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VW Scandal: 59 Early Deaths Expected In US
News  |  10/31/2015
Researchers at Harvard and MIT estimate the health and social costs of Volkswagen's emissions deceit, including potential loss of life and a financial burden of at $450 million in the US. The latter figure is projected to be much higher without a prompt recall.
Apple TV: Nifty Siri Interface, Limited Apps
Commentary  |  10/30/2015
Looking to tune into a new television paradigm? Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV box reaches stores today and promises to change how you interact with your television set.
14 Creepy Ways To Use Big Data
Slideshows  |  10/30/2015
The amount of data being collected about people, companies, and governments is unprecedented. What can be done with that data is downright frightening. From bedrooms to boardrooms, from Wall Street to Main Street, the ground is shifting in ways that only the most cyber-savvy can anticipate. We reveal the creepy ways to use data now and in the near future.
Cortana & Bing Bring Halloween Tricks & Treats
News  |  10/30/2015
Microsoft is celebrating Halloween with themed Bing maps and scary bad jokes from Cortana.
Wireless X-Ray Vision Tech Tracks People Through Walls
News  |  10/30/2015
MIT researchers have developed a system called RF-Capture that can track motion like Microsoft's Kinect, except that it works through walls.
10 Scariest Bosses: A Survival Guide
Slideshows  |  10/30/2015
We explored multiple surveys and studies about bad bosses to assemble this rogue's gallery of the most reviled types of managers. Check out our 10 scariest bosses (complete with their own Halloween costumes), and consider our advice for how to deal with them.
Autonomous Vehicles Vs. Helping Humans Drive Better
Commentary  |  10/29/2015
For automakers, creating self-driving cars may be an appealing technical challenge, but creating better-driving cars is a more attainable goal. In a report released today, global consultancy McKinsey suggests that technology for helping drivers navigate is likely to become critical for car buyers.
Facebook Expands FbStart Program For Mobile Developers
News  |  10/29/2015
To help convince mobile developers to integrate Facebook technology into their apps, the social network has added more partners to FbStart.
DMCA Ruling: OK To Mod Code In Cars, Jailbreak Smartphones
News  |  10/28/2015
Reviewing and modifying automotive software will be lawful in 12 months, thanks to a copyright law exemption.
Mind-Controlled Computers: Researchers Take A First Step
News  |  10/28/2015
Researchers have taken an important step toward a future in which we might interact with our computers without needing a mouse, keyboard, or even voice activation. Imagine if you could control your computer with your mind.
Net Neutrality Vote: EU Will Allow Data Discrimination
News  |  10/27/2015
Rejecting strong net neutrality protections, the European Parliament has voted to allow Internet fast lanes.
Comic: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews
Commentary  |  10/26/2015
Sometimes you can say things in an interview that sound scarier than you intend.
Apple Watch: Chosen Coolest Wearable In Crowded Class
News  |  10/26/2015
The jury may still be out on the success of Apple's foray into the wearables market, but a Juniper survey indicates the Watch is considered très cool.
Tech Gadgets For Your Halloween Ghost-Hunting
Commentary  |  10/25/2015
If you're looking to get your spooky on this Halloween with ghosts, vampires, or zombies, we've got the technology to help you do it.
Google's Chromecast Offerings: Hands-On Review
Commentary  |  10/24/2015
Google's new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio dongles make it easier than ever to send video to your TV and audio to your stereo system.
13 Geekiest Halloween Costumes For 2015
Slideshows  |  10/24/2015
We want to help you get into the Halloween spirit while letting your geek flag fly. Check out our list, and let us know which costume you'll be wearing next Saturday.
Why Fixes To Tech's Diversity Problem Fail
Commentary  |  10/23/2015
Encouraging children to pursue careers in technology is great, but until Silicon Valley deals with its culture problem, it won't matter.
Facebook TechPrep Emphasizes Computer Science, Programming, Diversity
News  |  10/22/2015
Facebook is turning its skills at connecting people in a new direction with the launch of a TechPrep, a website designed to get kids invested in computer science, while promoting diversity.
10 Hot IT Jobs That Deliver Work-Life Balance
Slideshows  |  10/22/2015
Ten IT jobs made the cut on Glassdoor's 25 Best Jobs For Work-Life Balance. In fact, the No. 1 job on the list is IT-related. If you're struggling with work-life balance in your own career, you'll want to have a look at these positions and see how your job stacks up. It might be time to polish up that resume or learn some new skills.
10 iPhone Apps Only An IT Pro Could Love
Slideshows  |  10/21/2015
The Apple iTunes store is chock-full of apps that are equally useful to IT and business users. Here, we're focusing on 10 iPhone apps that only IT professionals could love. See what we've uncovered.
Amazon, New York Times Spar Over Work Culture Investigation
News  |  10/20/2015
The feud between the New York Times and Amazon goes public as the two sides defend their positions following a blistering expose.
Intel's Arduino 101: 11 Reasons You Need It
Slideshows  |  10/20/2015
Intel has announced the new Arduino 101, an Arduino platform based on the Intel Curie module. While it's aimed primarily at the education and maker communities, there are plenty of commercial applications, including the opportunity to experiment with Internet of Things (IoT) projects, including wearables, diminutive gadgets, and sensors
Comic: CIO Horror Stories
Commentary  |  10/19/2015
These are the things that go bump in the night for the CIO.
10 Books To Turn IT Pros Into Business Pros
Slideshows  |  10/19/2015
Nobody doubts that as an IT professional you know your field. But how much do you know about business? If the answer is "not enough," it's time to start learning. Here are 10 books to help turn IT pros into business ninjas.
Nexus 5X, 6P Review: Marshmallow OS Shines
Slideshows  |  10/19/2015
Google's updated Nexus line of smartphones, from LG and Huawei, shows Android 6.0 Marshmallow at its best. Google provided us with one of each model for review. Here's what we discovered.
After Dell, EMC: 10 Unlikely Mergers That Would Make Our Day
Commentary  |  10/18/2015
While the Dell-EMC merger is undoubtedly a big deal in the IT world, it's far from the strangest corporate combination we can think of. Here are some merger ideas that are far less likely to ever happen, but a lot more fun to contemplate.
Will Our Love Of 'Imperfect' Robots Harm Us?
Commentary  |  10/16/2015
Flawed robots make people more comfortable in certain settings, which is fine. But what happens when we need robots to be perfect?
Steve Jobs Movie: 5 Myths, 5 Realities
Slideshows  |  10/16/2015
The latest Steve Jobs film hits most theaters this weekend. What did the movie get right, and what did it get wildly wrong?
Tesla Updates Autopilot Software, Moves Closer To Self-Driving Cars
News  |  10/15/2015
Tesla is updating its self-driving car software to add more advanced capabilities, but drivers are still advised to keep their hands on the wheel.
'Smart' Scooter Driven To Change Your Commute
News  |  10/15/2015
A kick-assisted scooter aims to help commuters in circumstances where walking would take too long.
Gartner: 10 Radical Changes Coming To IT
Slideshows  |  10/15/2015
Gartner's Daryl Plummer paints a convincing picture of a near-term future full of robots, smart machines, machine learning, and changing mobile habits. Here's everything CIOs and IT professionals need to know to be prepared.
Secret To Successful Teams: Lead Them With Laughter
News  |  10/14/2015
We all want a boss with a good sense of humor. But a new study reveals that humor at work is ineffective -- no matter how genuinely funny you may be -- if you're lousy at building and maintaining relationships with your team members.
Machine Learning: How Algorithms Get You Clicking
News  |  10/14/2015
Technology may be able to free journalists from creating sensationalistic stories to generate online traffic, but it doesn't alter what people choose to read.
Twitter CEO Confirms Layoffs In Tweet
News  |  10/13/2015
Twitter will lay off 8% of its workforce. With most of the cuts coming in the product and engineering team, the move raises questions about the company's plans and direction.
Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrating Women In Tech
Commentary  |  10/13/2015
Let me tell you a very personal story about why Ada Lovelace matters, and how we can use this day to inspire girls and young women to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Motorola Moto 360 Review: A Worthy Second Act
Slideshows  |  10/13/2015
The Moto 360, Motorola's second-generation Android Wear smartwatch, makes exactly the right set of improvements.
NASA's Mars Journey: Next Steps For Mankind
Slideshows  |  10/11/2015
Sometime in the 2030s, NASA wants to land astronauts on Mars. Here's a look at what it will take to get us there.
Elon Musk Throws Shade At Apple, German Automakers
News  |  10/10/2015
Tesla CEO Elon Musk talks electric cars and emissions scandals -- and throws some shade at Apple, Toyota, and German automakers. However, he later backed off some comments in a Tweet.
Gut Check OK In Age Of Analytics, Gartner Says
Commentary  |  10/8/2015
Gut decisions are out of fashion in the world of analytics and big data, but one Gartner analyst says "Not so fast."
Sony Acquires Image Sensor Specialist Softkinetic Systems
News  |  10/8/2015
Softkinetic's time of flight and other image sensor technologies will help Sony become more competitive in the video gaming and smartphone markets.
GE Charges Into IoT, Cloud Analytics Space
News  |  10/8/2015
GE is going full steam ahead in its efforts to become a digital company. This includes new emphasis on IoT and analytics.
Google Pushes For Faster Mobile Web
News  |  10/7/2015
To make bloated Web pages load quickly, Google has introduced Accelerated Mobile Pages framework.
Comic: Containerization Taken To Extremes
Commentary  |  10/7/2015
CIOs are getting big into containers. This is how it might affect your job.
Why IT Needs To Stop Saying No
Commentary  |  10/7/2015
How do you turn your IT shop from the "Department of No" into the "Department of Yes?" You need to change your people and change how you measure them.
Porsche Picks Apple CarPlay Over Android Auto
News  |  10/7/2015
Google asks Germans for too much information about the inner workings of their premium sports car, so Porsche moves to Apple's CarPlay, according to a report.
IT Talent Crisis? Gartner Says Get Creative
Commentary  |  10/6/2015
Gartner CIO Symposium gives CIOs a hint about the talent shortage. It might not be as bad as you think if you're willing to get creative.
CIOs Need To Welcome Age Of The Algorithm, Gartner Says
News  |  10/5/2015
Gartner's CIO Symposium Welcome Keynote advised CIOs that we're entering the age of the algorithm.
Daimler Tests Self-Driving Truck On German Autobahn
News  |  10/5/2015
The evolution of self-driving vehicles continues as Daimler begins testing of an autonomous semi-truck on Germany's Autobahn.
Imagine Retail Without Sales Associates, Gartner Asks
Commentary  |  10/5/2015
A Gartner analyst uses the vision of a workplace without associates as a great jumping-off point to talk about how to integrate technology into the brick-and-mortar store of tomorrow.
ICANN CEO: Why The Internet's Future Is At Risk
News  |  10/5/2015
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade spoke with InformationWeek about how the Internet can continue without US government oversight.
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