Google pulled off a coup last year when it was awarded a contract worth $7.25 million by the City of Los Angeles to move 30,000 employees to its cloud-based email solution. It was a huge triumph not only because CSC’s (Computer Sciences Corporation) proposal for Google Apps – both companies have joined forces for this project – was picked from 15 proposals but also due to the fact that Microsoft was among those snubbed. This was seen as an alarming development for Microsoft’s popular Office productivity suite.
Google and CSC’s victory celebrations are long over and the June 30 deadline history, but so far only 10,000 city employees have been moved to Google apps while the rest, including 13,000 L.A.P.D members, are still stuck with a traditional email solution provided by Novell. The delay stems from the security concerns raised by the Los Angeles Police Department, which is particularly worried about data encryption.
"We've had a lot of technical issues, some we've created and some we haven't," said Los Angeles CTO Randi Levin. "We underestimated the amount of time it was going to take." According to a MarketWatch report, the two companies have agreed to compensate the city for all costs it incurs during the course of the delay.
The current state of the mobile market, contrary to what some tech commenters might be opining, is anything but ponies and roses. It's a lot like coming home from a hard day of work and finding out that your toilet is leaking--leaking all over your floor, that is. You don't really have the tools to fix it, but you do have a healthy amount of duct tape sitting around.
AT&T's announcement that it's eliminating the unlimited data plans for iPhone and iPad owners is but the black, sticky tape covering up a greater disaster underneath. But that's not what the various Internet commenters would have you believe. To them, the charitable AT&T has graciously swooped down to lower everyone's monthly data fees since so very, very few people will ever push past its first-tier pricing scheme of $25 per month for two gigabytes of data.
This is not some charitable reduction that saves 98 percent of AT&T's user base an extra $5 a month. If you believe that, then by all means, let the carrier come marching right up to your front door with a new contract and a shiny golden ticket to Wonka's candy factory. Because that, sir or ma'am, is just the level of delusion we're talking about.
Most would agree that early termination fees are a drag, not to mention a serious gut punch. Long term contracts typically hold consumers liable for anywhere from $150 to $350 to ditch a carrier before the service agreement expires, and according to some in Congress, that just isn't fair.
Enter Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who today introduced a bill to set limits on early termination fees cell phone carriers are able to charge. Klobuchar, along with Sens. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Jim Webb (D-Va.), and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) say the fees are "budget-busters."
"Changing your wireless provider shouldn't break the bank," Klobuchar said. "Forcing consumers to pay outrageous fees bearing little to no relation to the cost of their handset devices is anti-consumer and anti-competitive.
Begich added that "in these tough economic times, the last thing consumers need is to see rates doubled for no apparent reason." His remarks are in reference to Verizon recently increasing the early termination fee from $175 to $350, a policy which became official in mid-November.
HIt the jump to see what Verizon had to say on the matter.
If you are considering a netbook purchase and count the Dell Mini 9 as one of your options, you would be glad to hear that it can be yours for a paltry sum of $99. Any netbook is irresistible when it carries such a dirt cheap price tag.
However, don’t think that Dell is going to allow you to have your cake and eat it too. The hefty subsidy is only available when you opt for a two-year AT&T Laptop Connect agreement. To avail of this offer, which will last until January 31, you will have to mail in a $350 Dell rebate.