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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.
IoT Revenue May Reach $357 Billion By 2018
News  |  6/23/2016
The internet of things is gaining traction in a number of industries, but IoT investments in three areas will be particularly large, according to IDC.
MacOS Sierra Preview: Siri, iCloud, Photos App Updates
News  |  6/23/2016
Apple debuted macOS Sierra at WWDC 2016, along with the developer preview. Here's a look at the features you can expect to see in the company's latest desktop OS.
HPE Promotes Community For Women In Tech, Developers
HPE Promotes Community For Women In Tech, Developers
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/23/2016
In her role as Developer Advocate and Community Architect, Lisa-Marie Namphy works toward unifying HPE's developers. At the same time, she is a champion of women, aiming to shatter the glass ceiling at a number of different tech firms. Namphy spoke with InformationWeek Senior Editor Sara Peters about her work at HPE.
9 Tools To Help You Build A Better Bot
Slideshows  |  6/23/2016
AI-fueled automation is all the rage in customer service, but a bot gone wrong can do your business more harm than good. We spotlight the better bot platforms presently available to help keep your automation ambitions in line with what your customers really want.
Microsoft Rolls Out Wallet App To Windows Insiders
News  |  6/22/2016
Microsoft Wallet will bring tap-to-pay to Windows 10 Mobile, starting with Windows Insiders.
BMW Adapts i3 Batteries For Home Energy Storage
News  |  6/22/2016
The stationary energy storage system deploys BMW's i3 vehicle batteries to help power a house after their first life in cars is over. Tesla Motors offers similar batter conversion technology.
iPhone 7 Release May Shake Up Apple's Upgrade Cycle
Commentary  |  6/22/2016
The iPhone 7 will closely resemble the iPhone 6s, as Apple pushes major changes to its core product out to 2017, breaking the company's traditional two-year upgrade cycle, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Microsoft Talks Up Its Containers At DockerCon
News  |  6/22/2016
At the DockerCon show this week in Seattle, Microsoft took the stage to tout its ability to run containers on its Azure cloud and the company's overall support for the technology.
Salesforce Unifies Mobile App Dev, Updates Marketing Automation
News  |  6/22/2016
Salesforce has introduced Cloud App Mobile, an app dev platform that unifies all its efforts to help non-coders develop business applications. The company has also released its Pardot Engagement Studio for marketing automation to general availability.
FAA's Commercial Drone Rule Opens Business Opportunities
Commentary  |  6/22/2016
The FAA's new drone rule, which takes effect in August, means any number of commercial uses are now possible. That is, once a business owner finds a certified drone pilot.
Samsung Commits $1.2 Billion To IoT Research In US
News  |  6/22/2016
Open standards, shared approaches to privacy and security, and more open wireless spectrum are needed to help the internet of things to reach its full potential of making people's lives better, according to the company.
Software Industry's $1 Trillion Impact On US Economy
News  |  6/22/2016
BSA|The Software Alliance has issued its first report looking beyond GDP and direct employment statistics to estimate the direct and indirect ways the software industry influences the US economy.
10 SaaS Startups Every Enterprise Should Know
Slideshows  |  6/22/2016
Often thought of as a small-business tool, Software-as-a-Service offers plenty of potential for large enterprise customers, as evidenced by the 10 startups we're exploring here. Our list includes SaaS applications for big organizational challenges, such as supply-chain, payroll, sales, recruiting, and company-wide collaboration.
Google's 2-Step Authentication Update Simplifies Sign-On
News  |  6/21/2016
To encourage more users to practice some form of two-factor authentication when they log in to Google accounts, the tech titan has made the process easier with its latest update.
FCC Aims To Accelerate 5G Rollout
Commentary  |  6/21/2016
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says 5G may enable autonomous cars, smart cities, efficient transportation, and immersive entertainment -- if we start as soon as possible.
Microsoft SharePoint App Now On iOS
News  |  6/21/2016
Microsoft is rolling out the SharePoint mobile app to iOS devices, giving corporate users the ability to access their company intranet content, portals, and contacts while on the go.
Adobe Creative Cloud Update Offers More Features, Performance Enhancements
News  |  6/21/2016
In a major update announced June 20, Adobe is offering deeper integration and additional capabilities in its Creative Cloud suite, which now lets users work faster and helps foster more productive workdays.
LinkedIn Ranks Best Companies At Attracting, Retaining Talent
News  |  6/21/2016
Which companies are the best at attracting and retaining talent? In the US, the Top 10 are all technology companies, according to a new list of "Top Attractors" from LinkedIn, based on the careers social network site's internal research.
Supercomputing's TOP500 Led By China, Linux
Commentary  |  6/21/2016
The latest TOP500 list of worldwide supercomputers shows several significant changes in what countries are leading the pack, and what technologies are most in use.
Dell Software Businesses Sold To Private Equity Firms
News  |  6/21/2016
Dell Software, which includes Quest, SonicWall, and Statistica, is being snapped up by private equity firms for a reported price of more than $2 billion. The selloff comes as Dell positions itself for an expected October closing for its acquisition of tech giant EMC.
Solar Impulse 2 Embarks On Atlantic Crossing
News  |  6/21/2016
The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, has taken off to cross the Atlantic in four days, in one of the most hazardous legs of its trip around the world.
10 CIO Career Trends That May Surprise You
Slideshows  |  6/21/2016
The CIO role is fundamentally changing as the position increasingly calls for being a combination of a technology strategist, revenue generator, and business leader. Here are 10 trends that illustrate this transformation.
Toyota Aims For AI Car Features By 2021
News  |  6/20/2016
Toyota is the latest automaker to announce a timeline for including self-driving features in its vehicles. Within the next five years, the company expects to add driver assistance systems into its vehicles to perform safety-related maneuvers designed to avoid collisions.
Microsoft Touts Edge Browser's Power-Saving Capabilities
News  |  6/20/2016
Microsoft conducted a series of tests to prove its Edge browser is more power-efficient than competitors Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.
Nvidia Releases Tesla P100 Accelerator, Software Tools
News  |  6/20/2016
Nvidia has released a series of software and hardware tools aimed at the high-performance computer market, and for systems dedicated to AI and machine learning. In addition to the Tesla P100 GPU accelerator, Nvidia released a series of new software tools for its deep learning platform.
Docker Embeds Container Orchestration In Engine 1.12
News  |  6/20/2016
At its DockerCon event, Docker is detailing the ways the company built its Swarm orchestration capabilities into its container-formatting Docker Engine.
Apple Watch Price Cut To $49 At Best Buy
Commentary  |  6/20/2016
Customers who buy an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus from Best Buy will be able to score an Apple Watch for a mere $49.
OpenStack And Storage -- Flowing Downstream With Openness
Partner Perspectives  |  6/20/2016
Building your IT future with OpenStack and software-defined storage opens you to a new world of innovation and locks you in and out of nothing.
Bluetooth 5: Five Things For IT To Know
Commentary  |  6/20/2016
Bluetooth 5 promises improvements in speed, range, and application over the current version. Here are five things you need to know about what has been announced, and what it can mean for your enterprise.
Containers Commanding More IT Dollars, Survey Finds
News  |  6/20/2016
ClusterHQ conducted its second annual survey on container adoption. The results show that IT professionals are putting more containers in production, with more dollars budgeted for the technology.
Data Consumers Left Out in the Cold?
Commentary  |  6/20/2016
While pretty pictures as reports look nice -- and easy to understand -- for an analyst, the consumer of that data might sit there and say, "Huh?"
9 Fun Tools For Teaching Kids To Code
Slideshows  |  6/20/2016
Young people should learn to code. Young people should also have fun. Here are nine systems, programs, and websites that will help you help them do both.
Solar Impulse 2: 11 Images From Its Awe-Inspiring Journey
Slideshows  |  6/19/2016
If Solar Impulse 2 successfully completes its planned journey through Europe and back to the Middle East, it will have accomplished something previously believed impossible: heavier-than-air flight fueled only by the power gleaned from the sun's rays.
IBM Watson's Big Moves, Machine Learning Everywhere, Big Data Roundup
News  |  6/19/2016
IBM Watson IoT and Health groups announce new moves. Google opens a new AI and machine learning research center. Microsoft will soon own a huge big data open source incubator -- LinkedIn. Those are some items in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending June 19, 2016.
Microsoft Targets Legal Marijuana Industry With Azure Offering
News  |  6/18/2016
Microsoft will partner with cannabis tech startup KIND Financial to develop software for tracking the legal growth and sale of marijuana.
Plume Delivers WiFi Via Cloud
News  |  6/18/2016
Instead of a single router, Plume says it can provide better WiFi connectivity with a handful of small, cloud-coordinated radios.
LinkedIn Buy, Windows 10 Anniversary Update Previews: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  6/18/2016
Microsoft announced a $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, bought Wand Labs for natural language tech, and released bug-bashing builds of Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Face Ban In Beijing
News  |  6/17/2016
Intellectual property regulators in Beijing have ordered Apple to stop selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China's major city, claiming they violate patents held by a Chinese smartphone maker.
Asus Chromebook Flip First To Land Android Apps
Commentary  |  6/17/2016
With the Chromium 53 update, Google Play Store and Android apps are coming to the Asus Chromebook Flip. The move marks the start of a new era for Google's laptops.
IBM's Watson Powering Olli, A 3D-Printed Self-Driving Bus
News  |  6/17/2016
Olli is more than just a 3D-printed self-driving vehicle. By leveraging IBM's Watson cognitive computing platform, the bus can foster a more interactive journey with riders.
Oracle Cloud Shift Continues As Q4, Full-Year Revenues Dip
News  |  6/17/2016
Oracle revenues declined slightly year-over-year in the fourth fiscal quarter, but they still beat analyst estimates. Meanwhile, Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison told financial analysts the company is ready to meet customer demand in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market with its second-generation data center technology.
Samsung Builds Cloud Foundation With Joyent Deal
News  |  6/17/2016
The acquisition of cloud provider Joyent will support Samsung's mobile, IoT, and cloud service businesses.
IBM's Deep Thunder Shows How Weather Is Big Business
News  |  6/17/2016
IBM Research and The Weather Company are putting forecasting models and machine learning to work on historical data. The result? Deep Thunder, a hyper-local forecasting tool offering precision insights and predictions for business customers.
9 Gadgets Geeky Dads Will Love
Slideshows  |  6/17/2016
If picking out the perfect Father's Day gift has you stumped, there's still time to scoop up a handy tech tool or two. It's hard to go wrong with a new gadget, especially when there's one for every type of interest and hobby your dad might have.
Microsoft Snaps Up Wand Labs For Intelligent Communication Tech
News  |  6/16/2016
Microsoft has acquired Wand Labs with the intention of improving messaging apps and bots with enhanced natural language technology.
Google Launches AI, Machine Learning Research Center
News  |  6/16/2016
With Google CEO Sundar Pichai sharply focused on AI, machine learning and their potentials, the search giant is opening a dedicated machine learning research center in Europe.
Amazon Echo Gains Local NBC News Reports
Commentary  |  6/16/2016
NBCUniversal has added its regional news networks to Alexa-powered devices, allowing Amazon Echo owners to listen to local news.
IDC: Wearable Device Shipments Will Top 213 Million By 2020
News  |  6/16/2016
The current crop of wearables, such as smartwatches and fitness bands, is expected to power the market into the near future, but eyewear is where the profits lie. By the end of the year, wearable shipments will top 101 million. They will grow to 213 million by 2020.
Sapho Gives Enterprise Applications A Millennial-Friendly Makeover
News  |  6/16/2016
Logging into and performing tasks on what can be dozens of different enterprise applications can eat up a lot of an enterprise employee's workday. A company called Sapho is looking to solve that with a "micro app" on-premises platform that delivers a unified interface of tasks to users via desktop or smartphone.
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