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Content posted in January 2011
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CES Fails To Deliver iPad Killer
Commentary  |  1/7/2011  | 
More than a dozen new tablets were announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show. Only one has a chance of competing with the iPad.
Wall Street Journal 'Confirms' Verizon iPhone
Commentary  |  1/7/2011  | 
The Wall Street Journal today said that an informed source confirmed that Verizon Wireless will announce a version of the Apple iPhone for its network.
Verizon Schedules Suspicious Press Conference On Jan. 11
Commentary  |  1/7/2011  | 
In a move that could herald the "Verizon iPhone," Verizon has scheduled a special press conference in New York City on January 11.
Mobile Solutions Take Center Stage
Commentary  |  1/7/2011  | 
One of the latest, greatest tech waves is mobility. More and more people are using their wireless devices to communicate, shop, conduct business, and socialize. But what about SMBs? Are they, too, climbing aboard the mobile bandwagon?
Review: Google Chrome Browser Gets Business Friendly
Commentary  |  1/7/2011  | 
With the release of Chrome for Business, Google has made it possible for companies to build and deploy customized and locked-down versions of the Chrome Web browser.
Its Not 4G, Its Faux G
Commentary  |  1/7/2011  | 
The carriers continue to change the definition of 4G to make their marketing pitch better. Numbers followed by the letter G are becoming as entrenched in the consumer's mind as processor speeds were in the 90's. While processor speeds didn't tell the whole story, they were at least accurate. The same cannot be said for the names used to describe the generation a particular network is. Marketing has won. Truth in advertising has lost.
CES: Samsung Sees The Future And It's TV
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
Never mind the Internet. Here's TV reloaded.
Silicon Valley Crackup: Oracle & HP Killing 25-Year Alliance?
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
After nearly three decades of close collaboration, the HP-Oracle alliance is disintegrating in the wake of severe friction between top-level executives at each company.
Virtualization Makes Smartphones Into Laptop Surrogates
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
The Motorola Altrix is the first phone to market with Citrix Systems' Nirvana environment able to present virtualized desktop apps.
Dell's Streak 7 Android Tablet Revealed By T-Mobile
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
At CES, T-Mobile introduced the Streak 7 tablet from Dell, its first 4G device.
Sprint Surprises With WiMax-Equipped RIM PlayBook
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
Sprint announced that it will sell a version of RIM's PlayBook tablet that is enabled with 4G WiMax.
Global CIO: The Case For Copying Apple's App Store
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
Manpower's IT team is adopting the App Store model internally, making it part of how technology runs in a global company. Should you?
Predictions For Business Analytics In 2011
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
Forrester's plans for covering self-service, pervasive, social, scalable, cloud and real-time analytics in the coming year.
LG's G Slate Tablet For T-Mobile Teased
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
LG "announced" a new Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet for T-Mobile, but hasn't even provided images of what the device will look like.
Motorola Hopes To Tackle Apple With Xoom Tablet
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
Motorola came out swinging at CES with its first tablet, the LTE-packing and Android 3.0 Honeycomb-powered Xoom.
CES 2011: NEC's Android Tablet Twist Is Dual-Screen
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
CES has already seen its fair share of new tablet announcements, even before the show officially starts. NEC's offering is something quite different. But for now, it's just a prototype.
Can A Kindle Be An SMB Tool?
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
Considering its long battery life, its portability, its legibility, and the fact that it can display PDFs from a PC, it really looks like it ought to have some business use.
NetGear Beefs Up Wireless Router Line
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
Competition in the wireless access market has intensified as it has matured. To try and maintain its current momentum, NetGear rolled out four devices, with an emphasis on support for higher transmission speeds and a wider variety of connectivity options.
Amazon Preparing Android Application Store
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
With millions of applications flying off of the virtual shelves daily, Amazon is looking to get a piece of the action. Soon Android users will be able to buy apps from Amazon's soon to be launched marketplace.
CES 2011: Android-Based Car Stereo Receives Internet services, iPod's Music
Commentary  |  1/6/2011  | 
It's time to put the smart phone back in the car. Sort of. Parrot's media console, running Android, offers a slightly different take on auto-tech.
CES: BodyMedia Sends Calorie And Sleep Data To Your Phone
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
The company's newest Armband uses Bluetooth to send over 5000 different health variables to your Android or Apple-based phone.
Hands-on With RIM Playbook at CES
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
After months of waiting, RIM finally let us touch, feel and use its Playbook tablet at CES; its first foray into the tablet market. As tablet hardware goes, this one stacks up nicely.
iPad Docking Station With Built-In Pico Projector Debuts At CES 2011
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
At CES 2011, WowWee Consumer Products showed off a tiny pico projection system that easily projects content from an Ipad, iPhone, iPod and other devices onto a wall or ceiling. "Cinemin Slice" can project a very clear image up to 60 inches in size.
Android Honeycomb Is For Tablets Only
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
A video preview of Android 3.0 Honeycomb appeared on the web briefly. According to the video, Honeycomb is only for tablets.
Samsung Debuts Wi-Fi Only Tab, Android Media Player
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
At CES today, Samsung introduced a new media player based on Google's Android platform. It also announced a new version of the Galaxy Tab.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Should Acquire Dell (And 10 Other Crackpot Ideas)
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
The acquisition would triple Oracle's revenue and spike its market share, says Motley Fool. But, there's just one problem: the deal would be a terrible fit.
Double Your Sales In 2011
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to take inventory of your business. What are you doing well? Identify your strengths and celebrate them. What do you need to improve? Identify those areas, too, and work hard to make things better.
AOL Taps Vertica Database
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
Column-store platform edges out IBM Netezza, Oracle and others to provide self-service data sets for advertizing optimization and internal traffic analysis.
Down To Business: CES Goes Over The Top With 'Greenest' Claims
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
Are there no limits to the industry's sanctimonious eco-friendly posturing?
Motorola Atrix 4G Smartphone Doubles As Laptop
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
A new Motorola Android smartphone can attach to a docking station that allows it to act like a laptop.
Details On Windows Phone 7's Q1 Update Emerge
Commentary  |  1/5/2011  | 
Microsoft is getting ready to release an update to its Windows Phone 7 platform. The biggie is Copy and Paste, but that isn't all.
Global CIO: World Of Warcraft, Not The DoD, Will Drive IT
Commentary  |  1/4/2011  | 
Our intrepid CIO, Stu Laura, on why the people who understand things like space age algorithms and voice and facial recognition will be the masters of the future IT universe
Global CIO: The Year Of iPad: Apple Booms In Business And In China
Commentary  |  1/4/2011  | 
With 40,000 iPad-specific apps available, most of the Fortune 100 deploying iPads, and its China business soaring, Apple is becoming a huge force in enterprise IT.
Armed To The Teeth With Tech For CES
Commentary  |  1/4/2011  | 
The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas on January 6. What does the average tech reporter need to cover this massive trade show?
Opera Targeting Next Browser At Tablets
Commentary  |  1/4/2011  | 
Opera has provided a sneak peek at a browser it is making specifically for tablet computers.
RIM Shows Off PlayBook On Video Once Again
Commentary  |  1/4/2011  | 
Research In Motion has published another video that demonstrates the capabilities of its forthcoming PlayBook tablet. The video features a deep dive into the browser's performance.
Bye-Bye Bluetooth?
Commentary  |  1/4/2011  | 
Since 1994, Bluetooth has provided users with a simple way to send information over short distance, wireless connections. However, the standard's future could be usurped, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Windows Phone 7's Data Usage Abnormally High?
Commentary  |  1/4/2011  | 
With unlimited data plans pretty much a thing of the past users need to be careful not to go over, especially if they have purchased a lower end plan. Windows Phone 7 may be making it impossible for some to keep data usage at a minimum.
CES 2011: Catching Up With Apple
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
It's the year of the tablet, or so the expected product announcements at CES suggest. Better late than never.
Teradata Deal Signals 2011 Analytics Trend
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
Aprimo acquisition matches IBM's move into integrated marketing management.
Samsung Rings Up 10 Million Galaxy S Sales
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
Samsung has reached its goal of selling 10 million Galaxy S Android smartphones. North America alone was responsible for 4 million Galaxy S sales.
2011: Hackers' New Year
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
The new year brings plenty of the same old security challenges and problems, as well as some new mash-ups of old attacks.
Global CIO: How 'Call Of Duty' Is Driving Global Innovation
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
The military-industrial complex is now the entertainment-industrial complex, writes Andy Kessler, and video games are turning global business upside-down.
Apple Maintains Slim Lead Over Android In U.S.
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
Nielsen's latest data indicates that Apple's iOS held onto its lead as the top smartphone platform in the U.S., but Android is catching up quickly.
Windows Easy Transfer is Boon for SMBs
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
The Windows 7 facility makes upgrading PCs straightforward for do-it-yourselfers, as it transfers settings as well as user files.
Guerra On Healthcare: Preventing EMR Planning Paralysis
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
If you wait for answers before implementing an electronic medical record, you'll likely fall behind on getting meaningful use incentive funds.
DirectPointe Delivers Cloud Based Monitoring Tool
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
Managing data center resources has never been easy for small and medium businesses. DirectPointe, a nationwide provider of managed IT services, has taken to the clouds to deliver a new monitoring solution
Verizon Prepping $100 Samsung Galaxy Tab Price Drop
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
Verizon Wireless will soon knock $100 off the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will cost $499 instead of $599.
Wolfe's Den: Top Technologies To Watch In 2011, Part 1
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
A shift in the way we think about security, along with predictions about the death of the desktop, the rise of the "Internet of Things," and HP's rebound from the Hurd scandal are on our columnist's list of prognostications for the new year.
Android May Redirect Your Outgoing SMS Messages
Commentary  |  1/3/2011  | 
Every modern day OS has its share of bugs and they range from the mildly irritating to critical security holes that demand a quick patch. Android seems to have one that can change, unbeknownst to you, the recipient of a text message you are sending.
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