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Will We See Live Streaming Conference PPV This Year?
Commentary  |  1/31/2009
Over the past couple of years, more and more conferences have been providing free live streaming to viewers at home. There are always arguments both for and against live streaming. Some feel that it takes away from those who have paid thousands of dollars to attend a conference. Others believe it offers an opportunity for those at home to interact.
Does The Internet Help Markets Malfunction?
Commentary  |  1/31/2009
Consider: "So the Internet does not only facilitate the functioning of markets; it may also facilitate their malfunction." If that is in fact the case, does your company's application of the Internet's information free-flow have downsides as well as benefits? And if so, are you fully aware of what those unintended and unhelpful consequences are?
Microsoft Patent Turns Smartphone Into A PC
Commentary  |  1/31/2009
Microsoft has applied for a patent that will allow you to dock your smartphone, giving it PC-like powers to print, network, connect to an external display and more.
Take The Moblin Alpha For A Spin
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Intel's Moblin project -- its own sponsored edition of Linux for Atom-powered devices -- just hit the public alpha stage. The Moblin site invites people to take it for a test drive, and that's precisely what I did.
How Business Is Like The Super Bowl
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
For many, Super Bowl Sunday is the official end to the holiday season. And while at first glance you may think football is far removed from your business, think again -- football can have a role at work beyond the office betting pool. Here are some lessons to take from the gridiron.
Newcomer Claims 3rd Place In Thin Clients
News  |  1/30/2009
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
Dell's Smartphone Better Be Spectacular
News  |  1/30/2009
Analysts agree that Dell would have to go beyond the Apple iPhone, the RIM BlackBerry, and the upcoming Palm Pre.
Mobile Roundup
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
It's been an interesting week in the mobile space, as Verizon had a strong quarter thanks to the Storm, Sprint said it would be axing 8,000 jobs, and Apple got an important patent f
Umbraco's New CMS Is An Impressive Step Forward
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Almost a year and a half after its last major release, the open source .Net-based Umbraco 4 content management system was finally released this week, and based on the impressive set of new functionality and features, it looks to have been worth the wait.
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing
News  |  1/30/2009
With the iPhone leading the way, smartphone users are downloading games at a rapidly growing rate, according to data from ComScore.
Congress Renewing Efforts To Delay DTV Switch Till June
News  |  1/30/2009
More than 3 million Americans are still awaiting $40 coupons for boxes that will convert the new digital broadcasts to analog.
Gut Versus Analytics: What's the Real Story?
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
A recent article in CIO by Thomas Wailgum entitled "To Hell With Business Intelligence: 40 Percent of Execs Trust Gut" caught my attention. This was driven by some recent (separate) research by Accenture and Forrester to examine how business managers are using analytics, as opposed to... gut reaction, gut feeling, gut instinct and, related but even more evocative, butterflies in the stomach.
"Cloud Hosting" Mystifies Small Businesses
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Only about a quarter of U.S. small businesses surveyed even recognize the term, while just slightly more than half of mid-size companies knew what it means. Rackspace's Mosso operation is trying to change all that.
There's Money Up In Them Thar Clouds
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
There's lots of buzz about the Google cloud storage solution -- the GDrive -- as references to it continue to pop up in various programs. When it arrives, will consumers rush to give up their data to the ether?
Draft "LEED For Datacenters" Now Available
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program sponsored by the non-profit U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) that is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) yesterday posted a draft "LEED for Datacenters" on its website that the lab developed in partnership with a who's who of datacenter industr
Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting On WiMax
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Nortel's officially out of the WiMax game and with capital evaporating, Clearwire's ambition to expand beyond two cities look precarious.
Surprisingly On-Target Internet Predictions From 1981 And 1969
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Check out these two nifty videos, created long ago, that surprisingly get it right about how we use the Internet routinely today. First, a video from 1969 that covers most of today's digital lifestyle in a few short minutes, including Internet shopping, Webcams, bill paying and banking, and e-mail.
Broadband Stimulus No Panacea
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
The nation's leaders plan to spend $6 billion on expanding broadband access, but it's unclear how their efforts will pan out.
NEC To Cut 20,000 Jobs Worldwide
News  |  1/30/2009
The company pinned its financial troubles on the economic recession that caused a slowdown in spending among businesses and consumers.
Footprints Of Google's GDrive Spotted
News  |  1/30/2009
A reference to Google's long-rumored online storage service was spotted in a JavaScript localization file associated with Google Pack, Google's free software bundle.
T-Mobile Confirms G1 Successors
News  |  1/30/2009
T-Mobile will release more G series smartphones this year, but it will face a crowded field as Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson will have Android-powered handsets as well.
Google Adds Features To Firefox Toolbar
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Google is offering up a second beta of its toolbar for the Firefox browser. The new version has several new features, including a new tab page.
Cisco Gets Energy Wiser
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Cisco's new EnergyWise technology, which measures and manages energy consumption on just about everything on the network, is, indeed, wise. But it's going to get a whole lot wiser and useful early next year when it will be extended to the management of HVAC and other building systems.
Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 Delayed
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Citing bugs in its JavaScript engine, Mozilla for the third time has delayed the release of Firefox 3.1's third beta, which was expected to land on Monday, Feb. 2. And now the final version may no longer be released this quarter.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Amazon Web Services Help Fuel Blow-Out Quarter
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
As the economy crumbles around it, Amazon.com yesterday reported fourth-quarter financial results that blew past Wall Street's expectations. And, though details are sketchy, it appears that Amazon's cloud services grew at nearly double the rate of overall sales.
No Longer Co-Dependent: Personal Computing And Business Virtual Desktops
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Desktop virtualization is not like what it sounds. It does not start with a one-by-one conversion of each user's desktop from a straightforward piece of hardware to one that runs only a virtual machine.
Smartphone Market To Grow Despite Economy
News  |  1/30/2009
Apple and RIM are expected to take advantage of the increased adoption of smartphones, according to ABI Research.
Gartner's Top Six Marketing Processes For A Down Economy
News  |  1/30/2009
Three of the processes, customer retention management, lead management and online marketing, focus on boosting sales, while the others, creative production management, marketing fulfillment and financial management, are designed to improve accountability and cut costs.
NASA To Offer Free Zero-Gravity Flights
News  |  1/30/2009
The space agency plans to work with private industry to test technologies in weightless conditions.
10 Cloud Computing Predictions
News  |  1/30/2009
Vendors are rushing to join Amazon, EMC/VMware, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in the cloud, offering businesses new ways to do more with less.
RIM: We've Shipped 50 Million Smartphones
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
I received an e-mail from Research In Motion's media relations team this morning. In it were some interesting facts. The first of which is that this month, RIM shipped its 50 millionth BlackBerry.
Why BI is in a Funk
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
I wrote recently that BI is in a "funk." Let me now offer a few ideas as to why that is so: 1. At its heart, BI is an application development technology. 2. Very few enterprises want to or can change the way they do business. 3. Large BI vendors aren't sure what business they're in. 4. The communication collaboration opportunity is being botched.
Sales Up, Profits Down At ACS
News  |  1/30/2009
Dallas-based outsourcer reports mixed results for second quarter.
Crisis Survival Kit: Cost Control Step 1 To Successful IT
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
As the soaring layoff numbers demonstrate, every business is looking for ways to cut costs right now and IT is an obvious place to cut. Before slashing IT staff or eliminating services, be sure you've done wrung every dime from your budget. Start with these steps.
Nortel Axing WiMax, Trimming Partnership With Alvarion
News  |  1/30/2009
The decision raises questions about the long-term viability of mobile WiMax as it gears up for full-fledged competition with LTE.
Wall Street Journal Revives Dell Smartphone Rumors
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Last night The Wall Street Journal ran a piece claiming that Dell is set to enter the smartphone business as soon as next month. The paper reported that Dell is eyeing Windows Mobile and Android.
New Appirio App Exploits Facebook/Salesforce Connection
Commentary  |  1/30/2009
Appirio Referral Management Solution matches a Facebook application with a Salesforce.com back end to let companies recruit and market to millions of social networking users.
California State IT Is A Monumental Disaster
Commentary  |  1/29/2009
I love California -- I swear I do -- but to call the state's current IT situation a monumental disaster would be to insult the words "monumental disaster." Despite a $40B state deficit, California is nevertheless planning nine "strategic" projects scheduled to consume 58 years and $3.6B. Come take a look into the abyss.
Reflection 2008 Gets Vista-Style Upgrade
News  |  1/29/2009
Attachmate's terminal-emulation software takes advantage of Vista features and has been integrated with Microsoft .Net technologies.
The Truth About Open-Source Groupware
Commentary  |  1/29/2009
The conventional wisdom holds that Microsoft Exchange towers above its open-source competitors. Maybe it's time to challenge the conventional wisdom.
New Firmware Points To New iPhone?
Commentary  |  1/29/2009
One of the Internet's favorite games is spotting the next iPhone, and we've seen tons of rumors that have been squashed. But recent digging into the latest firmware updates potentially reveal a new iPhone model already is being tested.
Graphics Chip Shipments Plummet In 4Q
News  |  1/29/2009
A major contributor to the drop in the GPU market was the nearly 40% fall in shipments for desktop PCs, analysts with Jon Peddie Research said.
Down To Business: Hold Governments To Most IT Organizations' Standards
Commentary  |  1/29/2009
Fiscal responsibility is everyone's responsibility, now more than ever.
Lenovo Targets Small And Midsize Companies With Bargain PCs
Commentary  |  1/29/2009
Predicting that small and midsize companies are getting ready to rebound from the recession, Lenovo is poised to battle for their business. And it's releasing a line of low-cost PCs to prove it.
Citrix To Reduce Workforce By 10%
News  |  1/29/2009
The trailing off of license revenue in the final quarter was a warning to Citrix that 2009 would be a difficult year, revenue-wise.
Federal CTO To Have Broad Influence
News  |  1/29/2009
Two key jobs await the CTO: Giving the tech sector what it needs to thrive, and making sure agencies use IT well.
Apple Applies For Storyboard Software Patent
News  |  1/29/2009
Approval for its "Script-Integrated Storyboards" submission could mean better integration with its media applications like Final Cut Pro, Pages, iMovie, and Keynote.
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