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Cloud Computing: 8 Continuing Ed Programs For IT Pros
Slideshows  |  5/6/2015
Continuing education is a surefire way to increase your salary or get a new job. If your interest in IT is cloud computing, several high-profile universities offer courses in this area of technology.
Docker Monitoring: New Relic Takes On The Challenge
News  |  5/6/2015
The new application performance monitoring platform is more in sync with companies building applications as microservices.
SAP Lays Out Its Internet Of Things Platform
Commentary  |  5/6/2015
SAP's IoT platform envisions companies tying a "device cloud" back to SAP enterprise apps for predictive analytics and process monitoring.
Apple Watch Leads Smartwatch Pack, Consumer Reports Finds
News  |  5/6/2015
The Apple Watch beat competitor models from Samsung, Pebble, and Martian in spot-testing conducted by Consumer Reports.
Carly Fiorina Buys Seth Meyer's Domain But Not Her Own
News  |  5/6/2015
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina found a funny way to do damage control over an epic campaign fail.
iPhone 6 Plus Driving Record Phablet Adoption
Commentary  |  5/6/2015
Apple's big-screened iPhone 6 Plus accelerated consumer interest in phablets, which now account for one in five new smartphone sales.
SAP Simple Finance: Gateway For The Little Guy
Commentary  |  5/6/2015
SAP Simple Finance is the software giant's answer for customers who aren't huge.
4 Ways IT Can Inspire Business Confidence
Commentary  |  5/6/2015
An EMC study revealed that business leaders don't think their companies are ready for the data-driven future. Worse, they have no confidence in IT to correct course. Here's why it happened, and what IT can do to win back the confidence of business execs.
Google: Mobile Searches Overtaking Desktop
News  |  5/6/2015
More and more people are searching the Web on their smartphones and tablets, and Google is looking to serve up more ads and services to users through their mobile devices.
Intel Xeon E7v3 Chip Designed For BI, Big Data
News  |  5/6/2015
Intel's latest Xeon processor boasts 18 cores and is designed to speed up BI and big-data workloads.
Google Launches Cloud Bigtable Database Service
News  |  5/6/2015
Cloud Bigtable brings Google infrastructure to cloud computing customers, and might be particularly useful for Internet of Things applications.
Why Wal-Mart's CIO Calls Legacy IT Systems 'Classic'
Commentary  |  5/6/2015
It's about motivating people with great talent who keep the lights on.
8 Linux Security Improvements In 8 Years
Slideshows  |  5/6/2015
Linux started getting really serious about security in 2007, and it has made big strides in the past three years. As open source code faces more threats, Linux can't rest on its laurels.
IT Life Radio: You're Doing Gamification Wrong
Commentary  |  5/5/2015
If you are having trouble with gamification, or need help trying to figure out where to start, tune in to IT Life Radio on Wednesday, May 6, at 3 p.m. ET.
IBM Watson Dives Further Into Cloud, Healthcare Analytics
News  |  5/5/2015
IBM is looking to expand its Watson cognitive computing platform into many more fields, including cloud and healthcare. This includes bringing in more partners and developers.
Microsoft Office Moves Deeper Into Cloud, Mobile
News  |  5/5/2015
Microsoft announced a host of changes to its productivity suite poised to affect desktop and Office 365 customers later this year. The emphasis is on cloud and mobility.
SAP's SapphireNow: Emphasizing Simple Empathy
Commentary  |  5/5/2015
Software is the key to business empathy, according to SAP CEO Bill McDermott's opening keynote at the company's SapphireNow 2015 conference.
Google, Twitter, Red Hat Speak Up For Container Standard
News  |  5/5/2015
They're supporting a CoreOS standard as a "composable" piece that can help developers, but they also noted areas where the standard needs work.
Microsoft Chief Slams Google As Lollipop Hits 10 Percent
Commentary  |  5/5/2015
The newest version of Android -- Lollipop -- is catching on slowly, and Microsoft had something to say about Google's mobile operating system.
Tech Innovation From Unexpected Sources: A Healthcare Provider
Commentary  |  5/5/2015
Geisinger Health System shows that big, long-established providers can drive digital innovation.
Pinterest Opens Up To Developers
News  |  5/5/2015
Can Pinterest avoid the missteps of other social networks that courted developers?
Comic: The Social Economy
Commentary  |  5/5/2015
Tweets as commodities? Facebook as the new gold standard? The new social economy.
FCC's Wheeler Dishes On Comcast, Time Warner, Net Neutrality
News  |  5/5/2015
At TechCrunch Disrupt NY, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler talked Time Warmer, Comcast, net neutrality, and whether he'll serve under the next president or just play with his grandkids.
Technology Is A Human Endeavor
Commentary  |  5/5/2015
IT leaders share their insights on why technology doesn't mean anything without people.
H-1B Visas: 10 Numbers To Know In 2015
Slideshows  |  5/5/2015
Statistics around this year's record-setting volume of new H-1B visa applications point to continuously growing demand for a supply that's unlikely to rise soon.
Microsoft Ignite 2015: Windows 10, Office 2016, Azure Updates
News  |  5/4/2015
Microsoft announced updates to its Windows 10, Office, cloud, and security offerings during a news-packed keynote at Ignite 2015.
CoreOS: Container Standards Needed
News  |  5/4/2015
Google, VMware, Red Hat, and Apcera are backing CoreOS's container specification, appc, as an industry standard.
Free Android Apps Secretly Talk To Ad, Tracking Sites
Commentary  |  5/4/2015
Researchers are warning about misleading Google Play app behaviors and are calling for more visibility into Android applications' connection policies.
HP Pavilion, Envy, Envy Phoenix Desktops Target Back-To-School Buyers
News  |  5/4/2015
New colors, upgraded processors, and a host of connectivity parts are among the features in HP's desktop update, which includes new models in the Pavilion, Envy, and Envy Phoenix lines.
Signs Point To A Coming Post-Cloud Era
News  |  5/4/2015
CenturyLink CTO Jared Wray, Intel's Nicholas Weaver, and others at Interop talk about a future where the cloud is just how we all compute.
Nordstrom VP: Take Emotion Out Of Agile Transformation
Commentary  |  5/4/2015
Mapping each step of a dev process can make the transformation more fact-based. It might look like micromanagement, but Nordstrom's Courtney Kissler calls it "honoring reality."
6 Ways To Master The Data-Driven Enterprise
Slideshows  |  5/4/2015
Data-driven companies share characteristics that enable them to achieve more with their data than others in their industries. We reveal what separates the masters from the wannabes.
Best Ways to Celebrate May the Fourth Be With You
Commentary  |  5/3/2015
The geek holiday May the Fourth Be With You is coming up. Here's some creative ways to enjoy the holiday.
Laptops For Business: 8 Worth Buying
Slideshows  |  5/3/2015
Among the advances you'll find in this year's crop of notebook computers are: Fast-charging battery systems; ultra-thin, ultra-light form factors; new interfaces; and hybrid devices that transform easily between tablet and laptop.
Windows 10 Updates, Edge Browser: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  5/2/2015
Microsoft updated its eager customer base with more details on Windows 10, its new Edge Browser, Hololens, and more during its 2015 Build conference.
Tesla Energy: Changing How Businesses, Homes Use Power
News  |  5/2/2015
Founder Elon Musk is leading the electric-car pioneer into the energy infrastructure business. Amazon and Target are among those with pilot projects in the works.
Apple Watch And A Tattoo? We Have Some Alternatives
Commentary  |  5/2/2015
The Apple Watch heart monitor might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist. Here are some things we suggest to hipsters with this problem.
IBM, Apple Partner On iPads For Elderly In Japan
News  |  5/1/2015
With Japan's steadily climbing percentage of elderly residents, IBM, Apple, and their Japanese partners are combining their efforts to serve an aging population.
Apple Watch Parts Not So Pricey
News  |  5/1/2015
A breakdown of the Apple Watch components shows the bill of materials could be as low as $81.20 -- far less than the $349 retail price.
Remember The Restroom When Deploying Wireless
News  |  5/1/2015
One lesson learned at Houston Methodist Hospital about going wireless: If the CEO can't get access in the can, it's a bad day.
Mobile App Dev: Like Shipping Software On Floppy Discs
Commentary  |  5/1/2015
Gilt Groupe, the high-fasion online retailer, shares some of the creative ways it handles the development challenges unique to mobile, now that mobile apps are becoming 'legacy' code.
Salesforce Deal: Who Could Buy It?
Commentary  |  5/1/2015
A report sparked widespread speculation about the future of Salesforce. Is it ripe for acquisition, and, if so, which tech giant might buy it?
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