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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...

Google Adds a Little Sparkle to Chrome for Linux

Google has updated the beta version of its Chrome for Linux with a variety of fixes designed to make the browser more reliable, the company announced Thursday. Version 5.0.307.7 of Chrome for Linux addresses several bugs that were problematic in the previous version. One fix, for example, changes an...

ANALYSIS

Making the Case for Next-Gen Unix Systems

Recent IT industry events have created a field day for those who think the news tend to come in "threes": Oracle said it would continue investing in Sun's Sparc- and X64-based systems and storage hardware. Intel introduced the Itanium processor 9300 series, which the company said delivers more than ...

EXPERT ADVICE

Before Making the Leap, Check Cloud Security – and Check Your Own

Most of us are probably familiar with safe deposit boxes -- you know, the secure storage areas that banks and post offices provide to keep things like jewelry and important documents secure. Even if you've never rented one yourself, chances are you're probably familiar with the concept: a safe place...

CRM for the Small Business, Part 1: When Is It Time to Invest?

Ken Jones, cofounder and executive director of Maximo Nivel, an executive language center, knew his company needed a CRM tool as early as 2006. His company was growing fast and using a variety of tools to meet CRM needs, including Outlook. Unfortunately, like many small business owners, Jones was un...

Consumer Reports: How Technology Can Curb Accelerator Breakdowns

Toyota's well-publicized problems with sudden, unintended acceleration have led Consumer Reports to issue a list of suggested fixes automakers can implement to prevent such problems. These include designing cars so that sustained pressure on the brakes can stop them even if the gas pedal is fully de...

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The Trembling Foundations of Financial Risk Management

Data management itself has never driven financial institutions to undertake a paradigm shift -- it was the realm of the IT person hidden in the basement. However, in today's climate of mistrust, risk management is an even greater priority, and data management programs are having their time in the su...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

The Dating Game, Linux-Style

Well the Day of Love is safely behind us again for another year, and not a moment too soon! For some it may be a joyous occasion -- a time of bubbles, flowers and pink puffy pillows -- but let's just say that sentiment is by no means unanimous. No, at the other end of the introversion scale, Valenti...

OPINION

The Death of the PC Model and a Tablet That Could Crush the iPad

I spent last week at the annual Intel analyst conference and was impressed by what I saw, but I started connecting the dots between what Apple is doing with the iPad, Google is doing with the Nexus one, Microsoft is doing with the Zune and Xbox, and Intel is doing with its Atom/Moblin efforts, and I...

EXPERT ADVICE

5 Basics for Making the Scene in Social Media

Many companies are hesitant to adopt the social media movement because of the uncertainty of negative comments or results. The fact is that negative conversation will happen regardless of whether or not you are engaging in social media, so don't hesitate, just jump on the social media bandwagon and ...

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Web Data Services in the Real World

Today, we examine a fascinating use-case for Web data services with Deutsche Borse Group in Frankfurt, Germany. An innovative information service recently created there highlights how real-time content and data assembled from various online sources scattered across the Web provides a valuable analys...

EXPERT ADVICE

How to Have a Cybersafe Olympics Experience

As the 2010 Winter Olympics kick off, the games are on everyone's radar, including the cybercriminals who are looking to capitalize on this world event. Spam campaigns featuring breaking news stories filter through to in-boxes faster than ever before, as automated scripts scrape headlines and the te...

Google Crosses Fingers on Book Settlement Deal

Google has opted not to attempt further renegotiations of its Digital Books settlement agreement with the Authors Guild despite objections the DoJ lodged earlier this month. Instead, it is gambling that the judge will see its view of the matter. In a court filing, Google asked Judge Denny Chin to ac...

Cold January Doesn’t Snuff Gaming Industry’s Hopes for 2010

After enjoying a holiday bounce, the U.S. video game industry came crashing back down to Earth in January with post-Christmas double-digit drops in hardware and software sales, according to the latest figures from industry researchers NPD Group. However, new gaming categories for casual, social medi...

OPINION

Google Buzz Biffs It Big-Time on Privacy

Google's launch of Buzz on Tuesday, widely seen as an attempt to outdo Facebook, succeeded all right -- in the way it ran roughshod over users' privacy. The sheer volume of complaints over this issue forced Google to tweak privacy controls for Buzz users. Why is it that while Google was building Buz...

THIS WEEK IN TECH

Google’s New Social Scene-Stealer

A few weeks ago, I was hearing rumors about Facebook opening a new email service. Looks like Google beat them to the punch, though, because Gmail just opened up a new Facebook service. Maybe not technically -- Facebook plays absolutely no role in "Buzz," which is what Google named its creation. Buzz...

Google Slurps Up Social Search Engine Aardvark

Google plunged further into the social media waters on Thursday by acquiring social search site Aardvark. Though it has not yet been formally announced, officials from both companies have confirmed the acquisition is in progress. The deal reportedly is worth $50 million. Formerly known as "Mechanica...

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Open Source: Fuel for the Smartphone Explosion

It may not seem obvious at first, but the tragic earthquake in Haiti, the historic election that put a Massachusetts Republican in the U.S. Senate and the 2010 Super Bowl all have something in common: the smartphone. During each event, billions of consumers around the globe were glued to their phone...

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