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Government Technologist: DoD Must Confront Child Porn Issue
Commentary  |  8/5/2010  | 
In the wake of an Inspector General report, John Foley argues that the Defense Department must take aggressive steps to prevent access to child porn on government PCs and review its policies for dealing with the problem.
Wolfe's Den: Mad Rush For Enterprise 2.0 Patents
Commentary  |  8/5/2010  | 
Vendors are vying to lock up rights to the social-enterprise. Here's a selective look at cool patent tech from Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, OpenText , and SAP, as well as two surprising newcomers.
Apple Preparing Fix For iPhone Security Flaw
Commentary  |  8/5/2010  | 
Apple indicated that it has a software update for the iPhone that will patch an exploit being used to hack it though the browser.
Android Sales Reach 200,000 Per Day
Commentary  |  8/5/2010  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt claimed on Wednesday that 200,000 Android handsets are being sold every day, up from 160,000 per day in June.
Google Missing Enterprise 2.0 Future By Killing Wave
Commentary  |  8/5/2010  | 
You can't be a serious player in the upcoming Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 world if you don't have a communications and collaboration platform. That's why it's alarming that Google is pulling the plug on further development of Wave, even though they're saying the technology will appear in other products. This is where one sees the failure of their model of throwing betas against the wall to see
Ringio Enhances Cloud Based Voice Service
Commentary  |  8/5/2010  | 
Ringio, one of many new players in the cloud voice market, enhanced its service by connecting it to PBX systems and improving its call routing features. The company is trying to differentiate itself in this highly competitive field by focusing on Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) functions.
Android Surpasses Even RIM In This Study
Commentary  |  8/5/2010  | 
NPD is reporting that Android has taken the top spot in the second quarter of 2010, topping even RIM. Whether it is in first or second place, Android has a very bright future.
Global CIO: IBM's Bank Outage: Anatomy Of A Disaster
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
IBM personnel inadvertently triggered a 7-hour outage at Singapore's largest banking network last month by using unapproved procedures. Here's a detailed look at what went wrong.
Samsung Hits 2TB Mark with Green Hard Drive
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
Latest member of the EcoGreen line offers 2 terabytes for the desktop in a low-power, eco-friendly package.
License vs. Service & Support Revenue: Some Historical Clarity
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
Through the end of the last decade, license revenues often outstripped service-and-support revenues by a factor of two or more... The dotcom bust and the subsequent recession began a significant restructuring of this revenue split...
Small Business Employment Grows, But Slowly
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
According to Intuit's Small Business Employment Index for July, the sector accounted for about 40,000 new jobs in July, down from June's revised total. Compensation and hours worked, on the other hand, continued to rise.
Software Innovation At Stake in SAS Suit
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
Does World Programming's SAS clone infringe on copyrights? A pending ruling by the European Court of Justice could put tech investment in jeopardy.
Clear Targets Apple Devices With iSpot WiMax Device
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
Clearwire on Wednesday announced the iSpot, a mobile WiMax hotspot designed exclusively to provide wireless broadband to Apple's stable of iOS devices.
Software Innovation At Stake in SAS Suit
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
Does World Programming's SAS clone infringe on copyrights? Pending court ruling could put tech investment in jeopardy.
Full Nelson: Shopkick And Novitaz Aim To Drive Rich Retail Experience
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
Retailers looking to lure customers into their stores and up to their cash registers have been waiting for the perfect system to pull in people with special offers. Shopkick and Novitaz are helping pave the way.
American Airlines' iPhone App Gets Timely Fix
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
Last week we noted a glitch in a new iPhone app from American Airlines that prevented some long-time members of the AmericanAdvantage club from being able to use the slick application, which helps orchestrate everything from check-ins to seat assignments to upgrades. American says it learned of the problem quickly and corrected the bug within hours.
Manually Update Motorola Droid To Android 2.2 Froyo
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
The final build of Android 2.2 Froyo for the Motorola Droid has been leaked. Manually updating the handset takes about 10 minutes. Why wait for the OTA download?
Outrage Over U.S. Plan To Train Offshore Workers
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
Many InformationWeek readers are against outsourcing; many are for it. But for once we seem to have found consensus on at least one aspect of this divisive issue-it's not something U.S. taxpayers should be funding.
iPhone Dev Team Loosens iPhone From AT&T Shackles
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
The iPhone Dev Team has released the newest version of ultrasn0w, which will allow jailbroken iPhones to be used on networks other than AT&T's.
Determining the Real Value of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
We could talk about capital expenses versus operating expenses or the concept of agility, including the elastic nature of cloud computing. So how should you evaluate the value of cloud computing in the context of your enterprise?
Bandwidth.com Enhances Voice Services
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
Vendors catering to small and medium businesses' voice communications needs are becoming as common as dandelions in open fields. One new entrant, Bandwidth.com, which has been offering such services for a couple of months, enhanced its Phonebooth service by cutting pricing and adding new features.
Carriers Going For Mobile Payments
Commentary  |  8/4/2010  | 
Carriers in the US are trying to turn their smartphones into mobile payment systems that will replace credit cards for many transactions. Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T are so serious about it, they are willing to partner with each other to accomplish this.
First Impressions: BlackBerry 6 Software
Commentary  |  8/3/2010  | 
Along with the BlackBerry 9800 Torch, Research In Motion debuted its latest operating system, BlackBerry 6. Can it beat Android and iOS?
Practical Analysis: Do Oracle Exadata Gains Warrant The Risk?
Commentary  |  8/3/2010  | 
Our survey reveals an audience even more skeptical than it was six months ago about the benefits of application-tuned appliances.
First Impressions: BlackBerry 9800 Torch Hardware
Commentary  |  8/3/2010  | 
Research In Motion's latest smartphone, the BlackBerry 9800 Torch, goes after the consumer.
Scrapping The Defense Department CIO
Commentary  |  8/3/2010  | 
It's a bad idea, and would be legally tricky. But it's one that's being presented to senior Department of Defense officials by an influential independent advisory board.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison And The New Oracle Rock The Tech World
Commentary  |  8/3/2010  | 
From optimized systems and new Fusion apps to slashing CIOs' integration burdens, Oracle promises to redefine not only product categories but also customer expectations.
Cloudmark Offers Free Single-Folder Email Spam Filtering
Commentary  |  8/3/2010  | 
DesktopOne should block spam, viruses, phishing on Windows machines -- and works with email and webmail -- but the single-folder free version may not be enough for most businesses or many users.
Intermedia Adds Cloud PBX Service
Commentary  |  8/3/2010  | 
Voice communications have rapidly evolved from delivering simple ring tones to sophisticated productivity tools. Many small and medium businesses have been having trouble keeping pace with the changes, so Intermedia is offering them some potential help via a hosted PBX service.
Verizon Deletes Hotspot Feature From Motorola Droid
Commentary  |  8/3/2010  | 
Though the Motorola Droid is receiving the Android 2.2 Froyo update this week, Verizon Wireless is leaving out two key Froyo features.
Android Tops iPhone In Sales
Commentary  |  8/3/2010  | 
Google's Android platform sales for the second quarter of 2010 surpassed that of the iPhone for the first time in the US. This is not quite and apples to apples comparison though, if you'll pardon the pun. Android is available on many networks and has many different manufacturers. The iPhone just has one manufacturer and one network. Does that matter?
HP And The SMB Desktop
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
For many SMBs and others, desktop PCs aren't going away in any hurry, so it makes sense to invest in new machines with expandability headroom, and good service.
Global CIO: IBM, WalMart, & Tom Cruise To Star In Thriller, 'RFID Madness!'
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
Wal-Mart said, "It's just for clothes" and IBM said, "It's just for billboards" but now I've got RFID chips glued to my earlobes. Why oh why didn't I heed the warnings??
Dell 1135n Laser Lives Up To Hype
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
Touted as providing easy, inexpensive printer networking for the SMB office, a review of this the new Dell MFP shows that it does exactly that.
iPhone 4 Jailbreak Unlocks 3G FaceTime Calls
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
Those adventurous enough to jailbreak their iPhone 4 with the newly released jailbreak tools will find the Wi-Fi limitation lifted from FaceTime.
Google Promises More Crashes With 'Chrome Canary Build'
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
Google has long maintained three distribution channels for its Chrome Web browser: A stable channel, a beta channel, and a developer channel, representing points on the continuum of code stability. Convinced that its developer channel isn't sufficiently buggy, Google is introducing the Google Chrome Canary Build, for those who really want to live on the edge.
Facebook Supersizes New Data Center As Demand Surges
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
With construction on its new Oregon data center only recently underway, Facebook has decided to double the size of the facility to handle current demand from its 500 million users and offer headroom for the additional growth the company anticipates in the future, says Data Center Knowledge.
'Death Grip' Videos Deleted From Apple Web Site
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
Apple has pulled the videos of competing phones suffering from the "Death Grip" from its Web site.
Guerra On Healthcare: CIO's Guide To Avoiding Burnout
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
How to maintain your health, your sanity, and your career under the pressure of meeting "Meaningful Use" regulations.
Motorola Droid Receiving Android 2.2 Update This Week
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless said that the Motorola Droid, its first superstar Android handset, will receive the Android 2.2 Froyo update this week.
Global CIO: Oracle Product Chief Offers Glimpse At New Fusion Apps
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
Infused with new BI and collaboration functionality, the long-delayed apps can be mixed and matched with existing Oracle applications, says EVP Thomas Kurian.
Global CIO: 5 Ways India's HCL Will Make Money From Cloud
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
Companies aren't spending much on cloud computing, but it's 'on the cusp,' HCL president says. Here is how one Indian outsourcer expects to cash in.
Ballmer: "We're Coming Full Guns"
Commentary  |  8/2/2010  | 
Given that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is really a version 1, it is late to a party where the iPhone and Android phones are getting all of the attention. RIM's Blackberry is also well established. In many respects, Microsoft is starting from ground zero. Steve Ballmer though is saying that they are ready to go.
Microsoft Phone Idea Is Nuts
Commentary  |  8/1/2010  | 
Over at Ars Technica, Peter Bright has proposed that if Microsoft really wants to succeed at Windows Phone 7, the company should build its own phone. That idea is, in a word, nuts. It doesn't address any of the real problems that Microsoft has in this market.
Sun Founder McNealy Attacks Textbook Industry Via Web
Commentary  |  8/1/2010  | 
With two daughters in college, I drop about $2,500 a year on college textbooks, and realize many millions of others are in the same smelly and leaky boat. So it's great to see that pugnacious Sun founder Scott McNealy is looking to use the Internet and open-source technology to give back to those textbook fleecers the same sort of thrashing they've been giving the rest of us for so many years.
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