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Content tagged with Productivity/Collaboration Apps posted in October 2009
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Google Maps Adds More Real Estate Data
News  |  10/30/2009
Users of Google's search engine can now find out more detailed information about real estate.
The Crapware Plague: Fed Up And Fighting Back!
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
Would you buy a PC from a vendor that treats you like an idiot, wastes your time and makes your life miserable? Chances are, you already do.
Windows 7 First 'Self-Healing' OS
News  |  10/30/2009
Microsoft baked a number of support technologies directly into its new operating system so it can self-diagnose and repair problems.
IBM Targets Smart Cities, Government Services
News  |  10/30/2009
A new government framework is aimed at tax and revenue management, safety, social services, transportation, and urban infrastructures.
Backup & Recovery: Practice Makes Perfect!
Commentary  |  10/30/2009
When it comes to recovering data from a backup source, practice makes perfect. And failing to practice can leave your small business in a terrible mess at the worst possible time.
VoiceCon 2009: Tackling A Shifting Business Communications Landscape
News  |  10/30/2009
The enterprise communications event, in San Francisco November 2-5, will feature deep dive sessions and keynotes from Avaya, IBM, and Siemens.
Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
Benioff Discloses All In 'Behind the Cloud' Except...
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
Five copies of "Behind the Cloud" have arrived at my desk, two intended for fellow IW staffers and three for me, an embarrassment of riches. It's Marc Benioff's book on how was created and built into a successful company. I am reading it avidly… but some disclosures will apparently have to wait for the sequel.
A Public Broadband Option?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
Having looked over Google's explanation of its Google Voice call blocking practices to the Federal Communications Commission, it's clear to me that U.S. telecommunications regulations need to be thrown out and re-written from the ground up.
Enterprise 2.0: Challenging Economy Pushes Businesses Toward Better Tools
News  |  10/29/2009
TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Nov. 2 through 5 in San Francisco, aims to connect companies with better business technology.
TV Web Site Opts For Cloud Servers
News  |  10/29/2009
To handle extreme spikes in Web traffic, a popular television show's servers were ditched in favor of Rackspace cloud hosting.
bMighty Virtual Event: Dealing With Data Centers -- Now Available On Demand
Commentary  |  10/29/2009
If you thought you missed last week's informative bMighty virtual event on how SMBs can deal with data centers in tough times, it's time to think again. The entire event is now available on demand!
An Android App For The Military
News  |  10/29/2009
Raytheon's mobile application for Android-based smartphones employs GPS, camera, and other real-time capabilities for use in the field.
Amazon Introduces PayPhrase Payment Shortcut
News  |  10/29/2009
Online merchants can use Amazon's passphrase payment scheme to ease the friction of online commerce.
Windows 7 Hardware Discounts Offered
News  |  10/29/2009
PC users can now get bargains on Microsoft mice, keyboards, Webcams, and other peripherals—even if they didn't host a launch party.
Is The Desktop PC Doomed?
News  |  10/29/2009
The rise of Web-based apps, virtualization, and a crop of powerful mobile devices have the traditional PC desktop on the run.
'Complexity' Delays Microsoft-Yahoo Deal
News  |  10/29/2009
Deadline for completion passes as the companies work out the fine print.
IBM Integrates Dev Tools With Tivoli
News  |  10/28/2009
The integration of testing and asset management tools enables software developers to more cleanly automate deployment of new apps.
Forget Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
If you have ever seen a survey about when consumers and companies plan to move to Windows 7, there's one choice you can count on being there: "After the first service pack." I suspect that many of the people who make that choice are simply saying they are really busy and just don't want to think about the whole disruptive OS migration thing right now.
Google Launches Music Service
News  |  10/28/2009
Look out iTunes and Amazon, Google has integrated songs into its search results.
Windows 7 Could Spark Move To 64-Bit
News  |  10/28/2009
More robust architecture would help business users better cope with information overload.
Google's 'Gov Cloud' Wins $7.2 Million Los Angeles Contract
News  |  10/28/2009
The City of Los Angeles plans to replace its Novell GroupWise e-mail system with Google Apps, partly using anti-trust settlement money paid by Microsoft.
Google Unveils Free Navigation Service For Android 2.0 Devices
News  |  10/28/2009
Turn-by-turn directions will soon be available to users of Android 2.0 devices, like Verizon's Droid, courtesy of Google.
Defense CIO Touts Benefits Of Open Source
News  |  10/28/2009
Deputy CIO David Wennergren points to reliability, security, and lower TCO as among the potential benefits of using open source in the U.S. military.
SMBs To Lag In IT Purchases
Commentary  |  10/28/2009
While overall hardware buying plans have returned to August 2008 levels, midsize and small businesses are split on their buying plans and levels of confidence.
CA Offers Integrated Management Console
News  |  10/27/2009
A single console monitors realtime application performance of both distributed systems and mainframe applications.
Google CEO Imagines Era Of Mobile Supercomputers
News  |  10/27/2009
The future, as Eric Schmidt describes it, belongs to smart phones and data centers.
Symbian Kick Starts Developer Program
News  |  10/27/2009
Developers in the Horizon program will be able to more efficiently distribute applications for Symbian, the most widely used mobile OS.
Lithium Batteries On The Hot Seat Over Airline Fires
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
The mantra for today's portable device batteries is "better, stronger and longer." When they take to the sky, however, "snap, crackle, pop!" might be more appropriate.
Verizon CEO: iPhone Deal 'In Apple's Court'
News  |  10/27/2009
The Verizon Wireless network is positioned to handle heavy smartphone usage, but it's Apple's call, says Verizon chief.
Windows 7 Boosts Laptop Battery Life
News  |  10/27/2009
Collaboration between Intel and Microsoft means at least an extra hour of power, vendors claim.
Google Launches Social Search
News  |  10/27/2009
With Google Social Search enabled, searchers are more likely to find what friends and associates have to say about things.
Cisco To Acquire ScanSafe
News  |  10/27/2009
The market for tech companies is heating up again, as Cisco strengthens its position in Web and mobile security.
Microsoft Sets PST Free -- And Everybody Wins
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
By opening its Outlook data format, Microsoft might lose a few customers. But it will also give many others a good reason to stick around.
Want To Escape Google? There's An App For That
Commentary  |  10/27/2009
Google understands that sometimes people -- and businesses -- have to pack up and move on to some other service. It is now offering a tool for users of Google Docs whereby they can convert, zip, and download all of their documents at once.
Windows Partisans Don't Get It
Commentary  |  10/26/2009
Last week's release of Windows 7 has some Windows defenders rubbing their virtual hands at the prospect of Microsoft delivering a knockout blow to Apple. But their arguments reveal that they don't understand why SMBs and consumers have been embracing the Mac in increasing numbers.
Google Voice Liberates Voicemail
News  |  10/26/2009
Users of Google Voice can now choose Google as a voicemail provider for existing mobile numbers, displacing mobile carrier voicemail systems in the process.
How Reliable Is Windows 7? Ask Its Built In Reliability Monitor!
Commentary  |  10/26/2009
Windows 7 has lots of new features, including a useful Problem Steps Recorder. But many SMBs would like to know just how frequent those problems really are. Well, Windows 7 has a built in Reliablity Monitor that's designed to tell you how often a Windows 7 machine has experienced problems.
Qualcomm Launches Open Source Center
News  |  10/26/2009
The company's developers will work with Symbian, Android, and Chrome to optimize open source software with Qualcomm technology.
Is Cloud Bigger Than The Advent Of The Personal Computer?
Commentary  |  10/26/2009
Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, says "the cloud" is a phenomenon that is bigger than the advent of the PC. I think he's almost got it right. Cloud is bigger than the PC Revolution, but it's big in part because it incorporates and extends the PC revolution to Internet server clusters. The cloud owes more to the PC than Eric acknowledges.
Windows 7 Draws Praise, Putdowns
News  |  10/26/2009
Most early adopters appear pleased with Microsoft's new OS, but some are griping about installation bugs.
Google Custom Search Engine Gets Tune-Up
News  |  10/26/2009
Web site owners can now take advantage of custom themes and improved metadata support for their Google Custom Search Engines.
Lockheed Locks Down Federal Health IT Contracts
News  |  10/26/2009
Awarded $170 million in contracts, the company will provide services for government health information technology systems.
White House Uses Open Source To Open Government
News  |  10/26/2009
The site now runs the open source Drupal content management system, which includes social networking tools that can be used for communications and participatory government.
SAP NetWeaver BPM: A 1.0 Product With Promise
News  |  10/26/2009
It's not the best business process management system on the market, but can it be the best system for SAP customers?
Ten Useful Windows 7 Downloads
Commentary  |  10/25/2009
If your company is staying with Windows then it's going to move to Windows 7 eventually. That means you need to be prepared to make the decision about when and how to migrate. Here are a few useful files and utilities on the Microsoft site to make you the Windows 7 expert in your company.
Amazon Drops Kindle Pricing Again
News  |  10/24/2009
Changes to the Kindle e-reader line come as rivals Barnes & Noble, Sony, Plastic Logic, and Asus take aim at the electronic book reader market.
Mac Clonemaker Releases Do-It-Yourself Hackintosh Kit
Commentary  |  10/23/2009
Psystar, the Mac cloning company that's been locked in legal battle with Apple for more than a year, is now selling software that anyone can use to install OS X on stock Intel-based PC hardware. A review of the instructions and FAQs show why doing so would be a bad business decision.
Windows 7: Early Sales Strong
News  |  10/23/2009
Online shoppers rush to purchase Microsoft's new operating system.
Google Inks Jaguar Land Rover Apps Deal
News  |  10/23/2009
The automaker has purchased 15,000 seats for Google Apps, incuding Gmail.
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