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Cyberwar Part 3: Marketing Data Collection Threatens All
Commentary  |  11/27/2015  | 
Marketers are after every scrap of customer data they can get, in hopes of increasing their company's sales. Do you know they may be putting you at risk in the process? In the last of our three-part series on cyberwar, learn what IT needs to know about potential security threats rising from companies' marketing habits.
10 Great Tech Gifts For Under $100
Slideshows  |  11/27/2015  | 
The gift-giving season is upon us once again. But there is no need to break the bank to show the techies in your life that you care.
Cyberwar Part 2: Government Hacks Threaten Private Sector
Commentary  |  11/26/2015  | 
When you hear the term cyberwar, you think about threats to government, but private sector companies are also at risk. In the second of our three-part series on cyberwarfare, we identify three vulnerabilities and offer IT leaders suggestions on what to do about them.
Cyberwar Part 1: What IT Can Do To Survive
Commentary  |  11/25/2015  | 
Are we at risk of being victims or casualties in a government cyberwar? In the first of this three-part series, we explore what the experts say about the current state of cyberwar -- and what it means to IT departments everywhere.
Google Previews Android Studio 2.0
News  |  11/24/2015  | 
The forthcoming revision of Google's Android IDE includes several features to make app development faster.
FAA Task Force Recommends Drone Pilot Registration
News  |  11/24/2015  | 
With drones becoming an increasingly common presence above our heads, an FAA task force is recommending a registration process for pilots.
Artificial Intelligence: 10 Things To Know
News  |  11/24/2015  | 
Andrew Moore, Dean of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, talks about artificial intelligence, robotics, and the future of education.
AccuWeather Storms Into Enterprise With Predictive Analytics
News  |  11/23/2015  | 
AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions' new D3 analytics business unit is predicting more than just the weather. It's capitalizing on what has become one of the company's fastest-growing businesses, predictive analytics-as-a-service, to help clients make business decisions. AccuWeather's chief commercial officer shared the details.
Data Skills Pay Off, Nate Silver Strikes Again: Big Data Roundup
News  |  11/22/2015  | 
Our Big Data Roundup for the week of Nov. 22 spotlights a hiring algorithm that's smarter than hiring managers, identifies which big data skills are worth the most in today's job market, explores whether Donald Trump has a chance to win the US presidential elections, and much more.
Machines Beat Humans At Hiring Best Employees
News  |  11/20/2015  | 
The use of hiring analytics leads to better outcomes for companies, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study.
IBM Aims To Bring Sports Venues Into The Digital Age
News  |  11/19/2015  | 
IBM has announced a consortium of architects, telecoms, and digital designers to bring immersive digital experiences to sporting and entertainment venues. Big Blue also launched a consulting service covering sports, entertainment, and experience.
Paris Terror Attacks Renew Encryption Debate
Commentary  |  11/19/2015  | 
The terror attacks in Paris on November 13 have reignited a long-running debate about whether device makers and app developers should be required to give government agencies a backdoor or to hand over encryption keys.
8 iPhone Security Apps To Keep Your Data Safe
Slideshows  |  11/19/2015  | 
Keeping your iPhone safe from cracked screens and dings on the outside is hard enough, but with the rise of malware and hackers targeting your precious smartphone, you have to think about securing what's inside. Here are some apps to help you do that.
Microsoft Open Sources Visual Studio Code Beta
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
At its Connect(); conference, Microsoft offered tools that reach beyond Windows and reaffirmed its commitment to cross-platform development.
Apple Pay, Samsung Pay Push Into More Markets
Commentary  |  11/18/2015  | 
Apple and Samsung are looking abroad to increase adoption of their respective mobile payment services.
Nate Silver Predicts 2016 Presidential Race At Salesforce World Tour
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
Nate Silver, the world's most famous statistician, offered his perspectives on the news media, political polling, and what will happen in the 2016 US presidential election during a presentation at the Salesforce World Tour in New York today. Here's what he said.
TechHire Grants Aim To Make More IT Workers
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
The Department of Labor is offering $100 million to organizations that can teach needed tech skills.
Insider Threats: 10 Ways To Protect Your Data
Slideshows  |  11/18/2015  | 
While IT focuses on outside threats, danger lurks from within -- your employees. Whether intentional or unintentional, data breaches resulting from workers mishandling data can be prevented. Here's a look at 10 ways it can be done effectively.
FTC Scrutinizes Cross-Device Tracking, Possible Privacy Issues
News  |  11/17/2015  | 
The Federal Trade Commission is examining how marketers are using technology like audio beacons to track people across multiple devices.
Data Science Skills To Boost Your Salary
Slideshows  |  11/17/2015  | 
Are you a data scientist wondering how your compensation stacks up to your peers? Or are you considering a career shift to data science? Here's a look at how much you can expect to earn.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Defends Use Of Safety Check
News  |  11/16/2015  | 
After facing criticism for not activating the Safety Check feature following the terror attacks in Beirut, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg defends its use in Paris following Friday's terrorist attacks.
Intel Chief Data Scientist Shares Secrets To Successful Projects
News  |  11/16/2015  | 
Before joining Intel, the company's first-ever Chief Data Scientist created models to predict the stock market, improve glaucoma diagnostics, and include unstructured data in healthcare applications. Here's what Bob Rogers is doing now at Intel and his advice for fellow and future data scientists.
FCC: No Ban On Open Source Firmware
News  |  11/16/2015  | 
The FCC has issued revised rules to clarify its effort to modernize how it regulates radio-frequency devices.
IBM Datapalooza, Oracle Updates BI Platform: Big Data Roundup
News  |  11/15/2015  | 
IBM continued with its Datapalooza roadshow, Oracle released a new version of its BI software with enhanced visualization capabilities, and Informatica rolled out its Big Data Management platform. All that and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week of Nov. 15.
Google's Self-Driving Car Busted For Driving Too Slow
News  |  11/13/2015  | 
How do you ask a self-driving car if it knew how fast it was going? Google's autonomous vehicle and it operators find out the hard way in Mountain View.
Firefox For iPhone, iPad Finally Available
Commentary  |  11/13/2015  | 
Mozilla's pioneering Web browser is now available for iOS devices, but it's a shadow of its desktop self. Mozilla can still influence Web standards and open technology, but its meekness in the mobile world leaves technology users with choices that all look very similar.
Facebook Sees Surge In Government Requests For User Data
Commentary  |  11/12/2015  | 
Facebook's latest Global Government Requests Report shows that worldwide government requests for data and the number of pieces of content restricted continue to rise.
6 Ways Big Data Is Driving Personalized Medicine Revolution
Slideshows  |  11/12/2015  | 
Researchers are poised to make huge advances in medicine, particularly in how we treat cancer and arthritis. See how big data and IT are contributing.
Microsoft's Project Oxford Gets Emotional With Machine Learning, AI
News  |  11/11/2015  | 
Microsoft announces new services in its Project Oxford suite of developer tools based on machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Microsoft Promises Secure Data Center Services In Germany
News  |  11/11/2015  | 
Through a partnership with a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft will bring secure data centers online in two German cities, while circumventing US laws on data collection.
Google Maps Gets Offline Navigation, Finally
News  |  11/11/2015  | 
At last, app-dependent travelers can get directions even in areas with no network connection. But it's only for Android users, for now.
Comcast Resets 200,000 Compromised Email Passwords, But Questions Remain
Commentary  |  11/10/2015  | 
Comcast has reset the passwords for about 200,000 email accounts that appeared for sale on the Dark Web. However, there are a lot of questions about what the company knows and if there's more information out there to take.
ORWL Aspires To Be A Secure PC
News  |  11/10/2015  | 
The small, tamper-resistant device is the focus of a Kickstarter campaign. Olivier Boireau, CEO of Design SHIFT, makers of the ORWL, said he believes the device will appeal to companies interested in privacy and data security.
Government's Digital Efforts Trail Private Sector's
Commentary  |  11/10/2015  | 
Globally, government leaders surveyed by Deloitte reported that they are behind the private sector when it comes to "going digital." Here's what CIOs and other government IT officials can take away from the report to aid in their own push for digital transformation.
Google Open Sources Machine Learning Library TensorFlow
News  |  11/9/2015  | 
With TensorFlow now open sourced by Google, companies and the research community can implement machine learning systems more easily and more efficiently.
FCC Refuses To Force Google, Facebook To Stop Tracking You
Commentary  |  11/9/2015  | 
The FCC's dismissal of Consumer Watchdog's petition to require companies including Google, Facebook, Netflix, and LinkedIn to honor "Do not track" requests was a blow to privacy advocates. But it was the smart call.
BlackBerry's Priv Android Phone Earns Praise, Put-Downs
Commentary  |  11/7/2015  | 
Early reviews for the BlackBerry Priv, the company's first Android smartphone, are all over the map, but most agree the keyboard is only so-so and the software is buggy.
NASA Finds Martian Atmosphere Stripped By Solar Storms
News  |  11/6/2015  | 
NASA is on a roll with another intriguing discovery that the loss of atmosphere on Mars was due to eons of solar storms.
Dropbox Enterprise Targets Large Businesses
News  |  11/6/2015  | 
The online storage and sharing service is expanding its pursuit of corporate customers.
Google, Tesla, Nissan: 6 Self-Driving Vehicles Cruising Our Way
Slideshows  |  11/6/2015  | 
Traditional car makers, such as Nissan and Daimler, are joining tech giants like Google in the race to create self-driving vehicles. Here's what you need to know.
NASA Launches Search For Astronauts With The Right Stuff
News  |  11/5/2015  | 
If you've ever wanted to be an astronaut, now may be your opportunity. NASA has put out a call for manned explorers to pilot its next missions.
FCC Fines Hilton, Others In WiFi-Blocking Crackdown
Commentary  |  11/5/2015  | 
This week, the FCC fined two companies, including the Hilton Hotels chain, for obstructing an investigation into its alleged blocking of personal WiFi hot spots. It's the latest salvo in a battle that needs to be fought.
Tech Companies Get Poor Marks For Data Privacy
News  |  11/5/2015  | 
An advocacy organization finds gaps in corporate support for freedom of expression and data protection.
Firefox 42 Blocks Tracking Ads, Enhances Private Browsing
Commentary  |  11/4/2015  | 
Mozilla's Firefox 42 includes advanced protection against tracking ads, analytics trackers, and social share buttons.
Google Targets Enterprise IT With Android For Work
News  |  11/4/2015  | 
With an increased number of partners and strengthened security, Android for Work offers businesses new ways to manage and deploy mobile devices.
NASA Captures Halloween Asteroid With Haunting Radar Images
News  |  11/4/2015  | 
NASA once again impresses and terrifies the denizens of planet Earth with unsettling images of the so-called Halloween asteroid spinning through the neighborhood.
Elite 100 2016: Call For Entries
Commentary  |  11/4/2015  | 
Find out how to nominate your company to the InformationWeek Elite 100 2016, and learn all about what you can look forward to if you make the final cut.
Google Picks Top Enterprise Apps For Work
News  |  11/3/2015  | 
Google intends to offer advice to business customers about which third-party apps work best with its cloud-based software suite. See which ones received recommendations.
Secrets To Digital Success Are Obvious, But Difficult To Execute
Commentary  |  11/2/2015  | 
Accenture and Forrester reveal an obvious path to digital success, yet also show how businesses are failing to take care of the basics.
VW Scandal: 59 Early Deaths Expected In US
News  |  10/31/2015  | 
Researchers at Harvard and MIT estimate the health and social costs of Volkswagen's emissions deceit, including potential loss of life and a financial burden of at $450 million in the US. The latter figure is projected to be much higher without a prompt recall.
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