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StarTech’s KVM Switch Is a Desktop Space Savior

StarTech.com's new DisplayPort KVM Switch helped me solve a computing problem I did not realize I had. The company's KVM Switch provides direct connections to monitors and computers without using a converter. The DisplayPort KVM Switch let me control two DisplayPort-capable computers with a single k...

The 4 Cornerstones for CRM Retail Investment in 2010

Retailers in the U.S. are convinced that CRM is one of the most important aspects of their business. However, the sector in general has failed to utilize the full potential of these programs, and the industry will be striving to elevate its CRM game in the future. That's good news not only for custo...

OPINION

Does ‘Going Hollywood’ Mean Going North?

In The Rise of the Creative Class, author Richard Florida describes his theories on how creative communities grow around two groups of people: 1) artists, media workers, and other classically bohemian sorts; and 2) university professors, service providers, and other highly educated professionals. O...

OPINION

CES: The Magic Is Back

I was at CES last week, and the magic was clearly back in this show. In the past couple of years, CES has been dominated by one device -- making it more like a one-product waste of time. Two years ago, everyone was talking about the iPhone, making many of us wonder if we were at the wrong event. Las...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Install Linux, Void Your Netbook’s Warranty?

Best Buy has never been a favorite company among Linux fans, and that feeling was not improved by the Microsoft ExpertZone training scandal that erupted last September. A whole new crop of reasons to hurl insults at the chain came up in recent weeks, however, following news of one blogger's experie...

PODCAST

Data Center Migration: Easy as Changing the Engine Mid-Flight

The crucial migration phase when moving or modernizing data centers can make or break the success of these complex undertakings. Much planning and expensive effort goes into building new data centers, or in conducting major improvements to existing ones. But too often there's short shrift in the act...

Things You Can Do in a Ford Besides Drive

Twitter, Pandora Internet radio and other popular smartphone apps are hitting the road, thanks to Ford Motor Company's Thursday announcement of forthcoming dashboard technologies that will soon be available in a wider, more affordable range of its cars. Ford CEO Alan Mulally, along with other compan...

France Proposes Web Tax to Subsidize Starving Artists

France's Ministry of Culture has issued a report that recommends taxing Internet advertising revenue earned by such companies as Google, Facebook, AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft, based on the use of their services in France. France would then use those supplemental tax receipts to support local online cul...

Palm Pumps Up Pre and Pixi, Latches Onto Verizon

One year after first showing the world its Pre smartphone, Palm on Thursday announced a new generation of the device at the Consumer Electronics Show. It also unveiled an upgrade to its Pixi, a smaller smartphone that relies on the same webOS software as the Pre. These, the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, w...

PODCAST

Nexus One: You Can Look, You Can Buy, but You Can’t Touch

The 2009 holiday spirit seems to have faded for Google and Apple, who didn't waste much time getting back to the business of giving each other the stinkeye. First up was Google, which gave its Nexus One smartphone its first official public appearance. It's a phone manufactured by HTC, and it runs on...

OPINION

Are Tablets the Right Rx for Print Pub Ailments?

The cavernous halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center during any Consumer Electronics Show, and the endless rows of exhibitor's booths hawking edgy technology products, can remind you of the final shot of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" -- which is itself, of course, an homage to the last sequence from "...

OPINION

2010’s Key Challenges and Opportunities in the Clouds

SaaS and cloud vendors face some critical challenges in 2010: They must deliver strategic value, avoid competing on price alone, convince enterprises to move core business operations, and fend off escalating security threats, to name a few. However, the year also holds the promise of ripe opportunit...

Cellphone Radiation May Thwart Alzheimer’s

Despite long-standing concerns about the health effects of cellphones, a new study suggests that radiation from the devices may actually have a beneficial effect when it comes to Alzheimer's disease. Specifically, long-term exposure to the electromagnetic waves associated with cellphone use may actu...

Motorola Lengthens Its Stride With Backflip

During its glory days in the 1990s, Motorola was the No. 1 mobile phone manufacturer in the world. Then Nokia overtook it, and ever since, Motorola has been trying to regain its lost footing. There was a glimmer of hope that it might be headed for a comeback in the mid-2000s with the success of the ...

3-D Mania Today, Format Skirmishes Tomorrow?

Three-dimensional television has been hot this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, JVC Kenwood and Samsung were among the consumer electronics companies announcing new products in this line. Behind the scenes, however, a battle is brewing, as there are...

Mystery Tablet’s Not the Only Thing on Microsoft’s Slate

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Wednesday took the stage to deliver a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ballmer showcased products from several partners at the event, including a tablet device made by HP. He also announced a tie-in with HP to promote the Bing search engin...

Colored Lights May Switch Off Damaging Brain Activity

Neuroscientists at MIT have figured out how to use colored lights to temporarily quiet activity in the brain. By shining a light on a set of neurons affected by a gene-enhanced virus tool, they were able to shut those neurons down. When they turned off the lights, the neurons started right back up a...

INSIGHTS

Where Is the Stock Market Headed?

The stock market has had a remarkable ride in 2009. Presently, it has substantially recovered from its low point of March, 2009. Many of us are wondering where it is now heading, given that so many people have their retirement savings tied up in the market. In fact, I am often asked to prognosticate...

SUCCESS STORY

Brutally Honest Fault-Finding Pays Off for Coverity

Coverity cut its startup teeth seven years ago trying to figure out how to commercialize static analysis and software code integrity. The company, whose software developer tools are used by some of the biggest firms in the industry, released in November Coverity 5, a completely reengineered software...

Signing On to the Digital Handwriting Revolution

Everything's going digital. Why not handwriting? A new generation of digital pens and smartpens is bridging the divide between handwriting on paper and writing on the computer. With digital pens, you have the best of both worlds: You can sit in a meeting and take notes by hand, and then you can uplo...

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