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B&N Says Nook Top Selling Product Ever
News  |  12/30/2010
Responding to a recent similar claim for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble said its e-reader was its best-selling product in nearly 40 years.
Verizon To Showcase Smart Home Monitoring At CES
News  |  12/30/2010
The telecommunications company is taking a crack at offering an automated home service, a concept that has yet to gain much acceptance among consumers.
White House Reveals Plans For ExpertNet Wiki
News  |  12/30/2010
The online tool will allow U.S. officials and policymakers to solicit input about decisions they're making from experts outside the government and from the general public.
CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
California Agencies Favor Microsoft For Email
News  |  12/30/2010
About two out of three state mailboxes will be migrated to Microsoft-hosted email, rather than a competing state system.
Europeans Approve Universal Smartphone Charger Standards
News  |  12/30/2010
Fourteen phone manufacturers have committed to using the new MicroUSB-based design when developing phone charging devices beginning in 2011.
Facebook Holds Commanding Lead In Search
News  |  12/30/2010
The social network held four of the top 10 terms searched in 2010 and recorded more site visits than any other Web property, reported Experian Hitwise.
Skype Releases Apple iOS Video Chat
News  |  12/30/2010
App allows recent iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices to make and receive video-enabled calls with Windows, Mac, Linux, and other iOS devices.
EHR Incentive Programs Ready For Monday Launch
News  |  12/30/2010
Eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals can begin registering to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payment system.
Skype Pegs Outage On Buggy Windows App
News  |  12/30/2010
About 40% of the computers in the peer-to-peer VoIP network went offline in the day-long service disruption due to a flaw in an older version of Skype's software.
2011 Looks Bright For Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  12/30/2010
Windows Phone 7 didn't get off to a blazing start, at least by modern smartphone standards. Our basis for comparison is the iPhone, the device that redefined what a smartphone was. That sells millions within days of each new iteration and there are over 300,000 books and apps in the App Store. That doesn't mean though that Windows Phone is off to a bad start.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
The Wi-Fi Tech Conference Challenge
Commentary  |  12/29/2010
For those of us who see wireless LANs rapidly displacing wired Ethernet as the client access protocol of choice, there was a rather disturbing article in the NYT highlighting the high-profile Wi-Fi meltdowns at various tech conferences over the past year. Most of us are familiar with some of those embarrassing moments, such as the one depicted in the article of a frustrated
Top 10 Healthcare Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010
Changes to the healthcare insurance status quo won and lost elections, revised and created business plans, and kept harried CIOs and their overworked staffs up at night. But it also generated opportunities for IT professionals in the healthcare industry to save their organizations time and money, reshape burdensome workflows, and improve patient care. When he was elected, President Barack Obama pledged to change healthcare insurance -- and this year marked months of debate and political hijinks
Medicare Details IT Modernization Plan
News  |  12/29/2010
Agency aims to transform into an information-centric organization to improve its delivery of healthcare services and manage new programs and requirements outlined in federal law.
DARPA Developing Mobile Networks For War Communications
News  |  12/29/2010
Defense Department's MAINGATE will allow forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to share joint military mission information and remotely control surveillance vehicles.
Institute Of Medicine Sets Health IT Vision
News  |  12/29/2010
Report explores opportunities for accelerating digital healthcare infrastructure to improve patient and public health outcomes.
Tips For Tapping The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/29/2010
It's no secret that more and more businesses are flying high these days. That is, they're computing in the cloud to save money and resources. But did you know that SMBs are one of the largest consumers of the cloud? And that, according to IDC, the SMB cloud market is expected to grow more than threefold in the next three years, from $16.5 billion to more than $55.5 billion by 2014?
HP Wins $2.5 Billion NASA IT Services Contract
News  |  12/29/2010
The firm beat out incumbent Lockheed Martin for a deal to manage PC hardware, software, mobile services, and infrastructure for the space agency.
Groupon Seeks $950 Million In Venture Funding
News  |  12/29/2010
The filing to raise investor capital has caused analysts to increase the daily-deal site's value to nearly $7 billion.
Paul Allen Amends Suit Against Apple, Google, Facebook
News  |  12/29/2010
Microsoft co-founder re-files complaint clarifying the basis for his patent infringement claims against a host of tech firms, in advance of a Dec. 28 court deadline.
iPad's Competition Is Junk
Commentary  |  12/29/2010
The iPad wasn't the first tablet available, but it has far and away been the most commercially successful model. This has prompted others to get tablets out the door as soon as possible hoping to ride the coattails of the iPad to riches.
Verizon To Preview Android Devices, Not iPhone
News  |  12/28/2010
At CES next week, the carrier has scheduled a news conference to provide "sneak peek" of Android-based 4G LTE consumer devices, rather than the rumored announcement it will launch a version of the Apple iPhone.
Alcatel To Pay $137 Million In Bribery Settlement
News  |  12/28/2010
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission found the telecom made illegal payments to foreign government officials in exchange for favorable business treatment.
NIIT Technologies Acquires EHR Platform
News  |  12/28/2010
Indian IT firm will enter the U.S. healthcare market with the Preferr hosted electronic health records and referral management software.
Sears Debuts Online Video Service
News  |  12/28/2010
Alphaline Entertainment aims to stake a claim against Netflix, Amazon, Google, and Apple by offering movie downloads the same they they're released on DVD.
Top 10 Government IT Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/28/2010
Federal agencies will deliver on current IT projects, like cloud computing and data center consolidation, while tackling open government, cybersecurity defense, and privacy in the post-WikiLeaks era.
LG To Unveil 'World's Largest' LCD 3D HDTV
News  |  12/28/2010
The 72-inch, LED-backlit TV will be revealed at CES, along with mobile 3D televisions.
Samsung Launching iPod Touch Rival
News  |  12/28/2010
The Android 2.2-based Galaxy Player is modeled after the popular Galaxy S smartphone, will be revealed at CES, according to reports.
AT&T Expands WiFi Hotzones In NYC, San Francisco
News  |  12/28/2010
Move intended to ease mobile spectrum congestion in large cities.
High School Settles Facebook First Amendment Case
News  |  12/28/2010
Florida student said her free-speech rights were infringed when she was suspended for criticizing a teacher on the social network.
Worthy New Year's Resolution - Don't Text And Drive
Commentary  |  12/28/2010
The New Year is just days away and people will be making all sorts of resolutions. Many won't make it a full month or even a full week before falling back to their old ways. One resolution that is worth making a serious effort to keep though is no texting while driving.
Guerra On Healthcare: Is HITECH Worth It?
Commentary  |  12/27/2010
Before you jump into the Meaningful Use qualification game, remember that it's voluntary and it means you now have a new boss: the federal government.
Outsourcing Pioneer Patni Gets $915 Million Takeover Bid
News  |  12/27/2010
Private equity firms Apax Partners and iGate are leading an effort to acquire the offshore IT services firm, say reports.
Onsite Medical Imaging Equipment Concerns Researchers
News  |  12/27/2010
Beginning Jan. 1, doctors must disclose their financial interest when referring Medicare and Medicaid patients for certain advanced imaging services within their practices.
Synology Intros NAS Server Scalable To 15 Drives
News  |  12/27/2010
The DS1511+ network attached storage server for small and midsize businesses delivers 197 MB/sec reading speed under RAID 5.
Skype To Unveil iPhone Video Chat At CES
News  |  12/27/2010
A Verizon iPhone may have been accidentally confirmed in a FAQ about a FaceTime competitor posted on -- and quickly removed from -- the VoIP provider's site Friday.
Amazon Patents System For Returning Bad Gifts
News  |  12/27/2010
Process cuts e-retailer's high cost of product returns by allowing recipients to exchange undesirable presents before they're even shipped.
Top 11 Mobile Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/27/2010
The meteoric rise of wireless will further accelerate in the new year, with expanded adoption of 4G, tablets, smartphones, and other technology in the consumer and enterprise markets.
HTC Wants To Tweak Windows Phone 7 Interface
Commentary  |  12/27/2010
Microsoft is trying to keep tighter control over what phone makers can do to the user interface of Windows Phone 7, but HTC wants to add its Sense special sauce to differentiate its phones from the competition. Will that be good for users?
Phony Phone Numbers
Commentary  |  12/26/2010
How many Window Phone 7 units has Microsoft sold? For whatever reason, it's difficult for Microsoft to give a straight answer. That, of course, leads to industry speculation that things aren't going so well for Microsoft's new mobile platform.
Santa Claus Spotted On NORAD Radar
News  |  12/24/2010
The aerospace command is using the Internet to follow Kris Kringle's progress throughout Christmas Eve.
Skyfire Browser Brings Flash To iPad
Commentary  |  12/23/2010
Apple has approved a version of the Skyfire browser for the iPad. The $4.99 browser allows the iPad to play back Flash video content.
White House Deputy CTO Resigns
News  |  12/23/2010
Andrew McLaughlin will leave his government post, where he worked on Internet policy, to launch two startups.
Voters Used Cell Phones For Election News
News  |  12/23/2010
Younger, more affluent people were more inclined to use wireless devices to share information about November's midterm vote, finds Pew study.
Skype Struggling To Recover From Outage
News  |  12/23/2010
Millions of Skype users have been unable to make voice or video calls over the VoIP service since Wednesday.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
News  |  12/23/2010
Lesser known manufacturers, including ECS, MSI, Indamixx, and Asus, offer sneak peeks at the products they'll put up against HP, Motorola, and other well-known brands in January.
Dell Acquiring Medical Storage Firm InSite One
News  |  12/23/2010
The cloud-based service addresses some of the biggest problems in health IT: data archiving, migration, and sharing medical images across providers, systems, and locations.
Reconnect Recycling Network Expands
Commentary  |  12/23/2010
With 100 sites recently added, the green partnership between Dell and Goodwill now claims to cover 42 million people.
Give Social Media 'Plate-Spinning' A Rest
Commentary  |  12/23/2010
Hey, small-business owners: Have you ever considered being a plate-spinner in the circus? You know the people I'm talking about, right? They'll dazzle you with deftness, slay you with their sleight of hand. How do they do it? How do they keep so many balls…uh, I mean plates…in the air without having them smash to the ground?
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