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Geekend: Best Cities For The Zombie Apocalypse
Commentary  |  10/31/2014
When the zombies come, where do you want to be? Happy Halloween from the Geekend.
Microsoft Band Wearable: 9 Key Issues
News  |  10/31/2014
Microsoft has packed its wearable Band with advanced sensors, cloud-powered health insights, and an affordable price. Is Microsoft ahead of the curve in this new mobile market?
HP Debuts Sprout Immersive PC, 3D Printer
News  |  10/30/2014
HP shows it can still innovate with a novel PC designed to scan physical objects and a printer designed to create physical objects.
8 Scariest Comments Your Boss Can Make
Slideshows  |  10/30/2014
"You're fired" is scary, but obvious. These eight terrifying phrases could blindside you.
Ad Clicks To Protest Online Tracking Surveillance?
News  |  10/29/2014
AdNauseam, an extension for the Firefox version of AdBlock Plus, clicks on blocked ads to throw bad data in path of online tracking.
iOS 8 Adoption Surpasses 50%
News  |  10/29/2014
Apple says more than half of iPhone and iPad users have adopted its newer operating system.
Is US Tech Policy Ready For A Zombie Apocalypse?
Commentary  |  10/29/2014
Current digital policies don't adequately cover dead people, much less zombies. As we approach Halloween, here are five digital policies that need updating.
CIO Vs. CMO: Can't We All Just Get Along?
News  |  10/29/2014
PwC chief technologist Chris Curran discusses how to turn infighting between IT and marketing into a productive partnership.
Dear Elon Musk: AI Demon Not Scariest
Commentary  |  10/29/2014
Elon Musk sees AI as a threat to our existence. I see more immediate problems.
Smartphone Personality Test: Can You Judge Me Now?
Slideshows  |  10/28/2014
Does your smartphone choice say you love sports cars, your mom's basement, or gardening? Listen up.
Amazon's Fire TV Stick Challenges Google Chromecast
News  |  10/27/2014
Amazon offers its latest streaming device for just $19 to Amazon Prime members for a two-day period.
Fitbit Takes On Apple With New Wearables
News  |  10/27/2014
Fitness device market leader preps a smartwatch and two new fitness trackers in a preemptive strike against challenger Apple.
IT Contracting: 5 Tips For Success
News  |  10/27/2014
Don't be "just" a contractor. A recruiter shares advice for becoming an indispensable asset to current -- and future -- employers.
8 Robots Making Waves
Slideshows  |  10/27/2014
From caretaker humanoids to bomb detection vehicles, robots continue to move well past vacuuming. Check out new robots roaming the recent RoboBusiness conference.
Cartoon: Email Avoidance
Commentary  |  10/27/2014
Dodging the boss's emails? Our cartoonist offers an excuse that might actually work.
Google Inbox Won't Fix CYA
Commentary  |  10/24/2014
Google Inbox: Because, if we use yet another tool, people won't BLANKET THE PLANET WITH CYA EMAIL.
Google Enhances Android Wear
News  |  10/24/2014
Google's first major update to its Android Wear platform helps devices rely less on smartphones.
3 Enterprise Security Tenets To Take Personally
Commentary  |  10/24/2014
Individuals need to become conscious advocates for their own security -- after all, no one cares about your data like you do.
Power To The Patient: How Hospitals Can Improve
Commentary  |  10/24/2014
A loved one's week in the hospital provides insight into ways hospitals can enhance the patient experience and cut costs. Here are seven suggestions.
Throwback Thursday: Kaypro II Stole My Heart
Commentary  |  10/23/2014
You never forget your first PC -- especially when it weighs 29 pounds and boasts a jaw-dropping 64 KB of RAM.
Magic Leap Lands Google Funds
News  |  10/21/2014
Virtual reality startup collects $542 million in first round of financing, plans to create images in the air similar to R2D2's projection of Princess Leia in Star Wars.
Wearables At Work: 7 Productivity Apps
Slideshows  |  10/21/2014
Wearables are great, but what good would Google Glass or the Galaxy Gear be without useful apps? Here's a sampling of the latest business apps for wearables.
10 Wacky Kickstarter Projects That Succeeded
Slideshows  |  10/20/2014
Crowdsourcing site Kickstarter famously made Pebble and Oculus Rift possible -- but check out Kickstarter's weirder side.
Cartoon: Hacked-Off Printer
Commentary  |  10/20/2014
Our cartoonist takes on opinionated peripherals.
This Week In 60 Seconds: Google Phones, Mobile Trading & More
Commentary  |  10/18/2014
Our one-minute video wrap-up looks at mobile trading, new Nexus smartphones, tablets from Google, and other hot stories.
Geekend: The Ethics Of Making Robots Like People
Commentary  |  10/17/2014
The pinnacle of artificial intelligence is to copy people, but is it ethical?
IT Is Slow? Not Our Fault
Commentary  |  10/17/2014
Everyone's telling IT to hurry up. Bah! Compared to other parts of the organization, IT is greased lightning.
10 Elegant Product Designs, Not By Apple
Slideshows  |  10/17/2014
Apple has made elegant design its calling card, but other companies can create gorgeous things, too.
11 Geekiest Halloween Costumes
Slideshows  |  10/17/2014
Halloween is about more than Jack O'Lanterns and trick-or-treaters. It's a perfect time to let your geek flag fly. Check out some of our favorite geeky costumes.
8 Germ Hotspots In The Office
Slideshows  |  10/16/2014
Cold and flu germs can lurk in unexpected places. Here are eight workplace hot zones to avoid.
10 Robots Changing The World
Slideshows  |  10/15/2014
Driverless cars are just the beginning. Take a look at the robots we will depend on for health, work, and entertainment.
9 Tech Companies As Ben & Jerry's Flavors
Commentary  |  10/15/2014
Get ready for Amazon Rainforest Crunch and IBM Big Blueberry Bonanza.
Survey: Consumers Don't Get IoT, But They Will
News  |  10/13/2014
The value of the "Internet of Things" is mostly lost on consumers. Here's how companies selling IoT and wearables can win them over.
Cartoon: Unstructured Data Fatigue
Commentary  |  10/13/2014
It's been a long hard day in the data mines.
Nadella Apologizes For Gender Pay Gaffe
News  |  10/10/2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella draws quick criticism for his response to a question about pay gaps between male and female employees.
Source Escrow, Meet Grumpy IT Guy
Commentary  |  10/10/2014
Today's gripe: The source code escrow service shake-down.
Geekend: How Idiots Fool Themselves & Us
Commentary  |  10/10/2014
How do know-nothing blowhards get promoted beyond their ability? By making us think they are smarter than they are.
Internet Of Things Devices: 4 Traits For Survival
Commentary  |  10/10/2014
Darwin's survival of the fittest, adapt-or-die principle applies to technology, too.
7 Cool Wearables For Pets
Slideshows  |  10/10/2014
New wearable devices let you track every second of your pet's life -- whether Fido and Fluffy like it or not. Is your best friend ready for FitBark?
10 Real Reasons Microsoft Skipped Windows 9
Commentary  |  10/9/2014
Many people are speculating why Microsoft skipped from Windows 8 to 10. Consider these colorful possibilities.
Print Your Own Touchscreen
News  |  10/7/2014
PrintScreen enables anyone to design and print ultra-thin touch-screens for mobile, wearable, and ubiquitous computing applications.
The Ultimate Wearable? It's 'Invisible'
News  |  10/7/2014
Wearables and other digital devices should be heard and not seen, says product design consultant Stuart Karten.
CIOs Face Digital Leadership Problem: Gartner
News  |  10/7/2014
Though almost half of CIOs see themselves as digital leaders, few CEOs agree, Gartner research shows.
Techies In Advertising: Hits & Misses
Slideshows  |  10/7/2014
Advertising didn't always treat IT professionals with much respect, but that's changing. Hapless techies are out; superhero product placements are in.
Microsoft Workforce Grows More Diverse
News  |  10/6/2014
Microsoft employs more women and minorities than ever, but other large tech companies still have more women in senior positions.
A Drone To Watch Over Me
News  |  10/6/2014
The Nixie wearable drone aims to turn selfies to stalkies.
Digital Business Side Effect: Income Disparity
News  |  10/6/2014
At Gartner Symposium, MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson praises tech advancements such as self-driving cars, but says the real challenge is to make the digital economy translate into wider prosperity.
Getting Results: It's All About The Wins
Commentary  |  10/6/2014
IT pros often conflate "busy" with "effective." No one cares if you worked 60 hours last week -- they care what you accomplished.
Windows 10, OS X, Lies, Damn Lies & Version Numbers
Commentary  |  10/6/2014
Software versioning is supposed to be a logical system. Problem is, there's precious little logic left in how Microsoft, Apple, and other vendors number their software.
Cartoon: Windows Minecraft Edition
News  |  10/6/2014
Our cartoonist discloses the truth behind Microsoft's acquisition of Minecraft developer Mojang.
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