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More Enterprise Opinion

  • Opinion: Virtual Data Centers on the Way? Poll Results

    On Monday, we polled IT and business leaders about how they're using public and private clouds. The respondents to our pair of suveys who say they are well on the way to a completely virtual data center outnumber those who haven't started using the cloud at all.

  • Opinion: Prefer Open Source? Join the Crowd

    If ever there was a year to demonstrate why open source software is a smart choice for businesses, 2011 has surely been it.

  • Opinion: A Sneak Peek at Gmail's New Look

    Google is busy at work on a dramatic makeover of Gmail's drab, utilitarian interface, and that's a good thing. In August, the search giant unveiled a new Gmail Labs feature called Preview Pane, which lets you preview messages in your Gmail inbox. But more changes are coming.

  • Opinion: Send and Receive Text Messages on Your PC

    Text messaging is great--except when it isn't. For one thing, it's expensive (unless you have an unlimited messaging plan, which itself can be expensive). Plus, it forces you to type on your phone's tiny keyboard--not always the fastest or most convenient method.

  • Opinion: How Does a Google Self-Driving Car Drive?

    Google's self-driving car was once just a pet project, but it has since bloomed into one of the company's largest endeavors. Now, Google's autonomous fleet has logged over 190,000 miles, is street-legal in Nevada, and it may or may not have gotten into its first crash. But what we don't know is just how the automated system manages to stop at a red light or keep from careening into us--until now.

  • Opinion: Six Reasons to Use Cloud Services for Small Business

    Outsourcing IT functions such as payroll, website hosting, email, or enterprise resource planning (ERP) has long been normal for businesses of all sizes. But outsourcing critical IT functions including database servers, file servers, document storage, or application development, gives many organizations pause.

  • Opinion: Car Makers Rev up Plans for Hands-Free Car Tech

    Over the past few years, the tech capabilities of a vehicle have gone far beyond acting as a power generator for a backseat DVD player. Car dashboards can display exactly how fuel-efficient your driving habits are, direct you with a built-in GPS, read your tweets, and read your SMS texts outloud.

  • Opinion: DMC Goes Back to the Future, Revives DeLorean

    Remember the DeLorean, that funky, futuristic car of Back to the Future fame? Guess what--it's back.

  • Opinion: Cloud Storage Rivals Innovate to Meet iCloud Challenge

    Last week Apple made the cloud cool with the launch of iCloud. Apple's iCloud is certainly not the first cloud syncing and storage service, but the Apple stamp of approval moves the concept from cutting edge fringe into the tech mainstream. Cloud storage rivals are ready to take advantage of the spotlight on cloud syncing and storage, and go head to head with iCloud with new offers and services of their own.

  • Opinion: The Threat Cloud Computing Providers Pose to Corporate IT

    The biggest threat cloud computing providers present to IT organizations is that they raise the bar for IT management. If a cloud provider can get a server up in eight seconds when it takes the IT organization two weeks, IT will be seen as hopelessly ineffective--and ripe for a complete teardown.

  • Opinion: Use iOS 5's Shortcuts to Create Second E-Mail Signature

    By default, Apple's iOS limits you to one e-mail signature. That's fine if you only need one, but I know plenty of business people who'd prefer different signatures for different e-mail accounts, different recipients (co-workers versus clients, for example), and so on.

  • Opinion: Logging into iCloud and MobileMe with separate accounts

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 was D-Day (Download Day) for Apple users. I believe it will go down in history as the day Apple released more software than it has done in any single day before.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Office: 32- or 64-bit?

    Björn Odent asked if he should install the 32- or 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 on his 64-bit PC.

  • Opinion: Seven Reasons to Consider Virtualization

    Both server virtualization and desktop virtualization use a software core called a hypervisor to run multiple operating systems on the same physical server hardware. Each OS is kept separate, with resources dedicated as needed.

  • Opinion: Google's New Business Cloud Storage Takes on Amazon S3

    Google Cloud Storage, announced Tuesday, allows you to store your company's business data online for a minimal cost. You can access your data from anywhere, you don't have to engage in costly server hardware management, and the largest tech giant in the world protects your data. All of this opens up cloud data storage to small and medium sized businesses as well as the enterprise-sized companies that were relying on it in the past.

  • Opinion: Walmart Launches Local Deals Facebook Page

    Walmart is taking advantage of the local deals fad by launching its own Groupon-clone. However, Walmart's service has a few distinguishing traits that set it apart from the throngs of other daily deals services.

  • Opinion: Banking regulations...in Kenya?

    Northeastern Africa has seen governments overthrown amid massive media coverage, while South Africa successfully hosted the World Cup. But there's an enormous land mass in between, and technology is starting to make a difference in some countries.

  • Opinion: Copy Mail's autocomplete database to a new Mac

    You've just started using a brand-new Mac. You launch Mail.app and start to compose an email to a friend. That's when it hits you: You haven't yet sent any messages on the new machine, so Mail.app hasn't had any addresses to remember, so it can't autocomplete your friend's address when you begin to type his name. Drat! Fortunately, as Marco Arment recently blogged, there's a way to copy Mail.app's autocomplete database from your old setup to your new one. (Marco also happens to be the developer of Macworld favorite Instapaper.)

  • Opinion: Few Businesses Have Unified Communications: Poll Results

    Two days ago, we asked both business managers and IT managers about how much they had unified their various communications services. Based on the responses to the polls, very few have integrated some combination of voice, fax, email, video conferencing or instant messaging services.

  • Opinion: Adobe Eyes Creatives With Cloud Service, Photoshop App

    If you are a Web designer, graphic designer, or other creative professional, most likely you work with the Adobe suite of products. Up until now, you haven't been able to migrate your work to your tablet PC of choice. That's about to change. Adobe on Tuesday announced two products available in the coming months that will drastically shift how creative professionals will work: Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Touch Apps for tablets.



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