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USB Hardware Easily Subverted, Researchers Claim
News  |  7/31/2014  | 
Security researchers say they can reprogram USB controller chips to hijack USB devices and connected computers.
Microsoft's Device Strategy: 3 Unanswered Questions
News  |  7/31/2014  | 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's scaled-down device strategy creates new questions about unreleased and rumored devices.
Facebook App Brings Free Internet To Zambia
News  |  7/31/2014  | 
Facebook's Internet.org app will give users in Zambia free access to weather and health information, jobs, Google Search, and more.
Tesla Cars: 8 Hot Technologies
Slideshows  |  7/31/2014  | 
Tesla Motors' electric vehicles pack plenty of technology breakthroughs. Explore the most innovative features found in these computers on wheels.
Getting Back To Coding
News  |  7/31/2014  | 
Reducing tool complexity requires mercilessly applying YAGNI (you aren't gonna need it). Resist "featuritis" and choose the tools that deliver only what you need.
Self-Driving Cars: 10 More Realistic Names
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
The UK wants to ready its roads for self-driving cars. But "self-driving car" overstates what these machines can do -- and omits possible dangers.
Social Media & The USFWS: InformationWeek Radio
News  |  7/31/2014  | 
Listen in on our chat with US Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe as he describes how his agency has harnessed Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to keep national wildlife refuge visitors informed.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts
News  |  7/30/2014  | 
Microsoft uses its Windows Phone 8.1 update to add Start screen folders and new security features while pushing Cortana to new parts of the world.
Smarter Cars: 9 Tech Trends
Slideshows  |  7/30/2014  | 
Can your car wake you up if you get sleepy behind the wheel? Or recommend a good Mexican restaurant? These nine technologies will soon change the way we think about cars.
Google Hangouts Dresses Up For Business
News  |  7/30/2014  | 
Google is making Hangouts part of Google Apps for Business to enhance the appeal of its cloud communications platform.
Passport Database Outage: 'We Regret The Inconvenience'
News  |  7/30/2014  | 
US State Department database used to process passports and visas still hasn't recovered from a crash last week -- leaving tens of thousands of people stranded overseas.
LinkedIn Redesigns Mobile Profiles
News  |  7/30/2014  | 
LinkedIn's new profile gives you more context about your connections and simplifies on-the-go editing.
Oracle Says Database Upgrade Doesn't Enable In-Memory Option
News  |  7/30/2014  | 
Oracle insists latest database release doesn't enable a costly in-memory option, countering claims by an ex-Oracle-employee and database blogger.
Apple Refreshes MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
Apple upgrades MacBook Pros with faster processors and, for some models, lower prices and more RAM.
Microsoft Enhances OneNote for Mac, iOS
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
Microsoft continues its recent cross-platform emphasis with improved OneNote apps for Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
Rise Of The Robots: Up From The Factory Floor
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Join San Diego State University professor Robert Judge and InformationWeek editor-at-large Thomas Claburn for a live discussion of the increasing interest in robots and automation.
Facebook Forces Messenger For Mobile Chat
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
Facebook will drop the chat feature from its main app and require users to download Messenger. You will have one week to make the switch.
Fitbit Debuts Windows Phone App
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
Popular fitness device is one of the first wearables to offer a dedicated app for Windows Phone.
Hilton Turns Smartphones Into Room Keys
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
Hilton hotel chain plans to let smartphones unlock guest rooms starting next year.
Amazon Launches 3D Printed Products Store
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Amazon, the world's largest online commerce store, offers mass customization.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update Details Leak
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Windows Phone 8.1 is still rolling out, but a new update is already on the way, with support for Start screen folders and even bigger phablets.
Pivotal, Hortonworks Collaborate On Hadoop Management
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Pivotal pledges collaboration on Apache Ambari, Hortonwork's favored tools for managing and monitoring Hadoop.
Deep Data Trumps Big Data
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Finding smaller, more relevant morsels of information is the key to unlocking big data's potential, says FirstFuel's CTO.
Microsoft's Nadella: More Than Talk
Commentary  |  7/26/2014  | 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proves he can be a man of action with the biggest layoff in company history and other concrete steps to reshape Microsoft. Now what?
Google Moonshot Project: Healthy Bodies
News  |  7/26/2014  | 
Google's Baseline Study aims to model the chemistry of a healthy human body -- and unlock new clues to curing disease.
Report: Oracle Patch Turns On $23,000 Upgrade
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
Oracle is shipping its Database In-Memory feature with its latest patch, but the expensive option is reportedly turned on by default.
Apple iPad Loses Tablet Market Share
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
Apple is still the top tablet vendor, but it's losing ground and needs new lines of growth as the market cools.
Bubblemania: Will We Party Like It's 1999?
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Feverish tech activity is exciting and in many ways similar to 15 years ago. We aren't at dot-bomb levels of hysteria, but there's one big problem that may threaten growth.
Healthcare Collaboration Across 3 Generations
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Patients may see 50 different hospital employees during treatment. Don't let different collaboration styles among your multigenerational staff hinder patient care.
Microsoft Faces 4 Big Challenges
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is riding high with analysts and investors -- but look at the remaining hurdles.
Just Let Me Code!
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Managing the complexity of development toolchains -- from SCM, to the build tools, to the testing, to the deployment stack -- now so overwhelms the developer experience, it's hard to get any real programming done.
Google Maps Engine Gets Workforce Management Tool
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
Google Maps Engine Pro customers now have free access to Maps Coordinate to manage workers and share location information in real time.
IBM & California Partner On Private Cloud
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
CalCloud, the State of California's private cloud managed by IBM, aims to streamline services for 400 state and local government agencies.
HP Invests $50M In Hortonworks: Hadoop Bet
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
HP joins Intel, Google Capital in investing big on Hadoop, taking a stake in Hortonworks while deepening integrations with its platform.
Where The IT Jobs Aren't: Tech
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
IT jobs in the tech sector will stall while non-tech industries will drive IT job growth, impacting job geography and skills, says new report.
Apple OS X Yosemite Beta Debuts
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
Apple's obsession with secrecy gives way to involving customers in the software development process.
EHR Vendors: Step Up Your Game
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Electronic medical record vendors need to take a clue from video game design. It's time to deliver intuitive, simple to learn, and easy to use EHR technology.
Salesforce.com Previews Sales Feature To Promote Pardot
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Salesforce.com shows a Sales Cloud option that will require Marketing Cloud capabilities. Can next year's product release spark crossover sales?
Docker Acquires DevOps Flavor With Fig
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
Docker's purchase of the UK startup Orchard Laboratories gives it the Fig container orchestration system to speed up program development.
Federal IT Innovation Depends On Being Open
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Federal agencies have a hard time fitting innovation into their plans, let alone their budgets. Open data and open-source software help make innovation happen anyway.
Nadella's Windows 9 And Device Plans, Explained
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says his company is "streamlining" Windows into a converged OS, and "right-sizing" its device efforts. But what does this really mean?
Why Facebook’s 'Buy' Button Will Fail
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Even if Facebook is able to overcome its trust problem, it still faces an even more serious threat: timing.
Apple Documents Undisclosed iOS Services
News  |  7/23/2014  | 
Apple describes services as "diagnostic," but does not address criticism that backdoors undermine security and privacy.
Forget 'Things' – It's The Internet Of Business Models
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
With the Internet of Things, sensors and telematics don't mean much if they're not helping disrupt traditional business models.
Facebook Referral Traffic Skyrockets
News  |  7/23/2014  | 
Facebook drove nearly one-quarter of all Web traffic in June while other social networks experienced significant drops, says new report.
Amazon Fire Phone Early Reviews Tepid
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
Early reviews of Amazon's first smartphone won't send consumers rushing to buy. Did Amazon miscalculate on key features?
The IPv6 Skills Crisis
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
As IPv6 adoption ramps up, there aren't nearly enough experts and trainers to fulfill the demand. Here's how to start educating yourself.
Watson Tapped By IBM, USAA To Advise Veterans
News  |  7/23/2014  | 
IBM Watson Engagement Advisor will support USAA customers who are leaving the military. Can Watson do better than conventional web and mobile support systems?
Microsoft Earnings: 3 Big Takeaways
News  |  7/23/2014  | 
Microsoft's cloud business is booming, but devices and consumer mindshare remain problems.
Location Analytics + Maps: 10 Eureka Moments
Slideshows  |  7/23/2014  | 
Multiple data sources combined with geographic information (GIS) technology can provide a new level of business insight. Ask smart questions and see where the data takes you.
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