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Content posted in February 2016
WhatsApp Hastening Demise Of BlackBerry
Commentary  |  2/29/2016
Popular messaging service WhatsApp is going to stop supporting all BlackBerry platforms by the end of the year, making the fading OS even more irrelevant than it already is.
MWC 2016 Paves Path For Connected Cars
Commentary  |  2/28/2016
Autonomous and connected cars were spotlighted at this year's Mobile World Congress. With 44 million of these vehicles expected to hit the road by 2030, tech companies such as Nokia Networks and Qualcomm are joining car manufacturers to roll out state-of-the-art features.
Apple Should Have Same Confidentiality Rights As Attorneys, Priests
Commentary  |  2/27/2016
Technology companies know more about us than our loved ones, attorneys, or priests. To balance the availability of that information in matters of public safety, businesses should have a limited exemption from being required to provide such information.
Smartphones, 5G, VR Trump Wearables, Tablets At MWC 2016
Commentary  |  2/26/2016
Talk about smartphones, the rush to 5G, and virtual reality dominated Mobile World Congress this year. That meant that wearables and tablets had to take a back seat this time around.
Legacy IT Systems: Hidden Risks Revealed
Commentary  |  2/25/2016
Don't keep legacy systems around. They introduce hidden risk to your organization. Jonathan Feldman, CIO for the City of Asheville, N.C., offers firsthand advice on how to land that plane before it crashes.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Smartphone Targets iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7
Commentary  |  2/24/2016
Chinese phone maker Xiaomi made a big splash in Barcelona Feb. 24 with the Mi 5, a metal-and-glass handset that costs half as much as the competition. The company is targeting Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy lineup with this low-cost smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Vs. LG G5: MWC Smartphone Smackdown
Commentary  |  2/23/2016
South Korean titans Samsung and LG both fielded new flagship smartphones in Barcelona -- the Galaxy S7 and the G5. Which is the better pick? We compare the specs and put the two handsets head-to-head.
Google Cloud Vision API Gives Glimpse Into AI, Machine Learning
Commentary  |  2/23/2016
Hot on the heels of Microsoft's Project Oxford, Google is bringing its Cloud Vision API into beta. The offering allows software developers to create new ways of reading faces and emotions to help push the limits of what can be done with AI and machine learning.
Forced Updates: Here Comes Drama And Expense
Commentary  |  2/23/2016
Pushing software updates creates big problems for the enterprise, and CIOs need to use their purchasing clout and register their displeasure.
IBM Expands Swift Use, Partners With GitHub, Unveils 'Connect' Offerings
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
At the InterConnect conference, IBM announced new partnerships with VMware and GitHub as well as expanded use of Apple's Swift. The moves extend IBM's reach into the cloud and mobile development.
Comic: Disaster Recovery-As-A-Service
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
Not everyone can afford this pricey service, but many will find it the best option in case of a harmful breach.
LG G5 Looks To Shake Up Smartphone Sales
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
The LG G5 is the most distinctive handset to grace the show floor at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, with its stand-out modular design.
Mobile App Dev: 3 Trends That Will Shake Up Your Strategy
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
Industry analyst Peter Crocker outlines three emerging technology trends that will have you rethinking your organization's mobile development strategy.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Lacks Wow Factor
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
Samsung pulled an Apple. Rather than impress with brand-new designs, Samsung recycled last year's models with a few added features in the much hyped Galaxy S7.
Tim Cook Vs. FBI: Why Apple Is Fighting The Good Fight
Commentary  |  2/21/2016
A court has told Apple to compromise an iPhone owned by one of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people. But Apple should not be required to enlist in the war on bad things.
Mobile World Congress 2016: Expect Galaxy S7, LG G5, More
Commentary  |  2/20/2016
Smartphone makers from around the globe are gathering in Barcelona starting Feb. 20 to show off their newest handsets. Here's what's on tap from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and others.
Android, iOS Own 98% Of Smartphone Market, Gartner Finds
Commentary  |  2/18/2016
Apple's iOS and Google's Android leave little more than a pittance for Windows and BlackBerry, according to new estimates from Gartner.
Google, UK Face Scrutiny Over 'Sweet' Tax Deal
Commentary  |  2/18/2016
Some members of British Parliament are complaining that Google owes far more than the $189 million tax bill paid to the UK government.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow Sweetens Samsung, HTC, LG Smartphones
Commentary  |  2/17/2016
A slew of phone makers, including HTC, LG, and Samsung, are pushing the Android 6.0 update to their flagship smartphones. However, this version of Android -- Marshmallow -- will still not make it to the majority of smartphones.
Comic: Self-Driving Food Trucks
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
Self-driving cars will soon make it possible for other self-driving vehicles. Even lunch will not be the same.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Water-Resistance Details Leaked
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
A video shows that Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2016, the Galaxy S7, will have protection from liquid damage.
Amazon Moves Suggest Package Delivery Is On Its Mind
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
With stakes in delivery companies in France and the UK, and airplane leases reportedly under discussion, Amazon appears to be moving toward its own package delivery services. And that's not the only business the company may be looking to disrupt.
Rise And Fall Of The Chief Data Officer
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
The C suite is expanding with more roles dedicated to data and analytics. The Chief Data Officer, or CDO, is one of these roles seen more often in some industries than others. The position may evolve with time. We explain some of the dynamics that cause CDOs to succeed and fail.
Mobile Apps Drive Car Rentals, But Not Sales
Commentary  |  2/15/2016
The days of teenagers anxiously awaiting the moment they get their driver's license are long over. Now, a ride on demand and even a car delivered to your door is just a mobile app away. It's a major shift in the auto industry.
iPhone Error 53 Prompts Lawsuit Against Apple
Commentary  |  2/12/2016
Following on reports of the iPhone Error 53, Apple is being taken to task for bricking the iPhones of consumers who sought out cheaper repairs. Attorneys are asking users to join a class action lawsuit against the company.
Transforming An Antiquated Business Intelligence Process
Commentary  |  2/12/2016
The personal story of how one executive transformed an unused business intelligence system.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100: Dedicated Processor For Wearables
Commentary  |  2/11/2016
Qualcomm's newly released Snapdragon Wear 2100 is a new processor platform that will power the next generation of Android Wear smart devices. The chipmaker also detailed new platforms for smartphones and tablets.
Samsung Galaxy S7: 5 Features It Needs
Commentary  |  2/10/2016
Samsung's next-generation flagship smartphone is almost here. These are the features we most want to see added to the Galaxy S7.
IoT Reality: Smart Homes Not Smart Enough Yet
Commentary  |  2/10/2016
The Internet of Things needs standardization and easier programming options. Until then, the promise of IoT for consumers remains unfulfilled.
Apple TV Gets Voice Dictation In Latest Round Of OS Betas
Commentary  |  2/9/2016
Apple pushed out new builds of tvOS, watchOS, iOS, and OS X this week, adding features and improving performance along the way.
Education IT: Hot Tech Trends To Watch
Commentary  |  2/9/2016
Cloud, big data, and security are all big factors in education IT this year. At the same time, there is a cultural shift taking place not only among the student body, but within the demographics of the IT departments themselves.
Comic: Respect Your Elders
Commentary  |  2/8/2016
In tech, we tend to like the new and shiny. But never forget the power of legacy systems, whether they are actual systems or just older IT pros.
BlackBerry Layoffs Leave Dark Cloud Over Handset Business
Commentary  |  2/8/2016
BlackBerry cut about 200 employees this month, which prompted many to question its commitment to smartphones, BlackBerry 10 in particular.
Bimodal IT: Best Of Both Worlds For Large Enterprises
Commentary  |  2/8/2016
Managing two separate modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility, can be critical for IT success -- if the company is large enough.
Android Wear 1.4 Update Expands Hands-Free Functions
Commentary  |  2/5/2016
The latest version of Android Wear -- Wear 1.4 -- makes it possible to navigate smartwatches with new wrist gestures, and make calls thanks to added speaker support. The update is rolling out over the next few weeks.
Amazon Echo Now Plays Spotify, Orders Domino's Pizza
Commentary  |  2/4/2016
Alexa's new powers mean you can't ask for a better Super Bowl party companion than the Amazon Echo. The AI-powered device now plays music from Spotify and orders you pizza from Domino's.
Best Agile Method For Your Team: Scrum Vs. Kanban
Commentary  |  2/4/2016
What's the best way to bring Agile to your team? The answer depends on just what you want to transform.
Fitbit, Other Fitness Trackers Leak Personal Data: Study
Commentary  |  2/3/2016
Odds are pretty high that your wearable is spilling personal data all over the place, says a new study. But the Apple Watch may be the exception.
Email Etiquette: 5 Ways To Write Better Corporate Email
Commentary  |  2/3/2016
It's easier than ever to send a corporate email -- and that's a huge problem. Misleading and meandering messages often clog corporate inboxes and lead to poor communication among colleagues. Here's a look at five common email mistakes and ways to fix them.
iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 May Launch At Apple March Event
Commentary  |  2/2/2016
Apple might unveil new products, including the iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se, and new strap options for the Apple Watch, in March.
Comic: Augmented Profits
Commentary  |  2/2/2016
Sometimes there is a fine line between augmented reality and alternate reality.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch, Android Marshmallow Plans For S6 Unveiled
Commentary  |  2/1/2016
Samsung is widely expected to unveil the Galaxy S7 at a media event scheduled in February, while it's also preparing to update its existing phones to Android 6.
Xerox Corporate Split Reflects Changing Industry Dynamics
Commentary  |  2/1/2016
Xerox announced that the company will split into two separate public companies, one focusing on hardware and software, the other dedicated to professional services.
Apple May Lose Biggest Company Title To Google Parent Alphabet
Commentary  |  2/1/2016
Apple first captured the title of the world's largest company when its market capitalization exceeded that of Exxon Mobil in 2011. But now, the iPhone maker is poised to see its title ripped away by another tech titan -- Google's parent company Alphabet.


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