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  • IBM speeds up data analysis with new algorithm

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 1:40 am

    IBM researchers have developed a new algorithm that could in minutes analyze terabytes' worth of raw data to more quickly predict weather and electricity usage, the company said Thursday.
  • PayPal to open app store for developers

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    PayPal will open an applications store this year where developers can offer their wares, the latest step in the company's multi-pronged strategy to deepen its relationship with external programmers.
  • SAP rolls out SaaS BI for 'casual users'

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 5:30 pm

    SAP made a major new push into on-demand BI (business intelligence) Wednesday, announcing a new suite that combines all of SAP's SaaS (software as a service) BI products and is aimed at "casual" users who are "underserved" by other products.
  • ERP Support: How Far Will Oracle Go to Protect Golden Egg?

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 5:17 pm

    What does Oracle think about those companies that offer third-party maintenance and support services for Oracle's software--for up to half off Oracle's price? Look no further than the names of these two lawsuits:
  • 5 Reasons to Revisit Google Desktop Now

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 5:07 pm

    Google Desktop is a downloadable application that indexes items on your computer such as e-mail conversations, Microsoft Office documents, Web history, PDFs, music, images and video. The app then copies the items' content to your local cache, allowing you to search for any of these documents quicker than your computer's standard search function does.
  • Web designers announce IE6's 'death,' slate party

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    A Denver Web design firm will hold a tongue-in-cheek funeral for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 on March 4 to celebrate the aged browser's decline.
  • Virtual Applications for a Global Workplace

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    Users now have secure access to the applications and data they need from any internet-enabled device.
  • Six unexpected uses for tooltips

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    Tooltips--those little yellow rectangles of information that pop up when you hover your cursor over something--do more than just describe the name and function of a button on a toolbar. Use them to find the full name or path of a file in the Finder, to get a quick summary of a help topic, and more. Here are six of my favorite tricks. (Note: Apple now uses the term "help tag" instead of "tooltip" in much of its documentation. You might encounter both terms.)
  • Office Tips: Work More Efficiently in Word

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 3:26 pm

    Print multiple copies of specific pages, strip out hyperlinks, add filler text, and use keyboard shortcuts to change the font size for selected type.
  • Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrades: The Costs and the Benefits

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 3:24 pm

    A Forrester study concludes that the return on Windows 7 migrations will be well worth the investment. Meanwhile, Microsoft pushes application virtualization tools to motivate Windows 7 and Office 2010 fence-sitters.
  • Q&A: Taking the early dive into 4G

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    Kayentis executive Guy Maestre discusses why his company decided to invest in Sprint's WiMAX technology.
  • Disable Your Laptop's Touchpad While You Type

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    Recently two of my relatives complained of the same maddening problem: They'd be typing along on their laptops when suddenly the cursor would jump, resulting in garbled text or even an unwanted mouse-click.
  • CA continues cloud computing buying spree

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    CA enters into a deal to buy 3Tera in a move industry watchers say will catapult the IT management software maker into cloud computing customer accounts
  • Web app developers showered with advice

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Hopeful entrepreneurs and developers attending the Future of Web Apps conference in Miami Beach received a heavy dose of real-world advice from successful peers, including some tips that at first pass seem counterintuitive.
  • Color-Code the Windows Media Center TV Guide

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    Last week I showed you how to add channel logos to the Windows Media Center TV guide. Today let's look at another guide tweak: color-coding the listings.
  • Use a built-in shortcut to ease Screen Sharing in Mac OS X 10.6

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    If you use Screen Sharing a lot in OS X 10.6, there are a couple ways to make it easier to connect to your Macs. First, there's ScreenSharingMenulet, which places an icon in your menu bar, showing machines you've previously connected to via Screen Sharing. If you'd rather keep your menu bar uncluttered, though, here's a built-in solution.
  • Hack to Get Android 2.1 On 4 Windows Mobile Phones

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    As a long-time Windows Mobile user who finally gave up on it and switched to an Android phone, I've been thrilled with the new operating system. Now, it looks like others who are fed up with WinMo might be able to switch a little more easily.
  • Apple App Store's Dirty Little Secret

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    If you're an iPhone owner, you've probably got a virtual wardrobe full of deleted iPhone apps. Most cost you a dollar or more, others were downloaded for free, but nearly all of them let you down in some way.
  • QuickStudy: Drupal

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    Drupal is free content-management software designed to let an individual or user group publish, manage and organize Web sites that feature a wide variety of content. Drupal is currently being used to power community Web portals, discussion sites, corporate Web sites, intranet applications, personal Web sites and blogs, fan sites, e-commerce applications, resource directories and social networking sites. Recently, the Obama administration adopted Drupal as the foundation for the Web site.
  • Review

    Network Activity Indicator

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    Windows 7 users, do you miss the blue blinking of the small two-monitor icon in the system tray that flashed to show when you there was network activity in Windows Vista? If so, you'll want to download the small utility Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7. Run it, and you'll see that familiar old blinking icon. There are benefits beyond seeing a familiar icon; the program tells you at a glance whether you are connected to a network, and also can provide useful information about your network connection.
  • Web Conferencing: New Tools Go Beyond Screen Sharing

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Global teams could benefit from evolving web conferencing tools that allow individuals to jointly use browser-based apps.
  • Texas firm countersues bank in connection with $800,000 cyber theft

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:52 pm

    A Texas manufacturing firm has filed a lawsuit against a bank seeking the return of $200,000 stolen from its online bank account.
  • Twitter growth prompts switch from MySQL to 'NoSQL' database

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    Twitter Inc. is slowly moving off the MySQL database for so-called 'NoSQL' open-source database technology that's already been embraced by Web 2.0 counterparts, Facebook Inc. and Digg.
  • Why You Need a Smartphone Application Strategy

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:39 pm

    What's Happening: In the next five years, smartphone use is expected to double. An estimated two-thirds of U.S. residents will carry one, says Michael Grossi, a director at consultancy Altman Vilandrie and Company. That's more than market penetration—it's domination. For CIOs such as Lev Gonick at Case Western Reserve University, the writing is on the wall: laptops are becoming second fiddle. That means CIOs must have an enterprise application strategy for these small, powerful devices.
  • TinkerTool 4.0 monkeys with Snow Leopard

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    Marcel Bresink released version 4.0 of the venerable system utility TinkerTool, which adds a massive laundry list of new preferences to Mac OS X and brings full compatibility with Snow Leopard.

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