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Content tagged with Software posted in February 2014
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Google Updates Hangouts For iOS
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
Google redesigns mobile messaging app, adds a handful of new features following Facebook's acquisition of rival messaging service WhatsApp.
Ford Seeks Open Source Tinkerers
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
Ford engineers offer open source platform that aims to make your car as easy to program as your smartphone.
25 Most Lucrative Internships: Tech's Big Spenders
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
Almost $7,000 in pay per month for interns? Yes, at companies like VMware and Twitter, according to a Glassdoor survey on 25 best-paid internships.
Microsoft's Windows Strategy: A New Hope
Commentary  |  2/28/2014  | 
Microsoft's Mobile World Congress announcements suggest a successful, and overdue, new direction for its Windows 8.1 strategy. Now Microsoft needs to build momentum.
The Curse Of One-Star Apps
Commentary  |  2/28/2014  | 
At Mobile World Congress, you can stand out for the wrong reasons, just like a dud mobile app in an app store. Consider these steps when creating a praise-worthy business app.
IBM Confirms Layoffs Amid Hiring
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
IBM cuts workers even as it hires for cloud computing and Watson initiatives.
Why You Should Be Excited About Future Tech
Commentary  |  2/27/2014  | 
Sure, robotics, the Internet of Things, data analytics, and other disruptive trends are intimidating, but they will improve our lives.
Workday Beats Forecasts, Buys Analytics Startup
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Workday wraps up fiscal 2014 with 71% gain, buys HR-oriented predictive analytics company.
DataStax Brings In-Memory To NoSQL
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Apache Cassandra vendor DataStax joins Microsoft, Oracle, and others adding in-memory features to their database management systems.
Business Apps Are Becoming Disposable
Commentary  |  2/27/2014  | 
The ease with which software applications can be created and connected to corporate systems has changed the nature of business software development.
Facebook Ends Email: Beware Forwarding
News  |  2/26/2014  | 
Facebook will retire its email address system in March and forward messages to your personal email account. Here's how to turn it off, plus other email settings to check.
Gartner BI Magic Quadrant: Winners & Losers
Commentary  |  2/26/2014  | 
Tableau and QlikTech move up. See who moves down in Gartner's ranking of business intelligence vendors.
Federal IT Reform Bill Passes House
News  |  2/26/2014  | 
Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act contains far-reaching changes to the IT procurement system. It would grant greater authority to agency CIOs.
Google Glass Prompts Attack, Woman Claims
News  |  2/26/2014  | 
Alleged assault appears to have arisen from a desire not to be videotaped.
Is Your Company Really A Digital Business?
Commentary  |  2/26/2014  | 
Or does it just look like one? Here's how to tell the difference.
Dropbox: 7 Apps To Add On
Slideshows  |  2/26/2014  | 
Dropbox backs up your important files, but that's just a start. These apps work alongside the cloud service to boost security, streamline workflow, and more.
BlackBerry Courts Keyboard Loyalists
News  |  2/25/2014  | 
BlackBerry aims to please its old school business customers with a new traditional-style phone plus revamped enterprise software.
DevOps: The New Outsourcing
Commentary  |  2/25/2014  | 
DevOps will change the way CIOs hire and IT pros thrive. Embrace it or get swept aside.
LinkedIn Block User Feature: What It Means
News  |  2/25/2014  | 
To combat online stalking, new LinkedIn feature lets you block specific individuals. Here's how it affects your account.
IBM Buys Cloudant, Eyes Amazon's Turf
Commentary  |  2/25/2014  | 
IBM's planned Cloudant buy will advance cloud-based database services, but can the underlying database compete against Amazon DynamoDB, MongoDB, Couchbase, and DataStax?
Nokia X, Android & Microsoft: 6 Facts
News  |  2/25/2014  | 
Nokia launched Android-based smartphones Monday at Mobile World Congress. Take a closer look at what this means for Microsoft's mobile future.
Social Collaboration, Small Business Style
Commentary  |  2/25/2014  | 
Choose social collaboration tools based on your company's size and ambitions -- and the sensitivity of the business you will discuss.
CPOE Stragglers: One Hospital's Fix
News  |  2/24/2014  | 
Computerized physician order entry is mandated by law but some doctors still resist. Christus Health provides CPOE input assistants until docs see the value.
Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8 Updates
News  |  2/24/2014  | 
Microsoft plans to update Windows 8.1 to make it friendlier to mouse-and-keyboard customers and launch initiatives to make Windows and Windows Phone devices more affordable.
Mobile World Congress: Samsung Leads Wearables Charge
News  |  2/24/2014  | 
As Mobile World Congress opens, Samsung debuts two new smartwatches and its rivals weigh in with a slew of new phones and wearables.
Big Data Hiring: 5 Facts From The Field
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
Consider this creative advice for big data job hunters and hiring managers from EMC and Pivotal execs.
Windows 8 Devices Get Cheap
News  |  2/22/2014  | 
Microsoft will reportedly cut Windows license fees to encourage production of sub-$250 Windows 8 devices, including non-touch PCs.
Google Powers Forest Protection Effort
News  |  2/22/2014  | 
Using Google's map technology and cloud platform, Global Forest Watch can track tree use, abuse, and regrowth.
Microsoft Office For iPad: Do It Right
Commentary  |  2/22/2014  | 
Microsoft can't just force old favorites onto a new user interface. Office apps for iPad must be more touchable.
Facebook's WhatsApp Mega Deal: 5 Rivals
News  |  2/22/2014  | 
After Facebook's WhatsApp deal, pundits couldn't get over the price. But consider these five other sky-high acquisitions from the last decade.
Mobile World Congress: 5 Hot Gadgets
Slideshows  |  2/22/2014  | 
MWC, the premier mobile trade show, will once again show plenty of smartphone goodies for hardware freaks to get excited about.
Where Are All The Chromebooks?
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
Despite brisk Chromebook sales, online usage of Chrome OS hardware on the Internet still barely registers with those measuring Web traffic.
White House Targets Patent Trolls
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
Obama administration reports progress, announces three new executive actions, to promote patent reform.
Rimini Street Ends Oracle Software Hosting
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
In response to court judgment, third-party support supplier Rimini Street tells customers to move Oracle software back into their own datacenters.
Google's Project Tango Sees All
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
Using an experimental Android prototype, Google wants developers to write apps that do something interesting with real-time awareness of users' surroundings.
Is Google Glass Obsolete?
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
Google Glass costs too much and lacks killer apps -- and new technologies will soon make the original version seem wimpy. That's not bad news for Google.
Facebook's WhatsApp Buy: 10 Staggering Stats
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
Let's put the $19 billion purchase price of messaging service WhatsApp in perspective using some added figures.
What Else Could Facebook Buy With $19 Billion?
Commentary  |  2/21/2014  | 
If it's hard to get your mind around just how much $19 billion really is, here’s a few other purchases to put it into perspective.
Facebook Acquires WhatsApp: 3 Key Benefits
News  |  2/20/2014  | 
Facebook's $19 billion deal to buy messaging service WhatsApp may raise eyebrows, but it's a smart move. Here's why.
Windows XP Shutdown Outrage: Users Boo Microsoft Blog
News  |  2/20/2014  | 
Microsoft blogger recently encouraged customers to "help their family and friends get off Windows XP." Oh, really?
When BYOD Equals Bring Your Own Malware
News  |  2/20/2014  | 
Lookout's analysis of the mobile threat landscape suggests businesses should focus on curbing risky online behavior.
Defense Dept. Inks $40.5M Deal For Adobe Software
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
The DOD expects to save $16.6 million under a three-year contract with CDW-G giving the Army, Air Force, and DISA access to Adobe technologies.
How To Screw Up Your Enterprise Mobile App
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
Consider these three wrong ways to develop enterprise apps -- and avoid them.
LinkedIn Expands Blogging Capability
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
LinkedIn plans to open its publishing platform to all users who want to share career insights and advice.
Microsoft OneDrive: Cloud Storage Freebies
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
Microsoft officially rebrands SkyDrive as OneDrive, adding new features and launching promotions in the process.
Android Phones Sans Google Services
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
Yandex, Russian Web giant, enables manufacturers to create Android devices without Google apps on board.
Can You Deliver Antifragile Mobile Apps?
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
In a mobile business, it's not enough to be resilient against unexpected problems -- you need to always be testing for failure.
Kill Switches: Phones Just The Start
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
Mandatory phone kill switches will hasten the arrival of the Surveillance of Everything. Consider these 11 technologies that come with strings attached.
Windows XP Shutdown: 10 Facts To Know
Slideshows  |  2/19/2014  | 
The clock ticks for Windows XP holdouts. Explore the key issues before making your next move.
Software Is Key For Wearables In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/18/2014  | 
Devices look cool on one's wrist, but it's the functionality of the software that will make or break wearables in business.
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