• In Iran, cyber-activism without the middle-man

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 9:21 am

    The owner of a medical records software business in the tiny town of Miami Oklahoma, Anthony Papillion is on the forefront of a new wave of Internet activism, fuelled by social media sites like Twitter, which are giving Iranian citizens and supporters of the government protests there new ways of involving themselves in the political struggle.
  • Microsoft's looming Windows 7 licensing 'disaster' for XP users

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 9:44 am

    Windows 7, due to ship on Oct. 22, has gotten good reviews as the OS that Vista should have been. And the large percentage of businesses that have held onto XP rather than go to Vista -- about half, according to Gartner -- are no doubt planning to migrate to Windows 7. But Microsoft may be making it harder and costlier for them to do so, notes Gartner analyst Michael Silver. "It's a disaster waiting to happen," he says.
  • Next Stop for Security: BI and Business Services

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    The future of the security department is about using the sensors you have in place (cameras, log files, card readers, investigations) to deliver actionable business intelligence back to the company.
  • Intel 'breaks' Moore's Law with new Atom chips

    Posted June 14, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    It seems Moore's Law doesn't apply to the next generation of Intel's Atom chips. The low-cost, power-sipping chips, codenamed "Pineview," will greatly improve upon both of those traits, but at the expense of any significant speed boost, according to authentic-looking specs leaked this month.
  • iPhone surcharge protest highlights carriers' loss of control

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    AT&T probably never imagined how much public scrutiny they would face by signing up for an exclusive contract to provide wireless voice and data service for the iPhone.
  • Google's Outlook interface a weak nod to corporate reality

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    While Google is in hot pursuit of an enterprise e-mail business, the announced support this week for Outlook as a client interface for Gmail does little to distinguish the vendor from other players chasing top-dog Microsoft.
  • Why is AT&T late on MMS, tethering for iPhone 3G S?

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Although both MMS support and tethering are possible on the upcoming iPhone 3G S, AT&T doesn't yet offer tethering and won't deliver on multimedia messaging until later this summer. Which raises this question: What's taking AT&T so long?
  • Apple's Snow Leopard beats Windows 7 on price, ship date

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Apple highlighted two differences between Snow Leopard and Windows 7 at WWDC: The former will beat the latter to store shelves, and Apple's OS will cost considerably less than Microsoft's.
  • Inside the iPhone 3G S's pricing

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 9:39 am

    The news that Apple would be selling its fancy new iPhone 3G S for the same prices as the iPhone 3G was greeted by applause at Monday morning's WWDC keynote. But, as interested customers soon discovered, those prices aren't necessarily the same for all customers.
  • Analysis: Microsoft could cut Windows 7 list price to $100

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    Microsoft could drop the price of Windows 7 to around $100 when it announces retail prices later this month, according to calculations based on an earlier Vista cost-cutting move.
  • Forrester: Deep Packet Inspection As An Enabling Technology

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 10:42 am

    As network operators, Internet service providers (ISPs), and corporations alike are increasingly dependent on the efficiency of their networks and the applications that run on them, the need to manage bandwidth and control the complexity and security of communications becomes paramount. DPI provides exactly the means for such purposes. User organizations that seek better network management and compliance should view DPI as an essential technology.
  • Forrester: MS Office Still Sitting Pretty in the Enterprise

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 10:33 am

    New research from Forrester shows that while the poor economy has delayed some upgrades to Microsoft 2007, most enterprises are sticking with some version of Microsoft's productivity suite over alternatives such as Google Apps.
  • Microsoft Bing: 5 Features That Give It a Shot Against Google

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 9:29 am

    If Microsoft has any chance of reducing Google's reign in search it will be through Bing's organization of information and images on the results pages and by helping people find what they're looking for better than Google. Here are five features that Microsoft hopes will make "Bing" a household verb.
  • Analysis: EMC doesn't need Data Domain, but damages chief rival NetApp

    Posted June 5, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Many industry observers believe EMC isn't all that interested in Data Domain and instead began a bidding battle to force its nemesis NetApp to raise its offer for the de-duplication vendor. If they are right, the plan has worked brilliantly.
  • Integrated NAS & IPSAN

    Posted June 5, 2009 - 5:53 am

    Unified storage refers to a single storage system that supports both file and block level access. In other words, the storage subsystem can support NAS (file-based access) and iSCSI (block-based access) storage protocols simultaneously.
  • Analysis: If N.J. sees H-1B use driving down wages, will Congress?

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    When Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, told a U.S. Senate committee recently that tech workers are a "privileged elite" whose wages are protected by the H-1B cap, it's clear he hadn't talked to New Jersey's IT chief.
  • Can the cloud succeed without a killer app?

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 10:53 am

    So what will be the killer app that drives innovation in cloud computing? Perhaps none, because no killer app is needed, a Sun executive suggested during a panel discussion Mondayat the CommunityOne event in San Francisco, which opened just prior to the JavaOne conference.
  • Oracle Virtualization 'Tax' Squeezes Customers

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Despite its recent acquisition of second-tier virtualization software developer Virtual Iron, Oracle has yet to move into the century of the virtual server when it comes to the nitty gritty of supporting and licensing Oracle software running on virtual servers, analysts say.
  • A GM bankruptcy could leave IT vendors with unpaid bills

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 9:40 am

    If GM files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as expected IT vendors may be left with unpaid bills and smaller contracts. But the automaker may be able to better position itself to adopt new technologies.
  • Microsoft Bing a good start, but no game changer

    Posted May 28, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Analysts said Microsoft's new search engine will help it gain share but won't affect Google's search dominance.
  • Windows 7 alluring, but XP is the migration X factor

    Posted May 28, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    Corporate migration to Windows 7 may be less about evaluating the new Microsoft operating system and more about how to properly gauge the correct time to get XP off client desktops.
  • Will the next iPhone have iVideo?

    Posted May 27, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Cisco, others want to offer mobile video chat, so why not Apple?
  • Facebook Embraces OpenID: But What Does It Mean?

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Facebook Tuesday integrated OpenID, crossing a major landmark in the openness of social networks. The step is even more significant as Facebook, the biggest social network of them all with over 200 million users, was considered resistant to being "open" -- until now.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2: 3 Key New Features

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 3:31 pm

    As part of an announcement at the TechEd show in Los Angeles, Microsoft said that Windows Server 2008 R2 RC is now available revealed three interesting features.
  • Start-up Costs Slow Spread of De-duplication

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 11:25 am

    While data de-duplication is a relatively easy way for companies to consolidate storage systems, the technology has yet to attract the widespread attention of IT managers.
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