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AWS Summit: New Cloud Services, Expanded EBS Choices
News  |  4/22/2016  | 
Amazon Web Services unveiled a security inspection and data transfer acceleration service, along with two new EBS options, at AWS Summit.
10 Tools To Bring Virtual Reality To Life
Slideshows  |  4/22/2016  | 
VR and AR systems have begun to ship. But before the headset comes content creation. Here's a look at 10 tools that will shape the virtual world.
FAA Approves First Commercial Nighttime Drone Flights
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
Federal Aviation Administration authorities issued their first approval for nighttime commercial drone flights. The move bodes well for companies that want to ramp up drone services.
Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill Rankles Tech Community
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
A coalition of tech groups called proposed encryption legislation "well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable," while an op-ed deemed it grounds for the dismissal of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, the bill's sponsors.
Windows 10 Mobile Test Build Rolls Out Texting Via PC
Commentary  |  4/21/2016  | 
Microsoft is allowing Windows Insiders to test its Messaging Everywhere feature that lets people send and receive text messages on Windows phones and PCs. The feature strips Skype integration from the messaging app.
Opera's Free VPN Offers Web Browsing Privacy
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
Opera's free VPN capability allows users to change their location and access websites and content that may be geographically restricted. This comes as the company has also offered ad blockers, and as users are looking for more ways to stay private online.
Malware Attacks More Frequent, Harder To Fight
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
The newest Ponemon State of the Endpoint Report found enterprises struggling to enforce endpoint security and to manage their biggest threat: Employees.
GE Oil & Gas Finds Amazon Use Lowers TCO 52%
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
At the Amazon Summit in Chicago, the CTO of GE Oil & Gas said his unit is exploring ways to better understand and save with the AWS platform.
EU Slaps Google With Android Antitrust Charges
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
Google's requirements for Android manufacturing partners violate competition rules, the European Commission charges.
10 iPhone, iPad Apps For Data Nerds
Slideshows  |  4/21/2016  | 
Small devices such as iPhones and iPads can't handle big data, but they can help you gain big data skills, access cloud-based data, and leverage that cloud-based data for insights. Here are 10 iOS data-centric apps for hardcore dataphiles.
Apple Gave Up User Data In 82% Of Feds' Requests
News  |  4/20/2016  | 
Despite its high-profile challenge to the FBI's iPhone data request in the San Bernardino terrorist shootings, Apple complied with 82% of data requests from US government authorities.
Apple, FBI Encryption Debate Continues At Congressional Hearing
News  |  4/20/2016  | 
The US House Energy & Commerce Committee hosted two panel discussions April 19, in the hope of advancing an open debate about government access to encrypted technologies. Representatives heard from Apple's top lawyers, as well as law enforcement.
Skype Bots Now Reach Mac And Web
Commentary  |  4/20/2016  | 
Skype users on Apple's Mac machines and the Web can now interact with bots from Microsoft.
Microsoft Gains In SaaS Market, Report Finds
Commentary  |  4/20/2016  | 
Synergy Research assessed the growth of SaaS in 2015, and found it more mature than other cloud services -- and ready for an even greater takeoff. In addition, the report showed Microsoft may be one company poised for significant growth.
Intel Slashes 12,000 Jobs, Shifts Focus To Cloud, IoT
News  |  4/20/2016  | 
With PC sales on the decline Intel looks to cut 11% of the company's workforce -- about 12,000 positions -- and refocus on IoT businesses, as well as cloud computing and data centers.
IT Pros Fear Encryption Backdoors
News  |  4/20/2016  | 
A survey of IT professionals by network services company Spiceworks finds concern about the risk of backdoors that bypass encryption.
Redditís Missing Warrant Canary: What IT Can Learn
Commentary  |  4/20/2016  | 
It's tricky trying to figure out whether or not your preferred app, website, or service provider has received a federal subpoena demanding information. When a warrant canary vanished from Reddit's Transparency Report, it got folks talking. The incident holds important lessons for enterprise IT professionals trying to decipher whether or not a service provider's data is being trolled by the feds.
9 Cloud Services To Keep You Productive At Interop
Slideshows  |  4/20/2016  | 
Interop is coming and it's time to get ready for the trip to Las Vegas. Here are 9 cloud services that can help make your travel to the expo or any other event less stressful and more productive.
WWDC 2016: iOS 10, Mac OS X Updates Expected
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
Apple plans to hold the first day of its Worldwide Developers Conference at a larger venue, where the company will unveil the roadmap for its four software platforms, including iOS and Mac OS X. Could a car and more Apple Music be in the works?
IBM's Strategy Fails To Boost Revenue, Impress Investors
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
IBM embarked on its first quarter breaking out "strategic imperatives," as part of an effort to showcase businesses such as cognitive computing that the company believes will shape its future. Yet, overall IBM's revenue experienced a decline compared to last year's first quarter.
MacBook Line Gets Faster Chips, Battery Boost
Commentary  |  4/19/2016  | 
Apple updated its ultra-thin MacBook laptops with improved processors, graphics, storage, and battery life.
Apple Kills QuickTime For Windows, Adobe Issues Warning
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
Two security vulnerabilities have moved Apple to end support for QuickTime for Microsoft Windows. This has also led Adobe to issue a warning to users of its software.
Resiliency In The Era Of Cognitive Computing
Partner Perspectives  |  4/19/2016  | 
Itís up to those in the resiliency profession to help companies be in a position to continuously deliver their services.
Oracle Buys Crosswise For Cross-Device Tracking, Marketing Cloud
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
Oracle has acquired a marketing technology company that helps organizations get a clearer, unified profile of their customers, regardless of whether the customer is using a smartphone or a PC.
As Ad Blockers Gain Traction, Targeted Messaging Falls Short
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
An Accenture study finds that online ads are unpopular with most consumers, while ad-blocking tools are making it easier than ever to tune out unwanted messaging. How are you supposed to promote your brand?
Startup Diamanti Offers Combined Container Networking, Storage
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
Diamanti, a startup founded by Cisco UCS veterans, has built an appliance for automated container deployments with preconfigured networking and storage. The firm is just out of stealth mode.
9 Outlook Alternatives For iPhone, Android
Slideshows  |  4/19/2016  | 
Microsoft Outlook is a popular mobile email app, but it's far from your only option. Here is a list of alternatives for iOS and Android if you want to try something new.
Apple Car: Secret Berlin Lab Details Emerge
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
In an effort to ramp up its vision for an electric and/or self-driving car, Apple's Project Titan is operating a secret lab in the heart of Germany's auto mecca, according to reports.
Drones Banned At Boston Marathon, Blamed For British Airways Hit
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
A day after a drone struck a British Airways flight, the Boston Marathon is using drone-detection technology to keep UAS away from its event.
Amazon Echo Now Offers Children's Health Advice
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
The latest update to Amazon's Echo and Alexa lets people seek out health advice from Boston Children's Hospital, and even find home improvement contractors via HomeAdvisor.
iPhone Rumors: Samsung-Made OLED Displays, All-Glass Design
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
Samsung displays on Apple handsets? The two rivals may be partnering to install OLED screens on the next generation of iPhones. At the same time, an analyst writes that by 2017 the iPhone will have an all-glass design.
Cloud Stampede Is On, But Who's Watching Security?
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
A survey by Intel and the Cloud Security Alliance finds that the use of cloud services is increasing, but more in-depth security measures are needed.
Samsung Knox Security Beats iOS, Android, Gartner Finds
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
Gartner compared 12 different platforms to find the strongest ones. The research firm also advised avoiding older mobile devices, which may have unfixed vulnerabilities or may lack management controls.
CAPTCHAs Defeated, But Who Cares?
Commentary  |  4/18/2016  | 
Columbia University researchers made headlines by defeating Google and Facebook CAPTCHAs through artificial intelligence, but the real fraud for enterprises happens via cheap labor, not AI.
Data Outliers: 10 Ways To Prevent Big Data Damage
Slideshows  |  4/18/2016  | 
Most business decision-makers aren't trained to understand data outliers, but they can learn the basics. Executives, managers, and employees without math degrees can ask smarter questions about analyses they're basing crucial judgments on. Here are some things to know.
Master iOS 9.3 With These 9 Tips And Tricks
Slideshows  |  4/17/2016  | 
Apple debuted the feature-packed iOS 9.3 at its launch event that also unveiled the iPhone SE and smaller iPad Pro. Here are some tips to help you maximize your day-to-day use of the updated mobile operating system.
Pivotal Changes Elephants, Big Data-As-A-Service Growing: Big Data Roundup
News  |  4/17/2016  | 
Google machine learning wants to harness your unscheduled minutes. Pivotal expands its alliance with Hortonworks. The big data-as-a-service market is forecast to grow in a big way. Dell updates Statistica for "citizen" data scientists. All that and how your emoji choices may be driving your friends away, in the Big Data Roundup for the week ending April 17, 2016.
Apple's App Store May Adopt Paid Search
Commentary  |  4/16/2016  | 
A secret team is reportedly reviewing ways to shake up the iTunes App Store. One strategy under consideration would see developers pay to boost the discoverability of their apps.
iPhone 7 Rumors Point To Smart Connector Technology
News  |  4/16/2016  | 
With the expected debut of the iPhone 7 still half a year away, leaked photos purportedly showing the back of the smartphone have surfaced.
Windows 10 Feature Roadmap, Federal Lawsuit: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  4/16/2016  | 
This week Microsoft published a website detailing future Windows 10 updates, sued the US government over data privacy, and updated Skype for Business on iOS and Android.
BlackBerry Decryption Key Held By Canadian Mounties, Report Says
News  |  4/15/2016  | 
Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry has been dealt a major blow after court records revealed that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has a copy of the company's global decryption key.
Microsoft Sues Justice Department, AG Over Cloud Privacy
News  |  4/15/2016  | 
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, stating that the same rules that apply to search and seizure in an office should apply to its cloud.
Hortonworks, Pivotal Expand Open Source Big Data Alliance
News  |  4/15/2016  | 
Pivotal has ditched its own Hadoop distribution in favor of Hortonworks' Hadoop as the two companies expanded their alliance to distribute each other's open source big data implementations to customers.
Cloud Adoption Could Save Feds $10 Billion Annually
News  |  4/15/2016  | 
A MeriTalk survey of federal IT managers reveals that they believe the government can save more than $10 billion annually from additional consolidation and cloud adoption.
Making Mainframes Cool Again
Commentary  |  4/15/2016  | 
Mainframe systems are still the backbone of much of today's IT infrastructure. Yet, finding IT talent to maintain these systems, and the COBOL and Fortran languages that support them, is becoming increasingly difficult. Knowledge transfer expert Steve Trautman, founder of The Steve Trautman Co., offers real-world advice on how IT leaders can cultivate the talent needed to run these crucial systems.
10 High-Tech Tools Powering Las Vegas
Slideshows  |  4/15/2016  | 
Las Vegas is a modern high-tech hub. Casinos depend on technology to keep guests happy -- and honest. Here's a look at some of the tech behind the magic, and the lessons that can pay off big for enterprises.
Facebook Poaches Google's Regina Dugan For Hardware Push
News  |  4/14/2016  | 
The former head of DARPA, who was running Google's Advanced Technology and Products group, will now lead Facebook's new hardware group, Building 8.
Google Cloud Fail Points To 2 Software Bugs
News  |  4/14/2016  | 
The Google Compute Engine cloud service was hit with an 18-minute outage worldwide earlier in the week -- at the same time the supply chain is finally getting comfortable with continuity in the cloud.
Email Privacy Act Clears House Judiciary Committee Vote
News  |  4/14/2016  | 
An update to the Email Privacy Act requiring a warrant for the search of data older than 180 days was unanimously supported by the House Judiciary Committee. It now heads for a vote by the full chamber.
Android N Preview 2 Improves APIs, Emojis
Commentary  |  4/14/2016  | 
Google released a revised build of Android N to developers this week with updated APIs and a handful of new user-facing features.
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