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Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition Available For Pre-Order
News  |  2/29/2016
Microsoft kicked off its HoloLens Development Edition pre-orders Monday, as it moves one step closer to expanding the ecosystem for the augmented reality device.
Raspberry Pi 3 Offers New Chip, Bluetooth, WiFi For $35
News  |  2/29/2016
The Raspberry Pi Foundation, the UK-based microcomputer specialist, is marking its fourth anniversary on Feb. 29 with the release of the Raspberry Pi 3, which offers new features, including Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities. The foundation is also keeping the price at $35.
MWC 2016 Paves Path For Connected Cars
Commentary  |  2/28/2016
Autonomous and connected cars were spotlighted at this year's Mobile World Congress. With 44 million of these vehicles expected to hit the road by 2030, tech companies such as Nokia Networks and Qualcomm are joining car manufacturers to roll out state-of-the-art features.
Apple Should Have Same Confidentiality Rights As Attorneys, Priests
Commentary  |  2/27/2016
Technology companies know more about us than our loved ones, attorneys, or priests. To balance the availability of that information in matters of public safety, businesses should have a limited exemption from being required to provide such information.
5 Hot Virtual Reality Picks From MWC 2016
Slideshows  |  2/27/2016
Virtual reality was the spicy side dish to the main serving of smartphones at Mobile World Congress this year. Products on display included headsets, 360-degree cameras, and immersive gaming devices. Here are our five favorite picks from the show floor.
Smartphones, 5G, VR Trump Wearables, Tablets At MWC 2016
Commentary  |  2/26/2016
Talk about smartphones, the rush to 5G, and virtual reality dominated Mobile World Congress this year. That meant that wearables and tablets had to take a back seat this time around.
How Storytelling Makes Robots, AI More Human
News  |  2/26/2016
Researchers are using storytelling to teach a robot how to be more ethical and potentially put to rest fears of dangerous artificial intelligence agents taking over the world.
Google Fiber Rolling Out In San Francisco
News  |  2/25/2016
Google is gearing up to bring its speedy service to San Francisco, but it's planning to piggyback on existing networks rather than relying on the city's official fiber system.
Spotify Now Rocks On Google's Cloud
News  |  2/24/2016
Despite early fears over public cloud security and uptime, large companies like Netflix and Spotify are increasingly embracing the notion of moving all their systems onto the public cloud. Here's why.
Facebook Finds 3.2 Billion People Had Internet Access In 2015
News  |  2/23/2016
Despite advances in expanding global Internet connectivity, the number of people who are not connected to the Internet still far outweighs the number of those who are, according to a Facebook report.
Intel, AT&T Agree To Test LTE-Connected Drones
News  |  2/23/2016
Drones connected to LTE will be able to fly farther and more securely, opening new business use-cases. Intel and AT&T are working together to make this happen.
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: An Up-Close Look
Slideshows  |  2/23/2016
Competent and compelling, Samsung's latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, don't break new ground, but they're solid high-end offerings. The company also unveiled a VR camera and other device initiatives.
Samsung, LG And HTC Launch VR Offerings At MWC
News  |  2/22/2016
Virtual reality headsets and devices fell into sharp focus at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with several smartphone makers unveiling their latest move into the VR sector.
Comic: Disaster Recovery-As-A-Service
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
Not everyone can afford this pricey service, but many will find it the best option in case of a harmful breach.
Lenovo Unveils New Smartphones, Tablets And Notebooks At MWC
News  |  2/22/2016
Variety, low prices, and clean designs are clear themes for Lenovo, which introduced Android phones, Windows 10 convertible laptops, and tablets at Mobile World Congress 2016.
Smartphone Pricing's Up, But Customers Are Happier
News  |  2/19/2016
J.D. Power reports that costs for smartphone customers have increased, but that these consumers are happier than they've ever been -- especially with AT&T.
11 Tech Trailblazers To Honor For Black History Month
Slideshows  |  2/19/2016
In honor of Black History Month, we highlight the achievements of 11 pioneers and innovators in the field of science and technology.
Tech Entrepreneurs Less Bullish On Economy: Study
News  |  2/18/2016
Entrepreneurs whose companies are growing without venture capital largess are particularly sensitive to economic changes. The latest Bootstrapped Sentiment Survey from Mainsail Partners indicates that these organizations are anticipating an uncertain year ahead.
Google, Tesla And Apple Race For Electric, Autonomous Vehicle Talent
Slideshows  |  2/18/2016
Apple, Google, Tesla, and Ford appear to be in a bit of a hiring -- and in some cases, poaching -- spree to build up their electric and self-driving car teams. Here is a look at some of the more high-profile comings and goings.
2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 Finalists Revealed
News  |  2/17/2016
We're delighted to announce the 100 companies who made the cut as finalists for the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100. Final rankings and Best In Show winners will be revealed at this year's InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference in May.
Comic: Self-Driving Food Trucks
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
Self-driving cars will soon make it possible for other self-driving vehicles. Even lunch will not be the same.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Water-Resistance Details Leaked
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
A video shows that Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2016, the Galaxy S7, will have protection from liquid damage.
6 Drones Designed To Do Good
Slideshows  |  2/16/2016
From a drone that can detect and immediately repair oil, gas, chemical, or water pipeline leaks, to an autonomous underwater drone that helps survey coral reefs, here's a look at the winners and finalists of the recent UAE Drones for Good competition.
iPhone 7 Delay Unclear After Earthquake Impacts Chipmaker
News  |  2/15/2016
Apple's iPhone 7 chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company warned that the massive earthquake that recently hit Taiwan has had a greater impact on its facilities than originally estimated.
Google's Unconscious Bias Training Yet To Fix Diversity Problem
News  |  2/15/2016
Google was the first high-profile tech company to initiate a diversity training program that sought to uncover employees' unconscious biases. The two-year-old program has yielded interesting results.
Mobile Apps Drive Car Rentals, But Not Sales
Commentary  |  2/15/2016
The days of teenagers anxiously awaiting the moment they get their driver's license are long over. Now, a ride on demand and even a car delivered to your door is just a mobile app away. It's a major shift in the auto industry.
MyShake Android App Helps Detect Earthquakes
News  |  2/14/2016
UC Berkeley scientists have launched a smartphone app that uses smartphones to pinpoint the location and intensity of earthquakes. The app is available to Android users through Google Play.
Google Plans VR Headset That Won't Rely On Smartphones
News  |  2/12/2016
The race for dominance of the virtual reality market continues as Google plans to introduce a more sophisticated headset to market. Unlike Cardboard, this new VR headset won't rely on a smartphone, according to reports.
Women Execs Boost Company Profits, Study Finds
News  |  2/12/2016
Companies with more women in executive positions correlated with increased profitability, according to a new study.
Transforming An Antiquated Business Intelligence Process
Commentary  |  2/12/2016
The personal story of how one executive transformed an unused business intelligence system.
10 Ways To Geek Out Your Valentine's Day
Slideshows  |  2/12/2016
Valentine's Day is upon us, so it's time to come up with the ultimate plan for that special geek in your life. From cool activities to got-to-have gifts, here are 10 ideas for the perfect geek-tastically romantic day.
10 Productivity Hacks To Kick-Start Your Day
Slideshows  |  2/11/2016
Clear your desktop, light a lemon-scented candle, and get ready for a more productive day with these tips.
IoT Next Surveillance Frontier, Says US Spy Chief
News  |  2/10/2016
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper delivers chilling remarks regarding the Internet of Things, noting there may come a day when spy agencies may tap into IoT for surveillance, network access, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S7: 5 Features It Needs
Commentary  |  2/10/2016
Samsung's next-generation flagship smartphone is almost here. These are the features we most want to see added to the Galaxy S7.
NHTSA: Google's AI 'Driver' Can Qualify For US Roads
News  |  2/10/2016
In a letter to the search giant, the NHTSA indicates its support for Google's self-driving vehicles by stating the computer that pilots the car can be considered a driver.
IoT Reality: Smart Homes Not Smart Enough Yet
Commentary  |  2/10/2016
The Internet of Things needs standardization and easier programming options. Until then, the promise of IoT for consumers remains unfulfilled.
10 Unique Perks At Tech Companies
Slideshows  |  2/9/2016
Tech companies are well represented on Glassdoor's rankings of the top beyond-the-basics perks and benefits offered to employees. See 10 of the most interesting and surprising.
Google's Next Cardboard Could Be Plastic
News  |  2/8/2016
Google is said to be preparing an updated VR headset. The new version could include more sensors, higher quality lenses, and a plastic shell.
Comic: Respect Your Elders
Commentary  |  2/8/2016
In tech, we tend to like the new and shiny. But never forget the power of legacy systems, whether they are actual systems or just older IT pros.
BlackBerry Layoffs Leave Dark Cloud Over Handset Business
Commentary  |  2/8/2016
BlackBerry cut about 200 employees this month, which prompted many to question its commitment to smartphones, BlackBerry 10 in particular.
Apple Retail Stores Headed To India Soon
News  |  2/8/2016
Apple is working to open retail stores in India, now the world's second-largest smartphone market. Although Apple has eyed the country for a while now, the company's plans point to a quick and rapid expansion to help its iPhone sales.
9 Biographies Of Tech Icons You Should Know
Slideshows  |  2/8/2016
Here are the stories of tech influencers, from Thomas Edison through Linus Torvalds, who shaped the present and future of technology. Some of these icons are less famous than others, but all have had a role in shaping and changing the way we live, work, and communicate.
Google Self-Driving Cars May Motor To London
News  |  2/7/2016
Officials from London's transportation authority and Google are in active discussions to bring the company's self-driving cars to the city's streets.
Tim Cook Talks iPhone Sales At Apple Town Hall
News  |  2/5/2016
During a town hall-style meeting with employees at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, CEO Tim Cook talks about the company's future plans. Cook also spoke about revitalizing the iPad, Apple's future headquarters, and how the company plans to expand in the entertainment market.
SAP Uses Super Bowl 50 To Test Data Visualization, UX
News  |  2/5/2016
SAP's Fan Energy Zone in San Francisco's Super Bowl 50 celebrations is a giant test case in how users create, share, and process data in real-time.
IBM Watson, Heart Association Take On Cardio Health
News  |  2/5/2016
IBM, the American Heart Association, and Welltok have teamed to deliver a workplace health solution. Without preventative strategies, by 2030 cardiovascular diseases may cost companies $106 billion in lost productivity alone.
8 iPhone Apps To Help Tackle Super Bowl 50
Slideshows  |  2/5/2016
If you want to get more out of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, here's our list of eight different iPhone apps that will keep you covered all day long during the big game and America's unofficial holiday.
Google Taps AI Chief To Head Up Search
News  |  2/4/2016
With its longtime search executive Amit Singhal retiring, Google has named AI chief John Giannandrea to head its search business -- yet another sign of Google's focus on artificial intelligence.
Amazon Echo Now Plays Spotify, Orders Domino's Pizza
Commentary  |  2/4/2016
Alexa's new powers mean you can't ask for a better Super Bowl party companion than the Amazon Echo. The AI-powered device now plays music from Spotify and orders you pizza from Domino's.
Google Fiber Expansion Coming To Public Housing
News  |  2/4/2016
Google continues the expansion of its Fiber Internet service by offering free connections for families in public housing, starting in Kansas City. The search giant is already offering free WiFi service in some public housing developments.
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