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Content posted in April 2016
Detachable Tablets, More Than Slates, May Displace PCs
Commentary  |  4/29/2016
Tablet shipments declined during the first quarter, but a curious change is occurring. Interest in detachable tablets like Microsoft Surface is increasing, while interest in traditional slates decreases.
Agile Not Just For IT Anymore
Commentary  |  4/29/2016
Many organizations are taking the Agile development discipline beyond IT to every department. What are the key issues to make the transition successful?
Galaxy S7 Sales Boost Samsung Earnings
Commentary  |  4/28/2016
Samsung earned a bit more than it expected to during the first three months of the year, thanks to robust sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones.
iPhone Sales Slump: How Apple Can Fix It
Commentary  |  4/28/2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook is optimistic about the company's future even though it just posted its first-ever drop in iPhone shipments during its latest earnings report.
BlackBerry Pushes Marshmallow Update To Priv
Commentary  |  4/26/2016
BlackBerry's Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its Priv smartphone this week comes with a significant security patch.
Apple Watch Apps Will Have To Run Natively
Commentary  |  4/25/2016
On the wearable's one-year anniversary, Apple told developers over the weekend that all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps starting June 1.
iPhone 7 Rumors: Intel LTE Chip, Compact Camera
Commentary  |  4/23/2016
Apple may be moving to install an Intel LTE chips in its upcoming iPhone 7, according to comments from current supplier Qualcomm. However, one analyst claims it's 2017's iPhone 8 that everyone should be watching.
Windows Mobile Slides Closer To Oblivion
Commentary  |  4/22/2016
Sales of Lumia smartphones crashed and burned during the first quarter of the year, according to Microsoft's latest financial results released this week. The collapse is leading to questions about Windows 10 Mobile's future.
Windows 10 Mobile Test Build Rolls Out Texting Via PC
Commentary  |  4/21/2016
Microsoft is allowing Windows Insiders to test its Messaging Everywhere feature that lets people send and receive text messages on Windows phones and PCs. The feature strips Skype integration from the messaging app.
Skype Bots Now Reach Mac And Web
Commentary  |  4/20/2016
Skype users on Apple's Mac machines and the Web can now interact with bots from Microsoft.
Microsoft Gains In SaaS Market, Report Finds
Commentary  |  4/20/2016
Synergy Research assessed the growth of SaaS in 2015, and found it more mature than other cloud services -- and ready for an even greater takeoff. In addition, the report showed Microsoft may be one company poised for significant growth.
Reddit’s Missing Warrant Canary: What IT Can Learn
Commentary  |  4/20/2016
It's tricky trying to figure out whether or not your preferred app, website, or service provider has received a federal subpoena demanding information. When a warrant canary vanished from Reddit's Transparency Report, it got folks talking. The incident holds important lessons for enterprise IT professionals trying to decipher whether or not a service provider's data is being trolled by the feds.
MacBook Line Gets Faster Chips, Battery Boost
Commentary  |  4/19/2016
Apple updated its ultra-thin MacBook laptops with improved processors, graphics, storage, and battery life.
CAPTCHAs Defeated, But Who Cares?
Commentary  |  4/18/2016
Columbia University researchers made headlines by defeating Google and Facebook CAPTCHAs through artificial intelligence, but the real fraud for enterprises happens via cheap labor, not AI.
Apple's App Store May Adopt Paid Search
Commentary  |  4/16/2016
A secret team is reportedly reviewing ways to shake up the iTunes App Store. One strategy under consideration would see developers pay to boost the discoverability of their apps.
Making Mainframes Cool Again
Commentary  |  4/15/2016
Mainframe systems are still the backbone of much of today's IT infrastructure. Yet, finding IT talent to maintain these systems, and the COBOL and Fortran languages that support them, is becoming increasingly difficult. Knowledge transfer expert Steve Trautman, founder of The Steve Trautman Co., offers real-world advice on how IT leaders can cultivate the talent needed to run these crucial systems.
Android N Preview 2 Improves APIs, Emojis
Commentary  |  4/14/2016
Google released a revised build of Android N to developers this week with updated APIs and a handful of new user-facing features.
Amazon Oasis: Premium E-Reader For A Premium Price
Commentary  |  4/13/2016
The Kindle Oasis -- the thinnest, lightest, and most expensive Kindle yet -- is a premium e-reader for those who demand the best reading experience possible.
Microsoft, Facebook Say They Pay Women, Men Equally
Commentary  |  4/12/2016
Microsoft, Facebook, Expedia, and Intel claim they pay men and women equally, but the tech industry has a long way to go.
HTC 10 Takes Aim At iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7
Commentary  |  4/12/2016
The newly unveiled HTC 10 is the company's most refined smartphone in years, making it a true challenger for market incumbents Apple and Samsung.
'Everydata': Littlest Data Causes Biggest Impact
Commentary  |  4/12/2016
A new book by authors John Johnson and Mike Gluck, offers tools for better understanding the "little data" in our lives, and reasons for being leery of big data claims that others make. Johnson spoke with InformationWeek about how data is interrupted and misinterpreted all the time.
HTC 10 Details Leak Ahead Of Official Debut
Commentary  |  4/11/2016
The HTC 10, expected to arrive Tuesday, is an all-metal smartphone with top specifications and a few surprises, according to a promotional video.
Delphix Rolls Out Data Masking For App Dev Security
Commentary  |  4/11/2016
Delphix 5.0 adds selective data distribution, which includes masking, as well as support for Oracle E-Business Suite and IBM DB2 to existing data virtualization capabilities.
Amazon Echo: A Rising Rock Star?
Commentary  |  4/11/2016
Amazon's Echo device and its Alexa digital assistant are changing the consumer online shopping experience and integrating it into the home.
Apple Vs. FBI: 5 Key Quotes From James Comey's Speech
Commentary  |  4/9/2016
FBI Director James Comey gave a speech April 6 discussing the case against Apple and calling for not litigation but conversation that's fair, measured, and thoughtful -- and where participants are open to being wrong.
Senators Push For Tech Firms To Decrypt Smartphones
Commentary  |  4/8/2016
A new bill, sponsored by US Senators Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr, would allow law enforcement to demand smartphone makers and other companies decrypt or otherwise unlock mobile devices.
Amazon Is Defining, Not Chasing, Future Consumers
Commentary  |  4/8/2016
Through innovations like Prime and Prime Now, plus its AWS business, Amazon is not merely changing the nature of the consumer marketplace -- it's helping shape it.
Signs You're An Endangered IT Species
Commentary  |  4/8/2016
Is IT at your organization a valued component of the business, or is it headed for the tar pits of extinction?
Galaxy S7 Propels Samsung Profits
Commentary  |  4/7/2016
Samsung said it recorded a 10% jump in profits for the first quarter due to sales of its new flagship smartphones: the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Stratasys 3D Printer Aims To Ease Commercial Prototyping
Commentary  |  4/7/2016
The Stratasys J750 takes 3D printing beyond the hobbyist "maker" circles. By cutting several steps out of the prototyping workflow, it becomes a contender for commercial 3D printing that involves complexity and volume.
Microsoft Surface Phone: Will It Arrive In 2017?
Commentary  |  4/7/2016
Microsoft plans to release three models of its rumored Surface Phone in early 2017, according to a published report. Can it help Redmond with its mobile strategy?
Insider Security Threats: Disloyal Employees
Commentary  |  4/7/2016
One in five employees is willing to leak confidential information, and 30% of them say that they will sell their work-related passwords for less than $1,000, according to Sailpoint 2016 Market Pulse Survey findings. The release of the Panama Papers is adding to the debate.
Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Help Boost Marshmallow Adoption
Commentary  |  4/6/2016
The percentage of devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow doubled between March and April thanks to phones like the Samsung's latest flagship smartphones.
Cartoon: Ransomware
Commentary  |  4/5/2016
If you look sideways, you can read the list of demands.
Android Auto Rolls Into 18 New Countries
Commentary  |  4/5/2016
Google's Android Auto tool that gives drivers access to features including maps, music, and search, is now available in a larger selection of countries around the world.
iPhone SE Materials Cost About $160, IHS Teardown Finds
Commentary  |  4/4/2016
The manufacturing cost of the Apple iPhone SE totals about $160, according to a teardown by IHS. At the same time, torture tests suggest the new phone isn't as tough as bigger Apple iPhones.
Google's Mic Drop Gag Screws Up April Fools' Day Joke
Commentary  |  4/1/2016
Google is forced to pull a Gmail April Fools' Day joke called Mic Drop after users accidentally tell off coworkers and employers. However, the search giant had some other gags ready to go.
Windows 10 Goes Native With Ubuntu
Commentary  |  4/1/2016
Microsoft has announced that Ubuntu user-mode code is now running as native Windows 10 software. Yeah, that's big.
6 Ways To Become An IT Talent Magnet
Commentary  |  4/1/2016
Dan Roberts, CEO and president of Ouelette & Associates Consulting, has been coaching CIOs since 1984. What's he's found is that those with a track record for creating high-performing cultures focus on one thing above all else: talent. Here, he shares his guidance on how you can become an IT talent magnet.


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