"Most people are happy just buying a better DVD player, instead of spending $350 or $400 for Blu-ray." -- Mike Abt
Google Desktop Search Reviewed
We look at offerings from Google, Copernic, ISYS, X1 Technologies, and at Microsoft
Vista's native indexed search system.
Microsoft Pledges Broad Support For Interoperability, Open Standards
Microsoft Hit With European Antitrust Probes
The Curse of Internet Anonymity
Renowned for his radical views of the Internet as a culture
killer, Silicon Valley author, broadcaster, and entrepreneur Andrew Keen
argues that Internet anonymity, which is fast becoming the norm, is a
societal danger, leading to serious, long-term consequences.
Nvidia Launches GeForce 9 Series With Midrange Graphics Card
It's the first time the company has chosen not to launch a new line with the highest-end product first.
Microsoft Lets Xbox 360 Users Build And Share Games
At the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft said it hopes the effort will lead to an explosion in the number of titles available for its game console.
Competitive And Anti-Trust Forces Spur Microsoft's Openness Pledge
Despite the rhetoric, Microsoft said it will continue to play verbal hardball with commercial open source competitors that don't license the company's intellectual property.
Stanford Law Professor Lessig Considers Congressional Run
The founder for the Center For Internet And Society and proponent of Creative Commons is expected to decide around March 1.
Google, Cleveland Clinic Partner On Personal Health Record Service
Google says the system is secure, but several groups warn that entrusting health information to an e-health provider opens potential privacy risks.
Windows Vista SP1 Blocks Antivirus Programs
The list of security products includes Zone Alarm Security Suite 7.1, Trend Micro Internet Security 2008, and BitDefender 10.
Startup Offers Personal Bandwidth Management Software
Propel's PBM release helps shape a PC's Internet activity and gives higher priority to more time-sensitive traffic such as VoIP and gaming.
Chrysler Consolidates IT Services With Multi-Million Dollar Tata Deal
The services will encompass a number of functional areas within Chrysler, including sales and marketing and shared services.
Google Makes Big Play For Online Video Advertising
AdSense for video allows advertisers to run ads under YouTube videos; video creators will share ad revenue.
SIM Card Lets International Travelers Avoid Roaming Charges
Long Distance Post's prepaid international cell phone service is targeted to travelers and companies that manage fleets of phones overseas.
Clear Winners Unlikely In Motorola -- RIM Patent Fight
In a conflict stemming from the failure to renegotiate a cross-licensing agreement that expired in 2003, the two companies traded lawsuits in U.S. district court last weekend.
Microsoft Rivals Skeptical Of Software Maker's Openness Pledge
The European Committee for Interoperable Systems said it will take a wait-and-see approach in determining whether the changes will alleviate its concerns.
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Cell Phone Cancer
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Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.
Voice Is Officially A Commodity
Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular (yes, it just announced this afternoon) proved it this week when they all unleashed unlimited voice plans for $99 per month. It's a service that we all just expect to have at our disposal. The real epiphany will occur, however, when the carriers come to the same realization about wireless data.
Using Virtual Worlds For Social Therapy
Stanford University researchers discovered that users of virtual worlds like Second Life with attractive avatars were more confident in real life.
Is Internet Censorship Doomed To Fail?
American companies like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and others help authoritarian governments, such as China, censor the Internet. The companies' defense: Internet censorship is doomed and bringing the Internet into countries -- even censored -- will hasten the day when those countries are open. But critics say that those arguments are self-serving and just plain wrong.
Commercial Open Source: A Half-Baked Business Model
PacketTrap CEO Steve Goodman struck a nerve with his prediction that commercial open source software companies are doomed to fail. The fact that his controversial position wasn't universally rejected is evidence that questions remain over the commercial open source model.
Satellite Smithereens Preferable To Graveyard Orbit
The US Navy says it is "very confident" it blasted a defective spy satellite to bits with an interceptor missile Wednesday night. Its next order of business, after definitively confirming the strike today or Friday, should be to play up the positive environmental benefits of the mission.
India Outsourcing Industry Chief Faces Criminal ProsecutionNASSCOM, which just wrapped up an annual conference that drew thousands of people worldwide to Mumbai, has been hit with a nasty blow. Its president faces prosecution for allegedly failing to ensure the safety of a Hewlett-Packard nighttime call-center employee prior to her murder.
Report From India: Wipro's U.S. Hiring Plans
Here's an update to Wipro's U.S. hiring plans, which we first reported last August when the Indian IT services company was acquiring U.S.-based datacenter operator Infocrossing. It has at least two new U.S. operations open and two on the drawing boards that, while far from a hiring flood, suggest a subtle strategic difference from other Indian IT services companies.
Google Spins Out Native Search Client For S60 Phones
It's sort of like a widget, but sort of not. This new mobile search client from Google sits on the home screen of your S60 mobile phone. You type search queries into it directly, hit search, and Google opens your Internet connection, performs the search, and displays the results. It's the fastest way to search the Internet from your phone.
Catching Up With Zoho
Those of you curious to see how ambitious a Web-based application suite can be while still being built entirely on open standards need look no further than Zoho. The other day I spoke with company evangelist Raju Vegesna about what they've been doing in their ongoing attempt to beat both Microsoft Office and Google Docs at their own games. The short answer: quite a bit.
Google Wants Your Medical Records
Last fall, Google announced that it will begin pushing into the health care arena by creating an electronic medical records system. The day for that push has finally come. Today, it announced a trial with the Cleveland Clinic that is supposed to give patients and doctors alike better access to a central records system that stores your health information. About time, or too risky?
Vignette, OpenText Retool For Enterprise 2.0
For those of you who think Web 2.0 is a fad, you might want to take a look at what's on tap for some of content management's household names.
Report From India: A Web-Based Startup, Employee Head Count: 2
India's IT scene has been defined by its outsourcing giants. Its future will be defined in large part by companies like dhanaX. I visited the microfinancing startup's Bangalore office this week, just days before its planned soft launch. They've spent about $20,000 to get this far. Can two people, in a shared office with the chairs still wrapped in plastic, really pull this off?
Real-World SOA: Definition, Implementation and Use of SOA with CentraSite
Web services are having a dramatic impact on improving enterprise
architecture and application development practices. This paper highlights
three sample case studies illustrating how Fujitsu's CentraSite delivers
Forrester Consulting: Unified Communications Delivers Global Benefits
This Forrester Consulting study shows how Unified Communications
(UC) makes it simpler to contact others over any device in any location,
enhancing business agility, cutting costs, and boosting employee
productivity. Forrester finds that UC is already delivering major savings
for organizations around the world in retail banking, manufacturing and
education. Download the full report for free.
Software as a Service Research Report
No longer a niche software delivery model, software as a service
(SaaS) can help small and midsize companies get access to enteprise-class
software functionality without having to commit enterprise-level capital
resources. Download the full report for free.
The Internet & the Developing World
The evolution of the Internet has been full of surprises –
surprises that have sometimes resulted in radical changes in the
commercial landscape, such as the arrival of Amazon, eBay, Google,
YouTube, and Skype. Could one of the next big surprises turn out to be
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