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  • Voice-to-text deal could spur new mobile services

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Two vendors of mobile voice technology have teamed up to power carrier services that transcribe voicemail messages and conference calls into text.
  • IEEE stamps "approved" on 802.11n Wi-Fi standard

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    The IEEE has finally approved the 802.11n high-throughput wireless LAN standard.
  • Researchers slam fickle iPhone anti-fraud feature

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    The iPhone's newest defense -- aimed at preventing users from reaching phishing sites -- is inconsistent at best, a security researcher said today, with some users getting warnings about dangerous links, while others are allowed to blithely surf to criminal URLs.
  • Q&A: Robert Shapiro talks tiered pricing and the digital divide

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 1:01 am

    Dr. Robert Shapiro talks about a new broadband pricing approach that could help hold down broadband prices to attract more users in rural or low-income areas.
  • Faster, more affordable satellite communications spark new services

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:23 pm

    CIOs are giving satellite communications a second look, as providers deliver faster, more affordable services and as more government agencies and large corporations focus on keeping networks up and running.
  • Network in budget lockdown? No problem for this prison system

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    State government IT budgets are as tight as ever, but the Nevada Department of Corrections is in a good position to hunker down and ride out the recession thanks to a recent network upgrade.
  • Vacation Internet better than ever?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    A trek in the family truckster from the Boston area down to Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week not only gave me the chance for rest and relaxation (well, after the drive), but also the opportunity to test out some Internet access devices.
  • Verizon protests Avaya’s potential Nortel enterprise business buy

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:06 pm

    Verizon is opposed to the sale of Nortel's enterprise business to Avaya because the carrier fears its support contracts will end and cut off key customers.
  • 802.11n demands special considerations

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    The IEEE will shortly ratify 802.11n – a standard in development for six years and shipping in enterprise products for more than two. Much of the attention has been on the higher data rate, an increase from the 54 Mbps of legacy 802.11a/g to 300 Mbps, but the standard’s true implications are much broader – it signifies the advent of the all-wireless enterprise.
  • Managing remote desktop management

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Remote desktop management is parts of the nuts and bolts of managing IT infrastructure. Mark Gibbs has found a product that makes managing your remote desktop management manageable.
  • Inside dynamic workload management

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    Dynamic workflow management -- the ability to sense changes in demand and automatically invoke requisite application and server resources to meet new workloads -- is quickly becoming a fundamental requirement in the new data center.
  • MediaFLO TV coming to cars, MP3 players

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    Qualcomm's MediaFLO wireless broadcast network will soon be available on in-car and portable media players, and the company plans to bring it to other consumer electronics as well.
  • Unified Communications Promises Much, But Does It Deliver?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:45 pm

    If you want to move forward with UC, early adopters have advice about planning projects and measuring returns.
  • 802.11n set for final approval

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Sometime on Friday, at the sprawling Hyatt Regency hotel in New Brunswick, N.J., an IEEE group called the Standards Board is expected to approve the 802.11n wireless LAN standard.
  • How Lone Star Colleges Consolidated Services, Boosted Uptime

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:26 pm

    When Shah Ardalan joined Houston's Lone Star Community College System as CIO in February 2008, its information systems were an embarrassment. Network services were unreliable and the implementation of an ERP system for college administration had a habit of crashing during critical periods like student registration.
  • Feds to spend $5B on satellite services

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    The U.S. federal government has launched a 10-year, $5 billion program to provide commercial satellite communications services to military and civilian customers.
  • Is Microsoft abandoning XP security updates?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    Microsoft really, really wants people to buy Windows 7, so it has long tried to retire XP. Now it appears Microsoft will no longer be releasing some security patches for XP. Coincidence?
  • Motorola Cliq coming in Q4 with Blur social service

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    Motorola on Thursday announced its first Android smartphone, which will ship in the fourth quarter with T-Mobile USA under the name Cliq.
  • Vodafone gets on mobile hotspot bandwagon

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    Vodafone said Thursday that it is getting set to launch Novatel's mobile hotspot, the MiFi, in Europe.
  • Zenprise Smartphone Mgmt Software Gets New Features

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 11:39 am

    The continuing spread of smartphones inside and outside of office walls is leading more and more corporate IT departments to consider third-party software offerings for assistance in managing and maintaining the integrity of their BlackBerry/iPhone/Palm device deployments.
  • Orange takes step toward better mobile voice quality

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Orange will launch what it claims to be the world's first mobile telephone service offering improved sound quality using the AMR-WB (Adaptive Multi Rate-Wideband) speech coding technology, it said on Thursday.
  • Review

    Have a Network? Get Network Magic Pro

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:21 am

    If you own or are involved with a small business with a peer-to-peer network, you need help. You'd rather run your business than get bogged down with network administration--and you most likely don't have the tools for administering your network. That's where Cisco Network Magic Pro ($50, 7-day free trial) comes in.
  • Juniper invests in data center switch vendor Blade

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:08 am

    Juniper Networks has invested in Blade Network Technologies, maker and supplier of switches for data center blade servers.
  • Review

    Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Travelers in need of frequent Internet access have more options than ever these days, but the choices aren't always satisfactory. You can try to find a Wi-Fi hotspot, but sometimes one isn't handy. You can get a mobile broadband USB modem from a major carrier, but that typically requires installing special software, which can be a hassle. Novatel Wireless's MiFi 2200, a pocketable gadget that marries the convenience of Wi-Fi to the ubiquity of mobile broadband, elegantly sidesteps these issues.
  • WiFi Fans Have Their Say

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 8:46 am

    So many people commented and sent e-mail about last week's column on WiFi I had to check and make sure I didn't accidentally insult Apple or claim Linux was better than Windows. Nope, I just said WiFi wasn't always the best way to network.
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