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Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition Available For Pre-Order
News  |  2/29/2016  | 
Microsoft kicked off its HoloLens Development Edition pre-orders Monday, as it moves one step closer to expanding the ecosystem for the augmented reality device.
WhatsApp Hastening Demise Of BlackBerry
Commentary  |  2/29/2016  | 
Popular messaging service WhatsApp is going to stop supporting all BlackBerry platforms by the end of the year, making the fading OS even more irrelevant than it already is.
iPhone, Watch, iPad Updates Now Expected March 21
News  |  2/29/2016  | 
Apple's event is now expected for March 21. Reports say the event, which was originally expected for March 15, includes updates to the Apple Watch, the iPhone, and the iPad.
Raspberry Pi 3 Offers New Chip, Bluetooth, WiFi For $35
News  |  2/29/2016  | 
The Raspberry Pi Foundation, the UK-based microcomputer specialist, is marking its fourth anniversary on Feb. 29 with the release of the Raspberry Pi 3, which offers new features, including Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities. The foundation is also keeping the price at $35.
How Serverless Applications Will Change Your Business
News  |  2/29/2016  | 
Can applications be composed almost entirely of microservices in the cloud, running with a smart user device? That's the promise of serverless applications. Here's how they work, and what they'll mean for your business.
VMware CEO Gelsinger Talks IBM Venture, Dell-EMC Deal
News  |  2/29/2016  | 
We sat down with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger during the 2016 Mobile World Congress to learn more about the company's strategic partnership with IBM. Gelsinger also opened up about how the Dell-EMC deal has been affecting VMware's business, and shared an update on partner relationships.
10 IoT Development Best Practices For Success
Slideshows  |  2/29/2016  | 
IoT development is more than embedded programming and more than enterprise application building. Here are 10 things you should know about building applications that require a bit of everything.
Windows 10 PCs, Tablets, Hybrids Take MWC Spotlight
Slideshows  |  2/28/2016  | 
Microsoft partners debuted laptops and hybrids designed for Windows 10 during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona.
Google's Hadoop Offerings, Rutgers Analytics Program: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/28/2016  | 
Google's managed Hadoop- and Spark-as-a-Service offerings have gone to general availability. Rutgers University is offering a big data and data analytics remote learning certificate program. Alteryx is expanding its predictive analytics offerings. We've got all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Feb. 28, 2016.
MWC 2016 Paves Path For Connected Cars
Commentary  |  2/28/2016  | 
Autonomous and connected cars were spotlighted at this year's Mobile World Congress. With 44 million of these vehicles expected to hit the road by 2030, tech companies such as Nokia Networks and Qualcomm are joining car manufacturers to roll out state-of-the-art features.
Apple Should Have Same Confidentiality Rights As Attorneys, Priests
Commentary  |  2/27/2016  | 
Technology companies know more about us than our loved ones, attorneys, or priests. To balance the availability of that information in matters of public safety, businesses should have a limited exemption from being required to provide such information.
5 Hot Virtual Reality Picks From MWC 2016
Slideshows  |  2/27/2016  | 
Virtual reality was the spicy side dish to the main serving of smartphones at Mobile World Congress this year. Products on display included headsets, 360-degree cameras, and immersive gaming devices. Here are our five favorite picks from the show floor.
Windows 10 Devices, New Android Apps Launch: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/27/2016  | 
Microsoft this week released Windows 10 Mobile and PC builds, acquired Xamarin, launched new Android apps, and voiced support for Apple in its fight with the FBI.
Microsoft Azure, Office 365 Get Boosted Security With New Tools
News  |  2/26/2016  | 
Microsoft touts Azure Security Center's new security management and reporting options, and rolls out new cloud app security.
Smartphones, 5G, VR Trump Wearables, Tablets At MWC 2016
Commentary  |  2/26/2016  | 
Talk about smartphones, the rush to 5G, and virtual reality dominated Mobile World Congress this year. That meant that wearables and tablets had to take a back seat this time around.
Microsoft, Facebook And Google Take Apple's Side In FBI Showdown
News  |  2/26/2016  | 
Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, and Google parent company Alphabet will file a joint brief to support Apple in its battle with the FBI.
Apple Preps 9.7-Inch iPad Pro For March 15 Event
News  |  2/26/2016  | 
At an anticipated March 15 event, Apple will grow its iPad Pro line to include a new 9.7-inch model, according to a report in 9to5Mac. With overall iPad sales slowing, more Pro options will help Apple with its still-growing enterprise business.
Hadoop Ecosystem Evolves: 10 Cool Big Data Projects
Slideshows  |  2/26/2016  | 
In the 10 years since developers created Hadoop to wrangle the challenges that came with big data, the ecosystem for these technologies has evolved. The Apache Software Foundation is teeming with open source big data technology projects. Here's a look at some significant projects, and a peek at some up-and-comers.
How Storytelling Makes Robots, AI More Human
News  |  2/26/2016  | 
Researchers are using storytelling to teach a robot how to be more ethical and potentially put to rest fears of dangerous artificial intelligence agents taking over the world.
Apple Claims FBI iPhone Cracking Demands Are Unconstitutional
News  |  2/26/2016  | 
Apple argues in a court filing that the government is asking for "boundless" power in its bid to get the company to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
MWC 2016 Best In Show: Galaxy S7, LG's G5, More
Slideshows  |  2/26/2016  | 
Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile trade show, didn't disappoint this year, as smartphone makers including Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Xiaomi, and others introduced compelling new devices.
Google Wants Less Reliable Hard Disks
News  |  2/25/2016  | 
With less reliable hard disks tuned for collective operation, Google believes cloud data can be kept more affordably and securely.
Google Fiber Rolling Out In San Francisco
News  |  2/25/2016  | 
Google is gearing up to bring its speedy service to San Francisco, but it's planning to piggyback on existing networks rather than relying on the city's official fiber system.
Apple Preparing Enhanced iPhone Security, NYT Reports
News  |  2/25/2016  | 
The struggle between Apple, the FBI and the US Justice Department speaks to a need for critical discussions about the ramifications and rules in a changing world. The New York Times reports Apple is looking to make it even harder to crack the iPhone's security, while CEO Tim Cook continues to defend his company.
Microsoft Buys Xamarin To Broaden Mobile Footprint
News  |  2/25/2016  | 
Microsoft acquires Xamarin, which specializes in cross-platform mobile app development, to strengthen its mobile portfolio.
Salesforce Revenue Jumps 25% As Enterprises Go Digital
News  |  2/25/2016  | 
Salesforce has reported big revenue increases for the fourth quarter and full year, citing corporate spending for enterprise apps that goes beyond IT budgets. Executives told analysts that Salesforce is more frequently dealing directly with CEOs who are spending according to digital transformation needs, not IT budgets.
CenturyLink Mounts Multi-Pronged Security As A Service Offering
News  |  2/25/2016  | 
CenturyLink has added server log monitoring and historical analysis of log data for real time protections to its managed security suite.
Legacy IT Systems: Hidden Risks Revealed
Commentary  |  2/25/2016  | 
Don't keep legacy systems around. They introduce hidden risk to your organization. Jonathan Feldman, CIO for the City of Asheville, N.C., offers firsthand advice on how to land that plane before it crashes.
Google Docs Gets Voice Typing, Editing
News  |  2/25/2016  | 
Google's improved speech recognition allows editing and formatting of Docs files with its new Voice typing feature.
iPhone Encryption: 5 Ways It's Changed Over Time
Slideshows  |  2/25/2016  | 
Apple's battle with the FBI has put iPhone encryption in the spotlight. However, some might be surprised that the company's encryption efforts have evolved slowly and are not that different from those of other smartphone makers. Here's a look at the 5 phases of the process so far.
Spotify Now Rocks On Google's Cloud
News  |  2/24/2016  | 
Despite early fears over public cloud security and uptime, large companies like Netflix and Spotify are increasingly embracing the notion of moving all their systems onto the public cloud. Here's why.
BlackBerry Buys Encription Limited For Security Push
News  |  2/24/2016  | 
BlackBerry has acquired cyber-security firm Encription Limited to fortify the offerings in its new Professional Cybersecurity Services division.
Asus Settles FTC Charges, Agrees To 20 Years Of Supervision
News  |  2/24/2016  | 
Asus has settled charges leveled against it by the FTC. The agency accused the router maker of putting the home networks of "hundreds of thousands of consumers" at risk. The company has agreed to 20 years of supervision.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Smartphone Targets iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7
Commentary  |  2/24/2016  | 
Chinese phone maker Xiaomi made a big splash in Barcelona Feb. 24 with the Mi 5, a metal-and-glass handset that costs half as much as the competition. The company is targeting Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy lineup with this low-cost smartphone.
RHEL On Azure: What Took So Long?
News  |  2/24/2016  | 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux joins the crowd of Linuxes now available on Microsoft's Azure. It's the last to do so. How soon will OpenShift follow?
Security Concerns Continue Amid Cloud Adoption
News  |  2/24/2016  | 
While most top IT executives at companies of all sizes continue to express concern about the security of data in the cloud, that hasn't slowed their move to embrace this new infrastructure as a home for corporate data. A new survey and report reveal their top security nightmares and provides some recommendations about how to protect data in the cloud.
Apple: FBI Wants Access To Many Different iPhones
News  |  2/24/2016  | 
Despite the FBI's insistence that it's focused on the San Bernardino terrorism case, authorities want access to more than one iPhone.
8 Secret Habits Of Successful CIOs
Slideshows  |  2/24/2016  | 
CIOs today must keep the lights on, but also transform the business to meet the demands of real-time customer requirements. How do they stay productive? How do they find the right people to hire? What traits do they nurture? What secrets keep them ahead of the game? We've collected the top secret habits of successful CIOs here.
Facebook Finds 3.2 Billion People Had Internet Access In 2015
News  |  2/23/2016  | 
Despite advances in expanding global Internet connectivity, the number of people who are not connected to the Internet still far outweighs the number of those who are, according to a Facebook report.
Bill Gates Weighs In On Apple Vs. FBI Encryption Battle
News  |  2/23/2016  | 
Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates adds his opinion to the Apple vs. FBI debate. The government has demanded Apple grant access to the locked iPhone of a suspected terrorist.
Intel, AT&T Agree To Test LTE-Connected Drones
News  |  2/23/2016  | 
Drones connected to LTE will be able to fly farther and more securely, opening new business use-cases. Intel and AT&T are working together to make this happen.
Docker Launches End-To-End Container Management
News  |  2/23/2016  | 
The container engine supplier wants to help usher containers from development into production via IT operations.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Vs. LG G5: MWC Smartphone Smackdown
Commentary  |  2/23/2016  | 
South Korean titans Samsung and LG both fielded new flagship smartphones in Barcelona -- the Galaxy S7 and the G5. Which is the better pick? We compare the specs and put the two handsets head-to-head.
Google Cloud Vision API Gives Glimpse Into AI, Machine Learning
Commentary  |  2/23/2016  | 
Hot on the heels of Microsoft's Project Oxford, Google is bringing its Cloud Vision API into beta. The offering allows software developers to create new ways of reading faces and emotions to help push the limits of what can be done with AI and machine learning.
Forced Updates: Here Comes Drama And Expense
Commentary  |  2/23/2016  | 
Pushing software updates creates big problems for the enterprise, and CIOs need to use their purchasing clout and register their displeasure.
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: An Up-Close Look
Slideshows  |  2/23/2016  | 
Competent and compelling, Samsung's latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, don't break new ground, but they're solid high-end offerings. The company also unveiled a VR camera and other device initiatives.
Mobile App Development Gets Enterprise Friendly Boost
News  |  2/23/2016  | 
The enterprise mobile app market is booming. JAMF, IBM, MobileIron, and VMware -- along with more than 60 partners -- aim to help mobile developers make their apps more enterprise friendly and maintainable. Here's what their community approach can mean for your business.
Zuckerberg Hits MWC To Talk Drones, AI, VR
News  |  2/22/2016  | 
In his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his vision of how drones could be used to deliver Internet services to poor populations, and talked about the future of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
IBM Expands Swift Use, Partners With GitHub, Unveils 'Connect' Offerings
Commentary  |  2/22/2016  | 
At the InterConnect conference, IBM announced new partnerships with VMware and GitHub as well as expanded use of Apple's Swift. The moves extend IBM's reach into the cloud and mobile development.
Samsung, LG And HTC Launch VR Offerings At MWC
News  |  2/22/2016  | 
Virtual reality headsets and devices fell into sharp focus at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with several smartphone makers unveiling their latest move into the VR sector.
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