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Content posted in March 2012
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Surprise! RIM's Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
RIM gets picked on a lot, but the company still has compelling strengths. It's not too late for it to be back on top again.
Google Must Make Android Upgrade Worth Networks' While
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
Months after the release of Android 4.0, a.k.a Ice Cream Sandwich, network carriers such as AT&T and Verizon still ship all their phones with version 2.3 (Gingerbread). How can Google knock the carriers out of their complacency?
No Hands-Free Phones In Cars: Why Stop There?
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
Let's outlaw distracting passengers in the name of safety. Or perhaps we can regulate a one-gag-per-passenger rule.
FBI's New Sentinel System: Exclusive Look
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
Our first look at the FBI's $451 million case management system reveals a user interface and features with the look and feel of a PC application.
Will Google-Branded Tablet Crash And Burn?
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
Google plans to sell Android-based tablets directly to consumers in a bid to increase adoption of its mobile platform.
RIM CEO Pledges Enterprise Focus, But Clock Ticks
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins inherited a disaster when he took over in January. His recovery plan, outlined Thursday, just might be what RIM needs, but game time runs perilously short.
RIM Quarterly Post-Mortem
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
A number of uncomfortable developments in Blackberry-land have led to some tough decisions.
Android Smartphone Updates En Route
Commentary  |  3/29/2012  | 
Android system updates head out this week to the Motorola Xoom tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Lumia 800, and other smartphones. Is your device on the list?
BlackBerry Just 5% Of Recent Smartphone Purchases
Commentary  |  3/29/2012  | 
In the last three months, only 5% of U.S. smartphone buyers chose a RIM BlackBerry, says Nielsen.
7 Habits Of Innovative IT Leaders
Commentary  |  3/29/2012  | 
There's no manual for innovation, but consider these expert best practices and reader lessons learned.
Will Social Show Its Face In Unified Communications?
Commentary  |  3/29/2012  | 
At Enterprise Connect, the buzz about social media is oddly muffled. Then again, has anyone really proven social and unified communications belong together?
IT Decisions Hang On Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling
Commentary  |  3/28/2012  | 
Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of healthcare reform legislation could influence the direction of health IT.
Outsourcing Or Automation: No Difference To Unemployed Workers
Commentary  |  3/28/2012  | 
Some 750,000 U.S. tech and business workers are going to get the pink slip between now and 2016. Does it really matter if their jobs go offshore or are replaced by machines?
Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Notes, Proves Reviewers Wrong
Commentary  |  3/28/2012  | 
Samsung has shipped 5 million Galaxy Note smartphones since its debut last year, despite the fact that it was panned for being too large.
Internet Tool Helps Choose A Writing Collaborator
Commentary  |  3/28/2012  | 
Is your writing style compatible with your proposed collaborator's? Use Textalyser first and learn to avoid wordy, boring blowhards like Marcel Proust.
Interoperability Nirvana Nowhere In Sight
Commentary  |  3/27/2012  | 
Despite attempts to find a common standard for healthcare data communications, it still feels like the Tower of Babel.
Dear FTC: Privacy Power Trumps Privacy Rules
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
As it tackles consumer data privacy, the FTC needs to think less about limiting what companies can do, and more about empowering consumers themselves.
Does Microsoft Know Best?
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
Microsoft, RIM and HP are among the vendors increasingly taking a "works best with our stuff" approach for new products. Consider what that means for your IT strategy.
Computing Cartels Shake Up IT Purchasing
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
Massive firms with global reach will emerge during the next 10 years, offering optimized stacks of computing capability on a pay-per-use basis.
Smoked By Windows Phone, Or Smoke And Mirrors?
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
Microsoft's buzzworthy Smoked By Windows Phone campaign took an ugly turn over the weekend after a contestant accused Microsoft of cheating.
5 Tips: Maximize New iPad Battery Life
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
Apple's new iPad battery should last throughout a workday, but needs some tweaking to get the best results. Check out these five common-sense strategies.
The Hive Mind And Enterprise Social Networks
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
Can social media help unlock your business's inherent cultural knowledge?
Cloud Plans: Open Letter To Enterprise Application Vendors
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
One of the biggest obstacles to cloud adoption is the state of application architecture. As buyers, we must get our app vendors on board--now.
Big Data Meets Disease-Resistant Plant Research
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
University of Missouri's Appistry-powered big-data analysis could help create disease-resistant plants to feed the world's hungry. Check out our video interview with the scientist leading the charge.
iPad Tablet Huddle Hits The Enterprise: Ready, IT?
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
Picture five senior executives huddled around the water cooler, all carrying tablets and ready to build a multimedia presentation. Now picture slow network speeds and videos that won't play.
Angry Birds Shouldn't Seal Your Smartphone Choice
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
The Internet went into a tizzy when people thought Angry Birds Space wouldn't be available for Windows Phone. This game is big fun, but is it really a must-have app?
Angry Birds Space Mirrors Real Rocket Science
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
Did you know Rovio's Angry Birds Space was developed in collaboration with NASA through a Space Act Agreement? The game illustrates microgravity, a concept fundamental to current NASA experiments.
Most Smartphones Lost At Night
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
LookOut Mobile says two-thirds of lost devices vanish from pubs and bars at night.
How To Make Information Security Everyone's Problem
Commentary  |  3/22/2012  | 
Use self-interest and propaganda to change employees' attitudes about endpoint security.
Microsoft's Answer To The End Of Software
Commentary  |  3/22/2012  | 
Microsoft's Convergence user conference convinced me that Dynamics will be a major player in the cloud, as Redmond bets big on customer choice.
Google In Decline? Critics Protest Too Much
Commentary  |  3/22/2012  | 
Google remains well positioned despite its missteps and setbacks.
New iPad: Charging Problem Worse Than Heat Problem
Commentary  |  3/22/2012  | 
iPad owners complain that it runs hot to the touch, but it's inability to charge is far more worrisome.
Bill Shock Coming To New iPad Owners
Commentary  |  3/22/2012  | 
In a few weeks, when the first bills arrive, third-generation iPad owners might be in for a bit of a shock.
Not News: New iPad Users Reporting Weak Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
Yet another problem report with the new iPad: weak Wi-Fi reception. But wait, this problem seems familiar... Oh yeah, they have it with every new iPad.
How To Navigate Intersection Of MDM, Cloud Email
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
As mobile workforces meet cloud software, IT leaders may get confused about where to go with mobile device management tools.
Writing Books, Part Deux: Improv With Google Docs
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
Imagine if two or more authors could work on the same document at the same time and see each others' changes live. It's like authoring a conversation.
6 Pros And 3 Cons Of Microsoft's Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
Options to deploy CRM and ERP in the cloud or on-premises deserve praise, but will Microsoft move fast enough and give Apple and Android platforms sufficient support?
What's On: Our Next Valley View
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
The March 28 episode of our live Web TV show will feature hot cloud technologies, mobile chips, an update from Evernote, and much more.
Of Course Apple Would Sell 3 Million New iPads
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
It's practically dog-bites-man stuff now: another record-setting Apple launch.
New iPad Gets Mythbusters Treatment
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
Apple forgot to make the new iPad impervious to lasers, assault rifles, and hard drops, according to entertaining new videos.
Is Oracle Ignoring The Real Enemy?
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
Oracle announced third quarter gains Tuesday. But while it focuses on SAP, nimble rivals such as Salesforce.com and WorkDay loom large.
Nokia's Vibrating Tattoo: A Bad Buzz
Commentary  |  3/21/2012  | 
How do you feel about attaching a small membrane to your skin that vibrates when your phone receives incoming calls or messages?
Can Personalized Medicine Improve Drug Safety?
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Personalized medicine programs can find better treatments based on patients' genetics. Why can't the same tools be used to predict--and prevent--adverse drug reactions?
Smarter Voice Capabilities Will Transform Medical Documentation
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Natural language processing combined with voice recognition produces clinical language understanding, which has the potential to profoundly change how information gets into clinical systems.
Tech Talent Shortage, Or Busted Moral Compass?
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Readers weigh in on training, internships, partnerships, and 'cut-and-paste robotic HR people.'
New iPad: Simply Better, But Not Must-Have
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
If you can help it (and many of you can't), don't even look at the new one--just save $100 and get the iPad 2. You won't even know you're missing out.
Android Devs Turned Off By Fragmentation
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Android's momentum in the developer community has reversed course, according to poll.
6 Ways Best Buy's New President Defines Next-Gen IT
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Former Starbucks CIO Stephen Gillett shows where IT leadership is headed--closer to the customer than ever.
Apple Sells 3 Million iPads: What It Means
Commentary  |  3/20/2012  | 
Apple sold more iPads in four days than RIM has sold PlayBooks and Motorola has sold Xooms--combined--in the last year.
Apple Silent On iPad Sales Numbers
Commentary  |  3/19/2012  | 
Both Apple and AT&T said they "set records" over the weekend but didn't share any details on the new iPad's initial burst of sales.
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