Windows Phone 7 vs. iOS vs. Android

The iPhone and Google Android devices had a few years to refine their user interface and features, which gave them plenty of time to get ahead of Microsoft's ailing Windows Mobile OS. But in a swift turn of events, Microsoft came up with a totally new user interface for the Windows Phone 7 OS, which will arrive on multiple phones November 8.

By Daniel Ionescu | 23 October, 2010 01:04

Tags: Google, consumer electronics, applications, telecommunication, Microsoft, Phones, Mobile operating systems, software, mobile

SAP seeks gag order for upcoming Oracle trial

SAP is seeking a court order to prevent Oracle's lawyers from making public statements about the companies' TomorrowNow lawsuit, fearing the talk will influence potential jurors and prevent SAP from getting a fair trial, according to an SAP motion filed on Friday.

By James Niccolai | 24 October, 2010 07:27

Tags: applications, enterprise resource planning, copyright, intellectual property, legal, Civil lawsuits, SAP, software, Oracle

Amazon to allow book lending on the Kindle

One of the oldest customs of book lovers and libraries -- lending out favorite titles to friends and patrons -- is finally getting recognized in the electronic age, at least in one electronic book reader: Amazon has announced that it plans to allow users of its Kindle book reader to "lend" electronic books to other Kindle users, based on the publisher's discretion.

By Joab Jackson | 23 October, 2010 09:22

Tags: amazon, consumer electronics, e-readers

4 reasons to give Linux Mint 10 a try

Canonical's newly released Ubuntu 10.10 -- or "Maverick Meerkat" -- may still be dominating the headlines in the Linux world these days, but it's by no means the only excellent distribution of the open source operating system. Following just behind Ubuntu on DistroWatch's list of popularity, in fact, is not just Fedora, at No. 2, but also -- of particular interest this week -- Linux Mint.

By Katherine Noyes | 23 October, 2010 10:39

Tags: unix, Linux, canonical, software, operating systems, non-Windows

Facebook ads could 'out' gay users, researchers say

Facebook users may inadvertently reveal their sexual preference to advertisers in an apparent wrinkle in the social-networking site's advertising system, researchers have found.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 October, 2010 03:23

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, security, social networking, internet, Facebook, privacy

Sharp scaling back on laptops to focus on tablets

Sharp is scaling back its laptop PC operations and will focus resources on its recently announced Galapagos tablet PC and mobile terminals, the company said Friday.

By Martyn Williams | 22 October, 2010 17:56

Tags: sharp, hardware systems, laptops, tablet PCs

Big Iron 'not dead': BMC

Despite growth in alternatives to mainframes, big iron will not vanish from data centres any time soon, BMC has claimed.

By Lisa Banks | 25 October, 2010 08:00

Tags: bmc, servers, data centres, green IT, Mainframes

Redflex may receive higher than $2.50 takeover bid

Shares in Redflex Holdings (ASX:RDF) have jumped 6.4 per cent since the company revealed it may receive a takeover bid higher than the $2.50 per share informally offered by a Macquarie Group.

By Dylan Bushell-Embling | 22 October, 2010 18:16

Tags: redflex

Quickflix rights issue undersubscribed by $1.5m

Online movie rental company Quickflix (ASX:QFX) has revealed its recent non-renounceable rights issue closed undersubscribed by over $1.5 million.

By Dylan Bushell-Embling | 22 October, 2010 18:13

Tags: Quickflix

ThinkSmart launches PC rental service in UK

Australian computer equipment financing company ThinkSmart (ASX:TSM) and its UK partner, electrical retailer Dixons, have jointly launched a computer rental and services solution for consumers.

By Dylan Bushell-Embling | 22 October, 2010 18:10

Tags: ThinkSmart, Managed Services

mcm to deploy movideo platform for Ten

Media content distributor mcm entertainment group (ASX:MEG) has won a contract to deploy its movideo online video platform across Ten Network's (ASX:TEN) channel brands.

By Dylan Bushell-Embling | 22 October, 2010 18:06

Tags: Network Ten, movideo, mcm

Macquarie Telecom lifts profit

Managed hosting and integrated telco provider Macquarie Telecom (ASX:MAQ) has recorded a profit of $29 million for the financial year ended 30 June 2010.

By Hamish Barwick | 22 October, 2010 16:00

Tags: macquarie telecom, financial results, Telecommunications

Microsoft celebrates Windows 7's 1st birthday

Microsoft Thursday said more than 240 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold during the first year of the operating system's availability, a record the company says makes it the fastest selling OS in history.

By Bob Brown | 22 October, 2010 08:09

Tags: Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Gartner sees 'context-based computing' on the horizon

Being a CIO -- or working for one -- no longer means just keeping a data center and network running. Now the CIO and the IT division must become "entrepreneurial" to drum up new customers for the business and learn how to deploy cutting-edge technologies such as "context-based computing" -- or risk becoming irrelevant.

By Ellen Messmer | 22 October, 2010 08:12

Tags: SaaS, Networking, hardware systems, infrastructure management, twitter, internet, social media, cloud computing, Software as a service, Data Center, Facebook, management, Gartner

5 criticisms of Mac App Store (and why they're wrong)

The Mac App Store has the potential to breathe new life into the Mac platform. With Mac marketshare rising and there being a growing number of developers with skill in Objective-C from the iOS side of things, the time is definitely right for a centralized, and familiar-looking app delivery model for the Mac. However, since Apple released the Mac App Store guidelines similar to those for iOS, there has been a fair bit of criticism going around. Here are some of the criticisms I've seen and why they're wrong (or at the very least probably shortsighted).

By Mike Keller | 22 October, 2010 09:02

Tags: Mac, Apple, apple iphone, Mac OS, desktop pcs, hardware systems, software, operating systems

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