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Education IT: Hot Tech Trends To Watch
Commentary  |  2/9/2016  | 
Cloud, big data, and security are all big factors in education IT this year. At the same time, there is a cultural shift taking place not only among the student body, but within the demographics of the IT departments themselves.
iPhone Error 53 Is A Deadly Security Feature
News  |  2/8/2016  | 
iPhone users are seeing a new twist on the dreaded "Error 53" screens, which signals a smartphone is beyond repair. Apple reportedly notes that Error 53 is the result of a Touch ID security feature designed to protect users.
BlackBerry Layoffs Leave Dark Cloud Over Handset Business
Commentary  |  2/8/2016  | 
BlackBerry cut about 200 employees this month, which prompted many to question its commitment to smartphones, BlackBerry 10 in particular.
Apple Retail Stores Headed To India Soon
News  |  2/8/2016  | 
Apple is working to open retail stores in India, now the world's second-largest smartphone market. Although Apple has eyed the country for a while now, the company's plans point to a quick and rapid expansion to help its iPhone sales.
Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact Smartphones Coming To US
News  |  2/8/2016  | 
Sony is bringing its Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact smartphones to the US. The waterproof handsets offer two days of battery life and killer cameras, but lack fingerprint scanning technology.
Visa Debuts Developer Platform
News  |  2/5/2016  | 
As digital transactions reshape the payment industry, Visa wants to make sure developers use its technology.
Android Wear 1.4 Update Expands Hands-Free Functions
Commentary  |  2/5/2016  | 
The latest version of Android Wear -- Wear 1.4 -- makes it possible to navigate smartwatches with new wrist gestures, and make calls thanks to added speaker support. The update is rolling out over the next few weeks.
Tim Cook Talks iPhone Sales At Apple Town Hall
News  |  2/5/2016  | 
During a town hall-style meeting with employees at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, CEO Tim Cook talks about the company's future plans. Cook also spoke about revitalizing the iPad, Apple's future headquarters, and how the company plans to expand in the entertainment market.
SAP Uses Super Bowl 50 To Test Data Visualization, UX
News  |  2/5/2016  | 
SAP's Fan Energy Zone in San Francisco's Super Bowl 50 celebrations is a giant test case in how users create, share, and process data in real-time.
Cisco Bets Big On IoT With $1.4 B Jasper Buy
News  |  2/5/2016  | 
Cisco is acquiring Jasper Technologies, developer of an Internet of Things cloud platform, for $1.4 billion. The move further pushes Cisco toward its transformation into a software company.
8 iPhone Apps To Help Tackle Super Bowl 50
Slideshows  |  2/5/2016  | 
If you want to get more out of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, here's our list of eight different iPhone apps that will keep you covered all day long during the big game and America's unofficial holiday.
Salesforce Raises Prices, Enhances Mobile, Other Features
News  |  2/4/2016  | 
Online CRM vendor Salesforce has enhanced the field service and several other capabilities across its platform, reconfigured its packaging, and raised prices. It has also added Accenture as a cloud CRM customer.
Microsoft Snaps Up SwiftKey In AI Push
News  |  2/3/2016  | 
Microsoft has confirmed its purchase of SwiftKey, maker of predictive keyboard software, for a reported $250 million.
Smartwatch Sales To Grow 48% By 2017, Gartner Says
News  |  2/2/2016  | 
Wearables will achieve over 18% growth in 2016, with smartwatches taking the lead for earnings growth potential, Gartner predicts.
Computer Science For All: Obama Unveils Initiative For US Students
News  |  2/2/2016  | 
Computer science is no longer an optional skill, says President Barack Obama. The new Computer Science for All initiative represents an extension of ongoing efforts by the White House to improve the availability of, and access to, K-12 education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Bring Your Own Smartwatch: Mobility Management Vendors Prepare
News  |  2/1/2016  | 
How long will it take before IT organizations are tasked with enabling and securing smartwatches? Good Technology and AirWatch, two enterprise mobility management companies, are already preparing their respective platforms for such demands.
10 Productivity Tools To Help You Win At Work
Slideshows  |  2/1/2016  | 
There is no shortage of productivity tools -- some great, some not so great -- to help you get the job done. Life's too short to use bad software. Here are 10 tools to make online life better.
Flu Forecasting App Helps Your Boss, Marketers Plan Ahead
News  |  1/31/2016  | 
Sickweather has released a disease forecast API to developers. The potential market for such information includes healthcare professionals, employers, and even the advertising industry.
Airborne Robot Can Replace Ladders In Industrial Environments
Commentary  |  1/30/2016  | 
Ladders are dangerous. Appelix wants to replace them with airborne robots for industrial applications.
Office Options Grow, Q2 Earnings Rise On Cloud: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  1/30/2016  | 
Cloud dominated again in Microsoft's Q2 financial report, closing out a week of news on Windows 10, Cortana, iOS apps, and Office Online.
Microsoft Windows Phone Headed Toward Zombieland?
Commentary  |  1/29/2016  | 
New flagship hardware released during Q4 wasn't enough to help overcome Microsoft Windows Phone's long, downward spiral into a zombie platform.
10 Cool Microsoft Garage Projects You Didn't Know About
Slideshows  |  1/29/2016  | 
The Garage is a hub for employees across Microsoft to work on different projects. Here are some of its works-in-progress.
Microsoft Q2 Buoyed By Azure, Office 365 Gains
News  |  1/29/2016  | 
Microsoft generated $25.7 billion in revenue for Q2 2016, largely driven by its Azure and Office 365 cloud offerings. Phone revenues declined nearly 50% from the same quarter a year ago.
Microsoft Office Online Gets New Cloud Storage Options
News  |  1/28/2016  | 
Microsoft is extending the real-time coauthoring and sharing capabilities of Office Online to partner cloud providers like Box and Dropbox.
Apple Mulls Subscription Services For News App
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
In an effort to differentiate itself from competing news service applications, Apple may start to offer subscription services for certain content providers.
Microsoft Open Sources Deep Learning, AI Toolkit On GitHub
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
Previously available to academic researchers, Microsoft's Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) now has a friendlier open source license.
6 Hot Programming Languages To Add To Your Tool Kit
Slideshows  |  1/27/2016  | 
Are you looking to tune up your software development or DevOps career with up-and-coming languages? Are you a hiring manager hoping to round out the tool set of your in-house team? Here are six languages to consider adding to your repertoire.
iOS, WatchOS Beta Builds For Developers Pushed Out
Commentary  |  1/26/2016  | 
Apple gave developers new test versions of all its major platforms this week -- iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and OS X.
11 iPhone Apps To Get Healthy, Wealthy, And Productive
Slideshows  |  1/26/2016  | 
These iPhone apps will take the hassle out of everyday tasks, and give you time for those New Year's Resolutions you made.
Microsoft's Selfie App A Hit With iPhone Users
Commentary  |  1/25/2016  | 
Microsoft added new features to its month-old Selfie app for iOS, as it touted the app's more than 500,000 downloads within its first two weeks. But had Microsoft added a video feature, its download rate may have been substantially more.
Office Updates For Apple Users, $1B Cloud Donation: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  1/23/2016  | 
This week brought a new Windows 10 build to Insiders, Office updates to iOS and Mac users, and a $1B donation to nonprofits worldwide.
Microsoft's Mimicker Alarm App Powered By AI
News  |  1/22/2016  | 
Microsoft's Garage Project team has cooked up a new alarm clock app for Android smartphones that forces users to make faces or play games to turn it off. What's most interesting about Mimicker Alarm is not what it makes people do, but how it uses artificial intelligence to determine the actions.
9 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering
Slideshows  |  1/22/2016  | 
Skype has become synonymous with voice and video chat for most consumers, but there are several other services that do the same things.
iOS 9.2.1 Gives Older iPhones A Performance Boost
Commentary  |  1/21/2016  | 
iOS 9.2.1, the latest system update from Apple, improves the performance of the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5.
Apple's iOS Dev Center In Italy Promises More Developer Jobs
News  |  1/21/2016  | 
Call it app development -- Italian style. Apple says its iOS Development Center in Naples is just the first of a European expansion to encourage app developers and job creation.
IBM's Fourth-Quarter Results Hold Promise, Pitfalls
News  |  1/21/2016  | 
IBM turned in better-than-expected fourth-quarter results this week. However, the numbers still show how far Big Blue has to go to return to profit and growth. When does the Street run out of patience?
Microsoft Giving Nonprofits $1 Billion In Cloud Services
News  |  1/20/2016  | 
Microsoft's new Philanthropies organization has revealed plans to donate $1 billion in cloud computing resources to serve the public good worldwide. CEO Satya Nadella made the announcement at Davos.
Mobile World Congress 2016: 5G, IoT And Politics On Tap
Commentary  |  1/20/2016  | 
Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona is a mere five weeks away. Here's a look at what we're expecting at the event, amidst local, national, and global politics.
IoT 2016: 13 Hot Trends For Business
Slideshows  |  1/20/2016  | 
We've identified 13 noteworthy Internet of Things trends that will make a difference to your business -- and your life -- this year and beyond.
Gartner: IT Spending Will Top $3.5 Trillion In 2016
News  |  1/19/2016  | 
In a new report, Gartner finds that worldwide IT spending will top $3.5 trillion in 2016. However, spending on devices and telecom services are still expected to decline as major players in the world economy struggle with growth headwinds.
iPhone 7 Could Offer Significant Camera Advancements
Commentary  |  1/18/2016  | 
Patents filed by Apple suggest the company is working on a bevy of new features for the iPhone 7's camera, such as dual-shooting modes.
Apple Readies iPad Air 3, Minor Apple Watch Refresh
News  |  1/18/2016  | 
Apple is reportedly planning to release the latest version of the iPad Air -- the iPad Air 3 -- in March. However, the same reports find that the company is only offering a few new features with its Apple Watch refresh.
How Mobile OS Updates Can Kill Your Productivity
Commentary  |  1/18/2016  | 
Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are designed for the current operating system they ship with, either iOS or Android, and maybe the next update. If you (or your employees) have an aging device, the latest OS update might wreak havoc on its performance. How can we avoid the over-the-air update trap?
iOS 9.3 Offers Night Shift For Late-Night iPhone Users
News  |  1/17/2016  | 
Now you can rest easy while still staying tied to your iPhone. Night Shift, a new feature in iOS 9.3, warms your screen's color temperature to reduce eye strain before sleeping.
Microsoft Rewards Lumia 950 Owners With Free Office 365
Commentary  |  1/16/2016  | 
People who've purchased the Windows 10-based Lumia 950 or 950 XL can score a free subscription to Office 365 thanks to Microsoft.
Google Play Supporting Promo Codes For Apps, Games
News  |  1/16/2016  | 
Google will now support promo codes in the Google Play Store, enabling developers to better engage with users.
End Of IE Support, Windows 10 For Business: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  1/16/2016  | 
This week brought Skype and Outlook updates, a new Windows 10 preview build, and the end of support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10.
Business Use Of Personal Data Is At Risk, Accenture Says
News  |  1/15/2016  | 
A new report from consulting firm Accenture sheds light on the growing challenges to business use of personal data and what organizations can do about it.
When To Upgrade PCs: 4 Tips For A Smart IT Strategy
Commentary  |  1/15/2016  | 
Figuring out a corporate-wide PC upgrade timetable has never been easy for enterprise IT managers. These days, cloud-based applications and evolving Bring Your Own Device policies are among the factors complicating your decision-making process. Here are four tips to help you determine the best PC refresh strategy for your enterprise users.
Apple May Axe iAds Sales Team
News  |  1/14/2016  | 
Apple is reportedly moving to dump its in-house iAd sales team and make iAds solely a self-service platform.
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