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  • Don't expect an Amazon EC2 competitor from Oracle

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    Although Oracle will gain all the technology it needs to launch a public cloud-computing infrastructure service like Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) with the purchase of Sun Microsystems, it has "no plans" to do so, Oracle Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven said Wednesday during a company event.
  • Facebook tool could be exploited by cyber-bullies

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    A recent Facebook feature can be exploited to be a cyber-bullying tool in the wrong hands, a security vendor warns.
  • Oracle promises top-notch support for Sun customers

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    Sun Microsystems customers are about to experience "the highest level of customer service" in the industry under Oracle's ownership, thanks to its superior support technology and track record of execution, an Oracle executive claimed Wednesday.
  • Oracle will boost MySQL, release Cloud Office suite

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Oracle promised to aggressively push its newly acquired MySQL open-source database, rather than kill it.
  • Gaming tech spurs development of hyperfast medical imaging systems

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    University and hospital researchers from Boston are using 3D video graphics cards and parallel software to develop new systems that can speed up medical imaging applications from 10 to 1000 times.
  • Oracle's ambitious plans for integrating Sun's technology

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Java said to be critical, and Oracle promises to take advantage of Solaris especially for high-demand applications
  • What's Happening with ERP Today

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Today's ERP systems call for different management.
  • A New Source of ERP Value

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Analytics is one area where ERP vendors are starting to respond to CIO demands for new capabilities.
  • ERP: How and Why You Need to Manage It Differently

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Kennametal, a $2 billion maker of construction tools, has spent $10 million on ERP maintenance contracts during the past 13 years and not once could the company take advantage of upgrades, says CIO Steve Hanna. The company's implementation was too customized: The time and effort needed to tweak and test the upgrade outweighed any benefits, he says. But Hanna kept trying. Late last year, he priced the cost of consultants to help with an ERP re-implementation and was shocked by estimates ranging from $15 million up to $54 million.
  • New iPad means iPhone developers need to think different

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Developers are gearing up for the new possibilities in the iPad, but they may have to move beyond their iPhone roots
  • Google commands more than half of iPhone’s Web traffic

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    A new report from Chitika Research shows that Google has even more significant presence on the iPhone than you might have thought. According to Chitika, Google searches alone account for more than 50 percent of all Internet traffic from mobile device running the iPhone OS.That means Google outstrips all other traffic, including other search sites and all visits to Websites in the phone's browser.
  • SharePoint 2010 overkill for some, Forrester says

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Microsoft's SharePoint 2010 server is growing up, but may include too many capabilities for those users seeking to meet isolated or specific requirements, according to a study by Forrester Research.
  • The Snoopy Google Toolbar

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    It turns out that the popular Google Toolbar has been keeping an eye on Internet Explorer 8 users even when it's turned off.
  • Sybase joins in-memory database fray

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Sybase's flagship database can now run entirely within memory
  • Demand for freeware strong in large businesses

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Eighty-four percent of large organisations use at least six pieces of free software in the business, according a survey by free software provider Global Graphics.
  • Review

    WolframAlpha for iPhone

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 11:10 am

    I started high school at a particularly difficult time for someone who would eventually grow up to be a gadget freak and mad scientist. By then, the slide rule had faded from the curriculum, the calculator was in its expensive infancy and the personal computer had yet to truly make the scene. Late in my senior year, my school bought a TRS-80. One of them. For the main office. To my great excitement I managed to talk someone there into letting me play with it. Alas, my privileges were abruptly curtailed after I saved a particularly frustrating BASIC program into a file with a colorful name. Who knew the guidance counsellor was was using it too? He suggested I consider creative writing classes at the local community college.
  • 3D Secure online payment system not secure, researchers say

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 10:10 am

    A widely deployed system intended to reduce on-line payment card fraud is fraught with security problems, according to University of Cambridge researchers.
  • Developers crazy about Apple tablet, survey says

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 8:40 am

    Application developers are eager to start building software for Apple's expected tablet, according to a just-published survey from Appcelerator, a maker of developer tools.
  • SAP Q4 revenue sinks 9 percent, net income drops 12 percent

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 7:40 am

    SAP reported a 9 percent year-on-year fall in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009, with net income dropping 12 percent from its record level a year earlier. But the company sees a return to growth and improvements in operating income this year, it said Wednesday.
  • MoD staff leak military secrets on Facebook and Twitter

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 7:40 am

    The Ministry of Defence has admitted that staff leaked secret information 16 times on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter over the past 18 months.
  • China says no limits on Google's Android if it follows laws

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 2:10 am

    China on Wednesday said Google's Android operating system will not be blocked if it follows local regulations, after speculation that Google's threat to leave China could hurt the adoption of Android there.
  • Apple tablet unlikely to be B2B-ready, says vendor

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 10:40 pm

    Tablet computers preceding Apple's expected tablet may have been a dud with consumers, but they have actually made some inroads in industries such as health care, construction and field service.
  • Microsoft talks up semantic search ambitions

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    Semantic technologies help computers better understand information in order to provide better, more relevant search results
  • Six Easy Pieces: How to Do Cost of Ownership Analysis Better

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    If cost of ownership analysis is a painful exercise for IT organizations, why has almost every company done it (and continued to do it) multiple times? Simply because management requires an accurate understanding of current IT costs and strengths so they can better assess new ideas and technologies. In this article, we will identify six key elements to effective cost of ownership analysis, which you can use these to improve the accuracy and eliminate the frustration associated with this necessary step in your IT evolution.
  • Bank files lawsuit against victim of $800,000 cybertheft

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    A Texas bank is suing a customer hit by an $800,000 cybertheft in a case that could test the extent to which customers should be held responsible for protecting their online accounts from compromises.

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