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Visa Debuts Developer Platform
News  |  2/5/2016  | 
As digital transactions reshape the payment industry, Visa wants to make sure developers use its technology.
Cisco Bets Big On IoT With $1.4 B Jasper Buy
News  |  2/5/2016  | 
Cisco is acquiring Jasper Technologies, developer of an Internet of Things cloud platform, for $1.4 billion. The move further pushes Cisco toward its transformation into a software company.
Canonical Unveils Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet
News  |  2/4/2016  | 
Canonical's tablet arrives in Q2 to face a challenging market for such devices. But the company says its offering delivers a true tablet experience, along with the full Ubuntu desktop experience.
NASA Denies Hackers Hijacked Its Drone
News  |  2/2/2016  | 
The space agency insists AnonSec didn't commandeer a NASA Global Hawk drone, but it's still looking into claims its network was hacked.
Computer Science For All: Obama Unveils Initiative For US Students
News  |  2/2/2016  | 
Computer science is no longer an optional skill, says President Barack Obama. The new Computer Science for All initiative represents an extension of ongoing efforts by the White House to improve the availability of, and access to, K-12 education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Google Parent Alphabet Dethrones Apple As Most Valuable Company
News  |  2/2/2016  | 
Alphabet's overall earnings results were better than expected, passing Apple as the most valuable company in the world. Google accounted for all but a sliver of its parent company's revenue.
10 Productivity Tools To Help You Win At Work
Slideshows  |  2/1/2016  | 
There is no shortage of productivity tools -- some great, some not so great -- to help you get the job done. Life's too short to use bad software. Here are 10 tools to make online life better.
Flu Forecasting App Helps Your Boss, Marketers Plan Ahead
News  |  1/31/2016  | 
Sickweather has released a disease forecast API to developers. The potential market for such information includes healthcare professionals, employers, and even the advertising industry.
Google Taps Machine Learning To Make Smartphones Smarter
News  |  1/29/2016  | 
Through a partnership with chip maker Movidius, Google plans to bring deep learning to future mobile devices.
Microsoft Open Sources Deep Learning, AI Toolkit On GitHub
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
Previously available to academic researchers, Microsoft's Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) now has a friendlier open source license.
5 Secrets Of Successful People-First Companies
News  |  1/26/2016  | 
The Accenture Technology Vision 2016 report examines five ways that adept digital companies are putting people first. Investing in the development and management of people will be necessary to navigate the tumultuous digital economy, according to Accenture.
IoT Shows Its Worth To Businesses
News  |  1/23/2016  | 
The Internet of Things (IoT) can be used for a diverse set of tasks, including opening up new business models. A recent Forrester report explores how businesses are embracing IoT.
Brave Browser Aims To End Ad-Blocking War
News  |  1/21/2016  | 
Creator of the JavaScript programming language and former CEO of Firefox maker Mozilla Brendan Eich introduced the Brave browser, which he sees as a way to broker peace between advertisers and ad blockers.
Worst Passwords Of 2015 Reveal Our Stupidity
News  |  1/20/2016  | 
This year's list is an indication that the sooner we get rid of password-based authentication, the better.
Intel's 6th-Gen Core vPro Chips Promise Enhanced Speed, Security
News  |  1/20/2016  | 
Intel's sales pitch for its 6th-generation Core vPro processors revolved around business transformation, collaboration, and baked-in multi-factor authentication.
World Bank: Digital Divide Leaving Too Many Behind
News  |  1/15/2016  | 
With 60% of the world offline, the World Bank calls for changes to support the promise of the digital revolution.
Apple May Axe iAds Sales Team
News  |  1/14/2016  | 
Apple is reportedly moving to dump its in-house iAd sales team and make iAds solely a self-service platform.
Udacity Promises Job Or Refund
News  |  1/14/2016  | 
The online coding school's new Nanodegree Plus program comes with a tuition refund guarantee.
Google Goes Beyond Cardboard With Revamped VR Focus
Commentary  |  1/13/2016  | 
Google is aiming to make virtual reality into a real business with its dedicated VR division now headed by Clay Bavor.
Stanford Scientists Develop Safer Battery Material
News  |  1/13/2016  | 
To prevent itself from overheating, a new kind of polymer can temporarily disable its ability to conduct electricity.
Google, Lenovo Team On Project Tango Smartphone
News  |  1/9/2016  | 
Lenovo announced at CES that it will release a smartphone that integrates Google's Project Tango spatial sensing technology this summer.
Uber Settles 'God View' And Data Breach Investigation
News  |  1/7/2016  | 
Uber has reached an agreement with New York's Attorney General to implement stronger privacy and security controls. Additionally, the company will pay a $20,000 fine to resolve a data breach issue.
Twitter's 10,000-Character Limit Bump Makes Business Sense
Commentary  |  1/6/2016  | 
Epic tweets could arrive before the end of April, according to a report. Users are not happy about the prospect so far, but it makes business sense.
Ford Aims To Connect Cars To Smart Homes, Drones
News  |  1/5/2016  | 
As it transforms from automaker to mobility provider, Ford is betting big on self-driving cars and automotive connectivity.
DOJ Sues VW Over Emissions-Cheating Scandal
News  |  1/5/2016  | 
Volkswagen and its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche used "defeat devices" to make polluting vehicles appear to meet clean air regulations, the US Department of Justice claims.
Mark Zuckerberg's AI Helper Will Fall Short
Commentary  |  1/4/2016  | 
As a personal challenge for 2016, Facebook's CEO says he aims to automate his home by coding his own artificial intelligence software. But the resulting AI household helper will likely work worse than anticipated.
Google's 'Lego' Smartphone, Smarter TVs: What We're Excited About In 2016
Commentary  |  1/1/2016  | 
The New Year holds the promise of exciting new technologies hitting the scene. Here are ones to keep an eye out for in 2016.
Google In 2016: 11 Predictions
Commentary  |  12/28/2015  | 
Will Google prevail in its legal battles over Android and its search business? Will it thrive under Alphabet? Here are our predictions for Google in 2016.
7 Tech Gifts For Pet Lovers
Slideshows  |  12/18/2015  | 
Because fur and circuits belong together.
7 Tech Causes Worth Supporting
Slideshows  |  12/16/2015  | 
It's better to give than receive, particularly when your gift supports a worthy cause. Here's a look at seven tech-focused charities and nonprofits that fit the bill.
How Cloud, APIs Are Transforming Outsourcing
News  |  12/14/2015  | 
As traditional software outsourcing evolves, cloud service management brings new challenges for organizations.
Google's Cloud SQL Update Promises More Flexibility, Faster Speed
News  |  12/11/2015  | 
Google says that the latest version of its Cloud SQL is more than seven times faster, and can scale better, than the previous generation.
Walmart Jumps Into Crowded Mobile Payment Market
News  |  12/10/2015  | 
Walmart Pay debuts this month, joining the already-crowded mobile payment ranks that include Android Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and many others.
Google For Work Now Boasts Gmail Data Loss Prevention
News  |  12/10/2015  | 
Google for Work customers now have an extra layer of protection against the distribution of sensitive content over Gmail.
Google's Pixel C: Hands-On Review
Slideshows  |  12/9/2015  | 
The first Google-made Android tablet lets you leave your laptop at home, though you may still miss it.
BlackBerry: 8 Ways It Can Be Saved
Commentary  |  12/7/2015  | 
BlackBerry continues to underwhelm. Here are eight ways CEO John Chen can turn things around.
Apple Swift Programming Language Is Now Open Source
News  |  12/4/2015  | 
Swift is the programming language for Apple software going forward. And with its release under the open source Apache 2.0 license, it becomes a potential vehicle for crafting applications that run on Android, Linux, Windows, and other operating systems.
Comment: Google update - Thomas Claburn - 12/2/2015
EFF Accuses Google Of Violating Student Privacy
News  |  12/2/2015  | 
A complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission by the Electronic Frontier Foundation claims Google isn't living up to its pledge to protect student privacy.
Adobe Flash: Death By 1,000 Cuts
News  |  12/1/2015  | 
Adobe's Flash Professional next year will be called Animate CC, and it will focus on creating HTML5 content.
Amazon Revisits Prime Air Delivery By Drone
News  |  12/1/2015  | 
In a video released on Sunday, Jeremy Clarkson describes how Amazon Prime Air will offer deliveries in 30 minutes or less. Eventually.
Comment: Re: Gadget gifts - Thomas Claburn - 11/27/2015
10 Great Tech Gifts For Under $100
Slideshows  |  11/27/2015  | 
The gift-giving season is upon us once again. But there is no need to break the bank to show the techies in your life that you care.
Google Previews Android Studio 2.0
News  |  11/24/2015  | 
The forthcoming revision of Google's Android IDE includes several features to make app development faster.
Artificial Intelligence: 10 Things To Know
News  |  11/24/2015  | 
Andrew Moore, Dean of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, talks about artificial intelligence, robotics, and the future of education.
Machines Beat Humans At Hiring Best Employees
News  |  11/20/2015  | 
The use of hiring analytics leads to better outcomes for companies, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study.
Microsoft Open Sources Visual Studio Code Beta
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
At its Connect(); conference, Microsoft offered tools that reach beyond Windows and reaffirmed its commitment to cross-platform development.
Comment: Re: Snooping - Thomas Claburn - 11/18/2015
TechHire Grants Aim To Make More IT Workers
News  |  11/18/2015  | 
The Department of Labor is offering $100 million to organizations that can teach needed tech skills.
FTC Scrutinizes Cross-Device Tracking, Possible Privacy Issues
News  |  11/17/2015  | 
The Federal Trade Commission is examining how marketers are using technology like audio beacons to track people across multiple devices.
FCC: No Ban On Open Source Firmware
News  |  11/16/2015  | 
The FCC has issued revised rules to clarify its effort to modernize how it regulates radio-frequency devices.
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.
How Robots, Analytics Can Work Side-By-Side
News  |  11/12/2015  | 
Retailers can now count the products on their shelves with the help of a roving robot from Simbe Robotics. The use-cases for automating such drudgery, and tying the findings to an analytics application, have relevance for IT executives across a range of industries.
Google Maps Gets Offline Navigation, Finally
News  |  11/11/2015  | 
At last, app-dependent travelers can get directions even in areas with no network connection. But it's only for Android users, for now.
ORWL Aspires To Be A Secure PC
News  |  11/10/2015  | 
The small, tamper-resistant device is the focus of a Kickstarter campaign. Olivier Boireau, CEO of Design SHIFT, makers of the ORWL, said he believes the device will appeal to companies interested in privacy and data security.
Google Open Sources Machine Learning Library TensorFlow
News  |  11/9/2015  | 
With TensorFlow now open sourced by Google, companies and the research community can implement machine learning systems more easily and more efficiently.
Dropbox Enterprise Targets Large Businesses
News  |  11/6/2015  | 
The online storage and sharing service is expanding its pursuit of corporate customers.
Tech Companies Get Poor Marks For Data Privacy
News  |  11/5/2015  | 
An advocacy organization finds gaps in corporate support for freedom of expression and data protection.
Google Targets Enterprise IT With Android For Work
News  |  11/4/2015  | 
With an increased number of partners and strengthened security, Android for Work offers businesses new ways to manage and deploy mobile devices.
Google Taps AI For Smart Reply
News  |  11/4/2015  | 
An early prototype of Smart Reply, which uses machine learning to generate email auto-responses, had a tendency to say "I love you." The company's engineers tamed its neural network to make it less fawning and more useful for writing coherent replies to incoming Gmail messages.
Google Picks Top Enterprise Apps For Work
News  |  11/3/2015  | 
Google intends to offer advice to business customers about which third-party apps work best with its cloud-based software suite. See which ones received recommendations.
Skype Creators Launch Robotic Delivery Service
News  |  11/2/2015  | 
Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, cofounders of Skype, have launched a new company, Starship, which aims to reduce the cost of local deliveries of goods by using mostly automated robots. The robots are being tested in the UK. So far, no one has run screaming in abject terror.
Android, Chrome May Become Single OS: Rumor Mill
Commentary  |  11/1/2015  | 
Even if Google ends up ditching Chrome OS as a brand, it seems unlikely that marrying into Android will erase its identity or market niche. The appeal of a sandboxed, manageable computing platform will not go away.
VW Scandal: 59 Early Deaths Expected In US
News  |  10/31/2015  | 
Researchers at Harvard and MIT estimate the health and social costs of Volkswagen's emissions deceit, including potential loss of life and a financial burden of at $450 million in the US. The latter figure is projected to be much higher without a prompt recall.
Wireless X-Ray Vision Tech Tracks People Through Walls
News  |  10/30/2015  | 
MIT researchers have developed a system called RF-Capture that can track motion like Microsoft's Kinect, except that it works through walls.
Autonomous Vehicles Vs. Helping Humans Drive Better
Commentary  |  10/29/2015  | 
For automakers, creating self-driving cars may be an appealing technical challenge, but creating better-driving cars is a more attainable goal. In a report released today, global consultancy McKinsey suggests that technology for helping drivers navigate is likely to become critical for car buyers.
Facebook Expands FbStart Program For Mobile Developers
News  |  10/29/2015  | 
To help convince mobile developers to integrate Facebook technology into their apps, the social network has added more partners to FbStart.
DMCA Ruling: OK To Mod Code In Cars, Jailbreak Smartphones
News  |  10/28/2015  | 
Reviewing and modifying automotive software will be lawful in 12 months, thanks to a copyright law exemption.
Comment: Oracle v. AWS - Thomas Claburn - 10/27/2015
Net Neutrality Vote: EU Will Allow Data Discrimination
News  |  10/27/2015  | 
Rejecting strong net neutrality protections, the European Parliament has voted to allow Internet fast lanes.
IBM, Jasper Partner For IoT Services Platform
News  |  10/27/2015  | 
Large corporations will be able to access Jasper's Control Center through IBM's Bluemix. The goal: To enable companies that sell products such as heavy equipment or vehicles to add a variety of services to their customers, such as predictive maintenance or telematics.
Facebook At Work App 'Liked' By Major Bank
News  |  10/26/2015  | 
The Royal Bank of Scotland sees value in Facebook as an enterprise communication tool, and plans to roll out the Facebook at Work app to 100,000 employees worldwide.
Your Robot Replacement Has Arrived
News  |  10/23/2015  | 
Robotic process automation can help companies operate more frugally and efficiently, though potentially at the expense of human workers.
Alphabet, Google's Parent, Strikes Earnings Gold With Mobile Search
News  |  10/23/2015  | 
Alphabet, Google's new parent company, exceeded analysts' expectations due in large part to the strength of its mobile search business, according to company executives.
Twitter Asks Developers For Forgiveness
News  |  10/22/2015  | 
CEO Jack Dorsey apologizes for past platform changes and promises to work with developers rather than against them. The company also introduced a series of enhancements to Fabric and Gnip.
Free Web Security Certificates Coming Soon
News  |  10/21/2015  | 
Let's Encrypt TLS/SSL certificates are now trusted by the major Web browsers. That sets the stage for easier, more affordable online security. Operated by the nonprofit Internet Security Research Group, their aim is to hasten the transition away from the Web's unprotected HTTP protocol to encrypted HTTPS.
Google Enterprise Apps Get ID Management Boost From Centrify
News  |  10/20/2015  | 
A range of cloud-based identity management services from Centrify aims to make it easy for IT professionals to provision and authenticate corporate users of Google tools such as Android For Work and Google Compute Engine.
Nexus 5X, 6P Review: Marshmallow OS Shines
Slideshows  |  10/19/2015  | 
Google's updated Nexus line of smartphones, from LG and Huawei, shows Android 6.0 Marshmallow at its best. Google provided us with one of each model for review. Here's what we discovered.
Box Breaks Out Beyond Cloud Storage Toward Content Services
News  |  10/16/2015  | 
Box is betting on developers to turn what began as a storage service into a content platform with its newly unveiled Box Platform.
'Smart' Scooter Driven To Change Your Commute
News  |  10/15/2015  | 
A kick-assisted scooter aims to help commuters in circumstances where walking would take too long.
Machine Learning: How Algorithms Get You Clicking
News  |  10/14/2015  | 
Technology may be able to free journalists from creating sensationalistic stories to generate online traffic, but it doesn't alter what people choose to read.
Comment: AWS - Thomas Claburn - 10/12/2015
Comment: Re: Complex - Thomas Claburn - 10/12/2015
Dell's EMC Acquisition: Perils, Opportunities Abound
News  |  10/12/2015  | 
Dell's plan to acquire EMC for $67 billion reflects the major disruptions taking place in enterprise IT as businesses increasingly shift toward cloud computing. Here's what IT leaders need to know about the deal.
NASA's Mars Journey: Next Steps For Mankind
Slideshows  |  10/11/2015  | 
Sometime in the 2030s, NASA wants to land astronauts on Mars. Here's a look at what it will take to get us there.
Cotap Aims To Put Brakes On Texting While Driving
News  |  10/8/2015  | 
Enterprise messaging app company Cotap can now enforce corporate policies that forbid texting while driving.
Smartphones On Drones Can Hack Your Wireless Printer
News  |  10/8/2015  | 
Weak links in network security prove easy to find with drones and phones.
Google Pushes For Faster Mobile Web
News  |  10/7/2015  | 
To make bloated Web pages load quickly, Google has introduced Accelerated Mobile Pages framework.
Comment: Re: Limited? - Thomas Claburn - 10/6/2015
Safe Harbor Fails, European Court Rules
News  |  10/6/2015  | 
The European Court of Justice has invalidated the Safe Harbor Framework as a way to comply with EU data laws.
Cisco's IoT Strategy: Everything Connected
News  |  10/6/2015  | 
When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When you're a networking company, like Cisco, everything looks like it should be connected.
ICANN CEO: Why The Internet's Future Is At Risk
News  |  10/5/2015  | 
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé spoke with InformationWeek about how the Internet can continue without US government oversight.


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