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  • Clearwire network down for hours in handful of cities

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Clearwire customers in a handful of locations were unable to get online for several hours due to a network outage late Tuesday.
  • Businesses need to evaluate disruptive Google Goggles

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Amidst the slew of Google announcements this week, one that really made me sit up in my chair concerned a new mobile service called Google Goggles. Now, I don't have an Android phone and therefore have no easy way to try out this "visual search" technology, but I know some people who have, and they have confirmed it works -- at least some of the time. While Google Goggles promises to bring convenience and coolness to owners of Android phones, I am convinced there will be a disruptive impact on certain types of businesses and organizations, especially as Google improves the recognition algorithms and ports the technology to other mobile platforms. This futuristic
  • Microsoft getting better at Patch Tuesday updates, experts say

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    All told, Microsoft released 74 patches in 2009 and while some months were worse than others (such as October), security experts say the software giant seems to be refining and improving the process of explaining and pushing out patches.
  • Apple may ship tablet as early as March, analysts say

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Apple may unveil a 10.1-in. tablet as early as March, a pair of Wall Street analysts said today.
  • Intel nurses 'black eye' on Larrabee, as AMD, Nvidia get to work

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    While Intel nurses a self-inflicted wound after pulling the plug on its long-anticipated Larrabee graphics chip, analysts said rivals AMD and Nvidia need to make hay with the extra time they've been given.
  • Internet2 on prowl for CEO

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Internet2, the advanced networking consortium powered by educational and research organizations, has announced that it’s on the lookout for a new CEO.
  • 802.11ac Standard Will Bring Gigabit Speeds to WiFi

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Although the wireless 802.11n standard has just recently been made official, IEEE has begun work on the next iteration of WiFi. The coming upgrade may deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second by improving on the efficiency of existing technology, according to Electronista.
  • AT&T wireless chief defends 3G network

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega today touted his 3G network's speeds and vowed that the company would continue to improve it until it was ready to transition to 4G technology
  • AT&T moves closer to usage-based fees for data

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    AT&T is moving even closer to charging special usage fees to heavy data users, including those with iPhones and other smartphones, according to Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.
  • Cisco sees room to grow, despite enterprise dominance

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 11:40 am

    With dominance in enterprise networking, Cisco still believes there's room to grow through innovation.
  • Network router cheat sheet

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 11:40 am

    It's been said that Microsoft Word users only exploit 10% of the software's capabilities. The same might be true of those managing enterprise LAN switches and routers, a habit that might be costing organizations in unnecessary purchases and manpower at a time when every penny counts.

  • IPv6 and VoIP – Friend or foe?

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Whether enterprise users are ready or not, it appears that implementation of IPv6 is in the not-too-distant future. The need for enhanced addressing is needed, especially as everything from your PC to your toothbrush (so your dentist can immediately know whether you're really brushing after every meal) becomes IP-enabled.
  • BT, Cisco to build global hosted unified communications service

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 10:23 am

    British Telecommmunications and Cisco Systems Inc. announced a global hosted IP unified communications service that includes building new data centers in Chicago and Manhattan to supplement operations in London.
  • Virtual SIM allows multiple connections on a mobile handset

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 3:40 am

    Comviva Technologies, an Indian vendor of technology for value-added services, is targeting poor people in India, Africa and other developing markets with its "Virtual SIM" technology that allows users to connect to their mobile service using a shared or borrowed handset.
  • Wireless HD Video Standard Final, Promises 1080p Support

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    The Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) Consortium announced on Tuesday that their wireless technology specification has finally reached a completed state. The new standard will give consumers the ability to transmit high definition (HD) content around their homes wirelessly.
  • Cisco still open to IBM partnership

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    Cisco Systems tried to partner with major server vendors several years ago before coming out with its own blade servers earlier this year, and it's still open to a partnership with IBM, Chairman and CEO John Chambers said Tuesday.
  • Orange launches own mobile application shop

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Orange will this month get on the mobile-application-store bandwagon and launch its own shop, the operator said on Wednesday.
  • Leading from a Distance: What Managers Need to Know

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    With the right skills and tools, virtual teams can be as effective as any traditional co-located teams, and in some cases, can be even more productive and efficient.
  • Nokia launches two new smartphones in the U.S

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Nokia today released two smartphone models in the U.S. where the worldwide leader still lags behind some rivals.
  • Wireless management presents unique challenges

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    From convergence to mobility to virtualization, every networking innovation that delivers convenience to end users also brings complexity for IT managers. Nowhere is this trade-off in complexity greater than in the migration to IEEE 802.11n wireless networks.
  • Cisco's new structure key to success, Chambers says

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Cisco Systems' whirlwind of activity over the past few months wouldn't have been possible without the company's spread-out management structure, in which about 650 people are involved in cross-functional 'councils' and 'boards' that search out potentially profitable new markets, Chairman and CEO John Chambers told a financial analyst conference on Tuesday.
  • Siemens enterprise group hires new CEO

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Siemens' Enterprise Networking group has tapped a Deutsche Telekom executive to serve as its new CEO.
  • Microsoft, NetApp ink three-year collaboration deal

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Microsoft and NetApp have signed a three-year development deal to better enable a single console management view of their respective software and hardware.
  • Nortel in '09: Dismantling of a tech stalwart

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    This year saw the slow, painful dismantling of Nortel. Its gradual exit from the tech scene played out the entire year, as each month brought news of more layoffs, markdowns or sell-offs.
  • Unified Tech Migrates to the Cloud

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Unified communications is moving to a hosted model for small and midsize businesses, an In-Stat report says.
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