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Amazon Posts 20% Revenue Growth, Stock Drops
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Amazon.com and its Web Services unit grew in the fourth quarter of 2013 but not enough to please investors -- Amazon stock dropped 9.5%.
Super Bowl Organizers Try To Prevent Power Fiasco
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Smart grid technologies are among the tools helping planners prevent another Super Bowl blackout.
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.
Athenahealth Wins KLAS Overall Best Software Rating
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Cloud vendor captures a recognition held by Epic for the past eight years.
Microsoft CEO Search: 3 Things Satya Nadella Brings
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Microsoft is set to name Nadella as its next CEO. Take a closer look at who he is and what he brings to the table.
Open Hardware Is Like Linux: True Or False?
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Examine this analogy closely. Open-source hardware and open-source software involve different processes with different levels of user participation.
FedRAMP Deadline Looms For Agencies, Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Federal agencies have until June 5 to certify their cloud systems. Here's what will happen if they miss the deadline.
Build Vs. Buy: A Dangerous Lie
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
IT's eternal debate sidesteps the complexities of a fragile talent ecosystem and creates a vicious cycle that ensures project failure.
What Consumer-Driven Healthcare Really Means
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Patient engagement will be a survival skill for hospitals in the business-to-consumer, high-deductible, accountable-care era.
I Hate You, Passwords
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Do I really have to memorize T7%rr$4mq@z9Jpp# so I can follow password best practices?
Dell's Android Dongle Dare
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
$129 Cloud Connect, a wireless network card, turns any modern display into a computer; use with Android apps, virtualized PC desktops, and Dell cloud services.
Data Management Key To Banking Analytics
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Banks aren't doing enough to mine customer data in search of new sources of profit.
Public HIEs Failing, Poll Says
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Exchange leaders blame "flawed business model," offer strategies to help public information exchanges succeed going forward.
Facebook Paper: 3 Facts
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Facebook will launch a standalone news reader app on Feb. 3. Here's what you need to know.
NASA Starts Weather Quest
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
First of five new science satellites on Earth-observing missions will provide real-time observations of rain and snow every three hours.
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.
16 Top Big Data Analytics Platforms
Slideshows  |  1/30/2014  | 
Data analysis is a do-or-die requirement for today's businesses. We analyze notable vendor choices, from Hadoop upstarts to traditional database players.
5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes To Avoid
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Don't sell yourself short. Here's how to get the salary and benefits you deserve.
CCHIT Exits EHR Certification Business
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Top government-endorsed certifying body Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is losing money; will transition to advisory role to healthcare vendors and providers.
Apple TV Refresh: 9 Wishes
Commentary  |  1/30/2014  | 
Signs indicate Apple is prepping a new Apple TV. Here's how Apple can make its media player a winner.
Federal IT Procurement Reform Proposed
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Lawmakers suggest adding Digital Government Office that would oversee IT acquisitions and prevent troubled projects such as HealthCare.gov.
New Domain Names For Sale: 4 Facts
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
First seven new generic top-level domains rolled out for public purchase Wednesday; hundreds more coming. Get prepared.
VoltDB Steps Up In-Memory Analytics
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
VoltDB 4.0 release brings speedier SQL queries to a scalable in-memory transactions platform.
Microsoft's Open Compute Move: Just Good PR?
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
The disruptive power of Microsoft's Open Compute Group move has spurred debate. Let's talk image versus cold hard revenues.
IBM Kenexa Talent Suite Melds HR, Big Data
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
IBM's new Kenexa tool aims to help HR and business professionals with recruitment, training, and performance assessment.
Oracle's Hurd: A 'Once-In-A-Career Opportunity'
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
President Mark Hurd explains Oracle's strategy on cloud, marketing, innovation, and those pesky startup rivals.
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.
IBM Sells Its Business Machines: Takeaway Lessons
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
You've seen IT silver bullets come and go before? Make no mistake: IBM truly expects data centers to move to the cloud.
Target Thinks Retail About Healthcare
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Time to act more like retailers, Target medical director Joshua Riff tells healthcare leaders at the eHealth Initiative conference.
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.
Microsoft Makes Azure Server Design Open-Source
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Open-source hardware movement wins a surprise supporter. Microsoft joins Open Compute project, shares its server design ideas.
Chrome Apps Come To Android, iOS
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Google software lets developers package Chrome Apps to run on Android and iOS devices as if they were native mobile apps. Move helps bridge the gap between web and native development.
3 IT Lessons From Entrepreneurs
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
Think startup culture exists in some alternate reality where normal business rules don't apply? Far from it. In fact, CIOs can learn a lot from entrepreneurs
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.
Why Free Government Data Remains A Tough Sell
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
Open government data holds great economic promise. But solving the technical hurdles addresses only part of the challenge of bringing the data to market.
What Patients Will Share To Improve Care
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Surveys show chronically ill patients and the general population are both willing to share personal information to help improve quality of care.
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.
Predixion Offers Free Analytics Software To Universities
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Predictive analytics startup Predixion hopes to alleviate the data scientist shortage -- and boost its sales.
7 Ways Wearables Will Go To Work
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
Smartwatches, smartglasses, smart ID badges, and activity trackers will all find a home in the enterprise and change how we do our jobs.
Apprenda 5.0 Eases Cloud Application Scaling
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
PaaS enables moving legacy Java and .Net applications to the cloud, brings slider interface to automatically scaling server instances as demand rises and falls.
Software Audits: Are You Ready?
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Study reveals more than half of companies have faced software audits within the past two years. Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM top list of auditors.
Apple iPhone Record Sales Fail To Impress
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Apple sold 51 million iPhones last quarter, but investors expected sales to top 56 million.
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."
Altiscale Launches Hadoop-As-A-Service
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Founded by big data pioneers from Yahoo and Google, startup unveils cloud-based offering built specifically for Hadoop users.
Dell, Cumulus Networks Partner on Bare-Metal Switches
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
Dell will offer the Cumulus Linux switch OS on two of its ToR switches starting this year.
NSA, British Spy Agency Collect Angry Birds Data
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
National Security Agency and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters have collected data from smartphone apps for years, says new report on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Prepare For Robotic Warfare, Warns CNAS
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Unmanned systems and rise of guided munitions could threaten US military's dominance, according to a report by the Center for a New American Security.
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.
Google Mulls Boredom Meter
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Google patent application describes ways computers can read people's body language to measure their interest in media.
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