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Google, Apple Aim To Kill Passwords
News  |  2/9/2016  | 
Apple, Yahoo, and Google are making inroads into enabling smartphones to become a replacement for entering passwords -- a move that may not come soon enough for some users and help desks.
MIT's Eyeriss GPU Could Transform IoT, AI
News  |  2/9/2016  | 
MIT researchers have developed a GPU called Eyeriss that could enable algorithms to run locally and instantly, instead of sending raw data into the cloud. This means that a future version of Siri could get you answers much faster.
Apple TV Gets Voice Dictation In Latest Round Of OS Betas
Commentary  |  2/9/2016  | 
Apple pushed out new builds of tvOS, watchOS, iOS, and OS X this week, adding features and improving performance along the way.
Facebook Faces Trouble In France For Tracking Non-Users
News  |  2/9/2016  | 
The CNIL, France's data regulation authority, has issued a formal notice to Facebook, warning the social network that it needs to fairly collect data concerning the browsing activity of Internet users who do not have an account.
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.
BIOS Hack Detection Added To Dell Enterprise Security Suite
News  |  2/9/2016  | 
With millions of machines potentially vulnerable to attacks on their BIOS firmware, Dell has introduced a verification tool designed for enterprise IT to monitor users' machines and intervene if an attack is detected. The cloud-based tool takes a different approach than other BIOS offerings on the market.
Gartner BI Magic Quadrant: Inflection Point Has Arrived
News  |  2/9/2016  | 
Reflecting the fundamental transformation in the market, Gartner has changed how it evaluates vendors in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics. Only three vendors survived the cut and stayed in the Leaders Quadrant. Here's a look at the changes.
10 Unique Perks At Tech Companies
Slideshows  |  2/9/2016  | 
Tech companies are well represented on Glassdoor's rankings of the top beyond-the-basics perks and benefits offered to employees. See 10 of the most interesting and surprising.
Google's Next Cardboard Could Be Plastic
News  |  2/8/2016  | 
Google is said to be preparing an updated VR headset. The new version could include more sensors, higher quality lenses, and a plastic shell.
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.
Comic: Respect Your Elders
Commentary  |  2/8/2016  | 
In tech, we tend to like the new and shiny. But never forget the power of legacy systems, whether they are actual systems or just older IT pros.
Docker Engine 1.10 Puts Emphasis On Container Security
News  |  2/8/2016  | 
With the release of the Docker Engine 1.10, Docker is putting security at center stage to address user demand. The company has also issued several other updates.
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.
US Education CIO Admits To 'Unacceptable' Behavior
News  |  2/8/2016  | 
US Department of Education CIO Danny Harris was grilled by lawmakers about possible ethics violations. Meanwhile the department, which has a lending budget the size of Citibank, was still said to be vulnerable to security threats.
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.
Bimodal IT: Best Of Both Worlds For Large Enterprises
Commentary  |  2/8/2016  | 
Managing two separate modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility, can be critical for IT success -- if the company is large enough.
9 Biographies Of Tech Icons You Should Know
Slideshows  |  2/8/2016  | 
Here are the stories of tech influencers, from Thomas Edison through Linus Torvalds, who shaped the present and future of technology. Some of these icons are less famous than others, but all have had a role in shaping and changing the way we live, work, and communicate.
8 DevOps Lessons IT Can Teach The Enterprise
Slideshows  |  2/7/2016  | 
DevOps has changed the way IT looks at Agile. Now there are lessons from the shift that IT can share with the rest of the enterprise.
Google Self-Driving Cars May Motor To London
News  |  2/7/2016  | 
Officials from London's transportation authority and Google are in active discussions to bring the company's self-driving cars to the city's streets.
Super Bowl 50 Gets Analyzed, Tableau Spooks Investors: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/7/2016  | 
Data analysts got to work on Super Bowl 50, Tableau Software's earnings spooked investors on Wall Street, and OpenText released a tool for measuring sentiment about the US presidential elections. These are some of the stories you'll find in our big data roundup for the week ending February 7.
Apple To Accept Cracked iPhones For Credit
News  |  2/6/2016  | 
Apple is relaxing its trade-in policies for users who want to swap their busted iPhones for upgraded devices.
Mozilla To Kill Firefox OS For Smartphones, Shift Focus To IoT
News  |  2/6/2016  | 
Mozilla announces plans to cancel support and development on Firefox OS for smartphones in order to shift efforts to connected devices and the Internet of Things.
SwiftKey Boosts AI, Azure IoT Hub Ready: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/6/2016  | 
This week Microsoft announced its undersea data center, released Windows 10 builds for PC and mobile, readied its Azure IoT hub, and made its Azure IoT Hub generally available.
Visa Debuts Developer Platform
News  |  2/5/2016  | 
As digital transactions reshape the payment industry, Visa wants to make sure developers use its technology.
Cloudability CEO: Ferocious Era Of Cloud Competition Approaching
News  |  2/5/2016  | 
In an interview, Cloudability CEO Mat Ellis sees renewed competition for enterprise cloud customers coming. This means that Google, Microsoft, and Verizon will play larger roles, even as AWS continues to dominate.
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.
IBM Aims To Make Enterprises Agile With Cloud Data Services
News  |  2/5/2016  | 
IBM says its new "Open for data" slogan encompasses a slew of new cloud data services and analytics offerings designed to make it easy for enterprises to quickly get started with big data in the cloud, even if their workloads require secure on-premises implementations.
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.
IBM Watson, Heart Association Take On Cardio Health
News  |  2/5/2016  | 
IBM, the American Heart Association, and Welltok have teamed to deliver a workplace health solution. Without preventative strategies, by 2030 cardiovascular diseases may cost companies $106 billion in lost productivity alone.
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.
Google Taps AI Chief To Head Up Search
News  |  2/4/2016  | 
With its longtime search executive Amit Singhal retiring, Google has named AI chief John Giannandrea to head its search business -- yet another sign of Google's focus on artificial intelligence.
CoreOS Launches Rocket 1.0 Into Production
News  |  2/4/2016  | 
CoreOS's Rocket 1.0 will run containers, regardless of whether they are built to run on Docker's dominant platform or the industry standard AppContainer spec.
Amazon Echo Now Plays Spotify, Orders Domino's Pizza
Commentary  |  2/4/2016  | 
Alexa's new powers mean you can't ask for a better Super Bowl party companion than the Amazon Echo. The AI-powered device now plays music from Spotify and orders you pizza from Domino's.
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.
Canonical Unveils Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet
News  |  2/4/2016  | 
Canonical's tablet arrives in Q2 to face a challenging market for such devices. But the company says its offering delivers a true tablet experience, along with the full Ubuntu desktop experience.
Google Fiber Expansion Coming To Public Housing
News  |  2/4/2016  | 
Google continues the expansion of its Fiber Internet service by offering free connections for families in public housing, starting in Kansas City. The search giant is already offering free WiFi service in some public housing developments.
Best Agile Method For Your Team: Scrum Vs. Kanban
Commentary  |  2/4/2016  | 
What's the best way to bring Agile to your team? The answer depends on just what you want to transform.
Google, Microsoft Bid For Burgeoning Cloud Market
News  |  2/4/2016  | 
Amazon may be the largest vendor, but Google and Microsoft are bringing new initiatives into a rapidly growing cloud service marketplace.
10 Quirky Tech Job Interview Questions That May Stump You
Slideshows  |  2/4/2016  | 
Apple, Google, and other tech giants are notorious for grilling candidates with tough questions. How would you fare in one of their job interviews? Here are 10 quirky questions tech companies asked applicants in the hot seat.
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.
Apple Steps Up Visits To Stanford University VR Lab
News  |  2/3/2016  | 
In yet another sign its interest in virtual reality is growing, Apple is stepping up its frequency in visiting Stanford University's virtual reality lab. The move comes as the iPhone maker is amassing a large team to tackle virtual reality to play catch-up to Facebook and Microsoft.
Fitbit, Other Fitness Trackers Leak Personal Data: Study
Commentary  |  2/3/2016  | 
Odds are pretty high that your wearable is spilling personal data all over the place, says a new study. But the Apple Watch may be the exception.
Intel's Diversity Report: Some Progress, More Work Ahead
News  |  2/3/2016  | 
Intel has set ambitious goals to increase diversity within its US workforce. A new report shows that the chipmaker has made progress since announcing its five-year, $300 million plan. But there's more to be done in the years ahead.
12 Ways To Connect Data Analytics To Business Outcomes
Slideshows  |  2/3/2016  | 
Even though more organizations are attempting to become data-driven, many of them still aren't able to link data analytics to business outcomes. Some of the challenges are obvious. Others aren't. Here are our tips for avoiding the common pitfalls.
Email Etiquette: 5 Ways To Write Better Corporate Email
Commentary  |  2/3/2016  | 
It's easier than ever to send a corporate email -- and that's a huge problem. Misleading and meandering messages often clog corporate inboxes and lead to poor communication among colleagues. Here's a look at five common email mistakes and ways to fix them.
Microsoft Recalls 2.4M Surface Pro Power Cords
News  |  2/3/2016  | 
Microsoft issued a recall for its Surface Pro AC power cords after it heard complaints of the cords overheating and posing a fire and shock hazard.
Yahoo To Lay Off 15% Of Workforce, Hints At Sale Of Assets
News  |  2/3/2016  | 
Yahoo said it plans to cut 15% of its workforce and hinted at selling its non-strategic assets. Another strong indication that change is afoot is the resignation of a high-profile board member -- the second one in the past two months.
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