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Content posted in December 2010
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BlackBerry Sales Beat iPhone In RIM's Latest Quarter
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
Research In Motion sold 14.2 million BlackBerries in its most recent fiscal quarter, besting Apple's sales record by just 100,000.
In An iPhone World, iPods Still Matter
Commentary  |  12/17/2010  | 
Smartphones have long been able to play music but it took the iPhone to really get people to use their phone as a music player. Do we still need dedicated MP3 players?
Hey, You Get Offa My Cloud
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of Microsoft Azure, the company's platform-as-a-service (PAAS) offering. Like any big project, it's taking a while for potential customers to find their way around the platform. This week, though, saw the first high-profile defection from Azure.
Global CIO: Oracle Seeks New Whipping Boy As SAP Thrives
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Why has Oracle stopped crowing about its competitive thrashings of SAP? Maybe Oracle's turned cuddly—but more likely, SAP's turned the competitive tables.
FUD Strikes Chrome OS
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Chrome OS is one of those rare Google products that's accompanied by almost universal skepticism. In fact, their Cr-48 laptop proof-of-concept was on the received a fair amount of opprobrium. Admittedly the hardware isn't close to the elegance of a MacBook Air, but the objections primarily focus on Chrome's operating model, not the device. The complaints fall into four categories:
Philips, SleepTracker & Zeo: Give The Gift Of A Wake-up Call
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Missing sleep can impact your health and your performance. Thankfully, there's plenty of technology that can help. We review three of them.
Online Calculator Examines PC Power Use
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Piling on the options also piles on the power consumption. This calculator, offered by Dell, shows where you might want to draw the line.
Sony Outs PlayStation App For iOS And Android
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Sony announced that it will soon deliver an official PlayStation application for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android handsets. Don't get too excited, though. It's not what you think.
Five Ways To Fool A Twitter Sentiment Tool
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Do sentiment-analysis tools pass the accuracy test? Here are five tests along with results using freely available products.
Building Your Small Business--Block By Block
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Whether you have a handful of employees or hundreds, you could always use some guidance now and then, couldn't you? That's why I share tips with you whenever possible--ideas and suggestions from entrepreneurs who are in the trenches every day and have learned a thing or two about running a small business.
WP7 Marketplace Growing Faster Than webOS App Catalog
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Based on recent jumps in the number of apps for Microsoft's and Palm's smartphones, it appears that Windows Phone 7 is already outpacing webOS when it comes to app growth.
Dear Wireless Network Operators: Stop The Bloatware!
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Wireless network operators are using system updates to add unwanted software to smartphones.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To IBM CEO Sam Palmisano
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
We ask IBM's chairman and CEO about analytics, competition, mobility, and how the pursuit of a Smarter Planet will extend the transformation of the world's most-influential IT company.
Cisco And T-Mobile Team Up On Wi-Fi Roaming
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Data transmissions are gaining popularity and straining many carriers' networks. Wi-Fi has emerged as a way to offload traffic and alleviate congestion, and Cisco and T-Mobile have teamed up to ensure that such transmissions flow seamlessly.
Windows Phone 7.5 In The Works
Commentary  |  12/16/2010  | 
Microsoft is working on updates to Windows Phone 7 with early 2011 release dates expected. Now we've got information that a big update is arriving at the end of the summer and may be called Windows Phone 7.
Walmart Extends Teradata Mega Deal
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
Retailer will refresh its data warehouse technology and tap Teradata expertise, but there's no word on whether HP Neoview will be replaced.
T-Mobile Drops Price Of Galaxy Tab To $349
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
As part of its holiday promotions, T-Mobile has dropped the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab by $50 to $349 with a new contract.
Dell's Venue Pro A Swelling Black Eye
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
Dell is having serious issues with its Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handset. Delays and hardware glitches have marred what could have been a saving grace for Dell's mobile ambitions.
Nexus S Launches Dec. 16 At Best Buy
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
Google's Nexus S Android smartphone goes on sale at Best Buy locations starting December 16 at 8:00 AM.
ADTRAN Adds Security Solution To Its Product Line
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
Increasingly, security functions have been integrated into the corporate network layer. In response, ADTRAN unveiled its first suite of Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances.
Making The Kindle Browser Useful, Maybe
Commentary  |  12/15/2010  | 
The Kindle continues to burn up the sales charts. It does one thing really well, and about three or four other things pretty badly. One example of the latter is the browser. I've had better browsing experiences with decade old PDAs browsing the web than on a Kindle.
Global CIO: Is Larry Ellison Hurting Oracle By Hammering Competitors?
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Excellent industry analyst Josh Greenbaum says Ellison's recent words and deeds are doing damage to Oracle, but I believe the opposite is true.
Dell Cites Green Successes
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Dell promised two years ago to cut its products' energy consumption by 25 percent, and now claims victory.
March Pegged For WebOS Tablet Launch
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
HP/Palm has said it is preparing a tablet device running webOS, but it has been coy about when said device might debut. BMO Capital Markets believes it will arrive in March.
Guerra On Healthcare: What To Know Before Negotiating With Vendors
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Whether you're buying an electronic health record system or making repairs to your home, you usually get what you pay for.
Tablet Tipping Point Means The End Of Microsoft (As We Know It)
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
2011 could see the demise of the Wintel hegemony as Microsoft and Intel are deemed absent from the slate revolution.
SAP Goes On Demand
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
The prospects for the company's technology and multi-front, hybrid strategy look good. Now it's a matter of market execution.
Staving Off Social Media Squatters
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
The digital age has given us many wonderful things--among them, smartphones, online shopping (and banking), telecommuting, and social networking. But as with anything else, there's a darker side too. Alas, thanks to technology, we now have some not-so-wonderful things to contend with: Spam. Viruses and malware. Identity theft.
CNN Debuts App For iPad
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
CNN today released a brand new application specifically for the iPad. It takes what CNN did for the iPhone to the next level...for free.
Gmail Creator Bashes Chrome
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Paul Buchheit, a former Google employee and one of the brains behind Gmail, believes that Google will kill Chrome off in 2011 or fold it into Android.
Add Derived Data To Your DBMS Strategy
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Do you have a plan for managing more than just raw data? These five kinds of data can change the demands on your database management system.
Microsoft Incompetent On Windows Phone 7 Accessibility
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
Windows Phone 7's accessibility support leaves a lot to be desired compared with its predecessor, Windows Mobile. Android and iPhone both have more accessibility features as well. Microsoft wants to fix it, but expect to wait a few years before support is what it should be.
Global CIO: HP Claims Server Supremacy And Tells IBM: Migrate THIS!
Commentary  |  12/13/2010  | 
HP says 100 IBM mainframe customers have switched to HP this year, and offers details on three as a counterpoint to IBM's "Migration Factory" claims.
Why Verizon's iPhone Should Have LTE
Commentary  |  12/13/2010  | 
Though it hasn't been confirmed by either company, it is widely believed the Apple iPhone will be made available to Verizon Wireless in the early months of 2011. Here's why it had better have LTE at launch.
HP Denies Neoview Cut, Hires SAP Exec
Commentary  |  12/13/2010  | 
Appointment fuels speculation on impending acquisitions. Internal memo underscores commitment to business intelligence and analytics.
Motorola Tablet Spotted Wearing Verizon Logo
Commentary  |  12/13/2010  | 
A picture of Motorola's Android-based tablet computer suggests that it will be sold by Verizon Wireless.
Apple Slices Jailbreak Detection API From iOS 4.2
Commentary  |  12/13/2010  | 
The latest update to Apple's iPhone software and developer tools removes a security feature that was put there just six months ago.
How Quickly Can You Build An Ecommerce Site?
Commentary  |  12/13/2010  | 
Time to market has become a key consideration when businesses deploy new applications. In response, Bitrix has developed an ecommerce solution that can be up and running in less than one hour.
Cell Phones Significant Part Of Traffic Deaths
Commentary  |  12/13/2010  | 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on 2009 traffic statistics a few months ago and it should come as no surprise cell phones had a big impact. In traffic deaths that were related to distracted driving, cell phone use of some sort was related in eighteen percent of the incidents.
Will You Patch This Tuesday?
Commentary  |  12/12/2010  | 
The Microsoft security sleigh will be laden with patches this coming Tuesday, a bag full of 17 bulletins patching 40 different vulnerabilities in Windows and Office products. With this being a hectic time of the year for many companies, it can bring up some tough choices. What is your company's policy for applying these patches in December?
Global CIO: Apple, IBM, Or Microsoft: Who Has #1 Most-Valuable Software Product?
Commentary  |  12/12/2010  | 
The top software-product franchise gets a value of $110 billion, and both Oracle and Microsoft have two entries in the Top 6. But who's #1?
Marketing Website Builder Adds Analytics, Lists
Commentary  |  12/10/2010  | 
The SMB- and entrepreneur-oriented web design platform Clover now supports list pages and provides a quick statistical view of a site's traffic. The do-it-yourself website builder offers nice options that do a lot to overcome some of the drawbacks of Flash sites.
Where's Government Data In The Cloud?
Commentary  |  12/10/2010  | 
Amid the Obama administration's 'cloud first' strategy, federal agencies face the prospect of seeing their data go offshore. There's a lesson to be learned from WikiLeaks.
Server Den: HP Fires Back At Oracle: 'Ellison Bought A Money Losing Business'
Commentary  |  12/10/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard appears to have had enough of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s bashing, and is answering back in a statement that minces no words.
Android Represents 80% Of Verizon's Smartphone Sales
Commentary  |  12/10/2010  | 
According to data from ITG Investment Research, devices powered by Google's Android platform make up the bulk of Verizon Wireless' smartphone sales.
Sprint: 4G Tablet In The Works
Commentary  |  12/10/2010  | 
Sprint exec says enterprise buyers want tablets and it will offer a WiMax 4G tablet starting in 2011. Updated with statement from T-Mobile.
Two Cameras Will Grace Next iPad
Commentary  |  12/10/2010  | 
Component supplier checks for Apple's next iPad have indicated that the next version of the tablet will include two cameras.
Windows Phone 7 Moves Forward
Commentary  |  12/10/2010  | 
Microsoft's new mobile platform is due a big update in early 2011 and developers already have an early copy of the software. Copy and paste is the biggest anticipated feature of the update.
Apache Leaves Java Community Process
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
The Apache Software Foundation has resigned from the Oracle-dominated JCP because it believes it's being thwarted by Oracle on its Harmony initiative.
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