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1. Editor's Note: Overseas Cell Phone Users: More Numerous -- And More Courteous
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- To H-1B Or Not To H-1B?
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- Google Loses Search Share, Microsoft Gains
- Intel To Cut Quad-Core Processor Prices On July 22
- Review: MindManager Offers A New Way To Think
- Virtual Worlds, Real Cheaters
- Criminals Using Botnet To Attack iPhone Buyers
- IBM Wins $1.4 Billion Outsourcing Deal From AstraZeneca
- Microsoft Patents May Hint At The Future Of Windows
- Williams-Sonoma Nixes IBM Outsourcing Deal, Brings IT In House
- The Threat Within: Employees Pose The Biggest Security Risk
- Early Signs Of iPhone Adoption In Business
- How Google Could Be Gearing For Compliance As A Service
- Microsoft's Weapon In Web Apps: Keep 'Em Cheap
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- Ubuntu Aftermath: Puncturing The Linux "Urban Legend"
- For Microsoft, "Launch" Doesn't Mean "Release"
- A Tale Of Two Browsers
- Microsoft's Ginormous Software Business
- Microsoft Avoids GPL Trap To Step Into Snare
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- The Top Five IT Considerations For Secure Wireless E-mail
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1. Editor's Note: Overseas Cell Phone Users: More Numerous -- And More Courteous
Sitting in a London theater last week waiting for the curtain to rise, we were startled to hear the loudest cell phone ringtone we'd ever heard broadcast over the theater's loudspeaker -- quickly followed by another, then another, then another until there was a virtual cacophony of conflicting bells, whistles, snippets of Europop, and Beethoven echoing through the hall.
No official words were spoken. But laughter reverberated throughout the audience as people reached into their pockets and purses to verify that their mobile phones were indeed off. During the performance, not an electronic peep was heard.
Likewise, in the streets and in the London Underground, although virtually everyone you saw had a cell phone glued to his or her ear, there was virtually none of the shouted broadcasting of personal or business conversations that have unfortunately become difficult -- if not impossible -- to avoid in the United States. Instead, cell phone users seemed determined to be only seen, not heard. And in museums and restaurants, discreet signs stating firmly that cell phone use was off-limits were scrupulously obeyed.
When I asked our hostess why the British seemed to have a more highly developed sense of social appropriateness regarding cell phone use, she replied simply, "It's a matter of survival. We'd all kill each other otherwise."
I wondered at that until I looked at the numbers. Although U.S. cell phone penetration has surpassed 70% of all adults, internationally there are now more than 30 countries where the number of cell phones exceed the overall population. In the United Kingdom, for example, in 2006, 110% of the population now owns cell phones. But this pales in comparison to Aruba (150.8%), Israel (126%), and Italy (122%). Because cell phone use took off much more quickly overseas than in the United States -- largely because of less-developed infrastructure for wired communications -- such societies have presumably had more time to develop guidelines for mobile manners. Indeed, a reporter for the International Herald Tribune newly stationed in Japan found no less than four books devoted to mobile phone etiquette in her local bookstore.
Whatever the reason, it was refreshing to see a concerted cultural effort being made to socially adjust to a new technology, something we absolutely need to work on over here.
What have been your experiences? If you travel overseas, have you noticed a difference in how cell phone users behave? Let us know by responding to the InformationWeek Weblog.
Intel To Cut Quad-Core Processor Prices On July 22
Intel has sent a message to its 130,000+ resellers and white-box builders, informing them that it will cut the prices of its still-new quad-core processors next week. From all appearances, the move is the chip giant's way of returning fire in a price war initiated by AMD.
Virtual Worlds, Real Cheaters
The author of a new book, "Exploiting Online Games," says that cheaters are infesting online worlds like World of Warcraft and Second Life, and they could become a threat to mainstream business systems.
IBM Wins $1.4 Billion Outsourcing Deal From AstraZeneca
IBM will provide IT infrastructure management services to AstraZeneca locations in 60 countries. The services will include server and storage hosting, desktop management, network maintenance and management, and help desk support.
Ubuntu Aftermath: Puncturing The Linux "Urban Legend"
Most of us, even confirmed Windows users, have accepted on some level the idea that Linux really is a better operating system, on a technical level. Not me; not anymore. After my long slog preparing "Ubuntu Linux's Achilles' Heel: It's Tough To Install On Laptops," I'm now filing that one in the "urban legend" folder.
For Microsoft, "Launch" Doesn't Mean "Release"
Earlier this week, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announced SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008 would all be launched on Feb. 27, 2008. "It's the biggest single launch we've got in Microsoft on one day," he said to loud cheers. Not so fast.
A Tale Of Two Browsers
Internet Explorer and Firefox are sitting on a bench, enjoying the warm summer sun. Suddenly, Firefox sneezes, reaches for its handkerchief, grabs its cell phone, and calls its doctor. "I think I'm coming down with something," it says. "Is there something I can do to get rid of this problem?" Then IE sneezes. What does it do?
Microsoft's Ginormous Software Business
At Microsoft's annual partners conference Tuesday, attendees were barraged with numbers meant to impress them about the sheer size of Microsoft's business and the market opportunities its scale represents for them. Merriam-Webster just added "ginormous," a combination of gigantic and enormous, to its dictionary. It's a word befitting the world of Microsoft.
Microsoft Avoids GPL Trap To Step Into Snare
Microsoft sought to avoid tangling itself up in the GPL license when it struck a deal with Novell. Rather than pay Novell, it agreed to hand out SUSE Linux coupons to consumers. It stayed at arm's length from distributing the code. But did Microsoft circumvent the trap of GPLv2 by stepping into the snare of GPLv3?
The Top Five IT Considerations For Secure Wireless E-Mail
For modern enterprises, the benefits of mobile e-mail are clear: it's convenient, efficient, and allows for new opportunities, and it's an effective way for workers to stay connected. Here are five things that will help decision makers better anticipate their mobile security needs and make sure the solution they deploy meets those needs.
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