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Bitcoin Taxation: A Gift From The IRS And The Coffee Problem
News  |  12/31/2014
Every bitcoin transaction requires a gain or loss calculation between acquired cost basis and the amount it was sold for. This is no problem for large blocks, but on everyday purchases, a gain or loss calculation on every $1.79 cup of coffee is a lot of calculating.
5 Smartphone Wishes For 2015
News  |  12/31/2014
Smartphones must do better in five key areas -- starting with battery life.
Wall Street CIOs Have A Vendor Management Problem
News  |  12/31/2014
If Wall Street CIOs want to stay ahead of competition and ensure that high-speed trading software doesn't start the next flash crash, they need better insight into vendor-delivered software.
Why There's Confusion Over Valuing Bitcoin
News  |  12/31/2014
Bitcoin presents a new type of nontraditional, highly technical, experimental, and global digital instrument to our already complex world. That should conjure excitement, not fear.
Mobile Payments: 5 Things To Expect In 2015
News  |  12/31/2014
Mobile payment technology has new momentum going into 2015. What's next?
2014: The Year Of The Digital Banking Tipping Point
News  |  12/31/2014
Digital banking went from buzzword to standard in 2014. Bank Systems & Technology's top 7 articles about digital illustrate the concept's momentum.
Cartoon: When Hackers Think You're Uncool
Commentary  |  12/31/2014
Is your company feeling left out of all the security fuss?
8 Wacky Cyberattacks Worse Than Sony Hack
Slideshows  |  12/31/2014
John Denver music on a loop. Adam Sandler inserted in your favorite movies. Forget Sony: These attacks would really drive the nation insane.
Why InfoSec Should Be Separated From IT
Commentary  |  12/30/2014
The case for taking the information security function out from underneath the IT umbrella.
IoT In Protocol War, Says Startup
News  |  12/30/2014
CTO Of Enlightened says outlook for Zigbee is particularly dim.
Data Scientist Training Programs Gain Steam
News  |  12/30/2014
More universities are launching programs to develop the big data talent businesses need.
2014: The Year In Search
Slideshows  |  12/30/2014
You can learn a lot about a person from search engine history. Explore some of the year's top search topics, according to Google and Bing.
10 Threats Worse Than Artificial Intelligence
News  |  12/30/2014
Killer robots and malicious computers may keep technical geniuses up at night, but we need more artificial intelligence to keep natural stupidity in check.
Phoning Home From Mars On Christmas Eve
News  |  12/30/2014
For six simulated space explorers, practicing for a Mars mission means never having a real-time conversation with anyone "back on Earth."
12 Notable InformationWeek Stories Of 2014
News  |  12/30/2014
These stories made you think, debate, and laugh with each other on InformationWeek.com in 2014. Take a look back.
Reclaim Your Schedule In 2015: 7 Tips
News  |  12/30/2014
Were you overworked, overtaxed, or simply "over busy" in 2014? Take control of your schedule and reduce stress in 2015.
8 Biggest Tech Disappointments Of 2014
Slideshows  |  12/29/2014
From Uber's dirty tactics to Silicon Valley's lack of diversity, look back at the year's biggest letdowns.
New Data, Same Old Dumb Bosses: 3 Lessons
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
Corporate overlords finally take an interest in data. Too bad they don't understand it and will be tricked by crafty short-timers.
2014: IT's Good, Bad, & Ugly
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
Take a look back at some of the most memorable IT incidents -- for good and bad -- over the past year.
CES 2015: Year Of The What?
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
Will 2015 be the Year of the Outrageously Expensive TV, or just another Year of Incremental Improvements in Technology?
Top 10 Social Network Blunders Of 2014
Slideshows  |  12/26/2014
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media sites really stepped in it this year. Check out these 10 boneheaded moves that infuriated users.
Geekend: New Year's Resolutions For Famous Geeks
Commentary  |  12/26/2014
New Year's resolutions are much easier to keep if you give them to someone else.
A Journalist Codes: 4 Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  12/23/2014
A journalist who writes about software writes his own and finds out coding is not easy. In fact, easy is particularly hard.
Honk If You See A Dead Satellite
Commentary  |  12/23/2014
Satellites, balloons, and drones -- oh my! Today's tech wunderkinds have found the answer to global warming.
8 Quiet Firsts In Tech In 2014
Slideshows  |  12/23/2014
Maybe you didn't hear about these science and technology breakthroughs, from robots to space exploration. But they will be remembered 20 years from now.
Tech-Free Vacation: Why Unplugging Isn't Practical
Commentary  |  12/23/2014
Many of us crave a holiday break from technology, but sometimes it's easier said than done.
Top 10 Social Media Fails Of 2014
Slideshows  |  12/22/2014
Businesses learn lessons the hard way when their social media posts go wrong. Have a look at the businesses that made this year's naughty list.
Video: Hacker Stocking Stuffers, Safe Online Shopping Tips
Commentary  |  12/19/2014
This Week In 60 Seconds celebrates the holiday season with gift ideas for the hacker in your life, tips on how to shop safely online, and predictions for smart wearables.
Cartoon: Where Data Goes To Die
Commentary  |  12/19/2014
Our cartoonist answers the question of what happens to all that unrecoverable data.
Geekend: The Inaugural Geeky Awards
Commentary  |  12/19/2014
The Geekend hands out its inaugural Geeky Thing of the Year awards. See if your favorites are on the list.
Big Data: 6 Bold Predictions For 2015
News  |  12/19/2014
'Tis the season when industry soothsayers don their prognostication caps to make fearless forecasts for the coming year. What does the crystal ball say about big data?
6 IT Career Resolutions
Slideshows  |  12/19/2014
Resolve to polish your skills, value, and appeal in 2015 with these tips from recruiters and senior IT executives.
Technology Training: Why We're In Hell
Commentary  |  12/19/2014
Is the problem the death-by-PowerPoint training that everyone hates? Or that our enterprise apps look worse than Keith Richards with a hangover?
7 Excuses To Avoid Family Tech Support
News  |  12/18/2014
Are you the family's unofficial IT person? The holidays are a dangerous time: Here's what to say when you're asked to fix messes.
Death To Fillable PDFs And MS Word Forms
Commentary  |  12/18/2014
Your "convenient" enterprise forms are killing me. We need new approaches and more communications.
7 Tips: Work Fitness Into The Workday
News  |  12/16/2014
Get up, stand up! The human body wasn't designed to sit for hours at a time, so sneak these moves into your workday.
Crazy Tech CEO Quotes: 2014 Edition
News  |  12/16/2014
Chief executive officers aren't always on their A-game. Revisit some of the most colorful quips from tech leaders this year.
Federal Smartphone App Aims To End DUIs
News  |  12/15/2014
Government-backed app estimates user's blood-alcohol content, offers to call a taxi if smartphone owner can't pass the traffic games.
10 Home Office Organization Helpers Under $25
Slideshows  |  12/15/2014
From laptop stands to magnetic wall pockets, these products keep your workspace orderly and clutter-free at little expense.
Cartoon: Chief Storm Officer
Commentary  |  12/12/2014
IT overtime never ends.
Geekend: Oculus Rift Tourism
Commentary  |  12/12/2014
The tourism industry hopes to lure us with virtual reality previews of destinations viewed with the Oculus Rift and other VR headsets. Will it backfire?
Cloud Storage's Race To Zero
Commentary  |  12/11/2014
The race to provide free unlimited cloud storage can't end well, not for the vendors -- or the customers who believe they have finally found a free lunch.
11 Ways To Deck The Halls With Recycled Tech
Slideshows  |  12/11/2014
Put your useless tech to good use this holiday season. Check out these projects.
CIO Hiring 100 IT Pros: What He Needs
Commentary  |  12/11/2014
You may be surprised what tops Choice Hotels CIO's list of toughest IT skills to find.
The Long Death Of Project Hosting Sites
News  |  12/10/2014
Last month, Microsoft and Google bypassed their own code hosts to post major code projects on GitHub. The once-favored hosts have begun a long, familiar decline.
Can Google's ReCAPTCHA Swat The Bots?
Commentary  |  12/10/2014
New API promises to cut down on the annoyance factor of proving to websites we're human.
3D Printers: Why Nobody Needs One For Christmas
Commentary  |  12/10/2014
Oh, by gosh, by golly, are you really going to print some mistletoe and holly?
Americans 'Obsessed' With Their Devices
News  |  12/10/2014
Deloitte study says US consumers spend more time than ever with their smartphones and other mobile devices -- and that's expected to increase with the onset of connected homes and cars.
Google In 2015: 11 Predictions
Commentary  |  12/10/2014
Forget "peak Google." The year ahead will bring slower but continued expansion and diversification.
8 Facebook Privacy Settings To Check
Slideshows  |  12/10/2014
Facebook's renewed focus on privacy brought new settings and apps to the social network in 2014. Check out the settings you should review.
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