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Google Goes With OpenJDK For Android
Commentary  |  12/30/2015  | 
Is Google's move to an open source version of Oracle's Java Development Kit for upcoming Android OS development a way for the company to hedge its bets as its legal battle with Oracle continues to wind through the courts?
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.
CIO's Guide To Creating Sound Software Contracts
Commentary  |  12/30/2015  | 
Software negotiations often pit a customer against a supplier, each focused on his or her own best interests. To craft a sound deal, CIOs need to understand where potential contract potholes lie and steer around them. Here's what you need to know.
LinkNYC Starts Delivering WiFi To NYC Pay Phones
Commentary  |  12/29/2015  | 
First announced in 2014, the LinkNYC network, which looks to install WiFi access points in out-of-date NYC pay phones, started rolling out the first of these installations this week. However, some issues of personal information hover below the surface.
Secrets Of NBA Stephen Curry's Shooting Hidden In Data
Commentary  |  12/29/2015  | 
When FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Sports Science turn their analytics on Stephen Curry's stats, surprising things show up.
Raspberry Pi Foundation Says 'No' To Malware
Commentary  |  12/29/2015  | 
The Raspberry Pi Foundation was reportedly offered cash to put malware on its latest boards. The organization declined the offer.
Interview: Vivek Wadhwa, InformationWeek Elite 100 2016 Keynote Speaker
Commentary  |  12/28/2015  | 
How do companies handle innovation? Are they prepared for mind-blowing advancements in technology on the near horizon? Can they take advantage of the coming changes? Vivek Wadhwa gives his sobering, but encouraging insights.
Comcast Rolls Out DOCSIS 3.1 Network In Philly
Commentary  |  12/28/2015  | 
Philadelphia is expected to benefit from Comcast's new DOCSIS 3.1 network, which can theoretically offer Internet upload speeds of 1Gbps.
Red Hat Closing In On $2 Billion In Its Fourth Quarter
Commentary  |  12/28/2015  | 
Red Hat finishes 2015 on a strong financial note, with OpenShift 3.1 positioned as its next-generation cloud application development platform.
Google In 2016: 11 Predictions
Commentary  |  12/28/2015  | 
Will Google prevail in its legal battles over Android and its search business? Will it thrive under Alphabet? Here are our predictions for Google in 2016.
Comic: New Year's Resolutions
Commentary  |  12/28/2015  | 
Making a resolution in the New Year to improve your career makes sense. This one, not so much.
10 New Year's Resolutions For IT Pros
Commentary  |  12/27/2015  | 
It's time again for New Year's resolutions. Here are 10 ideas for how you can live a happier life and have a better career in the coming year.
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.
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.
Google Plans AI-Based Messaging App, Report Says
Commentary  |  12/23/2015  | 
Google is developing a smarter messaging app based on its artificial intelligence and chatbot tech, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Hottest Smartphones of 2015: Our Top 5 Picks
Commentary  |  12/23/2015  | 
From the Samsung Galaxy S6 to the iPhone 6s, here are our picks for the best smartphones of 2015.
Amazon's 'Virtual CPU'? You Figure It Out
Commentary  |  12/23/2015  | 
Amazon used to have a clear definition of what a virtual CPU was. Now it goes by a "variety of measures," making cloud comparison difficult.
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 Reportedly Prepping High-Res Audio For iPhones, iPads
Commentary  |  12/22/2015  | 
Apple may bring higher-quality music streaming to iPhone and iPad owners next year, according to reports. But details are still scant.
3 Reasons To Step Up Your Tech Job Hunt Over The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/22/2015  | 
Despite all the lavish parties and generous vacation time given at many tech companies this time of year, surprisingly, there are hiring managers who like to review resumes over the holidays, according to one recruiting expert.
Why It's Time To Say Goodbye To IT
Commentary  |  12/22/2015  | 
A modest proposal for eliminating IT and making something better.
Comic: The Ghost Of CIO Future
Commentary  |  12/21/2015  | 
As CIOs lose control of the budget to the business, the future looks more frightening if it goes unaltered.
Apple, Facebook And Google Are Top Apps Of 2015
Commentary  |  12/21/2015  | 
Three Silicon Valley tech giants, Apple, Facebook, and Google, account for the lion's share of app usage on smartphones and tablets in the US, according to Nielsen.
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.
Microsoft Delays Windows 10 Mobile For Older Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/19/2015  | 
Microsoft will not deliver Windows 10 Mobile to older smartphones this month as promised.
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.
Techsmith Loop: Enterprise Video Coaching
Commentary  |  12/18/2015  | 
Techsmith Loop brings video coaching to enterprise process improvement.
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.
Smartwatch Shipments Primed To Explode, IDC Predicts
Commentary  |  12/17/2015  | 
IDC expects consumers to adopt smartwatches in record numbers over the next year, with the Apple Watch leading the way.
Comic: Hacking Santa
Commentary  |  12/17/2015  | 
Santa's datacenter is the most secure in the world.
User Groups Matter To Vendors: Here's Why
Commentary  |  12/17/2015  | 
InformationWeek recently interviewed three vendor executives who spend their professional lives building and sustaining business-oriented user groups. Here's what we learned about this symbiotic relationship.
Intuit CIO: Changing The Way Projects Are Managed
Commentary  |  12/17/2015  | 
Intuit's IAC project has brought data together from all over the company. The insight provided is changing the way the company sees its products and customers.
IBM, Apple Deliver 100-Plus Enterprise iOS Apps
Commentary  |  12/16/2015  | 
IBM announces that its partnership with Apple has yielded more than 100 IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps.
Google's Project Fi Now Supports Tablets
Commentary  |  12/16/2015  | 
Tablet owners can now add their iPad, Nexus, or Galaxy tablet to Google's Project Fi wireless service for 4G LTE Web surfing.
Dell To Sell Perot To Finance EMC Deal, Reports Say
Commentary  |  12/15/2015  | 
The $67 billion deal between Dell and EMC is on track for approval. However, Dell needs to finance the acquisition, and it may sell its Perot Systems division to raise $5 billion, according to several reports.
Google Updates Maps, Inbox And Wallet With Cool Features
Commentary  |  12/15/2015  | 
Google has added a number of new features to its mobile apps for Android and iOS devices.
Google Begins Alpha Testing Its CDN For Cloud
Commentary  |  12/15/2015  | 
Google announced the alpha testing of its own Content Delivery Network for the company's cloud computing platform. Google's CDN offering is a direct response to similar services from AWS and Microsoft Azure.
Samsung's Galaxy S7 Will Mimic iPhone's 3D Touch
Commentary  |  12/14/2015  | 
Samsung's next-generation flagship, expected in March, will feature a pressure-sensitive screen similar to that of the Apple iPhone 6s, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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 Android Tablets To Get Split-Screen Multitasking
Commentary  |  12/11/2015  | 
Google engineers are aiming to improve Android's appeal as a work platform by bringing split-screen multitasking to its tablets.
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.
Microsoft Band, Pebble Classic: New Features, Improved UI
Commentary  |  12/10/2015  | 
Microsoft's wearable fitness tracker gained a host of new powers that make it a more well-rounded product. Pebble is also prepping a significant update for its original wearables.
Apple's Big Update Day Covers iOS, WatchOS, tvOS, OS X
Commentary  |  12/9/2015  | 
Apple has pushed new versions of its core operating systems to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac computers.
CyArk Races Disaster To Scan Treasures
Commentary  |  12/9/2015  | 
CyArk is on a mission to preserve detailed 3-D scans of every site on the Unesco World Heritage Site list. It's a race against disasters, both natural and man-made.
5 Ways To Lose Your Best IT Talent
Commentary  |  12/9/2015  | 
Knowing what drives away your best IT workers offers clues about how to retain them.
IBM's Swift Sandbox Lets Coders Try Apple's Programming Language Easily
Commentary  |  12/7/2015  | 
IBM announced its free, browser-based Swift Sandbox, which lets developers write in Apple's programming language and execute their code in a server environment -- on top of Linux.
Comic: Bad Holiday Gift Ideas
Commentary  |  12/7/2015  | 
One gift that will not be making any holiday shopping guides this year.
Verizon WiFi Calling Coming To Galaxy S6, S6 Edge
Commentary  |  12/7/2015  | 
Verizon Wireless is the last major carrier to offer customers WiFi calling. The company is starting with just two phones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
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.
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