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Microsoft Now Alerting Users To State-Sponsored Attacks
News  |  12/31/2015
Microsoft is changing its policy after a Reuters report revealed that the company didn't alert users under similar previous circumstances.
Top Priorities For State CIOs: 2016
Slideshows  |  12/31/2015
State government CIOs face many of the same challenges that private sector IT executives do, such as updating systems for a digital world, securing those systems, and leveraging big data. Here are their top 10 priorities, according to NASCIO's annual membership poll.
E6B Computer: Celebrating 75 Years Of Flight
Commentary  |  12/30/2015
The E6B flight computer was introduced to the US Army in 1940. Few devices have been around this long, have had cameo appearances in Star Trek, and remain in use today. We think that's worth celebrating.
Google Glass 2 Sports Foldable Frame, FCC Filing Shows
News  |  12/29/2015
New documents filed with the FCC show an updated design for Google Glass 2, including a folding frame, and other details about the hardware's construction.
Top 10 Tech IPOs Of 2015
Slideshows  |  12/29/2015
Tech IPOs took a hit in 2015, with half the number of new public companies as last year. But it wasn't all bad news. Here's a look at the 10 tech IPOs that raised the most money in 2015.
Oracle Acquires StackEngine, Couchbase Updates Server: Big Data Roundup
News  |  12/27/2015
This week, we've got an Oracle acquisition, an update from Couchbase, insight into how CFOs view analytics, and data-driven advice on when it's best to say "Merry Christmas" rather than "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings."
Yahoo Now Alerting Users Of State-Sponsored Hacks
News  |  12/26/2015
Yahoo will begin warning its users when the company suspects that customers' accounts have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers. Twitter and Facebook have already started similar alert systems.
Ushahidi BRCK Brings WiFi To Remote Corners
Commentary  |  12/25/2015
In an effort to bring WiFi connectivity to remote corners of the globe, Ushahidi is offering a new WiFi and router combo device called BRCK. It's designed to connect to the Internet even when power sources are scarce.
Christmas Eve Asteroid: An Early Present for Astronomers
News  |  12/24/2015
NASA is tracking a 3,600-foot long asteroid that is going to zip past Earth on Christmas Eve at a distance of 6.8 million miles. That's far enough that Santa's sleigh should be safe.
NORAD Santa Tracker Delivers On Facebook, Twitter, Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  12/24/2015
InformationWeek spoke with Canadian Royal Navy Lieutenant Marco Chouinard of the NORAD Tracks Santa team to get more information on how the organization pulls off the demanding tasks of keeping up with the jolly old elf and sharing his up-to-the-minute status on social media. Here's what we learned.
SpaceX Rocket Landing: Dawn Of New Space Age?
News  |  12/23/2015
This week, SpaceX founder Elon Musk achieved part of his goal of bringing spaceflight a little closer to home with the successful landing of the Falcon 9 rocket. Are we nearing the dawn of a new space age?
Apple Blasts UK 'Snooping' Bill
Commentary  |  12/22/2015
In keeping with Tim Cook's professed desire to keep customer information private, Apple objected to a new UK bill that would expand the government's ability to snoop into citizens' messages and Internet use.
Apple To Pay Ericsson iPhone, iPad Royalties
Commentary  |  12/21/2015
Ericsson and Apple called a truce to their ongoing patent-infringement claims and signed a global cross-licensing agreement that has Apple paying royalties on wireless devices.
Apple's Tim Cook Defends Encryption, Labor Practices In China
News  |  12/21/2015
Charlie Rose sat down with Tim Cook and other major players on the team at Apple for an in-depth look at the inner workings of the company during an interview on CBS's 60 Minutes.
Structuring Your Data Team: 9 Best Practices
Slideshows  |  12/21/2015
Hire or grow from within? Structuring a data team isn't easy because there's no one way to do it right. Here's a look at some pitfalls and best practices.
Fighting Evil AI, IBM Opens Watson IoT HQ: Big Data Roundup
News  |  12/20/2015
Elon Musk invests in AI to benefit humanity. Microsoft is acquiring SQL queries for all data by all users. IBM is connecting Watson with IoT via APIs. All of those and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Dec. 20.
Apple's Tim Cook Staunchly Defends Corporate Tax Payments
News  |  12/20/2015
In an interview with 60 Minutes, Apple CEO Tim Cooks defends how the company pays its corporate taxes and calls criticism of the tech firm "political crap." There's also a behind-the-scenes look with Jony Ive.
Windows 10 Now Ready For Chinese Market
Commentary  |  12/18/2015
Microsoft and the government of China have come to a new agreement that will bring Windows 10 to the Chinese market. However, this version of Windows will conform to certain state demands.
Surveillance Bill Slipped Into Federal Spending Budget
Commentary  |  12/18/2015
The controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) has been wrapped in crucial legislation handling much of the federal government's funding.
7 Tech Gifts For Pet Lovers
Slideshows  |  12/18/2015
Because fur and circuits belong together.
California Releases Draft Regulations For Self-Driving Vehicles
News  |  12/17/2015
California's Department of Motor Vehicles has released draft regulations that will establish the guidelines for public use of self-driving vehicles on the Golden State's roads.
Ford Will Start Testing Its Self-Driving Car In 2016
News  |  12/16/2015
Following an announcement about its $4.5 billion investment in electric vehicles, Ford is also moving forward with self-driving car tests. Its driverless Fusion vehicle will start cruising California streets in 2016.
7 Tech Causes Worth Supporting
Slideshows  |  12/16/2015
It's better to give than receive, particularly when your gift supports a worthy cause. Here's a look at seven tech-focused charities and nonprofits that fit the bill.
How Cloud, APIs Are Transforming Outsourcing
News  |  12/14/2015
As traditional software outsourcing evolves, cloud service management brings new challenges for organizations.
14 Ways IoT Will Change Big Data And Business Forever
Slideshows  |  12/14/2015
The Internet of Things (IoT) has gained momentum. Sensors are now small and cheap enough to embed in all kinds of devices, and more companies are leveraging the vast data generated. Here are some key drivers your company needs to remember as you jump into IoT.
NASA's 10 Best Images Of 2015
Slideshows  |  12/13/2015
The year 2015 might go down as one of the best for NASA in terms of bringing the world exciting images from across the solar system. From our neighbor Mars to the outer reaches of Pluto, here are the 10 best pictures from NASA this year.
Hiring Top Data Scientists, Gaming The Office Gift Exchange: Big Data Roundup
News  |  12/13/2015
Hadoop distribution companies MapR and Hortonworks are taking real-time streaming one step further than before. MongoDB landed a board member from cloud giant AWS. Find out how to game your office holiday gift exchange. Catch the Big Data Roundup for the week of December 13.
Facebook Open Sources Its 'Big Sur' AI Server Designs
Commentary  |  12/12/2015
Facebook is open sourcing the hardware design for the servers it uses to train artificial intelligence software.
Google's Cloud SQL Update Promises More Flexibility, Faster Speed
News  |  12/11/2015
Google says that the latest version of its Cloud SQL is more than seven times faster, and can scale better, than the previous generation.
Spy Agencies Fund IBM's Quantum Computing Research
Commentary  |  12/11/2015
Big Blue gets a multi-year grant from the US intelligence community for the development of quantum computing technology. A universal quantum computer could tackle challenges such as safeguarding against cyberattacks and speeding up medical R&D.
Does Yahoo Spinoff Plan Put CEO Marissa Mayer's Job At Risk?
Commentary  |  12/11/2015
Marissa Mayer's tenure as Yahoo's CEO may have been handed a death sentence with the company's spinoff plan -- and not necessarily for the reasons that most would assume.
Walmart Jumps Into Crowded Mobile Payment Market
News  |  12/10/2015
Walmart Pay debuts this month, joining the already-crowded mobile payment ranks that include Android Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and many others.
Google For Work Now Boasts Gmail Data Loss Prevention
News  |  12/10/2015
Google for Work customers now have an extra layer of protection against the distribution of sensitive content over Gmail.
Google Fiber Could Be Headed To Chicago, Los Angeles
News  |  12/9/2015
Google continues the ambitious expansion of its high-speed Internet service -- Google Fiber -- by inviting Chicago and Los Angeles to apply.
Google's Pixel C: Hands-On Review
Slideshows  |  12/9/2015
The first Google-made Android tablet lets you leave your laptop at home, though you may still miss it.
BlackBerry: 8 Ways It Can Be Saved
Commentary  |  12/7/2015
BlackBerry continues to underwhelm. Here are eight ways CEO John Chen can turn things around.
Signal Encrypted Messaging App Comes To Desktops
Commentary  |  12/3/2015
Open Whisper Systems announces an open beta of the desktop version of its encrypted messaging application Signal. The app is endorsed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
EFF Accuses Google Of Violating Student Privacy
News  |  12/2/2015
A complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission by the Electronic Frontier Foundation claims Google isn't living up to its pledge to protect student privacy.
Amazon Patents Have Designs On Augmented-Reality Living Rooms
Commentary  |  12/2/2015
Not satisfied with online sales and cloud computing, Amazon has been awarded two patents to create augmented reality in the living room.
FBI's Spy Tool Details Exposed After Gag Order Is Lifted
Commentary  |  12/2/2015
Following an 11-year battle, Nicholas Merrill finally gets to publicly talk about the FBI's National Security Letter, which demanded he hand over a wide swath of private information about one of his ISP customers.
Adobe Flash: Death By 1,000 Cuts
News  |  12/1/2015
Adobe's Flash Professional next year will be called Animate CC, and it will focus on creating HTML5 content.
Amazon Revisits Prime Air Delivery By Drone
News  |  12/1/2015
In a video released on Sunday, Jeremy Clarkson describes how Amazon Prime Air will offer deliveries in 30 minutes or less. Eventually.


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