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  • The cloud may not be the Internet

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 9:56 am

    In our last newsletter we distinguished between public and private cloud computing and discussed some of the challenges associated with supporting both forms of cloud computing over a WAN. In this newsletter we will continue that discussion and will also discuss how IT organizations intend to respond to those challenges.
  • Sprint's first WiMax smartphone called Supersonic, runs Android, say reports

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 9:49 am

    Reports and a photo of Sprint Nextel Inc.'s first WiMax smartphone, code-named Supersonic, have surfaced, but the company has not yet confirmed the device.
  • T-Mobile and Orange merger in UK hits a snag

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 8:10 am

    The merger between mobile operators T-Mobile and Orange significantly threatens to decrease competition in the U.K market, the U.K. Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said on Wednesday.
  • Japan certifies its first LTE modem

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 6:40 am

    Japanese regulators have certified the country's first data modem based on LTE technology, manufacturer LG Electronics said on Wednesday. The step takes the country a little closer towards the planned launch of its first LTE network.
  • Facebook sees need for Terabit Ethernet

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Facebook's data centers already need 100-Gigabit Ethernet and ideally could use 1-Terabit Ethernet, according to a senior network engineer at the company.
  • FAQ: Amazon vs. Macmillan -- The iPad wins

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 1:04 pm

    The uproar between Amazon.com and publishing house Macmillan over the price of e-books may be the precursor to more marketing battles as Apple's iPad enters the e-reader market. This FAQ sets the scene.
  • Facebook poses biggest security threat to businesses

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    Nearly two thirds (60 percent) of businesses believe social network Facebook poses the biggest threat to security, says Sophos.
  • Brits send 11 million texts an hour

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 12:09 pm

    Brits send 11 million text messages every hour, says the Mobile Data Association.
  • Review

    Android apps for business users

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 9:19 am

    These 10 handy apps for Google Android phones take the sting out of business travel and keep you productive on the road.
  • Sony Ericsson makes a QWERTY comeback

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 8:10 am

    Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications has launched the Aspen, a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, running the latest version of Windows Mobile.
  • Southwest in-flight Wi-Fi coming next quarter

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Southwest Airlines has ordered equipment for an in-flight Wi-Fi service and will start deploying it on planes in the second quarter of this year.
  • Security Testing: It Is About Coverage

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 7:19 pm

    It is easy to do pentetration testing. My two year daughter can do it (well at least she broke through a screen-lock). But doing it well is the challenge. That is what coverage is about. Security test coverage, like any test coverage, is measuring how much of all the possible sensible options you cover with your testing. Let's dig into this topic a bit more, and perhaps next time someone comes offering you pentesting services, you will have a few new questions to ask the auditors.
  • CRM Tips: The Trouble With Activity Management

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    The whole point of a CRM system is to improve revenue productivity and the quality of customer interaction. That means measurement. So why shouldn't measurement look beyond output and examine the activities that contribute to revenue, closed cases, and happy customers?
  • YouTube support of IPv6 seen in dramatic traffic spike

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Google has quietly turned on IPv6 support for its YouTube video streaming Web site, sending a spike of IPv6 traffic across the Internet that has continued from last Thursday until Monday.
  • Rival analyst firm tries to lure Gartner/Burton Group customers

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Competition for enterprise IT customers is always fierce, as any industry analyst will tell you. But this week, the competition for customers is being waged by the analyst firms themselves.
  • Cisco readying major core router upgrade?

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Cisco is reportedly soon announcing a new carrier core router as a next-generation follow on to the 6-year-old CRS-1, and a better competitor to Juniper's T1600.
  • US gov't criticizes texting/phoning while driving study

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    A new study says insurance claims data shows that bans on cell phone calling and texting apparently has no effect on the number of vehicle crashes. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s response: the study is “irresponsible.”
  • Category Killer: Will iPhone Be Death of Gaming Devices?

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    The iPhone has been called a category killer. Standalone devices such as gaming devices, the thinking goes, don't stand a chance against the all-in-one iPhone. Or do they?
  • Connecting Your iPhone or iPad with Your Business

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 10:23 am

    Despite its reputation as a consumer device, the presence of the iPhone, and soon the iPad, in the business environment cannot be ignored. IT Administrators at businesses of all sizes must address the challenge of integrating the devices and providing access to network resources.
  • NTT DoCoMo to demo prototype LTE handset

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 12:10 am

    NTT DoCoMo plans to demonstrate a prototype cellular handset running next-generation LTE technology at this month's Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona, one of the companies that co-developed the handset said Monday.
  • Qualcomm to build research center in Korea, invest in Pulsus

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 12:10 am

    U.S. wireless technology developer Qualcomm plans to build a research and development center in South Korea and invest in Pulsus Technologies, a local chip maker.
  • Blue Coat shows the way to IPv6

    Posted January 31, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Blue Coat has implemented a new platform to aid IPv4 o IPv6 migration.
  • AT&T Beefing Up Network for iPad and iPhone

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 10:34 pm

    The recent flurry of rumors predicting the end of AT&T's arrangement as exclusive provider of the Apple iPhone were apparently false. In fact, not only did Apple not announce the demise of exclusivity, it doubled down on its exclusive arrangement with AT&T by revealing AT&T as the sole provider of 3G wireless access for the upcoming iPad as well.
  • Apple makes $208 on each $499 iPad

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 10:24 pm

    The new $499 iPad tablet actually runs Apple about $270 in materials and manufacturing costs, a Wall Street analyst said today.
  • With iPad on the way, AT&T touts network investments

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 10:05 pm

    Now that AT&T has taken its lumps from both competitors and users over the size of its 3G network, the company is determined not to be caught flat footed again.
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