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Apple Vs. The FBI: Protecting The Poetry Of Code
Commentary  |  3/31/2016
If the FBI had succeeded in its attempt to have Apple write a new version of iOS (FBiOS, perhaps?), then what would a tech vendor have been required to do next?
Google Fiber Phone Goes Beyond Typical Telecom Services
News  |  3/30/2016
With Fiber Phone, Google can offer subscribers a classic package that many have moved away from -- Internet, TV, and phone service. But that's where the similarities end.
Twitter Makes Messaging Accessible To The Visually Impaired
News  |  3/30/2016
There are 285 million people with vision impairment around the globe, according to the World Health Organization. Now social media sites such as Twitter are making sure their voices are seen and heard.
Wearable Users Happy With Hardware, Less So With Apps
News  |  3/29/2016
A survey by Argus Insights suggests wearable makers need to spend more time thinking about app design and function.
Acer Chromebook 14 Tries To Be MacBook Air Look-Alike
Commentary  |  3/29/2016
The Chromebook 14 from Acer features a sleek all-metal design, a 14-inch display, and all-day battery life.
Oracle Seeks $9.3 Billion Over Android's Use Of Java
News  |  3/29/2016
In its long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, Oracle has now increased its damage claim to $9.3 billion. But Google dismisses the claim as excessive.
Cartoon: When Good AI Goes Bad
Commentary  |  3/28/2016
Time to retrain?
Microsoft Positions 'Holoportation' As The Future Of UC
News  |  3/28/2016
"Help me Microsoft, you're my only hope!" The software giant pulls unified communications into the future with the help of what the company calls holoportation. It's the next step for Microsoft's HoloLens technology.
How To Make The Leap From IT Pro To CIO
Commentary  |  3/28/2016
Executive recruiter Kathy Harris gives us an in-depth look at how to rise to the top levels of IT.
Harlan Stenn Tackles NTP Security Issues As Big Move Looms
News  |  3/28/2016
There's not a business in existence today whose operations don't rely on the Network Time Protocol (NTP). Harlan Stenn is the chief maintainer of NTP. In the past year, security researchers have raised a number of concerns about the protocol, which Stenn is addressing even as he prepares a move of half the NTP infrastructure. Here's why it matters.
8 Hot Software Skills To Keep Your Career On Track
Slideshows  |  3/28/2016
Looking for work in tech right now? Looking for ways to expand your role at your current job? I've put on my prognosticator's cap for a look at which software is worth your time. You'll find content management systems, 3D modeling, and programming frameworks in the mix. If you're a hiring manager, it's worth a look to see which software is being used, and where.
White House Petition Aims To Stop The JavaScript Scourge
Commentary  |  3/27/2016
Is it time to put an end to JavaScript once and for all? Someone thinks so, and they've got the White House petition to prove it.
Microsoft Muzzles AI Chatbot After Twitter Users Teach It Racism
News  |  3/25/2016
Thanks to machine learning and Internet trolls, Microsoft's Tay AI chatbot became a student of racism within 24 hours. Microsoft has taken Tay offline and is making adjustments.
Amazon Says It Pays Women, Men Equally
News  |  3/24/2016
Bending to pressure from an activist shareholder, Amazon reveals information about its pay equality for males, females, as well as minorities.
Pebble Axes 25% Of Staff Despite Smartwatch Success
News  |  3/24/2016
The company's CEO Eric Migicovsky confirmed in an interview that Pebble is laying off 40 people -- about a quarter of its workforce. This comes despite a fairly successful run as a smartwatch maker.
Gen Z Hits The Workforce: Are You Ready?
News  |  3/24/2016
A new generation of talent is following Millennials into the workplace, bringing with it a fresh set of values and challenges to enterprise IT. Whether you're involved in hiring Gen Z employees for your own IT team or looking for ways to make sure your IT strategy accommodates their expectations across your enterprise, knowing more about this generation's needs and wants is the first step.
8 Biggest H-1B Employers In 2015
Slideshows  |  3/24/2016
The impact of H-1B workers on American tech jobs has been a hot-button issue, and now the controversial topic is a talking point in the current presidential race. So, now is a good time learn more about last year's 8 largest H-1B employers.
iPhone SE, New iPad Storage Pricing Is A Rip-Off
Commentary  |  3/23/2016
Apple continues its practice of overcharging for storage with its newly unveiled iPhone SE and the new smaller iPad. The company's devices should come with more onboard storage, and upgrading shouldn't be so expensive.
Intel's Andy Grove: A Silicon Valley Pioneer
Commentary  |  3/23/2016
Andy Grove, Intel's longtime chief executive, died March 21 at age 79. He leaves a profound legacy within the company, as well as in the computer industry at large.
Apple Event: Moments Of Bravado, Muted Tones
Commentary  |  3/23/2016
Apple execs at the company's Monday press event launched iterative updates to existing products while crowing about non-consumer-facing achievements.
Apple's Liam Robot Emphasizes Company's Sustainable Credentials
News  |  3/22/2016
The focus at Apple's most recent event may have been on products, such as the iPhone SE, but the company made some impressive strides in sustainability, too. The highlight of all this is Liam, a robot that recycles old iPhones.
Comic: Two-Factor Authentication
Commentary  |  3/21/2016
Security is a top priority, and with biometric security starting to look less secure, we're going to have to get creative.
Amazon: Kindle Users Need To Update Or Lose Connectivity
News  |  3/21/2016
A number of Kindle e-reader models need to install a critical software update by March 22, or risk losing the ability to connect to the Internet.
Barry University CIO: Managing The Mobile Security Load
Commentary  |  3/21/2016
In higher ed, CIOs have to deal with ultra-connected students and faculty whose devices increase the security burden on IT, while managing the growing use of online video as an educational tool. Here's how the CIO of Barry University in Florida handles it all.
Best, Worst States For Tech Jobs: CompTIA
Slideshows  |  3/21/2016
In its 27th annual Cyberstates study, CompTIA tells us which states experienced the most growth in the number of tech jobs in 2015, and which ones saw declines. See where your state lands.
9 Ways VR Video Gaming Is Getting Very Real
Slideshows  |  3/19/2016
VR technology was everywhere at this year's Game Developers Conference. But it will be a while before it registers in the real world.
iPhone SE, iPad Air Pro Expected At Apple's March 21 Event
Commentary  |  3/19/2016
Apple has a smaller iPhone, refreshed iPad, and loads of new software on deck for a media event scheduled for March 21. Here's what we know.
Apple Engineers Could Quit Over iPhone Encryption Case
News  |  3/18/2016
Several Apple engineers have told the New York Times that they'd consider leaving one of the industry's most prized companies and positions rather than be made to create a so-called GovtOS to crack the iPhone's encryption technology.
Google Asks DoT To Fast-Track Self-Driving Cars
News  |  3/18/2016
Google wants to fast-track self-driving cars to market. The company sent a letter to the US Transportation Secretary on March 18 that outlines how that can be accomplished.
Google Considers Selling Robotics Specialist Boston Dynamics
News  |  3/18/2016
After failing to produce a marketable product and sparking internal worries about PR liabilities, Google's parent company -- Alphabet -- puts Boston Dynamics up for sale.
Google's Next HQ: Modern, With Retro Flairs
Slideshows  |  3/18/2016
The pending makeover of Google's Mountain View campus shows concern for birds and the environment, alongside a look that manages to be both retro and modern.
The Best Place To Work In IT: Cast Your Vote
Commentary  |  3/17/2016
InformationWeek is honoring the most rewarding place to work in IT with our 2016 People's Choice award. The winner, determined by your votes, will be announced in May at the InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference and Awards.
How To Make Your Workplace Culture Collaborative
Commentary  |  3/17/2016
Open spaces, water cooler talk, and allowing employees to update Facebook are often more effective in creating a collaborative workplace than all the team-building exercises your consultants can dream up. Here's a look at what works in the real world.
Ring Pro Video Doorbell Gets Better Motion Detection, Video
Commentary  |  3/16/2016
The updated Ring Pro can set customized motion zones and record in 1080p HD for a clearer look at your front stoop, making any smart home that much smarter.
Robotics Expert: Self-Driving Cars Not Roadworthy
News  |  3/16/2016
Missy Cummings, a Duke University robotics expert, told a US Senate committee that self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles are not ready for use on American roads. Cummings also expressed concerns about how these vehicles collect and protect data.
Google's AlphaGo Wins 5-Game Go Match
News  |  3/15/2016
Google's AlphaGo has beaten the world champion Go player in a five-game match, delivering a monumental victory for artificial intelligence -- and a win for human intelligence, too.
Carhartt CIO: Business Experience Is Key To IT Success
Commentary  |  3/15/2016
Recently appointed Carhartt CIO John Hill has taken a career path that spans the IT and business sides of the enterprise. Here's why he thinks it will become increasingly difficult for IT professionals to rise to the CIO level without getting significant business-side experience.
11 Tech Jobs That Pay The Most: Glassdoor
Slideshows  |  3/15/2016
IT positions account for 11 of the 25 top-paying jobs in Glassdoor's annual ranking. See which positions made the grade, and how your salary stacks up.
Microsoft AIX: Using Minecraft To Build Better AI
News  |  3/14/2016
Microsoft is the latest tech titan to rely on a game to further development of AI. The company is open sourcing its newly minted AIX platform to researchers and AI enthusiasts.
Obama At SXSW Highlights Encryption, Government-Tech Divide
News  |  3/14/2016
At the heart of the FBI's struggle with Apple is an us-versus-them sentiment that President Obama may be softening -- by reframing "government problems" as problems for the nation's greatest problem solvers.
Comic: Machine Learning
Commentary  |  3/14/2016
If humans can teach machines to learn, why not send them to school?
Galaxy S7 Parts Cost $255, IHS Reveals
Commentary  |  3/14/2016
Samsung's metal-and-glass Galaxy S7 smartphone costs as much to build as the plastic Galaxy S5 did back in 2014, according to research firm IHS.
ESA's ExoMars Launches On Mission To Red Planet
News  |  3/14/2016
The joint European-Russian mission to Mars launched successfully, with arrival to the red planet expected in the fall.
CHIME, HeroX Patient ID Challenge Gains Momentum
News  |  3/14/2016
CHIME launched a prize to fix a stubborn data problem in the healthcare industry. More than 300 companies and individuals have registered to receive more information about the contest, with judging set to begin in May.
Gearing Up For Ambient Intelligence
News  |  3/14/2016
Ambient intelligence promises a world where your car, your home, and your office buildings anticipate your needs. Learn what's happening now, including how people are evaluating the trade-offs between convenience and privacy.
5 Secrets For Becoming A Courageous CIO
Commentary  |  3/14/2016
Dan Roberts, CEO and president of Ouelette & Associates Consulting, has been coaching CIOs since 1984. Here, he shares his guidance on why courage matters in IT and offers five ways for CIOs and others to be brave in today's changing enterprise environment.
Patent Hints At Apple Watch Morphing Into Medical Device
News  |  3/13/2016
An Apple patent made public recently points to potentially larger plans for the iconic computer and device maker's Apple Watch. The wearable may eventually offer capabilities of a medical device.
Amazon Alexa Can Now Pay Capital One Bills
Commentary  |  3/11/2016
Capital One cardholders can now ask Amazon's Alexa smart assistant to perform select banking activities, such as accessing account details and paying bills. The new capability adds to Alexa's growing list of skills.
FCC Proposal To ISPs: Protect Consumer Privacy
News  |  3/11/2016
The plan would protect the privacy rights of consumers by making broadband providers disclose privacy policies and notify consumers of breaches.
What Top IT Employees Really Want
Commentary  |  3/11/2016
Be the kind of IT leader who gives the "gift of accomplishment" early and often, and you'll retain your best staff.
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