CompTIA Poll Puts Obama On Top
In terms of technology policy, 79% of respondents said the government should not regulate the Internet the way it regulates telephone service providers and television broadcasts.
Going Laptopless: MicroPersuasion On iPhone As Notebook Replacement
Ever since my InformationWeek cover story, "Is The Smartphone Your Next Computer?," I've been getting pinged by people telling me their tales of going "laptopless." (Can I use that word in a family blog?) Steve Rubel, the popular MicroPersuasion blogger and public-relations executive at Edelman Digital, spoke with me for the
12 Easy Ways To Cut Your Company's Tech Costs Now!
These days, everyone's talking about saving money on technology, but where do you start? To help, bMighty.com has put together a slide show with a dozen practical ways to shave a few bucks off your IT budget without impacting productivity.
Motorola Is Going To Bet The Farm On Android
Motorola is planning a massive overhaul of its mobile phone business. Among the changes? Layoffs and a complete re-focusing of its midrange handsets, where most of its sales are. Moving forward, Motorola is going to bank on Android to be its go-to mobile phone platform.
Could Health Care IT Get A Boost Next Year?
There's a lot of uncertainty out there in general when it comes to the economy, next week's elections, and other unknowns, but when it comes to the health care sector, the uncertainty runs a bit deeper, especially when it comes to investments in IT.
Windows Azure: The End Of Software?
Forget the marketing hype, Windows Azure isn't the latest Microsoft operating system. It's a business strategy. One that shows Redmond believes the days in which it can make fat profits from software alone are numbered.
Survey Shows Disconnect On IT Policy
Cisco follows up on its survey on data leakage, which I already wrote about, and an analysis of policy effectiveness. There isn't too much surprising in the findings, but the results continue to highlight the need for sound security policy management processes in organizations and,
Which Google Android Apps Are G1 Users Downloading?
Want to know who's downloading what for their HTC G1 Android phones? Medialets, a company which hooks iPhone and Android apps into mobile advertising, has an early look at the most popular Google phone applications. Here's the data.
Why Windows 7 Doesn't Compute
I know this is nit-picky, especially when there are so many other important things to focus on -- like faster boot times and files searches that take less than a leap year. But here's what I want to know: Isn't "Windows 7" a gross misnomer as the name of Vista's successor? If we're not gonna use a year as the numerical designation in the new operating system's name, then aren't we at least up to nine or 10? (Or maybe 12?)
Microsoft PDC Live Blog
Every few years, Microsoft hosts a big conference, the Professional Developers Conference, to announce the next versions of Windows and .Net, among other things. This year should be called the cloud PDC, and I'll be blogging about it in this post.
Pulse Of Silicon Valley: High Hopes For Tech Amid Sagging Economy
You could call it denial, you could say some people are irrationally trying to wish the bad stock market away. But here's another side I saw this week, during a swing through Silicon Valley where I met with 10 pretty together tech companies: There's some serious -- albeit cautious -- optimism out there that now is precisely the time customers will realize they should invest in technologies which will make their businesses more efficient.
Can Microsoft Innovate In A Web-Centric World?
For all its dominance, the company needs to find a way to prove to the public that it is indeed a masterful game-changer and part of that may come from shifting the way it invents itself.
IBM's New OpusUna Web-Conferencing Platform
At IBM's Market Street offices in San Francisco this week, I saw a first-hand demo of OpusUna, a unique Web-conferencing platform that incorporates widgets, audio, and video cameras so that multiple users can collaborate and communicate from within the same browser.
Top 10 Things IT Pros Should Be Afraid Of
Boo! These days, Halloween doesn't hold a candle to the frights technology professionals have to deal with in the so-called real world. To illustrate, bMighty has put together a unique Top 10 List of Horrors that may actually be threatening your company right now.
Will Slow-But-Steady Stay In The Race?
Even though it's been pushed and cajoled for the last several years, the health care industry pretty much remains a turtle when it comes to adopting IT, right? Well, maybe not.
Mr. Schmidt Goes To Florida With Obama
A few weeks ago, I was at a news event with Mike McCurry and I asked the former Clinton press secretary for some perspective on the technology lobby. I wondered whether he thought tech companies were any faster than others in terms of advocating for themselves in Washington.
Now How Much Would You Pay (For Linux)?
How much would it cost to create a Linux distribution from scratch -- assuming, that is, Linux didn't exist yet? The Linux Foundation crunched some numbers and came up with an answer: around $10.8 billion.
Android Market Details Emerge
Maybe you've already picked up your G1 and are now tearing through the Android Market. Once you're done rocking to TuneWiki, and playing Pac-Man, you may wonder what's going to happen next.
MEF: The Standards Group To Watch
The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) really is a good model for standardization bodies. The MEF brings service providers and equipment makers together to create standards for all facets of Carrier Ethernet as well as providing conformance testing and certification. Kevin Vachon, COO of the MEF, provided some interesting insights into the direction of the MEF and, therefore, the direction of Carrier Ethernet.
Legal Hold Software Getting Smarter
Recommind and Guidance have launched products to help companies preserve electronically stored information for legal and audit investigations.
Video: iRise Rising With 'Look Before You Code' Visualization Tool
Does writing software have to be an uncomfortable duel between the people driving the spec, who never seem to get what they want when the code comes back, and developers who lament the ambiguous instructions they've been given? Not if you can see what your app is going to look like first. That's the idea behind iRise and its business visualization software. Check out my video chat with Emmet Keeffe, CEO of iRise, who explains it all.
451 Group: 'Open Source Not A Business Model'
It sounds like the title for an inflammatory puff piece, but it really isn't. It's the title of a new report issued by the 451 Group's Commercial Adoption of Open Source subdivision. And in it, the research firm makes a good case for its premise. Open source is a development model, but there's a whole slew of business models
Why eBay Won't Win Its War Against Amazon
What happens when an online auction site tries to get all store-like, and a non-bricks-and-mortar buying destination starts buying into bidding? Apparently, you get Amazon pumped up into a one-stop shop for everything you need, while eBay ends up tilting toward irrelevance. Let me explain.
Report: Cell Phones Next Target For Hackers
The first Trojans and viruses for mobile phones appeared several years ago. They were aimed at smartphones, which, at the time, meant Palm OS and Symbian OS. Now that smartphones are more prevalent -- and are capable of doing more damage -- they are juicier targets for ne'er-do-wells.
Citrix Tries BYOC
Last month I suggested future computing models would let employees pick their own machine with company funds, fetching a corporate desktop via some mix of VM tech. At Citrix, the future is now.
Cloud Computing: Like The iPod For Infrastructure
It's perhaps a foregone conclusion that the speakers at the Cloud Summit Executive conference, being held Tuesday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., would insist that cloud computing isn't just marketing hype.
What Technology Can Teach Schools About Kids
Is your kid's school using technology in innovative, exceptional, or surprising ways? I'm not talking only about in-the-classroom use of computers; I'm also referring to technology that's being deployed behind the scenes.