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Google SkyBender Drone Project Aims To Deliver 5G WiFi
News  |  1/31/2016
Project SkyBender joins the ranks of Google's Project Loon and Facebook's efforts to provide super-fast WiFi from drones and other airborne vehicles.
iPhone, iPad Wireless Charging May Come By 2017
News  |  1/29/2016
Apple is reportedly working on smoothing out issues with technology that lets consumers power up iPhones and iPads sans wires.
Amazon, AWS Post Strong Results, Fail To Please Wall Street
News  |  1/29/2016
Amazon reported revenues of $107 billion in full-year 2015, a 20% increase over the prior year. Its Amazon Web Services unit was a bright spot, showing solid growth for the full year and for Q4 2015. So, why isn't Wall Street satisfied?
Google Scores Huge Win For Artificial Intelligence In Go Match
News  |  1/28/2016
Google DeepMind's AlphaGo beat the European Go champion at the complex ancient Chinese game. Google also trounced Microsoft and Facebook in scoring a first in AI.
8 Must-Have Mobile Tools For Road Warriors
Slideshows  |  1/28/2016
Remote workers may not need an office, but they do need a few devices to keep them connected and productive. Here are our top picks to keep you and your teams functioning on the go.
Apple Mulls Subscription Services For News App
News  |  1/27/2016
In an effort to differentiate itself from competing news service applications, Apple may start to offer subscription services for certain content providers.
Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dies
News  |  1/27/2016
Mathematician and computer scientist Marvin Minsky died Sunday from a cerebral hemorrhage, ending a noted career as the "father of artificial intelligence." He was 88.
Wanted: IT Heroes For 2016 InformationWeek Awards
News  |  1/26/2016
The submission period is now open for four new awards that will be presented during the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference in May. We need your help now to find the best candidates for each category.
Microsoft's iPhone Keyboard To Feature One-Handed Typing Mode
News  |  1/26/2016
Microsoft is testing a one-handed software keyboard for the iPhone that fans out from one corner -- a move that may strike a bit of deja vu for those who saw the company's last angled one-handed keyboard in 2012.
Comic: Convertibles
Commentary  |  1/25/2016
Convertibles are the new sexy devices, but they don't give you that feeling of the wind blowing in your hair.
Microsoft's Selfie App A Hit With iPhone Users
Commentary  |  1/25/2016
Microsoft added new features to its month-old Selfie app for iOS, as it touted the app's more than 500,000 downloads within its first two weeks. But had Microsoft added a video feature, its download rate may have been substantially more.
Apple, Google Self-Driving Car Projects Impress Daimler CEO
News  |  1/25/2016
Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board for Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz, came back from a recent visit to Silicon Valley with the impression that Google and Apple are farther along with their automotive projects than he had assumed.
Ban The Box: What It Means For Your IT Hiring Practices
News  |  1/25/2016
A movement known as Ban The Box aims to have questions about criminal convictions removed from employment applications. The effort has led to regulations in 19 states and more than 100 cities and counties. Here's what you need to know.
Mac OS X El Capitan:10 Productivity Tips
Slideshows  |  1/24/2016
Apple's Mac OS X El Capitan has its share of features that can help employees be more productive in their work. Some of the tips we're sharing here deal with the operating system itself, while others are concerned with the small applications that come with the operating system. When it comes to making the most of time spent at a computer, every little bit helps.
Apple's Project Titan Loses Team Leader Steve Zadesky
News  |  1/24/2016
Has Apple's secretive self-driving car initiative Project Titan hit a bump in the road with the departure of team leader Steve Zadesky?
Microsoft's Mimicker Alarm App Powered By AI
News  |  1/22/2016
Microsoft's Garage Project team has cooked up a new alarm clock app for Android smartphones that forces users to make faces or play games to turn it off. What's most interesting about Mimicker Alarm is not what it makes people do, but how it uses artificial intelligence to determine the actions.
Apple Virtual Reality Efforts Get Boost With New Hire
News  |  1/22/2016
The tech giant further expands its reach into virtual and augmented reality technology by hiring leading Virginia Tech researcher Doug Bowman, according to reports.
Brave Browser Aims To End Ad-Blocking War
News  |  1/21/2016
Creator of the JavaScript programming language and former CEO of Firefox maker Mozilla Brendan Eich introduced the Brave browser, which he sees as a way to broker peace between advertisers and ad blockers.
Apple's iOS Dev Center In Italy Promises More Developer Jobs
News  |  1/21/2016
Call it app development -- Italian style. Apple says its iOS Development Center in Naples is just the first of a European expansion to encourage app developers and job creation.
10 Best Tech Jobs For 2016
Slideshows  |  1/21/2016
Tech companies' perks and benefits have long been the envy of a number of industries, but what about the actual work itself? It turns out that tech jobs accounted for nearly half of Glassdoor's "25 Best Jobs in America" report. You may be surprised by the tech jobs that made the list.
Worst Passwords Of 2015 Reveal Our Stupidity
News  |  1/20/2016
This year's list is an indication that the sooner we get rid of password-based authentication, the better.
Comic: The Dangers Of CES
Commentary  |  1/20/2016
Lots of great products are available at CES. It is a wonder this doesn't happen more often.
Amazon's Latest IoT Play Is Dash Replacement Service
News  |  1/19/2016
Amazon unveils its Dash Replenishment Service, where devices and appliances will automatically order more supplies. The company aims to capture a slice of the Internet of Things industry, which is expected to rise to $453 billion by 2020, according to a newly released study.
Gartner: IT Spending Will Top $3.5 Trillion In 2016
News  |  1/19/2016
In a new report, Gartner finds that worldwide IT spending will top $3.5 trillion in 2016. However, spending on devices and telecom services are still expected to decline as major players in the world economy struggle with growth headwinds.
8 Cheat Sheet Sites To Ace Tech Job Interviews
Slideshows  |  1/19/2016
Technical interviews can be grueling and filled with potential pitfalls. But you can up your chances of nailing them and landing that dream IT job with the right preparation. Here are 8 sites that offer sneak peeks at technical job interview questions at companies including Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon.
Ford's Autonomous Car: Under The Hood
Commentary  |  1/18/2016
Ford is building an autonomous car and the technology for the test vehicle is more familiar than you might think.
How Mobile OS Updates Can Kill Your Productivity
Commentary  |  1/18/2016
Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are designed for the current operating system they ship with, either iOS or Android, and maybe the next update. If you (or your employees) have an aging device, the latest OS update might wreak havoc on its performance. How can we avoid the over-the-air update trap?
10 Top CIO Priorities: The Reality Vs. The Ideal
Slideshows  |  1/18/2016
CIOs are charged with both support and business functions, which means juggling a variety of priorities. However, those priorities don't always match up with where IT leaders would necessarily focus their energies if given a choice. Recent survey results illustrate the disconnect.
8 Cool New Drones Taking Flight
Slideshows  |  1/17/2016
Whether you're a prosumer, a hobbyist, or a professional filmmaker looking for polished aerial cinematography, a new crop of drones invading the market in 2016 offers something for everyone. Drones made a big splash at CES earlier this month, and even new FAA regulations can't dampen the enthusiasm. With that in mind, InformationWeek picked eight offerings that you should keep an eye on.
World Bank: Digital Divide Leaving Too Many Behind
News  |  1/15/2016
With 60% of the world offline, the World Bank calls for changes to support the promise of the digital revolution.
Obama Proposes $4 Billion Budget For Self-Driving Cars
News  |  1/15/2016
In a move to accelerate the use of driverless cars on US highways, President Obama proposed a $4 billion budget for testing these vehicles in pilot programs over the next decade.
18 Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2016
Slideshows  |  1/15/2016
This year promises to be a big year in video games, from blockbuster sequels to first-time entries. Here is a list of the games that should be on your radar in 2016.
Pew: Americans Would Trade Privacy For Safety
News  |  1/14/2016
When it comes to coaxing personal information out of Americans, a Pew Research Center report found certain factors, like safety, lead to greater acceptance than cost savings can.
Udacity Promises Job Or Refund
News  |  1/14/2016
The online coding school's new Nanodegree Plus program comes with a tuition refund guarantee.
Google Details Self-Driving Cars Problems In DMV Report
News  |  1/14/2016
It turns out that Google's self-driving cars still need some human help, according to a report filed this week to meet new regulations for the California DMV on autonomous vehicles. The company is also looking for some partners to help.
Google Goes Beyond Cardboard With Revamped VR Focus
Commentary  |  1/13/2016
Google is aiming to make virtual reality into a real business with its dedicated VR division now headed by Clay Bavor.
Tech Companies Worth Buying With Your Powerball Winnings
Commentary  |  1/13/2016
With the Powerball jackpot sitting at a record $1.5 billion, a lucky winner in Wednesday night's drawing could snap up some tech companies like Box or Etsy and still have money left over for a cup of high-octane coffee.
UPS: 3D Printing Maps Out A New Future
Commentary  |  1/13/2016
UPS is embracing 3D printing as part of the future of logistics. Here's how the logistics company is using technology and some key partnerships to map out a new future for its supply chain.
CIOs Detail Hiring Plans For First Half Of 2016
Slideshows  |  1/13/2016
A recent survey delves into the IT positions that CIOs say are in demand for the first half of the year, and finds the major cities that are most likely to win with these expansion plans.
Smaller, Portable Amazon Echo Reportedly Coming Soon
News  |  1/12/2016
Amazon is gearing up to launch a smaller, portable version of its digital assistant device Echo, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This is the latest move by a player in the increasingly competitive market for AI digital assistants.
CES 2016: Glitzy Tech And Marketing Playground
Commentary  |  1/12/2016
Every year, the worlds of marketing and technology collide in Las Vegas for one week during CES. The 2016 CES, which included drones, virtual reality, and more, proved no exception.
Comic: Unwearables
Commentary  |  1/11/2016
Wearables were one of the top gifts of 2015, but not all of them were created equal.
HTC Starts Vive Preorders Feb. 29, Bets On VR
News  |  1/11/2016
HTC is making its Vive HR headset available for February preorder. Will virtual reality be the foundation for a successful future?
Tesla's Autopilot Now Summons Car, But Curbs Driver's Speed
News  |  1/11/2016
Tesla's most recent software update aims to allow drivers of its high-end electric vehicles to summon their vehicle from their garage, but also would restrict their speed.
iPhone 5e Rumors Point To Smaller, Cheaper Model
Commentary  |  1/11/2016
A new report suggests the 4-inch iPhone expected soon will be powered by Apple's A8 chip and named the iPhone 5e.
Ford Testing Autonomous Vehicles In Snow
News  |  1/11/2016
Ford updates its LiDAR system to deal with Michigan's wintry road conditions, paving the way for broader use of self-driving vehicles.
Huawei, Toshiba, ZTE Unleash Hot Smartphones, Tablets At CES 2016
Slideshows  |  1/11/2016
New smartphones and convertible tablets from Toshiba, Acer, ZTE, and Huawei were on display at CES. Here is a roundup of the devices that caught our eye.
Google, Lenovo Team On Project Tango Smartphone
News  |  1/9/2016
Lenovo announced at CES that it will release a smartphone that integrates Google's Project Tango spatial sensing technology this summer.
US Marshals Raid Chinese Hoverboard Booth At CES
News  |  1/9/2016
A Chinese hoverboard vendor sees its booth stripped bare after US Marshals conducted a raid in the middle of CES.
Smartphones From China Dominate CES 2016
Commentary  |  1/8/2016
The majority of new hardware revealed CES in Las Vegas this week came not from market leaders, but from rising vendors from China.
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