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Apple TV Upgrade Will Be Pricey
Commentary  |  8/31/2015
A report suggests the latest version of Apple TV will cost much more than competing products. Will it be worth the price?
Google Chrome Support For Flash Ads Ends Sept. 1
Commentary  |  8/31/2015
Google's Chrome browser will no longer support Flash-based ads starting Sept. 1. This follows several months of problems with Adobe's Flash platform.
How Allstate Uses Mobile Data To Enhance Customer Experience
Commentary  |  8/31/2015
Allstate had to stretch its organizational muscles to bring Drivewise Mobile to market. In the process, the company brought together a cross-functional team that included assorted IT disciplines and business professionals with competencies in consumer relationships, insurance products, and user experience.
iPhone 6s: Bigger Upgrade Than Previously Thought?
Commentary  |  8/30/2015
Apple is set to show off the iPhone 6s on Sept. 9. This year's device may pack a heavier punch than previous "S" models.
Facebook M: 10 Things We Wish It Could Do
Commentary  |  8/30/2015
Facebook has a new digital assistant, Facebook M, to rival Siri and Cortana. Here's what we wish it could do.
Facebook Claims 1 Billion Users In 1 Day
Commentary  |  8/29/2015
A business milestone or a sign of the apocalypse? Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says the social media site had one billion users in one day.
Apple Watch Debuts At No. 2 In Wearables Market
Commentary  |  8/28/2015
Apple sells 3.6 million smartwatches in its opening quarter, blasting past competitors Samsung, Garmin, and Xiaomi to consume 20% of the overall wearables market.
Facebook M Digital Assistant Blends AI, Human Knowledge
Commentary  |  8/27/2015
Digital assistants are all the rage and Facebook's M is the latest in a market that includes Siri, Cortana, Google Now, and Amazon's Echo. However, Facebook is teaming up AI and humans.
Podcasts, Presentations: Help Your Users Improve Quality
Commentary  |  8/27/2015
Our hands-on demo of the iRig Mic Studio shows a tool that can help your users make better podcasts and video presentations. It's a toolset that will allow trainers, executives, sales, and marketing professionals to put a studio in their backpacks and create good recordings from almost anywhere they happen to be.
3D Printers: IT's Next Great Data Challenge
Commentary  |  8/27/2015
Many tech professionals think of 3D printing as little more than a toy, even though it's in full production swing in manufacturing operations. Gartner and other researchers predict major growth for 3D printing in the enterprise, raising a host of data protection issues for IT professionals. Here's what you need to know.
VMware Fusion 8 Supports Windows 10, El Capitan
Commentary  |  8/26/2015
VMware's Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro virtualization software versions support both Microsoft's Windows 10 and Apple's upcoming El Capitan version of Mac OS X.
Smartphones: Making Us More Social Or Less?
Commentary  |  8/26/2015
People use smartphones more often, and in a greater variety of ways, to contribute to -- and avoid -- group gatherings, according to new Pew research.
Ashley Madison Fallout: Investigations, Lawsuits, Lessons
Commentary  |  8/26/2015
The fallout from the Ashley Madison breach continues, offering some surprise lessons for CIOs and IT professionals on how to respond to a very public event.
Electronic Warrantless Surveillance: What IT Should Know
Commentary  |  8/26/2015
Today, in the name of public safety, federal and local government agencies are piling up advanced technologies to monitor people, with little regard for the basic principles of privacy. Here's what businesses and individuals need to know.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Stylus Can Damage Smartphone
Commentary  |  8/25/2015
Inserting the S Pen backwards can wreck the Galaxy Note 5's ability to detect the stylus.
Would Amazon's Culture Only Get One Star?
Commentary  |  8/25/2015
When it comes to managing and motivating employees too much data might be a bad thing. Maybe the discussions about Amazon's focus on metrics and competitiveness highlights the need for balancing data and gut decisions.
How Do it Best Corp. Mixes IT, Business
Commentary  |  8/25/2015
Do it Best Corp.'s IT department has shifted processes and changed its culture to keep up with the needs of a rapidly changing marketplace.
Microsoft's Cortana For Android Beta Released
Commentary  |  8/25/2015
Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant is now available for Android smartphones through a beta release.
Comic: When Siri Hates You
Commentary  |  8/24/2015
You put your life in the hands of your phone every day.
Android Lock Patterns Laughably Easy To Guess
Commentary  |  8/24/2015
A researcher shows that people rely on weak Android lock patterns just as they do weak passwords.
10 Retro Smartphone Apps We Totally Need
Commentary  |  8/23/2015
A new app turns HD video into grainy 1980s video. We need more blast from the past apps. Here are 10 ideas.
Ashley Madison Breach Should Spark Security Conversation
Commentary  |  8/22/2015
As people sift through the Ashley Madison data dump, this massive breach should spark a conversation among IT and security professionals, especially ones who work in the government and cyber-security fields.
NASA Tells Us Not To Panic Over Asteroids
Commentary  |  8/21/2015
NASA continues its public service of reminding us all not to panic over misleading reports of our impending doom.
Amazon IT Services: No Longer An Oxymoron
Commentary  |  8/21/2015
AWS is showing increasing sophistication when it comes to displacing other IT software and service suppliers, TBR analyst says.
Go Programming Language Is Growing Up
Commentary  |  8/21/2015
The Go programming language hits version 1.5 with new features and a new maturity.
Ad Blocking Costing Websites $21B In Revenue, Report Finds
Commentary  |  8/20/2015
A new report from PageFair and Adobe finds ad blocking software will cost websites more than $21 billion in lost revenue this year, and that's only expected to increase in 2016.
iPad Pro's Arrival Timed For Fourth Quarter
Commentary  |  8/20/2015
Apple's big-screened iPad Pro won't enter mass production until September or October, and the business-oriented tablet may come with a stylus.
Comic: Not So Wearables
Commentary  |  8/19/2015
A gaming smartwatch? You know it is only a matter of time until someone tries it.
Autonomous Cars In, Big Data Out In Gartner Hype Cycle
Commentary  |  8/19/2015
Gartner's annual Hype Cycle is out, and IoT and autonomous cars are in this year. Big data, however, is losing some of its luster.
Windows 10 Upgrade? Try A MacBook
Commentary  |  8/19/2015
There are a number of reasons why Macs are worth considering as you migrate to Windows 10.
With 'Marshmallow,' Android 6.0 Matures Anew
Commentary  |  8/18/2015
Android 6.0, or "Marshmallow," brings mostly low-key refinements, but also a few stand-out features.
Driverless Cars Present Ethical Challenges
Commentary  |  8/18/2015
How will a driverless car make life or death decisions, and whose live takes priority? It's an ethical question that will have to be addressed as self-driving cars take to the road.
Netflix Completes Its Cloud Journey
Commentary  |  8/18/2015
By the end of the summer, Netflix will close its last data center and move its entire streaming service to the cloud with help from AWS. It's a lesson for companies large and small.
IBM's LinuxONE Mainframe: What's Old Is New Again
Commentary  |  8/18/2015
Linux on a mainframe is not a new idea. Red Hat and SUSE are already there. Linux on an affordable mainframe is the new idea.
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M5 Bank On Camera Performance
Commentary  |  8/17/2015
While many smartphones are measured by battery life and processor speed, Sony is taking a different approach with the Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 by focusing on the camera and amateur photographers.
10 Reasons Why Google Alphabet Exists
Commentary  |  8/16/2015
Google has been restructured, and the iconic brand now falls under an umbrella organization called Alphabet. But why? There has to be more to this story.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 5: A High-End Gamble
Commentary  |  8/15/2015
Samsung hopes its Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ handsets will boost sales, but may find them a hard sell.
Apple TV Streaming Service Delayed Until 2016
Commentary  |  8/15/2015
It looks like an important part of Apple TV's revamp has been delayed. Media conglomerates and Apple are stuck in place after months of negotiation rights to streaming live TV to Apple customers.
Apple's Boot Camp 6 Supports Windows 10
Commentary  |  8/14/2015
Apple has officially released Boot Camp 6, which allows Mac users to run Windows 10 on their machines within a virtual environment.
Lenovo, HTC Slash Jobs As Smartphone Market Shifts
Commentary  |  8/13/2015
Facing pressure and competition in the global smartphone market, Lenovo and HTC each announced layoffs as part of different restructuring plans.
CIOs Face Budget Choices Thanks To Strong US Dollar
Commentary  |  8/13/2015
A strong US dollar means that hardware and software pricing are going to rise. Garter is advising CIOs to be prepared for some sticker shock.
IT Life Radio: The Evolution Of Crowdfunding
Commentary  |  8/11/2015
The next episode of IT Life Radio will discuss the growth and changes of crowdfunding and how it is attractive to larger enterprises.
Windows 10 IoT Core Targets Raspberry Pi Crowd
Commentary  |  8/11/2015
Microsoft wants a piece of the IoT market, and the Windows 10 IoT Core version of the new OS is part of that. For those using Raspberry Pi it's another option.
Why Google CEO Sundar Pichai Is Good For Android
Commentary  |  8/11/2015
With Sundar Pichai as the new CEO of Google, the company is going to focus on its most important product: Android.
MetroHealth System Goes To Jail To Improve Continuity Of Care
Commentary  |  8/11/2015
The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio was challenged to add a major facility while undergoing a radical enterprise software upgrade. Did they succeed?
Google's Android One Phone Needs To Hit $50 Price Point
Commentary  |  8/10/2015
Google is looking to revamp its Android One smartphone offering in India, with company executives saying the device needs to hit the $50 price point.
iPhone 6s Likely To Arrive Sept. 9
Commentary  |  8/10/2015
Apple is reportedly ready to reveal the iPhone 6s, along with a new AppleTV, and iPads, during a Sept. 9 event.
Azure Cloud: Beyond Windows-Only IT Shops
Commentary  |  8/10/2015
Here's why some Linux administrators will feel at home within Microsoft's Azure cloud ecosystem.
Jon Stewart's Last 'Daily Show': 10 Leadership Lessons
Commentary  |  8/9/2015
Jon Stewart left "The Daily Show" in a way that exemplifies the kind of leader he has been for 16 years. Here are 10 lessons that any leader can learn from his example.
IT Department Makes Hamster Wheel From iMac Boxes
Commentary  |  8/9/2015
An IT department used iMac boxes to make a giant human hamster wheel and also demonstrated the value of letting your team play.
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