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Apple TV: Nifty Siri Interface, Limited Apps
Commentary  |  10/30/2015
Looking to tune into a new television paradigm? Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV box reaches stores today and promises to change how you interact with your television set.
Mobile Carriers Cashing In On Mining Your Data
Commentary  |  10/29/2015
Some major mobile carriers are selling your data under the radar, and it's potentially worth $24.1 billion this year.
OnePlus X Blends Style With Substance
Commentary  |  10/29/2015
The Chinese company's new smartphone features attractive materials and a solid spec sheet to back it up.
Autonomous Vehicles Vs. Helping Humans Drive Better
Commentary  |  10/29/2015
For automakers, creating self-driving cars may be an appealing technical challenge, but creating better-driving cars is a more attainable goal. In a report released today, global consultancy McKinsey suggests that technology for helping drivers navigate is likely to become critical for car buyers.
Samsung Galaxy View: Huge 18-Inch Android Tablet Debuts
Commentary  |  10/28/2015
The Galaxy View sports an enormous screen, Android, and a kickstand for tabletop viewing.
Windows Tablet Sales Boosted By Enterprise Demand
Commentary  |  10/28/2015
Microsoft's Surface tablets are bucking overall market trends by meeting enterprise needs, even as Apple iPad and Google Android-based tablets continue to fight for market share. Here's why CIOs and other IT leaders are embracing the Microsoft mobile devices.
IBM Watson Ecosystem Expands With 6 New Partners
Commentary  |  10/27/2015
IBM announces six more companies that will create apps and services using IBM's Watson Developer Cloud.
HTC RE Camera Price Slashed In Wake Of One A9 Fumble
Commentary  |  10/27/2015
Remember that attractive $400 price-point for the HTC One A9? Yeah, that's a limited promotion. The real price is $100 more.
Yahoo Exec Exodus Signals Uncertain Future
Commentary  |  10/27/2015
A steady stream of executives exiting Yahoo in recent months shows a lack of confidence that CEO Marissa Mayer can turn things around.
Larry Ellison: Oracle Sets Sights On Cloud Competitors
Commentary  |  10/26/2015
In his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld on Oct. 25, executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison distanced the company from the likes of SAP and IBM, while highlighting major cloud service providers such as Amazon AWS and longtime SaaS/PaaS players such as Salesforce.
Comic: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews
Commentary  |  10/26/2015
Sometimes you can say things in an interview that sound scarier than you intend.
Apple Hit With $5M Lawsuit Over WiFi Assist
Commentary  |  10/26/2015
California couple says cellular bills went up after Apple's new WiFi Assist feature pushed them onto LTE.
AWS Emerges As Goliath As Cloud Competition Fades
Commentary  |  10/26/2015
With AWS showing fat profit margins after 40% price cuts last year, Amazon competitors must be wondering how they're going to compete.
Tech Gadgets For Your Halloween Ghost-Hunting
Commentary  |  10/25/2015
If you're looking to get your spooky on this Halloween with ghosts, vampires, or zombies, we've got the technology to help you do it.
Facebook iOS App Update Fixes iPhone Battery Drain
Commentary  |  10/24/2015
Facebook releases an update to its iOS app that will stop the excessive drain on iPhone batteries that users were reporting.
Google's Chromecast Offerings: Hands-On Review
Commentary  |  10/24/2015
Google's new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio dongles make it easier than ever to send video to your TV and audio to your stereo system.
Why Fixes To Tech's Diversity Problem Fail
Commentary  |  10/23/2015
Encouraging children to pursue careers in technology is great, but until Silicon Valley deals with its culture problem, it won't matter.
Fitbit Hacked In 10 Seconds
Commentary  |  10/22/2015
A Fortinet security researcher says the fitness tracker can be hacked by anyone within Bluetooth range. It doesn't matter whether or not it's paired with another device.
SAP Marries Commerce, Community For Engagement
Commentary  |  10/22/2015
SAP Jam Communities, edition for SAP hybris Commerce aims to create a more coherent link between commerce, analytics, and business engagement.
iOS 9.1 Leads Apple Software Updates
Commentary  |  10/22/2015
Apple delivered system updates across its product line on Oct. 20, adding new features and fixing bugs along the way. The updates included iOS 9.1, watchOS 2.0.1, and Mac OS X 10.11.1.
Apple, Dropbox Slam CISA Cyber-Security Bill
Commentary  |  10/21/2015
Apple and Dropbox join the swelling ranks of tech companies voicing their opposition to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) and the lack of privacy protections.
HTC's One A9 Smartphone Apes iPhone
Commentary  |  10/21/2015
The attractive HTC One A9 smartphone will ship with Android 6.0, or Marshmallow, but may look a bit too familiar to Apple's iPhone users.
Drone Registration Requirement Lands
Commentary  |  10/20/2015
The Department of Transportation and FAA give a panel one month to develop rules for registering drones in US skies.
IBM Reveals Source Code To China: WSJ
Commentary  |  10/19/2015
IBM's decision is a "goodwill" gesture aimed at expansion in the Chinese market.
Sprint To Throttle 'Unlimited' Data Over 23GB
Commentary  |  10/19/2015
Sprint joins other major carriers in setting lower priority levels for heavy users.
Comic: CIO Horror Stories
Commentary  |  10/19/2015
These are the things that go bump in the night for the CIO.
Transit Ridership Counts With APC Analytics
Commentary  |  10/19/2015
A variety of automated passenger counting tools are helping transit systems better analyze how people are using their services, including who gets on board a train or bus and when they get get off.
iPhone 7: Will It Have Intel Inside?
Commentary  |  10/19/2015
Intel is vying against Qualcomm to develop LTE modem for Apple's iPhone 7.
After Dell, EMC: 10 Unlikely Mergers That Would Make Our Day
Commentary  |  10/18/2015
While the Dell-EMC merger is undoubtedly a big deal in the IT world, it's far from the strangest corporate combination we can think of. Here are some merger ideas that are far less likely to ever happen, but a lot more fun to contemplate.
Surface Book Sells Out, Microsoft Offers $300 MacBook Bounty
Commentary  |  10/17/2015
Pre-orders for Microsoft's Surface Book kicked off last week and have blasted through the early supply. In addition, Redmond is looking for customers to trade in their MacBooks.
Apple iWork Refresh Updates iOS 9, OS X 10.11 Apps
Commentary  |  10/17/2015
Apple's new support and features for the iWork suite of apps refine usability.
Will Our Love Of 'Imperfect' Robots Harm Us?
Commentary  |  10/16/2015
Flawed robots make people more comfortable in certain settings, which is fine. But what happens when we need robots to be perfect?
SAP, Splunk Dashboards Aim To Satisfy Data Hunger
Commentary  |  10/16/2015
The "data-driven enterprise" is becoming a reality as more and more executive teams look to support their decisions with data. Dashboards, such as the new products and services from Splunk and SAP, are on their way to becoming key components in the new executive reality.
Dell, EMC Deal Sets VMworld Europe Abuzz
Commentary  |  10/16/2015
VMworld Europe coincided with the news of Dell's planned acquisition of EMC, which owns 80% of VMware. Naturally, VMware executives, channel partners, and enterprise customers had a lot to say about the deal. Here's how attendees reacted to the news.
Apple HomeKit Powers August's Smartlock For Connect Homes
Commentary  |  10/15/2015
August unveils a new smart-home access platform that integrates Apple's HomeKit and Siri.
Google Snaps Up Web App Builder Divshot
Commentary  |  10/14/2015
Google will fold Divshot into its development platform for app developers Firebase.
Apple Faces $862 Million Processor Patent Judgment
Commentary  |  10/14/2015
A jury says Apple infringed on technology that makes processors more efficient. The company could owe the University of Wisconsin $862 million.
Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrating Women In Tech
Commentary  |  10/13/2015
Let me tell you a very personal story about why Ada Lovelace matters, and how we can use this day to inspire girls and young women to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Apple iMac Refresh: Powerful Processors, Prettier Graphics
Commentary  |  10/13/2015
Apple announced an update to its iMac to include Retina display and fifth- and sixth-generation Intel Core processors.
Tag Heuer's $1,800 Smartwatch Has Intel Inside
Commentary  |  10/13/2015
Luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer says the Apple Watch is a threat to its entry-level products, but not its high-end timepieces.
VMware Value Lies In Modern Data Center Management
Commentary  |  10/13/2015
Some analysts are sounding the death knell for VMware following Dell's planned acquisition of EMC, but don't count out virtualization's stronghold in the enterprise data center.
Obama Won't Force Encryption Backdoors In Devices
Commentary  |  10/12/2015
The Obama administration will not push legislation that would compel companies to decrypt customer data, but will continue to try to persuade them to give access when needed.
Apple Dumps Ad-Blocking Apps Over Privacy Fears
Commentary  |  10/11/2015
The apps removed from Apple's store installed root certificates that could have potentially allowed third-parties to view private user information.
iPhone 6s Chipgate: Benchmarks Create Battery Life Worries
Commentary  |  10/10/2015
Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus rely on A9 processors from Samsung and TSMC. Some claim the chips consume battery life differently.
Fairview Health Services CIO: Give Patients Their Data
Commentary  |  10/9/2015
Frustrated with a fragmented system that doesn't give caregivers or patients access to full patient data, the CIO of Fairview Health Services has the beginnings of a plan.
Forget Peeple, I Want a Cranky Meter App
Commentary  |  10/9/2015
Imagine the possibilities if something like the Peeple app actually let us know how cranky we appear to others and they could rate us.
Google Buys The Entire Alphabet
Commentary  |  10/8/2015
In what appears to be a move to protect the brand of Google's parent company Alphabet, the Internet giant has bought the domain
Gut Check OK In Age Of Analytics, Gartner Says
Commentary  |  10/8/2015
Gut decisions are out of fashion in the world of analytics and big data, but one Gartner analyst says "Not so fast."
Andy Rubin: AI Is The Future Of Computing, Mobility
Commentary  |  10/8/2015
Andy Rubin, the man behind Google's Android operating system, thinks artificial intelligence will define computing in the future.
AT&T WiFi Calling On iPhones Now Allowed With FCC Waiver
Commentary  |  10/7/2015
The FCC grants AT&T a waiver of its rules for the hearing impaired, allowing the carrier to roll out its WiFi calling on the iPhone and other devices.
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