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Microsoft Is Exploring DNA Data Storage
News  |  4/30/2016
Microsoft is working with Twist Bioscience, a company that encodes data onto microscopic and long-lasting synthetic DNA.
Google Hires Ex-Motorola Chief To Head New Hardware Division
News  |  4/29/2016
Google is looking to bring together its diverse array of hardware products, which includes its Glass wearable headgear and TV streaming stick Chromecast, under a newly created division.
IoT, Fitness Trackers Powering Consumer Tech Market
News  |  4/29/2016
Wearables, wireless audio, and the connected devices that are paving the way to the Internet of Things are driving spending in the consumer tech market in 2016, according to a report from the Consumer Technology Association.
Solar Impulse Flight Makes Silicon Valley Stopover
News  |  4/29/2016
Bertrand Piccard, the pilot of the Solar Impulse 2 plane that recently flew from Hawaii to San Francisco, says more radical thinking is needed on energy.
Samsung ARTIK Cloud Aims For IoT Interoperability
News  |  4/28/2016
To help IoT devices work together and enable a new class of IoT apps and services, Samsung introduces a cloud service that aims to break down silos.
iPhone Sales Slump: How Apple Can Fix It
Commentary  |  4/28/2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook is optimistic about the company's future even though it just posted its first-ever drop in iPhone shipments during its latest earnings report.
Google, Uber, Ford Form Self-Driving Car Coalition
News  |  4/26/2016
A group of tech, auto, and ride-sharing companies have joined forces to speed up federal regulations surrounding self-driving cars.
Smartwatches Still Lack Killer App
News  |  4/26/2016
The Apple Watch may not need to be tethered to an iPhone for much longer. But Apple needs to make its wristwatch necessary.
Google's Area 120: An Incubator To Fight Brain Drain
News  |  4/25/2016
Google expands its commitment to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in its employees, allowing some to work on new projects full-time in its Area 120 startup incubator.
Apple Watch Apps Will Have To Run Natively
Commentary  |  4/25/2016
On the wearable's one-year anniversary, Apple told developers over the weekend that all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps starting June 1.
Microsoft, Google Call A Truce On Lawsuits
News  |  4/23/2016
Microsoft and Google have agreed to abandon all regulatory disputes against each other and have decided to handle any future potential conflicts via collaboration, instead of court fights.
10 Tools To Bring Virtual Reality To Life
Slideshows  |  4/22/2016
VR and AR systems have begun to ship. But before the headset comes content creation. Here's a look at 10 tools that will shape the virtual world.
FAA Approves First Commercial Nighttime Drone Flights
News  |  4/21/2016
Federal Aviation Administration authorities issued their first approval for nighttime commercial drone flights. The move bodes well for companies that want to ramp up drone services.
Opera's Free VPN Offers Web Browsing Privacy
News  |  4/21/2016
Opera's free VPN capability allows users to change their location and access websites and content that may be geographically restricted. This comes as the company has also offered ad blockers, and as users are looking for more ways to stay private online.
EU Slaps Google With Android Antitrust Charges
News  |  4/21/2016
Google's requirements for Android manufacturing partners violate competition rules, the European Commission charges.
Skype Bots Now Reach Mac And Web
Commentary  |  4/20/2016
Skype users on Apple's Mac machines and the Web can now interact with bots from Microsoft.
As Ad Blockers Gain Traction, Targeted Messaging Falls Short
News  |  4/19/2016
An Accenture study finds that online ads are unpopular with most consumers, while ad-blocking tools are making it easier than ever to tune out unwanted messaging. How are you supposed to promote your brand?
Apple Car: Secret Berlin Lab Details Emerge
News  |  4/18/2016
In an effort to ramp up its vision for an electric and/or self-driving car, Apple's Project Titan is operating a secret lab in the heart of Germany's auto mecca, according to reports.
Drones Banned At Boston Marathon, Blamed For British Airways Hit
News  |  4/18/2016
A day after a drone struck a British Airways flight, the Boston Marathon is using drone-detection technology to keep UAS away from its event.
Amazon Oasis: Premium E-Reader For A Premium Price
Commentary  |  4/13/2016
The Kindle Oasis -- the thinnest, lightest, and most expensive Kindle yet -- is a premium e-reader for those who demand the best reading experience possible.
Facebook F8: The Bots Are Coming
News  |  4/13/2016
At Facebook's developer conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced Messenger Platform, the Facebook Live API, and other tools for sharing and connecting.
10 Cloud Jobs In Highest Demand Now
Slideshows  |  4/13/2016
Companies are increasingly turning toward the cloud and need to hire workers who can help them get there. Here are the top 10 cloud positions in demand, some of which may surprise you.
Microsoft, Facebook Say They Pay Women, Men Equally
Commentary  |  4/12/2016
Microsoft, Facebook, Expedia, and Intel claim they pay men and women equally, but the tech industry has a long way to go.
HTC 10 Takes Aim At iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7
Commentary  |  4/12/2016
The newly unveiled HTC 10 is the company's most refined smartphone in years, making it a true challenger for market incumbents Apple and Samsung.
'Everydata': Littlest Data Causes Biggest Impact
Commentary  |  4/12/2016
A new book by authors John Johnson and Mike Gluck, offers tools for better understanding the "little data" in our lives, and reasons for being leery of big data claims that others make. Johnson spoke with InformationWeek about how data is interrupted and misinterpreted all the time.
iPad Pro 9.7 May Be Apple's Best Tablet Yet
Slideshows  |  4/12/2016
Apple's mid-size 9.7-inch tablet takes a big step forward in the new iPad Pro. This powerful slate offers plenty for mobile professionals to like. Here's an up-close look.
HTC 10 Details Leak Ahead Of Official Debut
Commentary  |  4/11/2016
The HTC 10, expected to arrive Tuesday, is an all-metal smartphone with top specifications and a few surprises, according to a promotional video.
Ad-Blocking Brave Browser Draws Fire From Newspapers
News  |  4/11/2016
The Brave browser, designed to replace bad ads with better ones, has the newspaper industry threatening legal action.
Amazon Echo: A Rising Rock Star?
Commentary  |  4/11/2016
Amazon's Echo device and its Alexa digital assistant are changing the consumer online shopping experience and integrating it into the home.
Toyota Invests In Autonomous Vehicle Center In Michigan
News  |  4/8/2016
The Toyota Research Institute in Ann Arbor will specialize in self-driving vehicle tech. The facility, with researchers looking into topics from autonomous vehicle to AI, joins existing TRI hubs in California and Massachusetts.
Amazon Is Defining, Not Chasing, Future Consumers
Commentary  |  4/8/2016
Through innovations like Prime and Prime Now, plus its AWS business, Amazon is not merely changing the nature of the consumer marketplace -- it's helping shape it.
Top 10 All-Time Favorite Apple Commercials
Slideshows  |  4/8/2016
Apple recently marked its 40th birthday, and the company settled into middle age with a couple of new TV ads. Through the last four decades, Apple has produced not only iconic products, but also memorable commercials. We take a look at our 10 favorite Apple ads of all time.
iOS 10 May Let iPhone, iPad Users Hide Stock Apps
News  |  4/7/2016
Apple is reportedly planning to offer iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch users a choice of removing some of the default apps that come with its iOS, possibly as soon as iOS 10 is announced.
Vivaldi Browser Boasts Tab Stacks, Quick Commands
News  |  4/7/2016
Vivaldi, an upstart Web browser, targets heavy Internet users with customization features and touches like mouse gestures and stacked tabs. The company's creators include the cofounder of Opera.
Stratasys 3D Printer Aims To Ease Commercial Prototyping
Commentary  |  4/7/2016
The Stratasys J750 takes 3D printing beyond the hobbyist "maker" circles. By cutting several steps out of the prototyping workflow, it becomes a contender for commercial 3D printing that involves complexity and volume.
10 Top Tech Companies Poised For Massive Layoffs
Slideshows  |  4/7/2016
Tech workers across the nation may witness a massive pink slip parade this year, should one Wall Street analyst's prediction of more than 260,000 tech layoffs in 2016 come true. Here's at a look at the top 10 companies on his list and why they are there.
WhatsApp Launches End-To-End Encryption
News  |  4/6/2016
Facebook's popular messaging client WhatsApp has enabled encryption by default for its 1 billion users.
Cartoon: Ransomware
Commentary  |  4/5/2016
If you look sideways, you can read the list of demands.
Android Auto Rolls Into 18 New Countries
Commentary  |  4/5/2016
Google's Android Auto tool that gives drivers access to features including maps, music, and search, is now available in a larger selection of countries around the world.
Facebook's AI Technology Describes Photos To Visually Impaired Users
News  |  4/5/2016
Visually impaired Facebook users will now find it easier to catch up with their friends' and family's photos with automatic alternative text for iOS. The new feature is based on the social network's AI technology.
Mobile Revolution Will Kill Siloed Apps, Forrester Says
News  |  4/5/2016
Forrester anticipates a future in which mobile apps give way to experiences that draw from multiple services to address consumer needs. Here's what it means to your business.
iPhone SE Materials Cost About $160, IHS Teardown Finds
Commentary  |  4/4/2016
The manufacturing cost of the Apple iPhone SE totals about $160, according to a teardown by IHS. At the same time, torture tests suggest the new phone isn't as tough as bigger Apple iPhones.
Tesla Model 3 Orders Pile Up As Musk Takes To Twitter
News  |  4/4/2016
All predictions of preorder sales success for the Model 3 have been blown out of the water, with Tesla receiving more than a quarter million in only a few days. In the meantime, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to continue the hype and talk up production.
IBM Layoffs Hit Canada, Europe, Australia; US Likely Next
News  |  4/4/2016
IBM layoffs are hitting employees in Canada, Europe, and Australia. Another round of US layoffs is reportedly "imminent."
Clorox CIO: Driving The New Customer Experience
News  |  4/4/2016
Clorox CIO Manjit Singh shares his insights on how a flexible IT infrastructure and a strong relationship with the marketing department can put tech professionals in the front seat when it comes to improving consumer experiences.
Tesla Model 3, BMW i3: 10 Electric Vehicles To Own
Slideshows  |  4/4/2016
On March 31, Tesla Motors unveiled its Model 3, one of the most hotly anticipated electric cars in what is becoming a burgeoning market. Tesla is not alone. BMW, Chevy, Ford, and others are looking to change how the world moves. Here's a look at the best electric vehicles on the market.
Apple At 40: 12 Products That Changed Computing Forever
Slideshows  |  4/3/2016
Apple reached its 40th anniversary this month, no mean feat in a tech industry littered with the names of long-gone giants. Here's a look at the 12 products that defined the company, and changed what we know as computing in the process.
Google's Mic Drop Gag Screws Up April Fools' Day Joke
Commentary  |  4/1/2016
Google is forced to pull a Gmail April Fools' Day joke called Mic Drop after users accidentally tell off coworkers and employers. However, the search giant had some other gags ready to go.
Tesla's Model 3 Sedan Offers Affordable $35,000 Price Tag
News  |  4/1/2016
Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the wraps off its highly anticipated Model 3 sedan on March 31. It's the first vehicle the company has manufactured that targets the average car-buying consumer. The company already has 115,000 preorders in.
6 Ways To Become An IT Talent Magnet
Commentary  |  4/1/2016
Dan Roberts, CEO and president of Ouelette & Associates Consulting, has been coaching CIOs since 1984. What's he's found is that those with a track record for creating high-performing cultures focus on one thing above all else: talent. Here, he shares his guidance on how you can become an IT talent magnet.
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