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Oracle Magazine
May/June 2010



News, views, trends, and tools

Cloud Retention Plans Vary

How long do companies plan to store data in the cloud? 535 companies worldwide were surveyed.

How much data in the cloud? The same 535 companies were asked how much data they plan to store in the cloud.


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Petite Laser Pico

Get ready to take your presentations to the next level with the AAXA L1 Laser Pico Projector, which AAXA Technologies claims is the first laser pico projector to hit the market. The size of a small cell phone, this 20-lumen pico projector also boasts an internal media player and storage. The L1 features a three-color laser light source that results in 800x600-resolution images that never lose focus. It supports rapid changes in projection size, simultaneous far and near surface projection, angled projection, and projection on curved surfaces. Accessories are available to connect the L1 to an iPhone, iPod, Microsoft Zune, and a range of cell phones.

What Do You Say?

Does your company plan to upgrade to Oracle Database 11g Release 2 in the next six months?

Visit to respond. Survey results will appear in the next issue of Oracle Magazine

“I believe that any problem can be solved with a picture. And that anybody can draw it.”

Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

Travel Smarter

Whether you’re traveling for business or escaping on a summer vacation, these four apps will make your smartphone a useful companion.


Track your flight itinerary, hotel and car reservations, flight status, and more. Maintain a trip log, and e-mail your travel details to others.
Free (iPhone, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile).

Taxi Magic
Summon a taxi or car service in 25 U.S. cities (and counting) with one click, and then pay and tip using this app at the end of the ride.
Free (iPhone and BlackBerry).

Zagat to Go
Get one year’s access to more than 40 Zagat restaurant guides, for Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, and more.
US$9.99 (iPhone and Android); US$19.99 (BlackBerry and Windows Mobile).

Find an open, clean public restroom nearby. This app’s growing not-to-be-denied user community has rated more than 83,000 facilities.
Free (iPhone and BlackBerry).

Gadgets Make Us Ruder

According to a survey of 1,400 U.S. CIOs, breaches in workplace etiquette are on the rise, due to smartphones and other gadgets.

Bluetooth Chic

Walking around the office wearing a Bluetooth ear bud is so last decade. Why not step up your style with Bluetooth Handsfree Sunglasses? This dual gadget combines a Bluetooth headset with sporty sunglasses that protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays (and add mystique to your office persona).

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