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  • Q&A: Why IP is the right choice for Smart Grid

    Posted October 29, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    The biggest network upgrade in the United States today is Smart Grid, a multibillion dollar modernization of the electricity grid that involves supporting real-time, two-way digital communications between electric utilities and their increasingly energy-conscious customers.
  • Want to bone up on wireless tech? Try ham radio

    Posted October 29, 2009 - 1:55 pm

    John D. Hays, an IT manager in Edmonds, Wash., devotes most of his spare time these days to helping develop a communications system that's designed to integrate portable two-way radios with the global telephone network. The project's goal is to create a failure-proof voice communications infrastructure that can immediately connect first responders with the outside world.
  • Sprint plans open app store

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Sprint Nextel next year will introduce a new, more open application store on its feature phones, turning to a third party to manage it with the goal of getting new offerings out to consumers in an average of one week.
  • What Star Wars Teaches Us About Career Management

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Hungry beasts. Murderous bosses. Evil distractions. Master Yoda himself might have a tough time being an IT leader circa 2009, so take these Jedi lessons on career management to heart.
  • Improved user interface key issue for Symbian

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Unlike the iPhone and products based on Google's Android OS, Symbian's user interface hasn't been developed for smartphones with touchscreens. But that is about to change, said Lee Williams, executive director at the Symbian Foundation, who along with his colleagues gathered at the Symbian Exchange & Exposition on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • H1N1 flu national emergency should spur businesses to action

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 11:04 am

    President Obama's declaration of a national H1N1 flu emergency should send up a red flag to businesses that are still unprepared for a pandemic.
  • Skype for Business too risky?

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 9:54 pm

    If you're thinking about using Skype for Business as a way to save money you might want to put it off until the courts settle lawsuits that swirl around plans to sell the company.
  • Dell, Juniper team on data center technology

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Dell and Juniper Networks this week reached an OEM agreement that will let Dell offer Juniper products to data center customers under its PowerConnect brand.
  • Internet phone systems become the fraudster's tool

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Cybercriminals have found a new launching pad for their scams: the phone systems of small and medium-sized businesses across the U.S.
  • How To Enable Networking In Xen Guests On Hetzner's New EQ Servers

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 7:48 pm

    This tutorial shows how you can enable networking in Xen guests (domU) on Hetzner's new EQ servers.
  • Broadband agencies hear complaints from all sides

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    Two U.S. agencies tasked with distributing US$7.2 billion in broadband deployment money over the next year heard complaints from one U.S. senator Tuesday that they were moving too fast.
  • Can the Internet handle H1N1?

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 2:20 pm

    While sounding a bit like Chicken Little, Federal government watchdogs today said that the H1N1 pandemic will cause a significant increase in the use of the Internet by students and teleworkers that would create serious network access congestion. Such problems may need to be fixed by government involvement or service providers limiting network access or by asking people to lay off the streaming videos for a while.
  • Smart-grid money could assist broadband

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled US$3.4 billion in grants to update the nation's electrical grid, but the benefits could reach to the broadband sector as well, one community broadband adviser said.
  • 10 Gigabit upgrade helps college modernize network

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 1:31 pm

    While the tech industry looks ahead to 40 Gigabit Ethernet and 100 Gigabit Ethernet, lots of IT shops are still undergoing the transition to 10 Gig networks.
  • BlackBerry Users Get Free Boingo Mobile WiFi App

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Boingo Wireless, an international network of both wired Internet zones and WiFi hotspots, today released Boingo Mobile for BlackBerry, a free application that lets the company's subscribers know whenever they're in range of Boingo hotspots so they can then connect "with a single click."
  • Ten signs from companies that point to an upturn

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 1:16 pm

    Some of the more interesting clues about what's ahead for tech many be in the results of companies with a specialized market focus. Here are 10 data points about the most recent third quarter.
  • IT industry graveyard 2009

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Paying respects to Nortel as we knew it, Circuit City and more.
  • Nokia launches its first phone for China Mobile's 3G network

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 6:40 am

    Nokia announced its first smartphone for China Mobile's 3G network on Tuesday.
  • TomTom iPhone Car Kit: Pros and Cons

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    The GPS maps functionality on the iPhone 3G and 3GS is decent -- it gets you from point A to point B, is free, and comes bundled with the device. But for those hungry for more features, Apple has finally released the $119.99 TomTom iPhone Car Kit that accompanies the $99 iPhone app.
  • Kindle change reflects new world of mobile

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Amazon's discontinuation of its innovative deal with Sprint Nextel to power over-the-air book purchases on the Kindle e-reader points to the power of high volume and the growing role of global standardization in the mobile industry.
  • IBM finds path to mobile and voice browsers

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    With software being created by IBM researchers, developers will be able to adapt a Web page for voice browsers -- and for mobile browsers that fall short of a PC-like Web experience -- with easy-to-follow lines.
  • When is there too much security?

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 3:47 pm

    Adding layer after layer of security sometimes actually gets in the way of securing your computer.
  • Smartphone etiquette: Unspoken rules for the holidays

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Toilet texting. Tweeting in church. What are the do's and don'ts for smartphone users this holiday season? You may be surprised at what most people consider good iPhone and BlackBerry manners, as revealed by a new survey.
  • How 9-11 Shaped Hoover Dam Security Operations

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    The Hoover Dam is one of the great wonders of American engineering and in addition it is an important part of our nation's critical infrastructure. Here's a look at how the Bureau of Reclamation, a part of the U.S. Department of Interior, protects this national icon.
  • Diagnose a Bad WiFi Connection

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    B2CAC asked the Answer Line forum why his laptop couldn't connect wirelessly to his router.
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