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HealthCare.gov Deadline Day: More Glitches
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
The Obamacare website faced heavy traffic on Monday, the deadline for open enrollment, and suffered problems.
6 Google Play Rule Changes
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Google tightens app store rules for developers to improve Android app security, integrity, and quality.
Adobe Updates Mobile App Development Software
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Adobe Experience Manager aims to make it easier for government agencies and other organizations to turn Web pages into mobile apps.
IBM Preps SoftLayer Cloud Datacenter In Hong Kong
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Hong Kong SoftLayer facility will open April 14 and offer Watson, BlueMix, and other cloud services.
Feds To Improve Threat Information Sharing
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Project Interoperability aims to develop and standardize formats for sharing security and threat information among organizations.
Big Data Vendors: WebScaleSQL Is No Threat
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
From Couchbase to MongoDB, NoSQL, and NewSQL, companies say the new MySQL variant created by Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter won't have broad appeal.
How To Delete Facebook, Google, Twitter Search Data
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Social networks make millions off your data, but they don't need to know everything. Here's how to clear your search history from three top sites.
Apple, Samsung Patent Slugfest Returns To Courthouse
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
Apple wants Samsung to pony up $40 per smartphone for patents. Will the strategy backfire?
Federal Agencies Win Awards For Innovative IT
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
IRS teleconferencing service noted as example of how IT has improved services to the public in spite of budget constraints.
Microsoft Clarifies Email Snooping Policy
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Microsoft amends its terms of service to stop peeking into customers' emails, even if it suspects they may be stealing from the company.
Sony Reveals 'Digital Paper' Tablet
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Sony sees Digital Paper, to ship in May, as a way to get paper-based processes out of legal, education, and government organizations.
NASA Solicits Concepts For Asteroid-Capture Mission
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Asteroid initiative could be first step to sending humans to Mars, NASA says.
Big Data Forces IT & Business To Get In Sync
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
Data that benefits the company will slip through the cracks if IT and business groups don't bury the hatchet.
Busting 5 DevOps Myths
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
DevOps is a technology movement for hipsters and your company doesn't need to worry about it, right? Right?
ICD-10: Painful To Implement, Painful To Delay
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Congress is on the verge of delaying healthcare's new diagnosis code system for another year -- a relief to doctors, but a pain for CIOs.
Microsoft Office For iPad: 7 Questions Answered
Slideshows  |  3/29/2014  | 
Is Office for iPad a good fit for you? We go hands-on and answer seven key questions to help you decide.
Interop 2014: 8 Hot Technologies
Slideshows  |  3/29/2014  | 
Interop 2014 kicks off Monday in Las Vegas. Here's a sneak peek of technologies to watch.
Instagram Trumps Twitter In Mobile Users
News  |  3/28/2014  | 
Instagram surpassed Twitter in monthly active mobile users in the US, says new report.
Intel Invests In Cloudera, But What Changes?
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
Intel will fold its Hadoop distribution and invest in Cloudera. It's good news for the entire Hadoop community.
Samsung Chips Away At BlackBerry's Government Business
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
BlackBerry continues to raise the mobile security bar at the Defense Department, but Samsung and others are making inroads in government mobile business.
Google Wins In Amazon Cloud Price Battle
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
Let's put this week's cloud price cuts in context. Cash-rich Google has made it harder for Amazon to profit on AWS. Whether or not Google steals a ton of AWS customers, Google wins.
Android KitKat Most Stable Mobile OS
News  |  3/28/2014  | 
Android KitKat beats iOS 7.1 when it comes to stability for mobile users, app study finds. That's big news for developers, too.
BlackBerry 10 Gets Defense Department Approval
News  |  3/28/2014  | 
BlackBerry becomes first mobile vendor to get full operational authority to run on DOD networks.
Office for iPad: Microsoft Shifts Strategy
News  |  3/28/2014  | 
After years of anticipation, Microsoft Office for iPad arrives -- and it's just the beginning of a new push toward apps across all mobile devices, says new CEO Satya Nadella.
Zen & The Art Of Service-Oriented IT
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
For IT, public cloud providers pose stiff competition. You must compete on quality.
Social Media And Future Of News: 8 Findings
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
Pew Research Center finds reason to believe that American journalism has a future -- and social media will play a key role.
Amazon Cloud Services Wins DoD Authorization
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
Amazon gets provisional operating authorization to sell cloud services to the Defense Department for work involving low-risk unclassified data.
Twitter Photo Tagging: 4 Facts
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
Twitter mobile apps now let you upload multiple photos and tag up to 10 people. Here's how to use the new features.
Amazon Counters Google Cloud Price Cuts
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
Amazon trotted out a wide range of price cuts to Amazon Web Services products one day after Google made a similar announcement.
Easy-to-Mock ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes...
Slideshows  |  3/27/2014  | 
...and the logic behind them.
Facebook Debuts Web-Scale Variant Of MySQL
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter share expertise to launch WebScaleSQL, a super-DBMS built on Oracle's MySQL Community Edition.
Adobe Takes On Marketing Rivals
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
Adobe's Marketing Cloud is a powerhouse, but what's next? New predictive capabilities and a SAP partnership hint at the future.
GM's Data Strategy Pushed To Center Stage
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
Improving data management and analytics has always been part of General Motors' three-year IT overhaul, but automaker's recall crisis makes it even more critical.
GM's Randy Mott: What I Believe...
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
CIO's five core principles underpin automaker's three-year "IT transformation" plan.
Nadella's Big Moment: 5 Things To Watch
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will face stratospheric expectations Thursday when he makes his first public appearance since succeeding Steve Ballmer. Here's what we want to know.
DARPA Next-Gen Aircraft: Sneak Peek
Slideshows  |  3/27/2014  | 
Four companies vie to develop a new breed of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter but fly twice as fast.
Apple Transparent Texting: Faceplant Prevention?
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
New Apple patent won't stop people from texting while walking, but it could help prevent some distraction-related injuries.
Oculus VR: Crowdsourcing Or Mass Exploitation?
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR should consider rewarding its Kickstarter backers with something more than a T-shirt.
Tech Fear-Mongering Must Stop
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
It's time for Americans to worry more about the Luddites quashing tech innovation and progress, and worry less about job-stealing robots and privacy-invading smart meters.
Defense Department Deputy CIO Carey Stepping Down
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Robert Carey, who played active role in transforming federal IT practices, retires from key DOD post. Successor not named.
DOD Pushes Toward Joint Information Environment
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
The US Army makes progress but faces hurdles in an effort to modernize DOD and military networks, says the Joint Staff CIO.
Facebook Oculus Deal: 5 Older Siblings
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Facebook's Oculus purchase is the company's third billion-dollar deal in two years. How does it stack up to Facebook's other pricey purchases?
SAP To Buy Fieldglass, Cloud-Based Workforce Management Firm
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
SAP's deal with Fieldglass extends SuccessFactors' HR reach to contingent workers and Ariba procurement to labor and services.
Agencies See Big Data As Cure For Healthcare Ills
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Federal healthcare agencies believe big data will improve the nation's health -- but few are prepared to use it, a study finds.
HTC One: Pros & Cons
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
There's a lot to like about HTC's new wŁnderphone, but it's not perfect.
Startup Aims To Unlock Family Medical History
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Sharing healthcare data among family members, with less concern for privacy, could result in better healthcare, says Zibdy Health.
VMware's Gelsinger: Datacenters Face 'Tectonic Shift'
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Virtualization and cloud computing are creating the most significant shift in datacenter design in 25 years, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will tell Interop audience in keynote address.
Facebook Buys Oculus VR: What's Next?
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Virtual friends socializing in virtual reality? There's a headset for that.
Cybercrime Black Markets Grow Up
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Cybercrime forums selling advanced attacks on demand are outpacing businesses' ability to defend themselves, new study from RAND finds.
Growing Beyond Yesterday's Population Health Management
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Data can transform healthcare, but not with just any ordinary analytics.
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