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  • Google's Android tablet: How might it be different?

    Google appears to be building its very own Android tablet, one designed to compete at the high end of slate spectrum.

  • Oracle Q2 net income jumps 17 percent, but hardware sales slump

    Oracle's net income for the second quarter ended Nov. 30 rose 17 percent to US$2.2 billion, with software sales rising but hardware-related revenue falling, the company reported Tuesday. Revenue for the quarter rose 2 percent to $8.8 billion.

  • IBM predicts five big technologies of the future

    IBM today issued its sixth annual look at what Big Blue thinks will be the five biggest technologies for the next five years. In past prediction packages the company has had some success in predicting the future of telemedicine and nanotechnology.

  • Hard drive prices slide as Thai flood aftermath subsides

    The price of the most popular hard disk drives are beginning to drop as inventories climb out of a deep hole that began in October after massive flooding shut down major production sites in Thailand .

  • For 2012, power-efficient servers could get a shot in the ARM

    In 2012 a fundamental change in server architecture could be on tap as companies look to cut data center costs with the help of technologies like ARM processors and graphics chips, analysts said.

  • Employee-owned devices surging for US companies, survey shows

    Big companies, even those with demanding security needs, are nonetheless allowing employees to use personally owned smartphones and tablets for work, according to a new survey. And increasingly, it is employees and not the companies that are bearing the costs -- for the devices, and cellular data plans.

  • Apple's share of 'ultrabook' market set to plummet, analyst predicts

    Although Apple will sell an increasing number of MacBook Airs over the next two years, its share of the light-and-thin notebook market will fall as computer makers crank out Windows-powered competitors, an analyst said last week.

  • Google planning Nexus-style tablet

    You didn't really think Google was going to let Amazon hog all the Android tablet glory, did you?

  • 'Server huggers' impede cloud migrations

    Chipita America may be as close to a serverless company as one can find today. Its ERP, EDI and BI systems, Office and Exchange applications and file servers are all hosted in the cloud. About six years ago, when many IT managers were debating the merits of Nicholas Carr's book Does IT Matter? , Chipita CIO Scott Martin was moving the Tulsa, Okla.-based snack food maker's email to service provider CenterBeam's cloud-hosted platform.

  • A running start to 2012

    For IT, 2011 was a transitional year. A lot of big things were on the horizon ( data center as a service, for instance), but few of the profound concepts jelled.

  • IBM tracks pork chops from pig to plate

    IBM is deploying technology that allows meat suppliers to track a single pig all the way from farm animal to pork chop.

  • Web 'Handles' vs. Phone Numbers

    Forget phone numbers and email addresses; the era of the Internet "handle" is emerging.

  • Cisco UCS pricing: It's complicated

    As with any server product, there are lots of ways to configure UCS, including different levels of CPU, memory and storage. Cisco has a 29-page document to help you get it right, and 29 pages are not overkill. To get an idea of what this might cost, we configured two separate systems: one with 40 dual-socket blades, and another with 80 of the same blades.

  • Cisco impresses with UCS

    If you're tempted to think of Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) as just another blade server — don't. In fact, if you just want a bunch of blades for your computer room, don't call Cisco — Dell, HP, and IBM all offer simpler and more cost-effective options.

  • IT groups reveal their best enterprise tablet tricks

    New generation tablets are being adopted en masse by enterprises, despite the lack of any support infrastructure from the manufacturers. Many enterprise users, and IT groups, are making determined efforts to secure and manage tablets with whatever tools are available.