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  • Opinion: Microsoft Offers Students Free Xbox 360 with PC Purchase

    Student looking to buy a laptop or desktop computer this coming semester can pick a free Xbox 360 gaming console thanks to a pretty sweet Microsoft promotion. The Xbox deal is valid with the purchase of any Windows 7 computer starting at $699.

  • Opinion: Free Outlook Add-In PocketKnife Peek Reveals Hidden Info

    Worried that dangers may be lurking in an HTML e-mail you've received in Microsoft Outlook? The free PocketKnife Peek lets you see that e-mail in plain text, without any potential HTML dangers such as malicious scripts. And you can use the program to examine other parts of the e-mail as well.

  • Opinion: Supply Chain in the Cloud - Looking Beyond TCO

    I have had a significant number of conversations recently about cloud, and how it applies specifically to the supply chain. OK, not all that surprising, after all, along with mobility, cloud is very much at the apex of the hype cycle. Yet if one looks beyond the hype, cloud offers the potential to not only transform how supply chain organizations procure IT capabilities, but also to fundamentally change how they manage business processes. Certainly I do not wish to 'over-egg' the omelet here, or suggest that this will happen tomorrow, but it is coming -- and perhaps faster than we might appreciate.

  • Opinion: Playboy Unloads Wares on the iPad

    Playboy managed to bypass Apple's puritan rule over the App Store and launch a Web app containing all the back issues of the adult magazine.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: Supply Chain Segmentation in Retail

    Supply Chain segmentation is not new, despite recent articles to the contrary, as manufacturing companies have explored ways to manage parts of the supply chain differently for the varied requirements of product lines or categories for decades. What is perhaps new, is the interest on the part of Retail, driven in large part by the growth of private label.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform=Retail+Siebel+ATG

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: Gartner: Android Dominates Smartphone Sales Worldwide

    Another day, another report saying Android rules the smartphone world, this time from Gartner.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: Microsoft: Intel Comments on Windows 8 Are Wrong

    There may not be four versions of Windows 8 for ARM system-on-a-chip processors that are incapable of running legacy Windows apps after all. Microsoft has rebutted recent statements about Windows 8 running on ARM processors made by Intel's senior vice president and general manager of its software and services group.

  • Opinion: Remember the Milk Rocks the iPad

    You know, every time I leave one mobile platform for another, some new app comes along to make me wish -- at least momentarily -- that I'd stuck it out. This week, that app is the new Remember the Milk for iPad, which is the culmination of more than a year of development from the RTM team. And I have to say: They knocked it out of the park.

  • Opinion: Open Source Software Is Now a Norm in Businesses

    We've already seen mounting evidence that the numerous benefits of open source software are making a big impression on businesses far and wide, and this week saw the release of yet more data corroborating that fact.

  • Opinion: UI Problems Mar Jv16 PowerTools

    Jv16 PowerTools 2011 ($30, 60-day free trial) is a utility suite which includes many useful tools for performing all kinds of system maintenance, from temp file cleanup to startup management. Unfortunately, it also has a number of issues, giving it the feeling of something rushed to market a little bit before QA was finished with it.

  • Opinion: Dropbox Drops the Ball on Data Security

    Dropbox, a provider of cloud-based data storage services, is in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that it lied and intentionally deceived customers into believing that their data is more private and secure than it really is. Whether Dropbox was deliberately misleading, or just failed to clearly communicate policy changes, the complaint filed with the FTC illustrates concerns over online data security.

  • Opinion: EMC - Box Alliance Provides Needed Cloud Safety Net

    EMC and Box.net announced a deeper partnership that gives customers a stepping stone to embrace the benefits of the cloud without risking it all. The hybrid approach of EMC Documentum combined with Box.net in the cloud delivers both peace of mind and flexibility at the same time.

  • Opinion: Moving to the Cloud Isn't for Everyone: What to Consider

    Turning to Internet services instead of in-house servers appeals to companies seeking lean, mobile operations. The "cloud" is a hot buzzword, but moving the bulk of your infrastructure and data there isn't right for every business. Most small companies plug along with a mix of on-site and off-site hardware and software. For some organizations, maintaining in-house servers is crucial.

  • Opinion: Lazarus Add-on Recovers Lost Form Data in Firefox

    This is an update of a post from a couple years back. Once you read it, you'll understand why I felt compelled to run it again.

  • Opinion: Day 14: Google Docs Discussions--Comments on Steroids

    One of the newer elements of Google Docs is Discussions. In March of this year, Google rolled out the Discussions feature to streamline collaboration, and improve the concept of commenting, and that is what I am going to check out next on my 30 Days With...Google Docs odyssey.

  • Opinion: TheBatchWatermarks Protects Photos With a Text Overlay

    It's very easy for people to steal photographic work that has been posted online, without crediting the author, unless that work has been watermarked (overlaid with semi-transparent text). Watermarking is a feature so common among photo editing and management utilities that it's essentially a bullet-point on the list of things virtually any photo management tool can do. So the mere existence of this eponymous product is a curiosity, but only just that. Alas, the primary function of TheBatchWatermarks is to, well, watermark large numbers of images all at once.

  • Opinion: Why Google Chromebooks are doomed to fail

    A month from today, the Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer will hit the street. Google hopes to revolutionize mobile computing and free us from the shackles of the traditional PC experience, but the Chromebook is going to fizzle.



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