Windows Mobile Slides Closer To Oblivion
Sales of Lumia smartphones crashed and burned during the first quarter of the year, according to Microsoft's latest financial results released this week. The collapse is leading to questions about Windows 10 Mobile's future.
Microsoft's Cloud Business Can't Overcome Weak PC, Phone Sales
Microsoft's third quarter revenue and profits fell short of analyst estimates, sending the stock lower in after-hours trading. Executives touted the growth and strength of the company's cloud business and noted that weaker PC sales and a strong decline in Microsoft's phone business hurt overall results.
Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill Rankles Tech Community
A coalition of tech groups called proposed encryption legislation "well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable," while an op-ed deemed it grounds for the dismissal of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, the bill's sponsors.
Windows 10 Mobile Test Build Rolls Out Texting Via PC
Microsoft is allowing Windows Insiders to test its Messaging Everywhere feature that lets people send and receive text messages on Windows phones and PCs. The feature strips Skype integration from the messaging app.
Opera's Free VPN Offers Web Browsing Privacy
Opera's free VPN capability allows users to change their location and access websites and content that may be geographically restricted. This comes as the company has also offered ad blockers, and as users are looking for more ways to stay private online.
10 iPhone, iPad Apps For Data Nerds
Small devices such as iPhones and iPads can't handle big data, but they can help you gain big data skills, access cloud-based data, and leverage that cloud-based data for insights. Here are 10 iOS data-centric apps for hardcore dataphiles.
Microsoft Gains In SaaS Market, Report Finds
Synergy Research assessed the growth of SaaS in 2015, and found it more mature than other cloud services -- and ready for an even greater takeoff. In addition, the report showed Microsoft may be one company poised for significant growth.
IT Pros Fear Encryption Backdoors
A survey of IT professionals by network services company Spiceworks finds concern about the risk of backdoors that bypass encryption.
Reddit’s Missing Warrant Canary: What IT Can Learn
It's tricky trying to figure out whether or not your preferred app, website, or service provider has received a federal subpoena demanding information. When a warrant canary vanished from Reddit's Transparency Report, it got folks talking. The incident holds important lessons for enterprise IT professionals trying to decipher whether or not a service provider's data is being trolled by the feds.
WWDC 2016: iOS 10, Mac OS X Updates Expected
Apple plans to hold the first day of its Worldwide Developers Conference at a larger venue, where the company will unveil the roadmap for its four software platforms, including iOS and Mac OS X. Could a car and more Apple Music be in the works?
IBM's Strategy Fails To Boost Revenue, Impress Investors
IBM embarked on its first quarter breaking out "strategic imperatives," as part of an effort to showcase businesses such as cognitive computing that the company believes will shape its future. Yet, overall IBM's revenue experienced a decline compared to last year's first quarter.
9 Outlook Alternatives For iPhone, Android
Microsoft Outlook is a popular mobile email app, but it's far from your only option. Here is a list of alternatives for iOS and Android if you want to try something new.
Apple Car: Secret Berlin Lab Details Emerge
In an effort to ramp up its vision for an electric and/or self-driving car, Apple's Project Titan is operating a secret lab in the heart of Germany's auto mecca, according to reports.
CAPTCHAs Defeated, But Who Cares?
Columbia University researchers made headlines by defeating Google and Facebook CAPTCHAs through artificial intelligence, but the real fraud for enterprises happens via cheap labor, not AI.
Big Data: Gospel or Myth?
Bryan Beverly asks how we should view big data, and whether it is an ultimate truth. He proposes a three-question test to see how big data fits into your organization.
Data Outliers: 10 Ways To Prevent Big Data Damage
Most business decision-makers aren't trained to understand data outliers, but they can learn the basics. Executives, managers, and employees without math degrees can ask smarter questions about analyses they're basing crucial judgments on. Here are some things to know.
Master iOS 9.3 With These 9 Tips And Tricks
Apple debuted the feature-packed iOS 9.3 at its launch event that also unveiled the iPhone SE and smaller iPad Pro. Here are some tips to help you maximize your day-to-day use of the updated mobile operating system.
Pivotal Changes Elephants, Big Data-As-A-Service Growing: Big Data Roundup
Google machine learning wants to harness your unscheduled minutes. Pivotal expands its alliance with Hortonworks. The big data-as-a-service market is forecast to grow in a big way. Dell updates Statistica for "citizen" data scientists. All that and how your emoji choices may be driving your friends away, in the Big Data Roundup for the week ending April 17, 2016.
Apple's App Store May Adopt Paid Search
A secret team is reportedly reviewing ways to shake up the iTunes App Store. One strategy under consideration would see developers pay to boost the discoverability of their apps.