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Content posted in August 2011
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Amazon Outage And Cloud Common Sense
Commentary  |  8/10/2011  | 
We probably shouldn't connect servers to the Internet, let kids play outside, or let Congress fix debt ceilings. OK, that last one may be true.
Apple Wins EU Injunction Over Samsung's Galaxy Tab
Commentary  |  8/10/2011  | 
Samsung barred from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in most of the European Union.
Will Direct Project Cripple HIEs?
Commentary  |  8/9/2011  | 
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says its Direct Project can help healthcare practitioners nationwide quickly gain IT interoperability. So why aren't you jumping on board?
How VOiP Will Rock Your World
Commentary  |  8/9/2011  | 
Eric Mack takes a deep dive into the near future of of VoiP, and the future for traditional carriers does not look pretty.
Google+ App Adds iPad Support, But Falls Flat
Commentary  |  8/9/2011  | 
Google has updated the iOS version of its Google+ mobile application with iPad support, but the Safari-based Web browser experience is much more fulfilling.
Apple iOS, Windows Phone 7 Win Usability Contest
Commentary  |  8/9/2011  | 
In an experiment with smartphone novices, Microsoft's WP7 and Apple's iOS mobile platforms outshine BlackBerry and Android, say Harvard researchers.
Mobile Malware: Protect Yourself Against Evolving Threats
Commentary  |  8/8/2011  | 
Android users are now 2 1/2 times more likely to encounter malware than a mere six months ago, a report finds.
HP TouchPad Starting Tablet Price Wars?
Commentary  |  8/8/2011  | 
Two price drops last week on HP's tablet, plus the impending arrival of Amazon's tablet, point to falling price tags. But much more mobile disruption lies ahead in the next few months.
The PC Made Me Do IT
Commentary  |  8/8/2011  | 
BYTE technologist Dino Londis tries to figure out if the IBM PC really was his first computer.
Hong Kong iPad Smugglers Use Batman Trick
Commentary  |  8/8/2011  | 
In a scene stolen from The Dark Knight, electronics smugglers in Hong Kong used a faux-zipline to ferry iPads and iPhones across the river to mainland China.
Apple iOS 5 Beta Hints At Voice Commands
Commentary  |  8/8/2011  | 
A beta version of iOS 5 released to developers over the weekend contains mostly bug fixes, but a few new features have been spied.
RIM CIO Adds A Huge Job In Management Shakeup
Commentary  |  8/8/2011  | 
CIO Robin Bienfait gets a critical role in keeping business customers from defecting from the BlackBerry.
Google+ Opens the Invite Flood Gates
Commentary  |  8/5/2011  | 
Google+ is rolling out 150 invites to all current users. Here's how to start letting your friends in.
Is 'Social Business' The Right Choice Of Words?
Commentary  |  8/5/2011  | 
It's never in your best interests to try to convince executives to support terminology they're uncomfortable defending.
B2B Social Networking: Opportunity For SMBs
Commentary  |  8/5/2011  | 
Company.com uses Facebook, Twitter to help SMBs save, make, and find money.
VoIP Coming Off the Back Burner: Stay Tuned
Commentary  |  8/5/2011  | 
After what seems like years of simmering on the back burner, voice and video over IP (VoIP) services are coming into their own.
Great IT Leaders Must Be Great Managers
Commentary  |  8/5/2011  | 
Many otherwise excellent IT leaders have failed because they took their eye off or didn't care about core management practices.
Curated App Markets Could Help Android Security
Commentary  |  8/5/2011  | 
Google's open-door app policy offers users choice as well as some risks. Curated markets from reputable companies offer added protection against malicious apps.
HP Cuts TouchPad Price A Month After Launch
Commentary  |  8/5/2011  | 
Will deep discounts spur sales, or do they signal doom for the relatively new tablet?
SmartDraw Brings Meetings To Life
Commentary  |  8/5/2011  | 
Software vendor aims to replace PowerPoint slides with visuals that communicate relationships and associations.
The New Federal CIO: A Closer Look
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
Vivek Kundra's successor, Steven VanRoekel, logged time at the FCC and Microsoft and is known to be an innovator. But he's never been a CIO.
6 Secrets To A Successful Health Information Exchange
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
Many health information exchanges have had a hard time remaining in business, but a new report from the National eHealth Collaborative spotlights winning strategies.
RIM Won't Live to See 2013, Analyst Says
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
Unimpressed by RIM's new BlackBerrys, at least one analyst says RIM's co-founders will run the company into the ground.
Entrepreneurs Tap Experts For Mentoring
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
To be the best, it helps to learn from the best. That's why so many SMBs turn to mentors for assistance.
VMware Blinks On RAM-Based Licensing Costs
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
Revised pricing policy softens but doesn't remove the sting of accounting change that angered users.
Google, Microsoft War On Mobile Patents Rages
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
Google talks up a "hostile, organized campaign against Android." But who's won over mobile developers?
Jurassic Tech: The First Best Ultraportable – The TRS-80 Model 100
Commentary  |  8/3/2011  | 
We used to call them Trash-80s. But the TRS-80 Model 100 has stood the test of time.
Data Centers May Not Gobble Earth, After All
Commentary  |  8/3/2011  | 
Good news: Data center power use didn't grow nearly as fast as predicted the past five years. You can thank cloud computing and new data center designs.
Samsung Updates Galaxy Tab With TouchWiz
Commentary  |  8/3/2011  | 
System update for Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers new look and feel via Samsung's TouchWiz custom user interface over Android Honeycomb 3.1.
Android Trojan Points Out Mobile Security's Trust Problem
Commentary  |  8/3/2011  | 
Malware that records your phone calls sounds bad, but there's a bigger problem.
How eBay And Others Cope When Rules Keep Changing
Commentary  |  8/3/2011  | 
They need software that lets them rewrite business rules often to react to changing conditions. An independent that competes against IBM and Oracle is racking up some notable customer wins in this tech niche.
RIM's New BlackBerrys: Good Enough, Or Too Late?
Commentary  |  8/3/2011  | 
Research In Motion's updated smartphones will excite enthusiasts, but won't solve the company's long-term problems.
Storage Virtualization Using The Hypervisor
Commentary  |  8/3/2011  | 
Hypervisor storage virtualization lets you buy systems to solve a specific problem, while letting the hypervisor move live virtual machines between storage devices as needed.
Will Nokia Show Mango Phone On Aug. 17?
Commentary  |  8/3/2011  | 
Microsoft and Nokia are hosting an event in Germany on August 17, which may be the official unveiling of the Windows Phone 7 mobile phone offspring from the partnership of the two tech giants.
MobileIron Takes Mobile Device Management To Cloud
Commentary  |  8/2/2011  | 
Connected Cloud service lets IT remotely control devices, set email and application access, and more. But one support piece is missing.
Computing at Chaos Manor: Pournelle's on Wi-Fire
Commentary  |  8/2/2011  | 
Jerry Pournelle's Chaos Manor is on fire! Wi-Fire, that is.
Virtualization: How Much Is Enough?
Commentary  |  8/2/2011  | 
Most organizations have virtualized one-half to two-thirds of their systems. For many, that's about right.
Upgrades Done Right: Vendors Should Learn From SaaS
Commentary  |  8/2/2011  | 
Make upgrades valuable and easy. SaaS and mobile device vendors get it--why don't more tech vendors learn the lesson?
The CIO Vs. The Information Access Mafia
Commentary  |  8/2/2011  | 
Stu Laura, our intrepid CIO, takes on a failed and flawed model: providing Least Access to data.
HP Updates TouchPad OS, Prices Drop
Commentary  |  8/2/2011  | 
HP pushes webOS 3.0.2 out to the TouchPad tablet, in its first major software update; retailers Amazon and Best Buy drop prices.
Mobile Marketing Fails To Live Up To Hype
Commentary  |  8/1/2011  | 
Once heralded as the next big thing, marketing for smartphones just hasn't taken off.
Did IT Infect Your Computer? The Surprising Truth.
Commentary  |  8/1/2011  | 
Your IT staff might not be telling you the whole story about what's wrong with your PC. Especially when it's IT's fault.
What Can Chromebook Teach Us About Mobile Security?
Commentary  |  8/1/2011  | 
Whatever the Google device's fate in the market, it could well serve as a test lab for innovative security techniques.
iPhone Owners Twice As Loyal As Android Fans
Commentary  |  8/1/2011  | 
Apple users stay committed to their phone brand, says Piper Jaffray analyst. Android and BlackBerry owners? Not so much.
Best Practices For Selecting An EHR
Commentary  |  8/1/2011  | 
An in-depth analysis and exhaustive checklist from Huntington Memorial Hospital's Rebecca Armato.
Windows Phone 7 Sales $613 Million At Most
Commentary  |  8/1/2011  | 
During the 2011 fiscal year, Microsoft Windows Phone 7 platform revenue never added up to much.
The IBM Personal Computer Turns 30
Commentary  |  8/1/2011  | 
Pointers to All BYTE IBM 30th coverage -- the IBM PC turns 30 this month. Such a long, strange trip it's been.
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