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So, the Blackberry is not an iPhone or Droid. But for folks like me who need fast text entry (for e-mails) models like the Tour or Bold are great solutions. Although the Blackberry will likely never be as hot as an iPhone there are some new developments that make it pretty damn good.  For example, applications for the Blackberry are now provided in an “app store” that can be used online or directly through the device. On your Blackberry select the “App World” application and surf the apps in many ways, including directories, categories, and search tools. Or on your computer visit: Three Apps I recommend you add now: a) Twitter:  There have been several Twitter clients, but now an official one that brings the full functionality of Twitter to the Blackberry.  Download at: b)... (more)

Different Approaches to Databases in PaaS: A Round-Up

In an application deployed directly on IaaS, you know and control everything about the database; in a SaaS application you know little and control nothing. But how does it work in PaaS? Since a PaaS is essentially a container that runs application code, and virtually every application requires a persistent data store, most PaaS offerings provide some kind of database services. Not surprisingly, Resource PaaS offerings most closely resemble SaaS in that they hide more deployment details, while Server PaaS offerings are more flexible but potentially more complex. (For more on Res... (more)

Cloud Brings out New Equations to the Ecosystem

During the last decade, the enterprise war was among the handful of players. Microsoft wanted to be the de facto choice of the IT by pushing .NET application platform, integrated tools through Visual Studio, a set of servers in the form of SQL Server, SharePoint, BizTalk and System Center. Same was the case with IBM who was trying to compete through the Rational, WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli and MQ Series platforms. Sun and Oracle complemented each other and ran an integrated GTM to win the enterprise customers. The goal of every player was the same – displace competition and own almos... (more)

Microsoft to Data-Mine Facebook & Twitter

Twitter on Ulitzer Microsoft has cut non-exclusive deals with both Facebook and Twitter for Bing to search their real-time data feeds. Google has followed suit at least with Twitter, but Facebook is the prize because it has like 40 million updates a day from its 300 million users. Not all Facebook updates will be searched by Bing, however, only the ones made available to the wider public. Facebook, where Microsoft has an equity stake, will apparently provide users with a numbers of new tools to do so. It is unclear how much Microsoft is paying. The Twitter integration is already... (more)

The Power of Google and the Promise of Cloud Computing

Google App Engine Platform Evans Data Corp announced that use of the Python scripting language has increased by 45% since Spring 2008 according to the most recent North American Development Survey to be released this week to subscribers. Only 13% of developers used Python before Google announced its App Engine platform in Spring 2008, which at the time only supported Python, but that number has increased to 20.3% today. Other scripting language use remained relatively constant, with only small gains or losses in popularity among languages such as Ruby, PHP, Perl and Actionscrip... (more)

Google Apps Gets Power Panel, Single Sign-On

Google's App Engine Platform LTech, a little friend of Google's, has spun up the first Power Panel for Google Apps to give enterprises moving to the cloud central administrative functionality. It's also announced Single Sign-On for Google Apps now that Google Apps are pushing deeper into the enterprise. The Power Panel add-on, which LTech already know is gonna be popular, offers features such as Contact Journal, Shared Contact Search, Quick Links and an integration framework for CRM and enterprise data. It's deployed on Google App Engine and secured in a customer's Google Apps ... (more)