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Facebook Takes Charge Of Apps, Opens Store
Commentary  |  5/14/2012  | 
Facebook's new App Center will be modeled after Apple's App Store and Google Play. It will be a single location for apps that are submitted by developers and approved by Facebook. All apps will have Facebook single-sign-on and better documentation.
Apple Blocks Push From Sparrow Email App
Commentary  |  5/14/2012  | 
Sparrow's email app beats Apple's native iOS email. The catch: Its best feature is only available if you're willing to jailbreak your iPhone.
Stage 2 EHRs Require Meaningful Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  5/14/2012  | 
Many of the government’s proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria for e- health records won't be easy to meet. Here's how providers are meeting the challenge.
QlikTech Promises 'Gorgeous Genius'
Commentary  |  5/13/2012  | 
The Business Intelligence vendor behind QlikView says next release will blend seductive interfaces with smart, comparative-analysis capabilities.
Windows Phone: Great OS, Bad Name
Commentary  |  5/12/2012  | 
Carriers don't have confidence in "Windows Phone" as a brand. Mostly they avoid discussing it. Fair or not, the name "Windows" doesn't inspire confidence among phone buyers. Microsoft should have named it something else.
10 Ways To Stifle Tech Competition
Commentary  |  5/11/2012  | 
Competition happens, unless you can avoid it. From Microsoft Windows RT to Google Chrome, here's how today's giants safeguard their turf.
Is Open Source Hardware IT's Next Big Thing?
Commentary  |  5/11/2012  | 
Open source hardware isn't just for hobbyists. Early corporate adopters can reap business benefits.
Mobile OS Madness Ahead In June
Commentary  |  5/11/2012  | 
When Apple, Google, and Microsoft all hold developer events in San Francisco in June, you'll get a peek at what's next for smartphones. Here's what might pop up.
Automate Your Way To One-Day Work Week
Commentary  |  5/11/2012  | 
One man's secret: Learn to program, stretch your ethics, and work for a clueless company.
Might As Well Face It, You're Addicted To Facebook
Commentary  |  5/11/2012  | 
New research says Facebook addiction is real. That might be a good thing for your business.
Ban On USAID Outsourcing Programs Makes Bipartisan Sense
Commentary  |  5/11/2012  | 
U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop wants to bar the development agency from using public funds to help train offshore workers. Here's why lawmakers from both sides of the aisle should support the initiative.
Spinnaker Adds SAP Support: A Bargain?
Commentary  |  5/11/2012  | 
Third-party enterprise application support providers promise savings of up to 70% per year, but mind the gaps in coverage.
3 Lessons From Yahoo's Meltdown, From An Insider
Commentary  |  5/11/2012  | 
A former Yahoo exec who was laid off offers insights from the company's five-year drive to self-destruction.
Social Business in 30 Days?
Commentary  |  5/10/2012  | 
With Try Jive, Jive Software is flirting with the freemium model used by competitors like Yammer. But is 30 days long enough to see results?
Compromise On Health Data Access May Be Ugly
Commentary  |  5/10/2012  | 
Some hospitals and doctors oppose giving patients electronic data as quickly as required by proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations. Consumer groups want more speed--and the compromise likely won't please either side.
The CIO Wears Two Hats: Isn't IT Enough?
Commentary  |  5/10/2012  | 
Like Rick Roy, a growing number of CIOs now run IT plus another major business function. Here's why CUNA Mutual Group pointed Roy at procurement, real estate, physical security, and facilities.
RIM's Latest BlackBerry Aims Low
Commentary  |  5/9/2012  | 
BlackBerry Curve 9320, RIM's new entry-level smartphone, banks on BBM addicts.
Microsoft 'Smoked By Windows Phone': The Real Story
Commentary  |  5/8/2012  | 
Microsoft says its Smoked By Windows Phone challenge has been taken more than 50,000 times and has a win rate of 98%. Too bad Microsoft is ignoring the bottom line.
NASA Blue Marble Project: Visual Data Lessons
Commentary  |  5/8/2012  | 
What can IT leaders learn from the visualization techniques NASA used to create the Blue Marble earth images? Check out our video interview with one of the project's key developers.
RIM's New CMO, COO Face Herculean Task
Commentary  |  5/8/2012  | 
Research In Motion's newest executives, announced Tuesday, have their work cut out for them as RIM tries to rescue its sagging fortunes.
Framehawk Says BYOD Is Not Rocket Science
Commentary  |  5/8/2012  | 
Startup Framehawk, which counts a former NASA physicist as a co-founder, uses desktop virtualization and its own communications protocol to safely extend corporate apps and data to tablets and smartphones.
HBase: Hadoop's Next Big Data Chapter
Commentary  |  5/8/2012  | 
HBase still has a few 'rough edges,' but that hasn't kept this NoSQL database from becoming one of the hottest pockets within the white-hot Hadoop market.
Why Security Isn't A BYOD Showstopper
Commentary  |  5/7/2012  | 
IT should view the bring-your-own-device phenomenon as less of a threat and more as an opportunity. Here's why.
Men Are From Mars, Women Love Smartphones
Commentary  |  5/7/2012  | 
Who's still using 'dumb' phones? White males buy smartphones in lower percentages than women and minorities, according to the latest data from Nielsen.
Evernote Acquired My Favorite iPad App: Now What?
Commentary  |  5/7/2012  | 
Evernote's acquisition of Penultimate should remind you how fragmented the tablet software market is. Are you playing it smart as you build big dependencies on tablet apps?
CTIA 2012: AT&T, Verizon Debut LTE Phones
Commentary  |  5/7/2012  | 
Samsung and HTC debut new LTE 4G smartphones for AT&T and Verizon Wireless ahead of wireless conference.
If Apple Walls Garden, IT Should Demand Keys
Commentary  |  5/7/2012  | 
Here's how and why IT must influence Apple and its smaller competitors to share a key to the walled garden coming to a desktop near you.
10 Lessons From Leading Government CIOs
Commentary  |  5/7/2012  | 
Under extreme budget pressure, federal IT leaders adopt shared services and build mobile app stores as they shift dollars where most needed.
If Phone Subsidies Decline, So Should Long-Term Contracts
Commentary  |  5/7/2012  | 
Wireless carriers in Europe are ending their handset subsidies and U.S. carriers Verizon, AT&T. Sprint and T-Mobile are considering the same thing. If they try this, they can't keep gouging on data plans or demanding long-term contracts.
The Fall Of The Messiah Leader
Commentary  |  5/7/2012  | 
Many CEOs create an illusion of control, but heroic, charismatic leadership in the context of large public companies is mostly a myth.
Wireless Power Is A Stupid Gimmick
Commentary  |  5/4/2012  | 
The latest hot smartphone from Samsung will have a wireless charging option and add-on products are available for other devices. Doesn't this make mobile computing better? No, it doesn't.
How To Ease EHR Frustration
Commentary  |  5/4/2012  | 
EHRs can slow physicians' practices to a crawl, but evidence suggests they ultimately pay off.
RIM Empire Didn't Strike Back At BlackBerry World
Commentary  |  5/4/2012  | 
Research In Motion didn't quash fears of its demise at BlackBerry World 2012. The company faces real threats that need to be addressed now--not later this year, when BlackBerry 10 launches.
Samsung Galaxy S III: Pros And Cons
Commentary  |  5/4/2012  | 
Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone will compete in the U.S. with the Apple iPhone, HTC One X, and Nokia Lumia 900. How does it stack up?
Dell/Compellent Wins Our Storage Evaluation
Commentary  |  5/3/2012  | 
IT pros want reliability, performance, and low cost--and they say they’re getting it best from Dell’s recent storage acquisition, Compellent.
CRM Platform Can Churn Out Customized Health Apps
Commentary  |  5/3/2012  | 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health uses Microsoft's customer relationship management platform to rapidly develop niche health-related apps when off-the-shelf doesn't fit.
Citrix Defends CloudStack's Value Vs. OpenStack
Commentary  |  5/3/2012  | 
CloudStack will be another choice for building private clouds, says Citrix exec Peder Ulander. Can these two similar open source projects survive?
Oracle Makes Case For Exalytics, Data Discovery
Commentary  |  5/3/2012  | 
Oracle demonstrates how it optimizes queries, searches mixed data types, and "engineers" hardware to run its high-demand software.
CIOs: Don't Get Taken For Granted
Commentary  |  5/2/2012  | 
If your IT organization is seen as executing each new strategic initiative seamlessly, the job can't really be all that difficult, right?
RIM CEO Heins Impresses The BlackBerry Faithful
Commentary  |  5/2/2012  | 
Research In Motion's new CEO Thorsten Heins connected with BlackBerry World attendees in a way RIM's former CEOs never did. He also acknowledged the seriousness of RIM's current plight.
Android 4.0 Installed On Just 4.9% Of Devices
Commentary  |  5/2/2012  | 
Six months after debuting, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been installed on a small percentage of Android devices overall. Most devices still use the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
Hana and Exalytics: SAP's Hype Versus Oracle's FUD
Commentary  |  5/1/2012  | 
Getting to the facts in the war of words surrounding SAP's Hana and Oracle's Exalytics platforms.
BlackBerry 10: RIM Doesn't Show Key Pieces
Commentary  |  5/1/2012  | 
At BlackBerry World 2012, Research In Motion gave a preview of its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform. Unfortunately, RIM left too much out of sight and didn't deliver on enterprise focus.
Collaborative Innovation Not Optional In Today's Economy
Commentary  |  5/1/2012  | 
Given the global economic changes that began in 2008, we've been forced into a new way of working. Is your company burying its head in the sand, or taking the best that people have to give?
Microsoft, Barnes & Noble Deal: More Than A Lawsuit Killer
Commentary  |  5/1/2012  | 
The logic behind Microsoft and B&N's partnership is not yet clear. With a market cap of $800M and an investment value of $1.7B, speculation is rampant around the world and the tech industry. Here we explore some of the possibilities.
Barnes & Noble Deal Shows Microsoft's Patent Power
Commentary  |  5/1/2012  | 
Bookseller could have continued expensive court battle with Microsoft over Android-based Nook, or cut Redmond a sweetheart deal. It chose the latter.
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