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HoloLens Shipments Start As Microsoft Courts Developers
News  |  3/31/2016
As Microsoft kicked off its Build 2016 developers' conference, Redmond gave coders a new toy to play with, specifically HoloLens. Developer kits are now shipping as markets for AR and VR are gaining traction.
FBI's Ability To Crack iPhones Raises More Questions
News  |  3/31/2016
The FBI, with its newfound hack, has agreed to unlock other iPhones. While the dispute with Apple is off the front burner for now, the company is still facing other legal challenges, including one case in Brooklyn. Serious legal and technical questions linger.
iPhone SE, iPad Pro Now Available At Apple Stores
Commentary  |  3/31/2016
The smaller, less-expensive iPhone SE, along with the iPad Pro, are now available for sale starting March 31. In addition, a new teardown of the iPhone SE shows how Apple managed to create its smaller iPhone.
IBM Acquires Cloud Consulting Specialist Bluewolf
News  |  3/31/2016
The acquisition of Bluewolf pairs cloud services and strategic consulting with IBM's expertise in experience design, mobility, and cognitive solutions. Financial details were not released.
Hadoop Creator Cutting Talks Big Data Past, Present, Future
News  |  3/31/2016
Hadoop creator Doug Cutting led off the keynote addresses at the Strata + Hadoop event in San Jose on March 30, marking the 10th anniversary of the big data technology and talking about what the future may hold.
Office 365, Slack Gain Enterprise Users: Study
Commentary  |  3/31/2016
Microsoft's Office 365 is the most popular off-the-shelf cloud application, while Slack is the fastest growing among business customers, according to a report from Okta, an identity and mobility management service provider.
HPE Injects New 'Persistent' Memory Into Server Race
News  |  3/31/2016
HP Enterprise is bringing out its Gen9 Proliant servers with a non-volatile form of memory modules that extend server memory.
iOS SideStepper Vulnerability Undermines MDM Services: Check Point
News  |  3/31/2016
Security researchers from Check Point plan to disclose a flaw at the Black Hat Asia conference which they claim endangers the way mobile device management software interacts with iPhones and iPads. Check Point calls the vulnerability "SideStepper" because it sidesteps the normal app approval process.
Apple Vs. The FBI: Protecting The Poetry Of Code
Commentary  |  3/31/2016
If the FBI had succeeded in its attempt to have Apple write a new version of iOS (FBiOS, perhaps?), then what would a tech vendor have been required to do next?
Mobile Messaging Apps: 8 Tips For Keeping Your Workplace Secure
Slideshows  |  3/31/2016
The old struggles over BYOD have been replaced with application struggles, as employees use favorite mobile messaging apps for enterprise purposes. As with BYOD, pushing back isn't the answer. Innovating forward is.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Slated For Summer
News  |  3/30/2016
Microsoft executives kicked off Build 2016 with a series of announcements, including the rollout of a major Windows 10 update this summer.
Google Fiber Phone Goes Beyond Typical Telecom Services
News  |  3/30/2016
With Fiber Phone, Google can offer subscribers a classic package that many have moved away from -- Internet, TV, and phone service. But that's where the similarities end.
Twitter Makes Messaging Accessible To The Visually Impaired
News  |  3/30/2016
There are 285 million people with vision impairment around the globe, according to the World Health Organization. Now social media sites such as Twitter are making sure their voices are seen and heard.
KLM Passengers Can Use Facebook Messenger For Check In
Commentary  |  3/30/2016
KLM, a Netherlands-based airline, is the first to allow passengers to check in, obtain flight details, and even talk to customer service from within the Facebook Messenger chat app.
Amazon Bans Unsafe USB-C Cables
News  |  3/30/2016
Following widespread reports of substandard USB-C cables frying everything from smartphones to laptops, Amazon moves to implement a ban on fraudulent products.
Microsoft Shrugs Off iPad Pro Threat
Commentary  |  3/30/2016
Apple is going after Windows PC users with its smaller iPad Pro. Will the updated device pose a threat to Microsoft? Redmond says it isn't worried.
HPE Hybrid Cloud Strategy Hinges On Synergy Platform
News  |  3/30/2016
HP Enterprise promises a second quarter release of the Synergy platform, a "composable infrastructure" architecture that lets enterprises create private clouds on-premises. The company gave analysts and editors a preview at its new headquarters.
Intel Updates Big Data Platform TAP
News  |  3/30/2016
It hasn't been quite a year since chipmaker Intel introduced a free open source big data platform for managing and analyzing data. But the platform has gained momentum with new users, projects, partners, and roadmap plans. Here are the details.
IM Surges In Enterprise, But Ushers In Security Concerns
Commentary  |  3/30/2016
Over the past 20 years, email has been the preferred communication technology in the enterprise. Now, as workers go mobile, instant messaging is replacing email, and that's a big security concern for IT.
7 Reasons To Convert To A Private Cloud
Slideshows  |  3/30/2016
If you're considering -- or merely curious about -- converting your data center to a private cloud, we'll help you learn about the management, scalability, and efficiency improvements you may gain.
Wearable Users Happy With Hardware, Less So With Apps
News  |  3/29/2016
A survey by Argus Insights suggests wearable makers need to spend more time thinking about app design and function.
Yahoo Gives Potential Buyers An April 11 Deadline
News  |  3/29/2016
Embattled Internet giant Yahoo sets an April 11 deadline for prospective bidders to submit proposals regarding what company assets they wish to acquire and how much they're willing to pay.
NASA Software Audit Reveals Budgetary Black Hole
News  |  3/29/2016
The complex software designed to help launch NASA's SLS system is more than a year behind schedule and wildly over budget. The agency is currently on track to spend over $200 million developing its own code for the project.
Letís Play Server Networking Buzzword Bingo
Partner Perspectives  |  3/29/2016
Understanding more about server networking infrastructure and the buzz around software-defined networking can make life easier for systems administrators.
Acer Chromebook 14 Tries To Be MacBook Air Look-Alike
Commentary  |  3/29/2016
The Chromebook 14 from Acer features a sleek all-metal design, a 14-inch display, and all-day battery life.
Microsoft Surface Hub Finally Starts Shipping
News  |  3/29/2016
Microsoft's Surface Hub promises to revolutionize the way companies collaborate and communicate, but are businesses ready to pay a hefty price to do so? The giant, Windows 10-based device starts at $9,000.
FBI Cracks iPhone Encryption Without Apple, Drops Court Case
News  |  3/29/2016
The FBI vacated its court order against Apple March 28, saying it had successfully accessed an encrypted iPhone without Apple's help.
How The Network Time Foundation Uses Its Funding
News  |  3/29/2016
The Network Time Foundation saw a big jump in funding in 2015. While it's a step in the right direction, there's still much work ahead to shore up the open source Network Time Protocol (NTP) that synchronizes computer clocks around the world. Here's where the money is going, and what's still needed.
Oracle Seeks $9.3 Billion Over Android's Use Of Java
News  |  3/29/2016
In its long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, Oracle has now increased its damage claim to $9.3 billion. But Google dismisses the claim as excessive.
10 Windows 10 Hacks To Maximize Your Experience
Slideshows  |  3/29/2016
After a few months of using Windows 10, you may still be discovering its subtle features. Here we spotlight some handy shortcuts that can make the OS easier to navigate.
Cartoon: When Good AI Goes Bad
Commentary  |  3/28/2016
Time to retrain?
iPhone 7 Reportedly Designed With Curved Screen, AMOLED Display
News  |  3/28/2016
Apple is reportedly working on an iPhone, which most are calling the iPhone 7, with a curved screen and, resources permitting, an AMOLED display, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Dell Sells IT Services Unit For $3 Billion
News  |  3/28/2016
Dell struck a deal to sell its IT services unit to Japan's NTT Data, which marks its first divestiture deal to raise cash for its EMC transaction.
iOS 9.3 Web Links Bug Causes Apps To Crash
Commentary  |  3/28/2016
In the wake of a bricking problem with older iPhones and iPads, users who have downloaded iOS 9.3 are now encountering a separate issue that is causing apps to crash or freeze when launched. This time, Apple may not be to blame.
Microsoft Positions 'Holoportation' As The Future Of UC
News  |  3/28/2016
"Help me Microsoft, you're my only hope!" The software giant pulls unified communications into the future with the help of what the company calls holoportation. It's the next step for Microsoft's HoloLens technology.
IBM Opens Fourth Bluemix 'Garage' In France
News  |  3/28/2016
Developers can use IBM's latest cloud development tools and practices, including Watson analytical services, in Bluemix Garages.
8 Reasons To Consider Insights-As-A-Service
Slideshows  |  3/28/2016
Organizations are purchasing all kinds of data and analytics solutions, but they still may not be meeting their business goals. If this describes your company, see how insight-driven (vs. data-driven) practices are helping other firms address the problem.
How To Make The Leap From IT Pro To CIO
Commentary  |  3/28/2016
Executive recruiter Kathy Harris gives us an in-depth look at how to rise to the top levels of IT.
Harlan Stenn Tackles NTP Security Issues As Big Move Looms
News  |  3/28/2016
There's not a business in existence today whose operations don't rely on the Network Time Protocol (NTP). Harlan Stenn is the chief maintainer of NTP. In the past year, security researchers have raised a number of concerns about the protocol, which Stenn is addressing even as he prepares a move of half the NTP infrastructure. Here's why it matters.
8 Hot Software Skills To Keep Your Career On Track
Slideshows  |  3/28/2016
Looking for work in tech right now? Looking for ways to expand your role at your current job? I've put on my prognosticator's cap for a look at which software is worth your time. You'll find content management systems, 3D modeling, and programming frameworks in the mix. If you're a hiring manager, it's worth a look to see which software is being used, and where.
Apple CareKit, ResearchKit: 6 Apps Aiming For A Healthier World
Slideshows  |  3/27/2016
Apple has introduced an emboldened version of its successful ResearchKit platform -- now a year old -- as well as CareKit, an open-source platform that's the natural extension of what ResearchKit is now making possible. Here's a look at the frameworks and 6 new health-related apps that were created using them.
White House Petition Aims To Stop The JavaScript Scourge
Commentary  |  3/27/2016
Is it time to put an end to JavaScript once and for all? Someone thinks so, and they've got the White House petition to prove it.
Google Loves Machine Learning, Cloudera Acquires Startup: Big Data Roundup
News  |  3/27/2016
Cloudera has acquired a big data cloud services startup. Google has introduced a new machine learning option. Nvidia's CEO talks about AI. Companies are already making Strata + Hadoop announcements. We've got those items and more in the Big Data Roundup for the week ending March 27, 2016.
iPhone 7: Does Apple's Next Smartphone Have To Be 'Spectacular'?
Commentary  |  3/26/2016
The Apple iPhone SE is nice enough. But come the fall, Apple needs to really impress with the iPhone 7, some critics say. However, some other analysts aren't so sure.
iOS 9.3 Update Could Brick Older iPhones, iPads
News  |  3/26/2016
A potential flaw in Apple's iOS 9.3 update could brick older editions of the iPhone and iPad, so the company has decided to pull back while it finds a fix.
Project Tay Turns Racist, Office Updates For March: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  3/26/2016
Microsoft updated PowerPoint Designer, announced Office 365 updates, pushed for encrypted email, and silenced AI Project Tay after some Internet troll interference.
Verizon Enterprise Data Hit, Hackers Seek Big Payday
News  |  3/25/2016
Verizon Enterprise Solutions is the latest company to fall victim to a data breach where cyber-criminals are targeting potentially lucrative corporate information, rather than details about consumers.
Google, YouTube Working On Periscope Competitor
Commentary  |  3/25/2016
Google is secretly developing an app that will let people stream video live to YouTube. The product would compete with similar offerings from Facebook and Twitter.
iPhone SE Reviews Herald A Small, Powerful Smartphone
News  |  3/25/2016
With the early reviews of the iPhone SE in, Apple is getting credit for packaging an upgraded camera and a faster A9 processor into a form factor designed for smaller hands.
Microsoft, HP Help Pump $73M Into Mesosphere's Container Management
News  |  3/25/2016
Mesosphere unveils two new products as tech giants, including Microsoft and HP, and venture funders bet that its Data Center Operating System will play an important role in container orchestration.
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