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Coders compete for kudos, cash & Cairo

Coders compete for kudos, cash & Cairo

Henry ‘model-T’ Ford once said that, “Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.” But given the rise of the ‘consolidated’ corporate IT behemoths around us, are we at risk of losing our competitive edge in software application development?

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CTIA 09: Is the Palm Pre keyboard the Achilles heel of the device?

CTIA 09: Is the Palm Pre keyboard the Achilles heel of the device?

Since I didn't have a chance to see the Palm Pre in person and there are no review units out yet, I couldn't really pick a favorite in my first Clash of the Touch Titans article. Last week I was able to see the Pre in person and get my hands on it a bit. I shot a video of the Pre in action showing some 3rd party apps and overall user experience. I will say that the experience and some of the functionality look quite amazing. However, I was able to also get my hands on and enter text using the Pre keyboard and found it to be a major disappointment that may be the Achilles heel of the device. I find the onscreen keyboard on the iPhone to be much better than the Pre keyboard. So far we have only seen keyboard input as being the only way to enter text so you always have to switch to portrait mode to do this and my first impressions were not good. In the photos I saw before I actually touched it I thought it would be more of a Treo 800w or at least Treo Pro keyboard, but it is much more similar to the Palm Centro keyboard with rubber sticky keys/bumps set on a flat panel. The keyboard felt pretty cramped and I am sure I could get used to it over time since I do have magic thumbs, but Palm was always known for excellent Treo keyboards and to not put one of these types on this new flagship product may be an issue for many people.

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Greg Farr's 21-gun salute

Greg Farr's 21-gun salute

What does Defence CIO Greg Farr have to do to get a 21-gun salute? What does Russell Crowe and lobbying have in common? And can NSW be the next Silicon Valley? All these questions are answered in this week's instalment of Patch Monday.

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World Wildlife Fund releases new reports on how virtual meetings can cut carbon dioxide AND increase productivity

World Wildlife Fund releases new reports on how virtual meetings can cut carbon dioxide AND increase productivity

I'm writing this blog post from the first trade show I've been to in quite a while, the HIMSS 09 healthcare-related show, where I actually stood in a bus shuttle line yesterday because there were so many people here.Although this has really nothing to do with this post, it kind of does, because one of the topics I was debating at lunch and throughout the afternoon during downtime was the state of business travel as a result of the downturn.

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Do you hate your iPhone?

Do you hate your iPhone?

In a blistering ode to Cupertino, The New York Times' Virginia Heffernan professed this weekend that, for all of its "refined," "introverted" and "tarty" qualities, she hates her Apple iPhone.It starts out simple enough: Heffernan explains that she's late to adopting the most popular phone in the country, and admits some suspicion before taking one home.

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T-Mobile to release Google Android tablet; have smartphone and computer converged?

T-Mobile to release Google Android tablet; have smartphone and computer converged?

T-Mobile plans to sell a home phone early next year and soon after a tablet computer, both running Google's Android operating system, according to confidential documents obtained from one of the company’s partners by The New York Times.The phone will plug into a docking station and come with another device that handles data synchronization as it recharges the phone’s battery, according to the report.

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