Why the New Chromebook Still Doesn’t Cut It

Why the New Chromebook Still Doesn’t Cut It

Can a computer that is slightly more expensive than others with the same components, doesn’t run the software people are accustomed to, relies on users to store their personal treasures on someone else’s cloud, and may or may not recognize the devices plugged into it, really find success? Are we really asking this question as though the…

The Rise of Beautiful Apps

The Rise of Beautiful Apps

A noticeable trend this year is beautiful apps or websites. It’s all part of a larger trend that I’m calling The Visual Web, meaning that images and video are becoming an increasingly important part of what we consume online. Pinterest is the best example of that larger trend. But by “beautiful apps or websites,” I’m specifically referring to…

Red Hat Storage 2.0 Could Bridge the File System/Big Data Gap

Red Hat Storage 2.0 Could Bridge the File System/Big Data Gap

It could be the killer combination of server technologies: unified object storage with sharded, distributed big data. Imagine Hadoop clusters whose locales transcend both geographies and clouds, and whose contents can be addressed the same way as any other file. It could help bridge the current gap between big data clusters and regulated…

$700 Ultrabooks Won’t Challenge the MacBook Air

$700 Ultrabooks Won’t Challenge the MacBook Air

Steve Jobs, the late Apple chief executive, famously claimed that his company did not know how to make a $500 mobile computer that was not a “piece of junk.” That was in 2008, when cheap, mini-laptops called netbooks were all the rage and Apple took heat for not having a competitor.
Today, Windows PC makers are trying to use price to grab market…

Check Point’s ThreatCloud Blocks Browsers’ Access to Bots

Check Point’s ThreatCloud Blocks Browsers’ Access to Bots

If security engineers could simply pool their intelligence, wouldn’t that help thwart Internet clients’ access to known, malicious agents?

Check Point – the producer of security appliances and software that came to prominence after its acquisition of ZoneAlarm – takes a key step toward building a collective detour system for malicious agents…

3 Approaches to Securing Identity in the Cloud

3 Approaches to Securing Identity in the Cloud

There’s one big problem with the growing number of cloud-based applications and platform services, and it’s growing faster than its prospective solutions: They typically handle authentication for their users by themselves. And when they do enable OAuth or another method to share authentication duties between services and sites, their…

Lantronix Has iPad Print Server Solution

Lantronix Has iPad Print Server Solution

Once in a blue moon, I actually get a device that does what it says it does and works effortlessly out of the box. This is one of those rare times. If your company has iPads and other iThings on its network, one of the frustrations is not being able to print from them. In the past, you needed a printer that was designed for iPrint (such as the HP…

Become Your Own Techmeme: Curating Big Data in the Cloud

Become Your Own Techmeme: Curating Big Data in the Cloud

Easily the largest contributors to ReadWriteWeb’s overall traffic on any given day include technology news aggregation services, one of them being Techmeme. It’s a service that pulls interesting headlines from amid the ever-flowing sea of content, and compiles them into an amalgamated front page of what’s happening; it’s directed toward a…

Autodesk Uses Cloud Computing to “Fix” PLM

Autodesk Uses Cloud Computing to “Fix” PLM

PLM is far from the sexiest acronym floating around the Internet these days. Short for Product Lifecycle Management, PLM is often thought of as an esoteric offshoot of the equally obscure PDM, or Product Design Management – the way engineers track control technical data related to a particular product.

PLM is like PDM on steroids, extending the…

SlideShark Becomes a Turnkey Mobile Preso Viewer for New Box Platform

SlideShark Becomes a Turnkey Mobile Preso Viewer for New Box Platform

Earlier this year, my colleague David Strom shared with you the sudden rise of a mobile presentation tool called SlideShark. It was a fairly simple concept to begin with: Upload a PowerPoint presentation to Brainshark’s servers, and then deploy that presentation to multiple recipients who can watch them from their mobile devices. Think YouTube…

If Windows 7 “Simplifies” the PC, What Does Windows 8 Do to It?

If Windows 7 “Simplifies” the PC, What Does Windows 8 Do to It?

On the day that Windows 7 was generally released in October 2009, Microsoft announced that it was “simplifying” the PC. It was a long awaited, much appreciated response to nearly three years of wrestling with the sea of sloth that was Windows Vista.

My review of Windows 7 was both notorious and, even in hindsight, correct. I called it “Vista…

The New Blueprint for App Provisioning: VMware’s Application Director

The New Blueprint for App Provisioning: VMware’s Application Director

The presumed “elasticity” of cloud technology tends to fall apart whenever the bindings change. That is, when a virtual machine or virtualized application relies upon the specific configuration of the hardware providing its infrastructure, it isn’t exactly cloud-like when you have to migrate that element to a new host. You often find yourself…

Next, Salesforce Aims to Obsolete the CMS with Site.com Launch

Next, Salesforce Aims to Obsolete the CMS with Site.com Launch

Here’s the proposition: If your business fronts a marketing Web site, perhaps with a digital storefront and probably with additional content on Facebook, Salesforce.com is now offering a service – not a software package, but a cloud-based system – for you to compose the entire site, including layout template and content, and host the site…