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Microsoft Muzzles AI Chatbot After Twitter Users Teach It Racism
News  |  3/25/2016
Thanks to machine learning and Internet trolls, Microsoft's Tay AI chatbot became a student of racism within 24 hours. Microsoft has taken Tay offline and is making adjustments.
FCC Spectrum Auction Finally Nears Despite Infighting
News  |  3/25/2016
As the FCC's auction of 600 MHz wireless spectrum -- four years in the making -- finally draws near, new testimony shows an agency struggling with infighting and partisanship.
What Retailers Really Know About Their Customers
News  |  3/25/2016
Retailers are getting smarter about delivering better customer experiences across multiple channels. Yet in spite of ongoing technology investments, the promise of relevant, personalized marketing is still falling short. Here are some of the latest tools retailers are using, how they're using them, and what it all means to their businesses and customers.
9 iPhone SE Alternatives That Are Cheaper
Slideshows  |  3/25/2016
Apple recently unveiled the smaller, less expensive iPhone SE, which starts at $399, to appeal to new buyers. But there are lower-cost alternatives. Here are 9 choices to consider.
Growing Up Hybrid: The Hybrid Cloud Comes Of Age
Partner Perspectives  |  3/24/2016
Hybrid cloud is now the standard for getting the most out of your IT infrastructure. How important is it to your organization's digital future?
Amazon Says It Pays Women, Men Equally
News  |  3/24/2016
Bending to pressure from an activist shareholder, Amazon reveals information about its pay equality for males, females, as well as minorities.
iPhone SE, iPad Pro Presale Orders Are Starting
Commentary  |  3/24/2016
If you're looking for a smaller iPhone or need to upgrade your iPad, Apple is accepting preorders for its latest mobile devices, the iPhone SE and the smaller iPad Pro.
Pebble Axes 25% Of Staff Despite Smartwatch Success
News  |  3/24/2016
The company's CEO Eric Migicovsky confirmed in an interview that Pebble is laying off 40 people -- about a quarter of its workforce. This comes despite a fairly successful run as a smartwatch maker.
Oracle Will Put Its Cloud On Your Premises
News  |  3/24/2016
Oracle Cloud at Customer is designed to match what's in the Oracle Cloud with infrastructure running on customers' premises, managed by Oracle.
iPhone Cracking: Why FBI Needed Outside Help And What It Means
Commentary  |  3/24/2016
This week, the FBI said it now doesn't need Apple to crack into an iPhone. However, what does this tell us about encryption and the overall state of hardware security?
Gen Z Hits The Workforce: Are You Ready?
News  |  3/24/2016
A new generation of talent is following Millennials into the workplace, bringing with it a fresh set of values and challenges to enterprise IT. Whether you're involved in hiring Gen Z employees for your own IT team or looking for ways to make sure your IT strategy accommodates their expectations across your enterprise, knowing more about this generation's needs and wants is the first step.
HP Enterprise Leads As Cloud Supplier, Report Finds
News  |  3/24/2016
The cloud infrastructure market is growing at 20% annually, and HP Enterprise is the primary supplier of servers and storage, according to a new report from Synergy Research.
Google Pumps Up Cloud Platform With Machine Learning
News  |  3/24/2016
Google execs at the GCP Next 2016 conference pitched the company's cloud platform by highlighting advantages, including security, commitment to open source, and machine learning.
8 Biggest H-1B Employers In 2015
Slideshows  |  3/24/2016
The impact of H-1B workers on American tech jobs has been a hot-button issue, and now the controversial topic is a talking point in the current presidential race. So, now is a good time learn more about last year's 8 largest H-1B employers.
Google Takes Aim At AWS, Microsoft On Cloud Front
News  |  3/23/2016
With its new top executive for Google Cloud Platform, Diane Greene, in place, Alphabet's subsidiary is planning to quadruple its cloud regions and ramp up hiring in these areas.
iPhone SE, New iPad Storage Pricing Is A Rip-Off
Commentary  |  3/23/2016
Apple continues its practice of overcharging for storage with its newly unveiled iPhone SE and the new smaller iPad. The company's devices should come with more onboard storage, and upgrading shouldn't be so expensive.
Facebook Drops Support For BlackBerry
News  |  3/23/2016
In another blow to the beleaguered smartphone maker, social media titan Facebook announced it would drop BlackBerry support for Messenger, its popular messaging application.
Microsoft, Google, Others Push For Encrypted Email Protocols
News  |  3/23/2016
Tech giants including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have banded together to proposed a method for making email more secure.
SAP's Bold IoT Moves Begin With Vodafone Pact 
Commentary  |  3/23/2016
SAP's deal with Vodafone for IoT services is the first in a line of anticipated partnerships between the software giant and telcos worldwide.
Red Hat Crosses $2 Billion Mark, Sees Strong 2017
News  |  3/23/2016
Red Hat in fiscal year 2016 became the first open source company ever to reach $2 billion in revenue, only four years after it reached the $1 billion mark.
The New Frontier of Retail Analytics: It's Magic
Commentary  |  3/23/2016
The keys to retail success today is utilizing all of the data on hand, understanding 24x7 what consumers are doing, and making the most of all available channels.
Intel's Andy Grove: A Silicon Valley Pioneer
Commentary  |  3/23/2016
Andy Grove, Intel's longtime chief executive, died March 21 at age 79. He leaves a profound legacy within the company, as well as in the computer industry at large.
The Path To Software-Defined Storage
Partner Perspectives  |  3/23/2016
The inevitability of containers and microservices will pave the way to Storage as a Service.
CrescentCare CIO: How Analytics Improves Patient Outcomes
News  |  3/23/2016
CrescentCare Health in New Orleans has expanded beyond its original charter as the NO/AIDS Task Force to serve the broader community. CIO Seema Gai is leading the charge to incorporate data analytics to improve patient outcomes.
Apple Event: Moments Of Bravado, Muted Tones
Commentary  |  3/23/2016
Apple execs at the company's Monday press event launched iterative updates to existing products while crowing about non-consumer-facing achievements.
Mars Missions In Focus: NASA , ESA, MRO Aim For Red Planet
Slideshows  |  3/23/2016
In 2015 Mars underwent a bit of renaissance with space geeks thanks to news about manned missions, evidence of water, and an Academy Award-nominated movie. Here's a look at why NASA and the ESA are so focused on the red planet this year.
US Federal Agencies Hit With 10% Jump In Cyber 'Incidents'
News  |  3/22/2016
US government agencies faced a double-digit rise in cyber-security incidents last year, even though the White House greatly ramped up efforts to button down cyber-security, according to an Office of Management and Budget report.
CoreOS Offers Automated Security Checks As A Service
News  |  3/22/2016
Clair 1.0 is ready for production use to make containers more secure. Also, new threats will be added to its vulnerabilities database.
Apple's Liam Robot Emphasizes Company's Sustainable Credentials
News  |  3/22/2016
The focus at Apple's most recent event may have been on products, such as the iPhone SE, but the company made some impressive strides in sustainability, too. The highlight of all this is Liam, a robot that recycles old iPhones.
FBI Aims To Crack iPhone Without Apple, Cancels Court Date
News  |  3/22/2016
The FBI may have just found a way to access an encrypted iPhone, it said in a March 21 legal filing to cancel its court date with Apple, stating that the agency will report back April 5.
Adobe Beefs Up Marketing Analytics, Creates Developer Portal
News  |  3/22/2016
The Adobe Summit 2016 is serving as a backdrop to a host of enhancements and launches appearing within Adobe's analytics and marketing business, including a new portal for developers.
Can iPhone SE, 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Revitalize Sales?
Commentary  |  3/22/2016
Apple's refreshed iPhone SE and its 9.7-inch iPad Pro are an attempt to add some vigor to slowing sales of the company's smartphone and tablet offerings, but Cupertino may not have gone far enough.
Enterprise Invests More In Software-Defined Data Centers
News  |  3/22/2016
When it comes to software-defined infrastructure, a 451 Research survey finds financial services and healthcare lead the field as prime implementers, while retail continues to lag.
MDM Vs. MAM: Best Choice For Mobile Management
News  |  3/22/2016
When deciding between mobile device management (MDM) or mobile application management (MAM), enterprises should consider factors including number of in-house employees, compliance requirements, and data security.
Why IT Needs To Tear Down Data Silos
Commentary  |  3/22/2016
Making quality data available to decision-makers across the organization is our job as IT professionals. Jonathan Feldman, CIO of the City of Asheville, NC, tells us why IT must find ways to prevent data from disappearing into corporate silos, never to be seen, shared, or acted upon.
iPhone SE, Smaller iPad Pro Unveiled: Up Close Look
Slideshows  |  3/22/2016
Apple unveiled smaller, cheaper versions of the iPhone and iPad Pro during its March 21 event. Execs also demoed iOS 9.3 and updates to tvOS and Apple Watch. Get a closer look.
iPhone SE, iOS 9.3, Smaller iPad Pro Debut As Expected
News  |  3/21/2016
Apple unveiled smaller versions of the iPhone and iPad Pro, iOS 9.3, new Watch bands, and updates on sustainability and health during a March 21 event.
Comic: Two-Factor Authentication
Commentary  |  3/21/2016
Security is a top priority, and with biometric security starting to look less secure, we're going to have to get creative.
Amazon: Kindle Users Need To Update Or Lose Connectivity  
News  |  3/21/2016
A number of Kindle e-reader models need to install a critical software update by March 22, or risk losing the ability to connect to the Internet.
Apple, FBI Head Into Court March 22
News  |  3/21/2016
The FBI's Feb. 16 court order citing the All Writs Act and demanding Apple's cooperation in unlocking an iPhone will go before a judge March 22, after more than a month of global attention and a day after a press event at Apple Headquarters.
IBM's Optevia Acquisition Adds To SaaS, CRM Portfolio
News  |  3/21/2016
Optevia specializes in Microsoft Dynamics CRM for the public sector. It's found success with streamlining CRM services in town councils across the UK.
11 Tips For Successful Self-Service BI And Analytics
Slideshows  |  3/21/2016
As more businesses attempt to compete with data, more people within their organizations must be able to gain insight from it. End-user requirements are changing rapidly, often at a faster pace than their employers' ability to deliver sound solutions. Here are a few ways to avoid compromising long-term benefits for short-term gains.
Employee Surveillance: Business Efficiency Vs. Worker Privacy
News  |  3/21/2016
Legal scholars argue that new laws are needed to define the parameters of acceptable workplace monitoring and to ensure respect for personal privacy.
Barry University CIO: Managing The Mobile Security Load
Commentary  |  3/21/2016
In higher ed, CIOs have to deal with ultra-connected students and faculty whose devices increase the security burden on IT, while managing the growing use of online video as an educational tool. Here's how the CIO of Barry University in Florida handles it all.
How to Gain IT Efficiencies With Analytics
Commentary  |  3/21/2016
As mid-sized companies venture into analytics, one of the best places to start in terms of finding efficiency is right in the data center.
As Docker Turns 3, CEO Predicts Unabated Growth
News  |  3/21/2016
Not even VMware invaded the data center as quickly as open source container supplier Docker has in its first three years. In an interview with InformationWeek, CEO Ben Golub offers his vision for the future.
Best, Worst States For Tech Jobs: CompTIA
Slideshows  |  3/21/2016
In its 27th annual Cyberstates study, CompTIA tells us which states experienced the most growth in the number of tech jobs in 2015, and which ones saw declines. See where your state lands.
Apple Watch At 1: How It's Changed
Slideshows  |  3/20/2016
The Apple Watch debuted one year ago this month. How has the wearable changed over the year, and what's coming in the future?
FTC Raps Android Developers For Using SilverPush Software
News  |  3/20/2016
The FTC has issued a warning to several Android developers for using SilverPush. This software, found on 12 Android apps, could violate consumer privacy rights by picking up background noise to feed to advertisers.
Google Analytics Update, Ex-Watson Exec Launches Startup: Big Data Roundup
News  |  3/20/2016
Google has launched a new suite of analytics tools for the enterprise. Ex-IBM Watson executive Stephen Pratt, who quit in February, has surfaced at a new AI startup. Forrester released a new list of enterprise priorities in big data. Those items and more in this big data roundup for the week ending March 20.
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