iPhone 4 Reports
The latest iPhone has officially launched and reports are coming in on how the device is performing. Overall, it is a welcome improvement over the 3GS version it replaces, though there are a few issues. Some should be fixable via firmware updates. Others though may have to wait until the next production batch has been made.
The Great EMR Certification Bottleneck
While the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has been moving at a pretty good clip since December when it released the "meaningful use" notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and certification interim final rule (IFR), right up until the announcement this week of its final temporary certification program, it's apparent just how jammed up its timeline is becoming.
RIM Passes 100 Million BlackBerry Mark
Research In Motion announced its latest quarterly earnings today. it sold 11.2 million BlackBerries, pushing it past 100 million total sold. Net income was up to $769 million.
Why Orszag's Resignation Matters (And Why Not)
When Obama administration budget director Peter Orszag steps down from his post sometime next month, he'll be leaving as one of the tech-savviest budget directors ever. Whether that matters for government IT is a different question.
Oracle Woos And IBM Sues: Exec Who Knew Too Much
Oracle has recruited a high-level exec from arch-rival IBM to become senior VP of on-demand services and report directly to CEO Larry Ellison, but IBM is suing to stop the move, claiming she "possesses valuable confidential information about IBM and our operations."
The Ultimate In Mobile Storage Security
Mobile storage is a double-edged sword. Most small businesses can't work without the ability to take sensitive customer data outside the office from time to time.
Cisco Quad Exec Talks Enterprise 2.0
Part of the first crop of serious Enterprise 2.0 products, Cisco Quad is the networking powerhouse's ambitious attempt to surge to the head of the pack. (My more holistic market take is that Quad is yet another piece of the pie -- alongside Flip and Borderless Networks -- through which Cisco is expanding itself to ultimately become the world's most important technology company; an Intel of the 2010's if you will.) I sat down recently with Murali Sitaram, the Cisco vice president in charge of
Apple's FaceTime App Is Awesome
FaceTime -- Apple's video chatting software for the iPhone 4 -- is nearly flawless. To put it simply, it just works. First impressions here.
Structure 2010: Economics Of Cloud
I'm at the Structure 2010 conference, where panelists on the "Cloudonomics: Economics of the Cloud" session were focused on what they are seeing happening in the cloud, from their customers' perspectives.
Mobile Apps Are Watching You
The Police famously (and creepily) sang "every step you take, I'll be watching you". Now, many people are worried about just how much their mobile devices and applications are watching where they go and what they do.
iPhone 4 Launch: I Had It Easy
The Apple iPhone 4 went on sale starting at 7AM this morning. I woke up at the crack of dawn to get in line at my local Apple Store. Here's what happened.
App Store Isn't Big Profit Center
Just about everyone knows what the App Store is for the Apple iPhone. The "There's an app for that" theme is widely recognized and even parodied in ads like Verizon's "There's a map for that" commercials. Apple isn't raking in the profits though from the store, and that's ok.
The New SAS Apps and Our In-Memory Future
As today's announcements from SAS suggest, the future will see analytic applications increasingly pre-integrated and pre-tuned to run on state-of-the-art hardware.
Droid X Puts iPhone 4 On Notice
Motorola's new Droid X should give iPhone 4 shoppers pause. It has a bigger screen, better camera, and the Verizon Wireless network backing it up.
UK Budget Cuts and Public Sector IT
What the move to eGovernement in the UK has shown us is that though there are great benefits to be gained in providing access via the Web to government services to citizens, that empowerment comes at a high cost.
Wolfe's Den: Top 5 Enterprise 2.0 Roadblocks
Our columnist identifies the challenges which could derail social enterprise tools, as Cisco and IBM battle to turn businesses into Facebook-like collaboration environments. With counterpoint from JP Rangaswami, Murali Sitaram, and Ted Schadler.
Infusionsoft Bolsters Next-Gen E-Mail Marketing
If you ask execs at Infusionsoft to name one reason why small-business owners sometimes don't rustle up as much new business as they'd like, you'll probably hear one phrase almost immediately: "There's no follow-through."
Webcast: Army Talks Cloud Strategy
The U.S. Army will discuss plans for integrating cloud computing into its enterprise architecture and broader IT transformation, during an InformationWeek Government Webcast on Weds., June 23. It's a unique opportunity to hear one of the world's largest IT user organizations share its strategy for the emerging cloud model.
GroundWork Management Touches the Cloud
Cloud computing services have become very popular because of their simple deployment and potential cost savings. However, managing these connections has been a challenge, one that GroundWork Open Source is trying to tackle.
Beyond SQL, Knowledge-Seeking Queries
"Does anyone have a good example of a query that SQL can't do?" Fact is, 30+ years in, there are few queries that you can't implement with SQL. More-complex queries may rely on user-defined functions (UDFs), procedural extensions, or convoluted coding but may still fall short. So here's my beyond-SQL example -- "What are the 39 Steps?" -- by which I mean, knowledge-seeking queries.
Developer's Thoughts On Future Of Mobile Platforms
It is pretty easy to see what consumers think of each mobile platform based on the sales data; consumers vote with their wallets. Developers tend to go were the money is as well, but they also have well informed opinions on where things are going. Appcelerator has a survey that asked developers several questions on the future of mobile platforms. Some of the results are expected, others less so.
When Thinking Cloud, Think Reliable-ish
The recent Intuit outage provided the press with a good example of what happens when cloud computing fails. "Intuit's service outage this week affected Quickbase.com, Quicken, Quickbooks and TurboTax, leaving more than 300,000 largely SMB customers in a bind..."
Survey: SMBs Most Worried About Data Loss
According to a new survey by Symantec, small and midsize businesses worldwide are worried about data loss and cyberattacks more than other threats, and most plan to do something about it.
Five Reasons for the Cloud Computing Boom
New market numbers show that cloud computing is not a fad and it's not a pipe dream. It's a bonafide IT phenomenon that points to the future of organizational computing.
Google Launches Web Site Promoting HTML5
Google has launched a new Web site called HTML5 Rocks to help educate developers and designers about HTML5. And it's not just HTML5 as a technology that rocks: The Web site rocks too.
How To Use Google Voice On iPhone 4
Google opened up Google Voice to everyone today. While there's still no dedicated application for the iPhone, don't let that stop you. Here's how to use Google Voice with the iPhone 4.
Salesforce.com Creates Some Industry Chatter
Traditional boundaries among software companies are falling to the wayside with the movement to social networking systems. Salesforce.com has become the latest vendor trying to craft a business version of Facebook.
Printers, Copiers And Other Unexpected Vulnerabilities
When's the last time you updated and patched your printer's firmware -- if you ever have. Yet networked printers, copiers and other common workplace devices, including UPS backups and security cameras, can contain vulnerabilities that can put your business at risk.
Exploring Netezza's Coming 6.0 DBMS
Netezza is having its user conference, Enzee Universe, in Boston Monday-Wednesday, June 21-23, and naturally will be announcing new products there, and otherwise providing hooks and inducements to get itself written about.
IBM Adds 600 Jobs In Oregon For Mortgage Processing
Expanding its presence in the mortgage-software business, IBM plans to add 600 jobs in Oregon, nearly doubling the size of its mortgage-industry workforce there. Oregon, struggling with an unemployment rate of 10.6%, appears to have edged out bids for the jobs from North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Apple To Share User Location Data
AT&T To Charge For Non-AT&T Bandwidth
Unlimited data plans for mobile devices is quickly going away and AT&T is leading the pack. For those of you that have a femtocell because AT&T coverage in your house is sub-par, the bandwidth you use on that may also count against your monthly data allotment, even though you aren't using AT&T's wireless network.