Building The Open Source Cloud
Despite the fact that most of the underlying technology of cloud computing is based on open source, much of the current wave of cloud computing platforms are closed. But a new open source initiative is hoping to fully open up cloud computing.
Secure Browsing Good If Done Well And Easily
Virtualization-based browser-securing solutions like Dell KACE's new Secure Browser can help companies and individuals browse the web more securely... but not securely enough to forget about vigilance.
Work Following You Into The Bathroom?
Mobile communications have made it easy for individuals to stay in touch with the office, regardless of where they may be located. Egnyte found that now means that employees check in with the office even from the bathroom.
Meaningful Use Rules Make Sense To Patients
I'm not a doctor or nurse. Nor am I a hospital administrator, CIO or health IT worker. However, I am a patient. So while the government's long-awaited, meaningful use, stage 1 "core objectives" could very well entail a lot of process changes and costly technology to implement for healthcare providers, from a patient perspective--my perspective--many of the requirements sound reasonable, even commonsensible.
The Socialization of BI
As social computing matures, we see signs of a socialization of BI: Incorporation of social-media analysis into the BI toolkit, adaptation of social styles to BI processes, and development of BI tools that play nice on social platforms.
Android Juggernaut Marches On
The new Verizon Droid X by Motorola has sold out in many places the first day it was for sale, including on Verizon's site. It is the latest phone with Google's platform that is driving over one million activations each week.
Mixed Early Opinions On Windows Phone 7
Microsoft provided select press outlets with early prototype Windows Phone 7 devices. According to the previews, Microsoft has done some good work, but still has a lot to do to make a comeback.
Windows Shortcut Threat Spreads Via USB Drives
A Microsoft advisory warns of a new threat aimed at its Windows Shell, particularly at the way Windows handles shortcuts. The likeliest exploit uses AutoRun to launch malware. All versions of Windows are believed to be vulnerable.
Google To Cease Nexus One Sales Soon
Google is preparing to shut down the virtual storefront it used to sell the Nexus One Android phone direct to consumers. The store was widely seen as a failure.
HTC, Motorola, And Samsung Fire Back At Apple
Apple earned the ire of its competitors in the wireless industry on Friday when it cast a number of smartphones in a negative light. More have responded to Apple's "Antennagate" claims.
IBM Failed Us Big Time, Says Texas
Citing massive turnover among IBM employees, failure to back up data appropriately, and a high-profile server crash that is jeopardizing the state's ability to pursue several fraud investigations, the state of Texas has put IBM on 30-day notice of possible termination of their $863 million services contract. Texas claims 16 separate instances where IBM has defaulted on its obligations, says dallasnews.com.
Can Microsoft Turn It Around?
The past few months haven't seen much good news for Microsoft. Between the death of Kin phones, layoffs, and the European plans that could hurt their overseas sales, it can't be a happy time in Redmond. How long can this go on?
Windows Phone 7 Enters Tech Preview
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is expected to hit the store shelves in time for the holiday season and they have just passed a major milestone in their development. Right now, everything appears to be on schedule. What I am not clear on at this stage though is how the average user is supposed to keep all of their important data on their phone and PC's in sync.
RIM And Nokia Respond To Apple
Research In Motion and Nokia both offered statements to provide some perspective on Apple's iPhone 4 antenna issue. RIM is ticked, Nokia actually supports Apple (at least in theory).
SmartDraw Simplifies Diagramming
The so-called "visual processor" aims to make it easy to describe processes, document brainstorming sessions, create project timelines, and perform many other business-oriented graphics tasks..
Mozilla Sniffer Firefox Add-On Steals Passwords
Mozilla Sniffer, a little-used and now disabled Firefox add-on, turns out be a log-in thief and has been disabled by Mozilla. Additionally the Firefox-maker disabled earlier versions of CoolPreviews, another, more popular add-on which carried vulnerabilities that could enable remote takeovers. Time to take a long look at your company's browser add-ons policy.
Death Knell For Software Patents
Could it be that software patents, which in my opinion have mainly been a drain on innovation, are finally on death's door? A recent decision could point to the answer being yes.
Government Apps For Your Phone
The US government has written a number of apps for some of the smartphone platforms. You can get information on recalls, locations of alternative fuel stations or find the closest US embassy no matter where you are.
NASA's Muslim Outreach Is Real
The White House on Monday was forced to walk back NASA administrator Charles Bolden's recent remarks to Al Jazeera that one of his top priorities was outreach to Muslim countries, but in fact, the Obama administration has been doing a lot of science and technology outreach to the Islamic world in recent months.
Will We Still Be Building Data Centers In 10 Years?
As I look back at the timeline of technology, I can clearly distinguish a turning point in IT's evolution. I see the technology landscape in terms of "Before Virtualization" (BV) and "After Virtualization" (AV).
Three Mobile OSes To Usurp Android or iOS
This fall, three mobile operating systems will be released (if you don't count what Android does, since they tend to release every few months). Windows Phone 7, Blackberry 6 and MeeGo are all due this holiday season. Will any of them make a dent in either iOSes or Android's share?
SAP Makes BI Easy(er)
Business intelligence tools are probably high on most people's list of complex applications. But a SaaS product from SAP tries to make BI a bit more usable.