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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.
Comic: Disaster Recovery-As-A-Service
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
Not everyone can afford this pricey service, but many will find it the best option in case of a harmful breach.
HP Elite x3 Brings Windows 10 Mobile To Businesses
News  |  2/22/2016
HP bets big on Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile with its Elite x3, designed to be your smartphone, laptop, and desktop.
Lenovo Unveils New Smartphones, Tablets And Notebooks At MWC
News  |  2/22/2016
Variety, low prices, and clean designs are clear themes for Lenovo, which introduced Android phones, Windows 10 convertible laptops, and tablets at Mobile World Congress 2016.
LG G5 Looks To Shake Up Smartphone Sales
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
The LG G5 is the most distinctive handset to grace the show floor at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, with its stand-out modular design.
Mobile App Dev: 3 Trends That Will Shake Up Your Strategy
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
Industry analyst Peter Crocker outlines three emerging technology trends that will have you rethinking your organization's mobile development strategy.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Lacks Wow Factor
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
Samsung pulled an Apple. Rather than impress with brand-new designs, Samsung recycled last year's models with a few added features in the much hyped Galaxy S7.
Outsourcing Data Science: What You Need To Know
News  |  2/22/2016
More companies are creating data science capabilities to enable competitive advantages. Because data science talent is rare and the demand for such talent is high, organizations often work with outsourced partners to fill important skill gaps. Here are a few reasons to consider outsourcing. What can go right and wrong along the way?
Wearable Tech Finds Its Style
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
A new generation of wearable fitness devices is focused on style, for those who want it, and on convenience, as in built into shoes or earbuds.
8 Reasons Cloud Email Is A Smart Move Now
Slideshows  |  2/22/2016
If you've been dragging your feet on migrating your company's email to a cloud service, here's why it's time to reconsider.
9 Windows 10 Apps For A Productivity Edge
Slideshows  |  2/21/2016
Microsoft has made productivity a core focus in Windows 10 and Office, but the Windows Store has more tools you can use to get things done.
Tim Cook Vs. FBI: Why Apple Is Fighting The Good Fight
Commentary  |  2/21/2016
A court has told Apple to compromise an iPhone owned by one of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people. But Apple should not be required to enlist in the war on bad things.
Spark Spreads, Apache Arrow Accepted: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/21/2016
Databricks announced a free community edition of Spark along with free training materials. Apache Arrow became a project within the Apache Software Foundation. And SAP announced support for Spark in its Predictive Analytics platform. We've got that and more in our big data roundup for the week of Feb. 21, 2016.
Mobile World Congress 2016: Expect Galaxy S7, LG G5, More
Commentary  |  2/20/2016
Smartphone makers from around the globe are gathering in Barcelona starting Feb. 20 to show off their newest handsets. Here's what's on tap from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and others.
Apple Fixes iPhone Error 53 With iOS Update
News  |  2/20/2016
Apple has pushed a software update to fix the "Error 53" problem plaguing iPhone users who got third-party repairs.
Windows 10 Lands At DoD, Outlook Web Launch: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/20/2016
Microsoft this week debuted Outlook.com, group video calls on Skype for iOS and Android, the Lumia 650, and several new features on Windows 10.
Yahoo Forms Committee To Explore Possible Sale, Options
News  |  2/19/2016
Yahoo has formed a strategic committee, made up of its independent board members, to reach out to interested parties in transacting a deal as the company faces greater pressure from activist shareholder Starboard Value to sell its core assets.
Smartphone Pricing's Up, But Customers Are Happier
News  |  2/19/2016
J.D. Power reports that costs for smartphone customers have increased, but that these consumers are happier than they've ever been -- especially with AT&T.
9 Reasons To Crowdsource Data Science Projects
Slideshows  |  2/19/2016
The data science talent shortage has some companies thinking outside the box. Even if your company employs a formidable data science team, you would likely still benefit from third-party ideas or solutions. Data science competitions and other forms of crowdsourcing offer viable means of advancing the art of the possible relatively quickly and cost-effectively. We share some of the possibilities.
Illumio Brings Active Directory To Dynamic Security
News  |  2/19/2016
Startup Illumio can apply individual security policies to application users on premises and in the cloud.
Google Introduces 'Roll Your Own' Option On Compute Engine
News  |  2/19/2016
Google is now offering Custom Machine Type servers that its customers can configure the way they want. While this option had been in beta, the company is now making the service generally available.
NFL CIO: Super Bowl 50 Tech Was A Game-Changer
News  |  2/19/2016
NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle said Super Bowl 50 was as good as the game has ever been from an operations standpoint.
11 Tech Trailblazers To Honor For Black History Month
Slideshows  |  2/19/2016
In honor of Black History Month, we highlight the achievements of 11 pioneers and innovators in the field of science and technology.
Skype Group Video Chats Arrive On iOS, Android
News  |  2/18/2016
Microsoft officially launches group video chats for smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android.
Android, iOS Own 98% Of Smartphone Market, Gartner Finds
Commentary  |  2/18/2016
Apple's iOS and Google's Android leave little more than a pittance for Windows and BlackBerry, according to new estimates from Gartner.
IBM Buys Truven For $2.6 Billion, Boosts Watson Health Unit
News  |  2/18/2016
IBM announces plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics, in a move to push its Watson Health deeper into the healthcare industry.
Using The Force On Big Data
Commentary  |  2/18/2016
A fun experiment about the Star Wars expanded universe could lead to very real big data breakthroughs.
Apple Vs. FBI: Tech, Politics Weigh In On iPhone Case
News  |  2/18/2016
With a Tweet, the founder of WhiteHat Security may have nudged Google's CEO to take a side, and the rest of the world is beginning to do the same.
Google Gmailify: Gmail On Yahoo, Outlook
News  |  2/18/2016
Google looks to bring some of Gmail's most popular features to users of other email accounts, including Yahoo Mail and Microsoft's Outlook.com.
Gartner Magic Quadrant Advanced Analytics: Fast Growth Continues
News  |  2/18/2016
The Gartner Magic Quadrant Advanced Analytics report shows the market is growing quickly for platforms that use data and algorithms to predict, prescribe, optimize, and simulate. A big name has moved into the Leaders quadrant for the first time this year.
Tech Entrepreneurs Less Bullish On Economy: Study
News  |  2/18/2016
Entrepreneurs whose companies are growing without venture capital largess are particularly sensitive to economic changes. The latest Bootstrapped Sentiment Survey from Mainsail Partners indicates that these organizations are anticipating an uncertain year ahead.
Cyber-Security: The Best Plan Of Action To Keep Your Data Safe
News  |  2/18/2016
Like a perverse iteration of Newton's third law, every clever cyber-attack action is always followed by an equally clever reaction from the organization targeted. Is that enough to keep your data safe?
Google, UK Face Scrutiny Over 'Sweet' Tax Deal
Commentary  |  2/18/2016
Some members of British Parliament are complaining that Google owes far more than the $189 million tax bill paid to the UK government.
Google, Tesla And Apple Race For Electric, Autonomous Vehicle Talent
Slideshows  |  2/18/2016
Apple, Google, Tesla, and Ford appear to be in a bit of a hiring -- and in some cases, poaching -- spree to build up their electric and self-driving car teams. Here is a look at some of the more high-profile comings and goings.
Apple Fights FBI Over Disabling Security In San Bernadino Case
News  |  2/18/2016
The FBI wants Apple to help it crack the passcode of an iPhone owned by one of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people. But CEO Tim Cook says this demand would "undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."
IDC: Global IT Spending Slashed To $2.3 Trillion In 2016
News  |  2/17/2016
Worldwide tech spending is expected to take a huge hit in 2016, with China posting its first-ever annual decline, according to an IDC report.
US Defense Department Begins Windows 10 Rollout
News  |  2/17/2016
The US Department of Defense has begun to deploy Windows 10 on 4 million devices and systems. It's a big win for Microsoft's new OS.
Apple Pay in China Is A Whole New Game
News  |  2/17/2016
Apple Pay will be available Feb. 18 in China, where it will face entirely different challenges from those it has in the US.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow Sweetens Samsung, HTC, LG Smartphones
Commentary  |  2/17/2016
A slew of phone makers, including HTC, LG, and Samsung, are pushing the Android 6.0 update to their flagship smartphones. However, this version of Android -- Marshmallow -- will still not make it to the majority of smartphones.
Google Closes Play For Education, Admits Collecting Student Data
News  |  2/17/2016
Google is shuttering its Play for Education division. At the same time, the company responded to requests for information from US Senator Al Franken, who has been asking questions about how much student data Google collects and how the company uses the data.
Secrets To Successfully Leading A Diverse, Distributed Workforce
News  |  2/17/2016
The workplace has become more diverse and dispersed. Managers need to adapt by listening, embracing curiosity, and finding way to encourage engagement.
Apache Arrow To Speed Up Big Data
News  |  2/17/2016
Apache Arrow has been accepted as a full-fledged project by the Apache Software Foundation. The technology is designed to improve the performance and speed of big data components that work together as part of a larger system. The project is backed by the founders of Dremio, who are also the force behind Apache Drill.
2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 Finalists Revealed
News  |  2/17/2016
We're delighted to announce the 100 companies who made the cut as finalists for the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100. Final rankings and Best In Show winners will be revealed at this year's InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference in May.
SAP Integrates Apache Spark, Buys Into Mobile Analytics
News  |  2/17/2016
SAP has acquired a mobile business data visualization provider, added Apache Spark support to its SAP Predictive Analytics 2.5 software, and enhanced its SAP HANA Cloud predictive services. Here are the details.
7 Ways PaaS Delivers Business Value
Slideshows  |  2/17/2016
Platform-as-a-Service has a bit of an identity crisis compared to the more popular SaaS and IaaS, but in the right circumstances it's the superior choice.
Comic: Self-Driving Food Trucks
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
Self-driving cars will soon make it possible for other self-driving vehicles. Even lunch will not be the same.
Microsoft Patents A Modular PC Design
News  |  2/16/2016
Microsoft's latest hardware project could involve a modular computer with stackable components, as indicated by a new patent.
IBM z13 Mainframe Brings Encryption To Hybrid Cloud
News  |  2/16/2016
IBM has introduced a new mainframe for mid-size enterprises that's designed to offer data encryption without slowing down system performance.
Palantir Buys API-Maker Kimono Labs
News  |  2/16/2016
Palantir buys Kimono Labs, giving its teams "unmatched support" and resources to tackle new projects. The acquisition will add to Palantir's ability to collect data for analysis and data sets that reside in silos.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Water-Resistance Details Leaked
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
A video shows that Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2016, the Galaxy S7, will have protection from liquid damage.
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