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Content posted in March 2011
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Where Are All the Honeycomb Apps?
Commentary  |  3/31/2011  | 
The Motorola Xoom hit the market more than a month ago, yet there are still only a few dozen applications optimized for Android 3.0 Honeycomb. What gives?
Microsoft Touts Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Success
Commentary  |  3/31/2011  | 
The WP7 app store is an unparalleled hit, Microsoft says, but it still won't say how many handsets it has sold.
Does Your Phone's Remote Lock Feature Actually Work?
Commentary  |  3/31/2011  | 
One of the features that most smartphones support is the ability to remote lock and remote wipe your device in the event it was stolen or lost. Just because your phone has that feature though doesn't mean it actually works.
Salesforce.com Acquisition Points To Marketing Ambitions
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
Radian6 brings social media monitoring capabilities to the SaaS-vendor’s CRM suite, but Marc Benioff makes no bones about the broader application potential.
Oracle's Itanium Dump Could Spark M&A Frenzy
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
Teradata and SAP will be attractive targets if Oracle's rivals believe Larry Ellison is going to keep his best software to himself.
Why Dell Is Wrong About The iPad
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
A Dell executive recently lambasted Apple's iPad as too expensive for business technology users. His math doesn't add up.
Amazon's Cloud Drive: First Impressions
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
We take Amazon's new Cloud Drive music-streaming service for desktop browsers and Android handsets out for a spin.
End Of The Road For Symbian In 2012
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
When Nokia decided to partner with Microsoft and use Windows Phone as the platform for its cell phones, many questioned what would happen to Nokia's existing products, Symbian, Meego and Qt. Nokia has confirmed that Symbian will last be used in smartphones in 2012.
Mitel Unveils New Version Of Its Unified Communications System
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
Advances are coming fast and furious in the Unified Communications (UC) marketplace. Trying to keep pace with competitors, Mitel announced the Mitel 5000 Communications Platform (5000 CP) version 5.0.
AppMakr Adds Social Networking To App Development
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
What would you pay somebody--or a firm--to develop a mobile application for your business? I'm talking about an app that lets your customers use their smartphones to get news about your company, check out promos, and browse through products.
FuzeBox Brings iPad 2, Android 3.0 Tablets Into Video Meetings
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
The latest version of Fuze Meeting now supports Honeycomb and iPad 2 tablets as full video participants that can provide as well as receive video within full conferencing experiences. Let the productivity begin!
RIM PlayBook To Get Native Email Eventually
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Research In Motion has confirmed that a software update will add email, contacts, and calendaring applications to its tablet, but until then a BlackBerry is required for PIM.
Global CIO: Will CIOs Sit Out The Opportunity of A Lifetime?
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Mobile and social look bigger than the initial Web surge when it comes to changing companies' relationships with customers. Innovators like Vail CIO Robert Urwiler are testing the edges.
Windows Phone 7 Predicted To Beat Apple iPhone
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Google's Android will be in first place, but Microsoft's WP 7 platform will come in second with 20% of the worldwide smartphone market by 2015, according to IDC.
Aetna Taps Healthline For Patient Portal
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Insurers and healthcare providers are increasingly using Web portals to comply with meaningful use, give patients ready access to medical data and other relevant information.
Workday Extends Cloud Integration Options
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Platform as a Service provides an ecosystem for linking ERP to payroll, recruiting, benefits, time-tracking, and other systems and third-party providers.
HP Makes Green SMB Push
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
The vendor announced several green initiatives at a recent conference in San Francisco, some of which are aimed at SMBs.
Zultys Enhances Unified Communications Solution
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
Increasingly, many small and medium businesses are relying on Unified Communications (UC) systems to support their core business functions. Consequently, Zultys Inc. improved the desktop video, mobility, connectivity to Microsoft applications, and integration with Salesforce.com features available with its MX UC solution.
Cell Phone Health Risk To Bones
Commentary  |  3/29/2011  | 
There have been on again, off again reports that cell phones cause brain cancer. Now the latest information is the radiation emitted by cell phones is causing a reduction in bone density.
Looxcie Brings Convenience In Wearable Camcorder
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
This Bluetooth videocamera headset might not bring the innovation of the Flip camera, but it's great for instant video sharing, and convenient wearing.
Tsunami To Crimp Toner Supplies?
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
In the short term, yes, but in the long term things will probably sort themselves out, predicts economist's blog.
Will LG Make Google's Nexus Honeycomb Tablet?
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
Google reportedly has asked LG to build the tablet equivalent of the Nexus S, an official developer platform for Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets.
Unified Communications Goes Social
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
Facebook-style interaction adds the missing link to enterprise voice and video integration.
Practical Analysis: Oracle Vs. HP -- Who's Got Your Back?
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
Customers should opt to keep the vendor that's keeping their interests in mind.
Data Gaps Plague Process Initiatives
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
Data governance and business process management efforts are too often siloed. It's up to IT (and the business) to integrate the two.
Apple WWDC To Unveil 'Future Of iOS'
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
The next iPhone and iOS 5 may be announced at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, slated for June in San Francisco.
Netoptics Delivers Monitoring Appliance
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
With IT applications now integral to business processes, small and medium companies can no longer tolerate performance bottlenecks or system downtime. To help firms pinpoint problem spots, Netoptics announced an integrated network and application monitoring appliance.
Social-Media Study Teasers Unveiled
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
Did you know that the most widely used social media channel for small and midsize businesses are company pages on Facebook? Or that SMBs are ditching e-mail marketing in favor of social media advertising?
Update On Apple's Patent Battles
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
Like any technology company, especially those in the wireless industry, Apple owns a number of patents. Apple is usually involved in a number of lawsuits involving their own patents or the patents of others that the owners claimed have been infringed upon. This week there is both good news and bad news for Apple.
When It Comes To Enterprise Software, It's The Contract, Stupid
Commentary  |  3/27/2011  | 
Customers crying foul over big deployments gone awry often ignore the very language that defines the scope of the software offering or implementation. Here's how to smarten up.
Itanium Dump Could Cost Oracle Billions
Commentary  |  3/25/2011  | 
Forcing customers to buy Sun hardware if they want to run Oracle apps may be the only way to justify a $7.4 billion acquisition, but such a move could alienate customers and deliver them straight to rivals.
Wall Street Reform Will Bring Huge Technology Changes
Commentary  |  3/25/2011  | 
IT organizations will need to adapt quickly to the Dodd-Frank law’s myriad requirements. Download our Cheat Sheet for a (relatively) quick summary.
AT&T iPhone Defectors Paid Fees To Join Verizon
Commentary  |  3/25/2011  | 
Poor reception was the main reason AT&T customers jumped to the Verizon iPhone, and two-thirds paid a hefty early termination fee to do so, a survey from Mobclix reports.
iPad 2 Overseas Launch Generates Long Lines
Commentary  |  3/25/2011  | 
Verizon Wireless and AT&T drop prices on earlier models in the U.S. as Apple's upgraded tablet goes on sale in 25 more countries.
Budget Ax Threatens Key Federal IT Initiatives
Commentary  |  3/25/2011  | 
Taking the Congressional hatchet to funds for cloud computing, data center consolidation, transparency, and IT oversight is risky business, and appropriators should reconsider.
Microsoft Going After Android In Patent Infringement Suits
Commentary  |  3/25/2011  | 
Microsoft is arguing that Google's Android platform is infringing on several of its patents, but because of how Android is licensed, Microsoft is going after those distributing the platform, not Google itself. Now Barnes & Noble is in Microsoft's cross hairs for its implementation of Android on the Nook eBook readers.
RIM's PlayBook Will Run Android Apps
Commentary  |  3/25/2011  | 
But There's A Catch. Or Two.
How The Other Half Lives (Printer-Wise)
Commentary  |  3/24/2011  | 
A recent briefing with a Sharp executive shows what developments we can expect in the high-end market, some of which may trickle down to the desktop market.
CTIA News And AT&T Views As Tablet Rivalry Stews
Commentary  |  3/24/2011  | 
Tune in to the latest rocking episode of BYTE Mobile Radio.
NASA CTO For IT's Departure Highlights Fed's Cloud Challenges
Commentary  |  3/24/2011  | 
Chris Kemp was a force behind the government's Nebula cloud, and it isn't clear how fast the federal cloud computing effort will move forward after his departure.
Business Intelligence Goes Mainstream At info360
Commentary  |  3/24/2011  | 
The biggest event in content management and records management adds BI to the topic list.
Staples Launches Tablet Shopping Site
Commentary  |  3/24/2011  | 
Apple's iPad is missing from the Web site, but it does have information on the Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry PlayBook, Dell Streak 7, Toshiba Tablet, and the HP TouchPad.
Tablets, Smartphones Getting 3-D Cameras
Commentary  |  3/24/2011  | 
HTC launched the EVO 3-D at CTIA Wireless in the latest example of 3-D pushing onto screens big and small. Here's why.
Samsung Galaxy Tablet Not Thinner Than iPad 2, But Who Cares
Commentary  |  3/24/2011  | 
Samsung took a big shot at Apple at CTIA this week, boasting that its 10-inch Galaxy Tab Android tablet is thinner and lighter than the iPad 2. Our photos say otherwise. Regardless, the tablet competition just got hotter.
Cloud Economics And The Customer Experience
Commentary  |  3/24/2011  | 
Businesses must ensure that cloud-enabled applications are tuned for optimal performance by paying close attention to network latency and other details of cloud architecture.
Windows Phone NoDo Update Begins
Commentary  |  3/24/2011  | 
Many Windows Phone users have been anxiously awaiting the NoDo update because it will bring copy and paste to the platform, a feature considered essential. It was delayed a week or so but people are starting to see the updates come to their phones.
Tablets Overshadow Smartphones
Commentary  |  3/23/2011  | 
Samsung, HTC, LG, RIM, and other vendors unveiled the most promising round of iPad competitors yet, pushing phones from the spotlight, at CTIA Wireless.
Motorola Apparently Not Satisfied With Android
Commentary  |  3/23/2011  | 
Between the dwindling opportunities for hardware differentiation in the smartphone and tablet markets, and the Windows-like commoditizing effect that Android is having across mobile device makers, Motorola Mobility (like its competitors) have few options but to build their own user experiences.
Don't Give Short Shrift To Software Testing
Commentary  |  3/23/2011  | 
Even vanilla hosted collaboration systems need to be put through their paces with each successive upgrade.
Verizon And Sprint On The AT&T/T-Mobile Deal
Commentary  |  3/23/2011  | 
The CEO's of Verizon and Sprint have both come forward with public statements on the news that AT&T is buying T-Mobile. Some of it is as you'd suspect, but some of the comments may surprise you.
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