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  • RFID: A New Hope in a New Decade

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    For the past 10 years, radio-frequency identification (RFID) has followed the classic buzzword trajectory that is typically a blessing and a curse for new technologies: Next-generation appeal, bursting hype, rampant confusion and fragmented success.
  • Comcast trials service to help bandwidth hogs impose self control

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    Comcast is trialing a service that tips off heavy users when they are about to run afoul of the company's acceptable use policy and thereby run the risk of having their bandwidth pinched during periods when the network gets congested.
  • Cable industry floats broadband adoption program

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    A cable industry trade group has proposed a program that would help low-income families of middle-school students get broadband service in their homes, with cable broadband providers pitching in about US$572 million worth of discounted service over two years.
  • Gates Foundation funds library broadband projects

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 4:08 pm

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed nearly US$3.4 million in grants to improve Internet connections for libraries in five states, the foundation announced Tuesday.
  • Broadcom buying Dune Networks for cloud switching

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 10:39 am

    If approved, the deal will add to Broadcom's lineup of chips for cloud computing equipment.
  • Avaya's Nortel buy might not power it over Cisco

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Even after it buys Nortel, Avaya won't dominate Cisco in the battle for business-communications customers, according to a new study.
  • Yahoo's head of mobile takes on new duties

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    Yahoo has given the head of its mobile division broader responsibilities, in a sign that the search provider plans to focus even more on mobile opportunities.
  • Navigation iPhone Apps Make Dollars and Sense

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Navigation apps ring up some of the highest sales of all the apps in Apple's app store.
  • 7 Tips for Job Seekers During the Holidays

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The best five weeks of networking for the entire year are going on now. Make sure you're prepared for all of your holiday networking events by following these seven do's and don'ts from master networker and motivational speaker Dave Sherman.
  • Home networking: How to avoid traffic jams

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    In many households today, broadband Internet connections are used not only for e-mail and Web browsing, but also to stream music and video, play online games and/or perhaps make voice calls using a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service.
  • RIM's BES 5.0 SP1 for Exchange, Lotus Domino Now Available

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) has posted the latest version of its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) software for corporate mail deployments. BES 5.0 service pack 1 (SP1) is now available for download for Microsoft Exchange and IBM's Lotus Domino.
  • VoIP, network overhaul brings hospital savings, unified communications

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    What started out as an upgrade to the phone system at Ottawa Regional Hospital and Healthcare Center became a badly needed network overhaul that lowered costs and included a conversion to VoIP.
  • Review

    Capsa Keeps Tabs on Your SMB Network

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Capsa Network Analyzer Professional Edition (various pricing; free, feature-limited, 15-day demo) is a powerful tool for network monitoring. It is not a tool for home users, unless they're very unusual; this is a program aimed at those whose job includes knowing what's going on with their network at an extremely technical level. It's a good fit for a small or medium-sized business. Often, getting the kind of information this program delivers requires PERL scripts and deep command-line voodoo; Capsa displays and sorts it all in a surprisingly intuitive way. What it doesn't do, of course, is provide the training needed to interpret the data. If DNS, SMTP, and IPV6 sound more like bad Scrabble draws than technical terms, Capsa probably isn't a tool you will find useful.
  • Kindle has best sales month in November, Amazon says

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    November was the best sales month ever for the Kindle e-reader, even before traditionally heavy sales on Cyber Monday, Inc. said.
  • Spurious mobile phones in India to be disconnected Tuesday

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Mobile phones in India without proper International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers will have to be disconnected from operators' networks from Tuesday, in line with an Indian government order.
  • 10 IT management technology start-ups to watch

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 10:10 am

    IT management software and appliance vendors used the downturn to show how they could help companies reduce manual labor, cut costs, streamline processes and optimize IT services during the economic downturn.
  • Today's branch office

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 10:09 am

    This is the second in a series of three newsletters intended to demonstrate that the next generation branch office represents a multi-year migration away from branch offices that are IT-heavy to ones that are IT-lite and that as part of this migration, the WAN plays an ever increasing role in application delivery. This newsletter will discuss how IT organizations migrated away from having branch offices that are IT-heavy and in so doing, created the performance and management challenges associated with Application Delivery 1.0.
  • Baidu targets Google with mobile search app

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 4:40 am

    Top Chinese search engine has taken another swing at Google by launching a mobile service application it will pre-install on handsets, responding to fast growth in China's mobile search market.
  • Vendor rages after iPhone hacker given job

    Posted November 27, 2009 - 10:10 am

    A security firm has expressed incredulity at the news that the Australian prank hacker who wrote a program targeting Apple iPhone users has been given a job by an application developer.
  • New front opened in India's mobile tariff wars

    Posted November 27, 2009 - 8:39 am

    The price war in India's mobile services market took a new dimension on Friday, with Reliance Communications charging 0.01 Indian rupees (US$0.0002) per text message.
  • India to set up automatic monitoring of communications

    Posted November 26, 2009 - 11:40 am

    India plans to set up a centralized system to monitor communications on mobile phones, landlines and the Internet in the country, a minister told the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, on Thursday.
  • Sept. 11 pager messages published online

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The pager message is from a woman near a pay phone near 38th Street in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. The woman says her children were evacuated, but she's trying to find them. She tells her husband she loves him.
  • Data-leak lessons learned from the 'Climategate' hack

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    In case you've missed it, someone recently dumped a large cache of e-mail files and documents from the University of East Anglia University's prestigious Climactic Research Unit onto the ‘Net. The CRU is one of the leading climatology research institutions, and its data and models provide much of the infrastructure on which the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is based.
  • What Mac users need to know about Wi-Fi Direct

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    It's that time of year when travelers brace themselves to suffer the many small indignities of the road. Why can't it be easier to print on networks that you don't have regular access to or transfer files among mobile devices like iPhones? Why is it such a pain to create secure, robust networks with colleagues or friends on the fly using 3G mobile broadband as the Internet connection? A new wireless networking system, Wi-Fi Direct, will soon help Mac users do all that and more. It lets any wireless device maintain a connection to a network base station while also communicating directly with other devices that aren't on the same network. And it's (probably) coming soon.
  • Microsoft delays open-sourcing of Windows 7 tool

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Microsoft has delayed re-releasing a Windows 7 installation tool that it has admitted included open-source code, saying that it's still testing the revamped utility.
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