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Content posted in July 2010
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American Airlines Goes iPhone But Flunks Alphabet
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
American Airlines has rolled out a new iPhone app that promises to offer everything (except on-time arrivals) from E-check-ins to seat assignments to monitoring upgrades but the, uh, fly in the ointment seems to be that it won't let you log in unless your American Advantage membership number contains at least one letter. The problem is, many don't.
The Return of Business ByDesign and the Future of On-Demand ERP
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
It's tough being SAP's Business ByDesign in an unforgiving market. Having been launched and then pulled back, redesigned and then offered back to a market that is a little more jaded and a lot more cautious... the ByD team is facing an almost unprecedented quantity of challenge, skepticism, and even ridicule.
8Coupons Offers Local Marketing Solution
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
The online coupon aggregator 8Coupons offers a make-it-yourself mobile coupon platform that enables businesses to generate and send promotions in near real time.
North Social Helps Users Tap Facebook Fan Pages
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
Say hello to yet another tool that SMBs can use to get into the Facebook game. This one's called North Social, and it lets users create a professional, customizable Facebook fan page within minutes, and without any coding or web publishing expertise.
Privacy Gets A Senate Hearing
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
A recent Senate hearing showed some well-informed congressman making intelligent comments about the problem of privacy and the Internet today. But while the attention to privacy was promising, any actual privacy legislation out of Congress would probably make privacy issues worse, not better.
RIM BlackPad Tablet Launching In November
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
Sources say that Research In Motion is preparing to launch its iPad competitor, the BlackPad, in November.
Microsoft Stock 'Inexpensive' As Big Upgrade Cycle Looms
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
With 84% of global PCs still running XP/Vista and 63% of Office users still on versions from 2003 or earlier, Microsoft is looking at some serious growth potential over the next couple of years, says enterprise software analyst Brent Thill.
Global CIO: The CEO Of The Year Is SAP's Bill McDermott
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
With co-CEO Jim Snabe, McDermott's set a vibrant new strategy, restored growth and profitability, and exorcised some wicked demons and ghosts.
FCC Approves First 4G LTE Phone
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
The Federal Communications Commission has recently approved some of the first devices to use Long Term Evolution 4G technology, including a phone and a laptop dongle.
Sprint Updating EVO 4G To Android 2.2
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
Sprint on Thursday announced that it will be the first wireless carrier in the U.S. to distribute Android 2.2 Froyo to the HTC EVO 4G starting on August 3.
The Cellular Network - Not Just For Cell Phones
Commentary  |  7/30/2010  | 
When most of us think of our cellular network, we immediately think of cell phones. That is why we fork over big bucks to the carriers each month right? They keep us connected without tying us down to a physical location. Today though there is so much more using cellular networks that have nothing to do with voice communication at all.
Office 2011 Video Shows New Features, Marketing Challenge
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
Microsoft has released a video showing off some of the new features of the upcoming Office for Mac 2011. The video also unwittingly demonstrates the difficulties companies have in marketing product upgrades.
The Cloud's Proliferating Open Source APIs
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
In June, Red Hat moved its Deltacloud open source project into the Apache Software Foundation's incubator. In July, Rackspace made its Cloud Files code open source and will collaborate with partners in the OpenStack project. The Open Cloud Standards Incubator at the DMTF is producing another set. Isn't this just too much open source?
Fun With Your New Dragon
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
Version 11 of NaturallySpeaking re-raises the perennial question, does "easier" mean "easy"?
AppSumo Offers Green SMB Software Deal
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
Software aggregator will donate 50 percent of its revenue from each sale of its Startup Bundle, through August 2, to the National Wildlife Federation.
BlackBerry Springs Leaks, App World 2.0 Goes Beta
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
It's been hard to escape the cavalcade of leaked information about unannounced BlackBerry devices of late. Find out what the latest scuttlebutt is here.
Greener Hardware Emitting Less CO2
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
A new report from CompTIA says that more efficient computer hardware is saving millions of tons of CO2 emissions.
LG Android Tablet Release Set For Fourth Quarter
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
LG on Thursday confirmed that it is working on a tablet-style device that will run Google's Android platform. It also showed off the Optimus Z smartphone.
Extending Apple's Safari
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
One of the biggest weaknesses of the Safari web browser has been its general lack of extensions and add-ons. But with the release of the Safari 5.0.1 update, extensions are now fully enabled in the Apple web browser and many useful ones are currently available to users.
Best Buy Jumps Into 'Antennagate' With Free Shields
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
Best Buy on Wednesday announced that it will offer free invisible shields for those who purchased an iPhone 4 at a Best Buy location.
Droid X Suffers Death Grip Says Apple
Commentary  |  7/29/2010  | 
Apple has acknowledged that the iPhone 4 has a serious problem when you hold the device in a certain way, which just so happens to be the most common way a right handed person holds a phone, with their left hand at the base of the unit. For now, the fix is free bumpers for everyone which mitigates the problem. Not content to stop there though, Apple is claiming other phones have the same issue, and going to great lengths to document it.
Microsoft's Free Phone Giveaway
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
Wow, Microsoft will be giving away a lot of phones this fall, about 90,000 of them. That's one way to make sure that Windows Phone 7 gets off to a fast start, for both users and developers. Given that Microsoft is far behind, it's something they need to do if they want to compete against iPhone and Android.
Global CIO: IBM Attacked By EU Anti-Capitalists & IT Washouts
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
Two tiny makers of mainframe knockoffs are joining forces with the always-eager EU to try to browbeat IBM into unearned submission.
RIM's 'BlackPad.com' Signals Attack Of The 'Pads'
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
Research In Motion recently purchased a new domain name: BlackPad.com. Can RIM's BlackPad and HP's PalmPad take on Apple's iPad?
Dell's New SMB Security Sevices Portfolio
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
Dell's announcement of a broad range of new and enhanced security tools and services for small and midsized businesses includes network endpoint security, and will ultimately, in partnership with SecureWorks, offer a hardware/software solution that includes security management and threat identification and monitoring.
Polycom Teams With McAfee To Enhance Security
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
Increasingly, video conferencing has emerged as a way that business professionals collaborate. Since these exchanges can often occur on the fly, security has been a concern, one that Polycom and McAfee are trying to assuage.
What To Do About False-Positive Alerts, Non-Collaborative BI and Inaccurate Metrics
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
"Push" alerting technology could be much more granular and useful, but is being held back by the problem of false positives. Metrics passed down from on high didn't work too well in Stalin's USSR, and haven't improved sufficiently since. A piece of the solution to both problems is an engine for setting and modifying metrics definitions.
Oracle Exadata V2 Customer Tells All
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
I've been encouraging Oracle to serve up Exadata reference customers instead of sales pipeline claims. The company has delivered, setting up an interview with Paris-based financial services giant BNP Paribas. Jim Duffy, the company's data warehouse architect, went into great detail about the deployment. Here are a few highlights...
Oracle Exadata V2 Customer Tells All
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
BNP Paribas cuts database size and maintenance time by more than half.
Apple And Motorola Trade Barbs Over Droid X
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
Apple recently posted a video of the Motorola Droid X losing signal when held a certain way. Motorola retaliated with a full-page ad in the New York Times.
Dell Streak Release Date Anyone's Guess
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
Dell "accidentally" posted some information regarding its Streak Android device on Tuesday, sparking hopes that it would be available soon.
AT&T To Be Premier Windows Phone 7 Carrier
Commentary  |  7/28/2010  | 
AT&T has been a long time supporter of Windows Mobile by carrying a variety of devices over the years in the US. Now they are claiming they will be the premier carrier for the forthcoming platform from Microsoft. Does that bode well for users buying new Windows Phone 7 devices this fall?
Qualys Offers Free Browser Plug-In Checker
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Less-than-current browser and plug-in versions can leave your browsing unnecessarily vulnerable to web-based attacks... and make latest-and-greatest-based web sites harder or impossible to use, but Qualys' free BrowserCheck can help.
Drape Company Makes Technology Fabric Of Its Existence
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
At a recent conference in Shanghai, women business owners and entrepreneurs gathered to network, talk best practices, and discuss the role of technology at their companies.
IT Asset Inventories Need To Be Actionable
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
eTelemetry matches device addresses with names, cable ports and physical locations for compliance and for quicker "hey you, turn that off," as part of your IT Asset Inventory/Management.
BlackBerry 6, Windows Phone 7: Will You Stand In Line?
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Are Research In Motion and Microsoft chasing the glory of consumer acceptance and compromising their relative success in the enterprise? That's the risk of following Apple and Google, rather than leading with strength and innovation.
SuccessFactors Revenue Nears $200M As SaaS Grows Up
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
While Salesforce.com's the unquestioned SaaS revenue leader, Taleo, RightNow, NetSuite and SuccessFactors are all closing in on annual run rates of $200 million. With SuccessFactors this week reporting 27% quarterly revenue growth to $46.8 million, these and other high-growth SaaS vendors have proven they've got industrial-strength enterprise chops.
Android 2.2 Froyo Roll-Out Schedule Guessing Game Begins
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Tips and reports suggest that Verizon's line-up of Droid devices may land Android 2.2 Froyo as soon as Friday, August 6.
Recovering Servers In The Cloud Affordable For SMBs
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
For SMBs who need to keep those servers rolling, Geminare shows that cloud-based server recovery can not only be affordable but also easy, and provide fast failback as well.
Apple Kicks iMacs Up A Notch
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
The popular all-in-one Macs get Intel's latest-architecture chips -- the i series -- and faster graphics. The company has also introduced a standalone version of the multitouch trackpad found in its laptops.
Google For Government Signals Long Cloud March Ahead
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Google's announcement Monday that it was formally releasing a version of its application suite for government doesn't just represent a Google sales push, but in some ways also indicates that although the federal government is stepping up its cloud computing push, much work remains.
Google Docs Gets Smartquote Controls
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Google on Tuesday is adding two new features to Google Docs: The ability to translate documents into one of 53 languages and the ability to remove smartquotes.
Aerohive Networks Eases Management of Wi-Fi Networks
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Aerohive Networks, whose focus is on wireless LAN equipment, enhanced its HiveManager management system, so network technicians can examine the health of each client system more easily. Another improvement was intelligent, automated responses to network problemspots.
Rolling Back The DMCA
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Probably one of the most damaging things to happen to technology in the last twenty years was the passage of the DMCA. But a recent decision by the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress has rolled back some of the reach of the nefarious DMCA.
New Ricoh Color Lasers Are For SMB Mass Printing
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
The networked Aficio SP C430DN and C431DN color laser printers offer high throughput and high-capacity cartridges, but are priced accordingly.
T-Mobile Axes HTC G1, The First Android Phone
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
A quick scan of T-Mobile's Web site shows that the HTC G1 is no longer available. The G1 was the first Android handset to hit the market, and started the Android revolution.
The Best-Paid CEOs Of The Decade: Ellison #1
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Larry Ellison was the top-earning CEO of the decade across all industries, the Wall Street Journal reports, with total income of $1.836 billion. Apple's Steve Jobs came in fourth at $748.8 million. For Ellison, Jobs, and others, it's surprising-shocking?-to see how a $100 investment in each company's stock performed over that same decade.
HP's Grand Plans For WebOS
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
After HP acquired Palm, which was to gain access to WebOS, the platform that powers the Palm Pre and Pixi phones, there was concern that smartphones would fall by the wayside. Those concerns were laid to rest weeks ago and smartphones are very much in the picture, but they are only a part of the picture. Can HP make WebOS a multi-form factor powerhouse?
Social Media Analytics vs. Social Network Analysis
Commentary  |  7/27/2010  | 
Is there a real difference between these two terms, or are you seeing double? My initial impetus for a podcast on leveraging the power of social media and social networks to manage your brand was to spell out the chief distinctions between these two terms...
The End of Closed iPhones?
Commentary  |  7/26/2010  | 
Go ahead and pick the iPhone's digital lock. The U.S. Copyright Office says that's okay. In a surprise decision, the Copyright Office granted the Electronic Frontier Foundations' request for three exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anticircumvention provisions.
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