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Google Android N Is Officially Nougat
News  |  6/30/2016
The newest version of Google's Android mobile operating system will be called Nougat, the company revealed June 30.
Samsung Selling Unlocked Galaxy S7, S7 Edge In US
Commentary  |  6/30/2016
In an effort to appeal to its growing base of customers, Samsung is now offering its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones unlocked in the US.
Google-Backed Undersea Cable Now Connects US, Japan
News  |  6/30/2016
The Google-backed underwater cable connecting Japan and the US can transmit data at 60 terabits per second and spans nearly 5,600 miles.
Amazon's Elastic File System Is Now Generally Available
News  |  6/30/2016
This week, Amazon announced that it is moving its Elastic File System out of preview and offering it for general use. The new file system offering is available in three AWS regions.
Hortonworks Commits To Microsoft's Azure Cloud
News  |  6/30/2016
Hadoop distributor Hortonworks announced a deeper partnership with cloud giant Microsoft, a new consortium to create an open source genomics project for precision medicine, and new enterprise features in its Hortonworks Data Platform update at this week's Hadoop Summit.
Microsoft's Satya Nadella: 6 Must-Have AI Design Principles
News  |  6/30/2016
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote an essay published in Slate in which he emphasized AI should not be feared but embraced. He outlined six principles and goals AI research must follow.
Amazon's Discounted Smartphone Stunt: Don't Fall For It
Commentary  |  6/30/2016
Amazon will knock $50 off the price of select phones in exchange for viewing ads on the lock screen. Don't do it. You'll be better off paying the extra cash.
Enterprises: Tear Down Your Engineering Silos
Enterprises: Tear Down Your Engineering Silos
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/30/2016
Will Murrell, a senior network engineer with UNICOM systems, knows a thing or two about silos. UNICOM develops a variety of software and other tools to work with IBM's mainframe, Microsoft Windows, and Linux. Murrell recently talked with InformationWeek senior editor Sara Peters about a new breed of engineers trying to break down corporate barriers for good.
10 Hot Smartphones To Consider Now
Slideshows  |  6/30/2016
Although smartphone sales have been on the decline recently, there is no shortage of options. Here are 10 hot models worth a look.
Google Reportedly Building Internet Speed Test Into Search
News  |  6/29/2016
Google wants to give its users the ability test their internet speed right from the search application. In order to do this, the company is partnering with M-Lab to make it a reality.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Slated For Aug. 2
News  |  6/29/2016
Microsoft plans to mark the first year of its latest OS with several new features in a Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Red Hat Enlarges OpenShift Container Management
News  |  6/29/2016
Red Hat has integrated container storage, single-machine development, and security into its software stack for developers using Docker containers.
Box Shuttle Offers Route To Cloud
News  |  6/29/2016
By offering a migration service, Box says it hopes to help enterprises with legacy baggage make a journey toward cloud computing.
Microsoft Spreads Open Source Love With .Net Core 1.0
Commentary  |  6/29/2016
Microsoft has extended the .NET platform to the open source side, along with several other critical tools and frameworks. Taken together, the releases make up Microsoft's most comprehensive move yet into the open source world. Here's what the news means for developers.
Salesforce Offers Lightning Add-In For Microsoft Outlook
News  |  6/29/2016
Salesforce's Lightning add-in for Outlook's inbox lets users access, search, and sync Salesforce information without toggling between multiple applications.
Big Value From Software-Defined Storage Requires New Skills
Partner Perspectives  |  6/29/2016
As software-defined storage continues to emerge in the enterprise, the enterprise itself will need to become more capable.
Brexit: Will Cloud Vendors Hear London Calling?
Commentary  |  6/29/2016
The Brexit vote could impose changes on how cloud providers operate within the UK, but those changes might not be as bad as people fear. However, a lot depends on whether England follows the European Union's data privacy regulations.
VW To Pay $14.7 Billion In Emissions-Cheating Software Settlement
News  |  6/29/2016
Volkswagen agrees to dole out up to $14.7 billion to settle allegations that it knowingly sold customers vehicles that were equipped with software to cheat on emissions tests.
10 Programming Languages And Tools Data Scientists Use Now
Slideshows  |  6/29/2016
Looking to get started with data science but not sure how to get started? Take a look at our list of 10 programming languages and tools that are hot among data scientists and data analysts right now.
MapR Spyglass Initiative Eases Big Data Management
News  |  6/28/2016
Hadoop distributor MapR has introduced new management tools into its Converged Data Platform that make it easier for enterprises to get control over these infrastructure components.
Forced Windows 10 Upgrade Costs Microsoft $10,000
News  |  6/28/2016
Microsoft is paying out $10,000 after a woman sued when a forced upgrade caused her computer to crash.
Google Maps, Earth Apps Get Major Quality Upgrades
News  |  6/28/2016
The indispensable Google Maps and its highly addictive cousin, Google Earth, are getting major quality updates thanks to Landsat 8 satellite imagery.
HP's Chromebook 11 G5 Offers Touchscreen, Android Apps
Commentary  |  6/28/2016
The Chromebook 11 G5 starts at $189, offers an optional touchscreen, and will run Android apps when it goes on sale later this year.
MongoDB SaaS Version, Native Spark Connector Unveiled
News  |  6/28/2016
NoSQL database MongoDB is adding a new cloud-based elastic SaaS version to its delivery options. The company is also announcing a native connector to Apache Spark during its MongoDB World event.
IoT Attracts 6.2 Million Developers Worldwide: Evans Data
News  |  6/28/2016
The number of developers worldwide who are turning their attention to the Internet of Things has increased 34% in the past 12 months, according to Evans Data.
Google Project Bloks Looks To Push Code Literacy For Kids
News  |  6/28/2016
A research project being developed by Google and others strives to teach computational thinking.
8 Smart Ways To Use Prescriptive Analytics
Slideshows  |  6/28/2016
Somewhere between blind faith and skepticism is the world of prescriptive analytics. Here, machine-generated action items and potential outcomes meet human decision-making. Finding the right balance between algorithms and common sense can be tricky, so consider these tips.
Intel Could Shed Security Division Based On McAfee
News  |  6/27/2016
In a move to refocus its efforts, the chip giant is reportedly planning to sell its Intel Security unit that was based on its acquisition of antivirus software operation McAfee nearly six years ago.
Microsoft Will Kill Surface 3 In December
News  |  6/27/2016
Microsoft has confirmed plans to discontinue its Surface 3 tablet line in December and left many wondering what's coming next.
iPhone 7 Photos Leak, Indicating Camera Improvements
News  |  6/27/2016
Leaked photos purportedly show the rear casing for Apple's upcoming iPhone 7, which features a much larger opening for the camera sensor.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Specs, Release Date Leaked
Commentary  |  6/27/2016
A flood of leaks suggest the next phablet from Samsung will arrive in early August with a new name and amped up specs.
Robots, AI Won't Destroy Jobs, Yet
News  |  6/27/2016
Cognitive systems will only eliminate a small portion of jobs in the near future, according to Forrester. But the impact will still be significant.
Budgets, Business Needs Drive IT Workloads Off-Premises
News  |  6/27/2016
The Uptime Institute's 2016 survey found the shift of enterprise workloads to off-premises sites may occur faster than anticipated as organizations grapple with a need for agility in an era of tightened IT budgets.
Brexit And Tech: What Lies Ahead?
Commentary  |  6/27/2016
British voters have decided to leave the EU. What will that mean for enterprise IT?
Microsoft's $1 Billion-Plus Acquisitions: 9 Big Bets
Slideshows  |  6/27/2016
Microsoft's recent $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn is not the first time Redmond has spent big bucks to snap up a company. Here's a closer look at 9 of the software giant's acquisitions that topped $1 billion.
Mobile App Development: 8 Best Practices
Slideshows  |  6/26/2016
Creating great mobile enterprise apps isn't necessarily easy, but it can be easier if you follow these eight critical tips.
Hadoop Public Cloud Service, Couchbase Updated: Big Data Roundup
News  |  6/26/2016
BlueData embraces the enterprise with a big data hybrid service for public cloud. Couchbase updates server with features that bridge SQL and NoSQL. Samsung bets big on IoT. Dell sells Statistica. It's our Big Data Roundup for the week ending June 26, 2016.
The Brexit Effect: 8 Ways Tech Will Feel The Pain
Slideshows  |  6/26/2016
Brexit -- the vote by the UK to exit the European Union -- will have far-reaching impact on the enterprise tech business, not only in Europe and the UK, but also in the US and Asia for companies doing business in the region.
Drivers Prefer Autonomous Cars That Don't Kill Them
News  |  6/25/2016
A new study shows that most people prefer that self-driving cars be programmed to save the most people in the event of an accident, even if it kills the driver. Unless they are the drivers.
Brexit Ripples Through Tech Community
News  |  6/25/2016
UK voters gave a thumbs up for leaving the European Union, generating concerns in the tech community over the ease of finding jobs and potential company relocations.
Edge Browser Power Results, Azure Data Protection: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  6/25/2016
This week Microsoft touted the benefits of its Edge browser and added a mobile wallet feature to its Windows 10 Mobile platform. The company promised to protect data throughout its life cycle, from the point of creation, through the cloud, and onto your mobile device, with new features baked into its Azure offering.
YouTube Mobile Live Streaming Launch Targets Facebook
Commentary  |  6/24/2016
Google-owned YouTube plans to bring live streaming to its mobile app, a direct attack on recent moves made by Facebook.
Apple Dumps Thunderbolt Display, No Replacement Named
News  |  6/24/2016
Anyone who wants to get their hands on an Apple Thunderbolt Display has until stock runs out. The company has decided to discontinue the monitor. Does this mean a 4K or a 5K display is on the way?
Red Hat Announces 3Scale Acquisition, $1 Billion Stock Buy-Back
News  |  6/24/2016
This week, Red Hat announced new financial results that showed 18% revenue growth, the acquisition of 3Scale, and a $1 billion buy-back of its common stock.
Zynga Adopts Aurora Database, More Amazon Services
News  |  6/24/2016
Zynga migrated back to the cloud a year ago. Now, however, the company is finding it hard to do without managed services, such as the Aurora database.
8 Free iOS, Android Apps For Job Hunters
Slideshows  |  6/24/2016
Your smartphone could be the key to your next employment opportunity. Here are 8 iPhone and Android apps that give you the tools to seek, explore, and apply for new jobs.
Microsoft Azure Information Protection Unveiled
News  |  6/23/2016
The Redmond giant announces a new service to provide data protection based on a company's policies, as information is created, moved to the cloud and shared with employees, partners and customers devices.
BlackBerry Earnings Shine Light On Its Struggling Smartphone Business
Commentary  |  6/23/2016
BlackBerry's service revenue climbed during the last three months, but not enough to stem the hemorrhaging of its hardware business.
Google Fiber Expands Gigabit Rollout With Webpass Buy
News  |  6/23/2016
Google Fiber is acquiring Webpass, a San Francisco-based, high-speed web startup. It's a new effort by Google to speed up the rollout of its gigabit fiber service across the US.
Microsoft Flow For iOS Aims To Help Apps Play Nice
Commentary  |  6/23/2016
It's remarkable how poorly software-based products and services communicate. With the introduction of Flow for iOS on Wednesday, Microsoft is taking another step toward enabling applications to play nice.
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