Content tagged with Hardware & Infrastructure
posted in March 2007
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Dell Offers One Free Year Of Laptop Tracking Service
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Dell is the first laptop vendor to step up to the plate and offer a one-year subscription to a theft-protection service for some of its high-end models.
Dell's March To Linux PCs Won't Be A Walk In The Park
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Drivers that already ship with the Linux kernel, such as those for storage, wired networking, power management, and USB ports, won't be a problem, but others will.
TiVo Adds Sharing Of Internet Video
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
TiVo this week announced a new way for subscribers to share personal videos using One True Media's online video post-production service.
Get Back Your Gear
Features  |  3/30/2007  | 
Laptop Lockdown Checklist: Six Technologies To Watch
Features  |  3/30/2007  | 
When it comes to these security technologies, well-known doesn't mean widely used. Here's what might make them more practical in the near term.
Small, Fast, Cool: IBM's Optical Chip Set Has It All
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Will move data eight times faster than existing optical technology.
Idle Threat To Exchange
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
Exchange users, threatening to switch, may be blowing smoke.
Intel Research Goes For Long Distance Wi-Fi
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
The idea is to develop a low-cost antenna that can transmit and receive Wi-Fi signals over distances as far as 100 kilometers, or about 62 miles.
Does Disallowed DVR Service Foretell YouTube's Fate?
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
The court accepted the plaintiff's contention that Cablevision, rather than its customers, was directing the copyright infringement. Will the same rules apply to YouTube?
Cisco And IBM Aim For Smarter Video Surveillance
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
New advances in IP-based digital video surveillance cameras, recorders, and analysis software promise to help retailers and other businesses put the kibosh on theft.
Goosing Windows Vista
Features  |  3/29/2007  | 
Little-known facilities built into Windows Vista let it exploit flash technology to rev system performance.
NextWave Raises $355 Million To Fund Drive Into WiMax And Wi-Fi
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
The firm said the $355 million would be used to speed up development of new wireless technologies, expand company business, and facilitate strategic acquisitions.
New Services Move More Security Into The Network Cloud
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
AT&T and Trend Micro are both expanding the network-based security services they're offering to business customers.
Feds Look For Tech Upgrade From Giant Telecom Contracts
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
It's still too early to tell how much business will come out of the contract, but government estimates range from $20 billion over 10 years to as much as $48 billion.
Philips Offers Mobile Phone With AAA Battery Backup
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
The Xenium NRG phone was built in partnership with Energizer Holdings and Techtium, a chipmaker specializing in power management.
Federal IT Spending To Rebound In 2009
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
Flat federal employment levels coupled with continued expansion and scope of government programs should boost spending, analysts with Input said.
T.J. Maxx Parent Company Data Theft Is The Worst Ever
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
The intrusion hands the retailer the dubious honor of surpassing the 40 million stolen customers record mark, something that only CardSystems had been able to achieve.
Microsoft's Got The Fix For Apple iPod Glitch On Windows Vista
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
Apple continues to caution iPod and iTunes users about other Windows Vista-related problems.
Dell To Sell Linux On Laptops, PCs
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
After positive customer feedback, the No. 1 PC maker will expand its Linux offerings to Optiplex desktops and Latitude notebooks.
Cisco Acquires SpansLogic To Beef Up Network Packet Speeds
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
Privately-held SpansLogic designs semiconductors to increase network packet processing speeds; it will be Cisco's Datacenter Business Unit.
Intel Unveils New Microarchitecture
News  |  3/28/2007  | 
With the ability to produce four cores on a single chip, Intel is hoping to regain sales that it lost to AMD in 2006.
IBM's 160-Gbps Optical Chipset Is A Long Way Off
News  |  3/28/2007  | 
It's more likely the chipset will serve optical transport networks before they speed up movie downloads, one analyst argues.
Pharma Industry Debating Bar Codes Vs. RFID For Drug Tracking
News  |  3/28/2007  | 
The industry is leaning toward RFID at the case level but isn't sure when costs will decline enough to let it take that approach for individual bottles of drugs.
Scholarship Offered For 'Coolest Technology' Essay Winner
News  |  3/28/2007  | 
After Microsoft Windows and the Apple iPod, CompTIA wants to know, "What's next?"
New PC Security Recognizes Your Face
News  |  3/28/2007  | 
Enrolling users within the Bioscrypt system means first casting a 40,000-point infrared mesh grid over the user's face in order to take measurements.
HP Thinks Small With New Wave Of Business Computers
News  |  3/28/2007  | 
With entry-level configurations costing as little as a few hundred dollars, HP is targeting emerging markets around the world as well as small and home businesses in North America and Europe.
Smartphones Hit The Runway At CTIA
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
The announcements continue the trend of smartphone makers moving into the consumer market with lower priced and more stylish devices.
Samsung Introduces 64-Gbyte Solid-State Flash Drive
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
At 64 Gbytes, the new product would have twice as much storage as the largest flash drive used in notebooks today. But its price may slow adoption.
Shimmin On Software: SOA Gets Real, Virtually
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
Enter SOA virtualization. Well, almost. The notion of tricking a server into running various operating systems or databases within separate virtual machines may be old hat, but it's just now beginning make its way up the stack.
Microsoft-Backed Startup Offers A Zoom Lens For Mobile Apps
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
The company, ZenZui, has developed a software interface that lets mobile users easily zoom in on and enlarge content on their favorite Web sites.
Under Fire, Motorola Fights Back With Wave Of New Products
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
The products range from wireless handsets and mobile phone chargers to advanced base stations and enterprise digital assistants.
PlayStation Power Boosts Scientific Research
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
Games almost become a secondary feature as Folding@home subscribers are helping fight Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer, and other diseases.
Microsoft Blames Itself For Xbox Hack
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
Microsoft has admitted that its own support staff was pretexted, or duped with social engineering tricks, into giving hackers access to users' account information.
Sun's Netra Server Now Runs Windows, Linux, Or Solaris
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
The Netra X4200 M2, the latest in a product line aimed at the telecom industry, also is Sun's first Network Equipment Building Standard Level 3-certified rack server powered by AMD.
IBM Unveils IP Telephony Apps For System i
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
The software bundle includes Web conferencing and the ability to share and collaborate on documents, for a maximum of six people.
Wal-Mart Rethinks RFID
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
Although Wal-Mart is still bullish on RFID and plans to add it to hundreds more stores this year, it now talks about the technology as more of a baby-steps approach.
AMD DASH'es Hardware Management With Testing Tools
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
The new interoperability testing tools, codenamed Simfire let designers test programs to make sure they write to a specification in the way it was intended.
Symbian Targets Mass Market With Upgraded Smartphone Operating System
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
The new operating system is designed to allow manufacturers to build "smartphones at feature-phone prices," the company said.
IBM Unveils Speedy Optical Chipset
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
The prototype streams data within computer systems over light pulses eight times faster than optical components in use today, IBM claims.
Fault-Tolerant Servers Get Quad-Core Boost
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
The Stratus FtServer 6200 and the NEC Express5800/320Fc initially will support Windows Server 2003; both will support Red Hat Linux later in the year.
Alcatel-Lucent Lands $6 Billion Network Expansion Contract From Verizon Wireless
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
The three-year deal covers network equipment, software, and services that support ongoing expansion of Verizon's nationwide mobile phone network.
Mellanox Adapters Aid Multicore Processor Installations
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
The advancements take the pressure off the host processors and allow for faster information transformation, the company said.
Scientists Tout Driverless Model Car As Prototype For Real Thing
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
Developers plan to develop a prototype of an autonomous driverless vehicle to help encourage the creation of smart cars; they plan to test the car on a racetrack this summer.
New Database Benchmark Closes Loopholes That Made Tests Unrealistic
News  |  3/23/2007  | 
The new benchmark uses real data and mimics the more complicated transactions that are typical today.
Scientists Use Supercomputers To Explode Stars
News  |  3/23/2007  | 
Scientists hope to use the information to learn more about dark energy, a force believed to be pushing apart the cosmos and accounting for two-thirds of the energy in the universe.
Microsoft's Voice-Over-IP Strategy Starts To Take Shape
News  |  3/23/2007  | 
This month brings new products into public testing. But it won't meet all of business' VoIP needs.
FCC Says 'No' To Cell Phones On Airplanes, But Europe Says 'Yes'
News  |  3/23/2007  | 
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told reporters that his agency would give up looking into whether to approve the use of cell phones on airplanes.
How To Revive An Old PC With Linux
News  |  3/23/2007  | 
Here's a short guide to getting your old clunker up and running again with a free Linux download and a reasonably quick installation.
FCC To Study Broadband Practices
News  |  3/22/2007  | 
The issue is one of four 'principles' deemed important enough to be studied by the FCC.
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