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  • Dell fixing Alienware M11x laptops with broken hinges

    Posted September 9, 2011 - 4:57 pm

    Dell has acknowledged the problem of broken hinges on some Alienware M11x laptops and is asking customers with the issue to contact the company for a resolution.
  • Google's mind-boggling use of electricity

    Posted September 9, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    After years of silence regarding its energy use, the search giant energetically reveals all.
  • Apple wins permanent ban on German sales of Samsung tablet

    Posted September 9, 2011 - 6:17 am

    Samsung must not sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany because it looks too much like Apple's iPad 2, the district court in Düsseldorf ruled on Friday.
  • Lenovo expects to beat Dell in PC sales by year's end

    Posted September 9, 2011 - 5:26 am

    Lenovo's chairman believes the company will overtake Dell to become the world's second-largest PC vendor by the end of this year.
  • Intel, Microsoft's Wintel alliance faces test at IDF

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    The strength of the once-prosperous Wintel alliance could be tested at Intel's developer show next week as the chip maker and Microsoft adapt to a market shift from PCs to mobile devices such as tablets, analysts said this week.
  • Behind the scenes of Wellesley College's desktop virtualization rollout

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    Although desktop virtualization is still a relatively new technology, Ravi Ravishanker is no stranger to it. He helped implement VDI projects at Pace University and Wesleyan University in recent years and now is overseeing a rollout at Wellesley College, the all-women's school west of Boston where he serves as CIO.
  • Tablets, SSD, cloud show little impact on sales of old hardware they're thought to replace

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    Despite rapid increases in sales of newer, more trendy technology like tablets and cloud-computing services, sales of storage and PCs seem relatively unaffected.
  • Most CIOs plan no layoffs -- but no hiring, either

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    More CIOs are planning to expand their IT departments than are planning cutbacks; the majority expects to hold headcounts steady.
  • Atari Arcade, Ion iCade turn Apple iPad into game console

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    Few memories resonate as well as Atari to grownups who played the games as kids. Using Apple's iPad, two companies are working to recreate the experience with the nostalgic joystick and buttons: Ion with iCade, and Atari with the Arcade Duo Powered Joystick.
  • Mid-sized companies call cloud overrated; more than half have no cloud plans at all

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 11:44 am

    Most surveys show cloud computing is catching on so fast pollsters and providers can't keep up. A new one showing users with little enthusiasm except for specific services shows how big the difference is in segments that aren't really part of one "cloud market" at all.
  • 9/11 continues to influence IT strategy

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 11:41 am

    Many companies had refined their IT disaster recovery programs prior to 9/11, but the attacks exposed a lack of attention to continuity of business operations.
  • Gartner drops 2011 PC forecast with shift to tablets

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 11:01 am

    Gartner on Thursday sharply dropped its worldwide PC shipment growth forecast for this year and next, citing economic struggles and a market shift from PCs to devices like tablets.
  • Cloud computing and governance in the digital age - Part 3

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 10:13 am

    During the Dreamforce event in San Francisco, CEO Marc Benioff sat down with some of the leaders in the industry to talk about Cloud computing and governance in the digital age. The panelincluded former US federal government chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, the vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, and Burberry chief executive officer, Angela Ahrendts.
  • Data center expenditure growth ‘defying downturn’

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 3:12 am

    The growth of data centre expenditure by companies is defying the economic crisis, according to an in-depth report.
  • HP drops price of popular Pavilion DM1 laptop to $399

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 12:09 am

    Hewlett-Packard upgraded the popular Pavilion DM1 laptop and also lowered its price as the company shows that business continues as usual amid efforts to sell or spin off the PC unit.
  • Be warned: cloud, virtual apps can magnify the cost of wasted software licenses

    Posted September 7, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    Did you go big for self-service streaming apps, virtual machines and cloud accounts, but didn't upgrade asset management at the same time? You'll go big on end-of-year license costs, too.
  • Seagate to offer 4TB external drive for $250

    Posted September 7, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Seagate is preparing to ship the industry's first 4TB external drive. The drive also represents the first product redesign for Seagate's GoFlex family.
  • Sorry, tablets. Laptops still dominate the enterprise.

    Posted September 7, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    Bruce Smith is feeling some tablet pressure. As director of computing services for Cummins Inc., Smith helps the company's 40,000 employees get the right computers for their jobs.
  • Quad-core Android tablets expected in time for Christmas

    Posted September 7, 2011 - 10:48 am

    They’re a bit late, but Android tablets with quad-core processors are coming this year, according to Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia’s chief executive. The chipmaker expects Android tablets supercharged with quad-core chips to hit shelves in time for Christmas, according to a Wall Street Journal report, but smartphones powered by these chips are unlikely to show up until next year.
  • China taps IBM mainframe for online services

    Posted September 6, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    An IT services company in China has picked an IBM mainframe to provide online services for up to 300 million citizens, including many in rural areas who will access the services through kiosks in community centers and other public places, IBM said.
  • Hitachi announces 1TB-per platter drives

    Posted September 6, 2011 - 1:48 pm

    Hitachi today announced that is has achieved yet another milestone by squeezing 1TB capacity onto a single disk.
  • Intel's Ultrabook struggling plan to battle Apple MacBook Air

    Posted September 6, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    Intel released design specifications for a "MacAir" killer last spring, and have been trying to convince hardware manufacturers to jump onboard. One way? A $300 million fund to help vendors get rolling making a small light laptop for under $1,000 to fight tablet sales growth
  • Amazon's tax problem

    Posted September 5, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    Amazon's position as the Better Than WalMart of the internet has become challenging. Amazon can charge less because of The Commerce Clause in the US Constitution — which means that interstate commerce is usually exempt from a state’s sales tax. California believes they have nexus to force Amazon to collect sales tax, but Amazon's trying to deal: Seven thousand California jobs in trade for exemption or assuaging tax. The onerous part is that Amazon's legal department has already tried to thwart the process of protests.
  • Big is not always better with smartphone screens

    Posted September 5, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    Product launches at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin are giving consumers an unprecedented choice of screen sizes. But analysts are questioning whether consumers can learn to love them all.
  • Samsung wipes Galaxy Tab 7.7 from stand after court order

    Posted September 4, 2011 - 6:54 am

    Now you see it, now you don't: Samsung Electronics erased all traces of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from its exhibition stand at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin on Saturday, just two days after launching the tablet there.

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