Google Missing Enterprise 2.0 Future By Killing Wave
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
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
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.
Small Business Employment Grows, But Slowly
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.
American Airlines' iPhone App Gets Timely Fix
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.
Outrage Over U.S. Plan To Train Offshore Workers
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.
Determining the Real Value of Cloud Computing
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
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
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.
Scrapping The Defense Department CIO
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.
Intermedia Adds Cloud PBX Service
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.
Android Tops iPhone In Sales
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
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.
Dell 1135n Laser Lives Up To Hype
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.
Google Promises More Crashes With 'Chrome Canary Build'
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
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.
Ballmer: "We're Coming Full Guns"
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
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
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.