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How An Agricultural Data Firm Puts The Cloud To Work
News  |  7/29/2016  | 
Integration -- connecting computing services to one another -- used to mean bringing in expensive consultants, investing in custom programming, and dealing with long timelines. But modern cloud-based options could make integration only a matter of dragging icons and filling in form fields, work that can often be done without a developer. Here's what it means to IT professionals.
Dropbox Rolls Out Tools To Ease IT Admin Experience
News  |  7/28/2016  | 
The cloud storage and collaboration company's business users are getting tools that aim to make managing groups and data easier.
Using AI To Fight Cyberthreats
News  |  7/27/2016  | 
SparkCognition, working with Carnegie Mellon and IBM's Watson, aims to provide cyber-security researchers with better threat data using predictive models powered by machine learning.
Lawsuit Raises Questions About The Right To Tinker With Tech
News  |  7/25/2016  | 
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit to overturn a provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which limits the modification of technology. For anyone managing information technology, the law in question has the potential to limit access to data, to weaken security, and to impose unnecessary burdens, costs, and liabilities.
Google Cloud Platform Adds Machine Learning APIs
News  |  7/22/2016  | 
Developers interested in creating apps that understand text or speech can look to Google's cloud for tools -- the Cloud Natural Language API and the Cloud Speech API. The two offerings have now advanced into open beta status.
Many Businesses Using AI Without Realizing It
News  |  7/21/2016  | 
Businesses see AI as a future investment, even though most organizations are actually already using it, a study finds.
Imperson Chatbot Platform For Enterprises Released
News  |  7/20/2016  | 
Imperson.ai aspires to make it easier for enterprises to create and manage their bots designed for popular social platforms such as Facebook Messenger, Skype, and Twitter.
Flaws Found In 'Right To Be Forgotten' Data Privacy Laws
News  |  7/20/2016  | 
A study by privacy researchers finds that attempts to obscure online information can be defeated with a bit of effort.
EU Data Protection Law May End The Unknowable Algorithm
News  |  7/18/2016  | 
Slated to take effect as law across the EU in 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation could require companies to explain their algorithms to avoid unlawful discrimination.
Google Hit With New Round Of Antitrust Charges In EU 
News  |  7/15/2016  | 
The European Commission has elaborated on its issues with Google's shopping service, contending that Google's AdSense requirements hinder competition.
Robotics Gone Wild: 8 Animal-Inspired Machines  
Slideshows  |  7/15/2016  | 
If you want a glimpse of the future of robotics, start by looking at our biological past and present. Here are eight robots that borrow aspects of animal physiology, which has been honed through eons of Darwinian user testing.
Microsoft Tests Natural Language IFTTT Alternative
News  |  7/13/2016  | 
Conditional Action Programmer (CAP), an experimental project from Microsoft's Technology and Research group, offers a way to automate app interactions using natural language rather than code.
Robot Stingray Moves To The Beat Of A Rat's Heart
News  |  7/12/2016  | 
A tiny robotic stingray powered by light-activated rat heart muscle cells could help advance artificial heart research.
Beyond BlackBerry: Outdated Tech The Feds Should Dump
Slideshows  |  7/8/2016  | 
The US Senate is finally ditching BlackBerry devices. Now, if only the rest of the government could leave the past behind. Here's a look at outdated tech still being used by federal agencies, including the military and the IRS.
Starship Technologies To Test Robot Delivery Service  
News  |  7/6/2016  | 
Pedestrians in several European cities will soon see semi-autonomous robots traveling alongside them, delivering goods for local merchants.
Tesla Autopilot Crash Under NHTSA Investigation
Commentary  |  7/2/2016  | 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident involving a Tesla being driven under autopilot.
Uber App Update To Track Driver Behavior
News  |  7/1/2016  | 
The update is designed to capture data about how Uber's drivers operate their vehicles -- measuring braking, acceleration, and speed.
Cloud Computing Profit Requires Trust Of Technology
News  |  7/1/2016  | 
A Google-backed survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit finds that profiting from cloud computing requires trust in the technology.
10 Hot Smartphones To Consider Now
Slideshows  |  6/30/2016  | 
Although smartphone sales have been on the decline recently, there is no shortage of options. Here are 10 hot models worth a look.
Box Shuttle Offers Route To Cloud
News  |  6/29/2016  | 
By offering a migration service, Box says it hopes to help enterprises with legacy baggage make a journey toward cloud computing.
Google Project Bloks Looks To Push Code Literacy For Kids
News  |  6/28/2016  | 
A research project being developed by Google and others strives to teach computational thinking.
Robots, AI Won't Destroy Jobs, Yet
News  |  6/27/2016  | 
Cognitive systems will only eliminate a small portion of jobs in the near future, according to Forrester. But the impact will still be significant.
Microsoft Flow For iOS Aims To Help Apps Play Nice
Commentary  |  6/23/2016  | 
It's remarkable how poorly software-based products and services communicate. With the introduction of Flow for iOS on Wednesday, Microsoft is taking another step toward enabling applications to play nice.
9 Tools To Help You Build A Better Bot
Slideshows  |  6/23/2016  | 
AI-fueled automation is all the rage in customer service, but a bot gone wrong can do your business more harm than good. We spotlight the better bot platforms presently available to help keep your automation ambitions in line with what your customers really want.
Samsung Commits $1.2 Billion To IoT Research In US
News  |  6/22/2016  | 
Open standards, shared approaches to privacy and security, and more open wireless spectrum are needed to help the internet of things to reach its full potential of making people's lives better, according to the company.
Plume Delivers WiFi Via Cloud
News  |  6/18/2016  | 
Instead of a single router, Plume says it can provide better WiFi connectivity with a handful of small, cloud-coordinated radios.
Samsung Builds Cloud Foundation With Joyent Deal
News  |  6/17/2016  | 
The acquisition of cloud provider Joyent will support Samsung's mobile, IoT, and cloud service businesses.
Chef Builds Habitat To House Enterprise Apps
News  |  6/16/2016  | 
Habitat is an open source system designed to automate the building, deployment, and management of enterprise software.
Apple File System Features Deeper Encryption, SSD Support
News  |  6/15/2016  | 
Next year, all of Apple's devices will use the new Apple File System, which promises flash/SSD optimization and improved encryption. It will replace the aging HFS+ file system.
Apple's Swift Playgrounds App Lays Foundation For Enterprise Future
News  |  6/14/2016  | 
The Swift programming language is becoming more popular and, in time, may find a home on corporate servers. The Swift Playgrounds iPad app will play a major role in that.
Google Apps Gains Springboard For Search
News  |  6/14/2016  | 
Google for Work customers can look forward to finding content and sharing it more efficiently with Springboard and a revised version of Sites.
Google Puts D-Wave Quantum Computer To Work
News  |  6/13/2016  | 
Computer scientists from Google and two universities have found a way to make quantum computing more practical than previously possible using a system from Canadian company D-Wave.
Apple, Google App Store Changes Could Pay Off For Devs
News  |  6/10/2016  | 
Ahead of the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple has revealed plans to introduce search ads and expand subscription support for apps in its App Store, while Google is testing its own subscription changes.
Salesforce TrailheaDX: Path Toward Redefining Developers
Slideshows  |  6/9/2016  | 
To help businesses adapt to a world of omnipresent software, Salesforce aims to create more programmers. Here is a look at the company's first developer conference, where it explored that mission.
Salesforce TrailheaDX: Everyone Can Develop Software
News  |  6/8/2016  | 
At TrailheaDX, Salesforce's first developer conference, the company is encouraging people without programming experience to create apps using Lightning.
Tony Fadell's Nest Exit: What's Next?
News  |  6/7/2016  | 
The Nest cofounder and former CEO plans to advise Alphabet and Larry Page, while Nest looks to improve revenue.
WWDC: Apple's Opportunity To Open Up To Keep Up
Commentary  |  6/6/2016  | 
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off next week. While the company will likely introduce new products, what it really needs is a new attitude.
IBM, Cisco Take IoT Analytics To The Edge
News  |  6/3/2016  | 
IBM's Watson IoT platform, in conjunction with Cisco's edge analytics capabilities, could allow businesses to analyze IoT data closer to its source.
Facebook Tunes AI To Understand Text
News  |  6/3/2016  | 
With DeepText, Facebook aims to interpret what its users want, and maybe sell something along the way.
Security Threats Hiding In Plain Sight
Slideshows  |  6/3/2016  | 
IT professionals would rather manage external threats than worry about insiders, a recent survey by Soha finds. But singular focus when it comes to security can end up being a costly mistake.
Google's Magenta Project: Can Machines Be Musicians?
Commentary  |  6/2/2016  | 
Through a project called Magenta, Google's machine learning researchers hope to understand whether computer-generated music can qualify as art.
Sirin Labs' 'Military-Grade' Smartphone Sports Celebrity Price
News  |  6/2/2016  | 
The Solarin smartphone promises security, including on-device malware protection and optional encryption -- for those who have everything else.
Mobile Ad Blocking Surged 90% In 2015
News  |  6/1/2016  | 
Hundreds of millions of people are now blocking ads on mobile devices, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a new report by PageFair.
Cellphone-Cancer Link Revealed In Government Study
News  |  5/30/2016  | 
Research overseen by the National Toxicology Program found a slightly elevated risk of cancer in male rats exposed to CDMA and GSM signals from cellphones.
Google Beats Oracle In Long-Running Java Copyright Case
News  |  5/27/2016  | 
Reversing a reversal of its initial victory, Google once again has prevailed against Oracle's claim that Android infringes its Java copyrights.
Google's Paris Office Raided In Tax Investigation
News  |  5/26/2016  | 
French investigators are seeking information about whether Google has been evading its tax obligations.
Google Apps Vs. Office 365: Which Suite Reigns Supreme?
Slideshows  |  5/26/2016  | 
The two leading cloud productivity suites -- Google Apps and Microsoft's Office 365 -- each have a lot to offer. But which one is right for your organization? Here's a look at how they stack up.
Symbolic IO Rewrites Rules For Storage
News  |  5/24/2016  | 
The company's IRIS system promises dramatic speed improvements over existing technologies. These storage improvements should benefit anyone running large database queries, particularly transactions that require speed.
Google Revamps Mobile Ads As Smartphone Searches Surge
News  |  5/24/2016  | 
Calling 2016 "the year mobile has happened," Google's SVP of ads and commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy announced improvements to advertising functionality for tablets and smartphones. More text, better bidding, responsive formats, and expanded location-based capabilities are all coming Google's mobile ad business.
Robots: Not The Job Stealers We Feared
News  |  5/23/2016  | 
Automation and digitalization are unlikely to wipe out as many jobs as once feared, but significant changes will arise, finds a new report.
Google Opens Chromebooks To Android Apps
News  |  5/20/2016  | 
The move that will eventually make the more than a million Android apps available to Chrome OS users has been long expected.
Google I/O 2016: AI, VR Get Day In The Sun
Slideshows  |  5/19/2016  | 
At Google I/O, it was unclear whether the company's intention was to entice programmers with its new artificial intelligence offerings, or simply fry them in the Mountain View, Calif. sunshine. Here's what we were able to see before heat stroke set in.
Google Sheets, Slides APIs Revamped To Improve Workflow
News  |  5/18/2016  | 
Revised APIs for Sheets and Slides aim to help developers make data in Google Apps for Work more readily accessible to third-party apps.
IBM Storage Breakthrough May Speed Up Smartphones, Apps
News  |  5/18/2016  | 
Advances in phase-change memory could lead to a storage technology that approaches the speed of DRAM and can retain data like NAND flash over millions of read/write cycles.
Google's Spaces Launch: Simplify Small-Group Sharing
News  |  5/17/2016  | 
In its latest attempt to become more relevant as a social networking provider, Google launches Spaces, an app for sharing among small groups.
Google I/O 2016: What To Expect
News  |  5/16/2016  | 
Updates on Project Tango, Android N, and Android Auto are among the announcements we expect at Google's annual developer conference this week. Here's what we know so far.
AWS IoT Button Lets Devs Customize In The Cloud
News  |  5/16/2016  | 
A programmable version of Amazon's Dash Button, the IoT Button, allows developers to trigger custom actions through Amazon Web Services.
IBM Watson: Machine-Of-All-Trades
Slideshows  |  5/16/2016  | 
From fashion to food to healthcare, IBM's Watson has many guises across different industries. Here's a look at some of the work IBM's AI system has been doing since its Jeopardy! heyday.
Google Sets 'Parsey McParseface' Free
News  |  5/13/2016  | 
Developers can now use Google's SyntaxNet natural language parsing system to create apps that understand written text.
Nvidia Car Learns To Drive By Watching Humans
News  |  5/11/2016  | 
With a convolutional neural network, Nvidia researchers have trained a car to drive using video captured during road trips taken by people.
Ubiquiti AmpliFi Aims To Fix Home WiFi
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
Enterprise networking product maker Ubiquiti unveils a line of consumer-oriented routers with the aim of making home networks more reliable.
uHoo IoT Device Measures Indoor Air Toxins
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
Startup uHoo begins taking orders for an IoT device that tells users via their smartphones what's in the air they breathe.
White House Takes Deep Interest In AI
News  |  5/6/2016  | 
The US government is seeking a more active role in shaping the direction of AI research and development.
Mobile Apps Spark Business-Process Transformation
News  |  5/5/2016  | 
Metal manufacturer Worthington Industries modernized shipping and inventory management using mobile apps.
Artificial Intelligence: Don't Fear It, Embrace It
News  |  5/5/2016  | 
Adam Coates, the director of the Baidu Research's Silicon Valley AI Lab, says don't fear artificial intelligence. Instead, look to it to save lives. He spoke at the InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference this week.
Toyota Drives Profits With Analytics
News  |  5/4/2016  | 
Toyota Financial Services uses analytics to keep consumers in cars and minimize payment contract risk. And it has paid off.
Worthington Industries Moves Metal With Mobile App
News  |  5/3/2016  | 
Worthington Industries, a global metal manufacturing company, uncovered new business processes in its effort to ease paperwork headaches for its shipping and trucking operations. See why its Bill of Lading eSignature app earned the company the Elite 100 Award for Best Use Of Mobile.
Warp Speed: Faster Development Cycles Are The New Normal
News  |  5/3/2016  | 
At the InformationWeek Elite 100 conference, tech leaders described how warp speed is the new normal when it comes to development cycles. But that's an opportunity as much as a challenge.
FedEx Services Eases The Pain Of Customs Clearance
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
Disparate internal systems and a complex customs environment were slowing down the import/export process for business customers. So FedEx Services launched the Clearance Customer Profile app to help businesses overcome customs clearance hurdles. The company's efforts earned it the No. 5 spot in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.
FBI Hacking Authority Expanded By Supreme Court
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
With the US Supreme Court's approval, warrants to search and seize digital data will be able to authorize government hacking anywhere.
Samsung Developer Conference: IoT Innovation On Display
Slideshows  |  4/29/2016  | 
The Internet of Things hasn't quite caught on with consumers. But developers are working on changing that by rolling out innovative projects. Here's a look at some on display at the recent Samsung Developer Conference.
Samsung ARTIK Cloud Aims For IoT Interoperability
News  |  4/28/2016  | 
To help IoT devices work together and enable a new class of IoT apps and services, Samsung introduces a cloud service that aims to break down silos.
Google Expands Free Apps For Work Offer
News  |  4/26/2016  | 
Subsidizing Google Apps for Work will now continue through the end of the year for customers under contract with other vendors. Google also expanded the program to provide assistance to smaller companies.
Smartwatches Still Lack Killer App
News  |  4/26/2016  | 
The Apple Watch may not need to be tethered to an iPhone for much longer. But Apple needs to make its wristwatch necessary.
10 Tools To Bring Virtual Reality To Life
Slideshows  |  4/22/2016  | 
VR and AR systems have begun to ship. But before the headset comes content creation. Here's a look at 10 tools that will shape the virtual world.
EU Slaps Google With Android Antitrust Charges
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
Google's requirements for Android manufacturing partners violate competition rules, the European Commission charges.
IT Pros Fear Encryption Backdoors
News  |  4/20/2016  | 
A survey of IT professionals by network services company Spiceworks finds concern about the risk of backdoors that bypass encryption.
As Ad Blockers Gain Traction, Targeted Messaging Falls Short
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
An Accenture study finds that online ads are unpopular with most consumers, while ad-blocking tools are making it easier than ever to tune out unwanted messaging. How are you supposed to promote your brand?
Samsung Knox Security Beats iOS, Android, Gartner Finds
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
Gartner compared 12 different platforms to find the strongest ones. The research firm also advised avoiding older mobile devices, which may have unfixed vulnerabilities or may lack management controls.
Facebook Poaches Google's Regina Dugan For Hardware Push
News  |  4/14/2016  | 
The former head of DARPA, who was running Google's Advanced Technology and Products group, will now lead Facebook's new hardware group, Building 8.
Facebook F8: AI, Future Of Apps On Display
Slideshows  |  4/14/2016  | 
At Facebook's F8 developers conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage to talk bots and Messenger. Also on display were AI and a big dose of virtual reality. Here are some highlights from the event.
Facebook F8: The Bots Are Coming
News  |  4/13/2016  | 
At Facebook's developer conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced Messenger Platform, the Facebook Live API, and other tools for sharing and connecting.
IBM, Box Bring Cloud Data Closer To Home
News  |  4/12/2016  | 
Business customers in Europe and Asia are being offered a new option for storing cloud-based data in a specific region.
Ad-Blocking Brave Browser Draws Fire From Newspapers
News  |  4/11/2016  | 
The Brave browser, designed to replace bad ads with better ones, has the newspaper industry threatening legal action.
Google, Facebook CAPTCHAs Beat By Bot
News  |  4/8/2016  | 
Improvements in computer vision and machine learning are making it harder for companies to defend against automated attacks.
Google BeyondCorp Breaks With Enterprise Security Tradition
News  |  4/7/2016  | 
Moving away from perimeter defenses, Google has adopted a cybersecurity architecture, called BeyondCorp, that focuses on understanding devices and users.
WhatsApp Launches End-To-End Encryption
News  |  4/6/2016  | 
Facebook's popular messaging client WhatsApp has enabled encryption by default for its 1 billion users.
Mobile Revolution Will Kill Siloed Apps, Forrester Says
News  |  4/5/2016  | 
Forrester anticipates a future in which mobile apps give way to experiences that draw from multiple services to address consumer needs. Here's what it means to your business.
iOS SideStepper Vulnerability Undermines MDM Services: Check Point
News  |  3/31/2016  | 
Security researchers from Check Point plan to disclose a flaw at the Black Hat Asia conference which they claim endangers the way mobile device management software interacts with iPhones and iPads. Check Point calls the vulnerability "SideStepper" because it sidesteps the normal app approval process.
Wearable Users Happy With Hardware, Less So With Apps
News  |  3/29/2016  | 
A survey by Argus Insights suggests wearable makers need to spend more time thinking about app design and function.
Oracle Seeks $9.3 Billion Over Android's Use Of Java
News  |  3/29/2016  | 
In its long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, Oracle has now increased its damage claim to $9.3 billion. But Google dismisses the claim as excessive.
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Microsoft Muzzles AI Chatbot After Twitter Users Teach It Racism
News  |  3/25/2016  | 
Thanks to machine learning and Internet trolls, Microsoft's Tay AI chatbot became a student of racism within 24 hours. Microsoft has taken Tay offline and is making adjustments.
Google Pumps Up Cloud Platform With Machine Learning
News  |  3/24/2016  | 
Google execs at the GCP Next 2016 conference pitched the company's cloud platform by highlighting advantages, including security, commitment to open source, and machine learning.
Microsoft, Google, Others Push For Encrypted Email Protocols
News  |  3/23/2016  | 
Tech giants including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have banded together to proposed a method for making email more secure.
MDM Vs. MAM: Best Choice For Mobile Management
News  |  3/22/2016  | 
When deciding between mobile device management (MDM) or mobile application management (MAM), enterprises should consider factors including number of in-house employees, compliance requirements, and data security.
Employee Surveillance: Business Efficiency Vs. Worker Privacy
News  |  3/21/2016  | 
Legal scholars argue that new laws are needed to define the parameters of acceptable workplace monitoring and to ensure respect for personal privacy.
9 Ways VR Video Gaming Is Getting Very Real
Slideshows  |  3/19/2016  | 
VR technology was everywhere at this year's Game Developers Conference. But it will be a while before it registers in the real world.
Google's Next HQ: Modern, With Retro Flairs
Slideshows  |  3/18/2016  | 
The pending makeover of Google's Mountain View campus shows concern for birds and the environment, alongside a look that manages to be both retro and modern.


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