Forrester downgrades US IT spending forecast

Forrester Research is now predicting U.S. IT spending to grow 8.1 percent this year, a slight drop from the analyst firm's July prediction of a 9.9 percent uptick, according to a new report released Friday.

By Chris Kanaracus | 16 October, 2010 04:16

Tags: hardware systems, CIO role, it strategy, software, Forrester Research, IT management

Facebook and eBay share energy tips for data centers

Facebook and eBay shared some tips this week for improving efficiency and cutting energy bills in data centers.

By James Niccolai | 16 October, 2010 05:53

Tags: Green data center, ebay, Facebook, environment

Google: Change your password twice a year to keep safe

Change your passwords twice a year and never reuse them. Those are a few of the tips Google lists in an online security checklist that helps people stay one step ahead of the scammers.

By Robert McMillan | 16 October, 2010 06:39

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, security, internet

NY Times revamps iPad app, slates pay wall for 2011

The New York Times today updated its app for Apple's iPad, and said it would start charging readers for access to the digital content early next year.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 October, 2010 04:16

Tags: Apple, Mobile Apps and Services, The New York Times, e-commerce, News Corp., Macintosh, internet, e-business

Online, offline social networks cross paths in wake of GFC

The democracy of access and ownership among social networks is increasingly having an impact on social innovation in the physical world, an industry consultant has claimed.

By Lisa Banks | 15 October, 2010 14:44

Tags: social networking, Web Directions South 2010

In brief: Data warehouse redevelopment underway for TransGrid

TransGrid, the operator of NSW's $3.7 billion high voltage transmission network, is planning a major data warehouse redevelopment.

By Hamish Barwick | 15 October, 2010 14:32

Tags: transgrid, tenders, data warehousing

Windows Phone 7 needs consumers to succeed in business

The first thing that comes to mind when considering a desktop OS for business is Windows. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of productivity software is Microsoft Office. The first thing that pops to mind for mobile business communications, though, is BlackBerry. Windows Phone 7, however, may have what it takes to both compete with the iPhones and Androids of the world, while also assuming its rightful place atop the business smartphone world.

By Tony Bradley | 15 October, 2010 01:15

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, windows phone 7, Phones, iphone 4, Cell Phones

Check out MED-V 2.0 beta for transitioning to Windows 7

Windows 7 has been a homerun for Microsoft -- becoming the fastest selling operating system of all time. But, there are still many organizations that can't seem to make the switch from Windows XP due to reliance on legacy applications that aren't compatible with Windows 7. Microsoft has a tool to help IT admins with the transition, though: MED-V.

By Tony Bradley | 15 October, 2010 05:39

Tags: windows xp, virtualization, Microsoft, Windows, software, Windows 7, operating systems

Obama's web presence key to election victory

The design director behind the website for the 2008 election campaign of US President, Barack Obama, has argued the digital media aspects played a crucial part in the Democrat candidate's victory.

By Lisa Banks | 15 October, 2010 14:08

Tags: Web 2.0, social media, Barack Obama, Web Directions South 2010

All hail the open-source time machine!

The Back to the Future fan inside of us may want to call him "Doc," but his name is Dan Henriksson -- and he has just constructed a really awesome representation of a time machine. (Great scott!) The time machine concept is a "working" prototype (appropriately titled "The Time Machine") and is actually the result of Henriksson's graduation work from the HDK design school in Gothenburg, Sweden. Not too shabby for an art project, eh?

By David Saetang | 15 October, 2010 05:59

Tags: open source, software

Optus goes for a few dollars more

Optus has unveiled a new initiative called Optus Dollar Days, a range of pre-paid offers which start from $1.

By Computerworld Staff | 15 October, 2010 14:29

Tags: mobiles, mobility, optus, Telecommunications

Opera to launch full-fledged Android browser

Opera has announced a full-fledged Opera Mobile browser for smartphones running the Google Android OS. Opera Mobile for Android, which is slated to arrived within a month, will feature hardware acceleration and pinch-to-zoom functionality.

By Daniel Ionescu | 15 October, 2010 00:38

Tags: opera, applications, opera software, browsers, software

Top 5 mistakes made by Linux first-timers

With the arrival of Ubuntu 10.10, the list of reasons to try Linux for your business just got a little longer. The free and open source operating system is now more user-friendly than it's ever been before while still offering the many security and other advantages it has over its competitors.

By Katherine Noyes | 15 October, 2010 00:27

Tags: unix, Linux, open source, Mac OS, Windows, software, operating systems, non-Windows

No 'Sexting' on Apple iPhone is good for business

Apple's new anti-"sexting" patent was approved this week and despite the uproar, it may make perfect sense for businesses scared of sexual harassment lawsuits or just wanting to keep a closer eye on employee shenanigans.

By Barbara E. Hernandez | 15 October, 2010 09:04

Tags: Apple, apple ipad, apple iphone, consumer electronics, Phones, Cell Phones

Tech hiring up almost 50 per cent since 2009, Dice says

The number of available full-time tech jobs has increased 46 per cent in the past year, and contractors' hourly rates are rising as companies seek ways to overcome the ongoing IT skills shortage, according to a monthly report from Dice.

By Jon Brodkin | 15 October, 2010 04:06

Tags: management, Dice, Networking, infrastructure management, careers, IT management

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