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  • Novell's Mono project bringing .Net development to Android

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:52 am

    Developers for the Mono project also are readying a version of Silverlight for Apple's iPhone.
  • FCC broadband plan calls for 'minimal' public safety fee for all broadband users

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:21 am

    The FCC's National Broadband Plan, released today, calls for a new "minimal" fee on all U.S. broadband users to help pay for a new $16 billion nationwide emergency response wireless network.
  • Who else wants national broadband?

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:21 am

    Let's say that the Federal Communications Commission's $15.5 billion broadband deployment plan helps produce the fastest nationwide broadband network in the modern world -- is there any guarantee that more people will use it?
  • The FCC's Broadband Plan: Winners and Losers

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:20 am

    The Federal Communications Commission's national broadband plan is meant to benefit all Americans, but not every group or company is going to be happy with the proposal. The nature of politics holds that there will be winners and losers as the government steps in to boost the quality and availability of Internet in the United States. The actual implementation of the plan could change lawmakers get their hands on it, but here's an early look at who gains and who loses from the national broadband plan:
  • New Cisco Ethernet switches to play broader video, security roles

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:13 am

    Cisco Wednesday is unveiling new Ethernet access switches and enhanced routers designed to take on more of the jobs frequently handled by separate devices, such as those dedicated to handling video traffic or ensuring network security.
  • Android gesture search extended to wider market

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Google has made its new gesture search application compatible with smartphones based on Android version 1.6, and is also opening it to users outside the U.S., the company's said in a blog post on Tuesday.
  • Qualcomm to bid in India’s broadband wireless auction

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 6:40 am

    Qualcomm said on Wednesday that it is has filed an application to bid in India’s auction for licenses for broadband wireless access (BWA) in the 2.3 GHz band, to promote the TD-LTE (Time Division Long Term Evolution) standard.
  • Reaction to FCC's broadband plan: Generally positive

    Posted March 16, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communication Commission's national broadband plan, released Tuesday, received generally positive reviews, with some groups calling the plan ambitious and necessary.
  • FCC officially releases national broadband plan

    Posted March 16, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission officially released the country's first national broadband plan Tuesday, and one of its major goals is to bring broadband service to all U.S. residents.
  • Can the iPad make it as an e-textbook reader for students?

    Posted March 16, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Apple's iPad, which arrives April 3, is already regarded as a high-end, color e-reader and multimedia device. But its potential as an e-textbook reader for students remains debatable.
  • Open-Xchange adds integration with VoIP

    Posted March 16, 2010 - 9:40 am

    Open-source collaboration software vendor Open-Xchange has integrated VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) and social networking sites in the latest version of its e-mail server and client.
  • FCC's national broadband plan: What's next?

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    When the U.S. Federal Communications Commission officially releases the nation's first national broadband plan Tuesday, the document will be just the start of a long process to extend broadband service to millions [m] of U.S. residents.
  • Free Microsoft Windows Phone 7 developer tools released

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    At the start of its annual MIX 10 Web developer conference, Microsoft announced the immediate free release of mobile-enabled versions of its latest core development tools for Windows Phone 7.
  • FCC wants 120MHz of spectrum from TV stations

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will seek to take back 120MHz of spectrum from U.S. television stations in the next five years and reallocate it to wireless broadband providers in a voluntary program that would allow the stations to share or keep spectrum auction revenues, under a national broadband plan that will be officially released Tuesday.
  • Toronto firm cuts conference call costs with OCS

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:59 pm

    The distributed approach to projects at Toronto-based engineering firm Morrison Hershfield Corp. is markedly different from the on-premise, single-office tack of previous years. A recent move to unified communications technology has eliminated a monthly $3,000 conference call bill and allowed the firm to harness internal talent.
  • Unveiling the FCC National Broadband Plan

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:44 pm

    Drum roll please. After months of hype and speculation, the time has finally come for the FCC to present its National Broadband Plan to Congress. Over the past few weeks FCC chairman Julius Genachowski and other FCC members have hinted at some initiatives in the plan, building some support, but also drawing fire from both sides.
  • FCC Broadband Plan: FAQ

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    We'll get a preview of the future of Internet access proposed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which will detail its National Broadband Plan Tuesday in an open meeting before formally presenting the plan to Congress on Wednesday.
  • iPad orders fall after Friday's rush, claims blogger

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:32 pm

    Orders for Apple's iPad fell off sharply over the weekend after a big opening day Friday, an investment blogger claimed today.
  • March Madness Productivity Drain: Calling a Foul

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:22 pm

    Executives and IT departments have more important things to worry about than the NCAA Basketball Tournament's effect on employee productivity and network bandwidth. March Madness doesn't hamper employee effectiveness, but bad software and systems do.
  • Microsoft touts Windows Phone 7 Series and Silverlight 4

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    The company showed off tools and demos during a presentation at the Mix10 conference
  • FCC's broadband plan: $15.5 billion for deployment

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    The FCC would spend $15.5 billion on broadband deployment in a national broadband plan unveiled Monday.
  • A Quick IE Fix

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    While neither is perfect, Microsoft has released a pair of quick fixes for its latest IE security hole.
  • AT&T, Sprint launch cheaper, stylish phones

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:53 pm

    AT&T and Sprint Nextel launched new phones with a focus on style, quick connections and lower costs.
  • Seven Questions with Cisco CEO John Chambers

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:48 pm

    Cisco CEO John Chambers talks virtualization, cloud, and the "Cisco Tax," in this installment of the IDG Enterprise CEO Interview Series.
  • FCC broadband test greeted by skepticism

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    The Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Broadband Test is drawing criticism from skeptics who are calling it too simplistic and inaccurate to yield useful data.
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