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Rick Robinson

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I am a freelance writer with interests ranging from the tech industry to transportation, space travel, and science fiction and fantasy writing.

Articles by Rick Robinson

Tablet Devices and the Front End of Midsize IT

At one time, tablet devices were going to be the next big thing. Next, they were said to be a nonstarter, snappy in concept but not quite what anyone really needed. Finally, Apple released the iPad. It was a hit, ...

Internet Bots Now Account for Most Web Traffic

The Internet of Things may be the up-and-coming trend, but an Internet of bots has already arrived. A recent study found that 61 percent of all Web traffic is now accounted for by bots, automated programs that traverse the Internet. ...

Cloud Providers: Are Turbulent Skies Ahead for Midsize IT?

As pilots know, cloudy skies can make for a bumpy ride. According to one analyst firm, IT managers at midsize firms may also need to plan to fly around turbulence. The cloud computing marketplace is maturing amid fierce competition, and ...

Email Spam Crackdown a Boon for Midsize IT

Email spam represents much more than one of the great annoyances of the Internet age. While email users spend countless millions of hours every year getting rid of spam, not all of it is safely disposed of. Spam is one ...

iBeacons and the Rise of In-Store Location Technology

The use of geolocation technology to guide shoppers across town to a storefront has become a familiar feature in the mobile age. Now, Apple's iBeacons in the company's brick-and-mortar storefronts signal the next stage of location technology: guiding shoppers already ...

Android Keyboard Tests Mobile Content Creation

Mobile content creation may become easier, at least in the Android ecosystem. A wired keyboard designed to plug into an Android tablet's Micro-USB port is making its debut in the U.S. market. The device could potentially make an Android tablet ...

Mobile Chips: Slow but Steady Wins the Race?

The speed war among mobile device manufacturers may be bumping up against some practical limits. Faster mobile chips have been a key selling point for smartphones and tablet devices; but mobile speed falls to zero if the battery runs out, ...

Cloud Services and a Software-Centric Midsize IT

Server racks in data centers have long been at the heart of IT operations at many midsize firms. But the rows of servers are beginning to thin out as midsize IT increasingly shifts to software as a service (SaaS) and ...

Supercomputer App Store to Give Supply Chains a Boost

Midsize firms are streamlining their supply chains as a key component of the drive toward smarter commerce, but the specialized supercomputer processing needed to solve complex supply chain puzzles is too costly and specialized for many firms to invest in ...

64-Bit Mobility Coming to Android

As usual in the mobility world, it has not taken long for a new technology advancement to spread. In the near future, 64-bit chips and processing will be available for Android, Windows Phone and Apple's iOS. For mobile users, this ...

What Does the PC Sales Trend Really Mean For Midsize IT?

Shipments of traditional PCs, desktops and laptops continue to slide, and recent survey data suggests that the drop is accelerating, not leveling off. Business PC sales are also falling, though at a slower rate than the consumer market.None of these ...

The PC Is Alive and Well on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is just one shopping day out of the year, and in some ways it may be overhyped. It provides, however, a good picture of online shopping behavior; what it showed this year is that the familiar old PC ...

Tablet Devices Rule the World — Or Nearly Half of It

A new projection anticipates that nearly as many tablet devices will be sold next year as notebooks, laptops and desktop PCs combined. This news means that the tablet era is not just coming, it is almost here.Tablets are doing more ...

The Internet of Things Finding Space in the Cloud

According to a report by one analyst, the Internet of Things — smart devices with Internet connections — is coming of age and finding room to grow in the cloud. Moreover, these smart, connected devices will have a major impact ...

IT Skills Crucial to Cloud Success

Cloud computing has become a fact of business life, and the cloud continues to evolve, offering an ever-richer ecosystem into which IT at midsize firms can tap. But are companies making the investment in the IT skills and expertise required ...

Using IT Infrastructure to Delight Customers

The role of the customer in the midsize business ecosystem is larger and more active than ever before. They want to be the target of outreach; they want to be engaged; they want to be delighted. The tools for doing ...

Firefox OS on the Fast Track

Mozilla, the nonprofit best known for its popular Firefox browser, is boosting its commitment to development and deployment of its mobile Firefox OS as an alternative to Android and Apple's iOS mobile operating systems (OS). The challenge is a tall ...

Supercomputer Power Concentrated at the Top

The recently released supercomputer benchmarking statistics have pointed to a somewhat unexpected result: The most powerful systems are pulling away from the pack. Experts in high-end systems are not entirely sure what to make of this data. Few, if any, ...

Web Apps: Dart Language Challenges JavaScript

The JavaScript language is pervasive in website design and Web application programming, but now it has a full-fledged competitor with the release of Dart 1.0, the first production version of the Dart language. Dart has a long way to go ...

Social Media: Hashtags for the Holidays

As the holiday retail season kicks into high gear, midsize retailers are turning to popular social networks to get their message out and to get customers into the holiday spirit. As they do, leading social sites are also providing new ...