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posted in August 2013
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Apple Launches iPhone Trade-In Program
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Apple joins host of other retailers that offer current iPhone owners sweet deals, just in time to capitalize on its new iPhone models due out in September.
Microsoft Greenlights Gag Order Lawsuit
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Citing free speech, Microsoft and Google proceed with lawsuits against government to allow the companies to publicly divulge more information about FISA requests for user data.
U.S., Canada Spectrum Agreements Expand Wireless Capacity
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
New international accords open new spectrum bands along Canadian border for business and government communications applications.
MOOCs No Slam Dunk For Virginia Commonwealth University
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Rather than jump headfirst into online education, VCU created a task force, surveyed students and faculty and wrote a long-range plan.
Vanderbilt Teases Students, Pleases Faculty With MOOCs
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Vanderbilt positions its massive open online courses as "educational outreach," not course replacements.
Social Media May Influence Your Credit Worthiness
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Some lenders look at how you interact with friends and customers on Facebook and Twitter to decide whether you're a good loan candidate.
MOOCs Proliferate Despite Unanswered Questions
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Universities investing in massive open online courses face an uncertain payoff.
Wesleyan's Secrets To Successful MOOCs
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Wesleyan University polls students regularly and avoids flashy Hollywood techniques to ensure its massive open online courses are effective without breaking the budget.
PC Sales Slump Continues
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Desktop and laptop shipments are even worse than expected, according to IDC, and they haven't yet hit rock bottom. Still, don't count PCs out.
Will MOOCs Massively Disrupt Higher Education?
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Even as they grow in popularity, massive open online courses prompt debates about their impact on students, business model and role in the future of education.
Nokia Connects Cars To Cloud With Here Auto
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Nokia banks on the future of constantly updated, Internet-connected maps with its cloud-based Here Auto in-dash navigation system.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Specs Emerge
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Samsung smartwatch will have oversize 2.5-inch screen but only 10 hours of battery life.
Nebula's Kemp Challenges VMware's Cloud Vision
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
Chris Kemp, former NASA CIO and OpenStack founder, says Nebula's server scale-out approach is superior to VMware's server-consolidation play to run next-gen applications.
Facebook Says User Data Is Price Of Admission
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
Social network clarifies it has the right to sell ads associated with user names and profile pictures without compensating the user.
Pearson Expands Online Adaptive Learning To Science, Business
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
Pearson will use Knewton's big-data technology to power its online tutoring service for college biology, anatomy/physiology, chemistry, physics, finance and accounting students.
U.S. Military Units Share IT, Save $1.2 Billion
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
Air Force, Army and Defense Information Systems Agency agree to share 100-Gbps backbone and regional security stacks, saving over $1 billion in future IT costs.
Tablet Sales Face Growing Threat From Smartwatches, Phablets
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
Tablets have eaten into the PC market, but will soon face their own competition from smartwatches and phablets, IDC predicts.
Grading Higher Education: Beware Pitfalls
Commentary  |  8/29/2013  | 
Obama administration's plan to tie financial aid to colleges' outcome data may be a system that's built to fail.
Twitter Intros Facebook-Style Conversation Feature
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
Twitter plays catch-up to Facebook with the launch of a better threaded commenting system, new mobile features.
How To Attract Young Talent: 10 Tips
Commentary  |  8/29/2013  | 
To attract bright younger workers to your organization, you need to push the tech envelope. Here's how.
Android VP Barra Exits For Chinese Smartphone Maker
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
Hugo Barra leaves Google's Android team to join Xiaomi, a three-year old company valued at about $10 billion that expects to sell 20 million devices this year.
Education IT Talent Development: Who Needs It, Anyway?
Commentary  |  8/29/2013  | 
Universities can tap students, consultants and even offshore labor to fill work gaps, so why bother grooming staff? There are plenty of reasons.
BlackBerry Q10 Fails To Entice Buyers
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
The BlackBerry Q10, with its QWERTY keyboard, was expected to rekindle BlackBerry sales. Instead, consumers ignored it.
MOOC Math Students Beat On-Campus Pass Rate
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Udacity-San Jose State MOOC partnership, paused over poor early results, turns a corner and will resume.
Google Glass Gets Road Test
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Traffic data provider Inrix believes Google Glass has a future on the highway.
Cloud Security: Why Auditors Are Part Of The Problem
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
IT must face the hard reality that compliance rules are stuck in the past -- and forge ahead anyway. Here's how.
CIO Profiles: Manish Kapoor Of NuStar Energy
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Tech vendors should behave more like business partners, says this CIO.
9 Ways Parallels Access Makes Your iPad Better
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Access allows iPad users to run applications on remote OS X and Windows computers through Apple's tablets.
Hire Goats, Not Outside DevOps Engineers
Commentary  |  8/28/2013  | 
Tap the curious, hungry individuals inside your company to change the culture between software developers and other IT pros.
Mobile BI: Native App Or Browser?
Commentary  |  8/28/2013  | 
Aberdeen research shows that for companies with a well-developed mobile ecosystem, native apps are the way to go. Here's why.
Disruptive Education Advocate Encouraged By Obama Focus
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Christensen Institute's Michael Horn says Obama college ratings proposal could be valuable without link to student financial aid.
DARPA Creates Cloud Using Smartphones
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency tests software that turns mobile devices into cloud-like communication networks on the battlefield.
Nokia, Microsoft Plan New Windows RT Tablets
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Both Nokia and Microsoft prep new Windows RT tablets with formidable features -- and in Nokia's case, formidable prices.
Google Slashes Price On Nexus 4 Smartphone
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Google shaves smartphone price by $100, also expands availability of Nexus 7 tablet to U.K.
Moto X Manufacturing Cost Runs $226
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Motorola pays $5 more per device to build its Moto X smartphone in the United States, say analysts.
20 Great Ideas To Steal In 2013
Slideshows  |  8/27/2013  | 
IT innovators turn great ideas into action. Use these winning InformationWeek 500 projects to spark your creativity and advance your plans.
Top 10 Government IT Innovators Of 2013
Slideshows  |  8/27/2013  | 
From low-cost open-source tech tools to better citizen services, government IT staffs show how creative -- and cost conscious -- they can be.
Windows 8.1 Released To Manufacturers
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
Microsoft puts Windows 8.1 in PC and tablet makers' hands. But according to Forrester analyst, there might not be many customers waiting.
Build Richer Customer Relationships Using 'Small Data'
Commentary  |  8/27/2013  | 
Treat your customers like people, not marketing segments. The key: pay attention to tweets, Facebook posts and other data that can help personalize the relationship.
Where Do Data Scientists Come From?
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
Data experts aren't uniformly distributed around the globe. Prepare to be surprised at some of the best countries and cities for data expertise.
Facebook Expands Shared Photo Albums
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
Facebook's newest feature lets selected friends add images to a shared photo album. Here's how it works -- and how to keep it private.
Stop Cyberbullying: 5 Tips
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
Cyberbullying victims face harassment long after the school day ends. Here's how to protect students from online tormentors.
Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
Commentary  |  8/27/2013  | 
Yes, our organization is heavily invested in Microsoft products, but here's why the CEO's exit won't keep me up at night.
LG Claims New Tablet Is 'Just Right'
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
LG teases G Pad 8.3, which splits the difference between 7-inch and 10-inch tablets.
Dell Updates Business Ultrabooks, Laptops
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
With its durable but svelte Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks, Dell hopes to energize its enterprise PC sales while promoting its new software and services capabilities.
Samsung Confirms Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
Samsung will debut wearable computer Sept. 4, says exec, but it may not yet be ready for consumers.
VMware: Software-Defined Networking Without 'Rip And Replace'
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
NSX software will overlay existing hardware to produce virtual networks, says VMware networking CTO Martin Casado.
Rackspace Challenges VMware With 'Host Anywhere' Strategy
News  |  8/26/2013  | 
Not every VMware customer wants a VMware public cloud, says Rackspace CMO and former VMware exec Rick Jackson. That's where Rackspace comes in.
Google Explains Chromecast Changes
News  |  8/26/2013  | 
Despite claim that it will shut out small developers, Google insists it wants Chromecast video-streaming apps for local content.
Ballmer's Legacy Still Incomplete
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Clearly, Ballmer had to go. But will Microsoft's "device and services" plan seem any more viable once a new CEO takes over?
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