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Oracle Cloud Office Takes Aim At Microsoft, Google
Web-based productivity suite based on open standards includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and drawing software.
• Global CIO: Is Larry Ellison Hurting Oracle By Hammering Competitors?
• KnowledgeTree Upgrades Cloud-Based Document Management Platform
• Google Docs Infiltrates Microsoft Office
IE Bests Rival Browsers On Malware Security
Mozilla Firefox is five times less likely to thwart socially engineered malware than Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9; Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Opera 10 trailed even further behind in NSS Labs' testing.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To IBM CEO Sam Palmisano
We ask IBM's chairman and CEO about analytics, competition, mobility, and how the pursuit of a Smarter Planet will extend the transformation of the world's most-influential IT company.
FBI Allegedly Planted OpenBSD Backdoor
Security experts have questioned the allegation in the absence of hard evidence, but a former FBI contractor contends the agency installed a crypto backdoor in the open source, Unix-derived operating system 10 years ago.
Google TV Update Adds Voice Search
Users will receive the first Google TV software update automatically.
Bing Search Gets The Facebook Effect
Microsoft's search engine overhaul adds social networking results, improved localization, and more intuitive page design.
Apple Updates iTunes
iTunes 10.1.1 fixes several problems, including several that cause last month's software release to crash.
Rackspace Acquires 'Cloud Cockpit' Developer
Cloudkick deal gives hosting provider a suite of tools that unify and simplify cloud management.
Mac App Store Open For Business Jan. 6
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is hoping to recreate the iPhone store's success on the Mac platform.
Sony Outs PlayStation App For iOS And Android
Sony announced that it will soon deliver an official PlayStation application for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android handsets. Don't get too excited, though. It's not what you think.
Microsoft Search Gains On Google, Yahoo
Google continues to dominate the market, reports ComScore's November search engine rankings.
Freescale Boosts Share Of Tablet Processor Market
The leader in e-reader chips is powering 11 tablet PCs, including a growing number of Chinese white box devices.
Five Ways To Fool A Twitter Sentiment Tool
Do sentiment-analysis tools pass the accuracy test? Here are five tests along with results using freely available products.
CyberPower Debuts Advanced Gaming PCs
The high-end computers are integrated with the new AMD Radeon HD 6900 series graphics cards, adding enhanced performance.
HP Acknowledges SAN Password Vulnerability
StorageWorks P2000 G3 storage area network administrators are advised to disable a now well-known default password.
Regulators Approve Qwest Sale To CenturyLink
Colorado utilities commission signs off on the $22 billion deal for the former Baby Bell wireline operation.
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Windows Phone 7.5 In The Works
By Ed Hansberry
Microsoft is working on updates to Windows Phone 7 with early 2011 release dates expected. Now we've got information that a big update is arriving at the end of the summer and may be called Windows Phone 7.
ADTRAN Adds Security Solution To Its Product Line
By Paul Korzeniowski
Increasingly, security functions have been integrated into the corporate network layer. In response, ADTRAN unveiled its first suite of Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances.
Making The Kindle Browser Useful, Maybe
By Ed Hansberry
The Kindle continues to burn up the sales charts. It does one thing really well, and about three or four other things pretty badly. One example of the latter is the browser. I've had better browsing experiences with decade old PDAs browsing the web than on a Kindle.
Dell Cites Green Successes
By Lamont Wood
Dell promised two years ago to cut its products' energy consumption by 25 percent, and now claims victory.
Staving Off Social Media Squatters
By Michele Pepe-Warren
The digital age has given us many wonderful things--among them, smartphones, online shopping (and banking), telecommuting, and social networking. But as with anything else, there's a darker side too. Alas, thanks to technology, we now have some not-so-wonderful things to contend with: Spam. Viruses and malware. Identity theft.
What Disaster Are You Planning For?
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Where is your Data Tonight? A Lesson in Avoiding Headlines, Fines or Worse
Since 2005, over 510,000,000 potentially sensitive records have been lost, stolen or mishandled. A slew of regulations now require breach notification, meaning enterprises must practice strong data protection. What role does encryption play in protecting data, and how is hardware-based encrypting different from alternatives? This session will review key concepts of encryption, industry standards from the Trusted Computing Group for hardware-based encryption, and deploying such drives in the enterprise.
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