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Microsoft's GigJam Productivity App Now Open To All
News  |  6/8/2016
Microsoft announces that its collaboration app GigJam Preview, which was previously invitation-only, is now available to everyone on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
HPE Updates Helion, Opens 'The Machine' To Developers
News  |  6/8/2016
At its Discover conference in Las Vegas Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced updates to its Helion Cloud Portfolio, and touted breakthroughs in its software-defined data center strategy. The company also welcomed developers to work on The Machine, its next-generation computer architecture.
Integrating Office 365 With Box: How It's Being Done
Commentary  |  6/8/2016
Supply-chain company Flex has rolled out Office 365 with Box.com to about 200,000 global users. Here's how the firm's IT team did it.
Salesforce TrailheaDX: Everyone Can Develop Software
News  |  6/8/2016
At TrailheaDX, Salesforce's first developer conference, the company is encouraging people without programming experience to create apps using Lightning.
10 iPhone, Android Apps To Master Work-Life Balance
Slideshows  |  6/8/2016
Technology makes it easier for you to take your work anywhere, but it can also help you balance your personal and professional lives. Here are 10 iPhone and Android apps that fit the bill.
Android Kill Switch Could Remotely Brick Stolen Devices
News  |  6/7/2016
Users may soon have another weapon to combat thieves who pilfer Android smartphones or tablets -- a kill switch that goes beyond a remote data wipe.
Smartphone Sales Continue To Tumble In 2016
News  |  6/7/2016
Smartphone sales will continue to slow in 2016, with 7% market growth, a decrease of 14.4% in 2015, according to Gartner.
Samsung Bendable Smartphones May Come In 2017
Commentary  |  6/7/2016
Samsung is preparing two smartphones with bendable displays for early 2017, according to a new report in Bloomberg. The company is hoping to create new technology to spur smartphone sales.
Microsoft Planner App Is Coming To Office 365
News  |  6/7/2016
Microsoft's Planner app lets users design customizable templates and attach files to tasks, among other things. The software giant is offering Planner with its Office 365 suite.
Great Apps Adapt -- Will Your Storage Adapt With Them?
Partner Perspectives  |  6/7/2016
Software-defined storage provides flexible capacity and performance levels that can be tuned to specific requirements.
IBM Unveils Data Science Experience Dev Environment
News  |  6/7/2016
IBM rolls out a new integrated development environment in the cloud to build on its investment in Apache Spark and enable data scientists to collaborate with each other, regardless of their preferred language or data source.
You're Doing Analytics, But Do You Have an Analytical Mind?
Commentary  |  6/7/2016
The fact that someone is working with analytics doesn't necessarily mean they have an analytical mind. Do you have such a mind?
Tony Fadell's Nest Exit: What's Next?
News  |  6/7/2016
The Nest cofounder and former CEO plans to advise Alphabet and Larry Page, while Nest looks to improve revenue.
9 Fun Embedded Projects, No Raspberry Pi Required
Slideshows  |  6/7/2016
Not every embedded computing project requires the power of a Raspberry Pi. Here are nine based on much simpler platforms that still give you outstanding results.
Mark Zuckerberg's LinkedIn, Other Social Media Accounts Hacked
News  |  6/6/2016
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may be like a lot of us internet users when it comes to online security -- too lazy to create unique passwords for each account. The result is that his LinkedIn and other social media accounts were hacked over the weekend.
Microsoft Bing Malware Alerts Get More Specific
News  |  6/6/2016
Microsoft has updated Bing phishing and malware warnings to give more detailed information on specific threats.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones: Music To Business Travelers' Ears
Commentary  |  6/6/2016
Bose has long pitched its active noise-cancellation headphones as the ideal travel companion, but they were always tied down with wires. The new QuietComfort 35 adds Bluetooth to the equation.
Microsoft Band 2 Update Offers Android Support For Cortana
News  |  6/6/2016
Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant is now available to owners of the Band 2, who are pairing the wearable with an Android device.
WWDC: Apple's Opportunity To Open Up To Keep Up
Commentary  |  6/6/2016
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off next week. While the company will likely introduce new products, what it really needs is a new attitude.
Salesforce Cements CRM Leadership With Demandware Buy
News  |  6/6/2016
How can a SaaS-based market leader in customer relationship management leave the competition further behind, even in the dust? Salesforce just acquired one of the fastest-growing companies in one of the fastest-growing sub-segments of CRM.
Wearables At Work: 9 Security Steps Worth Taking
Slideshows  |  6/6/2016
Wearables are finding their way into organizations, whether or not IT departments are prepared to deal with them. As the number of endpoints continues to grow, so does the potential for hacks. These nine pointers will help you prepare your organization to keep ahead of threats.
Microsoft HoloLens: 10 Ways It Has Evolved
Slideshows  |  6/5/2016
It has been more than one year since Microsoft announced its foray into augmented reality with HoloLens. Here's a look at how its strategy has changed over time.
Spark Summit Preview, Tableau Comes To Android: Big Data Roundup
News  |  6/5/2016
The Spark Summit heads to San Francisco. Tableau is bringing its mobile client to Android. Microsoft Ventures eyes machine learning startups. We have all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ended June 5, 2016.
Microsoft HoloLens Getting Outlook Mail, Calendar Apps
News  |  6/4/2016
Early adopters of HoloLens will be able to check their email and calendars using new augmented reality apps for Outlook.
Google Developing Panic Button To Kill Rogue AI
News  |  6/4/2016
As Google develops artificial intelligence that has smarter-than-human capabilities, it's teamed up with Oxford University researchers to create a panic button to interrupt a potentially rogue AI agent.
Windows Holographic Expanded, SQL Server 2016 Ready: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  6/4/2016
Microsoft this week expanded Windows Holographic and Windows Hello to partner devices, launched a new Windows 10 Mobile build, and released SQL Server 2016.
Google's Self-Driving Car Can Now Honk Its Own Horn
News  |  6/3/2016
Google is testing out the horn on its self-driving car prototypes to make others more aware of its presence or to annoy other drivers -- beep, beep, beep, beep, yeah!
Samsung's Gear Fit2, IconX Wearables Target Fitness Buffs
Commentary  |  6/3/2016
Samsung's latest wearables include a fitness band and completely wireless earbuds. Both items can track your workout, play music, and manage notifications.
IBM, Cisco Take IoT Analytics To The Edge
News  |  6/3/2016
IBM's Watson IoT platform, in conjunction with Cisco's edge analytics capabilities, could allow businesses to analyze IoT data closer to its source.
Why Cloud Computing Is Crucial For HR
Commentary  |  6/3/2016
HR is changing as rapidly as business itself. To keep up, IT must help HR move to the cloud.
Facebook Tunes AI To Understand Text
News  |  6/3/2016
With DeepText, Facebook aims to interpret what its users want, and maybe sell something along the way.
Thoma Bravo Buys BI Firm Qlik For $3 Billion 
News  |  6/3/2016
Qlik bowed to pressure to sell itself to private equity, announcing that it will be acquired by Thoma Bravo. Qlik was one of three companies ranked as Leaders in Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant report for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms.
Security Threats Hiding In Plain Sight
Slideshows  |  6/3/2016
IT professionals would rather manage external threats than worry about insiders, a recent survey by Soha finds. But singular focus when it comes to security can end up being a costly mistake.
The Fundamental Components Of Object Storage
Partner Perspectives  |  6/2/2016
Many of the most important values of object storage are derived from the fact that it leverages the advantages of distributed, scale-out architecture, which expands capacity by simply adding nodes.
Elon Musk: Tesla Model 3 Owners Will Have To Pay For Charging
News  |  6/2/2016
Tesla cofounder Elon Musk said that giving the same free access to its network of Supercharger stations for Model 3 owners that Model S and Model X owners enjoy would be cost-prohibitive for the company.
Google's Sundar Pichai: Our AI Beats Competitors' AI
Commentary  |  6/2/2016
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says he believes his company's artificial intelligence is smarter than Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri, but we're seeing only 1% of its potential.
Detachable Tablets Will Lead Market Rebound In 2018
News  |  6/2/2016
For the next two years, the tablet market is expected to decline, according to a new report from IDC. However, demand for detachable tablets will help this market rebound in 2018.
Google's Magenta Project: Can Machines Be Musicians?
Commentary  |  6/2/2016
Through a project called Magenta, Google's machine learning researchers hope to understand whether computer-generated music can qualify as art.
Mary Meeker: Internet Growth, Smartphone Sales Slow Down
News  |  6/2/2016
Major digital trends in Meeker's report this year include the overall slowdown of internet growth, the evolution of web search, and the effects of messaging apps and digital assistants.
Sirin Labs' 'Military-Grade' Smartphone Sports Celebrity Price
News  |  6/2/2016
The Solarin smartphone promises security, including on-device malware protection and optional encryption -- for those who have everything else.
'Digital Transformation': What's So New About It?
'Digital Transformation': What's So New About It?
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/2/2016
Mobility, data, the Internet Of Things, cloud computing. These are the terms that IT hears again and again. In fact, there's a term for what all these mean for business and IT: "Digital Transformation." However, what's new about it? At this year's Interop conference, Prashanth Shenoy, Cisco's senior director for enterprise networks and mobility, explained how these technologies are now mature enough to really affect business and begin the transformation that we're heard so much about.
9 Secrets Of Data-Driven Companies
Slideshows  |  6/2/2016
What does it mean to call your company "data-driven?" Definitions range from simple reporting to viewing data science as a core business strategy. We asked executives from a variety of businesses to help us identify which traits are essential for becoming a truly data-driven company. See what we learned, and tell us how your organization stacks up.
Salesforce To Buy Demandware For $2.8 Billion
News  |  6/1/2016
With its latest acquisition, Salesforce gains an established e-commerce platform to compete in the multi-billion dollar digital commerce industry.
Microsoft Windows Holographic OS Will Open To Developers
News  |  6/1/2016
Microsoft plans to open its Windows Holographic operating system to run on mixed-reality devices designed and built by outside manufacturers.
Echo, Alexa Are Only For Starters, Bezos Says
Commentary  |  6/1/2016
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dishes on the millions of hours of work the company has put into creating the Echo and its AI assistant Alexa, and explains what's to come.
Xiaomi Buys 1,500 Microsoft Patents, Eyes Global Expansion
News  |  6/1/2016
Xiaomi, the Chinese consumer electronics company, is looking to broaden its intellectual property portfolio with the purchase of 1,500 Microsoft patents. The company is also preparing for a global expansion that will include bringing its smartphones to the US.
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Targets Oracle Customers
News  |  6/1/2016
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 hits general availability on June 1, and the company is looking to win Oracle customers with better pricing, security, hybrid cloud capabilities, and other features.
Mobile Ad Blocking Surged 90% In 2015
News  |  6/1/2016
Hundreds of millions of people are now blocking ads on mobile devices, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a new report by PageFair.
How Dropbox Moved 500PB Of Customer Files Off AWS
News  |  6/1/2016
With 500 petabytes of customer files to manage, Dropbox decided to become a post-cloud company. That meant moving a core operation off AWS. Here's how it was done.
Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Facebook Agree To EU Hate Speech Rules 
News  |  6/1/2016
Heavy-hitters in the tech industry agree to adhere to the European Commission's hate speech rules and vow to remove infringing postings within 24 hours after notification.
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