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USB Hardware Easily Subverted, Researchers Claim
News  |  7/31/2014
Security researchers say they can reprogram USB controller chips to hijack USB devices and connected computers.
Microsoft's Device Strategy: 3 Unanswered Questions
News  |  7/31/2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's scaled-down device strategy creates new questions about unreleased and rumored devices.
10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick
Slideshows  |  7/31/2014
As government and industry groups debate the best way to oversee healthcare apps, some questionable software hits the market.
Amazon Cloud Luster Fading? Look Closer
Commentary  |  7/31/2014
Some skeptics say Amazon's cloud dominance wears thin. I say Amazon's destiny in the cloud is in its own hands -- and you can't say that for IBM, Google, or Microsoft.
Samsung, Sony, HTC: Smartphone Struggles
News  |  7/31/2014
All three companies saw smartphone sales decline, thanks to fierce competition and a changing market.
Facebook App Brings Free Internet To Zambia
News  |  7/31/2014
Facebook's Internet.org app will give users in Zambia free access to weather and health information, jobs, Google Search, and more.
Tesla Cars: 8 Hot Technologies
Slideshows  |  7/31/2014
Tesla Motors' electric vehicles pack plenty of technology breakthroughs. Explore the most innovative features found in these computers on wheels.
Getting Back To Coding
News  |  7/31/2014
Reducing tool complexity requires mercilessly applying YAGNI (you aren't gonna need it). Resist "featuritis" and choose the tools that deliver only what you need.
Self-Driving Cars: 10 More Realistic Names
Commentary  |  7/31/2014
The UK wants to ready its roads for self-driving cars. But "self-driving car" overstates what these machines can do -- and omits possible dangers.
Social Media & The USFWS: InformationWeek Radio
News  |  7/31/2014
Listen in on our chat with US Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe as he describes how his agency has harnessed Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to keep national wildlife refuge visitors informed.
Big Data Tackles Wildfire Control
News  |  7/31/2014
WIFIRE, created by the University of California at San Diego and University of Maryland, crunches satellite data and real-time remote sensor data to forecast the rate at which wildfires might spread.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts
News  |  7/30/2014
Microsoft uses its Windows Phone 8.1 update to add Start screen folders and new security features while pushing Cortana to new parts of the world.
Smarter Cars: 9 Tech Trends
Slideshows  |  7/30/2014
Can your car wake you up if you get sleepy behind the wheel? Or recommend a good Mexican restaurant? These nine technologies will soon change the way we think about cars.
Smartphone Shipments Grow, Samsung Loses Marketshare
News  |  7/30/2014
Chinese device makers are making a serious push into emerging markets, eroding the position of Apple and Samsung.
Google Hangouts Dresses Up For Business
News  |  7/30/2014
Google is making Hangouts part of Google Apps for Business to enhance the appeal of its cloud communications platform.
Passport Database Outage: 'We Regret The Inconvenience'
News  |  7/30/2014
US State Department database used to process passports and visas still hasn't recovered from a crash last week -- leaving tens of thousands of people stranded overseas.
LinkedIn Redesigns Mobile Profiles
News  |  7/30/2014
LinkedIn's new profile gives you more context about your connections and simplifies on-the-go editing.
Oracle Says Database Upgrade Doesn't Enable In-Memory Option
News  |  7/30/2014
Oracle insists latest database release doesn't enable a costly in-memory option, countering claims by an ex-Oracle-employee and database blogger.
Cloudify Aims To Automate Cloud Troubleshooting
News  |  7/30/2014
Cloudify 3.0 gets feedback loop, combines cloud orchestration and monitoring.
Healthcare Security: CSOs Needed
News  |  7/29/2014
Too many healthcare environments cling to insecure legacy systems and lax accessibility standards. It's time to enact strong security leadership.
Apple Refreshes MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices
News  |  7/29/2014
Apple upgrades MacBook Pros with faster processors and, for some models, lower prices and more RAM.
Microsoft Enhances OneNote for Mac, iOS
News  |  7/29/2014
Microsoft continues its recent cross-platform emphasis with improved OneNote apps for Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
Rise Of The Robots: Up From The Factory Floor
Commentary  |  7/29/2014
Join San Diego State University professor Robert Judge and InformationWeek editor-at-large Thomas Claburn for a live discussion of the increasing interest in robots and automation.
Doing Business Without Handshakes
Commentary  |  7/29/2014
Handshakes make us feel comfortable in business settings -- and spread germs that make us sick. Perhaps it's time for a new custom.
E-invoicing: Past Due For US Govt.
Commentary  |  7/29/2014
Electronic invoicing benefits business and government worldwide. Will the US help promote universal adoption?
Facebook Forces Messenger For Mobile Chat
News  |  7/29/2014
Facebook will drop the chat feature from its main app and require users to download Messenger. You will have one week to make the switch.
Stop Recruiting, Start Connecting
Commentary  |  7/29/2014
Software engineers want to talk with their fellow professionals about job opportunities, not run the HR gauntlet.
HP Warns Of IoT Security Risks
News  |  7/29/2014
Many Internet of Things devices communicate insecurely, warns HP's Fortify unit.
Fitbit Debuts Windows Phone App
News  |  7/29/2014
Popular fitness device is one of the first wearables to offer a dedicated app for Windows Phone.
Hilton Turns Smartphones Into Room Keys
News  |  7/29/2014
Hilton hotel chain plans to let smartphones unlock guest rooms starting next year.
5 Inexpensive Smartphones: No Perfect Choice
Slideshows  |  7/29/2014
As manufacturers realize that real growth potential is in the developing world, the race is on to build the best inexpensive smartphone. Phone makers are getting closer but haven't perfected the formula yet.
Amazon Launches 3D Printed Products Store
News  |  7/28/2014
Amazon, the world's largest online commerce store, offers mass customization.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update Details Leak
News  |  7/28/2014
Windows Phone 8.1 is still rolling out, but a new update is already on the way, with support for Start screen folders and even bigger phablets.
Pivotal, Hortonworks Collaborate On Hadoop Management
News  |  7/28/2014
Pivotal pledges collaboration on Apache Ambari, Hortonwork's favored tools for managing and monitoring Hadoop.
Insecure Communications Costly For Hospitals
News  |  7/28/2014
Even one insecure text message can be expensive, as one North Carolina facility discovered. It's time for healthcare organizations to implement efficient, secure communication systems.
Evanston Modernizes Government Services
News  |  7/28/2014
Evanston's goal is to make all city licenses, permits, and fees available in an interactive form accessible from any type of device.
Microsoft, IBM Gain On Amazon Cloud
News  |  7/28/2014
Synergy Research Group data shows Microsoft and IBM are gaining cloud services marketshare while Google is falling off the pace.
Samsung's Tizen Smartphone: Dead On Arrival?
News  |  7/28/2014
Samsung has indefinitely delayed the launch of its Tizen-based smartphone. Time to call it a failure?
How To Build A Federal Information Security Team
Commentary  |  7/28/2014
Federal security officers face many challenges building and maintaining an information security team. Here are some tips for putting together a group of employees that will protect your systems and data.
Deep Data Trumps Big Data
News  |  7/28/2014
Finding smaller, more relevant morsels of information is the key to unlocking big data's potential, says FirstFuel's CTO.
Wearable Tech: 5 Healthcare Wins
Slideshows  |  7/28/2014
While most businesses still view wearable computers as little more than toys, healthcare has embraced them. Check out these interesting examples.
When Patients Fear EHR
Commentary  |  7/28/2014
When patients believe paper medical records are safer and more private than electronic ones, their health can suffer.
FAA Rules On Drones Vs. Model Aircraft Protested
News  |  7/28/2014
Proposed FAA dividing line between model aircraft and drones is too limiting to hobbyists, says the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Academy of Model Aeronautics.
How To Be An Office Hero: 3 Myths, Busted
Commentary  |  7/28/2014
You rely on a set of social assumptions to get ahead at work, but some of those assumptions don't match with science.
Senate Committee Seeks EHR Interoperability Investigation
News  |  7/26/2014
Bipartisan Senate Appropriations Committee wants an investigation into poor interoperability, possible "information blocking" in electronic health records.
Microsoft's Nadella: More Than Talk
Commentary  |  7/26/2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proves he can be a man of action with the biggest layoff in company history and other concrete steps to reshape Microsoft. Now what?
Google Moonshot Project: Healthy Bodies
News  |  7/26/2014
Google's Baseline Study aims to model the chemistry of a healthy human body -- and unlock new clues to curing disease.
Amazon's Bruising Week
News  |  7/26/2014
Second quarter financial struggles combined with poor reviews of the Fire Phone leave Amazon playing defense.
Fit Fido: 10 Apps To Keep Pets Healthy
Slideshows  |  7/25/2014
Pet owners can now choose from an array of apps and gadgets including doggy Fitbits, meal-tracking and training apps, and scheduling tools to care for critters.
Report: Oracle Patch Turns On $23,000 Upgrade
News  |  7/25/2014
Oracle is shipping its Database In-Memory feature with its latest patch, but the expensive option is reportedly turned on by default.
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