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posted in August 2014
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US Open Tennis: 7 Technologies Power Game, Set, Match
Slideshows  |  8/30/2014  | 
The US Open upgrades its tech for 2014 with new data sets, improved analytics, and immersive mobile apps backed by IBM predictive cloud infrastructure.
Apple iPhone 6: Mobile Payments Pioneer?
News  |  8/30/2014  | 
Apple's latest iPhone could help bring mobile payments to the mainstream.
Microsoft Enhances OneDrive Mobile Apps
News  |  8/29/2014  | 
As the cloud storage wars rage on, Microsoft looks to make OneDrive and OneDrive for Business more cohesive, starting on Android.
Facebook News Feeds To Get Event Ads
News  |  8/29/2014  | 
Facebook's newest ad unit lets businesses promote events within users' news feeds. Here's what to expect.
Red Hat Counters VMware With OpenStack Software Appliance
News  |  8/29/2014  | 
Red Hat offers test drive appliance to gain OpenStack users, enhances its production version, moves to manage Amazon, Microsoft workloads.
California Smartphone Kill-Switch Law: What It Means
News  |  8/29/2014  | 
Do you understand the consequences of California's new smartphone anti-theft law? Our FAQ will clear up the confusion.
Geekend: Fight Zombies, Or Go To Mars?
Commentary  |  8/29/2014  | 
It's the most divisive question in all of geekdom: What do you do when the zombies invade?
IT Vs. Seth Meyers: 5 Great IT Jokes
Commentary  |  8/29/2014  | 
Readers responded to a call for IT humor with a pile of jokes and stories, in anticipation of Late Night host Seth Meyers’ keynote at Interop. Here are 5 that stood out.
NIST Drafts Mobile App Security Guidelines
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
National Institute for Standards and Technology issues first draft of guidelines intended to help federal agencies balance benefits and risks of third-party mobile apps.
HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers Crank Up Power
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
HP tries to grow its lead in server market with ProLiant Gen9 servers that offer more computing power and lower costs.
Twitter Analytics Now Available To Everyone
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
All Twitter users can access a detailed report on their followers and individual tweets, including impressions, clicks, and engagement. Here's what you need to know.
Workday Q&A: COO Talks Oracle, SAP
Commentary  |  8/28/2014  | 
Workday COO Mike Stankey claims his firm has a three- to five-year tech lead on Oracle and SAP because the cloud is "more than a destination and a pricing model."
UPMC CIO Dan Drawbaugh Moves On
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
Drawbaugh, whose inventive approach to healthcare IT and revenue creation earned UPMC a No. 1 ranking in the 2013 InformationWeek 500, is leaving his role after 18 years.
LG, Samsung Debut Smartwatches, Apple Lurks
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
LG's G Watch R and Samsung's Gear S do little to shake up the wearable market. Perhaps Apple's upcoming device will.
VMware: VMs And Containers Better Together
Commentary  |  8/28/2014  | 
VMware takes pains to say that Linux containers will complement, not replace, virtual machines.
Social Media Bites Its Tongue
Commentary  |  8/28/2014  | 
Pew Research finds that social media users are less likely to voice opinions face-to-face if they believe their Facebook followers would disagree. Call it surveillance fallout.
IBM Watson Speeds Drug Research
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
IBM Watson moves from supplying known answers to tough questions to making its own discoveries in life sciences and pharmaceutical research.
Magpi Explores Data Collection's Final Frontier
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
Washington DC-based firm brings mobile data-gathering tools to the remotest places on Earth.
8 Things We Want In iPhone 6
Slideshows  |  8/28/2014  | 
What features rank as most wanted in Apple's soon-to-debut iPhone? Let's talk battery, camera, display, and more.
Former Acting HHS Cybersecurity Chief Guilty Of Child Porn
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
Timothy DeFoggi faces 20 years to life after jury takes two hours to convict him in federal court.
Dropbox Expands The Box
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
Dogged by competition, Dropbox now gives subscribers 1 TB for $10 a month, but backing up data to an external hard drive is still cheaper.
HealthCare.gov Names Counihan Its First CEO
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
Kevin Counihan, who ran Connecticut's successful state-based health insurance exchange, becomes HealthCare.gov's leader.
Who Wins In Cloud Price Wars?
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
Short answer: not IT. Enterprises don't want bare-bones IaaS for the same reasons they don't buy $299 PCs at Wal-Mart. Providers must focus on support, not undercutting rivals.
Apple Preps Jumbo iPad
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
iPad-maker will pitch the tablet to businesses as a potential laptop replacement.
Tricorder XPrize: 10 Finalist Prototypes
Slideshows  |  8/27/2014  | 
The XPrize competition promises to make Star Trek's Tricorder a reality of sorts, with the winning device a compact sensor for vital signs and a variety of diseases. Check out these mockups from the 10 finalists.
VMware COO Clarifies Focus
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
In an interview, COO Carl Eschenbach explains how VMware plans to outstrip the competition and why it's offering OpenStack.
Ohio State Agencies Embrace Private Cloud
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
Ohio forced state agencies to consolidate IT infrastructure and coordinate IT goals, resulting in fewer staffers and lower costs.
The Internet Of Overhyped Things
Commentary  |  8/27/2014  | 
Vendors and analysts would have us believe that the Internet of Things is imminent. In fact it will be years before the obstacles it faces can be surmounted.
APT Equals FUD
Commentary  |  8/27/2014  | 
The term "advanced persistent threat" is the latest incarnation of fear, uncertainty, and doubt that plagues the security industry.
CIOs In Training: 3 Factors For Success
Commentary  |  8/27/2014  | 
At Interop New York, I'll reveal some secrets about getting to -- and staying in -- the CIO's chair.
Steerage To The Stars: The Cheapsat Revolution
Slideshows  |  8/27/2014  | 
As the cost of putting small digital satellites in orbit continues to fall, what can these little explorers do? Businesses, agencies, and scientists want in.
Windows Threshold May Merge Windows Phone, RT
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
Microsoft's upcoming Windows Threshold operating system reportedly will merge Windows Phone and Windows RT into one user interface for ARM-based mobile devices.
Facebook Click-Bait Crackdown, Explained
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
You'll never believe what happens next! Facebook imposes new content standards for businesses that use click-bait tactics.
National Health Database: Good Medicine Or Privacy Nightmare?
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
State health information exchanges could eventually pool patient data into a vast national database, but privacy advocates have significant concerns.
Verizon VoLTE, HD Voice Coming Soon
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
Verizon says its new Voice over LTE service will offer 4G customers better voice quality and instant video chats.
GE Powers Internet Of Agriculture
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
GE helps grain-equipment company TempuTech put sensors, big-data analysis, and cloud-based reporting to work with an Internet of Things service.
Location Tracking: 6 Social App Settings To Check
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
Popular social apps, including Facebook, Google, Foursquare, and Twitter, may track your every move. Get the lowdown -- and instructions for turning off these options.
Why VMware Is Embracing OpenStack
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
VMware is going to unusual lengths to work with open source cloud technology at the same time that it's trying to establish its own hybrid cloud service. What's going on?
10 Ways To Strengthen Healthcare Security
Slideshows  |  8/26/2014  | 
As recent hacks show, keeping a healthcare organization safe from security threats takes planning, technical expertise, and business knowledge. Has your team taken these 10 steps?
Why Federal Agencies Lag Behind On Mobile Tech
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
Dearth of government-wide mobile policies hurt agencies' rollout of new mobile technologies, says Defense Information Systems Agency chief.
9 Ways To Enhance Google Apps With Unified Communications
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
There's no shortage of ways to communicate. Unifying the many communications channels can help you keep it all straight.
Patient Portals: Strategies For Engaging Users
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
To qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use, 5% of your patients must access their own medical records. Here's how to make sure that happens.
Microsoft Windows As A Service Planned?
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
Microsoft may be working on a cloud-based version of Windows to go alongside Office 365. What would be in it for customers?
Mobile Health Apps Have Role In Ebola Crisis
Commentary  |  8/25/2014  | 
Mobile health apps could play a bigger role than they have to date in speeding the response to a global health crisis.
When Big Data & Infants' Privacy Collide
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
Technology allows researchers to discover newborns' genetic secrets, but the long-term repercussions worry some parents and privacy advocates.
Does eBay Fit In Instant Gratification Economy?
Commentary  |  8/25/2014  | 
What's left for a company that matched the perfect item with a faraway buyer now that consumers are demanding it here and now?
Analytics For All, No Data Scientists Needed
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
While there's a role for Ph.D.-level experts, the real power is in making advanced analysis work for mainstream -- often Excel-wielding -- business users. Here's how.
Navy's CANES Contract: Network Virtualization At Sea
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
US Navy Awards CANES contracts, valued at $2.5 billion, begins network consolidation, cyber defense upgrades.
Samsung, LG Tease New Hardware
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
The next few weeks will see a number of new smartphones and wearable devices from Samsung, LG, Sony, Apple, and others.
VMware Debuts EVO: RAIL
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
VMware's EVO: RAIL serves as a small, flexible building block to simplify and streamline creation and deployment of virtualized environments, private clouds.
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