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Content posted in August 2012
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Apple Worked A Broken Patent System
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
Apple used a dysfunctional U.S. patent system to gain excessive control over technologies it did not invent. If you value innovation, don't cheer Samsung's punishment.
Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
Leaked press shots of Nokia's next-generation Lumia devices show Windows Phones that will stand out from their peers.
Startup Weekend Made Me A Better IT Leader
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
You'll be amazed at what you can learn when you push outside of your comfort zone.
10 Tips For Not Working This Weekend
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
This Labor Day weekend BYOB, not BYOD. Unless you're a cop or a doctor or something like that.
3 Ways To Turn Enterprise 2.0 Laggards Into Fans
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
Try these experiments to learn why early adopters differ from the people who want collaboration tech thoroughly documented and explained.
Are Consumers Dumping Samsung Smartphones?
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
Trade-in sites, research firms suggest consumers are unloading their Samsung phones in the wake of the courtroom loss to Apple. But some are just upgrading.
Your Purchased iTunes, Ebooks Die With You
Commentary  |  8/28/2012  | 
The iTunes license is nontransferable. So when you die, all access to the content you've bought goes with you. BYTE's Chris Spera thinks that's messed up.
T-Mobile Works iPhone 5 Angles
Commentary  |  8/28/2012  | 
T-Mobile is preparing its retail staff for the iPhone 5's arrival--even though it won't be selling the device. For example, it can woo unlocked iPhone owners.
Amazon Glacier Puts Data In Cold Storage
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
But it's more infrastructure than service, meaning there's room for other vendors to step in and extend.
5 Tips: Overcome Corporate Collaboration Challenges
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Social turns top-down communication channels upside down, as employees demand honesty and input on corporate decisions.
5 Trends Will Reshape Health IT In 2013
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Look for growth in mobile health, telemedicine, clinical analytics, and personal health records—and an EHR vendor shakeout.
Siri And Rivals Prep Next Trick: Mind Reading
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Move over KITT from Knight Rider, Apple and Google have smartphone companions that will offer helpful information before you ask. But the creepiness factor must be kept in check.
What Now, Samsung? What Now, Apple?
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Now that Samsung has gotten its butt kicked in court, what's next for the two mobile giants? What about Microsoft and Windows Phone? What about us?
Apple Verdict Could Boost Microsoft, RIM Smartphones
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Here's how Apple's courtroom win against Samsung might impact Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and RIM's BlackBerry 10.
Can Analytics Degree Bridge The Business-IT Gap?
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Louisiana State University Masters In Analytics program taps demand for graduates who can use data to solve business problems.
Seeking Top 10 Social Business Leaders
Commentary  |  8/24/2012  | 
InformationWeek's The BrainYard seeks your help to identify CIOs and business leaders who are making the best use of social business strategies.
Why Microsoft Should Use Its Nvidia Option
Commentary  |  8/24/2012  | 
Nvidia this week confirmed that its acquisition deal with Microsoft remains in effect. Steve Ballmer and company should jump at the chance.
How Smart Businesses Reorganize For Social
Commentary  |  8/23/2012  | 
Companies are stuck at departmental levels when it comes to taking full advantage of social media. Here's how to implement a company-wide social business initiative that delivers strategic results.
Verizon To Back Windows Phone 8, Sprint Undecided
Commentary  |  8/22/2012  | 
Verizon Wireless will be one of several U.S. carriers offering a Nokia-made Windows Phone 8 device later this year.
New Tool Helps SMBs Listen To Social Sentiment
Commentary  |  8/22/2012  | 
Special edition of SDL's product, SM2, lets users listen for any number of keywords, then analyze sentiment based on words in context, tone, and emotion.
Change In RIM Technology Signals Beginning Of End
Commentary  |  8/22/2012  | 
Is a report that Blackberry 10 devices won't work with current Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) servers true? If so, it spells doom for RIM and the Blackberry way of life.
The Problem With Social Collaboration On IT Projects
Commentary  |  8/22/2012  | 
The buzzword of the day takes communications to a whole new level. It may ease implementation--or mean getting bogged down in consensus building.
2 Cloud Computing Era Myths Debunked
Commentary  |  8/22/2012  | 
You've been warned: Application configuration is no cakewalk, and it's not the only option for tuning cloud-based apps.
4 Bogus Arguments For BYOD
Commentary  |  8/21/2012  | 
Do you think that BYOD saves your company money? That it makes users more productive? There's more fallacy than truth to these arguments.
Population Health Management: We'll Get There
Commentary  |  8/21/2012  | 
Getting providers and IT leaders to think in terms of population health, not just about the patient in the office, is challenging but doable.
Intel's Plan To Make Laptops Sexy Again: Ultrabooks
Commentary  |  8/21/2012  | 
Intel's ultrabook initiative has reinvigorated mobile PC design. But will ultrabooks steal some momentum from tablets, or are they too little, too late?
Adobe Flash Still Popular, With Or Without Apple
Commentary  |  8/20/2012  | 
Flash might be dead or dying on mobile, where it has no support on the iPad or iPhone and support has ended on Android, in favor of HTML5 video. But almost all large sites still use it, and in fact prefer it, and for good reason: It has advantages for digital rights management and advertising.
Apple Suggests iMessage As SMS Bug Work-Around
Commentary  |  8/20/2012  | 
Rather than fixing a security problem discovered last week, Apple tells users concerned with SMS spoofing to use its iMessage product instead of text messages.
Health IT's Next Big Challenge: Comparative Effectiveness Research
Commentary  |  8/20/2012  | 
Innovative approach to medical data analysis can yield new treatment options at a lower cost.
Oracle's I/Optical Illusion
Commentary  |  8/17/2012  | 
Xsigo buy isn't about VMware and Nicira or challenging the hypervisor market leaders.
ARM Battery Life Advantage Myth Lives On
Commentary  |  8/17/2012  | 
For many years the only mobile devices that had decent battery life were based on ARM chips. But this is no longer the case--no matter what you might read or hear. ARM's monopoly on long battery life is coming to an end.
Fall Tablet Pricing Rumor Roundup
Commentary  |  8/17/2012  | 
The impending price war among tablet makers will be bloody and fierce, but many of the rumors circulating right now about the iPad Mini, Android, Windows RT, and Windows 8 x86 tablets just don't make sense. Many are based on false assumptions, such as that Intel cannot compete on price. Let's run them through the BS detector.
Can HP Remake Itself Before It's Too Late?
Commentary  |  8/16/2012  | 
When a company's most recent success is a good Olympic slogan, it's a sad day, but such is the current state of HP. The once mighty force has become a fragmented mess.
'Secure' Cloud File Sync Is The Wrong Move
Commentary  |  8/16/2012  | 
Vendors playing to fears about the security shortcomings of Dropbox, SugarSync, and similar apps might as well be selling security blankets.
Microsoft $199 Surface RT Could Burn Kindle Fire
Commentary  |  8/16/2012  | 
Microsoft may use its tablet as a loss leader to get people to try Windows 8. That's likely bad news for the competition.
Apple's iPad Mini: Less Is Less Interesting
Commentary  |  8/15/2012  | 
Whatever the next level is for Apple, the iPad Mini won't be enough to get there. Apple needs another revolutionary product line.
No Disaster Recovery Plan? No Excuse
Commentary  |  8/15/2012  | 
Hardware appliances tethered to cloud services provide enterprise-class protection on a startup budget.
How To Build A Social Collaboration Team
Commentary  |  8/14/2012  | 
You need a visionary to get things started, supported by other players who know how to get things done.
Will Fewer Phones Work For Motorola?
Commentary  |  8/14/2012  | 
As part of its turn-around strategy, Google subsidiary Motorola will make fewer phones of higher quality. This strategy hasn't exactly panned out for some of Motorola's competitors.
CIO Role In 2013: Four-Headed Monster?
Commentary  |  8/14/2012  | 
Chief innovation officer. Chief infrastructure officer. Chief integration officer. Chief intelligence officer. Can you handle all four jobs?
Windows 8, RT Hardware Will Run For Weeks
Commentary  |  8/14/2012  | 
Windows RT tablets are on the way from Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and Asus, according to Microsoft, as well as Microsoft's own Surface RT. But the really big news? RT and Windows 8 devices will be always on--no more boot up, shutdown, or suspend. In the meantime, beware imitations that claim to be always connected but aren't.
iPhone 4/4S Discounts: Resist These Sales
Commentary  |  8/13/2012  | 
iPhone 4/4s markdowns have started to show up in anticipation of the iPhone 5's launch. Do yourself a favor and fight the urge to take advantage of the lowered prices.
Samsung Prospects Dim Vs. Apple: What Next, Android Designers?
Commentary  |  8/11/2012  | 
"The handwriting is on the wall" that Samsung will probably lose the Apple patent infringement suit, design patent expert Christopher Carani says.
Google Joins Copyright Police Force
Commentary  |  8/10/2012  | 
Websites accused of copyright infringement, rightly or wrongly, may soon be harder to find. It is a bad idea, and Google should leave law enforcement to the police.
Stupid Car Tricks
Commentary  |  8/10/2012  | 
BYTE columnist Bob Guccione Jr. discusses the implications of driving smart cars. No one wants to say this, but a technology that has to alert you that the car in front of you is moving is made for people who are texting. Or making a sandwich.
iPhone 5 Battery Smaller Than Expected?
Commentary  |  8/10/2012  | 
Images said to show the Apple iPhone 5's battery prompt concerns about the upcoming smartphone's staying power.
Wi-Fi Plus Cellular: Is iOS 6 Feature Consumer Friendly?
Commentary  |  8/10/2012  | 
When Wi-Fi loses steam, iOS 6 can switch iPhone and iPad connections over to the cellular data network. Designed as a backup to Wi-Fi, is this new iOS feature all it's cracked up to be? Some users could end up with bigger cellular bills than they anticipated.
Top 5 Windows Release Truisms That Aren't News
Commentary  |  8/10/2012  | 
Every time Microsoft releases a major version of Windows, the same old stories about learning curve and enterprise adoption get dragged out and written--again. Why do we treat them as news?
What's Your Unadoption Strategy For Enterprise 2.0?
Commentary  |  8/10/2012  | 
Stop fretting about adoption and start thinking about what needs to stop. What will you get rid of to make way for social collaboration?
Apple's Mobile Commerce Future: AuthenTec Just The Start
Commentary  |  8/10/2012  | 
Look at Apple's proposed buy of fingerprint sensor expert Authentec alongside iOS 6 plans, App Store growth, and Android legal battles, and you'll see a long term competitive strategy.
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