Resolving What Not To Do In 2009
The New Year is upon us. This annual switch of the calendar signals the official shift from looking back on 2008 to looking forward to 2009. Looking forward usually takes two forms: predictions and resolutions.
Microsoft's Year-End Zune Fail
Users of the 30-GB Zune all over the world awoke this morning to find that it was the day the music died. Although it's still a bit of a mystery why the Zunes failed, the only fix that gets the Zune working right now is an extreme reset that requires disassembling the case to disconnect both the battery and hard drive.
The Internet's Cool, But TV Remains Ad King
A Deloitte survey also finds that nearly six in 10 U.S. consumers would like to easily integrate their televisions with their computers to download or watch online content.
China Approves 3G Licenses
The rollout could lead to big business for the likes of Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola, but questions remain about which companies will get 3G contracts.
Dell Unveils Massive Reorganization
To try to stem declining revenue and profits, the PC maker will change its business sales and marketing approach from a regional to a global strategy.
Macworld Puts Its Future In Hands Of Apple Fanboys
With Steve Jobs passing on the January classic and Apple pulling out altogether after next year, the brain trust at IDG is hosting a town hall meeting of Macintosh faithful for suggestions. Is there wisdom in the collective?
T-Mobile Handset Schedule Hits The Tubes
The kid has done it again, as the Boy Genius Report has snagged the upcoming release schedule for T-Mobile. It's packed full of some really cool handsets, including a new BlackBerry, and an 8-megpixel camera phone.
Crisis Survival Kit: 3 Things Every Business Owner Need To Thrive
Among the axioms flying around in these bleak financial times is that a recession is a great time to start a business. It's also a time to seize opportunities as competitors retreat and retrench. But whether you're hatching a new business or scrambling to keep the one you already have afloat, bringing 3 things to your business will put you on the path to success.
Windows 7: Linux Killer, Or Windows Killer?
The newest installment of Conventional Computer Wisdom holds that Windows 7 will be "a Linux-killer," unseating Linux on netbooks and sealing its fate on the desktop. Well, maybe XP-killer and Vista-killer is more like it.
Microsoft's Obvious-Patent Insanity
On Christmas, Microsoft filed for yet another one of those crazy patents that seems so obvious you have to wonder why they bother to apply. Aren't patents supposed to be for nonobvious inven
Fake iPhone Nanos Pop Up
Well, it's that time of year when we get flooded with iPhone Nano rumors. But this one's a little different in that we're already seeing cases and knockoffs of a nonexistent device. Should Apple bring out an iPhone Nano?
The Future Of The Netbook?
As laptop computers are predicted to outsell desktops in 2009, what role will the smaller, cheaper netbook play? And how can you decide if the netbook is a good fit for your business?
Getting Started With Your New iPod Touch
The iPod Touch was a hugely popular gift for Christmas last week. If you got an iPod Touch or iPhone, read on for pointers to our favorite free and cheap iPod Touch apps. And if you didn't get an iPhone or Touch, we have some alternatives for you.
Microsoft Layoffs Coming?
Despite hiring at a rapid clip for the last few years, even Microsoft may not be immune to the rounds of layoffs hitting the technology industry recently.
Palm Gets a Needed Christmas Present
Struggling to maintain a leading position in the smartphone space, Palm received a much needed cash infusion. Once a leader in this space, the company has recently struggled to remain relevant as high profile companies entered this space. In response, Palm has staked its future on its new Nova operating system, and the money could be used to help promote it.
Microsoft Keeps Netbooks Small And Weak
Although this doesn't seem to have been a great holiday season for technology in general, I suspect that netbooks will be a bright spot for computer makers. Tiny notebook PCs like the Asus Eee PC, Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9, and
Let's Stop This Patent Trolling
It seems like every few months, some obscure company is awarded a patent for some relatively mundane idea, then turns around and sues the companies that have been using it. This time, the incredible and seemingly patentable innovation is icons that update based on document or window content.
Living With Parallels On Desktop, Server And iPhone
I spend 80% of my work life in a 100% Mac shop. I've used VM solutions from Sun, VMware, and Parallels on Apple hardware for InformationWeek. We've been a Parallels shop at my day job 'cause, frankly, it was first out with desktop and server solutions. We're much happier with the latest rev of Desktop.
Fry's Exec Accused Of Massive Kickback Scheme
The manager with a gambling debt is accused of demanding exorbitant commissions from a handful of Fry's suppliers in return for prominent product placement within the retailer's stores.
Some Business Stories Are Filled With Cheer
It's all too common lately to check out the news and end up depressed. Which is why it's refreshing to read some good news, like the story of a recently shuttered bakery -- that resulted in 300 layoffs -- being opened back up by another company just in time for the holidays.
It's Time To Install Mac OS X 10.5.6
Last week, Apple introduced the latest update to Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard." As with other recent Leopard updates, the 10.5.6 update focused on bug fixes and security patches. However, there are some welcome feature upgrades ï¿¼ including improvements to MobileMe's "push" synchronization for contacts, calendars and bookmarks.