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posted in April 2014
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Facebook Mobilizes At F8
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
Facebook rolls out a new ad network, new cloud services, and a new attitude to reassure developers and users.
Bluetooth Smart: Secure Enough For Cars?
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology -- also known as Bluetooth Smart –- promises new conveniences to vehicle owners. But the security still needs work.
Google Car: What's Next?
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
Google's self-driving car is still very much an R&D project. But will it eventually find its way onto the freeway?
Twitter User Growth Stalls
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
Do recent lackluster user numbers mean Twitter's strongest days are behind it?
5-Step Plan For New Target CIO
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
Target's new CIO, Bob DeRodes, faces tough challenges as he upgrades information security processes. Here's my armchair quarterback advice.
Internet of Thingbots: The New Security Worry
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
Phishing and spam attacks involving Internet of Things devices are coming -- and app developers and device makers must be ready, says a CA Technologies exec.
Athenahealth CEO's Book: 'Where Does It Hurt?'
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
To fix US healthcare, we must embrace the free market messiness of the Internet economy, argues Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush.
As Research Data Balloons, How To Share?
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
Exchanging research data worldwide gets more complex in the big data age. But the Research Data Alliance seeks innovative solutions.
LG Makes Gains As G3 Debut Nears
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
LG is slowly building momentum for its smartphones, but the market still belongs to Samsung and Apple.
Cloud, Analytics Improve Breast Cancer Screening Education
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
MammaCare training company teams with CapGemini on cloud system that gets examination expertise into the hands of doctors and nurses who perform manual breast exams.
ServiceNow Pushes Beyond Automation
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
IT automation firm ServiceNow will offer services for HR, finance, legal, and other parts of the enterprise.
Firefox 29 Debuts, With Mozilla In Turmoil
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
Mozilla has delivered a solid, customizable Firefox update, but the company must now restore its relevance.
When BASIC Was Young: Great Memories
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
As BASIC, the programming language that launched many a technical career, turns 50, we revisit our BASIC projects. Tell us about yours.
BASIC Turns 50: A Love/Hate Story
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
We look back on BASIC's 50 years of attracting -- and repelling -- new programmers.
Tie Tech Innovation to Business Strategy
Infographics  |  4/30/2014  | 
There's never enough money or manpower for innovative IT projects. The media keeps saying the solution is for CIOs to work more closely with business leaders and CMOs. But how, when you're barely staying afloat?
Microsoft Office For iPad Gains Printing
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Microsoft issues its first Office for iPad update, including much-requested printing support, just 33 days after the apps launch.
Massachusetts Invests In Big Data Innovation
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
State provides $3 million to launch Massachusetts Open Cloud Project, a university-industry partnership to build a new public cloud computing infrastructure for big data researchers, innovators.
TIBCO Shakes Up BI Market With Jaspersoft Buy
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Pairing open source Jaspersoft with top-selling Spotfire, TIBCO hopes to disrupt the business intelligence and embedded analytics market.
Nurse Retention Rate Improvement Secret: Analytics
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Predictive talent analytics and big data software help Tenet Healthcare reduce nurse turnover by 44%.
MacBook Air Update: More Battery, Less Cash
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Apple MacBook Air refresh features faster processors, longer battery life, and lower price points.
Facebook Launches Business Manager Tool
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Business Manager streamlines workflows for large advertisers and provides one dashboard to manage accounts, pages, permissions, and more.
Microsoft Boosts OneDrive: 1 TB Per User
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Microsoft bumps OneDrive for Business capacity to 1 TB per user -- and draws the ire of Box CEO Aaron Levie.
Tape As A Long-Term Storage Option
Commentary  |  4/29/2014  | 
Datacenters are being asked to archive data for longer periods of time than ever. Here's why tape is an ideal solution for long-term data storage.
First Hospitals Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Penn Highlands CIO Tom Johnson says going far beyond minimum requirements is the key to qualifying for EHR incentives.
Apprenda, Microsoft Team For Hybrid PaaS
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Microsoft hedges its bets on containers with an alliance that brings Apprenda customers to Azure under an on-premises license.
DATA Act Passes House, Awaits Obama's Signature
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Data Accountability and Transparency Act would make it easier to find and understand federal spending data.
MongoDB, Cloudera Form Big Data Partnership
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
MongoDB and Cloudera, leaders in the NoSQL and Hadoop markets, respectively, will co-market and co-sell their offerings. One goal: Ease customer confusion about big data.
IBM Cloud Market: One-Stop Cloud Shop
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
IBM's marketplace combines mobile and SaaS apps, platform and infrastructure services, and third-party services.
Philadelphia 311 Service Calls For Help
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Philadelphia's 311 contact center gets help from nonprofit to implement customer satisfaction surveys that improve non-emergency customer service.
HCSC Security Chief's Secret To Longevity
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Ray Biondo has served as chief information security officer for nine years at insurance giant Health Care Service Corp., something of a record. He credits users and execs willing to collaborate on risk management.
Healthcare Social Networks: New Choices For Doctors, Patients
Slideshows  |  4/29/2014  | 
Check out healthcare-focused social networks, where healthcare pros can collaborate and share resources online, and patients can access more than information.
Hadoop Jobs: How One Exec Vets Talent
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Think Big Analytics CEO Ron Bodkin reveals what he looks for in candidates for Hadoop and other big data-related positions.
IT Service Management Must Evolve
Infographics  |  4/29/2014  | 
The idea of technology being delivered as a service appeals to the 409 IT pros responding to our Service-Oriented IT Survey. But cloud providers are competing for that work, and CIOs are being selective.
Defense Dept. CIO Teri Takai Resigns
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Takai launched several IT initiatives that cut across the military branches.
Google Self-Driving Cars Get Smarter
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Google admits it still has many problems to solve before self-driving cars become commonplace on our streets.
Epicor Overhauls ERP For Cloud, Mobility
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Epicor says ERP upgrade based on Microsoft's stack is twice as fast and four times as scalable for cloud deployment.
Microsoft: No IE Patch For Windows XP
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Hackers are already exploiting a new Internet Explorer flaw. Microsoft promises a fix -- but not for Windows XP.
Galaxy S5 Camera Problem: Samsung Eats Crow
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Just one day after releasing an ad touting the GS5's camera over the iPhone's, Samsung must replace some devices due to faulty cameras.
Hybrid Cloud Can Break Datacenter Silos
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
But first we need an underlying cloud fabric that allows for flexibility of data and applications.
How To Blend BPM, Social Collaboration
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
One example: a renewable energy firm wanted to implement more rigorous process management, but also needed to leave room to improvise.
Microsoft's Mobile First, Cloud First Strategy, Explained
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's plan to juggle Windows, cross-platform services, and the Internet of Things is coming into focus.
Government IT's Investment Trap
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
Some federal agencies are falling into the trap of investing in technology rather than IT talent, especially at budget cut time. Here's how to keep the two in balance.
Amazon Faces Profit Pressure: Honeymoon Over?
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Amazon touts growth, but investor patience grows thin as shareholders search for a sign of profits.
Ukraine Tech Firms Seek Work Amid Turmoil
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Lezgro, a 50-person IT outsourcing firm, urges Western companies to move IT work from Russia to Ukraine to take advantage of country's tech talent.
Datameer Bets Visual Analysis Beats SQL On Hadoop
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Datameer 4.0 upgrade advances visual data preparation and analysis on top of Hadoop, offering an easier alternative to SQL.
8 Ways DevOps & Mobility Remove Waste
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
Use the DevOps method to stamp out the toxically wasteful activity holding your business back.
Google Boosts Encryption In Chrome For Android
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Users of Chrome on Android devices should see improved speed and security.
Microsoft + Nokia: What's Next?
News  |  4/26/2014  | 
Microsoft now owns Nokia's handset business, and it must move quickly to offer new mobile devices, apps, and software.
Top 10 Secret Reasons Microsoft CEO Ballmer Retired
Slideshows  |  4/26/2014  | 
Steve Ballmer didn't get the credit he deserved, as evidenced by Microsoft's strong financial position when he resigned. Here are 10 reasons you've never heard about why he stepped down.
Marathon Bombing Lessons: Boston Hospital Revamps Information Systems
News  |  4/26/2014  | 
Brigham & Women's emergency department leaders describe how they corrected system deficiencies revealed by the 2013 crisis.
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