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Content posted in October 2013
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Tableau Helps Johns Hopkins Cut Emergency Stays
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Business intelligence dashboard software from Tableau helps Johns Hopkins Hospital reduce patients' emergency department stays from 11 hours to four.
IBM Shifts SmartCloud Customers To SoftLayer
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
IBM customers have been notified to move by Jan. 31; IBM SoftLayer unit operates 13 data centers.
Google Debuts Nexus 5 With LTE And KitKat
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Google's Nexus 5 smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and starts at $349.
FAA Allows Electronics During Takeoff, Landing
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Federal Aviation Administration no longer sees mobile devices as threat to air safety.
Android Tablets Gain On iPad
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
No new iPads throughout most of 2013 means Apple's share of the tablet market has dipped below 30% -- its lowest ever.
Salesforce.com Enables Private App Stores
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Salesforce Private AppExchange lets you put IT-approved applications in a customizable corporate app store. There's one catch, though.
HealthCare.gov Faced Security Risks, Feds Were Told
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
As HHS secretary Sebelius testified to Congress about the flawed rollout, a memo surfaced that predicted security risks due to inadequate testing.
Timeline For Carrier NFV Still Hazy
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
While the industry is bullish on the prospects of SDN and NFV, telecom carriers are still figuring out how they might be implemented.
Amazon Plans 4th California Retail Distribution Facility
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Online retail giant seeks to foster faster deliveries, including same-day fresh groceries, through modern fulfillment centers.
Nebula, GigaSpaces Team To Ease OpenStack App Migrations
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Nebula configures the hardware, while GigaSpaces' Cloudify helps prepare complex legacy apps to migrate into an OpenStack private cloud.
EHealth To Obama: We Can Run HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Obama Administration response to online health insurance site is cool, but proposal reveals backup possibility. EHealth offers to help Covered California, too.
One-Third Of Doctors Exchange Clinical Summaries
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Doctors who use an electronic health record system are much better equipped to exchange data than those who don't have EHRs, says Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT study.
Federal Cybersecurity Champions Honored
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
National Institute of Standards and Technology senior scientist Ron Ross honored for creating risk management framework.
GSA Streamlines IT Operations, Closes Data Centers
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Agency CIO says closure of 37 data centers and centralization of IT operations will improve efficiency within GSA and in serving other federal agencies.
How Will You Manage Your Digital Self?
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
You can't keep track of all the digital content you generate. In the next five years, expect vendors to come to the rescue with digital-self services.
IT Service Management Isn't Happyland
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
At the recent Fusion conference, plenty of folks were challenging the IT status quo, and that's a good thing.
Google+ Enhances Hangouts, Photo Tools
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Google+ Hangouts adds location sharing, and photos and videos get slick new editing tools.
Facebook Exec: Databases, Hadoop Belong Together
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
Facebook's Ken Rudin says relational databases and Hadoop are complementary. Hortonworks and Teradata execs add guidelines on when to choose which.
Innovation Stalled? Bad Culture Defeats Good Strategy
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
Your project managers' focus on meeting budgets and deadlines may be the root of your innovation stagnation. Here's how to change that culture.
iPhone 5s Battery Issues Confirmed; iPad Air Praised
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Apple confirmed a small number of iPhones 5s units have defective batteries, but the iPad Air has scored impressive reviews ahead of its release.
Lenovo Yoga: A More Flexible Tablet
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Lenovo announced two new Android tablets uniquely designed to offer improved hold, stand and tilt modes.
Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
WinXP is already an easy target for hackers, and it will get even simpler once Microsoft ends support for the 12-year-old OS in April.
Cloud Deployment Debate: Bake Or Bootstrap?
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
Anyone who wants to use a public IaaS provider like Amazon Web Services needs to use machine images. Let's delve into the confusion about how to best use those images.
Cisco Bids to Solve WebRTC Video Codec Battle
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
The vendor will open-source its H.264 implementation, hoping for consensus and backward-compatibility in WebRTC video.
Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities Unearthed
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Researchers find 25 flaws in products used in power and water systems that attackers could exploit. In a separate study, researchers find vulnerabilities in a widely used vessel tracking system.
Juniper Launches New Fabric Architecture, Switch Line
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Juniper Networks' MetaFabric architecture, including new QFX5100 switches, aims to speed up application deployment and streamline network operations.
U.S. Joins Global Effort On Open Data
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Publicly accessible data can add trillions of dollars in value to global economies such as education, says U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Federal CIO Urges Bold Vision For Government IT
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel calls Obamacare site's launch something "to be proud of" and urges government IT community to view bugs as a "teachable moment."
Federal Agencies Advised To Brace For Big Data
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Big data challenge isn't now to handle current volume but what's to come, warn federal CIOs.
Motorola's Project Ara Promotes Modular Smartphones
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Google's Motorola Project Ara envisions mobile phones as customizable components that can be snapped together like Lego blocks. But can flexibility beat slick smartphone design?
Dell Seals Deal To Go Private
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Michael Dell's bid to take his company private is finally complete. But now that the deal's done, what will Dell do to compete?
Cisco Launches Business Unit For Internet Of Things
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
In show of commitment to Internet of Things, Cisco forms group focused on advancing technologies ranging from more secure power plants to driverless cars.
IoT Supporters Envision A Trillion-Sensor World
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
The organizer of the Trillion Sensor Summit is one of many executives trying to both accelerate and get ahead of the Internet of Things.
Will HealthCare.gov Mess Spur Procurement Reform?
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Review and overhaul of government IT purchasing procedures needed, trade association expert says.
CareCloud Books Appointment With ZocDoc
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Cloud practice management and EHR service connects with the consumer-friendly appointment booking service, part of broader platform strategy.
How To Budget Your Way To Irrelevance
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
Instead of focusing just on containing costs, consider what objectives and value your company is trying to deliver.
Facebook Ads Fail Marketers: Report
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Facebook's emphasis on static instead of social ads is not working for marketers, who rank Facebook last in business value, says Forrester Research.
Obamacare Rollout Hampered By Operating Rules Lag
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Backend transmission rules, slated for 2016, may have prevented the rampant errors sending enrollment data from health insurance exchanges to insurance companies.
Nokia Smartphone Sales Improve, But Samsung Leads
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Q3 earnings reports show Samsung holding its strong lead in the smartphone market, followed by Apple. Meanwhile, Nokia shows new signs of life.
Why We Need Digital Government Strategy 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
The federal government has been an early adopter of mobile technology but now it is time to take it to the next level. These five areas need to be addressed.
Google Smartwatch Nears Production
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Google shops manufacturers for its upcoming smartwatch, which will make heavy use of its voice-activated Google Now search feature.
Docker Finds Open Source Success
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
PaaS firm formerly known as dotCloud changes its name to Docker after developers embrace open source Docker.org project.
Cloudera Plans Data Hub Role For Hadoop
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Cloudera prepares to make Hadoop a central hub and first destination for companies' data. SAS and Apache Spark add data-analysis options.
NTT Invests $875M In U.S. Colocation, Cloud Companies
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
Japanese telecom giant will pay $525 million for Virtela enterprise communications and $350 million for an 80% stake in RagingWire data centers.
Twitter Two-Factor Lockout: One User's Horror Story
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Is the security payoff from using Twitter's two-factor authentication system worth the risk of losing account access?
How To Manage LinkedIn Endorsements
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
Ensure you're portrayed accurately on LinkedIn by fine-tuning your endorsements -- and cut down on unnecessary email notifications in the bargain.
Lawmakers Try To Sharpen FDA Focus On Healthcare Apps
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Congress attempts to clarify which health software should be regulated like a medical device with the Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act.
Bromium, 'Microvisor' Champion, Raises $40 Million More
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
Bromium's third round of financing brings total to $75.7 million as company positions itself for rapid growth.
Your Cloud Provider Is Not The Boss
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Cloud providers deliver great infrastructure and applications, but they are not in charge of the entire customer experience. That job still belongs to IT.
Google's Mystery Project Won't Float
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
A San Francisco regulator casts doubt on the viability of a waterborne Google store.
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