse into the secret lives of these extraordinary warriors who eagerly put themselves in harm's way to protect the rest of us.
Verizon And Motorola Teaming On Two More Droids
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha recently informed investors that the company plans to release two more Droid-branded handsets with Verizon in July. He also said that Verizon will be backing them up with big marketing campaigns. Can lightning strike twice for Motorola and Verizon?
Panasonic Simplifies Notebook WWAN Provisioning, Switching With Gobi2000
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Qualcomm Gobi2000 3G cards means you can now buy notebooks with embedded mobile broadband without having to select a provider in advance, and easily change providers for international travel or other reasons.
[Updated] 30 Million Windows Phone 7 Units In 2011
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Microsoft certainly isn't planning to slowly gain market share when it launches Windows Phone 7 this fall. At a ReMIX conference in France yesterday a slide was presented that claimed 30 million Windows Phone 7 devices would be sold in 2011 worldwide. That is no small feat.
Yahoo, Facebook Join Google Against Viacom
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
In a court brief filed Wednesday, eBay, IAC, Facebook and Yahoo urged a New York federal court to dismiss Viacom's copyright infringement suit against Google-owned YouTube.
Barnes & Noble Launches iPad eReader App
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Apple iPad users will be able to buy, download and read digital books from B&N's catalog of more than 1 million e-books, newspapers and magazines.
Senators Propose Mandatory IDs For Prepaid Cell Phones
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Citing the Times Square bombing suspect, who used a prepaid cell phone, two Senators have proposed legislation that would end anonymous use of prepaid mobile phone service.
Aria Partners With PayPal For Subscription Management
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Billing and subscription solution provider Aria has extended its service to PayPal, enabling businesses that accept PayPal to set up recurring payments or subscription plans.
IBM Picks Hadoop To Analyze Large Data Volumes
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Big Blue unveiled a package of services and analytics called BigInsights based on Apache's open source Hadoop.
Google's 'Screw Up' Looks Expensive
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Google's Street View snafu may end up being one of the more costly copy-and-paste mistakes in recent memory. In the past ten days, there have been six lawsuits filed against Google in the U.S. for alleged illegal data interception.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, & Cisco Face Looming Identity Crises
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Many leading IT companies are best-known for their legacies instead of their present potential—and that's going to become a big problem.
Private Clouds: Unassigned Territory
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
The public cloud is a given. Software-as-a-service now rings true with most IT managers and infrastructure-as-a-service is at least a familiar concept, owing to its similarity to data-center co-location and outsourcing. Private clouds, on the other hand, are much less familiar, and much more intimidating, to judge from recent feedback.
Google's Buzz Gains More Smartphone Platform Support
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Anyone remember Buzz? Google's social location and sharing service got a bit of an upgrade today in the form of a new XHTML web address that works with BlackBerry OS, Symbian S60, and Windows Mobile. Now more people can buzz about Buzz from their phones.
Google Completes AdMob Acquisition
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The $750 million deal will lead to better mobile ads and more free mobile content, Google says.
Audi Offers In Car Internet Access
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The optional hotspot, available in the 2011 edition of the A8 sedan, comes with WPA2 encryption and connectivity for up to eight mobile devices.
Sony Unveils Rollable Digital Display
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The organic light-emitting diode color display is flexible enough to wrap around a pencil without distorting a moving image.
Microsoft Piles On Dynamics Apps Upgrades
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Free new features include a financial reporting module, CRM integrations and an SAP connector.
Zigbee Alliance Certifies 13 Mobile Products
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Most of the first wave of products receiving telecom interoperability certification are location services.
FAA Awards $4.4 Billion For Air Traffic System
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Boeing, General Dynamics, and ITT received Federal Aviation Administration contracts for the NextGen overhaul of air traffic control in the U.S.
Gov 2.0: Washington D.C. To Launch Private Cloud
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The city known as a government tech innovator is also launching a startup incubator and pushing community involvement in app development.
HP Leads Resurgent SMB Server Market
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
SMB buyers at the low end appear to be in control as the market shows the first overall growth in nearly two years.
iPad Not In Hollywood's Plans
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Major studios say they won't reformat their content for display on Apple's hot new tablet.
Firefox Home Headed To iPhone
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Mozilla may not be able to get Firefox approved for the iPhone but perhaps it will be able to win acceptance for its personalization and synchronization technology.
Health IT Fosters Blood Transfusion Safety
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Mediware's Bloodsafe Tx mobile device integrates with e-medical record systems and ensures that patients receive correct blood transfusions.
HyperOffice Mobilizes Collaboration For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
New upgrade to cloud-based collaborative suite adds AJAX-based UI, free support for smartphones, and other features
Palm webOS Vet Defects To Google's Android Team
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Google was able to woo Palm's chief webOS user interface architect away and place him in charge of Android's user experience team. That's bad news for HP. Is it good news for Android?
OLPC Developing $99 Tablet PC
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
One Laptop Per Child is emphasizing the educational value of its planned low-cost, low-power, Android-based XO tablet.
Windows Phone 7 In 2010, Ballmer Pledges
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer confirms company's intention to roll out new mobile OS in time for the holiday season.
EMC Settles Federal Kickback Suit For $87.5 Million
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The U.S. government had charged EMC with misrepresenting prices and illegally paying consultants to recommend its products.
Steve Ballmer: Planetary King Of Info Tech Profit
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
I like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's dismissal in the Wall Street Journal of all the frothy media churn over Apple surpassing Microsoft in market cap: "I will make more profits and certainly there is no technology company in the planet which is as profitable as we are." Next question, please?
Tiered Pricing Confirmed For Verizon's LTE Network
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
The "unlimited" party is officially over. Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it won't be offering unlimited data plans for its upcoming Long Term Evolution services. Instead, customers will pay for buckets of data by the megabyte. The good news? LTE devices will be intro'd at CES in January 2011.
Will Android Overtake iPhone In Enterprise?
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
With all the chatter about Apple surpassing Microsoft in market-cap, a related detail might deserve more attention: Q1 sales of Android smartphones topped sales of iPhones by 25%, according to a consumer research firm. With consumer engagement driving enterprise adoption, can we expect to see the Google mobile OS starting to crimp the iPhone's style in the business world?
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