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Google's Nexus 6P, 5X Smartphones Face Uphill Battle
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, only available online, are best left to enthusiasts who want a pure Google experience.
Linux Foundation: Open Source Code Worth $5B
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
In an effort to place a more definitive financial value on open source code, the Linux Foundation has released a report that estimates the development costs of its Collaborative Projects.
Tesla Model X Electric SUV Sports Falcon Wing Doors
News  |  9/30/2015  | 
After a long period of development, Tesla is finally ready to show the world its latest electric vehicle, the Model X SUV.
Microsoft NYC Flagship Opens Oct. 26
News  |  9/30/2015  | 
Microsoft announces grand opening dates for its first New York City flagship store and first international flagship location in Sydney.
Apple's Tim Cook Dishes On Microsoft, Enterprise Sales
News  |  9/30/2015  | 
In a chat with Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie, Tim Cook discussed Apple's enterprise push and business partnerships.
Microsoft Azure: More Mature Cloud Platform
News  |  9/30/2015  | 
With Azure, Microsoft stakes claim against Amazon and Google, touting its ability to serve as a more muscular cloud partner for the enterprise data center.
ICD-10: The Big Healthcare IT Change You Didn't Expect
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
Updated medical classifications for billing purposes could cause problems for insurers, and may end up jacking up healthcare costs.
Google, NASA Bet On Quantum Computing
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
Organizations such as NASA and Google continue to invest in quantum computing even while questions are asked about whether it exists. Can a company called D-Wave deliver?
Microsoft Alters Financial Reporting Structure
News  |  9/30/2015  | 
Microsoft plans to report financial results in three business segments starting during the first quarter of its financial 2016.
IBM Wants To Bring More IT To Big Data
News  |  9/30/2015  | 
With its new emphasis on cloud and analytics, IBM doesn't have time to wait around for data scientists to get their PhDs. Now Big Blue wants to train more IT pros to analyze big data.
iPhone 6s Plus Hands-On: 10 Best Features
Slideshows  |  9/30/2015  | 
Apple's new iPhone 6s Plus is more than a simple update to last year's phablet. Here's our hands-on look at the smartphone's strongest offerings.
Google Nexus Phones Run Android Marshmallow
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
Android 6.0 will be making an appearance on two new Nexus phones and a Pixel tablet.
IBM Buys Meteorix, Bolsters Cloud Service Offerings
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
With its acquisition of Workday consultant Meteorix, IBM bolsters both its IT services and cloud services portfolios.
NASA Discovers 'Flowing' Water on Mars
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
David Bowie's famous question -- "Is there life on Mars?" -- remains unanswered, but NASA says it has found the key to life flowing across the planet's surface.
Microsoft's Adxstudio Acquisition Targets Dynamics CRM
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
The purchase of Adxstudio aims to improve online self-service tools for Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers.
GE: IoT Makes Power Plants $50M More Valuable
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
GE preps general availability of its Predix analytics platform, says managing utility output with Internet of Things data will increase an electric plant's value by $50 million over its lifespan.
Blue Cross CIO: Big Data Can Fix Healthcare Quality, Costs
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
The Axis big data initiative at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association incorporates more than $350 billion in annual claims, 36 million provider records, and more than 700,000 BCBS patient reviews, all with the goal of helping healthcare consumers make informed decisions. BCBSA CIO Doug Porter takes us through the project.
DeepSQL: Containerized Database With New Performance Levels
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
Deep Information Sciences has put its high-performance version of MySQL in a Docker container for flexibility and mobility.
Microsoft's Azure IoT Suite Is Now Available
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
Azure users now have the option of joining the Internet of Things and collecting and analyzing their machine data with Microsoft's IoT Suite.
SnapLogic Update Adds Spark, Apache Cassandra Connectors
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
Elastic Integration Platform update aims to trim processing overhead in big data systems making greater use of Hadoop.
MapR Drafts JSON To Work With Hadoop
News  |  9/29/2015  | 
Adding JSON to MapR-DB bolsters the trend of moving Hadoop from ETL to real-time analytics. This means vendors are placing their products and services one step ahead of what their enterprise customers.
8 Epic Software Fails: From Volkswagen To IRS
Slideshows  |  9/29/2015  | 
While Volkswagen's recent software scandal raises serious ethical concerns, it's certainly not the only remarkable software failure this year. Here's a rundown of what can happen when good software goes bad. As we head into fourth quarter 2015, we can't help but wonder what's next.
'Netflix And Chill' Button Shows What's Wrong With IoT
Commentary  |  9/28/2015  | 
Netflix's slightly tongue-in-cheek invention shows that the Internet of Things is way too complicated for consumers.
Where Cars Fit In The Future
News  |  9/28/2015  | 
Cities are crowded, and in the years ahead, the transportation industry will have to adapt as more markets have less room for private cars.
Microsoft Explains Windows 10 Privacy Policies
News  |  9/28/2015  | 
In response to the uproar over privacy concerns, Microsoft executives are clarifying how information is collected and used in Windows 10.
Comic: Playing In The Sandbox
Commentary  |  9/28/2015  | 
Increased use of sandboxes as a security measure may force more users to put on sunscreen at work.
Microsoft Azure Data Lake Offers Enhanced Analytics Tools
News  |  9/28/2015  | 
An expansion of Microsoft's Azure Data Lake will include a new analytics service, and it will be ready for public preview by the end of the year.
Mark Zuckerberg Pledges Universal Internet Access With Caveats
Commentary  |  9/28/2015  | 
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to deliver universal Internet access by 2020, but one of the biggest beneficiaries of that is his own social media site.
Can Data Algebra Make Big Data Faster And Cheaper?
Commentary  |  9/28/2015  | 
Data algebra is a new approach for managing, integrating, and searching data faster and more efficiently. Here's why developers and IT departments may want to consider adding it to their toolsets.
13 Million iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus Smartphones Sold This Weekend
Commentary  |  9/28/2015  | 
Apple smashed through last year's record-setting sales figure by 30% as consumers snapped up the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in a buying frenzy.
Sprint Will Sit Out FCC Spectrum Auction In 2016
News  |  9/28/2015  | 
Sprint will not participate in a new auction for bandwidth in the US. Instead, it's taking T-Mobile head-on with an alluring iPhone 6s deal.
Amazon Robotics: IoT In The Warehouse
News  |  9/28/2015  | 
The real magic of robots and the Internet of Things is happening right now at Amazon's vast fulfillment warehouses in the US. See what it's all about, and learn how simple robotics can transform your organization's logistical needs.
Cloudera Boosts Hadoop Portfolio With Security, Data Update Offerings
News  |  9/28/2015  | 
Cloudera is filling the gaps in its Hadoop portfolio with two new products. RecordService provides security management across multiple Hadoop data access apps, while Kudu combines fast analytics and data updates, slims workloads.
10 iPhone Healthcare, Fitness Apps That Actually Work
Slideshows  |  9/28/2015  | 
Some health apps for the iPhone are beneficial and others merely for fun. How to tell them apart and choose apps that will work for you.
iOS 9: 10 More Hidden Features To Explore
Slideshows  |  9/27/2015  | 
Apple fortified iOS 9 with so many features, we're still discovering them. Here are 10 more tricks for iPhone and iPad users.
iPhone 6s Vs. BlackBerry Priv: Comparing Intangibles
Commentary  |  9/27/2015  | 
Once upon a time, Apple unseated BlackBerry as king of the smartphones. Could BlackBerry return the favor by switching to Android? Check out a surprisingly close battle that comes down to intangibles.
NASA's New Horizon Reveals Pluto's Snakeskin Surface
News  |  9/27/2015  | 
The New Horizons mission to Pluto continues to amaze, as new images reveal a complex system of geography and chemical composition.
Volkswagen's New CEO Brings Software Know-How
News  |  9/26/2015  | 
Taking over from Martin Winterkorn, former Porsche chairman Matthias Muller will try to regain customer trust for Volkswagen in the wake of its emissions cheating scandal. Holding a master's degree in computer science, Muller brings a familiarity with software that may help the automaker emerge from its crisis.
iPhone 6s: My Painless Experience At The Apple Store
Commentary  |  9/26/2015  | 
Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus reached stores Sept. 25, but not as many people lined up to buy them as in previous launches.
iOS 9 Lacks App-Slicing Technology For Now
Commentary  |  9/26/2015  | 
Apple promised that iOS 9 would offer App Thinning to trim down memory use in iPhones and other devices. However, some key app-slicing pieces are missing.
Office 2016 Release, Windows 10 In China: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  9/26/2015  | 
The week of Microsoft's Office 2016 launch brought several updates regarding the company's plan to bring Windows 10 to China in order to grow its presence there.
FTC Android Antitrust Inquiry Under Consideration
News  |  9/25/2015  | 
Google's Android, already under review for potentially being anticompetitive in several countries, could face further scrutiny in the US.
North America Is Out Of IPv4 Addresses: What's Next?
Commentary  |  9/25/2015  | 
It's official: ARIN finds that North America no longer has any IPv4 address available. With IoT and mobile creating more demand, what's next?
BlackBerry Priv Will Be Company's First Android Smartphone
News  |  9/25/2015  | 
Amid more losses, BlackBerry officially confirmed rumors that it's working on an Android-based smartphone. The Priv will be released later this year.
Big Data Ethics: 8 Key Facts To Ponder
Slideshows  |  9/25/2015  | 
There's a lot of gray area when it comes to the ethical collection, use, and analysis of data. Consider these 8 issues organizations should ponder when assessing their data use practices.
Brain-To-Brain Interface: A Bold First Step
News  |  9/25/2015  | 
Two experiments in reading and translating brainwaves have allowed researchers to help an injured man walk, and enabled others to read minds from over a mile away.
Google Contributor: An Ad-Blocking Alternative
News  |  9/25/2015  | 
For a few dollars per month, you can see fewer ads online while supporting legitimate publishers.
WAN Redesign Sparks New IT Ideas For Esselte Group
Commentary  |  9/25/2015  | 
What started as a project to improve Esselte Group's WAN has led the company's IT leadership to start thinking about how to redesign its IT infrastructure. The project earned the company a spot in the 2015 InformationWeek Elite 100.
12 Hottest Video Games For 4Q 2015
Slideshows  |  9/25/2015  | 
The most wonderful time of the year for video game fans is from now until December. Check out our list of the best games slated for release this fall and winter (plus a bonus title to look forward to in early 2016).
Microsoft, Baidu Deal Drives Windows 10 Adoption
News  |  9/24/2015  | 
Microsoft announces a partnership with China's Baidu to broaden Windows 10 adoption in the world's most populated country.
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