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  • AT&T tops in 3G wireless speeds, study finds

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Although AT&T has been taking a pounding lately from Verizon ads and from customer satisfaction surveys, a new study suggests that the carrier can take solace in the fact that its 3G wireless network is the fastest in the nation.
  • Verizon updates Droid software; Users hope it fixes echo problem

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    An over-the-air software update to the Droid smartphone started yesterday, but it wasn't clear whether the 14 enhancements address a voice echo problem that hundreds of users complained about in online forums.
  • Top quotes of the year

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    As the year draws to a close, we thought about the memorable quotes related to IT and offer, in no particular order, 15 that stuck with us.
  • Review

    First Look: Google Goggles tries to ID your world

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Googles Labs' latest is a smartphone app that identifies whatever you take photos of. But Google Goggles is still very much in beta.
  • Orange says life is better on its mobile social network

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Mobile phone operator Orange plans to open Life Is Better On, its take on mobile social networking, on Wednesday.
  • Ericsson to lay off up to 1,000 employees

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Ericsson plans to cut up to about 1,000 employees, and will in the process close its site in the Swedish town of Gävle, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
  • HP user group Connect looks online for growth

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 9:40 am

    The board of directors of the HP user group Connect were able to look back at a year of accomplishment and ahead to one of further growth as they met here last month for their annual meeting.
  • Infoblox, Neustar form alliance

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 2:40 am

    Infoblox and Neustar have inked a partnership that allows the two companies to resell each other's DNS products to enterprise customers and hints towards tighter integration of these offerings in the future.
  • Motorola to sell Droid-style phone in China this month

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 12:40 am

    Motorola will start selling a smartphone similar to the Droid in China this month, but the phone will use China's homegrown 3G standard and a China Mobile operating system.
  • Cheap WPA Wireless Cracking

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    Pay your money, and a cracker will break open a WPA-protected Wi-Fi network for you using an automated cloud-based hacking tool.
  • Google missing as FCC seeks bids for white spaces vendors

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    Google could get left in the dark with white spaces, after it fought so vocally to get white spaces approved. The FCC could grant a five-year monopoly to a white spaces service provider, and Microsoft has already demonstrated its technology in the first public network -- one that was funded by a FCC director's own VC firm.
  • Walking, talking on cell phone a dangerous combo

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    A University of Illinois study found that there's significant danger in crossing the street while talking on a cell phone.
  • NASA launches app for iPhone and iPod Touch

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    NASA today unveiled NASA App 1.1, an updated version of its free application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.
  • Force10 embraces MPLS within carrier core switches

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Force10 Networks is forging deeper into the carrier core by adding MPLS to its high-end Ethernet routing switches.
  • Novell grabs for big role in virtualization security

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Novell this week will lay out an ambitious plan to secure applications across heterogeneous virtualization platforms at customer sites and off-premises, an effort designed to play off Novell's strengths in network and identity management.
  • Ruckus patents technique for video over Wi-Fi

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Wi-Fi equipment vendor Ruckus Wireless has patented a technique that appears to be widely used to improve video on wireless LANs.
  • The Traditional IT Budget Process Wastes Big Bucks

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Research shows that companies waste a lot of staff time (and money) on the annual budget process. The CIO Executive Board has identified unconventional budget approaches that are less time-consuming and more flexible.
  • Intel: No Handheld Device Can Do It All

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Intel researchers say an all-in-one device won't do any one task very well, but gadgets will become more personalized.
  • Building the Google smartbook dream machine

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 9:10 am

    InfoWorld's 10 essentials for the smartbook revolution to succeed
  • Best Time To Apply Security Patches

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    Applying security patches can be a big job in large corporations, so even if they wanted to, many companies couldn't patch immediately. Experts recommend that companies have patching policies in place that specify when and how to patch that gets the job done reliably and with minimal disruption to business. Typically companies take between a week and a month to apply a given patch.
  • Hearst's Skiff plans e-reading service around content

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The Hearst publishing company unveiled its long-awaited e-reader plan on Friday, describing an "e-reading service platform" coming next year that will distribute content from multiple publishers to a variety of wireless mobile devices.
  • Best Time to Perform Scans on Open Ports of a Network

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    For most companies, a monthly scan is adequate to ensure that the incoming connections are only for known services and that the ports haven't been penetrated by intruders or malware.
  • Best Time to Perform a Comprehensive Security Audit

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    Companies should perform a very thorough IT audit every four years evaluating every system plus backup and restore, disaster recovery, and emergency procedures, says Michelle Johnston Sollicito, an e-business consultant and author.
  • Global news recap, World Tech Update, Dec. 4, 2009

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 10:10 am

    Click here to watch this week's World Tech Update.
  • Using Tomcat with Apache httpd

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 9:39 am

    You will lose at least 50% of Tomcat's response performance by proxying all requests through an Apache httpd module first.
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