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Google SkyBender Drone Project Aims To Deliver 5G WiFi
News  |  1/31/2016  | 
Project SkyBender joins the ranks of Google's Project Loon and Facebook's efforts to provide super-fast WiFi from drones and other airborne vehicles.
10 Tools To Keep Your Agile Dev Projects On Track
Slideshows  |  1/31/2016  | 
Agile development is standard development in many companies. The right tools for managing the agile process can make the difference between success and struggle for your team. Here are our 10 picks to keep you on track.
Flu Forecasting App Helps Your Boss, Marketers Plan Ahead
News  |  1/31/2016  | 
Sickweather has released a disease forecast API to developers. The potential market for such information includes healthcare professionals, employers, and even the advertising industry.
Free Hadoop, Spark Training; Advanced Analytics Market Grows: Big Data Roundup
News  |  1/31/2016  | 
MapR is expanding its free training on Hadoop and Spark, Gartner says the advanced analytics market is growing fast, and Microsoft gets generous with deep learning. Plus, how to stop your leaders from making decisions. All that and more in our big data roundup for the week ending January 31.
Airborne Robot Can Replace Ladders In Industrial Environments
Commentary  |  1/30/2016  | 
Ladders are dangerous. Appelix wants to replace them with airborne robots for industrial applications.
Office Options Grow, Q2 Earnings Rise On Cloud: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  1/30/2016  | 
Cloud dominated again in Microsoft's Q2 financial report, closing out a week of news on Windows 10, Cortana, iOS apps, and Office Online.
Apple Buys Education Software Startup LearnSprout
News  |  1/29/2016  | 
Some of the tech industry's biggest players -- including Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, are battling for the supremacy in the education market. Apple's acquisition of LearnSprout adds to its arsenal.
Microsoft Windows Phone Headed Toward Zombieland?
Commentary  |  1/29/2016  | 
New flagship hardware released during Q4 wasn't enough to help overcome Microsoft Windows Phone's long, downward spiral into a zombie platform.
iPhone, iPad Wireless Charging May Come By 2017
News  |  1/29/2016  | 
Apple is reportedly working on smoothing out issues with technology that lets consumers power up iPhones and iPads sans wires.
Safari Snafu Fixed, But Apple AC Plug Adapter Recalled
News  |  1/29/2016  | 
Widespread reports of Apple's Safari browser crashing on iOS devices and Macs emerged this week, but Apple reportedly has fixed the issue just as it geared up to deal with another problem -- a recall of its AC wall plug adapters.
Google Taps Machine Learning To Make Smartphones Smarter
News  |  1/29/2016  | 
Through a partnership with chip maker Movidius, Google plans to bring deep learning to future mobile devices.
Amazon, AWS Post Strong Results, Fail To Please Wall Street
News  |  1/29/2016  | 
Amazon reported revenues of $107 billion in full-year 2015, a 20% increase over the prior year. Its Amazon Web Services unit was a bright spot, showing solid growth for the full year and for Q4 2015. So, why isn't Wall Street satisfied?
10 Cool Microsoft Garage Projects You Didn't Know About
Slideshows  |  1/29/2016  | 
The Garage is a hub for employees across Microsoft to work on different projects. Here are some of its works-in-progress.
Microsoft Q2 Buoyed By Azure, Office 365 Gains
News  |  1/29/2016  | 
Microsoft generated $25.7 billion in revenue for Q2 2016, largely driven by its Azure and Office 365 cloud offerings. Phone revenues declined nearly 50% from the same quarter a year ago.
Microsoft Office Online Gets New Cloud Storage Options
News  |  1/28/2016  | 
Microsoft is extending the real-time coauthoring and sharing capabilities of Office Online to partner cloud providers like Box and Dropbox.
US Air Force Launches First Cyberspace Weapon System
News  |  1/28/2016  | 
The US Air Force hit the "go" button on its first fully operational cyberspace weapon system, which acts as a massive firewall for its Air Force Information Network.
Samsung Smartphone Strategy: Diversify Offerings, Improve Software
Commentary  |  1/28/2016  | 
Samsung says it plans to shake up its smartphone business to reinvigorate slumping sales.
iPhone, Samsung Power Smartphone Market To New Heights: IDC
News  |  1/28/2016  | 
Robust holiday demand and major gains from upcoming brands such as Huawei pushed worldwide smartphone shipments to record levels in 2015, but Apple and Samsung remained leaders.
Facebook Builds Next-Gen Data Center In Ireland
News  |  1/28/2016  | 
Facebook will implement its latest data center server and switch designs in the facility it's building on the company's Clonee, Ireland, site.
Google Scores Huge Win For Artificial Intelligence In Go Match
News  |  1/28/2016  | 
Google DeepMind's AlphaGo beat the European Go champion at the complex ancient Chinese game. Google also trounced Microsoft and Facebook in scoring a first in AI.
9 Ways To Tap Into Smart Data-Driven Decisions
Slideshows  |  1/28/2016  | 
Today's real-time business world requires organizations to make smarter decisions faster. The good news: The technology exists to accelerate decision-making. What's holding you back?
OPM Breach Leads To New Systems, Procedures
Commentary  |  1/28/2016  | 
The Obama Administration announced changes to the Office of Personnel Management designed to ameliorate the flawed systems and processes that led to a massive data breach in late 2014. The plans -- and the steps taken to get there -- hold lessons for any IT organization.
8 Must-Have Mobile Tools For Road Warriors
Slideshows  |  1/28/2016  | 
Remote workers may not need an office, but they do need a few devices to keep them connected and productive. Here are our top picks to keep you and your teams functioning on the go.
VMware Cuts 800 Jobs, Narrows Cloud Business
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
VMware is cutting 800 jobs. The move slices into its vCloud Air cloud computing business unit, a further sign that it's scaling back from its johnny-come-lately cloud business, a sector where Amazon and Microsoft dominate.
Is The iPhone Finally Losing Its Mojo?
Commentary  |  1/27/2016  | 
Sales of iPhones have flattened and are expected to begin receding. Can Apple do anything to change course?
Salesforce Adds 'Private Spaces' On Heroku Platform
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
Salesforce users can now run an app in isolation by using a private network on the multi-tenant Heroku development platform.
Apple Mulls Subscription Services For News App
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
In an effort to differentiate itself from competing news service applications, Apple may start to offer subscription services for certain content providers.
Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dies
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
Mathematician and computer scientist Marvin Minsky died Sunday from a cerebral hemorrhage, ending a noted career as the "father of artificial intelligence." He was 88.
VMware CIO Occupies Hot Seat Between Top Management, Customers
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
VMware CIO Bask Iyer describes his role as both representing customers' needs to top management and validating the firm's products to customers.
Microsoft Open Sources Deep Learning, AI Toolkit On GitHub
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
Previously available to academic researchers, Microsoft's Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) now has a friendlier open source license.
Big Data Must Deliver Business Value: Informatica CEO
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
Informatica's new CEO spoke with InformationWeek about what's next for big data in the enterprise and how he plans to deliver that for customers. Here are the details.
6 Hot Programming Languages To Add To Your Tool Kit
Slideshows  |  1/27/2016  | 
Are you looking to tune up your software development or DevOps career with up-and-coming languages? Are you a hiring manager hoping to round out the tool set of your in-house team? Here are six languages to consider adding to your repertoire.
Apple Reports Record Q1 Results, Predicts iPhone Decline
News  |  1/27/2016  | 
Apple reported $18.4 billion in profit during its first fiscal quarter of 2016, but iPhone sales are predicted to drop in coming months.
Wanted: IT Heroes For 2016 InformationWeek Awards
News  |  1/26/2016  | 
The submission period is now open for four new awards that will be presented during the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference in May. We need your help now to find the best candidates for each category.
Microsoft's iPhone Keyboard To Feature One-Handed Typing Mode
News  |  1/26/2016  | 
Microsoft is testing a one-handed software keyboard for the iPhone that fans out from one corner -- a move that may strike a bit of deja vu for those who saw the company's last angled one-handed keyboard in 2012.
iOS, WatchOS Beta Builds For Developers Pushed Out
Commentary  |  1/26/2016  | 
Apple gave developers new test versions of all its major platforms this week -- iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and OS X.
Cloud Foundry Certified On 7 Public Clouds
News  |  1/26/2016  | 
Just past its first birthday, the Cloud Foundry Foundation counts up its certified host providers as it aims to become the "Linux of PaaS."
Sony Acquires IoT Chipmaker Altair For $212M
News  |  1/26/2016  | 
The purchase of Israel-based Altair Semiconductor could help bolster Sony's portfolio of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for a market that is experiencing rapid growth.
Google Glass Sharpens Focus On The Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/26/2016  | 
Signs point to a sharper focus on the enterprise as Google Glass 2 designs surface and Google's consumer social media accounts for Glass shut down.
8 Ways SaaS Delivers Business Value
Slideshows  |  1/26/2016  | 
Sure, software as a service still offers an easy point of entry for small and midsized businesses that need to upgrade their software. But today's cloud-based options offer even more for businesses of all sizes.
5 Secrets Of Successful People-First Companies
News  |  1/26/2016  | 
The Accenture Technology Vision 2016 report examines five ways that adept digital companies are putting people first. Investing in the development and management of people will be necessary to navigate the tumultuous digital economy, according to Accenture.
11 iPhone Apps To Get Healthy, Wealthy, And Productive
Slideshows  |  1/26/2016  | 
These iPhone apps will take the hassle out of everyday tasks, and give you time for those New Year's Resolutions you made.
Microsoft's Cortana To Spy On Email To Keep You On Track
News  |  1/25/2016  | 
Microsoft plans to make Cortana smarter with the ability to scan emails and set alerts for commitments you may forget.
Comic: Convertibles
Commentary  |  1/25/2016  | 
Convertibles are the new sexy devices, but they don't give you that feeling of the wind blowing in your hair.
Microsoft's Selfie App A Hit With iPhone Users
Commentary  |  1/25/2016  | 
Microsoft added new features to its month-old Selfie app for iOS, as it touted the app's more than 500,000 downloads within its first two weeks. But had Microsoft added a video feature, its download rate may have been substantially more.
iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3: More Details Emerge
Commentary  |  1/25/2016  | 
Apple reportedly has a new iPhone, iPad, Watch, and MacBook on deck and ready to launch in the months ahead.
65% Say Cloud As Secure As On-Premises
News  |  1/25/2016  | 
Nearly two-thirds of IT security professionals think cloud software security equals what they can provide in enterprise data centers, according to Cloud Security Alliance survey.
Apple, Google Self-Driving Car Projects Impress Daimler CEO
News  |  1/25/2016  | 
Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board for Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz, came back from a recent visit to Silicon Valley with the impression that Google and Apple are farther along with their automotive projects than he had assumed.
Ban The Box: What It Means For Your IT Hiring Practices
News  |  1/25/2016  | 
A movement known as Ban The Box aims to have questions about criminal convictions removed from employment applications. The effort has led to regulations in 19 states and more than 100 cities and counties. Here's what you need to know.
Big Data Benchmark Showdown: Talend Vs. Informatica
News  |  1/25/2016  | 
Talend has acknowledged Informatica's objections to a recent big data integration benchmark test. The company has issued an invitation to Informatica to participate in creating a new benchmark test. Will Informatica agree to the challenge?
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