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Airborne Robot Can Replace Ladders In Industrial Environments
Commentary  |  1/30/2016
Ladders are dangerous. Appelix wants to replace them with airborne robots for industrial applications.
Microsoft Windows Phone Headed Toward Zombieland?
Commentary  |  1/29/2016
New flagship hardware released during Q4 wasn't enough to help overcome Microsoft Windows Phone's long, downward spiral into a zombie platform.
Samsung Smartphone Strategy: Diversify Offerings, Improve Software
Commentary  |  1/28/2016
Samsung says it plans to shake up its smartphone business to reinvigorate slumping sales.
OPM Breach Leads To New Systems, Procedures
Commentary  |  1/28/2016
The Obama Administration announced changes to the Office of Personnel Management designed to ameliorate the flawed systems and processes that led to a massive data breach in late 2014. The plans -- and the steps taken to get there -- hold lessons for any IT organization.
Is The iPhone Finally Losing Its Mojo?
Commentary  |  1/27/2016
Sales of iPhones have flattened and are expected to begin receding. Can Apple do anything to change course?
iOS, WatchOS Beta Builds For Developers Pushed Out
Commentary  |  1/26/2016
Apple gave developers new test versions of all its major platforms this week -- iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and OS X.
Google Glass Sharpens Focus On The Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/26/2016
Signs point to a sharper focus on the enterprise as Google Glass 2 designs surface and Google's consumer social media accounts for Glass shut down.
Comic: Convertibles
Commentary  |  1/25/2016
Convertibles are the new sexy devices, but they don't give you that feeling of the wind blowing in your hair.
Microsoft's Selfie App A Hit With iPhone Users
Commentary  |  1/25/2016
Microsoft added new features to its month-old Selfie app for iOS, as it touted the app's more than 500,000 downloads within its first two weeks. But had Microsoft added a video feature, its download rate may have been substantially more.
iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3: More Details Emerge
Commentary  |  1/25/2016
Apple reportedly has a new iPhone, iPad, Watch, and MacBook on deck and ready to launch in the months ahead.
Compuware CEO: Mainframes Can Be Agile
Commentary  |  1/22/2016
Compuware has gone back to its mainframe roots, and it has made the trip agile, CEO Chris O'Malley tells InformationWeek in an interview.
iOS 9.2.1 Gives Older iPhones A Performance Boost
Commentary  |  1/21/2016
iOS 9.2.1, the latest system update from Apple, improves the performance of the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5.
Apple's Design Patents Are Too Broad, Industry Groups Argue
Commentary  |  1/21/2016
The Computer & Communications Industry Association and Electronic Frontier Foundation are among those filing friends-of-the-court briefs supporting Samsung in its appeal to the US Supreme Court. This latest wrinkle in the long-running Apple v. Samsung case raises important questions about how our patent system is being used.
Comic: The Dangers Of CES
Commentary  |  1/20/2016
Lots of great products are available at CES. It is a wonder this doesn't happen more often.
LinkNYC WiFi Hotspots Kick Off
Commentary  |  1/20/2016
New York City has begun rolling out free high-speed public WiFi to replace some 7,500 outdated pay phones across all five boroughs.
Mobile World Congress 2016: 5G, IoT And Politics On Tap
Commentary  |  1/20/2016
Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona is a mere five weeks away. Here's a look at what we're expecting at the event, amidst local, national, and global politics.
Samsung: Galaxy Note 5's S Pen Problem Is Fixed
Commentary  |  1/19/2016
Samsung updated the Galaxy Note 5's hardware to prevent the S Pen stylus from getting stuck, but details are few.
iPhone 7 Could Offer Significant Camera Advancements
Commentary  |  1/18/2016
Patents filed by Apple suggest the company is working on a bevy of new features for the iPhone 7's camera, such as dual-shooting modes.
Ford's Autonomous Car: Under The Hood
Commentary  |  1/18/2016
Ford is building an autonomous car and the technology for the test vehicle is more familiar than you might think.
How Mobile OS Updates Can Kill Your Productivity
Commentary  |  1/18/2016
Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are designed for the current operating system they ship with, either iOS or Android, and maybe the next update. If you (or your employees) have an aging device, the latest OS update might wreak havoc on its performance. How can we avoid the over-the-air update trap?
IT Infrastructure Trends: 5 Worth Watching
Commentary  |  1/18/2016
Any infrastructure projects that can either cut costs or improve data protection should be tops on your list. Here, we look at five infrastructure trends that will help CIOs determine the best places to invest their budget dollars wisely in the next 12 months.
Microsoft Rewards Lumia 950 Owners With Free Office 365
Commentary  |  1/16/2016
People who've purchased the Windows 10-based Lumia 950 or 950 XL can score a free subscription to Office 365 thanks to Microsoft.
When To Upgrade PCs: 4 Tips For A Smart IT Strategy
Commentary  |  1/15/2016
Figuring out a corporate-wide PC upgrade timetable has never been easy for enterprise IT managers. These days, cloud-based applications and evolving Bring Your Own Device policies are among the factors complicating your decision-making process. Here are four tips to help you determine the best PC refresh strategy for your enterprise users.
Samsung Fabbing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 Chip
Commentary  |  1/14/2016
Samsung's second-generation 14nm fabrication line will start pumping out the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm's most important mobile chip. Samsung may also use the processor in its upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone.
Google Goes Beyond Cardboard With Revamped VR Focus
Commentary  |  1/13/2016
Google is aiming to make virtual reality into a real business with its dedicated VR division now headed by Clay Bavor.
Tech Companies Worth Buying With Your Powerball Winnings
Commentary  |  1/13/2016
With the Powerball jackpot sitting at a record $1.5 billion, a lucky winner in Wednesday night's drawing could snap up some tech companies like Box or Etsy and still have money left over for a cup of high-octane coffee.
Samsung Galaxy S7: More Details Leaked
Commentary  |  1/13/2016
Sightings on an AnTuTu benchmark page have revealed results likely generated by the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S7, leaking a spate of specs.
UPS: 3D Printing Maps Out A New Future
Commentary  |  1/13/2016
UPS is embracing 3D printing as part of the future of logistics. Here's how the logistics company is using technology and some key partnerships to map out a new future for its supply chain.
iOS 9.3 Heralds Significant Education Features
Commentary  |  1/12/2016
iOS 9.3, the not-so-minor update to Apple's mobile operating system, targets educators with tons of new school-focused tools.
CES 2016: Glitzy Tech And Marketing Playground
Commentary  |  1/12/2016
Every year, the worlds of marketing and technology collide in Las Vegas for one week during CES. The 2016 CES, which included drones, virtual reality, and more, proved no exception.
Comic: Unwearables
Commentary  |  1/11/2016
Wearables were one of the top gifts of 2015, but not all of them were created equal.
iPhone 5e Rumors Point To Smaller, Cheaper Model
Commentary  |  1/11/2016
A new report suggests the 4-inch iPhone expected soon will be powered by Apple's A8 chip and named the iPhone 5e.
4 Data Security Tips For CIOs
Commentary  |  1/11/2016
Security challenges facing CIOs will continue to escalate because the payoffs are high for perpetrators, and risks are relatively low. Here are four tips to help turn your organization -- and your data -- into less appealing targets for the bad guys.
Smartphones From China Dominate CES 2016
Commentary  |  1/8/2016
The majority of new hardware revealed CES in Las Vegas this week came not from market leaders, but from rising vendors from China.
Windows 10 Migration: 4 Tips To Help IT Prepare
Commentary  |  1/8/2016
IT professionals have a lot to consider when contemplating a migration to Windows 10. These four tips will help make upgrading as smooth as possible for yourself, and your enterprise end users.
BlackBerry's Chen Optimistic About Future With Android
Commentary  |  1/7/2016
BlackBerry's Android-based Priv handset is gaining enough traction that BlackBerry will use Android for more smartphones. CEO John Chen detailed his vision for the Canadian company at CES this week.
Design Thinking Is Taking Hold At IBM
Commentary  |  1/7/2016
If Design Thinking succeeds at IBM, a company that for decades has typified how US big business works, large numbers of companies will likely follow suit. Is your organization one of them?
Twitter's 10,000-Character Limit Bump Makes Business Sense
Commentary  |  1/6/2016
Epic tweets could arrive before the end of April, according to a report. Users are not happy about the prospect so far, but it makes business sense.
Intel CEO Details Sensor-Packed Future At CES 2016
Commentary  |  1/6/2016
At CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich described a future that included sensors implanted in nearly every device people touch or use. This smart, connected world will push computing beyond the limits of traditional silicon processors.
Top Data Privacy Issues To Scare You In 2016
Commentary  |  1/6/2016
In 2016 issues regarding privacy, whether in personal or business data, are going to dominate headlines and change the way people interact with technology and the companies that provide it. From encryption to drones, to personal information, here's what to watch in the next 12 months.
Huawei Launches Mate 8 Flagship Smartphone Globally
Commentary  |  1/6/2016
Huawei said it is launching its high-end handset globally but didn't announce specific US plans. The company also unveiled its GX8 smartphone and a 10-inch tablet at CES.
CES 2016: Sneak Peek At Emerging Trends
Commentary  |  1/5/2016
After walking around a crowded ballroom for a couple of hours checking out gadgets of all shapes, sizes, and functionality, here are the major trends I saw coming together at the event that are likely to have long-term impact on our lives and businesses.
Apple, Taxes, And Why Tim Cook Is Wrong
Commentary  |  1/5/2016
Apple has substituted bluster and brazen attacks on the tax system for good corporate citizenship. Why are we singling out Apple? For starters, it's No. 1 on a list of the top 30 companies with the most money held offshore, using loopholes that allow it to avoid paying US taxes on approximately $181 billion.
How To Hire Your Next CIO
Commentary  |  1/5/2016
Business technology is in transition. Make sure your next CIO can rise to the challenge.
Mark Zuckerberg's AI Helper Will Fall Short
Commentary  |  1/4/2016
As a personal challenge for 2016, Facebook's CEO says he aims to automate his home by coding his own artificial intelligence software. But the resulting AI household helper will likely work worse than anticipated.
Algorithm Predicts Relationship Success
Commentary  |  1/4/2016
It's not just what you say but how you say it that can indicate whether that romantic relationship is destined to last, and data provides the clues.
WiFi HaLow: IoT's Low-Power Savior?
Commentary  |  1/4/2016
The new standard announced by the WiFi Alliance will reduce power requirements and extend WiFi's range.
Automakers Must Have Software Competency: McKinsey
Commentary  |  1/4/2016
Much of the advice provided to automakers in a new McKinsey report has as its unspoken theme some level of information technology, including software development, data collection and analysis, and Internet of Things connectivity. In fact, the report said, software competence is becoming one of the most important differentiating factors for the auto industry, according to the report.
CES 2016: Fear And Excitement In Las Vegas
Commentary  |  1/4/2016
CES brings new products that are exciting -- and some that are very, very scary. Here's a look ahead at what we'll be covering at CES 2016 this week -- and what we'll most definitely avoid.
Google's 'Lego' Smartphone, Smarter TVs: What We're Excited About In 2016
Commentary  |  1/1/2016
The New Year holds the promise of exciting new technologies hitting the scene. Here are ones to keep an eye out for in 2016.
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