Content posted in January 2010
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AT&T Completes Phase Of 3G Tower Upgrades
Commentary  |  1/6/2010  | 
AT&T announced on Tuesday that they completed software upgrades in all of their 3G towers. This will set the stage for faster 3G speeds and higher capacities as upgrades in 2010 and 2011 are implemented. Basically, the anxiously awaited High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 network is well underway. The end user won't see improvements today, but they are coming.
What Does The Nexus One Google SuperPhone Mean For SMBs?
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
Today's big news was the introduction of Google's Nexus One smartphone. Initial reactions were largely positive, but didn't center on its possible application in small and midsize companies. InformationWeek SMB contributor Steve Hilton fills the gap.
Giving FSF Chief GNU-isance Richard Stallman The Credit GNU Deserves
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
After carrying-on for many years an on-again, off-again email-only relationship with Free Software Foundation president and founder Richard Stallman (or "Chief GNU-isance" according to the FSF staff), I finally met him today for a face-to-face interview. While the interview was actually for a larger project we're working on here at InformationWeek, we spent a considerable amount of time talking about the issues he wrestles with every day. One of them is GNU and the highly misguided usage of the
SMB Support: Beware The Big Box!
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
If your SMB goes looking for a remote support provider, you'll find plenty of options. But in this case, bigger definitely does not equal better.
Day One For Obama's Transgender Technologist
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
Amanda Simpson--formerly a test pilot, and formerly a man--started her new job today as senior technical advisor with the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security, which plays a key role in national security and cybersecurity. Unfortunately, most of the talk so far has been about Simpson's sex change, not her career change.
Q&A : Microsoft Executive On Fed's 'Meaningful Use' Proposals
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
Now that the federal government' "meaningful use" criteria is near-final, healthcare organizations and their IT vendors and services firms are analyzing what the regulations will mean for them. An executive of Microsoft's healthcare software business weighs in on the upcoming requirements.
Obama Security Push Spurring Scanner Patents (IBM's Seeking One)
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
The conventional wisdom, in the wake of the failed Christmas terrorist attack, is that the big beneficiaries will be Rapiscan Systems and L-3 Communications. The two are the companies which are TSA-qualified to provide airport scanners. But a quick USPTO search turns up a cornucopia of interesting patents, which could set off a security tech gold rush.
Google Unveils Android's Future, Announces Nexus One
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
Today at a press event at its Mountain View, Ca., headquarters, Google uncovered its plans for the Android mobile platform. Here's a meta liveblog of all the action. Updated with hardware specs. Available today for $179 from T-Mobile, later this year from Verizon Wireless.
Gartner Acquisition Binge An EU No-No?
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
Gartner's recent acquisitions of rival analyst firms AMR and Burton Group could come under the scrutiny of hypersensitive European Union anticompetition regulators who are terrified that the acquisitions will have some impact-good, bad, or indifferent; it doesn't really matter-on at least one European. Head EU bureaucrat Neelie Kroes has reportedly promised a decision by 2012.
Looking for an Easier Way to Reset Passwords?
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
It is the bane of many small and medium business IT departments, user passwords. They have evolved to become so long and complex that regularly users forget what they are and need to call for help. In response, ManageEngine has developed a simpler way for companies to manage user passwords.
Mobile Round-Up: Nielsen Stats
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
As we head into 2010, Nielsen decided to gather together a wide range of statistics regarding the media industry, including TV, mobile phones, social networking, Internet usage and more. Lets take a look at the stats pertinent to mobility.
iSlate, Nexus One Kill Microsoft's 15 Minutes
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
Steve Jobs will close his chokehold on tech's buzz machine this month with the Apple tablet. Google is set to grab hearts and minds with its Nexus One phone. And Microsoft? Oh, right, Windows 7. But that was so 2009.
Apple Reminds Google Who's Winning
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
Apple on Tuesday said that over 3 billion apps have been downloaded from Apple's iTunes Store. "Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months-this is like nothing we've ever seen before," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement. "The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon."
iPhone Apps Store Hits 3 Billion Downloads
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
This morning Apple announced that more than three billion applications have been downloaded from its Apps Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch. That's a lot of apps. How are the other apps stores faring?
Snow Leopard Anti-Malware Feature Never Updated
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
Apple included a feature in Snow Leopard that blocked two Trojan horse pieces of malware. According to Kaspersky Lab, however, the feature has not been updated with new malware signatures since Snow Leopard shipped.
Desire For Google Android Surges
Commentary  |  1/5/2010  | 
According to a recent survey, demand for Google's Android mobile phone platform has been surging in recent months. Interest in RIM's Blackberry devices is up slightly, and everyone else is down, including the iPhone. Is this a short-term trend or will this keep up long enough for Android to turn in some impressive sales figures in the coming years?
Will 2010 Mean The End Of The Full RSS Feed?
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
As social media grows as a traffic driver to blogs and news sites, will 2010 be the end of the full public RSS feed?
Nokia Rattles Sabres At Apple And RIM
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
Tough talk from Nokia. An exec recently said in an interview that the company will "be on par with Apple and RIM" in 2011. Whoa. Watch out Cupertino and Waterloo. Oh, and the company thinks it is going to sell 500 million phones this year.
'Meaningful Use' Will Keep Healthcare Providers Busy In 2010
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
Last week, one day shy of its Dec. 31 2009 deadline, the Dept. of Health and Human Services issued its long-awaited near-final rules defining the "meaningful use" requirements doctors and hospitals must meet to cash in on the government's $20 billion-plus health IT incentive programs starting 2011.
Davenport On Analytics Buzz and Bravado
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
Tom Davenport discussed his follow-up to "Competing on Analytics" in my Q&A interview published earlier today. But I thought I'd share some interesting context from recent blogs and interviews in this post.
IBM Bankrolls EHR Projects
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
IBM is funding big electronic health-records projects for Siemens and three other companies in moves that offer an intriguing glimpse at one of the company's emerging strategies: IBM is leveraging its vast financial resources to win new business from customers that want not only IT products and services but also the cash to purchase it.
Round-Up Peruses The Portable Hard Disk Market
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
Looking for a portable hard drive? Here's a pointer to a review roundup that can help you pick the right model for your small business.
Google Making Huge Android Announcement Tomorrow
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
Google has scheduled a press conference at its Mountain View headquarters for Tuesday, January 5. The subject? Android. Google rarely calls together press conferences, so you can bet that whatever Google is preparing to announce, it's going to be pretty big. Is it finally going to give us the Nexus One details for which we've been longing?
Server Den: Architectural Differentiation To Dominate In 2010
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
Spurred by processor innovations from Intel and AMD, we'll see a pitched battle for market leadership among IBM, HP, and Dell.
Site Claims To Have Full Apple 'iSlate' Specs
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
The last week or so has seen an already intense rumor gain some serious momentum. Yes, we're talking about the fabled Apple Tablet Computer. One site says it has the full spec sheet. If it's real, it's impressive.
It's Time To Get Serious About Virtualization Security
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
Server virtualization was one of the hottest IT trends in 2009. Unfortunately, in the race to keep up, both vendors and their customers may be overlooking important security concerns.
Xbox Live Comes To Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  1/4/2010  | 
It looks like Microsoft is going to be bringing Xbox Live to the Windows Mobile platform in the near future. One of the better and more reliable sources for what is coming for Microsoft's mobile platform is Microsoft's own job postings. They are looking for a program manager and software test engineer for the project.
Where Can Microsoft Grow In 2010?
Commentary  |  1/3/2010  | 
The year 2009 proved a milestone for Microsoft, but not a good one. In April, the company had its first-ever quarterly loss; it responded with a slow-motion removal of the bandage, shedding about 5,000 positions over the course of last year. Is there some hope that 2010 can be better for Microsoft?
Palm's Apps Catalog Breaches 1,000 Apps
Commentary  |  1/3/2010  | 
Over the course of the last few days, the number of applications available to the Palm Pre and Pixi in the Apps Catalog has finally reached the 1,000+ milestone. The other apps stores offer far more apps, but Palm believes its new browser-based developer environment will entice more to write for webOS.
Tax Breaks Aim To Encourage Telework Programs
Commentary  |  1/1/2010  | 
Wondering how remote access technology can benefit your company's bottom line? Don't forget to factor the potential tax benefits into your calculations.
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