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Content posted in July 2011
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Get Collaborators To 'Touch And Feel' Unstructured Data
Commentary  |  7/31/2011  | 
Rafi Holtzman and his Luidia team want to transform the way far-flung businesspeople work together.
Open Source Helps eBay Process $2000 Per Second
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
The huge Internet auction house uses a small Sri Lankan firm's open source enterprise service bus--a little known but crucial piece of software.
SAP And Oracle Battle, Customers Avoid Choosing Sides
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
Will it be the apps vendor's innovation or the stack vendor's one-stop shop? IT hedges its bets.
Is Amazon Hiding A Tipping Point In Its New Tablet?
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
If and when Amazon releases an iPad-killer of a tablet, it won't be its industrial design or user interface that might tip the industry on its ear. If such a tablet is released, it's reliance on Amazon's Whispernet and the business model behind it could be a tipping point.
Google Search On Tablets Gets A Do Over
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
Google has refreshed the design of its web-based search tool for tablets such as the iPad, Xoom, and Tab 10.1.
4 Top 4G Smartphones
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
Looking for a '4G' smartphone? Here are the best of the bunch currently available from U.S. network operators.
Cloud Moves From Talk To Walk
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
CA and Nebula's cloud announcements this week reflect the reality that enterprises have moved past the theoretical to the practical.
Mobile Marketplace Wars: Android Market Adds Movies, Books
Commentary  |  7/29/2011  | 
The latest version of Google's application store for smartphones gets a new look and allows users to buy e-books and rent movies.
Bad Cell Phone Behavior: Are You Being Rude?
Commentary  |  7/28/2011  | 
More than 20% of those surveyed can't stand it when people talk too loudly on their phone in public. Here are more examples of bad cell phone behavior that get on our nerves.
Motorola Shipped 440,000 Tablets In Q2
Commentary  |  7/28/2011  | 
Motorola may have topped Wall Street estimates, but it sold only 440,000 tablets and 4.4 million smartphones in its most recent quarter.
Ask Yourself These Questions Before Moving To OS X Lion
Commentary  |  7/28/2011  | 
10 things to consider before upgrading to OS X 10.7 Lion.
Google Fashion Police Want You; Microsoft Mango Struts Stuff
Commentary  |  7/28/2011  | 
Dear pcstud@aol.com: Google says you're emailing like it's 1999. Take a visual tour of Microsoft's "Mango" smartphone OS.
Androids Returned More Than Other Gadgets
Commentary  |  7/27/2011  | 
Just how high are return rates for the platform? One source stirs the pot.
Keeping Corporate Data Off Mobile Devices With VDI
Commentary  |  7/27/2011  | 
By turning handhelds into the ultimate thin client, remote virtual desktops provide a crisp boundary between personal and enterprise apps and data.
What Do You Think? Should Software Patents Be Abolished?
Commentary  |  7/27/2011  | 
Now that the public radio show This American Life has tarred, feathered, and skewered software patents, it's time for you to chime in on the whether the patents could be stifling innovation.
Microsoft And SUSE, Mozilla And Google: Strange Bedfellows
Commentary  |  7/27/2011  | 
Redmond cashes in on Linux licenses, while Mozilla creates a new open source mobile operating system.
HTC Wants To Settle Patent Suit With Apple
Commentary  |  7/27/2011  | 
A preliminary ruling in favor of Apple has HTC--and its U.S. Android phone business--in a precarious position.
Computing at Chaos Manor: Pournelle's Mailbag
Commentary  |  7/26/2011  | 
Jerry Pournelle answers BYTE reader email.
Low-Cost Options For Predictive Analytics Challenge SAS, IBM
Commentary  |  7/26/2011  | 
Upstarts Revolution Analytics and Alpine Data Labs step up the competition against market leaders.
VMware Never Said Virtualization Was Easy; Google+ Pains
Commentary  |  7/26/2011  | 
Griping about VMware price changes? It's time to get practical. As for early users of Google+, the bumps continue.
Verizon Rolls Out LTE Laptop, Tablet
Commentary  |  7/26/2011  | 
HP's laptop brings 4G Long Term Evolution to mobile computing, but price of Verizon's data plans may feel like a speed trap.
Microsoft-Watchers See A Company In Decline
Commentary  |  7/26/2011  | 
How much trouble is Windows in? Microsoft-watchers say the company's fortunes have turned.
VMware Pricing Outrage: A Closer Look
Commentary  |  7/26/2011  | 
Many IT admins want to continue over-provisioning memory to virtual machines. But that's not an efficient way to manage the data center.
Android Legal Troubles Benefit Windows Phone
Commentary  |  7/26/2011  | 
Some phone manufactures are having second thoughts about using the open source Android platform, given aggressive legal actions by Microsoft and Apple.
Google+: Doing the Math
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
Someone call MIT! Don Rose has reduced the entire Google+ phenomenon to one mathematical equation.
Secret CIO: When Reboot Has A Silver Lining
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
The 3 minutes that my netbook takes to restart prove critical to my effectiveness as a CIO. Here's why.
Are There Any Humans in Silicon Valley?
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
Macromedia founder Marc Canter says you've got to automate global and scale local to succed -- and talk to people outside of the California milieu. That's why he's in Cleveland.
NASA Gets The Consumerization Of IT. Do You?
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
If you want to see a model of consumerization of IT in action, look at NASA
IT Jobs Are Growing, But Can It Last?
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
U.S. IT employment is back over the 4 million mark.
Storage Virtualization Has Several Meanings
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
The definition of storage virtualization depends on who you ask. Here's a look at what it can do for you.
RIM And Cisco Feel The Pain
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
BlackBerry-maker slashes 10% of workforce. But bigger problems loom: Has RIM missed the application boat?
Cisco's Math In HP Server Battle Questionable
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
Just how much progress has Cisco made against HP? Take a close look at the numbers.
iPhone 5: One-Third Of Consumers Can't Wait
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
The hype surrounding the unannounced Apple iPhone 5 has grown so intense that 35% of people polled by PriceGrabber say they already plan to buy.
Licensing Headaches: Is VMware Or Microsoft Worse?
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
Recent VMware pricing controversy shows that software vendors are from Mars and IT is from Venus. But don't let emotion cloud your software plans.
Plead With HR For Fast IT Hiring
Commentary  |  7/25/2011  | 
Think tight government regulations or disgruntled docs are standing in the way of meeting your health IT goals? Nope, it could be Steve over in human resources.
Windows Phone 7 Mango Finalized, Phones Coming
Commentary  |  7/24/2011  | 
Microsoft's big update to its mobile phone platform is released to manufacturers. Will Nokia deal bear fruit?
Wanted: Better Mobile App Performance -- Now.
Commentary  |  7/23/2011  | 
Impatient mobile users expect mobile apps to load faster -- and for many, five seconds is the limit.
Are Cubicles Killing Us?
Commentary  |  7/23/2011  | 
There's no single "workspace" design that fits everyone's needs. Not in the physical world, not in the virtual world.
Google+ Lesson: Business Users Come Second
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
Google's consumer-first approach can produce creative products. Just go in knowing where you stand.
Verizon, Microsoft Results: More Consumerization To Come
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
Still trying to ignore consumer IT in the enterprise? This week's news should make you wake up.
5 Big Takeaways From Tech Earnings Season
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
Most of the bellwether vendors reported solid revenue and profit growth in their latest quarters, suggesting that the tech economy is back on track.
Kundra Had Vision, Next Federal CIO Needs Speed
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
The long-term plan for federal IT reform has only just begun to be implemented, so Kundra's successor will have to hit the ground running.
BlackBerry PlayBook Wins Security Clearance From Feds
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
RIM's tablet is the first to pass the Federal Information Processing Standard, deeming it secure enough for use by U.S. government workers.
Amazon's New Tablet, Pournelle on Space and Ron White's Secret Weapon.
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
Sources say Amazon's new tablet will rely on the same Whispernet and Whispersync service that its Kindles use, but for video, music and photos with Cloud Drive
SAP BusinessObjects Customers Await New Platform
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
Delays have pushed back the vendor's business intelligence suite 4.0 upgrade, but components including data services and a Microsoft Office analysis tool are finally available.
Android Lawsuits: Google Finds Its Voice
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
Now that Apple has HTC on the ropes for patent violations in Android, Google has stated it will not let HTC lose this case.
Pournelle: The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Jerry says Apple is no longer toying around.
Tablet Clone Wars: 4 Questions
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Lenovo joins the growing ranks of combatants trying to beat Apple's iPad 2. Before you pledge allegiance to any one tablet, consider these key questions.
Smartphones Dominate AT&T Sales: No iPhone Mass Exodus
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Nearly 70% of all the postpaid phones sold by AT&T during its second quarter were smartphones, including many iPhones.
Google+ Headaches: What You Need to Know
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
BYTE’s Steve Krause tracked down Google+ pain points--so you can avoid headaches with the new social service.
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