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Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Celebrates 10 Years of Wikipedia
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
January 15 marks 10 years of Wikipedia. Can it be? Gina Smith caught up with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to get his perspective on these phenomenal 10 years.
Trio Of BlackBerries Leak
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
In addition to the leaked BlackBerry Dakota, details about the Storm 3, Torch 2, and latest Curve have also hit the 'net
Down To Business: IT Spending's Heading Up, But Is It Headed In The Right Direction?
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
The true measure of enterprise IT vitality will be whether CIOs get serious about rebalancing their spending mix.
Lessons In iPhone App Advertising
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
Forget AdMob and Facebook. Flurry is giving away free money.
Manta: An Online Forum For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
Did you know that more than 33,000 new businesses are created in the United States every week? A more important question: How do you get yourself noticed in such a huge crowd?
RIM Aiming For 1 Million Q1 PlayBook Sales
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
Research In Motion is preparing to launch its PlayBook tablet later this quarter. Can it ship 1 million by March 31?
Is An Apps Shakeup Ahead At Microsoft?
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
To compete in the enterprise with the likes of IBM, Oracle, SAP and Salesforce.com, Microsoft has to take a more direct approach.
Windows Phone 7 Gets Lock Down Treatment
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
Along with the much anticipated copy and paste functionality, Microsoft will also be blocking unlock tools like ChevronWP7.
Verizon iPhone, Can You Still Hear Me Now?
Commentary  |  1/13/2011  | 
By now everyone knows that Big Red is finally getting the iPhone, but as a happy DroidX user and long-time (15+ year) Verizon customer, I greet this with mixed emotions. Obviously the iPhone 4 is probably the slickest, most elegant app phone out, although not so much that I'm going to rush out, pay the full-freight unsubsidized price and ditch my six-month old Droid. Really, I'm happy Verizon and Apple have come to terms and look forward to an LTE iPhone 5 later this year (or whenever LTE comes
RIM: PlayBook Battery Life Will Be Just Fine
Commentary  |  1/13/2011  | 
RIM is stuffing a 5300mAh battery into its PlayBook tablet, which it says will last an entire business day.
Is The SMB Server Market A Bubble?
Commentary  |  1/13/2011  | 
Some say the sky is going to fall in 2011. But what's been holding it up?
HP Exec Indicates webOS Tablet Debuting Feb. 9
Commentary  |  1/13/2011  | 
HP has scheduled a webOS-focused event on February 9, where it is expected to debut its first tablet device.
Global CIO: Inside SAP: 2,500 iPads Are Only The Beginning
Commentary  |  1/13/2011  | 
SAP's CIO says those 2,500 iPads will soon be joined by Blackberry Playbooks and Android devices and more--and here's how he and his team are making it all happen.
SMBs Look Ahead To Mobile Commerce
Commentary  |  1/13/2011  | 
Pop Quiz: Which is the most popular wireless device among SMBs: a) Apple iPad b) Android c) good ol' cellphone (voice and text only)? Did you pick a), feeling confident that forward-looking entrepreneurs can't resist Apple's latest power gadget? How about the Google-based Android? No doubt, the TV ads promise a sort of futuristic high for those who harness its power.
Flagship Touch-Powered BlackBerry Dakota Leaks
Commentary  |  1/13/2011  | 
A picture and spec list of an unannounced Blackberry smartphone show what might be RIM's first hit device of 2011.
Meraki Enters Network-As-A-Service Market
Commentary  |  1/13/2011  | 
Meraki has carved out a viable business by delivering cloud based wireless network products, so the vendor is now extending its reach into the wired network equipment marketplace.
Microsoft Objects To Trademark For App Store
Commentary  |  1/13/2011  | 
Apple has applied for a trademark for the name "App Store" which has become the most popular store for buying smartphone apps. Microsoft has filed to block the application though claiming the name is too common.
Sprint Drops Tab Price Ahead Of Press Conference
Commentary  |  1/12/2011  | 
Sprint has dropped the price of its Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet while promising another "industry first" at a press conference scheduled for February 7.
Fitness Technology Works Out CES 2011 (Feel The Burn)
Commentary  |  1/12/2011  | 
Here’s a wrap-up of all the cool fitness tech we saw at CES. Check it out and get in better shape. And get more sleep! If our team actually used this stuff, we’d all be feeling better by now.
SMBs Seeking Security: Blue Coat Has You Covered
Commentary  |  1/12/2011  | 
There's good news for SMB solution providers that want to help their customers run a more secure operation. Blue Coat Systems, which traditionally sells security solutions to the enterprise, has taken the wraps off of ProxyOne, a preconfigured security appliance for small and midsize businesses.
Verizon's LTE Smartphones Worthy iPhone 4 Competitors
Commentary  |  1/12/2011  | 
When Apple's iPhone 4 goes on sale through Verizon Wireless in February, it will have to contend with a batch of new Long Term Evolution 4G smartphones.
Global CIO: iPads As A Better Tool For Face-To-Face Collaboration
Commentary  |  1/12/2011  | 
Think of one-on-one sessions, like doctor-patient or salesperson and a prospect. Will a tablet work better than a laptop?
Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Due By Summer?
Commentary  |  1/12/2011  | 
In order to stick with its current Android version naming scheme, Google has to choose a dessert that starts with the letter "I". What better than Ice Cream (Sandwich)?
Global CIO: Microsoft Launching Cloud Attack On Enterprise Stack
Commentary  |  1/12/2011  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer is realigning Microsoft's enterprise products as he prepares to take on IBM, Oracle, and SAP for major enterprise deals.
What's Up With WebOS?
Commentary  |  1/12/2011  | 
The biggest news for Palm and WebOS in 2010 was the acquisition by HP. Many were hoping this would revitalize the platform, but WebOS continues to fly below the buzz radar tech sites. What's going on?
Microsoft Needs A Wider Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Bob Muglia, the departing president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, crafted a limited cloud approach based on the hand he was dealt. Here's what his successor should do.
CES Tablet Extravaganza: Motorola, RIM, Toshiba & Asus Stand Out
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
CES provided a tableau of what buyers can expect in tablets, nearly all of them evolutionary hardware improvements over the currently-shipping iPad, none of them available now, and most of them, predictably, clones. Here's a guide, based on a modest round of discussions and demonstrations at a frenzied CES; videos included where appropriate.
5 Paths To The New Data Integration
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Embedded, automatic and easy new approaches meet growing demands for do-it-yourself data analysis.
Verizon iPhone 4: Unanswered Questions
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Verizon and Apple have revealed a lot about the iPhone 4 for Verizon's network, but left plenty unsaid.
Canon Brings Out Five New SMB Printers
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Low list price and high DPI make for in interesting combination, but as usual the refill ink is priced as if there was a national shortage.
Don't Let Bad Weather Expose Security Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Heavy weather can carry a heavy price if your digital and workplace security measures aren't thorough and up-to-date.
Verizon Exec: iPad To Have CDMA Radio, Too
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications, said today that Apple will soon make a version of the iPad with a CDMA radio installed.
Guerra On Healthcare: Beginning Of The End For Meditech?
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
The health IT stalwart's focus on the standalone community hospital market may be blinding it to the changing needs of its customers.
Apple Plays It Safe With CDMA-Only iPhone
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Verizon Wireless and Apple today announced a CDMA version of the iPhone 4. It is 3G only, no LTE 4G on board.
Worst Kept Verizon iPhone Secret Revealed
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Verizon claims service is so much faster, they almost called it the 6G.
How The Verizon iPhone Announcement Impacts SMBs
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
Surprise, surprise, Verizon is expected to announce that it too has become a reseller of the popular Apple iPhone. In addition to providing more choices for businesses, the announcement could foreshadow dramatic changes in smartphone pricing.
Is A Verizon iPhone In Your Future?
Commentary  |  1/11/2011  | 
It is pretty much a done deal that Verizon will begin selling the iPhone soon, maybe in just a few weeks. Are you going to be standing in line to get one?
Verizon iPhone Beckons
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
Tuesday's Rumored Verizon Announcement Has iPhone Users Buzzing
Global CIO: The PC Is Dying: Long Live The iPad!
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
In April, Apple was expected to sell maybe 15 million iPads in 2011. Three months later, the number was 36 million. Today, do I hear 55 million?
Server Chief Out At Microsoft, Is Steve Ballmer Next?
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
Less than two weeks into 2011, there are signs that Microsoft learned little from a woeful 2010. Can the CEO survive?
Motorola Ramping For Big Xoom Tablet Sales
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
Motorola has high expectations for its Xoom Android tablet. The company is preparing to flood the market with as many as 1 million of them by April.
Oracle Financial App Targets SAP Shops
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
Prebuilt analytic application taps SAP to deliver analyses of general ledger, profitability, payables and receivables.
What iPhone Will Verizon Announce?
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
Verizon Wireless is widely expected to unveil an Apple iPhone tomorrow for its CDMA network. But just what features will this new iPhone have?
Cisco Unveils Compact Switches
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
Small and medium businesses often do not have the physical real estate needed to deploy enterprise class networking products. In response, Cisco shrunk the size of two of its popular switches, so they now fit in constrained environments.
Wolfe's Den: Talking Enterprise 2.0 With Jive Software CEO Tony Zingale
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
If you don't embrace a social platform in the next year or two, you'll probably be out of a job, says the chief executive of the company which wants to provide that platform.
New Features For Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  1/10/2011  | 
Everyone with a Windows Phone 7 device is expecting a pretty big update in the next few weeks that will add copy and paste among other things. Even more functionality is on the way, but not on the device itself. Rather, MS is adding more online and cloud support.
Will Memjet Printers Be Disruptive?
Commentary  |  1/9/2011  | 
The OEM printer vendor was showing its fast inkjet technology at CES, and it's expected to reach retail this year.
Global CIO: The Top 10 CIO Issues For 2011
Commentary  |  1/9/2011  | 
Blazing performance, the Chief Acceleration Officer, hybrid clouds, optimized systems, The iPad Explosion, analytics, and others lead our list of CIO priorities or 2011.
Ditch The IT Buffet Line In 2011
Commentary  |  1/9/2011  | 
"All you can eat" buffets are costed out predicated on averages of what most folks can eat. It's always more expensive than a la carte. If all you want is a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, you'd be foolish to shell out $14.95 for the all-you-care-to-shove-down-your-throat buffet. And if family finances were a bit rocky, paying for more than you need might be the furthest thing from your mind. The same holds true with your organization's IT spending: cash-strapped organizations are real
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