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Algorithms: Turning Data Into Products
News  |  12/31/2015
Everybody talks about algorithms, but do you know what they are? We take a closer look at the origins of the word algorithm, what it means for business today, and how companies such as Google and Airbnb use them.
E6B Computer: Celebrating 75 Years Of Flight
Commentary  |  12/30/2015
The E6B flight computer was introduced to the US Army in 1940. Few devices have been around this long, have had cameo appearances in Star Trek, and remain in use today. We think that's worth celebrating.
10 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2016
Slideshows  |  12/30/2015
Google slipped off its perch as the No. 1 place to work on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list, unseated by an Internet travel company. Here's a look at 10 top tech companies where you may want to hang your hat in the new year.
CES 2016: 5 Trends To Watch
News  |  12/29/2015
The new year starts with a bang thanks to CES, which gets underway Jan. 5. Here are some trends we expect to see at the show.
Fitbit App Dominates iOS Downloads
News  |  12/29/2015
If downloads of the Fitbit mobile app are any indication, lots of people received a fitness tracker this holiday season. The Fitbit app hit No. 1 in Apple's app store on Dec. 25 and has remained in the top spot ever since.
Comcast Rolls Out DOCSIS 3.1 Network In Philly
Commentary  |  12/28/2015
Philadelphia is expected to benefit from Comcast's new DOCSIS 3.1 network, which can theoretically offer Internet upload speeds of 1Gbps.
Google In 2016: 11 Predictions
Commentary  |  12/28/2015
Will Google prevail in its legal battles over Android and its search business? Will it thrive under Alphabet? Here are our predictions for Google in 2016.
Comic: New Year's Resolutions
Commentary  |  12/28/2015
Making a resolution in the New Year to improve your career makes sense. This one, not so much.
10 New Year's Resolutions For IT Pros
Commentary  |  12/27/2015
It's time again for New Year's resolutions. Here are 10 ideas for how you can live a happier life and have a better career in the coming year.
Oracle Acquires StackEngine, Couchbase Updates Server: Big Data Roundup
News  |  12/27/2015
This week, we've got an Oracle acquisition, an update from Couchbase, insight into how CFOs view analytics, and data-driven advice on when it's best to say "Merry Christmas" rather than "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings."
12 ICD-10 Codes For Christmas
Slideshows  |  12/25/2015
If you work in healthcare IT, you're likely all too familiar with the plethora of codes introduced by ICD-10. And, most of the time, we're betting that you find dealing with them to be no laughing matter. Today, we want to change all that. Here are 12 holiday-inspired codes that might have you laughing until the New Year.
Best Raspberry Pi, Arduino DIY Projects For Your Holiday Downtime
Slideshows  |  12/25/2015
Looking for an escape from egg nog this holiday season? Here are 10 tech projects based on either Raspberry Pi or Arduino to keep you busy, happy, and geeky through the New Year.
NORAD Santa Tracker Delivers On Facebook, Twitter, Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  12/24/2015
InformationWeek spoke with Canadian Royal Navy Lieutenant Marco Chouinard of the NORAD Tracks Santa team to get more information on how the organization pulls off the demanding tasks of keeping up with the jolly old elf and sharing his up-to-the-minute status on social media. Here's what we learned.
Hiring, Budget Concerns Top Of Mind For IT Leaders In 2016
Slideshows  |  12/24/2015
An annual survey of IT leaders, including CIOs, vice presidents, directors, and hiring managers, reveals some of the biggest trends and challenges they expect to face in 2016.
8 iPhone Apps To Make Your Holiday Memories Shine
Slideshows  |  12/24/2015
InformationWeek picks eight different iPhone apps to help you take pictures and create stellar holiday memories. The best part is that most are free.
SpaceX Rocket Landing: Dawn Of New Space Age?
News  |  12/23/2015
This week, SpaceX founder Elon Musk achieved part of his goal of bringing spaceflight a little closer to home with the successful landing of the Falcon 9 rocket. Are we nearing the dawn of a new space age?
Apple Reportedly Prepping High-Res Audio For iPhones, iPads
Commentary  |  12/22/2015
Apple may bring higher-quality music streaming to iPhone and iPad owners next year, according to reports. But details are still scant.
Google, Ford Partnering On Self-Driving Vehicles, Report Claims
News  |  12/22/2015
A Yahoo Autos report claims that Google and Ford are about to team up to make self-driving vehicles a bigger presence on American highways.
3 Reasons To Step Up Your Tech Job Hunt Over The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/22/2015
Despite all the lavish parties and generous vacation time given at many tech companies this time of year, surprisingly, there are hiring managers who like to review resumes over the holidays, according to one recruiting expert.
Why It's Time To Say Goodbye To IT
Commentary  |  12/22/2015
A modest proposal for eliminating IT and making something better.
9 iPhone Apps To Help You Survive The Holidays
Slideshows  |  12/22/2015
Are you stretched too thin from juggling so many holiday plans and responsibilities that you need some help? There's an app for that. Here's our list of free or cheap apps from Apple's App Store to help you survive the holidays.
Comic: The Ghost Of CIO Future
Commentary  |  12/21/2015
As CIOs lose control of the budget to the business, the future looks more frightening if it goes unaltered.
10 Hot Tech Toys For The Holidays
Slideshows  |  12/21/2015
Scrambling to get last-minute gifts for the kids on your list? The Toy Industry Association recently announced its list of finalists for its upcoming 2016 Toy of the Year Awards. The categories E-Connected Toy of the Year and Innovative Toy of the Year are two worth watching when filling out your list.
Techsmith Loop: Enterprise Video Coaching
Commentary  |  12/18/2015
Techsmith Loop brings video coaching to enterprise process improvement.
7 Tech Gifts For Pet Lovers
Slideshows  |  12/18/2015
Because fur and circuits belong together.
California Releases Draft Regulations For Self-Driving Vehicles
News  |  12/17/2015
California's Department of Motor Vehicles has released draft regulations that will establish the guidelines for public use of self-driving vehicles on the Golden State's roads.
Comic: Hacking Santa
Commentary  |  12/17/2015
Santa's datacenter is the most secure in the world.
User Groups Matter To Vendors: Here's Why
Commentary  |  12/17/2015
InformationWeek recently interviewed three vendor executives who spend their professional lives building and sustaining business-oriented user groups. Here's what we learned about this symbiotic relationship.
Geek Gift Guide For The Holidays
Slideshows  |  12/17/2015
Here's a look at 10 great presents any geek would be glad to get for the holidays.
Ford Will Start Testing Its Self-Driving Car In 2016
News  |  12/16/2015
Following an announcement about its $4.5 billion investment in electric vehicles, Ford is also moving forward with self-driving car tests. Its driverless Fusion vehicle will start cruising California streets in 2016.
Universities Expand Curriculum To Meet Data Scientist Demand
News  |  12/16/2015
Technological advances and market forces are driving demand for data scientists, and universities are stepping up to fill the need by expanding their curriculums. Here's a closer look at some of the programs.
7 Tech Causes Worth Supporting
Slideshows  |  12/16/2015
It's better to give than receive, particularly when your gift supports a worthy cause. Here's a look at seven tech-focused charities and nonprofits that fit the bill.
11 Things Computer Users Will Never Experience Again
Slideshows  |  12/15/2015
Once upon a time, microcomputers weren't all-in-one devices. They were put together from standalone components, each with its technical merits -- and we had to know all about every one of them.
8 Hot Wearable Devices To Get You Healthy In 2016
Slideshows  |  12/14/2015
Now that the Thanksgiving food coma has faded, the winter holidays, along with the associated parties and feasts, are upon us. That makes the task of staying fit and healthy a bit daunting. But there is some high-tech help available. Here are eight wearables designed to help you jump-start your New Year's resolution.
NASA's 10 Best Images Of 2015
Slideshows  |  12/13/2015
The year 2015 might go down as one of the best for NASA in terms of bringing the world exciting images from across the solar system. From our neighbor Mars to the outer reaches of Pluto, here are the 10 best pictures from NASA this year.
Microsoft, NASA Send HoloLens Into Space
News  |  12/12/2015
Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko, two astronauts working on the International Space Station, explain how they use Microsoft's HoloLens in space.
Millennials Want More IT Support Than Boomers, Study Finds
News  |  12/11/2015
Millennials are predicting greater reliance on IT support in 2016, surpassing the expectations of the Baby Boomer generation, according to a new CompTIA report.
10 Star Wars Gifts To Geek Out Over
Slideshows  |  12/11/2015
With the reboot of the Star Wars franchise right around the corner, and the holiday shopping season in full swing, what better way to make the geek in your life feel special than with a gift of Han Solo carbonate fringe or Stormtrooper oven mitts.
Walmart Jumps Into Crowded Mobile Payment Market
News  |  12/10/2015
Walmart Pay debuts this month, joining the already-crowded mobile payment ranks that include Android Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and many others.
Samsung Galaxy View Review: A Big Tablet With Big Problems
Slideshows  |  12/10/2015
Samsung's humongous tablet is best used as an alternative to small TVs, but even then it's a dubious purchase. Here is a hands-on review of the device.
Google Fiber Could Be Headed To Chicago, Los Angeles
News  |  12/9/2015
Google continues the ambitious expansion of its high-speed Internet service -- Google Fiber -- by inviting Chicago and Los Angeles to apply.
CyArk Races Disaster To Scan Treasures
Commentary  |  12/9/2015
CyArk is on a mission to preserve detailed 3-D scans of every site on the Unesco World Heritage Site list. It's a race against disasters, both natural and man-made.
5 Ways To Lose Your Best IT Talent
Commentary  |  12/9/2015
Knowing what drives away your best IT workers offers clues about how to retain them.
Google's Pixel C: Hands-On Review
Slideshows  |  12/9/2015
The first Google-made Android tablet lets you leave your laptop at home, though you may still miss it.
Comic: Bad Holiday Gift Ideas
Commentary  |  12/7/2015
One gift that will not be making any holiday shopping guides this year.
9 Tech Gadgets You Wish You Could Afford
Slideshows  |  12/7/2015
At first, you'll say, "Who needs to spend that kind of money on this kind of gadget?" Then you'll say, "I want that!" Here's a look at nine items that fit that bill.
10 Linux Distros Perfect For Holiday Gift-Giving
Slideshows  |  12/6/2015
This holiday season, why not give the gift of Linux? It's fun, practical, and free. Here are 10 Linux distros perfect for nearly everyone on your list.
Porsche Joins Electric Car Race With Mission E Project
News  |  12/5/2015
Porsche, the iconic sports car manufacturer, is going electric with Mission E, which will put the first all electric Porsche on the road by the end of the decade.
8 Apps, Gadgets To Keep IT Pros Awake On The Job
Slideshows  |  12/4/2015
Working nights? Pulling long shifts? Stretched too thin during the holidays? Here's a list of apps and gadgets to make sure you don't fall asleep on the job.
Ford SYNC Update Brings Siri Eyes-Free To 5 Million Drivers
News  |  12/3/2015
An update to the Ford's SYNC platform will give 5 million drivers access to Siri Eye-Free, which will let them make phone calls and ask for directions.
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