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Submission + - Could HP's Imaging and Printing Unit Save WebOS? (

deadeyefred writes: HP CEO Meg Whitman says it will be at least a few weeks before she'll decide what to do with WebOS, HP's floundering mobile operating system. One alternative: give it to one of HP's most successful units, Imaging & Printing, and build it out now as a platform for print management, scanning and data capture. It would allow HP to play WebOS to its strengths, not its weaknesses, and put this technology in the hands of some of those running a market-leading business.

Submission + - Dropbox Goes after Business Accounts, But Falls Sh (

deadeyefred writes: Dropbox last month launched its Teams service that it is targeting at small and mid-sized businesses — but acknowledges its not PCI-, HIPAA- or Sarbanes-Oxley compliant. Company executives say they also don't provide a highly visible warning largely because customers in beta tests didn't make it an issue. Should cloud services focused at businesses provide clear warnings if they are not compliant with key regulatory requirements, or should business customers just assume they are not?

Submission + - Antitrust Case Over, Microsoft ties IE 10 to Win 8 (

deadeyefred writes: With the last vestiges of Microsoft's U.S. antitrust consent decree expiring earlier this year, the company is again tying its browser tightly to Windows. In pre-release versions of IE 10 and Windows 8, IE 10 cannot be uninstalled and is required to enable the new "Metro"-style apps.

Submission + - Cisco Memo Says HP Will Lose Margin, Get Weaker wi (

deadeyefred writes: At least one of HP's biggest competitors, Cisco, seems to think the HP would be doing Cisco a favor by spinning out its PC business. According to an internal memo, by a team of Cisco execs, says, HP is now ""struggling to provide a clear direction and strategy, leaving employees, customers, financial markets, industry influencers and their channel thoroughly confused."

Submission + - Firefox Memory Leaks Rearing Head Once Again (

deadeyefred writes: A flurry of reports of significant memory leakage by users of Firefox 6.0.2 has begun to make the rounds. Three years ago, developers said they fixed "hundreds" of Firefox memory leaks after many complaints then. If Firefox or third-party plug-ins once again start to slow PCs to a crawl, Chrome will have a big opportunity to make mindshare gains over Mozilla.

Submission + - Could Open Source Investment Save HP? (

deadeyefred writes: HP's new CEO, Meg Whitman, has a number of issues to deal with to right the ship and put the company on a growth track again. Instead of massive changes to its organization and product line, could $4.5 billion in open source investments do the trick? An argument might be made that HP could boost its competitiveness by putting half of its R&D budget ($1.5 billion a year) into projects like, Android and OpenStack. It would still be less than half what HP is paying for Autonomy and allow it to focus on solving problems rather than protecting proprietary product lines and fiefdoms. Certainly, they couldn't do worse than they've been doing at HP.
Data Storage

Submission + - First 'Stone-Etching' Drives Ready to Ship (

deadeyefred writes: Millenniata first began discussing its technology for etching data into stone-lined disc drives a couple of years ago, and now, with Hitachi-LG, it's ready to ship. Target pricing, it appears, will be on-par with existing DVD and Blu-ray drives.

Submission + - Will Ubuntu Again Benefit from Industry Turmoil? ( 1

deadeyefred writes: With HP trying to exit the PC business, Apple in transition but with skyrocketing Mac sales, and Windows 8 yet to ship, can Ubuntu once again benefit from serious turmoil in the PC industry? Not only that, but the last time there was a world economic slump, free software got a lot more serious look. Ubuntu's beta launch this week, which has been fairly well received, might be a good sign.

Submission + - Why 2011 is the Year of Open Source (

deadeyefred writes: While this year marks the 20th anniversary of Linux, its contribution as a model of open-source development is now everywhere: Android, OpenStack, desktops, super computers. While Apple, Google, Microsoft and others are slugging it out over patent rights and proprietary technology, the open source model continues to drive critical innovation everywhere.

Submission + - Could Apple Mail Soon Surpass Outlook In Share? ( 1

deadeyefred writes: With Apple growing its Mac OS X and iOS platforms by double digits — and bundling its Mail, iCal and contacts on all of them — it could be on track to overtake Microsoft's Outlook on the client side sooner than you might think. If you hate Outlook, this could be a good thing — unless you hate Apple Mail more.

Submission + - NASA iPad App Tracks India's Disappearing H20 (

deadeyefred writes: NASA is harnessing images and research based on its GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellites, and sharing its data and findings through a new iPad app — NASA Visualization Explorer. Among other things, it's showing what it says is a dramatic (even frightening) disappearance of groundwater in a major region of India.

Maybe now that NASA's Space Shuttle days are behind it, it can take on a new life by providing constantly updating data and research in the form of iPad, Android and other app-based delivery mechanisms.


Submission + - Ubuntu 11.10 Down to 12-Second Boot (

deadeyefred writes: Even though it's still only in alpha, it appears as though the forthcoming version of Ubuntu, version 11.10, will be much faster than earlier versions according to this story. It looks as if the switch from GDM to LightDM will have a significant impact as Ubuntu gets closer to "instant on" status.

Submission + - Is Android the World's Most Vulnerable OS? (

deadeyefred writes: McAfee is out with an item suggesting that a Google Wallet app for Android could prove to be a field day for hackers, thieves, etc. Is Android the most vulnerable OS in the world right now? Can the software ecosystem write enough apps to keep it safe?

There's a strong argument to be made now that Android is even more vulnerable than Windows and is possible the most vulnerable OS in the world, given its installed base, reach and scope.

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