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  • HP lowers financial guidance with webOS shutdown

    Posted August 18, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    After pulling the plug on its webOS phones and tablet computers Thursday, Hewlett Packard said it expected to be less profitable than expected during its current fiscal quarter, which ends Oct. 31.
  • BULLETIN: HP kills webOS business, confirms PC spinoff

    Posted August 18, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    The company also confirmed reports that it is in discussions with Autonomy regarding a possible deal to buy the company.
  • Question

    How difficult is it to set up load-balance Windows 2008 R2 servers?

    Posted August 18, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    I'd like to make our data center more robust by offering load-balancing for our servers. How do I do this?
  • Apple tops mobile PC market share (if you count iPads as PCs)

    Posted August 18, 2011 - 1:41 pm

    Apple computers topped sales for the mobile PC market last quarter, according to a new report from the market research company DisplaySearch. Apple shipped more than 13.6 million units, which translates to just over 21 percent of the mobile PC market. The computing giant retook the top spot from HP, which sold about 9.7 million units to take second place with 15 percent of the mobile PC market.
  • BULLETIN: HP to spin off PC arm

    Posted August 18, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Hewlett-Packard will spin off its global PC business. No further details are available from the company, which announces its quarterly financial results Thursday afternoon.
  • Indian mobile operators turn to low-cost Android tablets

    Posted August 18, 2011 - 7:23 am

    India's largest mobile operator, Bharti Airtel, and second largest, Reliance Communications, are bundling Android tablets priced at between US$220 and $285 with their mobile services, in a bid to increase use of their data plans.
  • Lenovo's net profits close to double

    Posted August 18, 2011 - 12:21 am

    Lenovo reported strong earnings for the quarter ended June 30, with the company's net profits nearly doubling year-over-year.
  • Fired VMware admin admits virtual rampage launched from a McDonald's

    Posted August 17, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    There is always the potential for drama and tragedy when sysadmins are expendable an even your IT systems are lying to each other.
  • Skype WiFi app delivers affordable Wi-Fi around the world

    Posted August 17, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    Skype is known primarily for providing Internet-based VoIP calling, with video chat and conferencing a close second. You might not be aware that Skype also has a service to provide cheap Wi-Fi access at over one million locations around the world -- and now it's available for iOS devices.
  • Yankee Group: AT&T-T-Mobile merger will boost prices

    Posted August 17, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    T-Mobile customers who expect to get better prices from the proposed AT&T merger should think again, according to a new Yankee Group report.
  • Gartner: India PC market hit by low consumer interest

    Posted August 17, 2011 - 11:44 am

    India's PC market was flat in the second quarter, reflecting the low importance Indian consumers attach to PC purchases, according to research firm Gartner.
  • Dell expects Windows 8, Android to boost tablet market

    Posted August 17, 2011 - 2:55 am

    Dell expects both Windows 8 and Android to be credible options for tablet customers next year, and indicated it plans to offer products built around the two operating systems, a company executive said on Wednesday.
  • Green tool from AT&T helps companies add up savings

    Posted August 16, 2011 - 8:27 pm

    AT&T released a tool on Tuesday to help you measure the money and greenhouse gas emissions your business could save by taking actions such as cutting down on business trips. The Carbon Impact Assessment Tool takes into consideration the overall size of a given company including its number of employees, as well as travel plans. It then lets you know what you can expect to save by utilizing digital collaboration and communication tools.
  • Samsung joins the SATA 3.0 SSD party

    Posted August 16, 2011 - 6:06 pm

    Samsung announced it is shipping to laptop and tablet manufacturers a new 512GB SSD that uses the SATA 3.0 interconnect specification, which doubles throughput from Sata 2.0's 3Gbit/sec to 6Gbit/sec.
  • Intel: Processor upgrade program saves tearing apart PC

    Posted August 16, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Intel this week defended its fee-based processor upgrade program, saying it is a way to add incremental performance without having to tear the system apart for a CPU upgrade.
  • Samsung tablet ban lifted in all EU countries but Germany

    Posted August 16, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Samsung is again free to sell its Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all European Union countries except for Germany, after a court in Düsseldorf changed its injunction enacted last week.
  • Modular data centers offer alternative to traditional facilities.

    Posted August 16, 2011 - 10:56 am

    The nascent market for modular data centers is gaining traction, but will they become the defacto solutions?
  • Motorola workers likely thrilled by Google's buy

    Posted August 16, 2011 - 10:42 am

    A survey of employees at Google and Motorola finds higher level of job satisfaction at Google. Page gets high marks, Motorola's Jha much lower.
  • Leveraging virtual I/O technologies to achieve converged infrastructures: The road to the private cloud

    Posted August 16, 2011 - 6:41 am

    A private cloud architecture leverages the power of end-to-end virtualization so workloads can be fluidly distributed among a pool of servers, but this ideal cannot be achieved with traditional network infrastructure.
  • Start-up releases all-in-one VMware server, storage appliance

    Posted August 16, 2011 - 6:09 am

    Start-up Nutanix released its flagship product, a VMware-based server combined with SSD and hard drive storage, today to deliver a clustered system that grows over time.
  • Wintel is now Apptel

    Posted August 15, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    Apple's enormous market cap now means that its chip use is no longer subject to the wagging tail of the big dog. Apple has become the big dog. This also means that Intel is now in a race with the consortium of ARM vendors for a potential fight for its life. In the background, AMD sits, doing its nails and biding time.
  • Lessons learned from a recent Amazon outage

    Posted August 15, 2011 - 11:56 am

    Another Amazon cloud-services outage occurred on Sunday, August 7th in a Dublin, Ireland data center. This one occurred due to a lightning strike that hit a transformer near the Dublin data center. It led to an explosion and fire that knocked out all utility services thereby leading to a total data center outage. Amazon had its only European data center located there.
  • Google lashes out at patent trolls with Motorola buy

    Posted August 15, 2011 - 11:39 am

    Google is apparently sick of being pushed around by patent attorneys from Microsoft and Apple.
  • Google CEO Larry Page blogs on why he's buying Motorola Mobility

    Posted August 15, 2011 - 10:26 am

    In a company blog post up early this morning, Google CEO Larry Page lays out the rationale for his software company to pay $12.5 billion for a leading maker of Android-based smartphones and tablets.
  • Tips and tricks for protecting Android devices

    Posted August 15, 2011 - 6:41 am

    Android doesn't rival BlackBerry when it comes to security and enterprise support. But Android devices can still be reasonably secure. Here are some tips to help you protect your investment, privacy, and data.

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