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Edge Analytics An Antidote To IoT Data Deluge
News  |  1/25/2016
As more organizations embrace the IoT, some may find themselves overwhelmed by the volume of data generated. Edge analytics can reduce the need to store and process it all at a central location. Here are the details.
10 Stupid Moves That Threaten Your Company's Security
Slideshows  |  1/25/2016
As you walk through the door of your company each morning, you are potentially poised to be the weakest link in your organization's defense against hackers and malicious attackers. Here are the 10 boneheaded moves you make -- often without realizing the security risk.
Mac OS X El Capitan:†10 Productivity Tips
Slideshows  |  1/24/2016
Apple's Mac OS X El Capitan has its share of features that can help employees be more productive in their work. Some of the tips we're sharing here deal with the operating system itself, while others are concerned with the small applications that come with the operating system. When it comes to making the most of time spent at a computer, every little bit helps.
Apple's Project Titan Loses Team Leader Steve Zadesky
News  |  1/24/2016
Has Apple's secretive self-driving car initiative Project Titan hit a bump in the road with the departure of team leader Steve Zadesky?
Cloudera Director 2.0 Debuts, Google Donates To Apache Foundation: Big Data Roundup
News  |  1/24/2016
Cloudera has updated a key tool for managing big data, Google has contributed its Cloud Dataflow platform to the Apache Foundation Incubator. We have this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending January 24.
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.
Office Updates For Apple Users, $1B Cloud Donation: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  1/23/2016
This week brought a new Windows 10 build to Insiders, Office updates to iOS and Mac users, and a $1B donation to nonprofits worldwide.
SAP's Q4, Full Year Results Lifted By Cloud
News  |  1/23/2016
ERP software giant SAP reported revenue growth for its Q4 and full fiscal year, along with strong growth of its cloud business. But the strength of the cloud business weighed on profits, which declined for both the quarter and the year.
Google Secrets Revealed: Paid Apple $1B, Android Raked In $31B
News  |  1/22/2016
Google is seeking to seal court transcripts in its Java patent and copyright infringement case with Oracle after an Oracle attorney disclosed Android generated $31 billion in revenue. Also disclosed, Google paid a hefty sum to Apple to keep the Google search bar on the iPhone.
Microsoft's Mimicker Alarm App Powered By AI
News  |  1/22/2016
Microsoft's Garage Project team has cooked up a new alarm clock app for Android smartphones that forces users to make faces or play games to turn it off. What's most interesting about Mimicker Alarm is not what it makes people do, but how it uses artificial intelligence to determine the actions.
Apple Virtual Reality Efforts Get Boost With New Hire
News  |  1/22/2016
The tech giant further expands its reach into virtual and augmented reality technology by hiring leading Virginia Tech researcher Doug Bowman, according to reports.
IDC: Public Cloud Spending To Double By 2019
News  |  1/22/2016
Traditional IT spending is in decline compared to enterprise investment in public and private cloud services, says research group.
Compuware CEO: Mainframes Can Be Agile
Commentary  |  1/22/2016
Compuware has gone back to its mainframe roots, and it has made the trip agile, CEO Chris O'Malley tells InformationWeek in an interview.
8 Ways To Monetize Data
Slideshows  |  1/22/2016
Data may be a company's most valuable asset, but few are maximizing its economic benefit. Here eight ways that organizations are deriving real, bottom-line value from their data.
Encryption Vs. Privacy Battles Rage From Davos To US
News  |  1/22/2016
The debate over efforts to protect users' privacy and encryption versus governments' efforts to fight terrorism was a major focus at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. Meanwhile, battles over the same issue are emerging in the US from New York to California on the legislative level.
9 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering
Slideshows  |  1/22/2016
Skype has become synonymous with voice and video chat for most consumers, but there are several other services that do the same things.
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.
IBM Buys Ustream For Cloud-Based Video Push
News  |  1/21/2016
IBM plans to expand its cloud-based services with an acquisition of Ustream, provider of live-stream videos, and with the creation of a new cloud video unit.
iOS 9.2.1 Gives Older iPhones A Performance Boost
Commentary  |  1/21/2016
iOS 9.2.1, the latest system update from Apple, improves the performance of the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5.
Apple's iOS Dev Center In Italy Promises More Developer Jobs
News  |  1/21/2016
Call it app development -- Italian style. Apple says its iOS Development Center in Naples is just the first of a European expansion to encourage app developers and job creation.
Docker Buys Unikernel Systems, Adds 'Unikernels' To Platform
News  |  1/21/2016
Docker again expands its developer platform, adding unikernels to provide more options for packaging code and moving it around.
Apple's Design Patents Are Too Broad, Industry Groups Argue
Commentary  |  1/21/2016
The Computer & Communications Industry Association and Electronic Frontier Foundation are among those filing friends-of-the-court briefs supporting Samsung in its appeal to the US Supreme Court. This latest wrinkle in the long-running Apple v. Samsung case raises important questions about how our patent system is being used.
IBM's Fourth-Quarter Results Hold Promise, Pitfalls
News  |  1/21/2016
IBM turned in better-than-expected fourth-quarter results this week. However, the numbers still show how far Big Blue has to go to return to profit and growth. When does the Street run out of patience?
10 Best Tech Jobs For 2016
Slideshows  |  1/21/2016
Tech companies' perks and benefits have long been the envy of a number of industries, but what about the actual work itself? It turns out that tech jobs accounted for nearly half of Glassdoor's "25 Best Jobs in America" report. You may be surprised by the tech jobs that made the list.
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.
Apple Inches Toward Workforce Diversity
News  |  1/20/2016
Apple released figures on the diversity of its workforce. While the company has upped its resources and efforts to increase diversity, figures reflect minuscule gains.
Comic: The Dangers Of CES
Commentary  |  1/20/2016
Lots of great products are available at CES. It is a wonder this doesn't happen more often.
Smartphone Growth Increasing Even As Consumer Spending Declines
News  |  1/20/2016
While the smartphone market continues to grow, mobile device sales won't make up for an overall decline in consumer spending this year, according to a new report from Gartner.
LinkNYC WiFi Hotspots Kick Off
Commentary  |  1/20/2016
New York City has begun rolling out free high-speed public WiFi to replace some 7,500 outdated pay phones across all five boroughs.
Microsoft Giving Nonprofits $1 Billion In Cloud Services
News  |  1/20/2016
Microsoft's new Philanthropies organization has revealed plans to donate $1 billion in cloud computing resources to serve the public good worldwide. CEO Satya Nadella made the announcement at Davos.
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.
8 Ways Cloud Storage Delivers Business Value
Slideshows  |  1/20/2016
Today's cloud storage is more than simply a low-cost alternative to on-premises options. In many ways, the cloud delivers business value that can't be matched with comparable in-house solutions. Here's how.
Mobile World Congress 2016: 5G, IoT And Politics On Tap
Commentary  |  1/20/2016
Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona is a mere five weeks away. Here's a look at what we're expecting at the event, amidst local, national, and global politics.
IoT 2016: 13 Hot Trends For Business
Slideshows  |  1/20/2016
We've identified 13 noteworthy Internet of Things trends that will make a difference to your business -- and your life -- this year and beyond.
Equinix Buys European Rival TelecityGroup For $3.8 Billion
News  |  1/19/2016
In a move that will strengthen its data center presence and customer offerings in Europe and around the world, Equinix is acquiring rival TelecityGroup for $3.8 billion.
Amazon's Latest IoT Play Is Dash Replacement Service
News  |  1/19/2016
Amazon unveils its Dash Replenishment Service, where devices and appliances will automatically order more supplies. The company aims to capture a slice of the Internet of Things industry, which is expected to rise to $453 billion by 2020, according to a newly released study.
Microsoft Buys MinecraftEdu, Previews OneNote Learning Tools
News  |  1/19/2016
Microsoft announced Jan. 18 that it's buying MinecraftEdu from Teacher Gaming. With the acquisition, fans of the sandbox video game will be pleased to see the open world platform headed for an expanded presence in classrooms.
Samsung: Galaxy Note 5's S Pen Problem Is Fixed
Commentary  |  1/19/2016
Samsung updated the Galaxy Note 5's hardware to prevent the S Pen stylus from getting stuck, but details are few.
Gartner: IT Spending Will Top $3.5 Trillion In 2016
News  |  1/19/2016
In a new report, Gartner finds that worldwide IT spending will top $3.5 trillion in 2016. However, spending on devices and telecom services are still expected to decline as major players in the world economy struggle with growth headwinds.
CIOs Must Drive Technology Change For Business: IDC Study
News  |  1/19/2016
How do CIOs view their role within their organizations? Are they the chief innovation officers that they should be? A new study by IDC looks at how these executives see themselves and how others within their organizations view them.
IoT Raises New Legal Challenges For Business
News  |  1/19/2016
Privacy, security, and data ownership issues surrounding Internet of Things devices are creating a host of new legal questions and problems. Here's what's happening now, and what you need to know.
AI, Machine Learning Rising In The Enterprise
News  |  1/19/2016
AI and machine learning are graduating from science fiction to reality. It's estimated that about half of large enterprises are currently experimenting with AI projects. Several vendors, including Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft, have donated machine learning development projects to open source.
8 Cheat Sheet Sites To Ace Tech Job Interviews
Slideshows  |  1/19/2016
Technical interviews can be grueling and filled with potential pitfalls. But you can up your chances of nailing them and landing that dream IT job with the right preparation. Here are 8 sites that offer sneak peeks at technical job interview questions at companies including Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon.
Microsoft: No Support For Windows 7, Windows 8.1 PCs With New CPUs
News  |  1/18/2016
Enterprises and consumers who purchase hardware with new CPUs will no longer have the option of running Windows 7 and 8.1 on their new systems. But one set of buyers will receive a temporary reprieve.
iPhone 7 Could Offer Significant Camera Advancements
Commentary  |  1/18/2016
Patents filed by Apple suggest the company is working on a bevy of new features for the iPhone 7's camera, such as dual-shooting modes.
Apple Readies iPad Air 3, Minor Apple Watch Refresh
News  |  1/18/2016
Apple is reportedly planning to release the latest version of the iPad Air -- the iPad Air 3 -- in March. However, the same reports find that the company is only offering a few new features with its Apple Watch refresh.
Amazon Adds 'Scheduled' Reserved Instances To Server List
News  |  1/18/2016
Amazon Web Services has created what it calls "Scheduled Reserved Instances," a variation to its low cost Reserved Instances, which is scheduled to run at specific times.
IT Change Control: 8 Ways To Improve Your Processes
Slideshows  |  1/18/2016
The words "change control" may seem like an oxymoron, but that is exactly what IT is charged with doing each time the business asks for a new application, service, or device. But IT change control processes are often mired in an outdated culture that's not in line with today's business technology reality. Here's what you can do to bring your IT change control processes up to date.
Ford's Autonomous Car: Under The Hood
Commentary  |  1/18/2016
Ford is building an autonomous car and the technology for the test vehicle is more familiar than you might think.
How Mobile OS Updates Can Kill Your Productivity
Commentary  |  1/18/2016
Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are designed for the current operating system they ship with, either iOS or Android, and maybe the next update. If you (or your employees) have an aging device, the latest OS update might wreak havoc on its performance. How can we avoid the over-the-air update trap?
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