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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.
Apple Vs. The FBI: Protecting The Poetry Of Code
Commentary  |  3/31/2016  | 
If the FBI had succeeded in its attempt to have Apple write a new version of iOS (FBiOS, perhaps?), then what would a tech vendor have been required to do next?
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.
Microsoft Shrugs Off iPad Pro Threat
Commentary  |  3/30/2016  | 
Apple is going after Windows PC users with its smaller iPad Pro. Will the updated device pose a threat to Microsoft? Redmond says it isn't worried.
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.
Acer Chromebook 14 Tries To Be MacBook Air Look-Alike
Commentary  |  3/29/2016  | 
The Chromebook 14 from Acer features a sleek all-metal design, a 14-inch display, and all-day battery life.
Cartoon: When Good AI Goes Bad
Commentary  |  3/28/2016  | 
Time to retrain?
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.
How To Make The Leap From IT Pro To CIO
Commentary  |  3/28/2016  | 
Executive recruiter Kathy Harris gives us an in-depth look at how to rise to the top levels of IT.
White House Petition Aims To Stop The JavaScript Scourge
Commentary  |  3/27/2016  | 
Is it time to put an end to JavaScript once and for all? Someone thinks so, and they've got the White House petition to prove it.
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.
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, 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.
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?
iPhone SE, New iPad Storage Pricing Is A Rip-Off
Commentary  |  3/23/2016  | 
Apple continues its practice of overcharging for storage with its newly unveiled iPhone SE and the new smaller iPad. The company's devices should come with more onboard storage, and upgrading shouldn't be so expensive.
SAP's Bold IoT Moves Begin With Vodafone Pact 
Commentary  |  3/23/2016  | 
SAP's deal with Vodafone for IoT services is the first in a line of anticipated partnerships between the software giant and telcos worldwide.
Intel's Andy Grove: A Silicon Valley Pioneer
Commentary  |  3/23/2016  | 
Andy Grove, Intel's longtime chief executive, died March 21 at age 79. He leaves a profound legacy within the company, as well as in the computer industry at large.
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.
Why IT Needs To Tear Down Data Silos
Commentary  |  3/22/2016  | 
Making quality data available to decision-makers across the organization is our job as IT professionals. Jonathan Feldman, CIO of the City of Asheville, NC, tells us why IT must find ways to prevent data from disappearing into corporate silos, never to be seen, shared, or acted upon.
Comic: Two-Factor Authentication
Commentary  |  3/21/2016  | 
Security is a top priority, and with biometric security starting to look less secure, we're going to have to get creative.
Barry University CIO: Managing The Mobile Security Load
Commentary  |  3/21/2016  | 
In higher ed, CIOs have to deal with ultra-connected students and faculty whose devices increase the security burden on IT, while managing the growing use of online video as an educational tool. Here's how the CIO of Barry University in Florida handles it all.
iPhone SE, iPad Air Pro Expected At Apple's March 21 Event
Commentary  |  3/19/2016  | 
Apple has a smaller iPhone, refreshed iPad, and loads of new software on deck for a media event scheduled for March 21. Here's what we know.
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.
The Best Place To Work In IT: Cast Your Vote
Commentary  |  3/17/2016  | 
InformationWeek is honoring the most rewarding place to work in IT with our 2016 People's Choice award. The winner, determined by your votes, will be announced in May at the InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference and Awards.
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.
How To Make Your Workplace Culture Collaborative
Commentary  |  3/17/2016  | 
Open spaces, water cooler talk, and allowing employees to update Facebook are often more effective in creating a collaborative workplace than all the team-building exercises your consultants can dream up. Here's a look at what works in the real world.
Ring Pro Video Doorbell Gets Better Motion Detection, Video
Commentary  |  3/16/2016  | 
The updated Ring Pro can set customized motion zones and record in 1080p HD for a clearer look at your front stoop, making any smart home that much smarter.
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.
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.
Carhartt CIO: Business Experience Is Key To IT Success
Commentary  |  3/15/2016  | 
Recently appointed Carhartt CIO John Hill has taken a career path that spans the IT and business sides of the enterprise. Here's why he thinks it will become increasingly difficult for IT professionals to rise to the CIO level without getting significant business-side experience.
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?
Comic: Machine Learning
Commentary  |  3/14/2016  | 
If humans can teach machines to learn, why not send them to school?
Galaxy S7 Parts Cost $255, IHS Reveals
Commentary  |  3/14/2016  | 
Samsung's metal-and-glass Galaxy S7 smartphone costs as much to build as the plastic Galaxy S5 did back in 2014, according to research firm IHS.
5 Secrets For Becoming A Courageous CIO
Commentary  |  3/14/2016  | 
Dan Roberts, CEO and president of Ouelette & Associates Consulting, has been coaching CIOs since 1984. Here, he shares his guidance on why courage matters in IT and offers five ways for CIOs and others to be brave in today's changing enterprise environment.
Amazon Alexa Can Now Pay Capital One Bills
Commentary  |  3/11/2016  | 
Capital One cardholders can now ask Amazon's Alexa smart assistant to perform select banking activities, such as accessing account details and paying bills. The new capability adds to Alexa's growing list of skills.
What Top IT Employees Really Want
Commentary  |  3/11/2016  | 
Be the kind of IT leader who gives the "gift of accomplishment" early and often, and you'll retain your best staff.
Samsung Claims Galaxy S7 Preorders Are Strong
Commentary  |  3/10/2016  | 
Samsung's flagship smartphone reaches stores Friday, and the company says consumers are showing a high level of interest. Samsung has made similar claims in the past, however, and the numbers didn't quite pan out.
Ceva Animal Health CIO: Cloud Is Pick Of The Litter For IT
Commentary  |  3/10/2016  | 
CIO Francois Tricot uses cloud technology to keep IT humming for Ceva Animal Health's global operations. His approach can serve as a guide for your own cloud strategy.
Galaxy S7: Shortcomings Revealed
Commentary  |  3/9/2016  | 
Samsung's flagship smartphone reaches stores March 11. Here are some fast facts about the Galaxy S7 you need to know before you buy.
Comic: Too Much Mobile
Commentary  |  3/9/2016  | 
Wearables are great. But compatibility matters, too.
IDC: Windows To Surpass Android, iOS In Detachable Tablets
Commentary  |  3/8/2016  | 
Shifting tastes in tablets will lead more people to buy detachables, giving Microsoft the appeal it needs to catapult Windows ahead of Google Android and Apple iOS in the category, says IDC.
How Mobile, Cloud Are Changing The Face Of UC
Commentary  |  3/8/2016  | 
Ten years in, challenges remain in moving unified communications forward. Will mobile technology or changes in applications lead the way to a cloud-based UC infrastructure?
SanDisk CIO: How To Determine Business Want Versus Need
Commentary  |  3/7/2016  | 
SanDisk CIO Ravi Naik spoke with InformationWeek about how he figures out the difference between the technology his business executives want, and the technology they really need. His experience holds lessons for any IT leader looking to make technology a true driver of business outcomes.
Amazon To Restore Fire OS Encryption After Backlash
Commentary  |  3/7/2016  | 
Amazon quickly flip-flopped after a firestorm of criticism burned the company for removing encryption from its Fire tablets.
Apple's Federighi: Encryption Reversal Would Put US At Risk
Commentary  |  3/7/2016  | 
With the Feds pressing Apple to return to iOS 7-style security, Craig Federighi, Apple's head of software engineering, used an op-ed piece in The Washington Post to explain the need to always race forward.
How Stryker's First-Ever CISO Reined In Cloud Chaos
Commentary  |  3/7/2016  | 
From her post as deputy CIO of The White House to being named the first-ever CISO at Stryker, a medical device manufacturer, Alissa Johnson is no stranger to challenges. Here's a look at how she reined in an environment loaded with cloud applications and shadow IT.
Phablets Will Boost Sagging Smartphone Sales, IDC Finds
Commentary  |  3/4/2016  | 
Consumers love big-screened phones, and these phablets will help drive smartphone growth over the next few years. Apple's iPhone and Google's Android will continue to dominate despite some slowdown in sales.
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