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Wither PC Gaming?

Gamers are often devided into two categories: those who play on consoles and those who play on PCs. A console gamer will drop few hundred dollars for Sony's PS3, Microsoft's Xbox 360, or Nintendo's Wii, but a PC gamer who wants to purchase a desktop or laptop optimized for gaming could pay thousand...

PC Gamers: A Dying Breed?

Gamers are often devided into two categories: those who play on consoles and those who play on PCs. A console gamer will drop few hundred dollars for Sony's PS3, Microsoft's Xbox 360, or Nintendo's Wii, but a PC gamer who wants to purchase a desktop or laptop optimized for gaming could pay thousand...

Having Your Data and Using It Too

What's hot, and what's not? And how does an e-commerce concern turn it into cash? Knowing Internet trend patterns is not enough. Small e-commerce companies have to be able to act on the information they obtain in order to capitalize on it. When they do not move quickly enough, they may find themsel...

The Antisocial Inclinations of Social Networks

Last year, the buzz surrounding social networking concerned "data portability" -- giving Facebook and MySpace users, for example, an easy way to connect to one another without the need to create new profiles. That once-deafening buzz has now fallen silent, and the social networks are back working to...

Can SMBs Live Without Mobile Security?

As the business use of mobile devices such as laptops and smartphones proliferates, IT departments are scrambling to implement adequate security safeguards both inside and outside company walls. The cost of implementing security measures is problematic for many small-to-medium-sized enterprises, but...

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Microsoft Plans to Focus on Small Business Software

As Microsoft once again renews its efforts to target small to mid-sized companies, many in the software industry express skepticism, while others welcome the competition. Just how committed is Microsoft to the small to mid-market software segment? As many critics will point out, this is not the firs...

Teleworking Benefits Employees, Employers

The rising cost of fuel is prompting thousands of federal government workers to consider the benefits of teleworking -- either working from home or at an offsite location closer to home. A recently published study titled, "Fuel Smart Economy: It's No Gas," that examined the cost of the daily commute...

Bluetooth Wireless for the Holidays

Industry insiders think it's going to be a big holiday season for Bluetooth wireless technology -- which is showing up in a wide range of gadgets, from mobile phones to audio players to personal digital assistants to personal computer keyboards and even cars. Christophe Dissaux, executive vice presi...

Microsoft Refocuses on Small Business Software

As Microsoft once again renews its efforts to target small to mid-sized companies, many in the software industry express skepticism, while others welcome the competition. Just how committed is Microsoft to the small to mid-market software segment? As many critics will point out, this is not the firs...

The Dangers of Bad Data

If bad data is put into a data warehouse, companies risk what Tony Fisher, president and general manager at DataFlux, described as "code, load and explode." "If the data from a source system doesn't meet the expected qualities for that data, the loading process may fail, causing the company to stop ...

RFID Tags: Preventing or Promoting Identity Theft?

Should radio frequency identification tags be used on identification cards? Will RFID on ID cards prevent or promote identity theft? While some are praising the technology as a great way to protect people, others deride it as a security nightmare. Jeff Schmidt, an independent security consultant ba...

Latin America: Outsourcing’s New Hot Spot

South America and Central America are increasingly becoming popular destinations for information technology outsourcing -- whether it is offshore, nearshore or even "rightshore." "Central and South American countries are improving on outsourcing competitiveness," said Mark Minevich, international st...

Open Source Catching On in Travel Industry

A "perfect storm" of forces is converging that will lead open source to dominate the information technology systems of the travel industry by 2007, according to Marc Fleury, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of JBoss, headquartered in Atlanta. Fleury said that these forces include the in...

Novell, Wincor Nixdorf Battle Microsoft for POS Share

In the global war between Linux and Microsoft, Novell Inc. and Wincor Nixdorf are banding together to battle the software giant on the point-of-sale (POS) frontline. This new partnership allows Paderborn, Germany-based Wincor Nixdorf to embed the newly released Novell Linux Point of Service 9 into ...

Technology Beefs Up Restaurant Drive-Through Experience

May I take your order please?" These sometimes-garbled words uttered through a speaker at your local drive-through restaurant may soon originate from a different city or even another state thanks to new customer-relationship-management technology. Hardee's -- part of CKE Restaurants Inc. in Carpint...

Linux Making Inroads into Automotive Industry

Linux, the ubiquitous free operating system that by some estimates currently runs over half of all servers and is swiftly making inroads into operating systems from computers to mobile phones, is now targeting the automotive industry. As the cost of electronic components in automobiles continues to ...

Biotechnology Research New Arena for Open Source

The open-source movement has been expanding beyond the world of software development recently into the biotechnology research arena. U.S. BioDefense Inc, based in City of Industry, Calif., is trying to capitalize on this evolving trend by developing an open-source stem cell research platform. The sm...

Online Matchmaking Simplifies College Admissions Process

The Princeton Review is aiming to simplify the college admissions process with a free online tool designed to help students find the right college. Simultaneously, for a fee, colleges can search for students who match their needs and specialties. The New York-based publisher and provider of test pre...

Instant Messaging Creates Headaches for IT Professionals

Instant messaging is no longer just a quick and easy way to keep in touch with family and friends: It is quickly becoming a mainstay in the workplace, creating a new set of problems to worry about for information technology professionals. International Data Corporation estimated that the number of c...

Holiday Video Game Sales: The Sequel

With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, video game publishers are seeing brisk sales and offering only a few surprises. Since December accounts for a major percentage of the industry's annual revenues, most video game publishers are playing it safe by promoting sequels to already succes...

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