Android Steals Share From Everyone In Web Browsing
Sales numbers are a good sign of how well a device is doing, and Android has nothing to complain about there. Web browsing though is a better indication of how much usage the device is getting. Here too Android has nothing to complain about. In fact, it is the only smartphone platform showing growth.
Microsoft Chooses The A-Bomb
The final Windows Phone 7 software has been released to the phone makers. Next month you can drop by your local carrier's mall kiosk and grab a new phone and a Starbucks. Although Microsoft would love to take on the iPhone, it's more likely to try and grab some of Android's surging market share.
Apple's Ping Stumble Highlights Systemic Security Problem
Within 48 hours of Ping's launch, Apple's foray into music social networks, more than one million users joined. Too bad, like so many other applications and services on the Internet, security was an afterthought, and those users were plagued with spam comments.
iPad Love Hits 1,000 At SAP
Extending the iPad phenomenon from its high-profile executives to mainstream employees, SAP is equipping 1,000 of its workers with iPads running a range of enterprise applications, including SAP's own BusinessObjects BI tools, reports winshuttle.com.
Verizon Offers No-Contract Services, Website Kits
Businesses can now sign up for one of the Verizon Solutions for Business phone-plus-broadband service plans on a month-to-month basis. The carrier is also rolling out SMB-oriented website building tools.
Squadhelp: Helping Small Businesses Tap The Crowd
Have you recently launched a small company but can't come up with a catchy name? Or maybe you've been in business for quite some time and you're stuck on trying to find a good moniker for a new product or service. Or you need to test-drive your new-and-improved website to find out how user-friendly it is.
A Bolder, Brassier VMware Emerges From The Cloud
Around the breakfast table at VMworld, attendees from places like Calgary, Little Rock and Charleston, S.C., remarked on how Ubuntu, Microsoft and Red Hat were barely visible at the show this year. Microsoft had a little booth I never succeeded in spotting; Red Hat had a 10-by-10 on the perimeter. It all suddenly seemed so obvious.
Is The Smartphone The OS Or The Hardware?
Ask someone what kind of desktop or laptop they own and they will most likely respond with the operating system name. And it used to be that if you asked about their smartphone, they would probably respond with the hardware name. But that may be changing.
Samsung Picks Android, Windows Phone 7 Takes Hit
Samsung announced on Thursday that they plan to focus their development efforts on Google's Android platform and their own Bada platform. Up until now, Samsung has been a solid partner of Microsoft's. They aren't leaving Windows Phone 7 behind, but they are only planning one device running Microsoft's new software. As for Symbian, don't count on it.
Let The Contractors In
Contractors deserve a voice in the series of upcoming TechStat review sessions the Office of Management and Budget has launched to fix high-risk IT projects across the federal government.
Use A BlackBerry To Order A Starbucks Latte
Starbucks and Research In Motion on Thursday announced a new Starbucks application for BlackBerries. The app lets BlackBerry users manage their Starbucks account and make purchases at select stores.
Green IT Pointers from Fujitsu
Fujitsu America has begun offering consulting services to help its customers promote green IT and cut their IT energy costs. While aimed at F500 types, the same tips apply to SMBs.
vStorage API Spreads Its Wings
The goal for VMware is to virtualize as much of the data center as possible. This goal can only be reached by increasing virtual machine (VM) density per physical server. The roadblock to high VM density per host is storage performance and data protection. Much of the focus of VMworld was addressing those issues through more vendors adopting the use of the vStorage API set.
HP Announces New Notebooks, Netbooks
Starting today and continuing over the next few months, HP will be introducing new Pavilion and Envy notebooks and new Mini don't-call-them-netbooks. The Pavilion and Minis could appeal to many business travelers.
Microsoft Goes Gold, Apple and Palm Announce Updates
This has been a pretty big week for upcoming smartphone platforms. Microsoft announced today that Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing on schedule. Palm has released the SDK for WebOS 2 and revealed quite a bit of info on the new platform. Finally, Apple today gave details on the 4.1 and 4.2 updates for iOS.
Wound Care Goes ToThe Cloud
GWR Medical decided more than a year ago that instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade and maintain its own IT infrastructure supporting its wound care therapy business, it would instead pass the baton to Verizon. That's when GWR Medical made the move to the cloud.
Compatibility and SaaS Multi-tenancy
Fellow Enterprise Irregular Phil Wainright has commented on my recent post regarding multi-tenancy with a well-considered rebuttal that I believe deserves its own rebuttal in turn. Here it is:
Data Analytics: Key to Process Optimization
Rome was not reinvented in a day. Your enterprise business processes won't turn around overnight either. You'll need to re-engineer processes while you continue to run a business -- albeit one with many buried layers, some splendid ruins, and many construction projects that cause never-ending traffic snarls.
Apple Previews iOS 4.1 And 4.2 For iPad
During Apple's event on Wednesday, it said iPhone users can expect iOS 4.1 to arrive next week with new features. iPad owners will need to wait a bit longer for iOS 4.2 to arrive.
USB And SMB Is A Risky Mix
Drive-based threats may pose a larger risk to your business than drive-by attacks -- and USB drives may pose the largest threat of all.
IBM Exec Slams Oracle Over Customer Philosophy
Oracle's begun promoting the idea that the IT stack can become much more manageable, much less expensive, and much less complex if CIOs will simply go with all-Oracle stacks. While Oracle says this novel approach is starting to gain traction among customers, IBM senior VP Steve Mills says it's all a bunch of typical Oracle testosterone-driven blather.
ADTRAN Revamps Switch Line
While much attention is being paid to high end converged data center devices, many small and medium businesses still are searching for lower cost, higher performance network switches. In response, ADTRAN, which has been serving that market for 25 years, enhanced its 28-port Gigabit Ethernet switches, so they offer more bandwidth while reducing their size and power consumption.
Android Is Not Free
Much has been made recently about the cost of Microsoft's licensing fees for Windows Phone 7 and how it is model out of sync with the realities of today. Android is open source and has no licensing fees, so why would anyone pay Microsoft up to $15 per Windows Phone license when you can pay $0 for Android?