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  • Want a job? Get a computer science degree

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 1:40 am

    Here's a tip for incoming and current college students: If you want to have a high-paying job on graduation day, study computer science.
  • Best of the Tests

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 1:40 am

    We tested more than 100 products in 2009 in a wide variety of categories, but 15 of those products were head and shoulders above the rest and earn our Best of the Tests Award. Here are the categories and winners:
  • Cisco-HP split may not be too painful for customers

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard probably won't force their mutual customers to take sides after the end of their partnership, though the vendors are deadly serious about competing against one another, analysts said on Friday.
  • Rural carrier: Traffic pumping isn't easy issue

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee expanded their investigation into so-called voice traffic pumping schemes this week, by sending a series of questions to 24 small telecom providers accused of the practice.
  • LTE devices to come in all shapes and sizes

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    The continued progress of LTE (Long-Term Evolution) was one of the biggest trends at Mobile World Congress this week. Besides modems, vendors showed netbooks and portable Wi-Fi hotspots that are compatible with LTE.
  • Watching the creative destruction of the mobile industry at MWC

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    The continued mobile client innovation in handsets and operating systems is just the surface of an industry still re-inventing itself.
  • Could Tiger Woods render networks impotent today?

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 12:12 pm

    Golfer and purported sex addict Tiger Woods plans press conference that could bring corporate networks to their knees as employees log on to watch live streaming via the Internet.
  • Comcast offers online backup, sharing through Mozy

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Comcast will bundle online storage capacity from EMC's Mozy division with its broadband service and let residential subscribers share the content they store with friends -- or with the entire Internet.
  • HP resells QLogic edge switches; is Cisco relationship cooling?

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 4:12 pm

    HP announced today it is reselling QLogic's 8Gbit/sec stackable edge Fibre Channel switches as part of its StorageWorks line of products, a move some say may indicate a cooling between HP and another partner, Cisco.
  • The technology behind the Vancouver Olympic Games

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    Bell Canada is claiming the Vancouver 2010 Olympic network as the first IP-based converged network at any Olympic or Paralympic Games. It will be built to provide seamless telephone, wireless, radio and Internet communications services for fans, media, athletes and officials from around the world.
  • Cities on Utah fiber network apply to Google

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 5:10 am

    A group of 16 Utah towns that operate a fiber-optic network want to be among the first in the U.S. to get ultra high-speed Internet access.
  • PARC works on content-centric networking

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 11:41 pm

    Mark Bernstein, CEO of the famed facility, says content-centric networking will be hitting the market within the next couple years.
  • Skype On Verizon: So Who Needs A Voice Plan?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    Tuesday's announcement that Verizon Wireless will allow its subscribers to make Skype calls on nine of its smartphones is a telling sign where the mobile industry is heading. If you connect the dots, the traditional wireless voice plan appears to be an endangered species. Its demise may not arrive overnight, or even in a couple of years, but its days are numbered.
  • Mobile buying booms in US, banking in India

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Many U.S. consumers whipped out their smartphones in brick-and-mortar stores to find better deals online last year, tripling mobile shopping revenue in just one year, an ABI Research analyst said Wednesday.
  • Look who's a nerd: Barbie becomes computer engineer

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    Toy maker Mattel has given Barbie, an iconic fashion doll since 1959, a new career -- as a computer engineer.
  • Groups call for 'bold' national broadband plan

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    When U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski called this week for 100 million U.S. homes to have 100M bps (bits per second) broadband service by 2020, he wasn't quite aiming high enough, said a coalition of digital rights and consumer groups.
  • Florida man charged in telephone cramming scheme

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    A Florida man has been charged with mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with a so-called telephone cramming scheme, in which companies he owned allegedly charged customers for calls they did not make, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Postal Inspector's Miami field office announced.
  • Computer Breaking and Entering is a Business

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 4:09 pm

    If you still think that people breaking into computer is for amateurs, think again. It's a business operation.
  • FCC's 100 Megabits to the Home: What It Means To You

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    There's little debate that the United States lags behind other industrialized nations in high-speed Internet use. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), more than 100 million Americans don't have broadband at home because they either can't get it, can't afford it, or aren't aware of its benefits. Some 65 percent of U.S. households have broadband, a far lower adoption rate than in other technologically advanced countries such as Singapore (88 percent) or South Korea (95 percent).
  • Windows Phone 7 a good start, but questions persist

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    Microsoft's brought out a new mobile operating system like it had to, but analysts wonder whether users will notice in a crowded market of already strong products.
  • Windows Phone 7: Has Microsoft got its groove back?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    They're baaaack. Just when you thought the dragon had been mortally wounded and sloughed off to its cave to die, it comes back spitting fire and disturbing the neighbors.
  • iPad SDK's surprise: There are no surprises

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    Developers report lacks of new features beyond support of UI elements for the larger screen.
  • Wired app for iPad avoids Apple's Flash blockade, ePub format

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Wired magazine is planning to offer a digital version of its publication that's targeted at tablets like Apple Inc.'s iPad and relies on software built by Adobe Systems Inc.
  • NBC Olympic coverage: Is the Internet the enemy?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    A year and a half ago I wrote that I expected the Beijing Olympics would be "the last pre-Internet Olympics," but I was wrong. The Vancouver Olympics has established that NBC has no interest in maximizing viewer interest in the games, or in minimizing the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars it says it will suffer from covering the event.
  • Verizon Users to Get Skype App...Is There a Catch?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Verizon Wireless and Skype yesterday announced a deal that will produce a new, exclusive mobile Skype-calling and -messaging app for Verizon customers with select 3G BlackBerry handhelds, as well as Motorola DROID and HTC DROID ERIS users.
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