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Content posted in May 2010
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What Powers Windows Phone 7?
Commentary  |  5/6/2010  | 
It has been thought that Windows Phone 7 would be powered by Windows CE 6, which is the latest version of CE available. Windows Mobile 6 is powered by CE 5, so WP7 was going to run on the most current embedded OS Microsoft has to offer for phones. The truth is though, it may run on a hybrid of CE 6 and the next unreleased version.
Central Desktop To Offer Real-Time Collaboration
Commentary  |  5/5/2010  | 
Midmarket-oriented online collaboration vendor Central Desktop will roll out Central Desktop for Office next month, which will enable multiple co-workers to edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents at the same time.
Newest iPhone OS Beta Reveals Yet More Features
Commentary  |  5/5/2010  | 
Apple recently released a third beta of iPhone OS 4.0 to developers. After spending a day with the code, developers have found a few new features previously undisclosed by Apple.
Enterprise 2.0: Accelerating Business Performance
Commentary  |  5/5/2010  | 
Understanding how to orchestrate greater value and flexibility from large enterprise backbone applications in conjunction with newer, more agile Enterprise 2.0 processes and technologies to effectively support critical business functions is a major challenge for business leadership.
Global CIO: IBM CEO Palmisano Calls For Transportation Transformation
Commentary  |  5/5/2010  | 
Palmisano's speech shows the power of intelligently applied technology, even in sectors that today seem hopelessly stuck in the past.
Parature 'Friends' Customer Service With Facebook
Commentary  |  5/5/2010  | 
With tools such as Facebook and Twitter at the disposal of consumers, companies and brands have more work on their hands than ever before to monitor and respond to complaints. Parature's newest Facebook tool brings the power of customer service to social media.
Lenovo's 13" ThinkPad Edge Hits The Portability/Price/Performance Trifecta
Commentary  |  5/5/2010  | 
At sub-$1,000 and four pounds, Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge 13.3"-display notebook provides 6+ hours of Windows 7 productivity in a stylish business-oriented package.
Lenovo's 13.3-inch-display ThinkPad Edge Hits The Portability/Price/Performance Trifecta
Commentary  |  5/5/2010  | 
At sub-$1,000 and four pounds, Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge 13.3-inch-display notebook provides 6+ hours of Windows 7 productivity in a stylish business-oriented package.
Verizon Shoots Microsoft In The Foot Over Kin
Commentary  |  5/5/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless and Microsoft revealed the final set of details regarding the new Kin One and Kin Two social networking phones. The phones are being targeted at younger users, but Verizon has effectively killed Kin's adoption by kinder with an expensive monthly smartphone plan.
Microsoft: Cloud Boosts Piracy
Commentary  |  5/5/2010  | 
Microsoft's head of anti-piracy efforts says the bad guys are still "one step ahead" of the company's efforts to stifle the $50 billion global software-piracy problem and believes that the rise of cloud computing will make it even tougher to clamp down on the copy-crazy crooks.
How Push Notification Works In Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  5/5/2010  | 
Microsoft made a bold move by removing third party application multitasking from Windows Phone 7. This was especially surprising since multitasking has always been one of the features that separated it from its competition. Instead, it will rely on push notifications to simulate multitasking for many alerts from network enabled apps, which on a smartphone is just about all of them.
Global CIO: Even Oracle & SAP Agree: The Tactical CIO Is Dead
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
Top execs from the two enterprise-software powerhouses say CIOs must lead growth, transformation, and business impact.
Launch Pad: Ready, Set, Vote!
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
Plantronics "How You Work" Contest
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
How Do You Get There From Here?
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
So you've been hearing about the benefits of cloud computing: speed to market, cost control, flexibility. And you've read a couple of interesting case studies. But now you're wondering: How do I get there from here? First recommendation: Don't do anything drastic, like blowing up your data center. Instead, keep it simple and stay focused.
IBM Wants Linux' KVM To Compete With VMware
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
One of IBM's current goals is to "accelerate the maturation of KVM as a world class hypervisor." That may not sound like much to the uninitiated but IBM has picked its targets well in the past. Of course it's now ten years ago that it announced its backing for Linux.
Google Gives Chrome A Kick In The Flash
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
Google today rolled out a new beta version of its Chrome browser for the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. In a blog post, Google waxes poetic about all sorts of crazy speed tests (V8, SunSpider, etc.). All you need to know is: It's fast, it works, upgrade now.
An Old Storage Player Gets A New Look
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
Once upon a time, Iomega was not the first name that came to mind when I thought about SMB data storage. My, how the times have changed.
Web 2.0: Apple's Fetish For Silence
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
At the Web 2.0 Expo, Apple is everywhere without actually being present. Last month, Web 2.0 co-founders John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly published an open letter to Apple asking the company to participate in the conference. To no one's surprise, Apple did not respond.
Moving BI from 'Nice to Have' to 'Mission Critical' for Small and Midsize Businesses
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
It's hard to tout "smarter decisions" to a business person who is worried about making payroll or juggling now-smaller lines of credit... Am I drinking the industry Kool-Aid to think companies of all sizes need BI?
Facebook Gets Politics Lesson From Former Privacy Chief
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
Facebook former chief privacy officer Chris Kelly is running for attorney general of the state of California, and in a recent blog post he tries, but not very convincingly, to distance himself from the intense criticism engulfing Facebook over its new data-sharing policies. If the privacy culture he fostered at Facebook crumbled so easily, what does that say about his potential as California's top cop?
What's Missing From IBM's Process Roadmap?
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
My biggest question for IBM at this week's Impact event in Vegas was what's happening (if anything) with consolidation of the BPM portfolio; after much gnashing of teeth and avoiding of the subject, my interpretation of the answer is that there will be no consolidation...
Iomega Launches New Storage Array
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
Network Attached Storage (NAS) is usually, inexpensive and easy to install; Storage Area Networks (SANs) cost more, can be more difficult to connect, but offer sophisticated data protection features. Iomega has tried to bridge the gaps between the two with the introduction of its StorCenter ix12-300r Network Storage array.
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Offers Android 2.1
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
T-Mobile and HTC announced their latest joint handset with the myTouch branding. The Slide combines a QWERTY keyboard, touch screen and custom software in one not-so-sexy package. But hey, Android 2.1, right?
Global CIO: Wal-Mart Picks SuccessFactors For Largest Enterprise Deal Ever
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
A 300,000-seat trial turns into a 2.1M-seat global deal as SuccessFactors' business-execution strategy continues to resonate.
Microsoft's Stance On Flash
Commentary  |  5/4/2010  | 
Microsoft has indirectly responded to Steve Job's missive regarding Flash on one of their developer blogs. While they share some concerns with Apple about Flash, Microsoft's position is to continue working with Adobe engineers and support Flash. I take that to mean that Flash for Windows Phone 7 will still be a reality.
SMBs Plan Budget Increases To Replace Old Tech
Commentary  |  5/3/2010  | 
According to a recent survey, SMB IT spending will show a modest rise from last year, as businesses start to replace old equipment they've held onto longer than usual.
LG Confirms 'Iron Man' Android Phone
Commentary  |  5/3/2010  | 
Ah, the sweet taste of product-movie marketing tie-ins. LG today confirmed that the Ally will be its first Android smartphone, which movie-goers will get a big taste of on the big screen when they go to see "Iron Man 2" this weekend.
Dell Drops Manufacturing Focus In Surge For Services
Commentary  |  5/3/2010  | 
Just how far is Michael Dell willing to go in downplaying hardware and embracing services? "We are changing our business from being manufacturing-based to one that's focused on services and solutions. And no, we're not done."
RIM Needs To Start Taking Gmail Seriously
Commentary  |  5/3/2010  | 
Today North American customers of Research In Motion's BlackBerry Internet Services were granted access to a long-overdue feature: two-way email syncing with Gmail. This belated feature roll-out is just one example that spotlights why RIM needs to do a much better job of supporting Gmail.
The Debate About Automated Sentiment Analysis
Commentary  |  5/3/2010  | 
Attitudes toward automated sentiment analysis are changing as use cases and user stories are getting airplay Yet there are still techno-skeptic hold-outs. Debate helps, and a variety of voices have weighed in...
More Data Suggests Rising SMB Confidence
Commentary  |  5/3/2010  | 
The latest Small Business Scorecard indicates continued increases in hiring and a significant uptick in business owner confidence about the economy.
Apple Sells Its Millionth iPad
Commentary  |  5/3/2010  | 
With the introduction of the iPad 3G over the weekend, Apple surpassed the "million-sold" metric. The company didn't specify how many Apple iPad 3G's it sold, but estimates place the number at about 300,000
Latest Windows Phone 7 ROM Reveals Progress
Commentary  |  5/3/2010  | 
Microsoft has released the latest Windows Phone Developer Community Technical Preview (CTP) for Windows 7 and the folks at XDA Developers didn't waste any time unlocking it to see what the ROM includes. Progress has been made, but time is running short for MS to finish it up, get it to manufacturers to get devices to market by the end of this year.
Microsoft Courier: Not The Right Time
Commentary  |  5/2/2010  | 
Lately Microsoft has seemed to awaken and realize that it needed to start putting out decent products if it didn't want to be left behind. Windows 7 was one sign of that; Windows Phone 7 and Internet Explorer 9 look like they may follow in the same vein. So it may seem a bit strange that Microsoft is cancelling its Courier tablet.
Global CIO: IBM Took 'Goldmine Of Taxpayer Money,' Claims Bureaucrat
Commentary  |  5/2/2010  | 
Indiana cancels a $1.34B outsourcing deal with IBM and the always-ugly "disengagement" process has begun.
Suggestions For Twitter Anywhere
Commentary  |  5/1/2010  | 
At the Twitter Chirp developer gathering last month, Twitter launched their new, "@Anywhere functionality." I'd like to share my first experience using the service and some suggestions for improvement.
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