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Used in IT departments for a number of purposes, virtualization is starting to attract interest from home computer operators.  Perhaps you already use a virtualization application such as VirtualBox, VMWare, or XenSource at home so that you play with programs on different operating systems (OS) in your spare time.  Is this increasing interest in virtualization giving a peek into the direction that virtualization is heading-the consumer market? Benefits of Virtualization at Home Rob Williams, an author on Techgage.com, introduces this idea very well. If you are a software or game developer who works from home, then you already have a pretty good understanding of the importance of virtualization.  You know that in order for you to test your software on various OS you need to virtualize your computer or you would have to have multiple computers-each with a different OS.... (more)

Internet of Things Is Here, Now What? By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Every year, the technology industry gathers at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to see the latest gadgets ranging from home appliances, TVs, wearables, games, cars, etc. We have all come to expect the unveiling of cutting-edge technology that according to the rhetoric of their manufacturers make our lives just a little bit better. Technology has become so embedded in our daily lives that we can use it to outsource common tasks such as home management, personal fitness and family communications. The CES show is always a smorgasbord of cool consumer gadgets, but this year it was all about the Internet of Things (IoT). Science fiction has become reality as things that previously only existed in the creative minds of Hollywood writers make their way into our life at home, at the office and in the car. The IoT provides the infrastructure, ap... (more)

Chromebooks Launch

Google's Chromebooks, its cloud netbooks, the initial ones from Samsung and Acer, started moving out Wednesday. They made Bloomberg's reviewer yearn for Windows. He said it's "like canceling your cable TV subscription and relying on the net for all of your video entertainment," a seductive idea but "more attractive in theory than in fact." And that opinion seems to be representative. ReadWriteWeb, for instance, said, "The cloud replacing all your software isn't quite ‘there' yet" and wondered whether consumers understand they're "being sold a prototype OS." CRN deemed the thing's role in the enterprise "questionable" because it "offers so little control over its file system, virus protection and hardware setting and that depends so much on a network connection." By the way, it needed a Wi-Fi connection to activate and wouldn't connect to Bloomberg's Wi-Fi network, ... (more)

Proview, Not Apple, Owns iPad Name in China, Court Says

Apple can't call the iPad the iPad in China. A trademark infringement suit Apple filed after its application for ownership of two Chinese trademarks - iPad and IPAD - was thrown out of court. The Chinese trademark office said a local contract manufacturer called Proview Technology that makes flat panel displays and is reportedly close to bankruptcy owns the name and the court agreed. Proview claims it reserved the rights to the name when a Taiwan subsidiary of Hong Kong parent company Proview International sold the supposedly global trademark to IP Application Development, a British company, in 2006 for roughly $55,000. Apple bought the name from the Brits but Proview claims the deal didn't include China. It says it's had dibs on the name in China since 2001, 10 years before Apple's iPad appeared, and used it on a failed tablet back then. It's also reportedly regis... (more)

Tablet & Phones Take Toll on PCs

PCs shipments were down 4.9%% globally in Q4 to 90.3 million units because of "must-have" tablets and the dicey state of the world's economy Gartner said. The researcher figures "Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by ‘cannibalizing' PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs. This transformation was triggered by the availability of compelling low-cost tablets in 2012, and will continue until the installed base of PCs declines to accommodate tablets as the primary consumption device." "Whereas as once we imagined a world in which individual users would have both a PC and a tablet as personal devices, we increasingly suspect that most individuals will shift consumption activity to a personal tablet, and perform creative and administrative tasks on a shared PC." "On the posi... (more)

The US Federal Government Defines Cloud Computing

(May 7, 2009) - I've just spend the last two days in Washington DC in conversations with various US government officials regarding the opportunities for cloud computing within the federal government. During these conversations it has become very clear that the topic of "Cloud Computing" is front and center within the various departmental IT strategies going forward. All the more interesting is that the term is being mandated from the highest levels including the new federal CIO Vivek Kundra who indicated cloud computing was one of the biggest revolutions technology has seen in a long time. So why does it matter what the US federal government thinks of Cloud Computing? Simple, with an IT budget of more then 70 billion dollars a year, the US government represents the largest IT consumer on the planet. With this kind of money at stake, the influence the US government i... (more)

Starbucks QR Latte

The New York Times reported on the use of QR Codes by Starbucks. The code is used to trigger a mobile payment and is part of their myStarbucks app on the iphone. An analyst quoted doubted whether using mobile tags for payment in this way will catch on when compared to the option to use near field technology that reads passive RFID tags. ... (more)

Open Source Mobile Cloud Sync and Push Email

Funambol, the leading provider of open source mobile cloud sync and push email for billions of phones, today announced that its new version 8 software is generally available. Funambol v8 makes it easy to keep the data and content on billions of mobile phones in sync with social networks, email systems and personal computers via the Internet cloud. Funambol v8 has a completely redesigned AJAX web portal. The portal's striking interface makes it simple for users to access mobile data and rich media in the cloud, using any modern browser "With the exploding popularity of smartphones, people are carrying more of their lives on their phones than ever before," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "People increasingly expect to access their data and content in the cloud and other systems. The new Funambol Portal makes it super easy to access mobile data and content, any... (more)

Cisco Transforms Unified Communications

As part of today's portfolio announcement at Cisco's Collaboration Summit, the company introduced a ground-breaking version of its industry-leading unified communications platform, featuring innovations and enhancements designed to reduce costs and increase operating efficiencies between and within global enterprises. Cisco® Unified Communications System Release 8.0 enables organizations to collaborate in new ways that remove barriers to communications with partners, suppliers and customers through integrated voice, video, presence, instant messaging and Web sessions. Cisco Unified Communications System 8.0 includes advanced integrated Internet Protocol (IP) applications that allow businesses to extract more value from their communications through federated presence across devices and platforms, and through instant messaging, customer care, conferencing, video and ... (more)

Share Advertising Revenue With Your Mobile Phone

MoadCast brings the consumer and the advertiser closer together in a more meaningful, cost-effective and targeted manner with a revolutionary permission based mobile phone community. MoadCast offers its members a guaranteed revenue share of the advertising revenue generated through MoadCast's mobile phone advertising platform. Members join for free and have the ability to earn up to GBP45 per month. Members receive advertising messages to their mobile phone based on their lifestyle, interests and hobbies to offer advertisers large and small the opportunity to send targeted marketing messages based on selected demographic profiles via the MoadCast online advertising platform. Founded by Darren Briggs, Internet entrepreneur who previously launched BigOil.net in 2004, which was awarded Best Business Start Up using Technology by the Technology Wales Awards in 2004, which... (more)

CES Features Record 330 New Exhibitors

A record number of new exhibitors – more than 330 companies – will join more than 2,500 exhibitors in unveiling their latest technology innovations at the 2010 International CES. With more than 20,000 new products on display, the International CES is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. CE Spotlights throughout the CES show floor will feature key market categories including apps, green technology, gaming, location based services and more. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2010 International CES returns to Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2010. “With a record number of new exhibitors, scores of new product introductions, several new Spotlights on the show floor and a dynamic lineup of keynotes sessions, the 2010 International CES will be our best show yet,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “More technology deals w... (more)