AT&T And Verizon Trade Barbs In New Ads
Being the big kids on the block, AT&T and Verizon often cross swords in their commercials. Verizon's usual position is to claim it has the best network overall when it comes to connectivity and reliability while AT&T clings to their superior speeds in most of their markets. Now that Verizon has the iPhone, it gives them one more thing to get digs in on each other.
Can BlackBerry Survive?
The recent euphoria over Verizon finally prying the iPhone from AT&T's exclusive grasp, along with the almost weekly announcement of new Android products, has probably left smartphone pioneer RIM feeling awfully neglected. While the BlackBerry is merely the latest in a long line of technology products that can lay claim to the honorary Mark Twain "Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated" award, if not outright dying, the BlackBerry may be slowly creeping to irrelevance.
SMB VARs Seek Out Margins And Support
Last week I wrote about what SMB VARs look for in vendor partners. Now I want to talk about what solution providers look for in their vendor's partner programs.
Should You Be Paying For Data Services?
In a recent entry I brought up the idea of free data services. What if you could get features like snapshots, replication or thin provisioning for free or almost free? The reality is that except for a few lawsuits most vendors that offer complete hardware and software solutions aren't showing a lot of concern. What they are doing is raising the bar to make their offerings more attractive than the softwar
Yahoo! And Microsoft Pointing Fingers Over Data Consumption
Some Windows Phone users have been complaining about excess data usage. Microsoft has found the main issue and it turns out it is with Yahoo!'s IMAP email. Yahoo! fired back saying that no other devices have a problem with their email service, so it must be Windows Phone. Turns out that isn't true, so Yahoo! has a bit of egg on its face.
Why Nokia Needs To Go It Alone
Nokia's smartphone troubles have prompted calls for it to use Google's Android or Microsoft's Windows Phone platform instead of its own Symbian platform. That's a bad idea. Here's why.
Application Vendors Still Not Securing Your Data
You don't expect top notch security from an app who's sole purpose is to mimic dozens of variations of human flatulence, but when it comes to banking, email, personal finance and ecommerce, your expectations are a bit higher. Some vendors are taking this seriously and making progress. Others, not so much.
Marketing Advice For MSPs
In a recent presentation, marketing coach and guru Robin Robins told an interesting story. It's about a social experiment conducted by the Washington Post a few years ago.
Google Shows More Honeycomb, But Not Enough
Google shined the light on some new developments in its next mobile operating system, which is designed for a better tablet experience; but it still failed to answer crucial questions about ship dates and fragmentation.
10GbE Storage And The SME
Most of the server vendors have announced that before the end of 2011 they will be providing servers with 10GbE built into the motherboard. This LAN on motherboard (LOM) approach is something that storage vendors, maybe more so than networking vendors, need to be paying attention to as it will provide high performance storage access to the masses.
Wireless Security: Good News, Bad News
Individuals seem to understand the potential problems that could arise if their wireless connections are compromised; however, many still are not taking all the steps necessary to secure their information, according to a survey conducted for the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Microsoft: Missing the Mark in Mobile
Even if Microsoft can't be an innovator in mobile, it's essential that disparate mobile technologies integrate as seamlessly as possible with the plethora of Microsoft enterprise technologies.
Universal Charger For Phones A Possibility
Everyone with a phone has at least one charger for it. If you travel or work long hours, you may have an extra charger or two. Those can often be thrown in the trash if you get a new phone since it will likely require a different charger. A proposed universal charger could eliminate that problem.
10 Telling Tidbits From Microsoft's 10-Q
Investors need to look beyond the headlines and read the fine print to understand the real challenges and opportunities facing the world's biggest software company.
Paessler Speeds Up Network Monitoring Tool
Faster, faster, and even faster, that is the expectation among IT users. In response, Paessler boosted the performance of PRTG, its network monitoring solution, by 300 percent.
Android Sits Atop The Smartphone Mountain
In the 4th quarter of 2009, Google was in fourth place with its Android platform. 2010 was a banner year for the fledgling platform and by the time the year was up, it had catapulted to the top spot.