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FBI's Ability To Crack iPhones Raises More Questions
News  |  3/31/2016
The FBI, with its newfound hack, has agreed to unlock other iPhones. While the dispute with Apple is off the front burner for now, the company is still facing other legal challenges, including one case in Brooklyn. Serious legal and technical questions linger.
iPhone SE, iPad Pro Now Available At Apple Stores
Commentary  |  3/31/2016
The smaller, less-expensive iPhone SE, along with the iPad Pro, are now available for sale starting March 31. In addition, a new teardown of the iPhone SE shows how Apple managed to create its smaller iPhone.
Office 365, Slack Gain Enterprise Users: Study
Commentary  |  3/31/2016
Microsoft's Office 365 is the most popular off-the-shelf cloud application, while Slack is the fastest growing among business customers, according to a report from Okta, an identity and mobility management service provider.
Mobile Messaging Apps: 8 Tips For Keeping Your Workplace Secure
Slideshows  |  3/31/2016
The old struggles over BYOD have been replaced with application struggles, as employees use favorite mobile messaging apps for enterprise purposes. As with BYOD, pushing back isn't the answer. Innovating forward is.
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.
KLM Passengers Can Use Facebook Messenger For Check In
Commentary  |  3/30/2016
KLM, a Netherlands-based airline, is the first to allow passengers to check in, obtain flight details, and even talk to customer service from within the Facebook Messenger chat app.
IM Surges In Enterprise, But Ushers In Security Concerns
Commentary  |  3/30/2016
Over the past 20 years, email has been the preferred communication technology in the enterprise. Now, as workers go mobile, instant messaging is replacing email, and that's a big security concern for IT.
FBI Cracks iPhone Encryption Without Apple, Drops Court Case
News  |  3/29/2016
The FBI vacated its court order against Apple March 28, saying it had successfully accessed an encrypted iPhone without Apple's help.
iPhone 7 Reportedly Designed With Curved Screen, AMOLED Display
News  |  3/28/2016
Apple is reportedly working on an iPhone, which most are calling the iPhone 7, with a curved screen and, resources permitting, an AMOLED display, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
iOS 9.3 Web Links Bug Causes Apps To Crash
Commentary  |  3/28/2016
In the wake of a bricking problem with older iPhones and iPads, users who have downloaded iOS 9.3 are now encountering a separate issue that is causing apps to crash or freeze when launched. This time, Apple may not be to blame.
IBM Opens Fourth Bluemix 'Garage' In France
News  |  3/28/2016
Developers can use IBM's latest cloud development tools and practices, including Watson analytical services, in Bluemix Garages.
Apple CareKit, ResearchKit: 6 Apps Aiming For A Healthier World
Slideshows  |  3/27/2016
Apple has introduced an emboldened version of its successful ResearchKit platform -- now a year old -- as well as CareKit, an open-source platform that's the natural extension of what ResearchKit is now making possible. Here's a look at the frameworks and 6 new health-related apps that were created using them.
iPhone 7: Does Apple's Next Smartphone Have To Be 'Spectacular'?
Commentary  |  3/26/2016
The Apple iPhone SE is nice enough. But come the fall, Apple needs to really impress with the iPhone 7, some critics say. However, some other analysts aren't so sure.
iOS 9.3 Update Could Brick Older iPhones, iPads
News  |  3/26/2016
A potential flaw in Apple's iOS 9.3 update could brick older editions of the iPhone and iPad, so the company has decided to pull back while it finds a fix.
Google, YouTube Working On Periscope Competitor
Commentary  |  3/25/2016
Google is secretly developing an app that will let people stream video live to YouTube. The product would compete with similar offerings from Facebook and Twitter.
iPhone SE Reviews Herald A Small, Powerful Smartphone
News  |  3/25/2016
With the early reviews of the iPhone SE in, Apple is getting credit for packaging an upgraded camera and a faster A9 processor into a form factor designed for smaller hands.
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.
FCC Spectrum Auction Finally Nears Despite Infighting
News  |  3/25/2016
As the FCC's auction of 600 MHz wireless spectrum -- four years in the making -- finally draws near, new testimony shows an agency struggling with infighting and partisanship.
What Retailers Really Know About Their Customers
News  |  3/25/2016
Retailers are getting smarter about delivering better customer experiences across multiple channels. Yet in spite of ongoing technology investments, the promise of relevant, personalized marketing is still falling short. Here are some of the latest tools retailers are using, how they're using them, and what it all means to their businesses and customers.
iPhone SE, iPad Pro Presale Orders Are Starting
Commentary  |  3/24/2016
If you're looking for a smaller iPhone or need to upgrade your iPad, Apple is accepting preorders for its latest mobile devices, the iPhone SE and the smaller iPad Pro.
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.
iPhone Cracking: Why FBI Needed Outside Help And What It Means
Commentary  |  3/24/2016
This week, the FBI said it now doesn't need Apple to crack into an iPhone. However, what does this tell us about encryption and the overall state of hardware security?
Google Pumps Up Cloud Platform With Machine Learning
News  |  3/24/2016
Google execs at the GCP Next 2016 conference pitched the company's cloud platform by highlighting advantages, including security, commitment to open source, and machine learning.
Facebook Drops Support For BlackBerry
News  |  3/23/2016
In another blow to the beleaguered smartphone maker, social media titan Facebook announced it would drop BlackBerry support for Messenger, its popular messaging application.
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.
Can iPhone SE, 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Revitalize Sales?
Commentary  |  3/22/2016
Apple's refreshed iPhone SE and its 9.7-inch iPad Pro are an attempt to add some vigor to slowing sales of the company's smartphone and tablet offerings, but Cupertino may not have gone far enough.
iPhone SE, Smaller iPad Pro Unveiled: Up Close Look
Slideshows  |  3/22/2016
Apple unveiled smaller, cheaper versions of the iPhone and iPad Pro during its March 21 event. Execs also demoed iOS 9.3 and updates to tvOS and Apple Watch. Get a closer look.
iPhone SE, iOS 9.3, Smaller iPad Pro Debut As Expected
News  |  3/21/2016
Apple unveiled smaller versions of the iPhone and iPad Pro, iOS 9.3, new Watch bands, and updates on sustainability and health during a March 21 event.
Apple, FBI Head Into Court March 22
News  |  3/21/2016
The FBI's Feb. 16 court order citing the All Writs Act and demanding Apple's cooperation in unlocking an iPhone will go before a judge March 22, after more than a month of global attention and a day after a press event at Apple Headquarters.
Apple Watch At 1: How It's Changed
Slideshows  |  3/20/2016
The Apple Watch debuted one year ago this month. How has the wearable changed over the year, and what's coming in the future?
FTC Raps Android Developers For Using SilverPush Software
News  |  3/20/2016
The FTC has issued a warning to several Android developers for using SilverPush. This software, found on 12 Android apps, could violate consumer privacy rights by picking up background noise to feed to advertisers.
Windows 10 Mobile Rollout, Skype For Web Update: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  3/19/2016
This week saw the release of Windows 10 Mobile on older smartphones, Skype for Web features, and updated OneDrive sharing.
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.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Mini Could Be iPhone SE Spoiler
News  |  3/18/2016
With the rumored Galaxy S7 Mini, a compact, feature-rich version of its flagship smartphone, Samsung may be gearing up to challenge Apple's upcoming iPhone SE.
Supreme Court Nominee Could Tip Scales In iPhone Encryption Case
Commentary  |  3/18/2016
How might Obama's Supreme Court candidate approach the case between Apple and the Justice Department? Merrick Garland has said the role of the court is not to legislate but to "apply the law to the facts of the case."
IoT Security Could Crack Quickly In The Quantum Era
Commentary  |  3/18/2016
Internet of Things security is only beginning to get serious attention. However, it might already be too late. In the era of quantum computing, the fragile security that protects IoT devices may crumble faster than you think.
Windows 10 Mobile Upgrades Arrive For Older Smartphones
News  |  3/17/2016
Microsoft has started to roll out the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade to smartphones running older versions of Windows Phone.
Alexa Can Talk To Fitbit, But Fitness Bands Fading
Commentary  |  3/17/2016
Fitbit wearers can now ask the Amazon Echo and Alexa about their progress, even as smartwatches eclipse fitness bands in the market for wearables.
Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Gets De Grisogono Flash
News  |  3/17/2016
Samsung is partnering with luxury watchmaker de Grisogono to create a flashy, limited-edition Gear 2 smartwatch encrusted with diamonds, with the latest tech onboard.
Apple Legal Filing: 'The Founders Would Be Appalled'
News  |  3/16/2016
Apple filed another legal brief March 15 in its fight with the FBI and DOJ. The iPhone maker is fighting efforts to give up its source code, and several tech and security experts agree, calling the government's request "potentially cataclysmic."
Apple Releases Penultimate Version Of iOS 9.3
Commentary  |  3/15/2016
Beta 7 is likely to be the last test version of iOS 9.3 before Apple makes the refreshed platform available to everyone. Here's a look at what's in store.
Skype For Web Now Allows Mobile Phone, Landline Calls
News  |  3/15/2016
The latest update for Skype for Web gives users new capabilities including the ability to make calls to mobile phones, as well as landlines. Microsoft has also added notifications and the ability to watch YouTube videos from the site.
iPhone Encryption Battle: What Apple Can Learn From BlackBerry
Commentary  |  3/15/2016
BlackBerry was the preferred smartphone for business users a mere five years ago, until the company decided to allow certain governments to access user messages. Apple could face the same confidence loss from corporate customers if the company assists the FBI to crack the security of the iPhone.
UC At A Crossroads: Will Apps Bring Death Or Rebirth?
Commentary  |  3/15/2016
Unified Communications are becoming services within other applications. Does that mean that they're taking over the world of apps, or disappearing into a sea of services?
OpenWhisk Vies With AWS Lambda As Developer Service
News  |  3/14/2016
IBM's OpenWhisk is a new event-driven service for hosting and running developer's microservices that's designed to compete with AWS Lambda.
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.
iPhone Encryption Battle: Feds Launch Latest Salvo
News  |  3/12/2016
The government's impatience is evident in its third filing asking for Apple's cooperation in unlocking the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. The document is a point-by-point rebuttal that reads like the government taking a final, very deep breath before it completely loses its temper.
10 CIOs Worth Following On Twitter
Slideshows  |  3/11/2016
Social media is a valuable resource to learn the thoughts and priorities of some top IT leaders who are driving change in business technology. Here are 10 CIOs to follow on Twitter.
Google Releases Android N Developer Preview
News  |  3/10/2016
With a surprise early release, Google hopes developers will provide more feedback and have more time to implement new Android features.
US Anti-Encryption Legislation Is Imminent: Report
News  |  3/10/2016
US Senators Feinstein and Burr are preparing legislation that would punish tech companies that refuse to cooperate with investigators, Reuters reports. French lawmakers recently backed a similar mandate that goes one step further by threatening jail time for execs who don't cooperate with law enforcement.
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