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Samsung Mobile CEO Out As Smartphone Sales Sag
Commentary  |  12/1/2015  | 
The change in leadership reflects Samsung's loss of faith in J.K. Shin after sales of the Samsung Galaxy S6 fell far short of expectations.
Richard Stallman Is Not The Father Of Open Source
Commentary  |  12/1/2015  | 
Richard Stallman is absolutely certain of many things. One of them is that he is not the father of open source software.
Comic: Virtual Reality Offers Second Chances
Commentary  |  12/1/2015  | 
Miss the perfect joke? Screw up in a meeting? Virtual reality offers you a second chance.
LiFi: Wireless At Light Speed Comes With Drawbacks
Commentary  |  11/30/2015  | 
Researchers say LED light bulbs can deliver broadband speeds up to 1Gbps, but the line-of-sight requirement makes it a tough sell.
BlackBerry May Exit Pakistan Over Backdoor Security Demands
Commentary  |  11/30/2015  | 
BlackBerry is threatening to leave Pakistan within the next month if the government keeps insisting on backdoor access to the company's messaging service.
USB Type-C: Not All Cables Are Created Equal
Commentary  |  11/28/2015  | 
The USB Type-C connector is designed to replace data transfer, charging, and video connectors. However, not all cables support the same functionality. Using a low quality cable can result in serious damage to some devices, especially laptops.
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.
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.
Windows 10 November Update Returns After Privacy-Setting Glitch
Commentary  |  11/25/2015  | 
After pulling its Windows 10 November update after reported problems with some users' privacy settings preferences, Microsoft reinstates the update.
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.
Microsoft Pulls Its November Windows 10 Update
Commentary  |  11/24/2015  | 
About nine days after releasing its first major November update for Windows 10, Microsoft is yanking the downloadable version and replacing it with the build released originally in July.
HP, Titan Partner On Smartwatch
Commentary  |  11/24/2015  | 
HP and Titan plan to create a wearable that's compatible with both Google's Android Wear and Apple's watchOS.
Yahoo Mail Ad-Blocking Move Angers Users
Commentary  |  11/23/2015  | 
Earlier this month, Yahoo began blocking some Yahoo Mail users if they had ad-blocking software turned on. Yahoo has been struggling to keep its Mail users, but the move has been derided on social media.
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.
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?
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.
Google Tests Streaming Apps From The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/19/2015  | 
In a bid to make content that's buried in apps searchable, Google will stream apps to Android smartphones.
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.
Apple Pay, Samsung Pay Push Into More Markets
Commentary  |  11/18/2015  | 
Apple and Samsung are looking abroad to increase adoption of their respective mobile payment services.
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.
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.
Google Voice Search Now Groks Meaning Behind Queries
Commentary  |  11/17/2015  | 
An update to Google voice search improves its ability to understand complex inquiries.
Apple's Tim Cook: No Mac, iPad Convergence Plans
Commentary  |  11/16/2015  | 
In an interview with an Irish newspaper Apple CEO Tim Cook said there are no plans to create a Mac and iPad hybrid.
Huawei: New Battery Charging Process Is 10X Faster
Commentary  |  11/16/2015  | 
Huawei's new process is 10 times faster at delivering a charge than current methods, which could make battery life practically irrelevant.
Google Self-Driving Cars: 10 Reasons They Go So Slowly
Commentary  |  11/15/2015  | 
A Google autonomous car was pulled over by police for driving below the speed limit. Why can't they go faster? We explore several theories.
Apple HomeKit Gets First Smoke Detector
Commentary  |  11/14/2015  | 
First Alert rolls out the first smoke/carbon monoxide detector using HomeKit, Apple's smart home platform.
iPad Pro, Accessories: Prepare To Wait
Commentary  |  11/14/2015  | 
The iPad Pro is trickling out to Apple Stores this week, but the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are lagging behind badly.
Firefox For iPhone, iPad Finally Available
Commentary  |  11/13/2015  | 
Mozilla's pioneering Web browser is now available for iOS devices, but it's a shadow of its desktop self. Mozilla can still influence Web standards and open technology, but its meekness in the mobile world leaves technology users with choices that all look very similar.
Facebook Sees Surge In Government Requests For User Data
Commentary  |  11/12/2015  | 
Facebook's latest Global Government Requests Report shows that worldwide government requests for data and the number of pieces of content restricted continue to rise.
SAP Unfolds Jam Roadmap With Collaboration In Mind
Commentary  |  11/12/2015  | 
SAP Jam may be the most popular unknown collaboration software in the enterprise. This week SAP shared their vision for its future.
Mobile Apps Shape Future Of IT Education
Commentary  |  11/12/2015  | 
How will the next generation learn about technology? MIT professor Hal Abelson explains his approach and a new course for modern teachers and educational consultants.
iPad Pro Reviews: Not A Laptop Killer
Commentary  |  11/11/2015  | 
Early reviews of the Apple iPad Pro laud its screen and pen technology, but lament the Smart Keyboard and lack of app optimization.
Comcast Resets 200,000 Compromised Email Passwords, But Questions Remain
Commentary  |  11/10/2015  | 
Comcast has reset the passwords for about 200,000 email accounts that appeared for sale on the Dark Web. However, there are a lot of questions about what the company knows and if there's more information out there to take.
Comic: Big Data's Big Problem
Commentary  |  11/10/2015  | 
If good data is going in and bad results are coming out, then maybe your algorithms are garbage.
Is 'Private' Enterprise WiFi Obsolete?
Commentary  |  11/10/2015  | 
Private enterprise WiFi arose during the time of strong network perimeters and weak internal security. It's now time to rethink.
Government's Digital Efforts Trail Private Sector's
Commentary  |  11/10/2015  | 
Globally, government leaders surveyed by Deloitte reported that they are behind the private sector when it comes to "going digital." Here's what CIOs and other government IT officials can take away from the report to aid in their own push for digital transformation.
FCC Refuses To Force Google, Facebook To Stop Tracking You
Commentary  |  11/9/2015  | 
The FCC's dismissal of Consumer Watchdog's petition to require companies including Google, Facebook, Netflix, and LinkedIn to honor "Do not track" requests was a blow to privacy advocates. But it was the smart call.
10 Things The New Star Trek Series Needs
Commentary  |  11/8/2015  | 
A new Star Trek series is set to launch, and the highly opinionated fan base will be watching carefully. What is needed to make the series as good as we hope?
Trojanized Adware Floods Third-Party Android App Stores
Commentary  |  11/7/2015  | 
New security research from Lookout suggests that several strains of trojanized adware are targeting third-party Android app stores. The safe bet is to use Google Play.
BlackBerry's Priv Android Phone Earns Praise, Put-Downs
Commentary  |  11/7/2015  | 
Early reviews for the BlackBerry Priv, the company's first Android smartphone, are all over the map, but most agree the keyboard is only so-so and the software is buggy.
Android, Chrome OS Merger: Why It Makes Sense
Commentary  |  11/6/2015  | 
Google has not confirmed reports that it intended to merge Chrome OS and Android. Is the idea really that far-fetched? Here's how the resulting products of such a marriage would be beneficial to users and the enterprise.
Microsoft, Red Hat Alliance Shows Growing Cloud Influence
Commentary  |  11/6/2015  | 
Red Hat and Microsoft, archenemies of yesteryear, bury the hatchet and vow to work together to make hybrid cloud computing easier.
FCC Fines Hilton, Others In WiFi-Blocking Crackdown
Commentary  |  11/5/2015  | 
This week, the FCC fined two companies, including the Hilton Hotels chain, for obstructing an investigation into its alleged blocking of personal WiFi hot spots. It's the latest salvo in a battle that needs to be fought.
Apple Watch Shipments Reach 7 Million
Commentary  |  11/5/2015  | 
The Apple Watch continues to redefine the wearables market. Apple has shipped more smartwatches in the last two quarters than all other vendors have combined.
Is Your Company Underpaying You?
Commentary  |  11/5/2015  | 
Most of us think we're underpaid, but are we really? If our own employers armed us with the right information, we'd all be better off.
Firefox 42 Blocks Tracking Ads, Enhances Private Browsing
Commentary  |  11/4/2015  | 
Mozilla's Firefox 42 includes advanced protection against tracking ads, analytics trackers, and social share buttons.
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