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IBM's Hot Weather Move, Oracle's Cloud Push: Big Data Roundup
News  |  10/31/2015
Oracle's assertive cloud plans, and big weather plays from IBM and Amazon were among the top stories in big data for the week ending Oct 30. Here's a look at those developments, and other news from Microsoft, SAS, and more.
VW Scandal: 59 Early Deaths Expected In US
News  |  10/31/2015
Researchers at Harvard and MIT estimate the health and social costs of Volkswagen's emissions deceit, including potential loss of life and a financial burden of at $450 million in the US. The latter figure is projected to be much higher without a prompt recall.
NYC Flagship Opens, Outlook Mobile Redesign: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  10/31/2015
This week brought Microsoft's NYC store opening, a facelift for Outlook on iOS and Android, and the general availability of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.
Apple TV: Nifty Siri Interface, Limited Apps
Commentary  |  10/30/2015
Looking to tune into a new television paradigm? Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV box reaches stores today and promises to change how you interact with your television set.
Oracle Adds Multi-Tenancy To WebLogic Application Server
News  |  10/30/2015
Several applications may now be consolidated under one instance of WebLogic, potentially enabling users to decrease server hardware purchases.
HP Emphasizes Commitment To Private OpenStack Cloud
News  |  10/30/2015
A week after HP announced it was killing off its Helion public cloud, it has come out with a new release of OpenStack Helion for on-premises.
14 Creepy Ways To Use Big Data
Slideshows  |  10/30/2015
The amount of data being collected about people, companies, and governments is unprecedented. What can be done with that data is downright frightening. From bedrooms to boardrooms, from Wall Street to Main Street, the ground is shifting in ways that only the most cyber-savvy can anticipate. We reveal the creepy ways to use data now and in the near future.
Cortana & Bing Bring Halloween Tricks & Treats
News  |  10/30/2015
Microsoft is celebrating Halloween with themed Bing maps and scary bad jokes from Cortana.
Wireless X-Ray Vision Tech Tracks People Through Walls
News  |  10/30/2015
MIT researchers have developed a system called RF-Capture that can track motion like Microsoft's Kinect, except that it works through walls.
10 Scariest Bosses: A Survival Guide
Slideshows  |  10/30/2015
We explored multiple surveys and studies about bad bosses to assemble this rogue's gallery of the most reviled types of managers. Check out our 10 scariest bosses (complete with their own Halloween costumes), and consider our advice for how to deal with them.
Mobile Carriers Cashing In On Mining Your Data
Commentary  |  10/29/2015
Some major mobile carriers are selling your data under the radar, and it's potentially worth $24.1 billion this year.
OnePlus X Blends Style With Substance
Commentary  |  10/29/2015
The Chinese company's new smartphone features attractive materials and a solid spec sheet to back it up.
Oracle Strengthens Security, Database Features In Sparc Chip
News  |  10/29/2015
Oracle aims to make Sparc M7 server chip relevant with new, built-in security and database features, dubbed "software in silicon."
Verizon IoT Strategy: Smart Cities, ThingSpace For Developers
News  |  10/29/2015
The market for the Internet of Things is growing rapidly, and Verizon is stepping up its efforts on a multitude of fronts, the company announced.
Outlook On iOS, Android Gets UI Revamp
News  |  10/29/2015
Microsoft redesigns the iOS and Android versions of Outlook, which will soon replace calendar app Sunrise.
Autonomous Vehicles Vs. Helping Humans Drive Better
Commentary  |  10/29/2015
For automakers, creating self-driving cars may be an appealing technical challenge, but creating better-driving cars is a more attainable goal. In a report released today, global consultancy McKinsey suggests that technology for helping drivers navigate is likely to become critical for car buyers.
Windows 10 PC Shrunk Down To Smartphone Size By Kangaroo
News  |  10/29/2015
The Kangaroo from InFocus puts the world's smallest Windows 10 PC in your pocket for an affordable $99.
Facebook Expands FbStart Program For Mobile Developers
News  |  10/29/2015
To help convince mobile developers to integrate Facebook technology into their apps, the social network has added more partners to FbStart.
SAP CEO Bill McDermott Talks Cloud, Being 'Cool'
Slideshows  |  10/29/2015
When InformationWeek got on the phone with SAP CEO Bill McDermott, the conversation was wide-ranging and thought-provoking.
DMCA Ruling: OK To Mod Code In Cars, Jailbreak Smartphones
News  |  10/28/2015
Reviewing and modifying automotive software will be lawful in 12 months, thanks to a copyright law exemption.
IBM Buys The Weather Company In Watson IoT Push
News  |  10/28/2015
IBM has announced it will acquire most assets of The Weather Company, including its data, analytics, and cloud capabilities. Here's how Big Blue will leverage them as part of its Insight and Internet of Things businesses.
Oracle Users Not Rushing To The Cloud
News  |  10/28/2015
As Oracle OpenWorld focused heavily on cloud, many members of the Oracle Applications User Group are just getting started with hybrid clouds. Here's why on-premises implementations continue to be important to these core organizations.
iPhone 6S, Samsung Sales Drive Q3 Smartphone Market: IDC
News  |  10/28/2015
Apple's upgraded iPhone gave a big boost to the smartphone market, though worldwide shipments came in below IDC's projections.
Samsung Galaxy View: Huge 18-Inch Android Tablet Debuts
Commentary  |  10/28/2015
The Galaxy View sports an enormous screen, Android, and a kickstand for tabletop viewing.
Oracle Unveils A Multitude Of Cloud Database Services
News  |  10/28/2015
In Oracle OpenWorld keynote, president Thomas Kurian launches numerous big data, analytic, and data management services in the Oracle Cloud.
How Contextual Awareness Is Redefining Business Intelligence
Slideshows  |  10/28/2015
Contextual analysis, with the help of mobile devices and the Internet of Things, is giving businesses the data they need to reach individuals in relevant and meaningful ways.
Mind-Controlled Computers: Researchers Take A First Step
News  |  10/28/2015
Researchers have taken an important step toward a future in which we might interact with our computers without needing a mouse, keyboard, or even voice activation. Imagine if you could control your computer with your mind.
Windows Tablet Sales Boosted By Enterprise Demand
Commentary  |  10/28/2015
Microsoft's Surface tablets are bucking overall market trends by meeting enterprise needs, even as Apple iPad and Google Android-based tablets continue to fight for market share. Here's why CIOs and other IT leaders are embracing the Microsoft mobile devices.
iPhone Demand Drives Strong Apple Earnings
News  |  10/28/2015
Strong demand for iPhone in China drove Apple's earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2015.
Office 2016: 8 Enterprise-Worthy Features
Slideshows  |  10/28/2015
The newest version of Office is designed for consumer and business users alike. So, which new features will matter most in the enterprise? Here's a look at the ones you'll really want for work.
Net Neutrality Vote: EU Will Allow Data Discrimination
News  |  10/27/2015
Rejecting strong net neutrality protections, the European Parliament has voted to allow Internet fast lanes.
Intel's Saffron Buy Spices Up IoT, Big Data Offerings
News  |  10/27/2015
The chip-making giant looks to the future of the Internet of Things with the acquisition of cognitive computing company Saffron Technology.
IBM Watson Ecosystem Expands With 6 New Partners
Commentary  |  10/27/2015
IBM announces six more companies that will create apps and services using IBM's Watson Developer Cloud.
Rimini Street, Oracle Spar Over Lawsuit Outcome
News  |  10/27/2015
Oracle declares it won a significant victory, but Rimini Street sees silver lining in jury's $50 million damage award.
HTC RE Camera Price Slashed In Wake Of One A9 Fumble
Commentary  |  10/27/2015
Remember that attractive $400 price-point for the HTC One A9? Yeah, that's a limited promotion. The real price is $100 more.
Yahoo Exec Exodus Signals Uncertain Future
Commentary  |  10/27/2015
A steady stream of executives exiting Yahoo in recent months shows a lack of confidence that CEO Marissa Mayer can turn things around.
IBM, Jasper Partner For IoT Services Platform
News  |  10/27/2015
Large corporations will be able to access Jasper's Control Center through IBM's Bluemix. The goal: To enable companies that sell products such as heavy equipment or vehicles to add a variety of services to their customers, such as predictive maintenance or telematics.
Oracle CEO Hurd Makes Bold Cloud Predictions
News  |  10/27/2015
Oracle Co-CEO Mark Hurd said the current IT on-premises operating model is unsustainable and much of IT operations will move to the cloud in the next 10 years.
IBM Cloud Opens To Apache Spark
News  |  10/27/2015
IBM Cloud will support Apache Spark as a service on Bluemix, making it available for BigInsights, IBM's Data Science Workbench, and SPSS Analytics Server and Modeler. Here are the details.
9 iPhone Apps Perfect For 3D Touch
Slideshows  |  10/27/2015
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have at least one piece of new technology going for them -- Apple's 3D Touch. Here's a look at nine apps that help optimized that experience.
Microsoft Store: First Look Inside NYC Flagship
Slideshows  |  10/26/2015
Microsoft opens the doors of its massive NYC flagship store the same day it releases the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 to the public.
Larry Ellison: Oracle Sets Sights On Cloud Competitors
Commentary  |  10/26/2015
In his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld on Oct. 25, executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison distanced the company from the likes of SAP and IBM, while highlighting major cloud service providers such as Amazon AWS and longtime SaaS/PaaS players such as Salesforce.
Facebook At Work App 'Liked' By Major Bank
News  |  10/26/2015
The Royal Bank of Scotland sees value in Facebook as an enterprise communication tool, and plans to roll out the Facebook at Work app to 100,000 employees worldwide.
Big Data Grows Up: APM Tools Emerging
News  |  10/26/2015
The next emerging market for big data may be application performance monitoring. Concurrent has released a new tool in this space, and more tools are expected to hit the market in the next six months. The availability of such tools will drive more enterprise adoption of big data.
Comic: Horrifying Things Said In Interviews
Commentary  |  10/26/2015
Sometimes you can say things in an interview that sound scarier than you intend.
Apple Watch: Chosen Coolest Wearable In Crowded Class
News  |  10/26/2015
The jury may still be out on the success of Apple's foray into the wearables market, but a Juniper survey indicates the Watch is considered très cool.
Apple Hit With $5M Lawsuit Over WiFi Assist
Commentary  |  10/26/2015
California couple says cellular bills went up after Apple's new WiFi Assist feature pushed them onto LTE.
BNY Mellon Transforms IT One Step At A Time
News  |  10/26/2015
FFor three years, BNY Mellon CIO Suresh Kumar has been leading a transformation of the bank's 13,000-member global IT staff toward Agile and private cloud operations. In an interview with InformationWeek, he details the steps he took along the way.
AWS Emerges As Goliath As Cloud Competition Fades
Commentary  |  10/26/2015
With AWS showing fat profit margins after 40% price cuts last year, Amazon competitors must be wondering how they're going to compete.
HTML 5 Vs. Native Apps: What's Best For Developers?
Slideshows  |  10/26/2015
Debate rages on about whether an HTML5 Web application or a native platform application is the best solution for your project team. We've put together this list of arguments -- five for HTML5 and five for native apps -- to help frame the debate.
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