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Content posted in August 2011
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RIM's Secret Weapon: Managing Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  8/22/2011  | 
CIOs have a mess of smartphones and tablets that employees now bring to work. RIM must come through on its promise to help them with that problem.
Killed HP TouchPad: From High-Flying Launch to Low-Brow Liquidation
Commentary  |  8/22/2011  | 
Find all BYTE's links to the HP TouchPad announcement, its difficulties, recent reversals, and final kill of its webOS tablet and phones. Plus, where to find a discontinued $99 HP TouchPad.
HP's Latest Fiasco: The Vanishing $99 TouchPad
Commentary  |  8/20/2011  | 
HP killed the TouchPad and other WebOS devices, but they were available for $99 at various retailers. Unfortunately some buyers rushed to snap them up, but were shut out.
HP TouchPad $99 and $149 Firesale Pricing Entices
Commentary  |  8/20/2011  | 
HP sells dead stock -- just $99 for the HP TouchPad 16GB and $149 for its 32GB. Not too shabby ...
Burgess to Android Users: Protect Your Devices Now.
Commentary  |  8/20/2011  | 
If you're on Android, you're probably not as safe from malware as you think.
Apple iOS 4 and iOS 5 BYTE All Team Coverage
Commentary  |  8/20/2011  | 
Apple iOS 4 and iOS 5 BYTE TEAM COVERAGE
Autonomy Acquisition: A Modest Start On Transforming HP
Commentary  |  8/19/2011  | 
Autonomy's search, archiving, e-discovery, and information management assets won't, by themselves, turn HP into a highly profitable software powerhouse.
HP's Happy Talk: Enough Already
Commentary  |  8/19/2011  | 
The next two to five years will be difficult for HP, as it tries to transform itself into a consulting and high-end services business like IBM.
iPhone 5, Nexus Prime Slated For Epic Battle
Commentary  |  8/19/2011  | 
An AT&T executive let slip that Apple's iPhone 5 may launch in early October. That's also when the Google Nexus Prime is expected.
R.I.P. HP WebOS And Palm: An Obituary
Commentary  |  8/19/2011  | 
HP's WebOS died after a long bout with apathy and neglect. Mourners recalled the Palm early years, when WebOS was just a gleam in the eye.
A Look Back At Palm
Commentary  |  8/19/2011  | 
Remember Palm? It's the end of an era for a company that once defined the mobile device business.
Wild Day Leaves HP With Much To Prove
Commentary  |  8/19/2011  | 
A low margin PC business combined with a stilted mobile effort was a distraction for a company with much bigger battles to win. But it's a shame HP didn't realize this long ago.
Marc Canter: Ain't No Jobs Out Here
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
In installment three of his videoblog, the Macromedia founder takes on tech training for the midwestern masses.
Got Culture? Use It To Drive A Successful Social Business
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
Cultural change will likely be a long-term outcome of a social initiative, but it shouldn't be the goal.
Mobile Strategy: It's Not About The Gadgets
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
Too many businesses fret about this smartphone or that tablet. The real change will come from social, local, mobile, and games coming together on any of those devices.
Intel's Tablet, IBM's Memory--A Tale Of Two Giants
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
Intel plays tablet catch-up, while IBM continues to master complexity and profit at it.
Windows 8 And The Truth About Software Wars
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
As the rhetoric heats up in several software wars, you can count on oversimplification and FUD. But you can also fight it.
Android Owners Love Mobile Apps More Than Web
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
The top 50 apps consume most of users' time; other apps and the mobile Web can't really compete, reports Nielsen.
Gmail Man Video Amuses--But Misleads
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
FUD shouldn't drive your enterprise software decisions. Read the terms of service instead of relying on snarky YouTube humor.
Nokia CEO: Google's Motorola Buy Bad For Android
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
Android device makers should be wary of how Google's acquisition of Motorola will affect their relationship with Google, says Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.
20 Percent of IT Departments Prohibit Consumer Devices
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
More than 20 percent of IT departments don't permit outside devices.
Can RIM Still Sell $300 BlackBerrys?
Commentary  |  8/17/2011  | 
Research In Motion's new BlackBerrys reach store shelves in the coming days, but they cost 50% more than most other smartphones.
Readers Weigh In: For RIM, Against vSphere5
Commentary  |  8/17/2011  | 
Get a reality check from IT pros on the front lines regarding RIM's pros and cons and VMware's future.
Best Buy To HP: Take Your TouchPads Back
Commentary  |  8/17/2011  | 
Best Buy has received 270,000 TouchPads from HP but has only sold 25,000 of them, report says.
RIM May Release BlackBerry QNX Platform In 2011
Commentary  |  8/17/2011  | 
Struggling BlackBerry-maker needs to make a move quickly, and getting its next-generation QNX operating system out sooner rather than later will help.
VMware Pricing Controversy: Users Say Microsoft Door Open
Commentary  |  8/16/2011  | 
InformationWeek surveyed IT pros about VMware's recent licensing policy change and their virtualization plans. They had plenty to say about VMware--and Microsoft.
Samsung Wins Legal Relief On EU Tablet Sales
Commentary  |  8/16/2011  | 
The court that banned Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across the European Union has reversed course. Did reports of alleged evidence tampering play a role?
The RIM Empire Strikes Back
Commentary  |  8/16/2011  | 
RIM has three shiny new BlackBerry models and a compelling goodie for SMBs. But the mobile buzz is all Google-rola.
Sprint Passes On WiMAX PlayBook
Commentary  |  8/16/2011  | 
Another blow for RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet as Sprint nixes plans to carry a WiMAX version.
iPad 3? Not By Christmas Time
Commentary  |  8/15/2011  | 
Here's a guess at when the iPad 3 will hit the market--think less sleigh bells and more fireworks and summer vacations.
Public Hotspot Safety Hinges On VPNs
Commentary  |  8/15/2011  | 
Virtual private networks prevent wireless snooping, alert you to man-in-the-middle attacks, and encrypt the network payload should you be diverted through such an attack.
Google-Motorola: What's Next For Android Device Makers?
Commentary  |  8/15/2011  | 
Google said its handset partners were "excited" by the deal to buy Motorola Mobility. I bet--but probably not in the way Google wants to believe.
Google's Motorola Mobility Buy: Patent Power Shift
Commentary  |  8/15/2011  | 
Patents have become the nuclear threat in the mobile wars, and Android device makers needed cover. But protected doesn't guarantee happy.
LTE iPhone Being Tested By Carriers
Commentary  |  8/15/2011  | 
Apple's wireless network operator partners are already conducting field tests of an iPhone with high-speed Long Term Evolution technology on board.
Great Moments in PC History
Commentary  |  8/13/2011  | 
Technologist Brian Burgess joins HP and the Computer History Museum in remembering watershed PC events
Millennials Aren't The Little Devils IT Imagines
Commentary  |  8/12/2011  | 
Research suggests 20-somethings think highly of IT organizations and don't flout IT conventions as often as some of us might suspect.
Front & Center: Todd Townsend Salutes 30 Years of the IBM PC
Commentary  |  8/12/2011  | 
In technologist Todd Townsend's latest Front&Center column, he salutes the IBM PC, turning 30 today in the post PC era.
When A Flawed EHR Threatens Patients
Commentary  |  8/12/2011  | 
When Harvard investigators tried to figure out why a patient nearly died, they discovered that even a sophisticated system of e-reminders and alerts isn't always enough.
Tablet Competition Picks Up Speed
Commentary  |  8/12/2011  | 
Tablet makers have been busy with lawsuits, price drops, software updates, and new models.
Private Cloud Risk Outweighs Benefits, For Now
Commentary  |  8/12/2011  | 
It doesn't pay to keep private cloud experts on staff, and I have a hard time believing there are service providers with deep core competencies here.
Post-PC Era: Fact Or Fiction?
Commentary  |  8/12/2011  | 
Laptops don't generate the excitement of slick tablets and smartphones. But are you really ready to go sans PC?
Why It's A Terrible Time To Buy A Smartphone
Commentary  |  8/12/2011  | 
With major system updates on the way from Apple, Google, and Microsoft, there's good reason to put the brakes on your purchase.
Happy Birthday, Steve Wozniak!
Commentary  |  8/11/2011  | 
BYTE wishes inventor and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak a happy birthday!
Motorola May Flex Its Patent Muscle
Commentary  |  8/11/2011  | 
Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha recently hinted that the company would consider using its formidable patent portfolio to collect royalties.
Amazon's Browser-Based Kindle Gives CIOs Hope
Commentary  |  8/11/2011  | 
Hope that they won’t necessarily have to drown in a sea of device-specific mobile apps. Here’s why.
Desktop Virtualization: What's Stopping You?
Commentary  |  8/11/2011  | 
Citrix buys a scrappy startup as it tries to convince more enterprises that desktop virtualization doesn't always equal painful compromise. Are you still waiting?
HP Prepping 7-Inch 'TouchPad Go' Tablet
Commentary  |  8/11/2011  | 
Documents uncovered on the FCC website reveal an unannounced, miniature version of HP's webOS-based TouchPad.
Will Amazon Color Tablets Target Apple This Year?
Commentary  |  8/10/2011  | 
Can Amazon's upcoming line of low-priced color tablets take on Apple? BYTE Wireless Radio reports.
Verizon Blindsided By Tardy iPhone 5 Launch?
Commentary  |  8/10/2011  | 
Verizon Wireless blames slower smartphone growth on iPhone 5 not launching in June as expected. But was Verizon legitimately surprised?
Carriers Latest FCC Proposal Would Cost You
Commentary  |  8/10/2011  | 
We need to overhaul telecom regulation for an IP, broadband world, not simply tweak a decades-old voice model.
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