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Content posted in December 2012
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Mobile Device Biometrics: The Eyes Have It
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
When people think biometric security, they think verification through fingerprints or voice. A company called EyeVerify is working on software to bring eye vein verification to your smartphone, providing a safe way to conduct banking transactions as well as other BYOD functions.
Does Microsoft Really Need To Make Its Own Hardware?
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
Without some fundamental added value, Microsoft's hardware offerings are likely to go the way of the Zune.
4 Smartphone Upgrade Pitfalls For SMBs
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
It's smartphone upgrade time, and my Android is falling apart right on cue. Here are some mistakes I'm hoping to avoid when choosing my next device.
Nokia Lumia 920: Close, But No Cigar
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
I spent a few not particularly pleasant weeks with Microsoft's latest effort to achieve mobile relevance.
Silicon Valley Needs To Get Out More
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
The next great technology problems to solve are out there in rail yards, power plants and farm fields. If Silicon Valley is going to drive this "Internet of things," it needs to build closer ties with companies in established industries.
Big Backup Challenge Of Medium-Size Data Centers
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
Heavy on virtualization, but stuck with a legacy backup solution? Here's how to choose a virtualization-friendly backup app.
Mark Hurd Interview: Oracle Leading Or Following?
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
Oracle President Mark Hurd talks strategy with InformationWeek's Fritz Nelson and some CIO customers. Watch the interview and read our analysis.
Apple Vs. Samsung Returns To Court
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
Apple and Samsung revisit the courtroom to debate several major issues involved in their patent dispute, which Apple won. The eventual outcome may reverberate through the smartphone industry.
Social Networks Continue Push For Control
Commentary  |  12/5/2012  | 
The Internet was supposed to facilitate direct connections between individuals and disempower gatekeepers. Instead, it has become a massive man-in-the-middle attack.
CIOs As Rainmakers: The New Meme, Deconstructed
Commentary  |  12/5/2012  | 
When your CEO or CFO asks you to be a rainmaker, it's a call for help. Wrap it all in context and respond in a holistic way.
Schmidt: Apple, Google Waging A Cold War
Commentary  |  12/5/2012  | 
Google chairman Eric Schmidt says don't oversimplify this complicated relationship -- and don't look for the patent fights to end soon.
Always Connected, But Always Distracted
Commentary  |  12/4/2012  | 
Take a step back and ask what's more important: taking in what's online or taking in what's right in front of you?
Why Eloqua Has the Right Stuff
Commentary  |  12/4/2012  | 
Marketing automation platform broadens its appeal for social media managers.
Cloud Collaboration Tools: Big Hopes, Big Needs
Commentary  |  12/4/2012  | 
Cloud-based collaboration tools give enterprises valuable advantages, but vendors must step up now to answer some key questions on security and integration.
4 Steps To Build A BYOD Business Case
Commentary  |  12/4/2012  | 
Use these strategies to gather the support you'll need for a successful bring-your-own-device program.
What Windows 8.1 Must Be
Commentary  |  12/4/2012  | 
Windows 8 Desktop Mode is not usable on conventional desktops and notebooks, but the problem is clearly fixable and Microsoft will see the wisdom of this before too long. Close your eyes and imagine that it's well into 2013 and Microsoft is preparing their first update to Windows 8, in which they address widespread complaints about it.
Google In 2013: 11 Predictions
Commentary  |  12/3/2012  | 
Google Glass won't shine, but the company as a whole will thrive in 2013. See if you agree with our predictions.
CIO Strategy: 5 Ways To Transform Your 2013
Commentary  |  12/3/2012  | 
Take the reins in these key areas and you will win a place back at the big table in leading your company's technology efforts.
SAP Clings To A Dated Cloud Apps Strategy
Commentary  |  12/3/2012  | 
As cloud vendors Salesforce.com, NetSuite and Workday look toward larger companies, SAP courts small and midsize firms.
Will iPads Get Intel CPUs or Macs Get ARM?
Commentary  |  12/2/2012  | 
Rumors have been spreading that Apple will shift their Macs to ARM processors and that Intel will make them. It's more likely that Apple and Intel will compromise and move higher-end systems, including the iPad, to Intel architectures. Moving the iPhone won't make as much sense.
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