Dell, HP bidding war for 3Par heats up

HP’s latest offer of $2B is tenfold premium over 3Par’s market value
By Lucas Mearian

Computerworld – In less than two weeks, the bids for grid-storage vendor 3Par have nearly doubled, from $1.15 billion to $2 billion with Hewlett-Packard’s latest tit-for-tat bid against Dell.

The two technology behemoths are fighting for what is arguably the last independent vendor of enterprise-class data storage on the market. But when do the offers become too outrageous? Or can they? 3Par, an 11-year-old company that sells a high-end, highly scalable storage platform, had sales of about $200 million last year, so the latest bid represents a tenfold premium over the revenue 3Par generates.

“Regardless of what anyone claims, money is the only factor that will determine the outcome,” said Steve Duplessie, lead analyst at research firm Enterprise Strategy Group.


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HP’s latest offer of $2B is tenfold premium over 3Par’s market value

By Lucas Mearian

Computerworld – In less than two weeks, the bids for grid-storage vendor 3Par have nearly doubled, from $1.15 billion to $2 billion with Hewlett-Packard’s latest tit-for-tat bid against Dell.

The two technology behemoths are fighting for what is arguably the last independent vendor of enterprise-class data storage on the market. But when do the offers become too outrageous? Or can they? 3Par, an 11-year-old company that sells a high-end, highly scalable storage platform, had sales of about $200 million last year, so the latest bid represents a tenfold premium over the revenue 3Par generates.

“Regardless of what anyone claims, money is the only factor that will determine the outcome,” said Steve Duplessie, lead analyst at research firm Enterprise Strategy Group. Leer más “Dell, HP bidding war for 3Par heats up”

Dell’s Aero smartphone now available in U.S.

IDG News Service – Dell on Tuesday dived into the highly competitive smartphone market, releasing the Aero in the U.S.

The Aero phone comes with a 3.5-inch touch screen and is available through Dell’s Website for $99.99 with a two-year mobile contract with AT&T and for $299.99 without a contract.

Aero is the second mobile device announced by Dell with smartphone capabilities. On Aug. 12, Dell started shipping its Streak mobile device, which has a 5-inch screen. The Streak — termed a tablet by Dell — is a mobile Internet device with voice capabilities. But Dell considers the Aero to be its first wireless handset, the company said as it launched the smartphone.


By Agam Shah

IDG News Service – Dell on Tuesday dived into the highly competitive smartphone market, releasing the Aero in the U.S.

The Aero phone comes with a 3.5-inch touch screen and is available through Dell’s Website for $99.99 with a two-year mobile contract with AT&T and for $299.99 without a contract.

Aero is the second mobile device announced by Dell with smartphone capabilities. On Aug. 12, Dell started shipping its Streak mobile device, which has a 5-inch screen. The Streak — termed a tablet by Dell — is a mobile Internet device with voice capabilities. But Dell considers the Aero to be its first wireless handset, the company said as it launched the smartphone. Leer más “Dell’s Aero smartphone now available in U.S.”

Web multimedia: 6 reasons why Flash isn’t going away

Heralding HTML 5 as the new Web media king is premature, say analysts
By Howard Wen

Computerworld – Apple’s well-publicized refusal to allow Adobe’s Flash technology to be installed on its iOS mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad, has led to speculation that Flash’s days may be numbered as the king of online multimedia delivery. “Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of Web content,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously stated in an open letter titled “Thoughts on Flash.”

Jobs and others have championed HTML 5 as a better format for delivering video, animation and additional media-rich interactivity to the Web. One reason some folks have been talking up HTML 5 is that it’s open source while Flash is proprietary. And HTML 5 enables users to play video right in a Web browser instead of requiring a plug-in, as Flash does. But predicting Flash’s demise is short-sighted, say industry analysts.

“There are many people who despise Flash, but I’m not sure they’d love the alternative right out of the gate. The open-source world has not blown everyone out of the water with their video work thus far,” says Michael Cote, an analyst at RedMonk. “Adobe has spent a lot of time optimizing Flash, and I’d wager it’d take some time to get HTML 5 video as awesome.”

Here are six factors that give Flash a strong position over HTML 5 and other alternative Web media technologies in the foreseeable future.
1. The iPhone and iPad notwithstanding, Flash is beginning to show up on other mobile device platforms.

Although Apple has taken a strong stance against the use of Flash on its iPhone/iPad platform, Google’s Android 2.2 operating system supports Flash. Although currently available on only a few devices, Android 2.2 will make its way to several smartphones over the next few months.

Adobe has also won promises of future support for Flash from several makers of mobile operating systems, including Microsoft and Palm/HP. Research In Motion has also announced that work is underway to support Flash on BlackBerry devices, although the company didn’t provide a specific date for introducing that functionality.
2. Flash is used for more than just video delivery on the Web.

When most end users think of Flash, they think of streaming Web video — with good reason. “Flash as a video solution was popularized with the rise of YouTube, and is also used by Hulu — the top two video sites on the Web,” explains Ross Rubin, an analyst at NPD Group. But Flash is also widely used for Web animations, ads, games and other interactive elements.

“Everybody is talking about video, but what doesn’t necessarily get talked about is a lot of the interactive elements,” says Craig Barberich, vice president of marketing and business development at Coincident TV, a San Francisco-based company that sells what it calls a “platform-agnostic” framework that allows its clients to create video with interactive elements that can be experienced on either the iOS-based devices or devices that run Flash.

“Quite frankly, Flash is a great animation tool, and it’s used for a lot of interactivity. Those kind of interactive elements are difficult to do in HTML 5,” Barberich says.


Heralding HTML 5 as the new Web media king is premature, say analysts
By Howard Wen

Computerworld – Apple‘s well-publicized refusal to allow Adobe‘s Flash technology to be installed on its iOS mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad, has led to speculation that Flash’s days may be numbered as the king of online multimedia delivery. “Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of Web content,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously stated in an open letter titled “Thoughts on Flash.”

Jobs and others have championed HTML 5 as a better format for delivering video, animation and additional media-rich interactivity to the Web. One reason some folks have been talking up HTML 5 is that it’s open source while Flash is proprietary. And HTML 5 enables users to play video right in a Web browser instead of requiring a plug-in, as Flash does. But predicting Flash’s demise is short-sighted, say industry analysts.

“There are many people who despise Flash, but I’m not sure they’d love the alternative right out of the gate. The open-source world has not blown everyone out of the water with their video work thus far,” says Michael Cote, an analyst at RedMonk. “Adobe has spent a lot of time optimizing Flash, and I’d wager it’d take some time to get HTML 5 video as awesome.”

Here are six factors that give Flash a strong position over HTML 5 and other alternative Web media technologies in the foreseeable future. Leer más “Web multimedia: 6 reasons why Flash isn’t going away”

Face-off: 1979 Apple Graphics Tablet vs. 2010 Apple iPad

The Apple Graphics Tablet (left) was released in 1979 and cost $650. It connects to any Apple II and can be used to draw images at a resolution of 280 by 192 pixels. The tablet draws power directly from the Apple II and cannot be used when disconnected.

The Apple II was originally designed to be used with televisions rather than computer monitors, but the Apple Graphics Tablet produced interference that could disrupt reception of television signals. A later model was identical to its predecessor except for one notable new feature: FCC compliance.

The Apple iPad (right) was released in 2010 in six models ranging from $499 to $829. Equipped with a 1-GHz A4 system-on-a-chip and a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive, it syncs with any Macintosh or Windows machine capable of running iTunes and can run thousands of iOS applications. Its resolution is 1024 by 768 pixels on a 9.7-in. LED-backlit glossy widescreen display.


30-year-old technology struts its stuff beside today’s state-of-the-art tablet computer

By Ken Gagne

old and new Apple logos When Apple launched the iPad earlier this year, it was the culmination of fans’ long wait for the company to enter the tablet computer market. There’s no doubt that Apple‘s iPad is a revolutionary computing device that’s ushering in a new era of tablet computing.

But in 1979, an earlier generation of Apple users used a different kind of Apple tablet, back when the word meant something else entirely.

The Apple Graphics Tablet was designed by Summagraphics and sold by Apple Computer Inc. for the Apple II personal microcomputer. (Summagraphics also marketed the device for other platforms as the BitPad.) To be clear, this tablet was not a stand-alone computing device like the iPad. Instead, it was an input device for creating images on the Apple II’s screen, and it predated the Apple II’s mouse by six years.

Apple II fan Tony Diaz had an Apple Graphics Tablet on hand at last month’s KansasFest, an annual convention for diehard Apple II users. He and Computerworld‘s Ken Gagne, the event’s marketing director, compared and contrasted Apple’s original tablet with the iPad, snapping photos as they went.

Despite the three decades of technology advancements that separate the two devices, some fun comparisons are still possible. Join us for a photo face-off between the two tablets.

Meet the tablets

Apple II Graphics Tablet and iPad side by side

The Apple Graphics Tablet (left) was released in 1979 and cost $650. It connects to any Apple II and can be used to draw images at a resolution of 280 by 192 pixels. The tablet draws power directly from the Apple II and cannot be used when disconnected.

The Apple II was originally designed to be used with televisions rather than computer monitors, but the Apple Graphics Tablet produced interference that could disrupt reception of television signals. A later model was identical to its predecessor except for one notable new feature: FCC compliance.

The Apple iPad (right) was released in 2010 in six models ranging from $499 to $829. Equipped with a 1-GHz A4 system-on-a-chip and a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive, it syncs with any Macintosh or Windows machine capable of running iTunes and can run thousands of iOS applications. Its resolution is 1024 by 768 pixels on a 9.7-in. LED-backlit glossy widescreen display. Leer más “Face-off: 1979 Apple Graphics Tablet vs. 2010 Apple iPad”

Is Google itching for a face-off with Facebook?

The search giant may be pushing toward its own social network
By Sharon Gaudin

Computerworld – It looks like Google may be looking for a new online fight.

While the search giant has been engaged in a drawn-out and heated battle with Microsoft, it seems to be prepping for war on yet another front: by taking on social networking behemoth Facebook.

“I think it’s obvious that Google wants to become the primary — if not only — stop on the Internet,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. “Which means they need to not only dominate search, but also to become the biggest player in social networking.”

The Internet has been abuzz with speculation that Google is getting ready to take another plunge into the burgeoning social networking world – this time with an online games focus. Much of the talk is based on the fact that Google recently shelled out $182 million to purchase Slide, which has developed applications for social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace.


The search giant may be pushing toward its own social network

By Sharon Gaudin

Computerworld – It looks like Google may be looking for a new online fight.

While the search giant has been engaged in a drawn-out and heated battle with Microsoft, it seems to be prepping for war on yet another front: by taking on social networking behemoth Facebook.

“I think it’s obvious that Google wants to become the primary — if not only — stop on the Internet,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. “Which means they need to not only dominate search, but also to become the biggest player in social networking.”

The Internet has been abuzz with speculation that Google is getting ready to take another plunge into the burgeoning social networking world – this time with an online games focus. Much of the talk is based on the fact that Google recently shelled out $182 million to purchase Slide, which has developed applications for social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace. Leer más “Is Google itching for a face-off with Facebook?”

11 free open-source apps your small business can use now

Whatever your platform, you can find free and open-source software to help your business

By Katherine Noyes
August 6, 2010 06:00 AM ET

PC World – Despite the wealth of free applications out there, many small business owners continue to spend an inordinate amount of their all-too-scarce resources on software. Microsoft Office 2010? That’ll be $499.99 — or $279.99 if you can do without the Professional version. QuickBooks 2010? $159.95 or more. Adobe PhotoShop CS5? A whopping $699.

The good news is that there are free and open-source alternatives for virtually every package a small business might need, and most of them are excellent. Whether or not you’ve already made the switch to Linux — there are, after all, myriad security and other reasons for doing so — these free apps can be just what any small business needs to succeed.


Whatever your platform, you can find free and open-source software to help your business
By Katherine Noyes
August 6, 2010 06:00 AM ET

PC World – Despite the wealth of free applications out there, many small business owners continue to spend an inordinate amount of their all-too-scarce resources on software. Microsoft Office 2010? That’ll be $499.99 — or $279.99 if you can do without the Professional version. QuickBooks 2010? $159.95 or more. Adobe PhotoShop CS5? A whopping $699.

The good news is that there are free and open-source alternatives for virtually every package a small business might need, and most of them are excellent. Whether or not you’ve already made the switch to Linux — there are, after all, myriad security and other reasons for doing so — these free apps can be just what any small business needs to succeed. Leer más “11 free open-source apps your small business can use now”

Five Windows 7 security features that businesses need to know about

Five Windows 7 security features that businesses need to know about
Windows 7 brings several security enhancements that don’t sacrifice usability
By Logan Kugler

Computerworld – The words Windows and security have not always been compatible. In the past, Microsoft’s quest to make its operating system as easy to manage as possible for the “typical” user has often meant sacrificing adequate safeguards against intrusion and infection. Windows XP’s notorious vulnerability to network worms stands as a recent example; Microsoft shipped the operating system with a firewall but initially left it turned off by default.

For all its flaws, real and perceived, Vista marked a huge step forward in Windows security. Windows 7 has continued that improvement, adding several new features and enhancing many others — most obviously the User Account Control system, which proved so obnoxious in Vista that many users turned it off, leaving their systems vulnerable to intrusion in exchange for a less annoying experience. UAC has been revamped in Windows 7 to be less intrusive and more discerning about what constitutes a true threat, and therefore more effective.

Other Windows 7 security features are less apparent, especially those intended for businesses concerned with protecting not just one computer but an entire network. Among the most important new features are DirectAccess, a VPN replacement for computers on Windows networks; the Windows Biometric Framework, which standardizes the way fingerprints are used by scanners and biometric applications; and AppLocker, which improves on previous Windows versions’ Software Restriction Policies to limit which software can be run on a machine.

Also key are BitLocker To Go, which extends the full-disk encryption of BitLocker to external hard drives, and a refined procedure for handling multiple firewall profiles so that the level of protection better matches the location from which a user connects to the Internet.


Windows 7 brings several security enhancements that don’t sacrifice usability

By Logan Kugler

Computerworld – The words Windows and security have not always been compatible. In the past, Microsoft‘s quest to make its operating system as easy to manage as possible for the “typical” user has often meant sacrificing adequate safeguards against intrusion and infection. Windows XP‘s notorious vulnerability to network worms stands as a recent example; Microsoft shipped the operating system with a firewall but initially left it turned off by default.

For all its flaws, real and perceived, Vista marked a huge step forward in Windows security. Windows 7 has continued that improvement, adding several new features and enhancing many others — most obviously the User Account Control system, which proved so obnoxious in Vista that many users turned it off, leaving their systems vulnerable to intrusion in exchange for a less annoying experience. UAC has been revamped in Windows 7 to be less intrusive and more discerning about what constitutes a true threat, and therefore more effective.

Other Windows 7 security features are less apparent, especially those intended for businesses concerned with protecting not just one computer but an entire network. Among the most important new features are DirectAccess, a VPN replacement for computers on Windows networks; the Windows Biometric Framework, which standardizes the way fingerprints are used by scanners and biometric applications; and AppLocker, which improves on previous Windows versions’ Software Restriction Policies to limit which software can be run on a machine.

Also key are BitLocker To Go, which extends the full-disk encryption of BitLocker to external hard drives, and a refined procedure for handling multiple firewall profiles so that the level of protection better matches the location from which a user connects to the Internet. Leer más “Five Windows 7 security features that businesses need to know about”

Microsoft sets emergency Windows patch for Monday

As exploits of the shortcut bug climb, company commits to ‘out-of-band’ update
By Gregg Keizer

Computerworld – Microsoft today said it will issue an emergency patch for the critical Windows shortcut bug on Monday, Aug. 2.

The company said that it is satisfied with the quality of the “out-of-band” update — Microsoft’s term for a patch that falls outside the usual monthly delivery schedule — but also acknowledged that it has tracked an upswing in attacks.

“In the past few days, we’ve seen an increase in attempts to exploit the vulnerability,” Christopher Budd, a spokesman for the Microsoft Security Response Center, said in a entry on the team’s blog. “We firmly believe that releasing the update out of band is the best thing to do to help protect our customers.”

Budd said that Microsoft would release the patch on Monday at approximately 1 p.m. Eastern.

Two weeks ago, Microsoft confirmed a flaw in how Windows parses shortcut files, the small files displayed by icons on the desktop, on the toolbar and in the Start menu that launch applications and documents when clicked. By crafting malicious shortcuts, hackers could automatically execute malware whenever a user viewed the shortcut or the contents of a folder containing the malevolent shortcut.

The bug was first described in mid-June by VirusBlokAda, a little-known security firm based in Belarus, but attracted widespread attention only after security blogger Brian Krebs reported on it July 15. A day later, Microsoft admitted that attackers were already exploiting the flaw using the “Stuxnet” worm, which targets Windows PCs that manage large-scale industrial-control systems in manufacturing and utility firms.

Exploit code has been widely distributed on the Internet, and Microsoft and others have spotted several attack campaigns based on the bug.

One of those campaigns apparently tipped the scales toward an early patch.

The Microsoft group responsible for crafting malware signatures to defend customers using the company’s antivirus products, including the free Security Essentials software, said that an especially nasty malware family had added exploits of the unpatched shortcut flaw to its arsenal.

“Sality is a highly virulent strain … known to infect other files, making full removal after infection challenging, copy itself to removable media, disable security, and then download other malware,” wrote Holly Stewart of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, on the group’s blog Friday. “It is also a very large family — one of the most prevalent families this year. ”

Sality’s inclusion of the shortcut exploit quickly drove up the number of PCs that have faced attack. “After the inclusion of the [shortcut] vector, the numbers of machines seeing attack attempts combining malicious [shortcuts] and Sality.AT soon surpassed the numbers we saw with Stuxnet,” said Stewart.

“We know that it is only a matter of time before more families pick up the technique,” she added.

Other security researchers had spotted Sality exploiting the shortcut bug earlier this week. On Tuesday, Trend Micro reported that the shortcut vector was being used not only by Sality, but also by other malware clans, such as the Zeus botnet-building Trojan.


As exploits of the shortcut bug climb, company commits to ‘out-of-band’ update

By Gregg Keizer

Computerworld – Microsoft today said it will issue an emergency patch for the critical Windows shortcut bug on Monday, Aug. 2.

The company said that it is satisfied with the quality of the “out-of-band” update — Microsoft’s term for a patch that falls outside the usual monthly delivery schedule — but also acknowledged that it has tracked an upswing in attacks.

“In the past few days, we’ve seen an increase in attempts to exploit the vulnerability,” Christopher Budd, a spokesman for the Microsoft Security Response Center, said in a entry on the team’s blog. “We firmly believe that releasing the update out of band is the best thing to do to help protect our customers.”

Budd said that Microsoft would release the patch on Monday at approximately 1 p.m. Eastern.

Two weeks ago, Microsoft confirmed a flaw in how Windows parses shortcut files, the small files displayed by icons on the desktop, on the toolbar and in the Start menu that launch applications and documents when clicked. By crafting malicious shortcuts, hackers could automatically execute malware whenever a user viewed the shortcut or the contents of a folder containing the malevolent shortcut.

The bug was first described in mid-June by VirusBlokAda, a little-known security firm based in Belarus, but attracted widespread attention only after security blogger Brian Krebs reported on it July 15. A day later, Microsoft admitted that attackers were already exploiting the flaw using the “Stuxnet” worm, which targets Windows PCs that manage large-scale industrial-control systems in manufacturing and utility firms.

Exploit code has been widely distributed on the Internet, and Microsoft and others have spotted several attack campaigns based on the bug.

One of those campaigns apparently tipped the scales toward an early patch.

The Microsoft group responsible for crafting malware signatures to defend customers using the company’s antivirus products, including the free Security Essentials software, said that an especially nasty malware family had added exploits of the unpatched shortcut flaw to its arsenal.

“Sality is a highly virulent strain … known to infect other files, making full removal after infection challenging, copy itself to removable media, disable security, and then download other malware,” wrote Holly Stewart of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, on the group’s blog Friday. “It is also a very large family — one of the most prevalent families this year. ”

Sality’s inclusion of the shortcut exploit quickly drove up the number of PCs that have faced attack. “After the inclusion of the [shortcut] vector, the numbers of machines seeing attack attempts combining malicious [shortcuts] and Sality.AT soon surpassed the numbers we saw with Stuxnet,” said Stewart.

“We know that it is only a matter of time before more families pick up the technique,” she added.

Other security researchers had spotted Sality exploiting the shortcut bug earlier this week. On Tuesday, Trend Micro reported that the shortcut vector was being used not only by Sality, but also by other malware clans, such as the Zeus botnet-building Trojan. Leer más “Microsoft sets emergency Windows patch for Monday”

IT innovation: How to avoid being a one-hit wonder

Computerworld – There were no big brainstorming sessions, rah-rah team meetings or executive committees convened to devise a plan to drive FiOS TV customers away from using call centers in favor of self-service ordering, the more cost-effective option.

Instead, a junior programmer came up with the idea to build a click-to-order option that viewers could use instantly with their remotes. The programmer approached his manager and got the OK to build a prototype, which he delivered within months.


How top IT organizations come up with bright ideas, time after time

By Mary K. Pratt

Computerworld – There were no big brainstorming sessions, rah-rah team meetings or executive committees convened to devise a plan to drive FiOS TV customers away from using call centers in favor of self-service ordering, the more cost-effective option.

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Instead, a junior programmer came up with the idea to build a click-to-order option that viewers could use instantly with their remotes. The programmer approached his manager and got the OK to build a prototype, which he delivered within months.The click-to-order feature, which started rolling out in 2007, boosted self-service orders from 5% to 55% in just one month, cutting costs and inspiring click-to-order uses in other areas of the FiOS lineup too.

“He hit a gold mine,” says Shaygan Kheradpir, CIO at Verizon Communications Inc.

Kheradpir says the junior programmer’s ability to run with an innovative idea wasn’t a fluke; Verizon’s IT shop is designed to enable that kind of innovation to happen again and again.

“The underlying mission for Verizon IT is to look for opportunities where IT can make a quantum leap in performance for the business,” Kheradpir says. Leer más “IT innovation: How to avoid being a one-hit wonder”

Blogging gets new life

Social media like Twitter and Facebook aren’t killing blogging. Social media make blogging stronger.

Cory Doctorow writes that blogging isn’t dying, “it’s just that other social media have taken over many of its functions.”

When blogging was the easiest, most prominent way to produce short, informal, thinking-aloud pieces for the net, we all blogged. Now that we have Twitter, social media platforms and all the other tools that continue to emerge, many of us are finding that the material we used to save for our blogs has a better home somewhere else. And some of us are discovering that we weren’t bloggers after all – but blogging was good enough until something more suited to us came along.

That’s true for me. I’ve always found blogging to be cumbersome, requiring commitment to blog every day, and fiddling around with blogging software and blog design. As a result, I only keep it up if someone pays me to. Otherwise, my personal blog moves in fits and starts. And blogging in fits and starts is a recipe for failure; you need to keep a regular posting schedule to keep people coming back.


Social media like Twitter and Facebook aren’t killing blogging. Social media make blogging stronger.

Cory Doctorow writes that blogging isn’t dying, “it’s just that other social media have taken over many of its functions.”

When blogging was the easiest, most prominent way to produce short, informal, thinking-aloud pieces for the net, we all blogged. Now that we have Twitter, social media platforms and all the other tools that continue to emerge, many of us are finding that the material we used to save for our blogs has a better home somewhere else. And some of us are discovering that we weren’t bloggers after all – but blogging was good enough until something more suited to us came along.

That’s true for me. I’ve always found blogging to be cumbersome, requiring commitment to blog every day, and fiddling around with blogging software and blog design. As a result, I only keep it up if someone pays me to. Otherwise, my personal blog moves in fits and starts. And blogging in fits and starts is a recipe for failure; you need to keep a regular posting schedule to keep people coming back. Leer más “Blogging gets new life”

Real-world testing: iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G

Our writer spent a few weeks with the Apple iPhone 4 and the HTC EVO 4G. Which came out ahead?
By Mitch Wagner

Computerworld – I’ve been using an iPhone for three years now, first the original iPhone then the 3G. I like the iPhone a lot — but I’m not married to it. When I began hearing great things about the Sprint’s Android phone, the HTC EVO 4G, I thought hard about switching. And although I eventually decided to upgrade to the iPhone 4, I was curious what I was missing.

The good people at Sprint let me borrow an EVO for a few weeks, and I compared it to my personal iPhone 4. I found that there were a lot of factors where one phone excelled over the other — but that, in the end, it was hard to choose between them.

What follows are my observations about how the two phones compared in a variety of aspects. In each case, I’ve chosen the phone I think is the winner in each category — when there was a winner.

Note: The EVO I tested ran Android OS 2.1, but the next version of Android, version 2.2 or “Froyo,” is due any day now. Froyo is a major upgrade — but many of the new features are interesting only to developers, and others are already available on the EVO, including wireless tethering and Flash support.

According to all reports, Froyo performs faster than Android 2.1, but even using Android 2.1, I didn’t find performance to be a problem.


Our writer spent a few weeks with the Apple iPhone 4 and the HTC EVO 4G. Which came out ahead?

By Mitch Wagner

Computerworld – I’ve been using an iPhone for three years now, first the original iPhone then the 3G. I like the iPhone a lot — but I’m not married to it. When I began hearing great things about the Sprint’s Android phone, the HTC EVO 4G, I thought hard about switching. And although I eventually decided to upgrade to the iPhone 4, I was curious what I was missing.

The good people at Sprint let me borrow an EVO for a few weeks, and I compared it to my personal iPhone 4. I found that there were a lot of factors where one phone excelled over the other — but that, in the end, it was hard to choose between them.

What follows are my observations about how the two phones compared in a variety of aspects. In each case, I’ve chosen the phone I think is the winner in each category — when there was a winner.

Note: The EVO I tested ran Android OS 2.1, but the next version of Android, version 2.2 or “Froyo,” is due any day now. Froyo is a major upgrade — but many of the new features are interesting only to developers, and others are already available on the EVO, including wireless tethering and Flash support.
According to all reports, Froyo performs faster than Android 2.1, but even using Android 2.1, I didn’t find performance to be a problem. Leer más “Real-world testing: iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G”

Nokia Siemens buys Motorola wireless network unit for $1.2B

IDG News Service – Motorola has found a buyer for its wireless network equipment unit: Nokia Siemens Networks will pay $1.2 billion for most of that business, the companies announced today.

The acquisition will bring Nokia Siemens around 50 new customers. The two wireless infrastructure vendors have few customers in common, although those they do are large ones such as China Mobile, Vodafone, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Clearwire.

Motorola is hanging on to its wireless patent portfolio and to its iDEN trunked wireless system, used by U.S. operator Sprint Nextel, among others.


The Nokia Siemens Networks logo created by Mov...
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By Peter Sayer

IDG News Service – Motorola has found a buyer for its wireless network equipment unit: Nokia Siemens Networks will pay $1.2 billion for most of that business, the companies announced today.

The acquisition will bring Nokia Siemens around 50 new customers. The two wireless infrastructure vendors have few customers in common, although those they do are large ones such as China Mobile, Vodafone, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Clearwire.

Motorola is hanging on to its wireless patent portfolio and to its iDEN trunked wireless system, used by U.S. operator Sprint Nextel, among others. Leer más “Nokia Siemens buys Motorola wireless network unit for $1.2B”

Crash course: HTML 5 video

So you want to add HTML 5 video to your site? Here’s how.
By Serdar Yegulalp

Computerworld – If you want to watch Internet-delivered video on your PC, the vast majority of Web sites have settled on a single, consistent way to do that. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this single, consistent delivery system is Adobe Flash, with all its security and stability issues.

But now a new way to deliver video through a browser is coming to the fore, one intended to be native to the browser itself: HTML 5’s tag. In this article I’ll look at how the tag can be used with the new generation of browsers. I’ll also examine how parts of this equation — the browsers and, to some degree, the video formats themselves — are also still very much in flux.


So you want to add HTML 5 video to your site? Here’s how.

By Serdar Yegulalp

Computerworld – If you want to watch Internet-delivered video on your PC, the vast majority of Web sites have settled on a single, consistent way to do that. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this single, consistent delivery system is Adobe Flash, with all its security and stability issues.

But now a new way to deliver video through a browser is coming to the fore, one intended to be native to the browser itself: HTML 5’s <VIDEO> tag. In this article I’ll look at how the <VIDEO> tag can be used with the new generation of browsers. I’ll also examine how parts of this equation — the browsers and, to some degree, the video formats themselves — are also still very much in flux. Leer más “Crash course: HTML 5 video”

Don’t buy Apple’s iPhone 4, Consumer Reports warns

Magazine’s conclusion is ‘black eye’ for Apple, says analyst
By Gregg Keizer

Computerworld – Consumer Reports magazine today said it won’t recommend Apple’s iPhone 4 because of major reception issues when users touch the external antenna.

One analyst called the publication’s conclusion a “black eye” for Apple.

“When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side — an easy thing, especially for lefties — the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal,” said Mike Gikas, the publication’s senior electronics editor in a blog post Monday.

Consumer Reports non-recommendation — “Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4,” Gikas said — is the latest in a series of knocks against the iPhone 4 over reception problems.


Apple's iPhone 4

Magazine’s conclusion is ‘black eye’ for Apple, says analyst

By Gregg Keizer

Computerworld – Consumer Reports magazine today said it won’t recommend Apple’s iPhone 4 because of major reception issues when users touch the external antenna.

One analyst called the publication’s conclusion a “black eye” for Apple.

“When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side — an easy thing, especially for lefties — the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal,” said Mike Gikas, the publication’s senior electronics editor in a blog post Monday.

Consumer Reports non-recommendation — “Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4,” Gikas said — is the latest in a series of knocks against the iPhone 4 over reception problems.