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Google, Ford Partnering On Self-Driving Vehicles, Report Claims
News  |  12/22/2015
A Yahoo Autos report claims that Google and Ford are about to team up to make self-driving vehicles a bigger presence on American highways.
3 Reasons To Step Up Your Tech Job Hunt Over The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/22/2015
Despite all the lavish parties and generous vacation time given at many tech companies this time of year, surprisingly, there are hiring managers who like to review resumes over the holidays, according to one recruiting expert.
Why It's Time To Say Goodbye To IT
Commentary  |  12/22/2015
A modest proposal for eliminating IT and making something better.
9 iPhone Apps To Help You Survive The Holidays
Slideshows  |  12/22/2015
Are you stretched too thin from juggling so many holiday plans and responsibilities that you need some help? There's an app for that. Here's our list of free or cheap apps from Apple's App Store to help you survive the holidays.
Microsoft Buys Talko Messaging App From Ray Ozzie
News  |  12/21/2015
Microsoft will acquire messaging startup Talko from its former exec Ray Ozzie, but he won't be rejoining the company.
Comic: The Ghost Of CIO Future
Commentary  |  12/21/2015
As CIOs lose control of the budget to the business, the future looks more frightening if it goes unaltered.
Priv Sales Help Boost BlackBerry's Sagging Fortunes
News  |  12/21/2015
BlackBerry's latest financial report reflected a smaller quarterly loss and first revenue gain in over two years.
Apple, Facebook And Google Are Top Apps Of 2015
Commentary  |  12/21/2015
Three Silicon Valley tech giants, Apple, Facebook, and Google, account for the lion's share of app usage on smartphones and tablets in the US, according to Nielsen.
Apple To Pay Ericsson iPhone, iPad Royalties
Commentary  |  12/21/2015
Ericsson and Apple called a truce to their ongoing patent-infringement claims and signed a global cross-licensing agreement that has Apple paying royalties on wireless devices.
Apple's Tim Cook Defends Encryption, Labor Practices In China
News  |  12/21/2015
Charlie Rose sat down with Tim Cook and other major players on the team at Apple for an in-depth look at the inner workings of the company during an interview on CBS's 60 Minutes.
Cloud Foundry Launches Cross-Vendor Cloud Service Certification
News  |  12/21/2015
Cloud Foundry aims to become the cross-vendor platform for producing the next generation of applications with new cloud supplier certification.
Structuring Your Data Team: 9 Best Practices
Slideshows  |  12/21/2015
Hire or grow from within? Structuring a data team isn't easy because there's no one way to do it right. Here's a look at some pitfalls and best practices.
10 Hot Tech Toys For The Holidays
Slideshows  |  12/21/2015
Scrambling to get last-minute gifts for the kids on your list? The Toy Industry Association recently announced its list of finalists for its upcoming 2016 Toy of the Year Awards. The categories E-Connected Toy of the Year and Innovative Toy of the Year are two worth watching when filling out your list.
Best Mobile Tech Of 2015: Our Top 10 List
Slideshows  |  12/20/2015
The last 12 months haven't produced radical change in the mobile tech space, but the needle has definitely moved forward. Here's a look at InformationWeek's Top 10 list of the best mobile tech of 2015.
Fighting Evil AI, IBM Opens Watson IoT HQ: Big Data Roundup
News  |  12/20/2015
Elon Musk invests in AI to benefit humanity. Microsoft is acquiring SQL queries for all data by all users. IBM is connecting Watson with IoT via APIs. All of those and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Dec. 20.
Apple's Tim Cook Staunchly Defends Corporate Tax Payments
News  |  12/20/2015
In an interview with 60 Minutes, Apple CEO Tim Cooks defends how the company pays its corporate taxes and calls criticism of the tech firm "political crap." There's also a behind-the-scenes look with Jony Ive.
Microsoft Delays Windows 10 Mobile For Older Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/19/2015
Microsoft will not deliver Windows 10 Mobile to older smartphones this month as promised.
Apple, Samsung Bring Mobile Payment Face-Off To China
News  |  12/19/2015
Apple and Samsung have struck separate deals with China's UnionPay bank to bring their mobile payment services to the Chinese market in 2016.
Windows 10 Build Released, HoloLens Showcase: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  12/19/2015
This week brought the first Redstone build for Windows 10, Office app updates for Android, and a HoloLens developer experience at the Microsoft NYC store.
Microsoft Acquires Analytics Insights Startup Metanautix
News  |  12/19/2015
Microsoft is acquiring an analytics SQL query startup founded by an ex-Google engineer and an ex-Facebook engineer. Metanautix enables the creation of software-defined data marts.
Windows 10 Now Ready For Chinese Market
Commentary  |  12/18/2015
Microsoft and the government of China have come to a new agreement that will bring Windows 10 to the Chinese market. However, this version of Windows will conform to certain state demands.
Apple Names Jeff Williams COO In Executive Shakeup
News  |  12/18/2015
Jeff Williams, often known as "Tim Cook's Tim Cook" at Apple, will take the position of COO. The appointment was one of number of executive changes announced by the company this week.
Techsmith Loop: Enterprise Video Coaching
Commentary  |  12/18/2015
Techsmith Loop brings video coaching to enterprise process improvement.
Surveillance Bill Slipped Into Federal Spending Budget
Commentary  |  12/18/2015
The controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) has been wrapped in crucial legislation handling much of the federal government's funding.
7 Tech Gifts For Pet Lovers
Slideshows  |  12/18/2015
Because fur and circuits belong together.
Oracle Touts Cloud Revenue Growth In Tough Second Quarter
News  |  12/17/2015
Oracle said that global currency pressure had a negative impact on its total revenues and net profit, which were down for its second quarter. Executives put the focus on the company's relatively small but fast growing cloud revenue instead, at a time when Oracle is moving from its traditional on-premises business to a hybrid cloud approach.
Smartwatch Shipments Primed To Explode, IDC Predicts
Commentary  |  12/17/2015
IDC expects consumers to adopt smartwatches in record numbers over the next year, with the Apple Watch leading the way.
California Releases Draft Regulations For Self-Driving Vehicles
News  |  12/17/2015
California's Department of Motor Vehicles has released draft regulations that will establish the guidelines for public use of self-driving vehicles on the Golden State's roads.
Comic: Hacking Santa
Commentary  |  12/17/2015
Santa's datacenter is the most secure in the world.
User Groups Matter To Vendors: Here's Why
Commentary  |  12/17/2015
InformationWeek recently interviewed three vendor executives who spend their professional lives building and sustaining business-oriented user groups. Here's what we learned about this symbiotic relationship.
Intuit CIO: Changing The Way Projects Are Managed
Commentary  |  12/17/2015
Intuit's IAC project has brought data together from all over the company. The insight provided is changing the way the company sees its products and customers.
Geek Gift Guide For The Holidays
Slideshows  |  12/17/2015
Here's a look at 10 great presents any geek would be glad to get for the holidays.
IBM, Apple Deliver 100-Plus Enterprise iOS Apps
Commentary  |  12/16/2015
IBM announces that its partnership with Apple has yielded more than 100 IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps.
Google's Project Fi Now Supports Tablets
Commentary  |  12/16/2015
Tablet owners can now add their iPad, Nexus, or Galaxy tablet to Google's Project Fi wireless service for 4G LTE Web surfing.
Ford Will Start Testing Its Self-Driving Car In 2016
News  |  12/16/2015
Following an announcement about its $4.5 billion investment in electric vehicles, Ford is also moving forward with self-driving car tests. Its driverless Fusion vehicle will start cruising California streets in 2016.
Windows 10: Driving Enterprise Upgrades, PC Sales
News  |  12/16/2015
The next two years will bring accelerated adoption of Windows 10 and new devices within the enterprise, which could help the overall PC market, according to new analysis from Gartner.
Universities Expand Curriculum To Meet Data Scientist Demand
News  |  12/16/2015
Technological advances and market forces are driving demand for data scientists, and universities are stepping up to fill the need by expanding their curriculums. Here's a closer look at some of the programs.
Cloud In 2015: Year Of Shake-up, Consolidation, Advance
News  |  12/16/2015
Cloud computing showed a rapidly changing face in 2015 as many vendors altered their strategies to deal with Amazon's clear dominance. Check out these seven gains and three setbacks that prove how volatile the cloud was over the past year.
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.
Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts: Pros And Cons
Slideshows  |  12/16/2015
If you're a bit confused by what a dedicated host cloud service can do for you, rest assured you're not alone. We'll help you figure out when your IT department should choose to deploy dedicated hosts.
Dell To Sell Perot To Finance EMC Deal, Reports Say
Commentary  |  12/15/2015
The $67 billion deal between Dell and EMC is on track for approval. However, Dell needs to finance the acquisition, and it may sell its Perot Systems division to raise $5 billion, according to several reports.
Google Updates Maps, Inbox And Wallet With Cool Features
Commentary  |  12/15/2015
Google has added a number of new features to its mobile apps for Android and iOS devices.
Apple's Secret Taiwan Facility Focuses On Next-Gen Displays
News  |  12/15/2015
Apple has been working on next-generation display technology in a nondescript office park outside Taipei, according to Bloomberg. The focus is on screens for new versions of the iPhone and iPad.
Google Begins Alpha Testing Its CDN For Cloud
Commentary  |  12/15/2015
Google announced the alpha testing of its own Content Delivery Network for the company's cloud computing platform. Google's CDN offering is a direct response to similar services from AWS and Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Bing Pulse Rebranded As Microsoft Pulse
News  |  12/15/2015
Customer engagement platform Bing Pulse has been rebranded Microsoft Pulse, a service that integrates with products like Power BI and Skype for Business.
IBM's Watson Taps APIs, Learning Centers For IoT Expansion
News  |  12/15/2015
IBM has released several APIs and opened a new global headquarters for its Watson IoT effort. Here's an update on the company's cognitive computing plan to use Watson to analyze IoT data.
11 Things Computer Users Will Never Experience Again
Slideshows  |  12/15/2015
Once upon a time, microcomputers weren't all-in-one devices. They were put together from standalone components, each with its technical merits -- and we had to know all about every one of them.
Samsung's Galaxy S7 Will Mimic iPhone's 3D Touch
Commentary  |  12/14/2015
Samsung's next-generation flagship, expected in March, will feature a pressure-sensitive screen similar to that of the Apple iPhone 6s, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Elon Musk Co-Chairs OpenAI, A NonProfit AI Research Firm
News  |  12/14/2015
The goal of OpenAI is to advance artificial intelligence technology without the burdens of financial obligations. To help, Elon Musk and others have pledged $1 billion to start the project.
Facebook At Work Slated For 2016 Debut
News  |  12/14/2015
Facebook for Work -- a stripped-down version of the world's most popular social networking site -- will officially debut in the coming months, according to a number of different media reports.
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