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Apache Spark Updates, Executive Data Strategies: Big Data Roundup
News  |  11/29/2015  | 
In our big data roundup for the week of Nov. 27, we've got updates on Apache Spark and its ecosystem, a reality check on the practical use of artificial intelligence today and more.
Windows 10 Adoption To Soar, Workplace Diversity Fail: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  11/28/2015  | 
Microsoft this week yanked and restored its latest Windows 10 update, released disappointing workplace diversity numbers, and marked down products for Black Friday.
Big Data & The Law Of Diminishing Returns
News  |  11/27/2015  | 
Right now, big data looks like it holds all the answers for any questions a person or company might have. However, in reality, big data eventually has to succumb to the law of diminishing returns. Here's what several experts see as the gap between promise and reality.
Data, Lawyers, And IT: How They’re Connected
Commentary  |  11/27/2015  | 
Modern data-related technologies are changing the way law firms do business. IT executives across all industries will benefit from understanding how these data tools and practices are being applied to legal cases so that you can be ready if you're ever called upon by your organization's legal team. We break it down for you here.
Can You Trust Your Cloud Vendor's Employees?
Commentary  |  11/27/2015  | 
Insider threats run rampant, and cloud customers often find it difficult to pull back the veil and see what their supplier is doing with their data.
Cyberwar Part 3: Marketing Data Collection Threatens All
Commentary  |  11/27/2015  | 
Marketers are after every scrap of customer data they can get, in hopes of increasing their company's sales. Do you know they may be putting you at risk in the process? In the last of our three-part series on cyberwar, learn what IT needs to know about potential security threats rising from companies' marketing habits.
Amazon Forces Password Reset For Some Users
Commentary  |  11/26/2015  | 
Amazon told an unknown number of customers that their passwords could have been potentially exposed to a third party, but claimed it has corrected the issue.
8 Ways You're Failing At Data Science
Slideshows  |  11/26/2015  | 
Data scientists and the Wizard of Oz have something in common: Few people really know what they do behind the curtain, which makes it hard to tell good from bad data science. These tips can help you discern the difference.
Cyberwar Part 2: Government Hacks Threaten Private Sector
Commentary  |  11/26/2015  | 
When you hear the term cyberwar, you think about threats to government, but private sector companies are also at risk. In the second of our three-part series on cyberwarfare, we identify three vulnerabilities and offer IT leaders suggestions on what to do about them.
Google Pledges $1 Million To Special Ed Via Android Pay
News  |  11/25/2015  | 
Google promises to donate $1 for every Android Pay purchase towards special needs education projects. It will donate up to $1 million this holiday season.
HP Reports Mixed Q4, Its Final Quarter Before Company Splits
News  |  11/25/2015  | 
HP reported mixed results in its final quarter as a single company this week with revenue declines, but promises of more focused efforts in the future as HP Enterprise and HP Inc. pursue separate paths.
What CIOs Think About Online Holiday Shopping At Work
News  |  11/25/2015  | 
In the next few weeks workers will be tempted to peruse the Internet for killer discounts on four of the busiest online single-day shopping events of the holidays. A recent survey reveals the likelihood of whether your boss will be a Grinch or offer good cheer if you're caught.
Apple Acquires Motion Capture Specialist Faceshift
News  |  11/25/2015  | 
Apple moves into the motion capture space with the acquisition of Faceshift, a specialist in technology for facial recognition and rendering. Its technology is being used in the new Star Wars films.
Equinix Adds Dallas, London To AWS Direct Connect Service
News  |  11/25/2015  | 
Direct Connect gives private line access to the AWS cloud, something enterprises are seeking as they send more workloads offsite.
Cyberwar Part 1: What IT Can Do To Survive
Commentary  |  11/25/2015  | 
Are we at risk of being victims or casualties in a government cyberwar? In the first of this three-part series, we explore what the experts say about the current state of cyberwar -- and what it means to IT departments everywhere.
8 Technologies We're Thankful For
Slideshows  |  11/25/2015  | 
Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, remember? So, let's express appreciation for the technologies that make our lives better. These are the gadgets, apps, and tools that have earned our eternal gratitude.
Google Previews Android Studio 2.0
News  |  11/24/2015  | 
The forthcoming revision of Google's Android IDE includes several features to make app development faster.
Microsoft Employee Diversity Numbers Fail To Impress
News  |  11/24/2015  | 
Microsoft's latest diversity report counts fewer women due to layoffs related to the restructuring of its phone business earlier this year.
McGraw-Hill Education Shows How Small Data Trumps Big
News  |  11/24/2015  | 
McGraw-Hill Education's chief digital officer has driven the company's effort to leverage small data to improve student outcomes, teacher insights, and curriculum improvements. Here's why small is better than big.
FAA Task Force Recommends Drone Pilot Registration
News  |  11/24/2015  | 
With drones becoming an increasingly common presence above our heads, an FAA task force is recommending a registration process for pilots.
Artificial Intelligence: 10 Things To Know
News  |  11/24/2015  | 
Andrew Moore, Dean of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, talks about artificial intelligence, robotics, and the future of education.
Windows 10 Enterprise Adoption Will Soar By 2017, Gartner Finds
News  |  11/23/2015  | 
Gartner is predicting the swift and broad enterprise adoption of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, thanks in part to pent-up demand for tablets. This is following similar patterns by Windows XP and Windows 7.
IBM SoftLayer Performance Less Impressive Than Claimed
News  |  11/23/2015  | 
VoltDB's latest cloud performance benchmark claims IBM SoftLayer is 3X faster than Amazon, but that's only true if you compare apples to oranges.
AccuWeather Storms Into Enterprise With Predictive Analytics
News  |  11/23/2015  | 
AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions' new D3 analytics business unit is predicting more than just the weather. It's capitalizing on what has become one of the company's fastest-growing businesses, predictive analytics-as-a-service, to help clients make business decisions. AccuWeather's chief commercial officer shared the details.
8 Hot Tech Jobs Getting Big Salary Bumps In 2016
Slideshows  |  11/23/2015  | 
Engineering jobs to mobile app developer positions are expected to post some of the largest salary gains in 2016, and some tech-related creative careers are not too far behind. Here's a look at eight of those hot jobs.
9 Scripting Languages You Need To Know
Slideshows  |  11/22/2015  | 
Scripting languages can bring new functions to applications and glue complex systems together. Here are nine that could hold the keys to your next project.
Data Skills Pay Off, Nate Silver Strikes Again: Big Data Roundup
News  |  11/22/2015  | 
Our Big Data Roundup for the week of Nov. 22 spotlights a hiring algorithm that's smarter than hiring managers, identifies which big data skills are worth the most in today's job market, explores whether Donald Trump has a chance to win the US presidential elections, and much more.
Microsoft, Volvo Partner To Sell Cars Using HoloLens
Commentary  |  11/21/2015  | 
Microsoft and Volvo show off their plans to make car buying a more virtual experience using Redmond's augmented reality headset.
Microsoft, HP Enterprise Partnership Focuses On Windows 10, Cloud & Mobility
News  |  11/20/2015  | 
Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise extend their partnership to offer cloud, mobility, and productivity solutions designed to broaden Windows 10 adoption.
Machines Beat Humans At Hiring Best Employees
News  |  11/20/2015  | 
The use of hiring analytics leads to better outcomes for companies, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study.
Amazon Adds Multi-Factor Authentication: Why Now?
Commentary  |  11/20/2015  | 
Amazon has quietly added support for multi-factor authentication for customers using its ecommerce site in the US. Why would the company do this now?
Google Turns To Diane Greene To Lead Cloud Effort
News  |  11/20/2015  | 
Google has picked a member of its board of directors, Diane Greene, to lead a "combined cloud" team in competing for enterprise business.
Containers March Into Mainstream With Security, Management Updates
Commentary  |  11/20/2015  | 
Containers are making unrelenting advances into production systems, thanks to better security and management platforms from the likes of Docker, HP, Red Hat, and VMware.
Best And Worst Tech Cities For Drivers
Slideshows  |  11/20/2015  | 
Your commute, whether it's bumper-to-bumper or a breeze, can play a major role in your work-life balance. It can extend or take away hours from time with family and friends. We count down the top tech cities that have the most and least traffic congestion.
IBM Aims To Bring Sports Venues Into The Digital Age
News  |  11/19/2015  | 
IBM has announced a consortium of architects, telecoms, and digital designers to bring immersive digital experiences to sporting and entertainment venues. Big Blue also launched a consulting service covering sports, entertainment, and experience.
Salesforce Posts Big Q3 Revenue Growth
News  |  11/19/2015  | 
Cloud-based enterprise software provider Salesforce reported strong revenue growth for the third quarter and raised its revenue guidance for the full year. Here are the details.
Paris Terror Attacks Renew Encryption Debate
Commentary  |  11/19/2015  | 
The terror attacks in Paris on November 13 have reignited a long-running debate about whether device makers and app developers should be required to give government agencies a backdoor or to hand over encryption keys.
8 iPhone Security Apps To Keep Your Data Safe
Slideshows  |  11/19/2015  | 
Keeping your iPhone safe from cracked screens and dings on the outside is hard enough, but with the rise of malware and hackers targeting your precious smartphone, you have to think about securing what's inside. Here are some apps to help you do that.
Microsoft Open Sources Visual Studio Code Beta
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
At its Connect(); conference, Microsoft offered tools that reach beyond Windows and reaffirmed its commitment to cross-platform development.
Gartner: Apple, Samsung Still Dominating Global Smartphone Sales
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
Stalwart market leaders Samsung and Apple maintained their leading positions during the third quarter of 2015, while Huawei posted surprisingly robust growth, according to Gartner.
Forrester: In The Cloud, The Big Get Bigger
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
Forrester says cloud challengers will have a hard time competing with incumbents in 2016. AWS, IBM, and Microsoft are "innovating like startups."
Nate Silver Predicts 2016 Presidential Race At Salesforce World Tour
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
Nate Silver, the world's most famous statistician, offered his perspectives on the news media, political polling, and what will happen in the 2016 US presidential election during a presentation at the Salesforce World Tour in New York today. Here's what he said.
Virtual Desktops Make The Grade At USC
Commentary  |  11/18/2015  | 
USC Viterbi School of Engineering is finding that VDI can replace computer labs for high-demand engineering students.
Salesforce Adds New Predictive Analytics To Marketing Cloud
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
Salesforce is rolling out new features to its Marketing Cloud this week, leveraging machine learning and data science to add real-time predictive customer scoring and audience segmentation. Here are the details.
IBM Watson Trend App: Big Data Meets Holiday Shopping
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
The IBM Watson Trend app aims to use big data to ease your holiday shopping. Available today online and in the Apple App Store, Big Blue's goal is to eventually to develop the app's capabilities to provide trend insights for enterprises as well as consumers.
TechHire Grants Aim To Make More IT Workers
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
The Department of Labor is offering $100 million to organizations that can teach needed tech skills.
Insider Threats: 10 Ways To Protect Your Data
Slideshows  |  11/18/2015  | 
While IT focuses on outside threats, danger lurks from within -- your employees. Whether intentional or unintentional, data breaches resulting from workers mishandling data can be prevented. Here's a look at 10 ways it can be done effectively.
Comic: Internet Of Annoying Things
Commentary  |  11/17/2015  | 
By the time the hype dies down, maybe the Internet of Things will be a reality.
Microsoft Uses Minecraft To Teach Kids To Code
Commentary  |  11/17/2015  | 
Microsoft has teamed with to roll out a Minecraft-themed coding tutorial as part of the annual Hour of Code. The event aims to inspire broader interest in programming and help create the next generation of coders.
Docker Tightens Security Over Container Vulnerabilities
News  |  11/17/2015  | 
Docker unveils three ways to make containers more secure, especially when code is changed during its update cycle.
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