Ultimately, Android Isn't Open
One of the advantages cited by Android users is that it is an open operating system, and technically that is correct. By the time a user gets his hands on a phone though, it has been morphed into a system that is as closed as any other.
Is Microsoft's Remote-Wipe Effective?
Microsoft Exchange support for mobile devices such as the BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android phones has a remote-wipe feature that lets someone remotely reset the device to factory settings. One recent blogger calls it a terrible bug. If there is a bug, it's that remote wipe isn't foolproof.
Android Surging Past BlackBerry And iPhone
Just when you thought you'd picked which side to back in the smartphone wars-iPhone or BlackBerry?-along comes that darn Google Android to mess up those best-laid plans: Gartner says Android's market share this year will eclipse that of both BlackBerry and Apple.
Five Things Nokia's New CEO Needs To Do
Nokia, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, ousted its CEO of four years in favor of a former Microsoft exec. Here's what Stephen Elop needs to do when he takes over if Nokia wants to re-conquer the U.S.
Here You Have A Case Of The Mass-Mail Worm Returning
The alerts and buzz surrounding an e-mailed worm with the subject line "Here You Have" and the promise of porn is a reminder that old cyber-tricks don't ever really go away. Remember the "I Love You" virus? Thought so.
The DeDupe Performance Boost
Deduplication is the elimination of redundant data typically associated with optimizing storage utilization. I've spent some time lately defending our stance that deduplication in primary storage can be done without a performance penalty. What is not often discussed is that there is also the potential for a performance gain when using deduplication that may outweigh the resources costs associated with the process.
A 9/11 Memory: CTO Mike Howell
In July of 2002, I received a letter from an executive at an investment firm whose offices had been on the 93rd floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower. On September 11th, 35 of the company's employees were killed, including its CTO, and the executive said he wanted his company's CTO to be remembered. So I had the privilege to write a column about Mike Howell, including thoughts from his wife and a couple of colleagues. And today, eight years later and on the eve of September 11, those mem
Skype Unveils Channel Program
Skype continues is foray into the business arena, this time with a channel program that aims to leverage the relationships SMBs have with their trusted technology advisers.
TIBCO Touts Two-Second Advantage
At the recent TIBCO Now event in Toronto, one presenter pointed out that "Business is event-based. IT systems are transaction and query-based." That sums up the difference between how things happen in the real world, and the nature of the systems designed to support those things...
iOS Game Center Leaves iPhone 3G Behind
You have to give Apple credit for providing major upgrades to owners of older devices for free. It is one of the many things Apple does that keeps loyalty high. Sometimes though the hardware won't handle it and that appears to be the case with the iPhone 3G that was first released in July 2008. You can get iOS 4.1, but Game Center won't be included.
Microsoft Wins California By Default
When the State of California put a revamp of its 200,000-user email system up for bid, it seemed like another opportunity for Google to grab territory that has typically been owned by Microsoft. Then Google saw the requirements, and cried foul.
Google Celebrates With Chrome 6
On the day that their web browser turned two years old, Google decided to celebrate by releasing a new version of Chrome. And Chrome 6 continues the tradition of mainly small changes and updates to the Google web browser.
What Solid State Storage Form Factor Is Best? Part II
As discussed in an earlier entry, there are three basic types of solid state form factors available in the market today; PCIe as we discussed last entry, Solid State Disks, which we will cover in this entry and Solid State Appliances also called Memory Arrays which we will cover next. We'll conclude this series with a discussion in integration methods that storage vendors are using to implement solid sta
T-Mobile Makes HTC G2 With HSPA+ Official
T-Mobile announced on Thursday its first HSPA+ smartphone, the HTC-made G2. It will have a 3.7-inch screen, 800MHz Snapdragon processor, and 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture
AT&T Announces Network Upgrades, Gets An Ear Full
AT&T sent out a letter to its wireless users explaining that they plan to spend between 18 and 19 billion dollars to upgrade their network. I'm not sure if they were expecting a pat on the back, but I am pretty sure they were not expecting to get blasted by their customers on their Facebook fan page.
iPhone iOS Devices Jailbroken
Hackers are claiming to have uncovered a flaw within iPhone and iPod Touch hardware that will make it easy for users to jailbreak their devices. And, if these reports prove accurate, it'll not be a trivial workaround for Apple to fix.
iPad Fever Hits SAP: 17,000 Units In Next 12 Months
SAP intends to dramatically expand its iPad rollout from the 1,500 employees who have the devices today to 17,000 by this time next year, equalling about 35% of SAP's global workforce, says computing.co.uk. And, not coincidentally, 17,000 iPads would match the number of Blackberries currently in use across the company.
Semantics and Analytics Unlock Value in Social and Online Content
Facebook, LinkedIn, Trip Advisor, and Twitter -- social media -- are almost incidental, replaceable tomorrow if another platform proves more attractive, powerful, and agile. It's content that is king, especially "smart content" that allows producers and consumers alike to find the greatest value in online and enterprise content.
Using Virtualization for "Smart Multi-Tenancy"
The old debate on single- vs. multi-tenancy for SaaS solutions has become really interesting, the game changer being virtualization...
Who's right? Of course, there are two sides to every argument.
HP Rolls Out Bevy of New SMB Products
Hewlett-Packard Co. has emerged as one of the top IT suppliers to small and midsize businesses. To maintain that position, the company unveiled a suite of new networking, computer, and storage products - with many of the items focused on companies with 10 to 25 employees.
RIM Acquires Documents To Go Maker DataViz
RIM has confirmed that they have acquired DataViz, the company that makes the popular Documents To Go app for mobile platforms that allows you to open and edit Microsoft Office documents on your phone. They currently support a lot of platforms, but now that RIM owns them, will they shut down all development save for the Blackberry OS?
Google Knows What You're Thinking, Sometimes
Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible is so ambitious and fraught with social and political risks that the company's actions and services are easy targets for satire, ridicule, or criticism. Sometimes the complaints have some merit, as in the case of the company's unintentional collection of WiFi data. More often than not, fear of Google is overstated. And occasionally, Google does something that straddles the line between cool and creepy, like <
SAS Takes Predictive Analytics Mainstream
In another move reflecting the shift to "mainstream analytics" -- the predictive kind -- SAS just announced the release of SAS Rapid Predictive Modeler, which allows less-sophisticated users to create a basic model from within an Excel interface.
Twitter Hit With Another Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability
Over this Labor Day weekend developers at Twitter had to do a bit of additional labor that they should have previously completed - and that's to close a potentially dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability before things slid out of hand.
Games And Business Get Friendly
I always get a chuckle when someone is "surprised" that video games can offer value and lessons to business and tech. What a surprise! After all, video games have only been doing that since they first came into existence.
Are Clouds Real?
The theme last week at VMworld was "Virtual Roads, Actual Clouds" which begs the question, are we really to a point that clouds are real? The answer, as always, is "it depends". The determent is dependent on where you sit and what your angle of view is, but for the most part clouds are more real for more businesses than they ever were.
HD And Dual Core Processors Coming To Smartphones
What's next with smartphones? Market research firm Juniper Research expects that vendors will add 3D functionality and switch to high end hardware features, such as dual core processors, in order to continue to drive interest high end smartphones.