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Samsung Selling Unlocked Galaxy S7, S7 Edge In US
Commentary  |  6/30/2016
In an effort to appeal to its growing base of customers, Samsung is now offering its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones unlocked in the US.
Amazon's Discounted Smartphone Stunt: Don't Fall For It
Commentary  |  6/30/2016
Amazon will knock $50 off the price of select phones in exchange for viewing ads on the lock screen. Don't do it. You'll be better off paying the extra cash.
Microsoft Spreads Open Source Love With .Net Core 1.0
Commentary  |  6/29/2016
Microsoft has extended the .NET platform to the open source side, along with several other critical tools and frameworks. Taken together, the releases make up Microsoft's most comprehensive move yet into the open source world. Here's what the news means for developers.
Brexit: Will Cloud Vendors Hear London Calling?
Commentary  |  6/29/2016
The Brexit vote could impose changes on how cloud providers operate within the UK, but those changes might not be as bad as people fear. However, a lot depends on whether England follows the European Union's data privacy regulations.
Is the State of Analytics REALLY That Bad?
Commentary  |  6/28/2016
A CompTIA survey shows how organizations would like to expand their analytics initiative, but there are some areas where they might want to simply do analytics better in the right spots.
HP's Chromebook 11 G5 Offers Touchscreen, Android Apps
Commentary  |  6/28/2016
The Chromebook 11 G5 starts at $189, offers an optional touchscreen, and will run Android apps when it goes on sale later this year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Specs, Release Date Leaked
Commentary  |  6/27/2016
A flood of leaks suggest the next phablet from Samsung will arrive in early August with a new name and amped up specs.
Brexit And Tech: What Lies Ahead?
Commentary  |  6/27/2016
British voters have decided to leave the EU. What will that mean for enterprise IT?
YouTube Mobile Live Streaming Launch Targets Facebook
Commentary  |  6/24/2016
Google-owned YouTube plans to bring live streaming to its mobile app, a direct attack on recent moves made by Facebook.
BlackBerry Earnings Shine Light On Its Struggling Smartphone Business
Commentary  |  6/23/2016
BlackBerry's service revenue climbed during the last three months, but not enough to stem the hemorrhaging of its hardware business.
Microsoft Flow For iOS Aims To Help Apps Play Nice
Commentary  |  6/23/2016
It's remarkable how poorly software-based products and services communicate. With the introduction of Flow for iOS on Wednesday, Microsoft is taking another step toward enabling applications to play nice.
iPhone 7 Release May Shake Up Apple's Upgrade Cycle
Commentary  |  6/22/2016
The iPhone 7 will closely resemble the iPhone 6s, as Apple pushes major changes to its core product out to 2017, breaking the company's traditional two-year upgrade cycle, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
FAA's Commercial Drone Rule Opens Business Opportunities
Commentary  |  6/22/2016
The FAA's new drone rule, which takes effect in August, means any number of commercial uses are now possible. That is, once a business owner finds a certified drone pilot.
FCC Aims To Accelerate 5G Rollout
Commentary  |  6/21/2016
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says 5G may enable autonomous cars, smart cities, efficient transportation, and immersive entertainment -- if we start as soon as possible.
Supercomputing's TOP500 Led By China, Linux
Commentary  |  6/21/2016
The latest TOP500 list of worldwide supercomputers shows several significant changes in what countries are leading the pack, and what technologies are most in use.
Apple Watch Price Cut To $49 At Best Buy
Commentary  |  6/20/2016
Customers who buy an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus from Best Buy will be able to score an Apple Watch for a mere $49.
Bluetooth 5: Five Things For IT To Know
Commentary  |  6/20/2016
Bluetooth 5 promises improvements in speed, range, and application over the current version. Here are five things you need to know about what has been announced, and what it can mean for your enterprise.
Data Consumers Left Out in the Cold?
Commentary  |  6/20/2016
While pretty pictures as reports look nice -- and easy to understand -- for an analyst, the consumer of that data might sit there and say, "Huh?"
Asus Chromebook Flip First To Land Android Apps
Commentary  |  6/17/2016
With the Chromium 53 update, Google Play Store and Android apps are coming to the Asus Chromebook Flip. The move marks the start of a new era for Google's laptops.
Amazon Echo Gains Local NBC News Reports
Commentary  |  6/16/2016
NBCUniversal has added its regional news networks to Alexa-powered devices, allowing Amazon Echo owners to listen to local news.
Net Neutrality Decision: What Matters, What Doesn't
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
The FCC has won its latest court battle over net neutrality rules this week, but that might not matter as much as you think. A bigger battle is looming that includes presidential politics and the US Supreme Court.
iOS 10's App-Deleting Function Comes With A Catch
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
In iOS 10, Apple will allow iPhone owners to delete unwanted pre-installed apps for the first time. But you're not really getting rid of them.
Business Continuity Can't Rely On Twitter
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
When you need to tell the IT team how to respond in an emergency, you need something more powerful than Twitter. Exactly how much more do you need?
WWDC 2016: What We Didn't Get
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
Apple's WWDC keynote highlighted dozens of new features headed to iPhones, Macs, and other gear, but the company didn't cover everything on our wish list.
Making Stethoscopes Smarter
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
Now 200 years old the doctor's stethoscope may finally be evolving as app developers make more data and diagnostic capabilities available through tablets and smart phones.
Raspberry Pi Maker Sells For $877.7 Million
Commentary  |  6/14/2016
Premier Farnell PLC has agreed to be purchased by Daetwyler Holding AG, a Swiss supplier of electronic components, for $877.7 million.
Will Microsoft Keep LinkedIn's Commitment To Open Source?
Commentary  |  6/14/2016
Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn gives the software giant a social network for professional and business users. But does the deal threaten LinkedIn's ongoing involvement and commitment to the open source community?
Analytics Could Bolster Anti-corruption Crackdown
Commentary  |  6/13/2016
A UK initiative aims to fight corruption by making those at the top of the food chain responsible for the criminal activity of those below them.
Facebook's Safety Check Activated For First Time In US
Commentary  |  6/13/2016
The Orlando nightclub shooting prompted Facebook to turn on its Safety Check tool so survivors of the massacre could let friends and family know they were safe.
iPhone 7 May Get Intel Modem Chips In Some Models
Commentary  |  6/10/2016
Bloomberg reported that Apple has selected Intel to provide the company with the wireless modems for some versions of the upcoming iPhone 7. It's a major victory for the chipmaker's efforts to crack the mobile market.
Lenovo Unveils Project Tango, Moto Z Droid Smartphones
Commentary  |  6/10/2016
The Phab 2 Pro will help people capture virtual reality content, while the Moto Z Droid and Z Droid Force feature swappable modules.
IoT Driving Enterprise Networking Market Growth
Commentary  |  6/9/2016
As consumers and companies embrace the Internet of Things, the movement is expected to put more pressure on networks and likely to be a major contributor to a multi-billion enterprise networking market.
Android Marshmallow Finally Hits 10% Adoption
Commentary  |  6/8/2016
The 8-month-old version of Android has finally reached 10% of Google-based smartphones, even as a new version is almost ready to replace it.
Integrating Office 365 With Box: How It's Being Done
Commentary  |  6/8/2016
Supply-chain company Flex has rolled out Office 365 with Box.com to about 200,000 global users. Here's how the firm's IT team did it.
Samsung Bendable Smartphones May Come In 2017
Commentary  |  6/7/2016
Samsung is preparing two smartphones with bendable displays for early 2017, according to a new report in Bloomberg. The company is hoping to create new technology to spur smartphone sales.
You're Doing Analytics, But Do You Have an Analytical Mind?
Commentary  |  6/7/2016
The fact that someone is working with analytics doesn't necessarily mean they have an analytical mind. Do you have such a mind?
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones: Music To Business Travelers' Ears
Commentary  |  6/6/2016
Bose has long pitched its active noise-cancellation headphones as the ideal travel companion, but they were always tied down with wires. The new QuietComfort 35 adds Bluetooth to the equation.
WWDC: Apple's Opportunity To Open Up To Keep Up
Commentary  |  6/6/2016
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off next week. While the company will likely introduce new products, what it really needs is a new attitude.
Samsung's Gear Fit2, IconX Wearables Target Fitness Buffs
Commentary  |  6/3/2016
Samsung's latest wearables include a fitness band and completely wireless earbuds. Both items can track your workout, play music, and manage notifications.
Why Cloud Computing Is Crucial For HR
Commentary  |  6/3/2016
HR is changing as rapidly as business itself. To keep up, IT must help HR move to the cloud.
Google's Sundar Pichai: Our AI Beats Competitors' AI
Commentary  |  6/2/2016
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says he believes his company's artificial intelligence is smarter than Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri, but we're seeing only 1% of its potential.
Google's Magenta Project: Can Machines Be Musicians?
Commentary  |  6/2/2016
Through a project called Magenta, Google's machine learning researchers hope to understand whether computer-generated music can qualify as art.
Echo, Alexa Are Only For Starters, Bezos Says
Commentary  |  6/1/2016
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dishes on the millions of hours of work the company has put into creating the Echo and its AI assistant Alexa, and explains what's to come.


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