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posted in July 2012
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Our Sad Future: Take Your Robot To Your Room Or Else
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Robot problems? Here's a glimpse of some of the things that go down at Blackhat and DefCon.
Google Catches Wildfire For Social Marketing
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Wildfire Interactive gives Google a social media marketing component to round out its advertising and analytics offerings.
HTC One X: Big Screen In Thin, Fast Phone
Slideshows  |  7/31/2012  | 
HTC's new HTC One X packages a big, beautiful screen in a thin and light phone. Although not perfect, it's a compelling smart phone we'd consider buying ourselves.
The Enterprise 2.0 Backlog: 100 Ideas
Commentary  |  7/31/2012  | 
Some of the ideas on this list are quirky, but they'll get your creative juices flowing as you dive into the execution phase of the E2.0 revolution.
Census Releases Data Through New API
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Agencies, businesses, and individual developers can create apps using census statistics on population, age, gender, race, education, occupations, and more.
Vanguard Names New IT Chief In Exec Shuffle
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Vanguard, which often flips execs between business and IT, named a former IT exec the new top investment officer.
Marketing Services Simplify Social Post Timing
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Sprout Social and HootSuite both add automation and optimization for social post timing. HootSuite also introduces bidirectional integrations with Zendesk, Evernote, and Storify.
The Upside Of Conflict
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Don't shrug off conflict in your IT team as just a sign of poorly matched personalities. Instead, turn office struggles around to create a more productive IT shop.
CIA Invests In Broadband Wireless Chips
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Technology can help cover gaps in cell network coverage.
Informatica Adds Integration Options As Cloud Demand Multiplies
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Independent data-integration vendor adds templates, developer's tools, and prebuilt connectors for Eloqua, NetSuite, and Workday cloud apps.
5 Ways To Benefit From Big Data
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Big data can make all the difference in a successful CRM strategy, but it can be overwhelming. Here's how sales and marketing organizations can put big data insights to work for your customers and your business.
iPhone 5, iPad Mini Launch Date Revealed?
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Consumers eager to own Apple's next-generation mobile products may not have to wait much longer.
Apple Vs. Samsung: Opening Day In $2.5 Billion Case
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Samsung fears shadow of Steve Jobs will influence jurors in the heart of Apple country. Judge Koh says no and go; jury selection tries to move case forward.
4G Case Turns iPod Touch Into an iPhone
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
The FreedomPop case for the iPod Touch gives it 4G connectivity and the company provides a free plan. Add a VoIP service like Skype and you've got the equivalent of an iPhone. The case is actually a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to eight other devices.
Why Hasn't Hyper-V Achieved World Domination Yet?
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Microsoft is falling down on its patented copy/embed/propaganda formula. Where's Bill Gates when you need him?
Druva Marries Backup And Sharing
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
With inSync, the cloud provider mixes and matches capabilities. After all, who decided storage services have to be siloed?
National Lab Replaces Supercomputer With Newer, Faster Model
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Argonne National Laboratory's new 'Mira' takes on climate studies and other major scientific challenges at 8 petaflops, third fastest computer performance in the world.
Report: Apple To Announce iPhone 5 Sept. 12
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
If reports are accurate, Apple will announce and release its larger-screened iPhone and smaller-screened iPad in September, weeks earlier than expected.
Tired Of Security Problems? Change Rules Of Writing Code
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Security researcher Dan Kaminsky says rewriting the rules of computer science is the way to avoid bugs, attacks, and other vulnerabilities.
IBM Cements $1 Billion Outsourcing Deal With Cemex
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Debt-laden concrete supplier says hand-off of tech and back office systems to Big Blue will slash operating costs by $100 million per year.
Is Population Health Management Latest Health IT Fad?
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Several thought leaders are pushing the PHM approach to healthcare, but we need more sophisticated EHRs and clinical analytics systems to make it a reality.
Apple-Samsung Case Hurts You, Me, The Economy
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Both companies deserve our wrath as their patent trial gets under way. Why? They're propagating an intellectual property war with immense collateral damage.
Personal Health Record Handbook Designed To Energize Providers
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
To light a fire under clinicians, a new guide from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality extols the virtues of interactive PHRs and outlines steps for successful implementation.
The Death Of 'Open'
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Apple controls everything from your hands to your head. Google and Microsoft are moving in that direction, too. Here's what the end of tech populism means for the mobile ecosystem.
Good, Bad And Ugly Of Fingerprint Scanning
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Apple's recent purchase of Authentec points toward the possibility of a fingerprint-secured iPad. There are some advantages to the technology, some disadvantages, and some dangers.
IW 500 Conference CIOs Take Different Paths
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
There is no 'one size fits all' strategy when it comes to enterprise IT. Listen and learn as a powerhouse lineup of CIOs at the InformationWeek 500 conference describe the tactics they used to help their companies stay ahead.
Oracle Buys Xsigo To Boost Cloud Prowess
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Oracle nabs networking virtualization technology for simple, flexible connections to servers, storage, and networks.
Why McKinsey Values Social Economy At Up To $1.3 Trillion
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Impact of public social media is important, but McKinsey study sees two-thirds of the value coming from social business collaboration within and between businesses.
Long Island Railroad Rolls Out NFC Pilot Project
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Soon, commuters on the Long Island Rail Road might be able to use their smart phones to pay for passes. Test stations have been rolled out in the first step of an ambitious plan to use near field communications (NFC) for payments and information.
Windows 8 Gets Touch-Compatible Mice, Keyboards
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new Sculpt and Wedge lines of peripherals will make it easier to navigate through Windows 8 touch menus, but the convenience comes at a price.
Feds Make Hospital, Nursing Home Comparisons Easier
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
New online features from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services give patients and their families easy access to vital performance and safety information for hospitals and nursing homes.
Minnesota Taps IBM For Health Insurance Exchange
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
IBM's Curam Social Program Management platform will verify Minnesotans' eligibility for healthcare coverage through the state's HIX.
Physician Social Media Platform Marries Data Mining Company
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Healthcare data collection firm WorldOne buys Sermo to build a community of 350,000 U.S. doctors.
SAP's Ugly (ByDesign) Baby Gets Prettier
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
In a sign of progress for SAP's fledgling cloud strategy, SAP improves its Business ByDesign suite, scores a big customer over Workday and Oracle, and prepares a cloud-based financials product.
Xerox Promotes Cloud Services For SMBs
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Xerox Cloud applies enterprise services know-how to give small and midsize businesses what they need, says Xerox's Rob Schilperoort.
Will Olympics Streaming Video Take Your Network Down?
News  |  7/28/2012  | 
If Michael Phelps swims his way toward medal history, people will be able to see it as it happens on their computers. For the first time, NBCUniversal is streaming live all 302 events and all 32 sports of the Olympics. Can your network handle it?
VMware's System Management Push: CA, BMC, HP Push Back
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Traditional systems management vendors lock horns with VMware as it trespasses into their space. In some cases, they remain the better option, say users.
Company Policy Be Damned: Employees Love Dropbox
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Thirty-one percent of IT pros say their users frequently use Dropbox, according to a new survey. Half the respondents think it's led to loss or theft of confidential documents. Forbidding employees from using such services isn't practical anymore. DCS--data-centric security--could be the answer.
How Hadoop Cuts Big Data Costs
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Hadoop systems, including hardware and software, cost about $1,000 a terabyte, or as little as one-twentieth the cost of other data management technologies, says Cloudera exec.
4 Ways To Foster Greater Accountability On IT Teams
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Convincing IT workers to step up to the plate takes more than cash incentives. Here's how to get them to take on more responsibility.
5 Black Hat Security Lessons For CIOs
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Beyond the bearded coders and men in black suits was a trove of security best practices for enterprise IT.
Apple Swipes Fingerprint Security Company AuthenTec
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Could we soon see an iPad or iPhone or Mac from Apple that uses fingerprints for authentication?
AMA: Fold IT Tools Into Physician Profiling
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
The American Medical Association wants health insurers to standardize their doctor profiles and include clinical data from electronic health records; many carriers still balk.
Harvard's Connected Health Docs Service Fortune 500 Clients
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Partners Healthcare specialists will work with CHS Healthcare Services, a large onsite clinic operator, to provide telemedicine services to its corporate clients.
7 Deadly Sins Of Big Data Users
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Sloth, negligence, gluttony...and that's just the beginning. Consider these common mistakes organizations make when assessing the meaning of large amounts of data.
Apple's Authentec Buy Hints At Secure iPad
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
$356 million acquisition of biometrics specialist suggests Apple might be getting serious about the enterprise client market.
Apple Mountain Lion And iOS: Living In Sync
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Now that Mountain Lion offers iMessage and iOS-like notifications, is keeping everything in sync really all it's cracked up to be?
Samsung, Apple Widen Lead In Smartphone Race
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Samsung and Apple both gained ground on their smartphone competitors, while Chinese firm ZTE jumped into the top five vendors.
4 Ways Ford Is Exploring Next-Gen Car Tech
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
InformationWeek 500 Conference preview: Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas will discuss how the automaker is making software an ever more important part of the vehicle.
Microsoft Investigates Azure Outage In Europe
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Azure compute service disappears for 2.5 hours in West Europe region; cloud experts downplay possible Olympics connection.
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