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CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
2011 Looks Bright For Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
Windows Phone 7 didn't get off to a blazing start, at least by modern smartphone standards. Our basis for comparison is the iPhone, the device that redefined what a smartphone was. That sells millions within days of each new iteration and there are over 300,000 books and apps in the App Store. That doesn't mean though that Windows Phone is off to a bad start.
The Wi-Fi Tech Conference Challenge
Commentary  |  12/29/2010  | 
For those of us who see wireless LANs rapidly displacing wired Ethernet as the client access protocol of choice, there was a rather disturbing article in the NYT highlighting the high-profile Wi-Fi meltdowns at various tech conferences over the past year. Most of us are familiar with some of those embarrassing moments, such as the one depicted in the article of a frustrated
Tips For Tapping The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/29/2010  | 
It's no secret that more and more businesses are flying high these days. That is, they're computing in the cloud to save money and resources. But did you know that SMBs are one of the largest consumers of the cloud? And that, according to IDC, the SMB cloud market is expected to grow more than threefold in the next three years, from $16.5 billion to more than $55.5 billion by 2014?
iPad's Competition Is Junk
Commentary  |  12/29/2010  | 
The iPad wasn't the first tablet available, but it has far and away been the most commercially successful model. This has prompted others to get tablets out the door as soon as possible hoping to ride the coattails of the iPad to riches.
Worthy New Year's Resolution - Don't Text And Drive
Commentary  |  12/28/2010  | 
The New Year is just days away and people will be making all sorts of resolutions. Many won't make it a full month or even a full week before falling back to their old ways. One resolution that is worth making a serious effort to keep though is no texting while driving.
Guerra On Healthcare: Is HITECH Worth It?
Commentary  |  12/27/2010  | 
Before you jump into the Meaningful Use qualification game, remember that it's voluntary and it means you now have a new boss: the federal government.
HTC Wants To Tweak Windows Phone 7 Interface
Commentary  |  12/27/2010  | 
Microsoft is trying to keep tighter control over what phone makers can do to the user interface of Windows Phone 7, but HTC wants to add its Sense special sauce to differentiate its phones from the competition. Will that be good for users?
Phony Phone Numbers
Commentary  |  12/26/2010  | 
How many Window Phone 7 units has Microsoft sold? For whatever reason, it's difficult for Microsoft to give a straight answer. That, of course, leads to industry speculation that things aren't going so well for Microsoft's new mobile platform.
Skyfire Browser Brings Flash To iPad
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Apple has approved a version of the Skyfire browser for the iPad. The $4.99 browser allows the iPad to play back Flash video content.
Reconnect Recycling Network Expands
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
With 100 sites recently added, the green partnership between Dell and Goodwill now claims to cover 42 million people.
Give Social Media 'Plate-Spinning' A Rest
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Hey, small-business owners: Have you ever considered being a plate-spinner in the circus? You know the people I'm talking about, right? They'll dazzle you with deftness, slay you with their sleight of hand. How do they do it? How do they keep so many balls…uh, I mean plates…in the air without having them smash to the ground?
Global Cooling Puts Green Jobs On Ice
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
With much of Europe buried under six-foot snow drifts, businesses and consumers aren't in the mood to spend big dollars on technologies that will make their lives even colder.
Google Sends Androids Into Space
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Google recently sent experimental balloons up into space, each equipped with a Nexus S Android smartphone.
iPad 2 Smaller, Flatter, Boasts More Capable Speaker
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Details of Apple's second-generation iPad continue to pop up across the web. The newest details suggest the iPad 2 will have a reduced bezel and flat back panel.
Will Malware Hit Smartphones In 2011?
Commentary  |  12/23/2010  | 
Malware, viruses and the like have been a routine part of life for PC owners for years, at least if you are running Windows. Smartphone users have been largely ignored by the malware community, but that will inevitably change. Will it be sooner rather than later?
Got The Gadget; Lost The Manual
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many techies and their families will have one or more gadgets under the tree this weekend, yet despite Steve Jobs' best intentions, many of them still need a manual, particularly to unlock those obscure but innovative features that just aren't obvious on the surface. Yet with today's globalized, cost-conscious supply chain, many (most?) products don't include a printed manual. Those that do include some paper often just have a cursory 'quick install' sheet filled with hieroglyphic-like icons and
Share Your Thoughts On IT Risk Management
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
"In today's interconnected world, filled with increasingly sophisticated yet generally anonymous malefactors, IT must have a risk management program." Most of us have heard this so many times it goes in one ear and out the other, making about as much impression as your grandmother's homespun advice to always brush after meals and never run with scissors. But we all know grandma was right.
Samsung Nears 10 Million Galaxy S Sales
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Samsung recently announced that sales of its Android-based Galaxy S line of smartphones has reached 9.3 million, putting it just short of Samsung's goal of 10 million.
Verizon Branded WP7 Apps Appear, Suggesting Imminent Launch
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Applications bearing Verizon Wireless branding have been spotted in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. This points to an imminent release of WP7 devices on Verizon's network.
Can The Market Support 4 Tablet Operating Systems?
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
By mid 2011, tablets will be available running Apple's iOS, Google's Android, HP/Palm's webOS, and RIM's PlayBook OS. Is that too many?
Microsoft Moves 1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Phones
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
Microsoft announced today that phone manufacturers have sold over 1.5 million phones running Windows Phone 7 in its first six weeks. Sales from manufacturers though isn't necessarily the same thing as sales to consumers.
Top 5 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2011
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
In the coming year, the cloud will reach milestones that critics said it never would: it will be certifiably secure for credit card transactions; able to host multiple virtual machine types in the same infrastructure; and easier to manage.
Incoming House Leadership Interested In IP Reform
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Congress will get a new tech-related subcommittee that looks at intellectual property and the Internet when the House of Representatives' new Republican leadership is sworn in next month, indicating that the next Congress will likely have a renewed interest in IP issues.
Verizon Wireless Prepping LTE Tablets, Smartphones For CES
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
An official tweet and a component supplier confirm that Verizon Wireless will debut smartphones and tablets with Long Term Evolution 4G included at CES 2011.
Latest Hype Cycle Offers SMB Hope
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Gartner's annual gauge of what's real and what's hype shows some real productivity tools could be maturing soon.
SMBs: Cherish Every Lead
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Remember last week's post about the building blocks of SMB success? We discussed three tips from entrepreneur Clate Mask: Sell Stuff Online, Supercharge Your Website, and Grow Through Partners.
To Change CRM, Embrace The Social Cloud
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Deep customer engagement through social media is the hallmark of a leading-edge customer service operation.
Sur La Tablet
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
2011 will be the year of the tablet, or at least the year that everyone says is the year of the tablet. There will be more than enough devices, but will there be enough reasons to buy them?
Google Beats Facebook On Mobile Web, Says Opera
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Opera Software's latest State of the Mobile Web report highlights the browsing behavior of its 80 million users. In the U.S., the big winners are Google and Apple.
Acquisitions Cap Hot Year for HR Apps
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Lawson and Epicor buy human resource applications vendors -- just two more signs of a growing market.
Stuff That Probably Won't Happen in 2011 (But Ya Never Know)
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Apple probably won't release an iCar and Oracle's unlikely to take optimization to home appliances, but our columnist won't completely rule out some offbeat technological twists.
Microsoft: 1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Handsets Sold
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Microsoft executive Achim Berg announced that the company has sold 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 handsets worldwide since its October launch.
On Tap For Mobile Communications In 2011?
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
What will the new year bring? Less of a focus on 4G services, browser based application stores, and at least one industry stalwart exiting the market were predictions from inCode, Ericsson's professional services division.
Kindle Versus iPad
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
The Kindle has arguably been one of the most successful consumer electronics with broad consumer appeal. It has repeatedly been the best seller at Amazon. The iPad came along in early 2010 and claimed to be able to out-Kindle the Kindle as well as do so much more. Almost a year later, how is the Kindle faring?
Time To Change Web Advertising
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Advertising on the web as we know it has gone through good times and bad times. Now it may be going through end times. Privacy concerns, security breaches, and perhaps even government regulations will drive changes.
Motorola Teases CES Tablet Launch
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Motorola published a video on Monday that indicates it will use the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show to launch its first Android Honeycomb tablet device.
Global CIO: Tablet Vs. Laptop? How About Instant-On Vs. Interminable Boot-Up
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
The iPhone taught us to crave instant-on, and tablets will make it an expectation. Instant-on will become a must-have in laptops.
Guerra On Healthcare: EHR Certification Boosts Competition
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Electronic health record vendors are applying for -- and receiving -- a government-backed stamp of approval, expanding options for vendors and buyers.
Enterprise Software Realignment: Oracle Vs. Everyone
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Ellison is talking Oracle into a corner with SAP, HP and IBM while ignoring Microsoft to his peril. Meanwhile, Philips may put Oracle in the middle of Infor's target.
Best Buy Cancels Fees, Offers iPad Bundles
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Best Buy's last-minute holiday sales include nixed restocking fees and free mobile hotspots with an iPad purchase.
T-Mobile Lays (Dubious) Claim To Fastest Data Network
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
T-Mobile said today that, based on third-party research, its data network is the fastest in the top 100 U.S. markets. There's more than one problem with that claim.
Mobile Commerce: A Multi-Billion Opportunity
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Cell phones have become more than an executive productivity tool. They are now a primary way that individuals purchase goods and services, according to market research firm ABI Research.
Office For Mac 2011: Re-Activation Heck, Part II
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
The new activation requirement for Microsoft Office for the Mac means your software might stop working if you upgrade your computer. And that can lead to hours of lost productivity.
You Have Little Control With Smartphone App Privacy
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
People often go to great lengths on their PC to maintain some level of privacy but those options are rarely available on smartphones. What's worse is smartphone apps usually work best when connected, so tend to share more personal data than a PC app ever would.
Innovation Mandate: Is America's STEM Education Deficit Overblown?
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
In the second of our two-part series, we explore what needs to be done to solidify this nation's technical grounding
Office For Mac 2011: Re-Activation Heck, Part I
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
With the latest version of Office, Microsoft has introduced a requirement to "activate" the software, which ties your copy to your computer. Unfortunately, upgrading your Mac can break that association, requiring a long, complicated reinstallation and reactivation procedure that can grind your business to a halt.
LinkedIn (Finally) Goes Android
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
Professional networking community LinkedIn has debuted its first application for Google's Android platform.
RIM CEO: PlayBook 'Way Ahead' Of iPad
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
Research In Motion's co-CEO Jim Balsillie defended the company's PlayBook tablet, and says it outperforms Apple's iPad.
Cloud Storage Appropriate Data
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
As vendors continue to mature the cloud storage on-ramps we discussed previously, the use case for cloud storage is becoming more wide spread. What was once primarily backup and archive storage destination is now quickly becoming an option for primary data storage. As a result the data that you are going to involve in a cloud storage solution may be different than it was only a year ago.
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