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Lenovo's Motorola Buy: Government IT Impact
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Lenovo won't overcome its obstacles with US federal IT market due to this acquisition -- but deal will likely strengthen Samsung's position.
Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Google loses billions of dollars on the deal, but says it will help to improve Android and let Motorola become a major player in the wireless phone market.
AT&T Fights To Keep Customers
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
AT&T fires the latest salvo in the carrier war for contracts: $100 credit for all new lines of service.
5 Apple Patents Hint At Surprises
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
What new Mac and iPad technologies might Apple have in the pipeline? Take a peek, innovation critics.
Government Loosens Data Disclosure Gag
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo can now publish more of the details on user data that the government demands, but startups might suffer.
1 Billion Smartphones Shipped In 2013
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Smartphones accounted for 55.1% of worldwide mobile phone shipments last year; Samsung, Apple again led the pack.
Microsoft Rebrands SkyDrive, Touts Xbox Acquisition
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Microsoft keeps consumer focus with purchase of Gears of War Xbox game and by renaming its cloud storage service "OneDrive."
Windows vs. Mac: Desktop Battle Lines Drawn
Commentary  |  1/27/2014  | 
Reports and executives' hints frame potential Mac vs. PC debates of the future.
Android Surges, iOS Slips In 2013
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Android, iOS, and Windows Phone continue to jockey for position as Samsung and Apple begin to show signs of weakness.
Stop Harassing Google Employees
Commentary  |  1/25/2014  | 
The right to free speech isn't a license to threaten, harass, or intimidate.
Microsoft's Strong Quarter: 5 Key Facts
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
Microsoft's enterprise sales are booming, but Surface is still no match for the iPad.
Samsung Profits Decline As Growth Slows
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
Sales of Samsung's smartphones fell slightly during the fourth quarter as the world's leading smartphone maker offers weak outlook moving into 2014.
MDLive, Sutter Health Make Telemedicine Inroads
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
Telehealth provider MDLive rides high on healthcare partnerships totaling $24 million in funding so far.
Google's Competition Is Amazon, Not Apple
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
People tend to think of Amazon as an online store. But it's so much more.
Nokia Smartphone Sales Dip Ahead Of Microsoft Buyout
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Nokia's latest earnings report could signal more challenges ahead for the Windows Phone platform.
VMware Goes Mobile With AirWatch Buy
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
VMware accelerates expansion outside the datacenter in a $1.54 billion deal that will broaden the company's End-User Computing portfolio.
HP Windows 7 Campaign Sidesteps Windows 8.1
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
HP's Windows 7 push makes marketing sense but reflects a lack of confidence in Windows 8.1 PCs.
Apple Phablet Could Disrupt Market
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
Phablets aren't a fad, Juniper Research says. Android and Windows Phone will lead the market -- at least until Apple jumps in.
Why IT Must Steal VCs From Silicon Valley
Commentary  |  1/21/2014  | 
You don't need a Sand Hill Road address to bring venture capital to your area -- and IT executives who nurture a vibrant startup ecosystem reap big benefits.
Why Most Companies Renovate Instead Of Innovate
Commentary  |  1/21/2014  | 
Low-risk, incremental improvements aren't innovation, but that's where most companies focus, Accenture finds.
2014 IT Budget Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  1/20/2014  | 
Is the IT budget moving out of ITís control? Maybe -- 37% of respondents say the rate of outside spending is on the rise, up from 22% last year. Just 21% of CIOs retain full spending authority. What is in our control: How we respond.
Can Windows Tablets Break Out In 2014?
Commentary  |  1/18/2014  | 
One lesson to date: While Apple can still command top dollar, Windows tablets only become widely desirable when they drop to Android-level pricing.
Obama Outlines 5 Surveillance Reforms
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
NSA's controversial bulk collection of phone records will end, but businesses may be asked to retain data in case the government needs it.
Net Neutrality: Regulation Makes Evil Empire Giggle
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Want a faster, better, cheaper, more available Internet? Painful Net neutrality regulations wonít help. Competition will.
Apple, Samsung Extend US Smartphone Supremacy
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
US consumers prefer iPhones and Galaxies to other smartphones, iPhone sales help Apple widen its lead.
Intel Desperately Seeking Mobile Momentum
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Posting mixed earnings, Intel tries to catch up in mobile while getting ahead in wearable tech and the Internet of Things.
Privacy Fears Hit Retailers' Big Data Analytics Plans
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Brick-and-mortar retailers plan to link in-store analytics with shoppers' mobile devices. Shoppers say not so fast.
16 Stupid Tech Job Interview Questions: Show Your Snark
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Glassdoor characterizes these actual job interview questions as "oddball." We give these questions the answers they deserve.
Look Out, Nest: 5 Smart Home Startups
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Is every dream home a startup? Not yet, but Google's charge into the smart sensor market should spark more interest in this sector. Here are some names to watch.
Microsoft CEO Search: Ericsson's Vestberg A Contender
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
As Microsoft works to replace Steve Ballmer, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg reportedly lands on the short list.
Samsung Aims Low With Android Tab3 Lite
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
Samsung's latest Android tablet features stripped-down specs, targeting casual users more than mobile pros.
The Second Machine Age: Meet Your Computer Overlords
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
A maddeningly reasonable and readable new book by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argues that while a robot may take your job, the economy will prosper.
Apple Settles FTC In-App Purchasing Complaint
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
Agreement calls for $32.5 million in refunds for in-app purchases made without parents' OK.
Windows 9: What We Know
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
With Windows 8.1 floundering, Windows 9 rumors have picked up steam. What can you expect from the next version of Windows?
Top 10 Retail CIO Priorities For 2014
Slideshows  |  1/15/2014  | 
NRF Big Show 2014 serves up a wealth of advice for retail tech leaders looking to embrace digital commerce, adopt a mobile-first strategy, and take advantage of big data.
FCC Net Neutrality Rules Rejected
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
FCC must draft new rules or rely on the intervention of lawmakers if it's to regulate Internet broadband service providers.
Why Does Nest Need Google? Analytics
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Before we have a truly smart home (or car), we need data analysis that we trust with our lives.
China Mobile Preps iPhone Launch
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
China Mobile secures more than 1 million iPhones as it prepares to offer the device to customers for the first time. Meanwhile, one study suggests sales of the 5s are killing the 5c.
Pediatricians Welcome Patients With Surface Tablets, EHRs
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
A practice in Microsoft's backyard, Pediatric Associates of Bellevue, Wash., uses Surface tablets equipped with Greenway's mobile EHR software to record patient visits, beginning at birth.
iPhone Thefts Rise: Protect Yourself
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
Thieves nabbed more than 8,000 Apple products in NYC last year. Take these device and data safety steps.
Wearable Computing Equals New Security Risks
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
Have you thought about all the data thieves could steal from wearable gadgets? Security experts say this discussion is just starting.
CES 2014: 8 Radical Robots
Slideshows  |  1/10/2014  | 
These robots won't conquer the world, but they will wash windows, watch aging parents, and entertain kids.
Motorola Sweetens Moto X Deal
News  |  1/10/2014  | 
Motorola follows up discounts on the smartphone with a free Google Chromecast for new buyers.
Foreign Businesses Flee US Cloud Computing, Survey Finds
News  |  1/10/2014  | 
Concerns about NSA surveillance driving some Canadian and UK companies to take their cloud computing business abroad.
Samsung Touts Galaxy S5 Dramatic Change
News  |  1/9/2014  | 
Samsung hints at big makeover for Galaxy S5 smartphone, expected to ship in April, along with improved Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
T-Mobile: We'll Pay 'Evil' Family Fees
News  |  1/9/2014  | 
T-Mobile promises to pick up early termination fees, offers trade-in cash to get families to switch from its US carrier rivals.
Google Ferry Dodges Street Protests
News  |  1/8/2014  | 
To avoid besieged buses in San Francisco and Oakland, Google begins transporting employees by boat.
Struggling BlackBerry Focuses On Government Market
News  |  1/8/2014  | 
New Washington area security innovation center, announced at CES, is part of renewed focus on government customers, says CEO.
CES 2014: Exciting Smartphones Absent
News  |  1/8/2014  | 
Top smartphone makers shied away from CES this year, and Chinese companies flooded show with budget models.
10 Wearables To Watch At CES 2014
Slideshows  |  1/8/2014  | 
Smartwatches show their mobile mojo at the annual Las Vegas tech fest, but they're not the only promising wearables.
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