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9 Scripting Languages You Need To Know
Slideshows  |  11/22/2015
Scripting languages can bring new functions to applications and glue complex systems together. Here are nine that could hold the keys to your next project.
Apple Pencil Coming To Best Buy, Report Claims
News  |  11/22/2015
Apple is partnering again with Best Buy to increase the availability of its products. This time it's to help boost the availability of the Apple Pencil, a key accessory for the iPad Pro.
Data Skills Pay Off, Nate Silver Strikes Again: Big Data Roundup
News  |  11/22/2015
Our Big Data Roundup for the week of Nov. 22 spotlights a hiring algorithm that's smarter than hiring managers, identifies which big data skills are worth the most in today's job market, explores whether Donald Trump has a chance to win the US presidential elections, and much more.
Microsoft, Volvo Partner To Sell Cars Using HoloLens
Commentary  |  11/21/2015
Microsoft and Volvo show off their plans to make car buying a more virtual experience using Redmond's augmented reality headset.
Microsoft Black Friday Deals: Xbox, PC, Surface
News  |  11/21/2015
Microsoft kicks off the holiday season by slashing prices on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Surface 3, and PCs from Dell, HP, Asus and Lenovo.
Satya Nadella Talks Security, Dynamics AX Updated: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  11/21/2015
This week Satya Nadella discussed enterprise security, Microsoft joined forces with HP Enterprise, and Dynamics AX was updated for cloud, machine learning, and Power BI.
Microsoft, HP Enterprise Partnership Focuses On Windows 10, Cloud & Mobility
News  |  11/20/2015
Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise extend their partnership to offer cloud, mobility, and productivity solutions designed to broaden Windows 10 adoption.
LG Spikes Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Over Hardware Issues
News  |  11/20/2015
LG abruptly halted sales of its Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE due to unspecified problems with the hardware. The move comes less than a week after the smartwatch's launch.
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.
Amazon Adds Multi-Factor Authentication: Why Now?
Commentary  |  11/20/2015
Amazon has quietly added support for multi-factor authentication for customers using its ecommerce site in the US. Why would the company do this now?
Google Turns To Diane Greene To Lead Cloud Effort
News  |  11/20/2015
Google has picked a member of its board of directors, Diane Greene, to lead a "combined cloud" team in competing for enterprise business.
Containers March Into Mainstream With Security, Management Updates
Commentary  |  11/20/2015
Containers are making unrelenting advances into production systems, thanks to better security and management platforms from the likes of Docker, HP, Red Hat, and VMware.
Best And Worst Tech Cities For Drivers
Slideshows  |  11/20/2015
Your commute, whether it's bumper-to-bumper or a breeze, can play a major role in your work-life balance. It can extend or take away hours from time with family and friends. We count down the top tech cities that have the most and least traffic congestion.
IBM Aims To Bring Sports Venues Into The Digital Age
News  |  11/19/2015
IBM has announced a consortium of architects, telecoms, and digital designers to bring immersive digital experiences to sporting and entertainment venues. Big Blue also launched a consulting service covering sports, entertainment, and experience.
Salesforce Posts Big Q3 Revenue Growth
News  |  11/19/2015
Cloud-based enterprise software provider Salesforce reported strong revenue growth for the third quarter and raised its revenue guidance for the full year. Here are the details.
Google Tests Streaming Apps From The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/19/2015
In a bid to make content that's buried in apps searchable, Google will stream apps to Android smartphones.
LG's Mobile Payment Platform May Target Apple, Google, Samsung
News  |  11/19/2015
LG's mobile payment platform would coincide with the launch of the company's flagship V10 smartphone, which boasts fingerprint technology.
Paris Terror Attacks Renew Encryption Debate
Commentary  |  11/19/2015
The terror attacks in Paris on November 13 have reignited a long-running debate about whether device makers and app developers should be required to give government agencies a backdoor or to hand over encryption keys.
Cloudera Releases Navigator Optimizer Suite In Beta
News  |  11/19/2015
Along with the 5.5 version of its Enterprise big data platform, Cloudera is rolling out a beta version of its Navigation Optimizer data management suite to existing customers.
Microsoft Dynamics AX Upgrade Integrates Power BI, Machine Learning
News  |  11/19/2015
The next generation of Microsoft's Dynamics AX, redesigned for cloud and upgraded with Power BI, Azure Machine Learning, and Cortana, is available for public preview.
Oxford Dictionaries Picks An Emoji As Word Of The Year
News  |  11/19/2015
Oxford Dictionaries couldn't find a word to name as the word of the year. Here's why it's bad news for the English language, and good news for lovers of all things tech.
8 iPhone Security Apps To Keep Your Data Safe
Slideshows  |  11/19/2015
Keeping your iPhone safe from cracked screens and dings on the outside is hard enough, but with the rise of malware and hackers targeting your precious smartphone, you have to think about securing what's inside. Here are some apps to help you do that.
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.
Gartner: Apple, Samsung Still Dominating Global Smartphone Sales
News  |  11/18/2015
Stalwart market leaders Samsung and Apple maintained their leading positions during the third quarter of 2015, while Huawei posted surprisingly robust growth, according to Gartner.
Apple Pay, Samsung Pay Push Into More Markets
Commentary  |  11/18/2015
Apple and Samsung are looking abroad to increase adoption of their respective mobile payment services.
Forrester: In The Cloud, The Big Get Bigger
News  |  11/18/2015
Forrester says cloud challengers will have a hard time competing with incumbents in 2016. AWS, IBM, and Microsoft are "innovating like startups."
Nate Silver Predicts 2016 Presidential Race At Salesforce World Tour
News  |  11/18/2015
Nate Silver, the world's most famous statistician, offered his perspectives on the news media, political polling, and what will happen in the 2016 US presidential election during a presentation at the Salesforce World Tour in New York today. Here's what he said.
Google+ Mobile Refresh: Will Revamp Get Users Engaging?
News  |  11/18/2015
Google's social media platform claims a high number of users but little active engagement. Now, the company is hoping a revamped Google+ that is designed for mobile will succeed.
Virtual Desktops Make The Grade At USC
Commentary  |  11/18/2015
USC Viterbi School of Engineering is finding that VDI can replace computer labs for high-demand engineering students.
Salesforce Adds New Predictive Analytics To Marketing Cloud
News  |  11/18/2015
Salesforce is rolling out new features to its Marketing Cloud this week, leveraging machine learning and data science to add real-time predictive customer scoring and audience segmentation. Here are the details.
IBM Watson Trend App: Big Data Meets Holiday Shopping
News  |  11/18/2015
The IBM Watson Trend app aims to use big data to ease your holiday shopping. Available today online and in the Apple App Store, Big Blue's goal is to eventually to develop the app's capabilities to provide trend insights for enterprises as well as consumers.
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.
Insider Threats: 10 Ways To Protect Your Data
Slideshows  |  11/18/2015
While IT focuses on outside threats, danger lurks from within -- your employees. Whether intentional or unintentional, data breaches resulting from workers mishandling data can be prevented. Here's a look at 10 ways it can be done effectively.
Comic: Internet Of Annoying Things
Commentary  |  11/17/2015
By the time the hype dies down, maybe the Internet of Things will be a reality.
Microsoft Uses Minecraft To Teach Kids To Code
Commentary  |  11/17/2015
Microsoft has teamed with Code.org to roll out a Minecraft-themed coding tutorial as part of the annual Hour of Code. The event aims to inspire broader interest in programming and help create the next generation of coders.
Google Voice Search Now Groks Meaning Behind Queries
Commentary  |  11/17/2015
An update to Google voice search improves its ability to understand complex inquiries.
Docker Tightens Security Over Container Vulnerabilities
News  |  11/17/2015
Docker unveils three ways to make containers more secure, especially when code is changed during its update cycle.
Asus, Google Chromebit Officially Launches For $85
News  |  11/17/2015
The Chromebit, created by Asus and Google, is the latest in a series of PC-on-a-stick devices that boast low prices and compact form-factors. This version will retail for $85.
VMware Open Sources Photon Controller For Container Users
News  |  11/17/2015
VMware's Photon Controller became open source code Nov. 16 in a bid to attract container users who wish to deploy containers with a microvisor.
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.
Data Science Skills To Boost Your Salary
Slideshows  |  11/17/2015
Are you a data scientist wondering how your compensation stacks up to your peers? Or are you considering a career shift to data science? Here's a look at how much you can expect to earn.
HP Enterprise Embraces Docker, Containers
News  |  11/16/2015
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has aligned its offerings from application development to deployment to monitoring and management with Docker container technology.
Apple's Tim Cook: No Mac, iPad Convergence Plans
Commentary  |  11/16/2015
In an interview with an Irish newspaper Apple CEO Tim Cook said there are no plans to create a Mac and iPad hybrid.
Microsoft Android App Porting Reportedly Delayed
News  |  11/16/2015
Microsoft may not allow developers to port Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile, as indicated by delays in its Project Astoria tool.
Huawei: New Battery Charging Process Is 10X Faster
Commentary  |  11/16/2015
Huawei's new process is 10 times faster at delivering a charge than current methods, which could make battery life practically irrelevant.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Defends Use Of Safety Check
News  |  11/16/2015
After facing criticism for not activating the Safety Check feature following the terror attacks in Beirut, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg defends its use in Paris following Friday's terrorist attacks.
Rackspace Carina Promises Simplified Containerized Workloads
News  |  11/16/2015
Rackspace opens Carina service, which promises to make it simpler and faster to move containerized workloads to Rackspace and manage them once they are there.
Intel Chief Data Scientist Shares Secrets To Successful Projects
News  |  11/16/2015
Before joining Intel, the company's first-ever Chief Data Scientist created models to predict the stock market, improve glaucoma diagnostics, and include unstructured data in healthcare applications. Here's what Bob Rogers is doing now at Intel and his advice for fellow and future data scientists.
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.
Surface Pro 4 Vs. iPad Pro: High-End Hybrid Showdown
Slideshows  |  11/16/2015
Apple and Microsoft are targeting the enterprise with high-end hybrid devices. We compare the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4 specs and promises. Which would you buy?
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