Windows Mobile 6.5 Woos Enterprise
Microsoft wants its latest mobile operating system to comply with businesses' security needs while offering the features consumers want.
Oracle Exadata 2 Capacity Pricing Revealed
Analyzing Oracle Exadata pricing is always harder than one would first think. But I've finally gotten around to doing an Oracle Exadata 2 pricing spreadsheet. If we believe Oracle's claims of 10X compression, Exadata 2 costs more per terabyte of user data than Netezza TwinFin but less than the Teradata 2550...
Citrix Takes Aim at Desktop Virtualization Market
Virtualization has proven to be an important technology in the data center where it enables small and medium businesses to divvy up server processing cycles in an efficient manner. Citrix, which has been a leader in the desktop virtualization market, wants to ride that wave of acceptance.
Adobe Flash CS5 Makes Native iPhone Apps
Online Flash content remains inaccessible to iPhone users, due to Apple's restrictions. But Flash developers will soon be able to port their apps to the iPhone.
Will Consumers Pay-Out-Of-Pocket For Online Healthcare?
If you suspect your extra-cranky baby has an ear infection on a Saturday afternoon, but his doctor isn't back in the office till Monday, a walk-in clinic--like the kind springing up in places such as retail pharmacy chains--can be a convenient place to get the ear checked. But if it's the middle of the night, what do you do?
Pentaho Buying SaaS From LucidEra
LucidEra's Clearview interactive reporting tool will become the front-end interface of Pentaho's business intelligence product line.
It's All The Same Kind Of Free To Us
Over the weekend I got into a heated discussion sparked by some of the things I'd asserted in a previous column about open source vs. free software. Out of that discussion came another, similar idea: Most people don't distinguish between kinds of free, and maybe it's unfair to expect them to.
Windows 7 Leaked To eBay
Sellers are using the online auction house to hawk Microsoft's new operating system weeks before official release—but buyer beware.
Hadoop and the Big-Data Revolution
There's a revolution underway in the use of big data, and Hadoop, the open-source distributed computing system, is at the center of it. Apache Hadoop success stories and accolades were shared today by the likes of Yahoo!, Facebook, eHarmony, IBM and JP Morgan Chase at Hadoop World in New York City. Here's a sampling of highlights...
Recovery.gov Double Fault: Broken Data Feeds
The relaunched recovery.gov site no longer supports automated data feeds. These feeds had allowed users of the 1.0 site to perform valued-added analyses, "the whole point of accountability and transparency" according one site user, who added, "from a software architecture standpoint, they seem to have missed a key principle here: backward compatibility."
Waiting for Wave 1.1
The best comment I've heard about Google Wave so far: "Wave is simultaneously less and more than I'd hoped." Me, I already have plans on the table to set up my own Wave server: my personal "Wave 1.1", as it were. Or even Wave 2.0.
Oracle Taps HyperRoll, IBM Sells U2 Databases
You probably heard that Oracle plans to acquire HyperRoll's key assets, but IBM was pretty quiet about selling off its U2 databases (UniData and UniVerse) to Rocket Software. Here's a bit more context behind both of these moves.
IBM Opens New York Analytics Center
Facility will provide a hub for research into pattern recognition and other sciences that can help businesses solve their most vexing problems.
AT&T Buys App Developer Plusmo
The purchase will enable AT&T to boost its mobile applications and widgets for mobile phones, personal computers, and television.
Appian Upgrades BPM Suite
Among the ease-of-use features in Appian 6 is one-click import, export and publishing of models, rules, expressions, forms and all other components of a process application. In addition, the upgrade offers application-centric portal views for end users.
Leaning Towards Freedom
The advocates of free software -- not just open source, but free as in freedom -- talk about the use of computers as a basic human right. It probably is. But I see freedom as a direction to lean into, rather than a specific path or goal to be obtained.