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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
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posted in March 2009

Nehalem Launch Emphasizes Upscale Drift Of Commodity Servers

Question: When is a commodity server no longer a commodity server? Answer: When the system is so darn powerful it can run your data center. That's the deal with the latest crop of server CPUs, including Intel's Xeon 5500 unveiled on Monday, and AMD's upcoming six-core Istanbul. It's all of a piece with my theory that processing power has become ubiquitous, and figuratively free.

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Video: Inside's Tenth Anniversary Victory Tour

Something is happening and you don't know what it is, goes the song. Strangely, it's turning out that the Web operating system we all thought would one day challenge Windows and serve as a portal to a universe of online-hosted apps turns out to be cloud computing. I breathed the buzz of cloud's success the other day as I caught up with the New York City edition of's tenth anniversary, cross-country victory tour, and I shot a video.

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Video: Jeff Jarvis On What Should Media Do

Bear with me here on my latest short video, because while it's not tech news per se, it's about tech news. As in, what's the business model for online sites in an age where ad revenues are declining but demand for killer content is higher than ever? That's the discussion I had with Jeff Jarvis, author of "What Would Google Do?," journalism professor, and Buzzmachine blogger. Click on to see the video.

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Podcast: Sybase, SAP Talk Smartphone Apps

I've been tardy in posting this five-minute podcast, where Sybase chief marketing officer Raj Nathan and SAP vice president Vinay Iyer delve into their joint deal to improve access to SAP's smartphone apps. (Sybase is providing the middleware.) But you should listen, because the "smartphone is the computer" is a meme that's rapidly gaining traction from deals like this.

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Wolfe's Den Vlog: iPhone Gets Battery Life Boost From Mophie

Even fanboys admit that, when Steve Jobs gifted his iPhone with wonderful attributes, he skimped in the battery life department. Fortunately, what the creator omitted, a cool add-on gadget called Mophie delivers. Read on to see a short demo video of this useful "juice pack" for Apple's iPhone.

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Mobile Security Looming As New Hacker Frontier

I'm more worried about losing my cell phone than I am about getting my wallet lifted. Probably I shouldn't fret over a physical loss -- with password protection, you can set your misplaced iPhone or BlackBerry to wipe its data after 10 unauthorized access attempts (unless your password is "password"). What troubles me more, though, is that we haven't begun to seriously grapple with mobile security, mostly because hackers aren't flooding the space. But they will be.

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Intel Envisions Shape-Shifting Smartphones

If you think iPhones have set the template for the gadgets of the next 25 years, then get ready to think different. Intel is quietly engaged in some of the coolest research this side of Star Trek. At Intel's Pittsburgh lab, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, senior researcher Jason Campbell says: "We're working on materials that can change their shapes." Think of a smartphone that resizes itself into a netbook when you're ready to surf the Web.

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Embedded Watch: Intel's Atom Ambitions Stretch Far Beyond Netbooks

You've got to hand it to Intel for never taking no for an answer. The marketplace has long told the semiconductor behemoth that it loves its desktop and laptop processors, likes its NAND flash chips (no profit there, though), and is amenable to its graphics strategy. But as for its forays into the communications and embedded spaces, well, not so much. Nevertheless, Intel CEO Paul Otellini is taking yet another crack at those last two areas. Read on to find out why.

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Wolfe's Den: Windows 7 Deep Dive

Fresh from a Microsoft briefing, we delve into the key enterprise features of Windows 7, reveal some technical Powerpoint slides from Redmond, and wrap everything up with an opinionated video.

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Interview: Intel Talks Multicore Processor Trends, Chip Tech

Get ready for a new battle in the multicore wars. AMD is planning to ramp up production of its next-gen 32-nm processor in mid-2010. This follows on the heels of Intel's revelation that it'll be first to ship 32-nm parts with its Westmere chips late this year. What jumps out at me most here isn't that this is great news for consumers -- it is -- but that there's a big element of saber-ratt

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