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Google Lets Cloud Customers Supply Encryption Keys
News  |  7/28/2015  | 
Users of Google Compute Engine can now provide their own keys to secure data, turning Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) into even more of a self-service affair.
Building An IT Infrastructure: From Dream To Data Center
News  |  7/28/2015  | 
Tonia Williams, CIO of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation, recounts how she was invited to imagine a data center where there was none, and then set out to build it.
Ban AI Weapons, Scientists Demand
News  |  7/27/2015  | 
Roboticists and experts in artificial intelligence want to prohibit offensive autonomous weapons.
Online Security: How The Experts Keep Safe
News  |  7/27/2015  | 
Google researchers have compared the security practices of experts to non-experts, and identified several ways that typical Internet users can improve their online security.
Dmail Makes Gmail Vanish
News  |  7/25/2015  | 
You can make Gmail messages self-destruct with a Chrome browser extension.
Sony Drone Venture Targets IoT
News  |  7/23/2015  | 
By entering the drone business in a joint venture with Aerosense, Sony aims to expand its involvement with cloud services and the Internet of Things.
Twitter Security Pro: Encryption Isn't Enough
News  |  7/23/2015  | 
Companies need to focus on developing secure coding practices and security education.
iPhone Sales Power Strong Apple Earnings
News  |  7/22/2015  | 
With 47.5 million iPhones sold during the quarter, demand for the smartphone continues to fill Apple's coffers.
Comment: Re: so... - Thomas Claburn - 7/21/2015
Google Fights Export Controls For 'Intrusion Software'
News  |  7/21/2015  | 
Proposed export rules could hobble cybersecurity research, Google claims.
Comment: so... - Thomas Claburn - 7/20/2015
Drone Delivers Medicine In Virginia
News  |  7/20/2015  | 
The delivery test is being compared to the historic first flight of the Wright brothers.
Google Surges With YouTube, Mobile Ads, Cost Control
News  |  7/17/2015  | 
For Google, mobile ads are paying off better than expected, and expenses declined a bit.
Amazon Prime Day Fail: Huge Sales, Grumpy Customers
Commentary  |  7/17/2015  | 
Moving merchandise may qualify as success, but not everyone was sold on sales figures as the salient metric.
Comment: 3d printers - Thomas Claburn - 7/16/2015
Comment: let's hope... - Thomas Claburn - 7/16/2015
Google Tests Buy Button In Mobile Search Ads
News  |  7/16/2015  | 
Google isn't alone in its effort to deck the Web with buy buttons. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter have been testing buy buttons, too. Social networking is nice, but advertising and revenue are nicer still.
BYOD Slowdown Could Hurt Tablet Sales
News  |  7/16/2015  | 
As tablet sales slow, enterprises are cooling to the idea of allowing employees to bring their own devices to work, according to two recent reports. Are the trends related?
Programming Without Developers: Jitterbit APIs
News  |  7/15/2015  | 
Jitterbit's Harmony Live is a cloud platform for designing, connecting, and deploying APIs without the help of computer programmers.
Google Proposes Open Source Beacons
News  |  7/15/2015  | 
Google's Eddystone protocol aims to make beacons more flexible and open, and to compete with Apple's iBeacon in what is still a nascent market.
14 Security Fails That Cost Executives Their Jobs
Slideshows  |  7/14/2015  | 
Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, is the latest casualty of a data breach, but she's certainly not the only one. There's no job security when your job is security.
Smartphone Notifications Kill Your Concentration
News  |  7/10/2015  | 
Florida State University researchers have found that mobile phone notifications alone are enough to distract us from the task at hand, even if we try to ignore them.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition: What We Know So Far
News  |  7/9/2015  | 
The rumored Google Glass Enterprise Edition looks more like a maintenance release to placate the company's handful of Glass at Work partners until the company finds a way to reimagine and reinvigorate the project.
Encryption Hinders Investigations: FBI Chief
News  |  7/8/2015  | 
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard a different story from technologists, who argue that surveillance has never been easier.
BBC Offers Free Tiny Computers To UK Students
News  |  7/7/2015  | 
A group of 29 organizations aims to help UK students become more technically adept.
Google Tests Carpool Coordination Service
News  |  7/7/2015  | 
Through its Waze and RideWith apps, Google aims to match drivers with passengers to form carpools, for a fee.
Amazon Cloud Drive Adds iOS App
News  |  7/6/2015  | 
iPhone users who prefer Amazon Cloud Drive now have a native app through which they can access Amazon's online storage service. Android versions were previously released through Google Play and Amazon's Fire Phone.
10 Great Websites For Learning Programming
Slideshows  |  7/6/2015  | 
Whether you're preparing for a new career or experimenting with magic powers, it's worth knowing how to program.
The Threat Of Artificial Intelligence
Commentary  |  7/3/2015  | 
Super-intelligent robots deserve some concern, but really we should be paying more attention to the people and processes involved in building our machines.
Analytics Provides Better Online Learning
News  |  7/2/2015  | 
MIT researchers are using analytics to identify a way to predict when students are likely drop online courses.
IT Spending Reports Show A Tech Market In Transition
News  |  6/30/2015  | 
Gartner is predicting that worldwide spending on information technology will decline 5.5%, while Forrester has revised its US tech market projections down slightly.
Google Says Yelp-Backed Study Is Flawed
News  |  6/30/2015  | 
Conflicting claims fly as European antitrust officials await a response to objections from Google.
Google's Android Appeal Rejected by Supreme Court
News  |  6/29/2015  | 
Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google over Android now returns to a lower court.
Comment: transparency - Thomas Claburn - 6/29/2015
Comment: Re: Amped - Thomas Claburn - 6/29/2015
Comment: Why? - Thomas Claburn - 6/29/2015
Facebook Infer Bug Detection Tool Is Now Open Source
News  |  6/12/2015  | 
For Facebook, open-sourcing Infer represents a gesture of goodwill toward the developer community and advances the eventual goal of automated software verification. Doing so should also lead to improvements in Infer through external contributions.
Google’s Sidewalk Labs: Exploring Better City Living
News  |  6/11/2015  | 
Sidewalk Labs will help lay the foundation for real-time oversight of civic activities and resources through sensors, software, and ubiquitous connectivity. It will be Google's path to smart city projects.
AI Creates Jobs: Study
News  |  6/11/2015  | 
For knowledge workers, whose jobs consist of many tasks, the automation of a single task frees them to focus on other responsibilities. A survey of business leaders finds enthusiasm for AI as a creator of jobs and a way to deal with data.
Daimler Joins Tesla In Home Battery Market
News  |  6/10/2015  | 
The German automaker plans to offer energy storage units based on Mercedes technology to homes and businesses.
Apple's Siri Takes On Google Now
News  |  6/10/2015  | 
In iOS 9, Apple's personal assistant will be become proactive about notifications.
Comment: Just trust us - Thomas Claburn - 6/9/2015
Apple's Swift Programming Language Goes Open Source This Fall
News  |  6/9/2015  | 
The open sourcing of Swift demonstrates Apple's pragmatism, but should not be construed as a broad embrace of openness.
10 Smartphone Apps You Can Talk To
Slideshows  |  6/8/2015  | 
Voice recognition may finally get the recognition it deserves.
Dropbox Adds Business Features
News  |  6/5/2015  | 
With administrative, integration, and security enhancements, Dropbox for Business is aiming for greater corporate acceptance.
Comment: Re: Homekit - Thomas Claburn - 6/3/2015
Apple Watch Pays For Itself
Commentary  |  6/3/2015  | 
Or the Apple Watch would if time were truly money.
Google Play Ban Challenged By App Maker Disconnect
News  |  6/3/2015  | 
The dispute raises an important question for individuals and businesses: Who controls the software on mobile devices?
Android M Adds Enterprise Features
News  |  6/2/2015  | 
IT administrators will find plenty to like in the next version of Android.
Comment: If only... - Thomas Claburn - 6/1/2015
Google Centralizes Security, Privacy For Web, Android Users
News  |  6/1/2015  | 
Google's new account hub, for users of its Web services and Android smartphones, gives IT organizations a new tool to improve employee awareness of security and privacy.
Google I/O 2015: 9 Things We Loved
Slideshows  |  5/29/2015  | 
Google Photos, for all its mass appeal, is less interesting than Google's more ambitious work. Get ready for touch-aware clothes and gesture-sensing devices.
Google Details Android M, VR, IoT, And Unlimited Photos
News  |  5/28/2015  | 
Google used the opening day of its I/O 2015 developer conference to offer details about the next version of Android, what it has planned for virtual reality and the Internet of Things, and free unlimited photos.
Ads Built By Algorithm
News  |  5/28/2015  | 
Persado contends its machine learning system can produce better direct response ads than human ad copywriter.
DoJ Argues Against Google's Java Appeal
News  |  5/27/2015  | 
The Solicitor General advises the Supreme Court to reject Google's petition to have its copyright infringement loss to Oracle reviewed.
Google I/O: 10 Things We Expect To See
News  |  5/27/2015  | 
Expect a demonstration of the next version of Android, along with a standalone photo-sharing service and a new iteration of Chromecast.
Comment: Time to retire - Thomas Claburn - 5/26/2015
APIs Are Eating The World
Commentary  |  5/26/2015  | 
The ability to deploy IT services rapidly and reliably has transformed the nature of business.
PayPal Pivots From Platform To 'Operating System'
News  |  5/21/2015  | 
As it prepares for independence from eBay, PayPal is trying to redefine itself as something more than a payment company.
On-Demand Workers Face Low Pay, Limited Flexibility
News  |  5/20/2015  | 
A survey tackles the benefits and challenges of life as an on-demand worker in the 1099 economy.
Twilio Broadens Communications Platform
News  |  5/19/2015  | 
With IP Messaging and other new services, Twilio hopes to give companies such as Uber more control over the communication infrastructure they build into their apps.
Comment: Lastpass? - Thomas Claburn - 5/18/2015
Google Cloud Platform Drops Price, Again
News  |  5/18/2015  | 
It's also offering a big discount for computing jobs that aren't time sensitive and thus can run during low-demand times.
Google Self-Driving Cars Hit The Road
News  |  5/16/2015  | 
The latest self-driving car prototypes from Google will roll on public roads in Mountain View, Calif., later this summer.
Comment: Re: Video - Thomas Claburn - 5/15/2015
Comment: tl;dr - Thomas Claburn - 5/15/2015
Internet Of Things: 6 Obstacles
News  |  5/15/2015  | 
A report from McKinsey and the Global Semiconductor Alliance finds excitement and uncertainty among companies building the pieces of the Internet of Things.
Comment: I wonder... - Thomas Claburn - 5/14/2015
Comment: Video - Thomas Claburn - 5/14/2015


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