New iMacs, .Mac Upgrade Rumored For Tuesday
What's Apple got up its sleeve for its Tuesday announcement? Apple blogs say the company plans to unveil sleeker iMacs and possibly an upgrade to the .Mac service, and that Apple plans a new flash-based video iPod next month.
Is It Possible To Unlock The iPhone?
One intrepid iPhone fan has posted a guide to unlocking the iPhone. Engadget claims to have spotted a process that, frankly, looks really long and more than a little scary. Does it actually work?
Is Your Home PC Better Than Your Work PC?
If so, you are likely a big headache to your IT department. But you're also not alone. According to Yankee Group, 50% of employees think their home technology outpaces their work technology and aren't afraid to bend rules. What's an enterprise to do?
Forget RFID. GPS Is The New Tech Bogeyman
So you're thinking of using GPS-enabled technology in some way, from optimizing sales calls to offering directions to route drivers. It's getting easier, with GPS built into more smartphones. But execs would be wise to remember the lessons of RFID, and the depths of tech paranoia it revealed.
Nokia Jumps From Apple's Bed To Microsoft's Bed
Just last week, Nokia released a new media transfer beta program for Mac computers. Today, it announced a new PlayReady DRM licensing agreement with Microsoft. Looks like Nokia is playing both sides of the fence ahead of its music-themed launch in London later this month.
Ensure Best-Possible Performance From SaaS
Those who leverage enterprise applications have two major complaints. First, the apps are too complex and too difficult to use. Second, they perform poorly, which is what I'm focusing on here... Most SaaS-vendors rely on the traditional HTTP/HTML pump-and-pull architecture. Thus, we're really using well-designed, well-delivered Web sites when using SaaS applications, not true, dynamic native interfaces. So, what's a SaaS advocate to do? Here are a few tips:
Where To Find A Quad-Core Bargain (And Which Intel Processor Is Selling For More Than List)
Here's a strange, but understandable, example of free-market capitalism at work in the market for hot chips. Intel instituted deep price cuts on many of its processors on July 22, the better to stoke demand and squeeze AMD. However, Intel's top-of-the-line Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is now so popular that it's actually selling for a price well above the company's list. At the same time, one big quad-core bargain
3 Tips For Getting More From Your Mac
Learn how to fix the mouse problem you didn't even know you had, find out which applications are hogging your processor cycles, and replace the Finder with an ultra-powerful alternative.
Microsoft Delays Upgraded Office For The Mac, Shoots Itself In The Foot
Earlier this week, I sent a very authoritative e-mail to my editors, explaining that Microsoft would likely update the Mac version of Office in the first couple of weeks of August. A day later, Microsoft announced that the update will be delayed until January. Do you ever have weeks like that?
There's arguably no greater CIO contributor to his company's product development, and ultimately its growth opportunities, than Hewlett-Packard's Randy Mott.
Why AdMob Rocks The Mobile Ad Market And Google Doesn't
As I completed my daily roundup of the mobile blogosphere, I noticed a post on Russell Beattie's Weblog about AdMob. Beattie sent out mad props to AdMob for hitting a new record: over five billion mobile ad impressions served. How on earth did AdMob do it?
Mobile Phones As Artistic Tools?
Has the mobile phone come far enough to be its own artistic tool or medium? The Betty K Mix Studio thinks so, and recently conducted an artistic experiment with 25 painters to create a collective piece of artwork with mobile phones.
When Is A CIO Not A CIO?
In which I learn the real meaning of CIO in the financial community, and that there are limits to a PR person's patience.
Mobile TV: A Huge Failure?
The sound of white noise coming from England is deafening. Several months ago, Over the Air reported that mobile TV services were not taking off as expected in the U.K. A new article in the Guardian practically sounds the de
Search Will Assimilate You
Give up your free will now. In the future, Google and other search engines will search you and dictate to you, not the other way around. Maybe.
Measuring Microsoft SharePoint Growth
Microsoft SharePoint continues to grow apace. In a presentation to financial analysts earlier this week, Microsoft stated that in the past year it has seen 35-percent year-over-year growth and revenues of a staggering $800 Million. The company claims is has shipped 85 million seat licenses to 17,000 customers since the beginning of SharePoint time (in 2001). If there was ever any lingering doubt that SharePoint was having an impact on the market, these numbers put that argument to rest.
Eggs And IT
How much interesting shoptalk can you get up to over coffee and waffles? A lot -- and all of it relevant and penetrating.
Sun's Niagara 2 Processor Is Multicore Computing On Steroids
Think you've heard the latest word on multicore computing via the new crop of quad-core processors from Intel and AMD? That stuff is nice, but if you want the heaviest-duty multicore going, you gotta call Sun Microsystems, which is on the verge of unveiling its eight-core, 64-thread Niagara 2 processor.
The ROI Of Innovation
Most executives view innovation as one of their top three priorities, but they're increasingly frustrated with their returns on such investments. That's the big takeaway from a new Boston Consulting Group survey of nearly 2,500 execs worldwide.
Solaris, Virtualization Combo Floats All Boats?
Bundled virtualization features in Solaris 10 are bolstering the IT industry's server business and may even have a positive impact on the storage sector, if CEO Jonathan Schwartz is to be believed.
Who Needs A Free Version Of Works?
One of the informal rules of computing, as recognized by most of my friends and colleagues (at least, those who know anything about the subject), is: Thou Shalt Avoid Microsoft Works. The suite, which is presumably directed toward consumers, hasn't been really useful for anything but the most elementary tasks for years now. It's a suite with training wheels.
How Many People Really Use Linux -- And Stick With It?
I am growing infernally curious about what the end-of-the-year sales figures for Dell's Ubuntu machines will be. Not just how many bought those machines or in what proportion to Windows users, but how their long-term experiences shape up against others (as well as whether or not they elected to buy support). What if Linux has its big day in the sun, and simply doesn't achieve more than a small percentage of the market?
In-Stat: Handset Biz Headed For Major Shake Up
Like it or not, technology is an important part of our everyday lives. As we come to rely on it more and more for the little things (like remembering to attend meetings or pick up the kids from soccer practice), how we interact with it becomes increasingly vital. And that is set to change.
Make Your BI Vendor Partnership a Priority
When you're buying BI as a point solution or departmental purchase, the idea of a customer-vendor partnership may not matter. When you're buying for the enterprise, it should. While BI software has become enterprise class, BI account management - for the most part - has not. A number of vendors recognize this and have efforts underway to improve the situation... but what can you as the customer do? Here's how to make partnering with the vendor a priority...
Yes, Virginia, Google Is Building A Mobile Phone
Yesterday I pointed out that the Google Phone has returned to the rumor mill. This morning The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is working on a cell phone but has declined to comment on the project. Looks like this dog will hunt.
Is The Google Phone Dead Or Alive?
Unstrung editor Dan Jones today pointed out that Google is hiring for lots of wireless and mobile positions. One of those job ads is for a candidate with "a thorough understanding of the mobile vertical - both from a carrier and a handset OEM perspective." Why does Google need to hire someone with knowledge of handset manufacturers?
3 Free Tools For Getting Things Done Faster On The Mac
These three utilities will make you more productive on the Mac. And the price is right - they're free. Namely is a simple application launcher that works from the keyboard, Document Palette makes it easer to create documents, and Visor puts the terminal window a hotkey away.
CIO: From Here To... Where?
There was a time, not that many years ago, when the acronym CIO was interpreted to mean Career Is Over. It was meant to imply, in a bitter, sarcastic sense, that the CIO job was what you might call a "terminal position"-nowhere to go from there but out the door.
Lessons In Starting A Startup
Having sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard recently for $1.65 billion, Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen has advice on how others can duplicate his successes. Andreessen's recently launched Pmarca Weblog includes a "Guide To Startups" series that's worth reading.
Can Execs Disconnect From The Office While On Vacation?
Um. Nope. According to a recent study by The Ladders, nearly 80% of all executives plan to take a vacation this summer. While fully one-third said they'd refrain from checking in at all, just over half said they'd touch base with the office periodically when on vacation.
Linux Vs. Mac: Which Should You Choose?
In our ongoing series of head-to-head platform comparisons, we take a look at the Mac vs. Linux, asking which is the better option for people looking to switch from Windows.
KISS Me, I'm Connected
I keep hearing Cisco marketing jabber about "the connected life". What is this connected life of which they speak? Does anyone really know? Is it an electrical outlet in every room? Cocktail parties in the Hamptons? A reference to people with webbed toes?
Apple Issues iPhone Security Update
After hackers recently pointed out some vulnerabilities in the iPhone's browser, Apple must have set right to work to get them patched. Today, it made the first security update for the iPhone available.
Business Objects' Web 2.0 Features Nice, but Inadequate
You can't solve BI infoglut with mashups. If you're going to spend time threshing through unstructured data, you should build a useful semantic model to use it. Instead of building features for developers to use to rearrange data in preparation of analysis, why not just make the data smarter so it can rearrange itself? And finally, if you accept the idea that BI 1.0 is inadequate (though still useful), why build 2.0 capabilities on top of an aging 1.0 model?
DRM Scorecard: Hackers Batting 1000, Industry Zero
Forget the moral questions: Whether the millions of kids who load up their iPods from LimeWire are thieves, or whether there's something incongruous about Sheryl Crow, a millionaire many times over, railing against piracy. When you look at the technology, there's no getting around the fact that DRM is an abject failure. I put together a scorecard, which shows that every single significant attempt at consumer-music DRM has been cracked. Here it is: