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Microsoft, Baidu Deal Drives Windows 10 Adoption
News  |  9/24/2015
Microsoft announces a partnership with China's Baidu to broaden Windows 10 adoption in the world's most populated country.
iPhone 6s Debut: 7 Tips For Buyers
Slideshows  |  9/24/2015
There are more ways than ever to buy a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Here are some of the different angles to take toward smartphone nirvana.
IBM's Watson Gets San Francisco Office, Added Capabilities
Commentary  |  9/24/2015
IBM is building new West Coast office in San Francisco for its IBM Watson system, while Big Blue has added some capabilities, including ones for social media and productivity.
T-Mobile Offers $5 iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus Deals
News  |  9/24/2015
The latest iteration of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will set you back a hefty sum if you buy it outright, but T-Mobile has plans to help ease the pain.
Red Hat To Be First $2 Billion Open Source Company
News  |  9/24/2015
Red Hat reports 13% growth in the second quarter, improved cloud and emerging technology sales, and an expanded revenue estimate for third quarter.
CloudFlare Pulls In $110 Million, Plots Next Move
News  |  9/24/2015
CloudFlare is a San Francisco startup that is making a name for itself in serving content to mobile devices and warding off Internet attacks. Now it has $110 million in funding from Microsoft, Google, and others.
Looker Wants To Bring Big Data Down To Earth
News  |  9/24/2015
Big data has gone from hot to warm, and most companies are now more interested in how to pull real business insights from big data implementations. Analytics tool company Looker wants to help them do that, and this week released Looker Blocks.
Gmail Gets Blocking Option
News  |  9/24/2015
Consign obnoxious message senders to the spam folder with Gmail's blocking control.
10 IT Infrastructure Skills You Should Master
Slideshows  |  9/24/2015
Infrastructure is no longer static, immovable, or inflexible -- and neither should be an IT pro's skill set. Take a look at 10 of the hottest infrastructure skills that IT pros should be considering today.
Volkswagen CEO Resigns Over Emissions-Cheating Software
News  |  9/23/2015
Winterkorn says the company needs new leadership to win back trust.
iPhone 6s Reviews In: Apple Has Another Winner
News  |  9/23/2015
Reviews from across the media landscape have hailed the latest iPhone, quibbles about battery life aside, the best smartphone Apple has yet produced.
Nexus 5x Leaks As Retailers Clear Out Nexus 6
Commentary  |  9/23/2015
Google's new Nexus smartphones are beginning to take shape ahead of the company's press event scheduled for Sept. 29.
Amazon Cloud, Analytics Help Researchers Fight Famine
News  |  9/23/2015
Researchers in the US and China explore rice genomes with AWS analytics tools to develop drought and disease resistant crops.
HP Enterprise's Analytics Strategy: Solve Everyday Problems
News  |  9/23/2015
HP Enterprise will offer a a portfolio of IT operations management, security and other products. But it plans to differentate all of them by harnessing the power of its HP Haven big data platform.
IT Freelancing: 11 Signs It's Hot Now
Slideshows  |  9/23/2015
Enterprise demand for specific skillsets, a war for talent, and constantly shifting tech priorities are contributing to a thriving IT freelance culture. Whether you're in the field already, considering a career shift, or responsible for hiring freelance IT talent at your organization, here's what you need to know.
Apple Project Titan: Electric Car May Arrive By 2019
News  |  9/22/2015
Apple is ramping up the development of Project Titan, its foray into electric car production, by expanding its team, the WSJ reports.
Volkswagen: 11 Million Cars Used Deceptive Emissions Software
News  |  9/22/2015
The German carmaker has acknowledged that its suspect emissions testing software is a global issue.
Comic: Digital Natives
Commentary  |  9/22/2015
Managers have to put up with a lot from digital natives, but sometimes it goes too far.
Bitcoin, Security Concerns Drive Blockchain Technology Adoption
Commentary  |  9/22/2015
Surprising players, such as IBM, are adopting the blockchain technology known best for Bitcoin transactions.
WatchOS 2 Arrives As Apple Watch Sales Expand
Commentary  |  9/22/2015
After a delay, Apple has released its watchOS 2, the updated version of the Apple Watch operating system. It arrives as more stores begin selling the pricey wearable.
Amazon Disruption Produces Cloud Outage Spiral
News  |  9/22/2015
Amazon DynamoDB failure early Sunday set off cascading slowdowns and service disruptions that illustrate the highly connected nature of cloud computing.
Microsoft Office 2016 Arrives, Office 365 Updated
News  |  9/22/2015
Sept. 22 marks the worldwide release of Office 2016 for Windows, with a new delivery model and apps designed to pair with Windows 10.
iPad Pro Vs. Competition: What's The Best Business Tablet?
Slideshows  |  9/22/2015
With the arrival of the iPad Pro, the tech world is talking about enterprise tablets. Which model is best for you?
Business Matters: Kristi Hedges On Leadership
Commentary  |  9/22/2015
In this episode of InformationWeek's Business Matters, George Colombo talks effective leadership and communications with Kristi Hedges, serial entrepreneur, communications expert, author, and sought-after leadership coach.
France Rejects Google's 'Right To Be Forgotten' Appeal
News  |  9/21/2015
Google is told it must respect Europe's "right to be forgotten" across all its domains.
Volkswagen CEO: Using Deceptive Software Was Wrong
News  |  9/21/2015
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn pledges cooperation as investigators delve into alleged emissions test cheating.
iOS 9 Adoption Rate 'Fastest Ever,' Apple Claims
Commentary  |  9/21/2015
Apple claims more than half of all iOS devices have been updated to iOS 9 since the platform's release this month.
iOS 9: To Ad-Block Or Not To Ad-Block?
Commentary  |  9/21/2015
Marco Arment, who created one of the most popular ad-blocking tools for iOS 9, had second thoughts about what he created. Will other ad blockers follow, and will users care?
Microsoft Band 2 Images Suggest Curved Screen
News  |  9/21/2015
The upcoming version of Microsoft's wearable device, the Band 2, will feature a more graceful curved display, according to images that leaked online.
Amazon Adds Storage For Infrequently Accessed Data
News  |  9/21/2015
Standard-IA holds data that's not accessed often, but when it's needed, it's needed fast, not like the chilled-out pace of Glacier data retrieval.
Apple Acquires Mapsense To Boost Location Visualization Offerings
News  |  9/21/2015
Apple has acquired location-based analytics and visualization developer Mapsense. The deal is only the most recent by Apple and other companies looking to scoop up location data visualization startups.
Apple-Cisco Deal: What It Means For Businesses
News  |  9/21/2015
The companies entered a partnership earlier this month to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks. Does a fast lane for iOS users mean a slow lane for everyone else?
10 Cloud Storage Options For Your Personal Files
Slideshows  |  9/21/2015
There are many cloud service providers, and choosing the right one for your personal and business needs can be tricky. Here's a look at what the top vendors have to offer.
Apple, California DMV Reportedly Meet Over Project Titan
News  |  9/20/2015
Apple executives and representatives from California's DMV recently met to discuss Project Titan, the company's self-driving vehicle project, according to the Guardian.
8 Raspberry Pi Tools That Fire Up Your Programming Skills
Slideshows  |  9/20/2015
The Raspberry Pi has changed the world of embedded servers. Now, it's time to change the way you write software for the tiny powerhouse. Bonus: All the tools featured here are available for free.
Facebook Dislike: 10 Things Not To Like Right Away
Commentary  |  9/20/2015
Facebook is getting a dislike button. What should you use it on?
Volkswagen Software Cheated Emissions Test: EPA
News  |  9/19/2015
The Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board claim VW deliberately programmed almost 500,000 diesel cars to emit fewer pollutants under test conditions than during actual use.
Apple's Court Win Over Samsung Still Leaves Questions
Commentary  |  9/19/2015
Apple may have won the latest round against Samsung in court, but the implications of the case are still evolving.
Windows 10 Hardware, Cortana Meets Salesforce: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  9/19/2015
Windows 10 and Cortana Analytics Suite were hot topics during a week when Microsoft also appointed a new company-wide president.
Virtual Freud: How VR Can Help You Help Yourself
News  |  9/18/2015
Virtual Reality is giving healthcare an actual reality assist, especially in psychology.
iOS 9 Adoption Reaches 20%, But Problems Abound
Commentary  |  9/18/2015
iPhone and iPad owners are upgrading to iOS 9 swiftly, but the process hasn't been smooth for everyone.
Nextbit Robin Smartphone Sports Cloud-Based Storage
News  |  9/18/2015
Nextbit's Robin smartphone uses the cloud to provide extra storage for users. It also offers a Qualcomm processor and the Android operating system.
Maker Faire: 9 Projects That Will Inspire You
Slideshows  |  9/18/2015
Innovation, mutual respect, and the open sharing of information are the hallmarks of the Maker Movement. Here's why a trip to your local Maker Faire might be the wake-up call your IT team needs.
A Data Management Primer
Commentary  |  9/18/2015
Whether you grew your career in marketing or manufacturing or in the C-suite, and you now have responsibilities for analytics, here are some basic best practices in data management for those analytics pros who are new to databases.
Salesforce Drives Analytics Deeper Into Sales Process
News  |  9/18/2015
Salesforce's announcements at Dreamforce this year illustrate how it's seizing hold of analytics and putting it to work for its systems.
How To Succeed With Advanced Analytics
News  |  9/18/2015
While most enterprises already have business intelligence practices in place, those that employ advanced analytics are still in the minority. A Gartner analyst gives us four best practices to help organizations get started with advanced analytics.
iOS 9: 10 Tips And Tricks
Slideshows  |  9/18/2015
Apple packed a lot of changes into iOS 9, now available for iPhone and iPad. Here's your guide to navigating the new system.
Smartwatches, Activity Trackers Driving Wearables Beyond Healthcare
Commentary  |  9/17/2015
A new survey of large enterprises finds a good deal of interest in wearables, especially smartwatches, that is driving the market to look beyond novel healthcare and fitness uses.
Salesforce IoT Cloud Success Rests On Informatica Partnership
News  |  9/17/2015
Salesforce has set up its Internet of Things cloud, but it's counting on Informatica to help customers move data into it.
SalesforceIQ Gathers Intelligence For Customers Big And Small
News  |  9/17/2015
SalesforceIQ, which works with enterprises and small business, will gather information from email and other applications for sales guidance.
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