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TOP STORY: IBM's Watson Boosts Global Supercomputing Effort

MORE NEWS: Android 3.0 Honeycomb First Impressions

ANALYTIC REPORT: Best Practices: IPv6 Transition

WHITEPAPER: 5 Steps to Transforming the Data Center

SLIDESHOW: NFC, Pico & Audio: Mobile Chips In Full View

VIDEO: Desktop Virtualization Benefits

BLOG: Security Departments Stretched Too Thin, Firefighting

WEBCAST: 5 Key Considerations When Investing in a New Solution

RESOURCES: The Customer Experience: Improving Distribution, Service, And Insight To Drive Growth And Profitability

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Friday, February 25, 2011


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IBM's Watson Boosts Global Supercomputing Effort

Mechanical Jeopardy champ sparks worldwide interest in virtual computing and artificial intelligence.


Watson's Jeopardy Win A Victory For Mankind

IBM's Watson Trounces Puny Humans At Jeopardy


Android 3.0 Honeycomb First Impressions

The Motorola Xoom arrives with the tablet-optimized version of Android and it feels like a more complete OS than earlier versions.

iPad 2: 5 Must-Have Features

With Apple preparing to announced its second-generation tablet, here are the five features it can't leave out.

Global CIO: HP CEO Apotheker Is Betting The Farm

Leo Apotheker's silence has raised lots of uncertainty about HP, but he says a March 14 event will make everything clear. He'd better be right.

'Severe' DNS Vulnerability Leaves Systems Open To Attack

Security experts urge organizations running vulnerable versions of BIND to upgrade immediately to avoid a potential denial of service strike.

Intel's Thunderbolt Speeds Connections

Debuting in Apple's MacBook Pros, the high-speed PC connection technology, previously codenamed Light Peak, provides data transfer speeds much faster than USB 3.0 and FireWire.

Bill Proposes Chief Security Officers At Federal Agencies

The Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011 calls for the appointment of CISOs at each agency to set up security procedures and ensure the federal government is complying with security regulations.

Sprint's Windows Phone 7 Entry 'Arrives'

Pre-orders begin for new HTC model, which carrier promises to deliver to consumers by March 20th.

Local Governments Embrace The Cloud Faster Than Feds

State and local governments are moving more quickly than their federal counterparts to adopt Web-based services, according to a Microsoft executive.

Facebook Cracks Down On Third Party Apps

Software developers say that the social media site is disabling their apps, including Breakup Notifier and a poker game, without warning or clear explanation.

Google Turns Office Into Google Apps Client

With software to subvert Office and a test drive program to tempt businesses into the cloud, Google is aiming right at Microsoft's heart.

Consumers Combine Search, Social Media For Purchasing Decisions

Nearly half of all consumers surveyed used a combination of search and social media sites before making a buying decision, GroupM Search and comScore report.

Rogue Facebook Apps Can Disable Security Settings

Security researchers also report that the social network's mobile app provides no SSL capabilities at all, leaving users vulnerable.

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Best Practices: IPv6 Transition

IPv4 is not extinct, exactly, but it may as well be. If you don't act to add IPv6 capability to your network, you're not only limiting the growth and innovation potential of your business, you may also be turning away thousands of customers. In this report, we'll discuss strategies and provide an in-depth look at three real-world deployment models.

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Research: 2011 Backup Survey

There's no excuse for your backup strategy being stuck in a rut. Today's system administrators can take advantage of myriad new and improved data protection technologies, including disk-to-disk backup, virtual tape libraries, data deduplication and cloud-based backups. These and other methods can help overcome two big problems: continued use of backup tapes as an archiving strategy (bad idea) and a lack of data protection for branch offices and remote employees.

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5 Steps to Transforming the Data Center

Preparing a data center for the future requires automating the management tasks that consume most of an IT administrator's time. Check out this roadmap to make your data center truly efficient by aligning people, processes and technology.
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Web Searches from Blackhat SEO to System Infection

Every business on the Web wants attention. That's why Search Engine Optimization (SEO), an orchestrated attempt to attract visitors to a site, is so popular. But be warned: Cybercriminals increasingly use SEO to deliver malware to unsuspecting Web surfers' systems. This profitable practice, called Blackhat SEO, is simple to perpetuate, yet effective and dangerous. Find out how to protect your systems.
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NFC, Pico & Audio: Mobile Chips In Full View

Many new mobile technology enhancements, from NFC to 4G to just plain old audio calling, are possible thanks to the silicon that makes it all so. Here are a few of our favorites from this year's event.   View Now


12 Worst Tech Predictions Of All Time

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Desktop Virtualization Benefits

Enhancing Security and Flexibility Through Desktop Virtualization   Watch


Big Ideas at the Mobile World Congress

Picochip Demos Streaming Video Over 4G




Featured BloggerSecurity Departments Stretched Too Thin, Firefighting

By Paul Korzeniowski

While application vulnerabilities, mobile computing, and malware top the list of IT security vulnerabilities and threats, a just released survey from ISC2 and Frost & Sullivan reveals an underlying, more systemic threat.


Spiceworks Adds iPhone App

By Paul Korzeniowski

As they try to keep the company network functioning, IT technicians often move from place to place. Because many now carry smartphones, Spiceworks designed an iPhone application that helps them keep tabs on their networks and communicate with their coworkers.

Windows Phone Update Off To Rocky Start

By Ed Hansberry

The first update for Windows Phone 7 started rolling out on Monday. For most people, the process is going well. At the end of the process, their phone doesn't do anything it didn't do before, at least as far as the user is concerned. For some users though, lockups and outright bricking is happening.

OKI Switches To Green Printer Parts

By Lamont Wood

By "green" they mean bioplastics, resulting in lower CO2 emissions. Also, things made from them are not immortal, and that's good for the environment.

Meraki Enhances Wireless Line

By Paul Korzeniowski

Meraki has carved out a growing niche by offering businesses cloud based wireless network services. To maintain its momentum, the vendor added three items to its product line.

Verizon iPhone Sales Disappoint

By Ed Hansberry

Despite record online sales for the Verizon iPhone, overall sales have been disappointing to those at Apple. Before you read too much into that though, there are a few things to consider.


5 Key Considerations When Investing in a New Solution

Join Josh Duncan and Floyd Strimling from Zenoss for a lively discussion on the future of monitoring the datacenter -- from the physical, to the virtual, to the Cloud.

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The Customer Experience: Improving Distribution, Service, And Insight To Drive Growth And Profitability

Join Insurance & Technology for this virtual event on the customer experience. When you attend, you will be able to access live and on-demand Webcast presentations and virtual booths packed with free resources, and you can also be eligible to win great prizes.

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