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Linux and the Power of Virtual Mega-Machines

Cloud computing describes an Internet-based computing infrastructure that has abstracted users and user applications from the underlying computing resources that support them. In concept, cloud computing is functionally different from previous IT architectures in that users no longer need to own, ha...

Nanotech ‘Trojan Horse’ Sneaks Drugs Into Cancer Cells

Good things come in small packages, as the saying goes, and nowhere is that more true than in nanotechnology. Research in the field has recently led to several new strategies for employing nanotechnology in the fight against cancer, and -- so far, at least -- the results are promising. One of the ha...

Legal Buzz Saw May Have a Dull Blade

The latest blast of indignation against Google's much maligned social networking tool, Buzz, has arrived in the form of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Eva Hibnick, a Florida resident, in a San Jose federal court. The complaint alleges privacy violations and seeks class action status. Buzz violated sev...

Evil Kneber Botnet Packs Mighty Malware Punch

As botnets go, the Kneber botnet, which has hit about 75,000 PCs in roughly 2,500 companies worldwide, is fairly minuscule. However, it's disproportionately dangerous because it's aimed at very specific targets -- corporations and government departments -- whose PCs store critically important inform...

OPINION

Why CRM Keeps Sales Reps Awake at Night

Although service is gaining in importance as the economy is forcing customer retention to the fore, sales has long been the dominant leg of the CRM stool. Many CRM efforts were spearheaded by sales, and in many organizations, the SFA functions of CRM software remain the only features that actually g...

ANALYSIS

Mobile Enterprise Strategies: We’re All in This Together

As organizations enter 2010, it is no longer sufficient to simply provide mobile devices to employees and expect concrete business value to somehow magically appear. With the emergence of new mobile platforms, the infiltration of individual-liable devices into the workplace and the rapid growth of m...

Could WinPho7 Be a Contender?

With the latest iteration of its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft aims to narrow the gap between its OS, the iPhone OS and Android. Built to focus on consumers, Windows Phone 7 Series -- or WinPho7 -- was designed from the ground up. "We made a very big decision to re-exami...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Will the Decade’s Best Distros Please Stand Up?

We may be halfway through February already, but that doesn't mean it's too late to look back at the past 10 years and ponder what has been. No indeed! Bloggers did plenty of backward-gazing last month as well, of course, but recently a fresh example came up that caught Linux Girl's attention. "Best ...

Outlook Takes Timid Step Into Social Networking

Microsoft has forged deals with LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook to connect their networks through its popular email and personal information manager, Outlook. The company introduced Outlook Social Connector when it rolled out a beta of Microsoft Office 2010 last November. The OSC connects emails, con...

Verizon Does Odd Mating Dance With Skype

Just as Skype devotees use the Voice over Internet Protocol service to talk to friends and family anywhere in the world, Verizon Wireless used Skype Tuesday to send a loud message of its own to Apple, AT&T and the rest of the competition: We can play the VoIP game too. Beginning in March, Verizo...

US Cybersecurity Hypothetically Pathetic

Earlier this week, Cyber ShockWave, a simulated cyberattack on America, once again showed that the U.S.'s cybersecurity is not up to the task of protecting the country's infrastructure. Under the hypothetical scenario cooked up by Cyber ShockWave's planners, the attack was launched through smartphon...

EPIC Takes Buzz Privacy Battle to FTC

Just a week after the launch of Google Buzz, the Electronic Privacy Information Center on Tuesday filed a complaint with the FTC charging that the new service violates federal consumer protection law. "This is a significant breach of consumers' expectations of privacy," said Marc Rotenberg, the grou...

PODCAST

Bringing Storage Virtualization Out of the Shadows

You've heard a lot about server virtualization over the past few years, and many enterprises have adopted virtual servers to improve their ability to manage runtime workloads and high utilization rates to cut total cost. But as a sibling to server virtualization, storage virtualization has some stro...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

NoteCase: Much More Than a Mindless Text Drone

To be really useful, a note-taking program needs more than the ability to simply put letters on the screen. It requires a database mentality with a quick and simple user interface. NoteCase Manager is designed with all the features needed to be a true digital note-processing system. I tend to be fin...

Will a Slightly Better Browser and Free Server Keep BlackBerry Fans Happy?

Research In Motion released details about several anticipated new offerings for its BlackBerry device at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. They include a new WebKit-based browser, a free version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, and an assortment of new apps. RIM executives at the trade...

ANALYSIS

DBMS Vendors Likely to Get Scrappy in 2010

The database market will see lots of activity during the 2010-2011 timeframe as nearly 60 percent of organizations move to upgrade or expand existing and legacy networks. That statistic comes from new ITIC survey data, which polled 450 organizations worldwide. Not surprisingly, the survey shows that...

INSIGHTS

Unified Communications: Decidedly Sustainable

I almost never attend a webinar unless I am speaking. When I need to know something, I usually get a one-on-one with a CEO or other leader of a company. They're very gracious with their time, and the tutelage helps me as an analyst, though often I don't run out and write something about my experie...

The WACky Search for Unified Mobile App Development

A newly formed international consortium has claimed it can be the glue that unites a fragmented mobile applications market. However, if the Wholesale Applications Community can't deliver on its promise of an open platform that will let developers write apps for all devices -- save perhaps Apple's iP...

HTC Unleashes Solid, Speedy New Androids

Smartphone manufacturing giant HTC on Tuesday unveiled three new smartphones and announced upgrades to its Sense user interface at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Two of the smartphones -- the Legend and the Desire -- run the Sense UI on top of Android. The third, the HD mini, runs Sense on ...

Microsoft Builds Zune, Xbox Into New Windows Phone Platform

With the demonstration of its newest mobile platform Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft vastly extended its mobile platform and at the same took it in a new direction, at least from a naming and branding perspective. It's dubbed the new platform "Windows Phone 7 Series." For...

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