In An iPhone World, iPods Still Matter
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
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.
FUD Strikes Chrome OS
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:
Sony Outs PlayStation App For iOS And Android
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.
Building Your Small Business--Block By Block
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.
Cisco And T-Mobile Team Up On Wi-Fi Roaming
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
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
Retailer will refresh its data warehouse technology and tap Teradata expertise, but there's no word on whether HP Neoview will be replaced.
Dell's Venue Pro A Swelling Black Eye
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.
Making The Kindle Browser Useful, Maybe
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.
Dell Cites Green Successes
Dell promised two years ago to cut its products' energy consumption by 25 percent, and now claims victory.
March Pegged For WebOS Tablet Launch
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.
SAP Goes On Demand
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
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
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
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.
Microsoft Incompetent On Windows Phone 7 Accessibility
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.
Why Verizon's iPhone Should Have LTE
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.
How Quickly Can You Build An Ecommerce Site?
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
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?
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?
Marketing Website Builder Adds Analytics, Lists
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?
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.
Sprint: 4G Tablet In The Works
Sprint exec says enterprise buyers want tablets and it will offer a WiMax 4G tablet starting in 2011. Updated with statement from T-Mobile.
Windows Phone 7 Moves Forward
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
The Apache Software Foundation has resigned from the Oracle-dominated JCP because it believes it's being thwarted by Oracle on its Harmony initiative.