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Amazon To Restore Fire OS Encryption After Backlash
Commentary  |  3/7/2016
Amazon quickly flip-flopped after a firestorm of criticism burned the company for removing encryption from its Fire tablets.
Apple's Federighi: Encryption Reversal Would Put US At Risk
Commentary  |  3/7/2016
With the Feds pressing Apple to return to iOS 7-style security, Craig Federighi, Apple's head of software engineering, used an op-ed piece in The Washington Post to explain the need to always race forward.
Toyota Crafts Setsuna Concept Electric Car From Wood
News  |  3/7/2016
More and more carmakers are developing and launching electric vehicles, but Toyota ups the ante with some serious design style and a wooden body.
BMW Driving Toward Future Of Autonomous Cars
News  |  3/7/2016
BMW's board member for R&D said the company needs to build smarter cars in order to compete with self-driving vehicle technology developed by rivals such as Google and Apple.
How Stryker's First-Ever CISO Reined In Cloud Chaos
Commentary  |  3/7/2016
From her post as deputy CIO of The White House to being named the first-ever CISO at Stryker, a medical device manufacturer, Alissa Johnson is no stranger to challenges. Here's a look at how she reined in an environment loaded with cloud applications and shadow IT.
8 Steps For Creating An Agile Enterprise
Slideshows  |  3/7/2016
Companies are moving to become agile organizations, but it's easy to stumble. Here are eight steps your enterprise can take to move from waterfall to agile.
9 iPhone Hacks To Free Up Storage Space
Slideshows  |  3/6/2016
If you're tired of seeing notifications to address your shrinking iPhone memory, try a few of these tips to clear some extra space.
iPhone, iPad Updates: What To Expect At Apple's March 21 Event
News  |  3/6/2016
Apple is expected to unveil its latest updates to the iPhone, iPad, and its Apple Watch bands at an event to be held March 21. But despite Apple's reputation for secrecy, details have been leaking out.
Hortonworks Makes Waves, BI Benchmark Breakthrough: Big Data Roundup
News  |  3/6/2016
Hortonworks updates its platforms and teams up with HPE for Spark, LinkedIn contributes more to the Apache Software Foundation, Business Intelligence software talks to Hadoop, and more in this edition of the Big Data Roundup.
Apple Vs. FBI: 4 Key Developments This Week
News  |  3/5/2016
The legal battle between Apple and the US government made significant headway this week. These are the four key takeaways from this past week.
Amazon Drops Fire OS 5 Encryption Support
News  |  3/5/2016
Amazon pulls its Fire OS 5 encryption support, raising concern among users who like to access their corporate email on Amazon devices.
HoloLens Preorder, Windows 10 Enterprise Security: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  3/5/2016
This week Microsoft added Windows 10 IoT support for Raspberry Pi 3, kicked off HoloLens preorders, and filed an amicus brief in support of Apple in its FBI case.
Phablets Will Boost Sagging Smartphone Sales, IDC Finds
Commentary  |  3/4/2016
Consumers love big-screened phones, and these phablets will help drive smartphone growth over the next few years. Apple's iPhone and Google's Android will continue to dominate despite some slowdown in sales.
Google, Microsoft, Others Rally Behind Apple Against FBI
News  |  3/4/2016
Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others filed a friend of the court brief in support of Apple. It argues against the government's use of the All Writs Act to force the writing of new code, and emphasizes the "singular importance" of the case to all of them.
HPE Revenues Decline In First Stand-Alone Quarter
News  |  3/4/2016
Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported a decline in revenue for its first stand-alone quarter. Declines hit all segments except for networking which was boosted by last year's acquisition of Aruba Networks. HPE also provided a progress report on planned job cuts.
LinkedIn Makes Its WhereHows Data Manager Open Source
News  |  3/4/2016
LinkedIn couldn't find a data set tracker to match all the data sets it was creating, so it invented one, WhereHows. The social network then made it open source.
McDonald's Is Getting Into VR And So Should You
News  |  3/4/2016
McDonald's is experimenting with a virtual reality Happy Meal that could have real implications for VR in the enterprise.
Data Warehouse Disruptions 2016: Gartner Magic Quadrant
News  |  3/4/2016
Cloud computing, virtualization, and the need to analyze non-relational data types are all driving disruption in the data warehouse market. Here's a look at how traditional and new vendors have shifted their placements in Gartner's Magic Quadrant report for 2016.
iPhone Encryption: 7 Reasons Why Feds Want It Cracked
News  |  3/4/2016
Testimony from the FBI and National District Attorney's Association speak to the range of issues that have them fighting Apple's encryption practices. These seven snippets offer a summary of their positions.
9 Free iPhone Apps To Help You Land Your Next Job
Slideshows  |  3/4/2016
Whether you're on the hunt for greener pastures, or looking for a complete career change, online resources are plentiful. Here are 9 iOS apps that could improve and shorten your search.
IBM Cuts Jobs In 'Workforce Rebalancing'
News  |  3/4/2016
IBM has reportedly begun a wave of layoffs that are initially targeting the Global Technology Services and Global Business Services groups. Here's what we know so far.
Google Tests Hands Free Mobile Payments For Android, iOS
News  |  3/3/2016
Google's Hands Free app, for Android and iOS, lets users make payments without lifting a finger.
IoT Adoption Will Reach 43% In 2016, Gartner Finds
News  |  3/3/2016
IoT is greatly used by heavy industries like utilities, oil, and gas and less by service-oriented industries, according to a new survey by Gartner. All told, about 43% of businesses are planning to adopt IoT technology by the end of the year.
Google Chrome Continues Gaining On Internet Explorer, Edge
News  |  3/3/2016
Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are losing marketshare as users make the jump to Google Chrome.
Amazon Echo Dot Spreads Alexa Around Your House
Commentary  |  3/3/2016
Amazon showed off two Alexa-powered accessories today, including the Echo Dot and the portable Amazon Tap. These two new devices will add to the Amazon Echo ecosystem.
Sponsored Article: Samsung's Massive 16TB SSD Is Now Shipping
Commentary  |  3/3/2016
Samsung has crammed nearly 16TB of storage onto the PM1633a by deploying its third-generation, 256GB V-NAND technology. This hefty SSD is specifically targeted at enterprises and businesses with specific storage needs.
Federal IT Survey Reveals Concerns, Progress
News  |  3/3/2016
A survey conducted by Lockheed Martin and the Government Business Council finds reasons to be hopeful about federal IT and challenges that need to be addressed.
Amazon Recalls Power Adapter As Shock Hazard
News  |  3/3/2016
Amazon has issued a recall for the plug-in power adapters that recharge the Kindle Fire 7 and Kids Edition because the assembly may break.
Apple, FBI, Congress: 5 Burning Questions Raised
News  |  3/3/2016
As Apple and the FBI struggle over matters of encryption, privacy and security, a House Judiciary Committee hearing helped to highlight several questions in need of answers.
IoT Security: Industry Finally Waking Up To The Dangers
Commentary  |  3/3/2016
For the last several years, Internet of Things security has been one of the most hotly debated topics at Mobile World Congress. This year, however, IoT security took on a new sense of urgency as more devices are being connected and the technology turns mainstream.
7 Tech Jobs Hardest Hit By Layoffs In 2015
Slideshows  |  3/3/2016
Despite a relatively low unemployment rate for the tech industry, some of its jobs were hit harder with layoffs than others in 2015. Take a look at the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics data to see how your job and those of your peers fared.
IDC: Wearable, Smartwatch Buyers Want Tech With Style
Commentary  |  3/2/2016
Techies were among the earliest adopters of smartwatches and other wearables, but the next wave of wearable buyers are aiming more for style, according to new research from IDC.
iOS 9.3 To Snitch On Spying Bosses
News  |  3/2/2016
Apple's upcoming iOS 9.3 is gearing up to give you greater transparency regarding whether your employer is monitoring your iPhone.
Windows 10 IoT Adds Raspberry Pi 3 Support
News  |  3/2/2016
Microsoft has added support for the Raspberry Pi 3 through a Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview update.
AT&T Offering DirecTV As A Streaming Service
News  |  3/2/2016
With streaming video on the rise, AT&T reaches out to consumers with three different packages through its DirecTV service. It also shows how traditional carriers and cable companies are offering services through the Internet without dishes and set-top boxes.
IBM Builds Out Security Response With Resilient Systems Acquisition
News  |  3/2/2016
IBM has joined the cyber-security acquisition frenzy with its own buy of Resilient Systems. Big Blue gains the company's incident response platform and its well-known CTO Bruce Schneier.
VMware Executives Departing Ahead Of Dell Merger
News  |  3/2/2016
Over the last month, VMware has lost its CFO, its COO, and a networking expert. It's all part of the reality of adjusting to Dell finalizing its acquisition of EMC.
Concerns Abound With UK Investigatory Powers Bill
Commentary  |  3/2/2016
The UK's Investigatory Powers Bill may be ready for the next step forward, which raises some privacy and business concerns throughout the nation.
AtScale Benchmarks SQL-To-Hadoop Tools
News  |  3/2/2016
AtScale, which offers software to enable traditional business intelligence tools to query the big data stored in Hadoop, has released a new SQL-to-Hadoop benchmark that shows which engines work best for which tasks.
Google Nudges Customers Toward Two-Factor Authentication
News  |  3/2/2016
As our Google home and work lives blur, Google is working to increase security on the business, as well as the personal side. Hard-Earned Lessons For CIOs
News  |  3/2/2016
It's been just over two years since the controversial and troubled launch of, a marquee project for a new age of digital government, implementing a politically controversial policy of affordable healthcare insurance for everyone. As of today more than 6 million people have been enrolled through this system. InformationWeek caught up with's technology lead to talk about lessons learned.
Siri, Cortana Are Listening: How 5 Digital Assistants Use Your Data
Slideshows  |  3/2/2016
Learn more about how digital assistants including Amazon Alexa, Facebook M, Google Now, and Apple's Siri are rewriting the rules around data privacy and sharing.
Apple Wins NY iPhone Ruling, Makes Case At Congressional Hearing
News  |  3/2/2016
In the wake of a favorable legal decision in a New York case to access an iPhone in a drug case, Apple argued before a Congressional committee that legislative intervention is needed.
Microsoft's Top Lawyer Voices Support For Encryption At RSA
News  |  3/1/2016
Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, emphasized the importance of maintaining consumer privacy during his keynote at RSA 2016. He also emphasized his company's support for Apple against the FBI.
Cisco Buying CliQr To Expand Hybrid Cloud Offerings
News  |  3/1/2016
Networking giant Cisco dives deeper into the cloud, announcing plans to acquire CliQr for $260 million in order to deploy and manage applications in the cloud.
iPhone SE: 5 Features Apple's New Smartphone Needs
Commentary  |  3/1/2016
Apple is expected to reveal a smaller, more affordable iPhone on March 21, which most are calling the iPhone SE. Here are some features we'd like to see.
Comic: Flashy Data Science
Commentary  |  3/1/2016
Big Data has plenty of hype, but when it gets to the details, sometimes data scientists are ignored.
Shippable Deploys Containers In Multiple Directions
News  |  3/1/2016
The Docker-based deployment pipeline can direct containers to Amazon, Azure, Google Compute Platform, or on-premises, depending on the user's wish.
HPE Fortifies Security For Mobile And Enterprise
News  |  3/1/2016
HPE Security is looking to improve the security of mobile devices and the enterprise overall with two new security offerings announced in conjunction with the RSA Conference. HPE also released its Cyber Risk Report 2016.
Google Self-Driving Car Crashes Into Bus In California
News  |  3/1/2016
It isn't the first accident involving the company's self-driving vehicles, but it is the first time Google has admitted responsibility for the incident.
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