Computerworld Eric Lai News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:59:50 GMT 2014-08-20T08:59:50Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Does your laptop's Wi-Fi really make it more vulnerable to thieves? Could your laptop be leaving a virtual trail of cookie crumbs, beaming out invisible signals that are attracting intrepid thieves armed with a common $5 gadget? One security vendor says yes. Fri, 05 Mar 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-03-05T11:00:00Z N. Korea develops operating system with Windows-like GUI, Linux guts The North Korean government appears to have developed its own graphical Linux-based operating system, though its people still prefer that icon of Yankee high-tech imperialism, Microsoft Windows. Thu, 04 Mar 2010 12:13:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-03-04T12:13:00Z Update: Hedge fund offers $2B for Novell Elliot Associates L.P., a hedge fund that is already one of Novell Inc.'s largest shareholders, offered to acquire the struggling, cash-rich enterprise software maker for $2 billion. Tue, 02 Mar 2010 23:25:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-03-02T23:25:00Z Prototype Microsoft Mobile Surface PC one-ups iPhone Microsoft Corp. researchers have shrunk down its Surface tabletop computer into a pocket-sized package that, with the aid of a few accessories, one-ups conventional touchscreen devices like Apple Inc.'s iPhone. Tue, 02 Mar 2010 18:51:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-03-02T18:51:00Z Dell is latest to unveil 'zero client' hardware for VDI Jumping on the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) bandwagon, Dell today announced its first zero-client device aimed at large enterprises.</p> Tue, 02 Mar 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-03-02T11:00:00Z HP reclaims laptop battery life crown from Lenovo One week after Lenovo Group Ltd. introduced a ThinkPad with a 12.2-hour runtime, Hewlett-Packard Co. says it's recaptured the record. Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-03-02T00:00:00Z Lenovo claims battery life crown from HP Lenovo says its latest ultraportable laptop, the ThinkPad X201, can run longer without a battery recharge than any other laptop. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:17:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-25T17:17:00Z Is Pano Logic the only true zero-client desktop virtualization vendor? Pano Logic is gearing up to take on rivals in the nascent zero-client market. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 13:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-24T13:00:00Z Twitter growth prompts switch from MySQL to 'NoSQL' database Twitter Inc. is slowly moving off the MySQL database for so-called 'NoSQL' open-source database technology that's already been embraced by Web 2.0 counterparts, Facebook Inc. and Digg. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 21:10:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-23T21:10:00Z DOT defends lithium-ion battery air shipping restrictions The U.S. Department of Transportation maintains that stricter rules for carrying small lithium-ion batteries on passenger jets and air freighters are needed to improve air safety, despite opposition by an industry group as well as federal government data that appears to support the opposite. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 17:53:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-23T17:53:00Z Image gallery: Back in black, meet Lenovo's new ThinkPads Lenovo has unveiled six new models of its ThinkPad and Think line of business PCs. Here's a visual tour. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-23T11:00:00Z Gartner lists 3 challenges for rebounding Teradata Teradata still faces multiple challenges, even though it reported improved financials in 2009's fourth quarter and Gartner has ranked it at the top of the data warehousing segment. Mon, 22 Feb 2010 14:03:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-22T14:03:00Z Aster upgrades data warehouse in three key areas With Version 4.5 of nCluster, Aster hopes to alleviate concerns about its 'ability to execute' and more. Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-22T11:00:00Z Adobe's DRM vexes e-book owners Users say Adobe's copy protection technology fails to live up to the promise of interoperability between e-readers and e-book stores. Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:05:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-18T12:05:00Z Wired app for iPad avoids Apple's Flash blockade, ePub format Wired magazine is planning to offer a digital version of its publication that's targeted at tablets like Apple Inc.'s iPad and relies on software built by Adobe Systems Inc. Wed, 17 Feb 2010 18:01:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-17T18:01:00Z Forget mashups: Tableau Software wants data junkies to do the 'viz' Data visualization vendor Tableau Software hopes its launch of a free service will bring sophisticated dashboards and charts to amateur spreadsheet jocks. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 21:01:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-11T21:01:00Z Exploding batteries on planes: Rare and small risk In-flight incidents involving batteries have been both rare and, apart from one catastrophe, relatively benign, according to a close look at FAA data. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:17:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-11T18:17:00Z Interactive chart: FAA reports of battery incidents This interactive chart details how FAA data shows 109 plane-related battery problems over the last two decades. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 17:33:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-11T17:33:00Z Ksplice debuts zero downtime service for Linux Ksplice officially launched its no-reboot patching service for Linux servers. Tue, 09 Feb 2010 13:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-09T13:00:00Z CIOs seek usage-based pricing for enterprise software Enterprise software vendors that don't change their licensing schemes risk losing customers to software-as-a-service alternatives, IDC says. Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-08T11:00:00Z The Grill: Microsoft's Chris Capossela Microsoft's Office marketing chief Chris Capossela talks about the company's plans to beat Google Apps, and adding Twitter-like features to Office. Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-08T11:00:00Z Proposed battery restrictions could crimp e-commerce, air travel Buying your next laptop computer or smartphone online could suddenly get a lot more expensive if a little-known U.S. Department of Transportation proposal to tighten rules around the shipment of small, battery-powered devices by air goes through, says an industry group opposing the move. Sat, 06 Feb 2010 00:59:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-06T00:59:00Z Report: Microsoft may launch new Office cloud license Microsoft Corp. may be close to adding a new way for big businesses to buy Microsoft Office. Fri, 05 Feb 2010 12:14:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-05T12:14:00Z Zoho slows frantic growth, works on integrating Web apps instead Despite competition from Google Docs and others, start-up Zoho has built the broadest Web productivity suite out there. Thu, 04 Feb 2010 18:37:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-04T18:37:00Z What we know about Oracle Cloud Office, Product announcements have raised a number of questions that neither Oracle nor want to answer. Here's what we know. Thu, 04 Feb 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-04T11:00:00Z Linux, Windows or both? Doesn't matter to virtual desktop vendor Ulteo Ulteo is poised to offer commercial support for its free virtual desktop infrastructure software, which the open-source start-up says will cost companies a fraction of established offerings from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware. Wed, 03 Feb 2010 11:40:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-03T11:40:00Z Media tablets like iPad will take over where MIDs failed, says researcher Bill Gates and others first envisioned that tablet computers would be the future of computing for everyone. So far, they have only caught on in niches, such as with e-readers or in specialized industries including healthcare or construction. Wed, 03 Feb 2010 02:30:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-03T02:30:00Z Apple iPad to trigger belated tablet boom, says ABI Research Apple Inc.'s high-profile iPad will help sales of all media tablets to grow nearly 15-fold over the next five years, ABI Research Inc. predicted on Tuesday. Tue, 02 Feb 2010 20:01:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-02T20:01:00Z Data warehousing vendors squabble over best way forward with flash memory This year the watchword will be <i>speed</i>, as vendors start introducing flash memory storage to get around the longtime bottleneck of reading and writing to disk. Mon, 01 Feb 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-02-01T11:00:00Z Database wars: IBM, Oracle's Ellison trade zingers Oracle CEO Larry Ellison criticized IBM's database business during an event at which Oracle outlined its plans for the newly acquired Sun Microsystems. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:06:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-28T12:06:00Z Where netbooks still beat the Apple iPad Despite the introduction of the iPad and the harsh words of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, netbooks will continue to thrive, say analysts and commentators, who cite the tablet's missing features and relatively high price. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 01:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-28T01:00:00Z Oracle will boost MySQL, release Cloud Office suite Oracle promised to aggressively push its newly acquired MySQL open-source database, rather than kill it. Wed, 27 Jan 2010 21:06:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-27T21:06:00Z Apple tablet unlikely to be B2B-ready, says vendor Tablet computers preceding Apple's expected tablet may have been a dud with consumers, but they have actually made some inroads in industries such as health care, construction and field service. Wed, 27 Jan 2010 01:45:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-27T01:45:00Z New Microsoft Office price list: Winners and losers Microsoft's new Office pricing scheme is more complex than first thought; it's at least partially a response to increased competition from IBM, Google, Zoho and Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:19:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-26T12:19:00Z ParAccel to speed up data appliance with flash memory ParAccel Inc. will release a version of its columnar database appliance with flash memory attached to the server's motherboard that it says will boost data reading speeds by up to 15 times. Fri, 22 Jan 2010 01:27:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-22T01:27:00Z With latest features, claims edge over SharePoint, Google Docs Just as Google Docs makes collaborating on documents via the Web easier than Microsoft Office does, Box.Net enables corporate workers to share documents and other files more easily and beyond firewalls than Microsoft SharePoint. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 14:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-21T14:00:00Z Stay away from until Oracle shows commitment, analyst says A European IT consulting firm is warning large enterprises and government entities not to deploy until Oracle shows proof that it will invest as heavily in the development of the open-source productivity suite as project champion Sun Microsystems did. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 18:32:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-20T18:32:00Z Amazon EC2's model is a solution for shelfware, says IDC Sick of overpaying for features they don't need or use, enterprise customers are eager for software vendors to enable pay-per-use models that better align cost with consumption, according to IDC Corp. Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:02:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-19T22:02:00Z How Hadoop startup Cloudera is evolving A data integration app will be formally released this quarter as part of the overarching Cloudera Dta Platform. Fri, 15 Jan 2010 01:40:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-15T01:40:00Z FewClix e-mail plug-in may help you love Lotus Notes again FewClix, the new e-mail add-on for Lotus Notes by Synaptris Inc., is a mirror image of Xobni, the widely praised e-mail plug-in for Microsoft Outlook. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:22:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-14T19:22:00Z FAQ: What renting Microsoft Windows, Office means to you Microsoft's announcement that it would begin renting Windows and Office 2007 left many initially euphoric, but later disappointed when it became clear it was no panacea. Here is the real deal on Microsoft's Rental Rights. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-14T11:00:00Z Fast-growing Jaspersoft aims higher with paid BI Jaspersoft Corp. announced a new version of its open-source BI software on Tuesday aimed at paying enterprises, trumpeting its momentum alongside the launch. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-12T11:00:00Z Microsoft site crash leaves business customers in limbo Problems with a Microsoft Web site that handles software licenses have left some businesses unable to activate and use their Microsoft apps for more than a month. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 20:05:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-11T20:05:00Z Image gallery: Hottest laptops and netbooks of CES Everyone knew that this year's CES would be a coming-out party for tablets and ARM-based smartbooks. But what about those who still like a keyboard and Windows' buffet of apps? They're in luck, as laptops and netbooks showed that they are more than last decade's phenomenon. Sat, 09 Jan 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-09T11:00:00Z CES: See-through screens - gimmick or instant gadget love? The next big wave to rush down the display tech pipeline may be laptops and handheld gadgets with transparent OLED screens. Thu, 07 Jan 2010 20:05:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-07T20:05:00Z CES: Ballmer shows off Windows 7 slate PCs, but he's coy about Courier Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed off three Windows 7-based touch screen computers but didn't demonstrate the company's new Courier e-reader-type machine as was expected. Thu, 07 Jan 2010 12:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-07T12:00:00Z CES: Marvell sees fleet of Plug Computer-based products coming Marvell Technology Group Ltd. showed off a new version of its tiny, green Plug Computer that boasts a much faster CPU on Tuesday. Wed, 06 Jan 2010 22:34:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-06T22:34:00Z CES: HP bets more on touch computing Hewlett-Packard may be the biggest champion of touch computing, but even HP is not ready to embrace the hype and ship a full-fledged tablet computer. Wed, 06 Jan 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-06T11:00:00Z CES: Firm to show more powerful wireless power technology Fulton Innovation plans to demonstrate upgrades to its wireless power technology at the CES show in Las Vegas. Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2010-01-06T00:00:00Z CES: DisplayLink says USB 3.0 video coming soon DisplayLink plans to show off a new chip that supports the USB 3.0 standard at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas. Wed, 23 Dec 2009 16:28:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2009-12-23T16:28:00Z