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iPhone 7 Models May Start With 32GB Of Storage
Commentary  |  5/31/2016
The iPhone 7 might introduce a new starting point for built-in storage while also improving RAM, according to a report.
Cellphone-Cancer Link Revealed In Government Study
News  |  5/30/2016
Research overseen by the National Toxicology Program found a slightly elevated risk of cancer in male rats exposed to CDMA and GSM signals from cellphones.
GrabCAD's Print Cloud Speeds Up 3D Printing
News  |  5/30/2016
GrabCAD Print takes the GitHub concept of a processing and sharing hub that can deal with many different file formats and applies it to the 3D-printing process. The goal is to make prototyping faster and less convoluted.
Tech Jobs For Vets: Mobilizing The Movement
News  |  5/30/2016
Earlier this month, Congress heard proposals to increase tech training and jobs for vets, transitioning service members, and military spouses.
Adventures In Pair Programming
Commentary  |  5/30/2016
Phil Horowitz, senior software engineer at Perforce Software, shares his experiences with pair programming. Proponents of the practice say it's a good way to improve code ownership, insure continuous code review, increase productivity, and reduce distractions. Here's what the Perforce crew found out after being locked in a room with coworkers for the better part of a year.
9 Raspberry Pi Projects For Your Summer Vacation
Slideshows  |  5/30/2016
The right Raspberry Pi project can make the summer fun and educational. Here are nine possibilities that fit the bill.
10 Fun Gadgets You Can Use All Summer
Slideshows  |  5/29/2016
Summer is a time to disconnect, but that doesn't mean you have to put all gadgets aside. Here are 10 gizmos to help you beat the heat and have fun.
Apple TV: Revamped Version May Be Echo Competitor
Commentary  |  5/27/2016
Rather than build a brand new device to compete with the Amazon Echo, Apple is working to improve the capabilities of its Apple TV product, according to a new report.
Intel Acquires IoT, Autonomous Vehicle Specialist Itseez
News  |  5/27/2016
Intel, which recently announced that it would focus more on the Internet of Things and cloud computing, is acquiring Itseez, which specializes in IoT and self-driving vehicle technology.
11 Books To Help CIOs Become Better Leaders
Slideshows  |  5/27/2016
CIOs are expected to be experts in tech as well as business while leading diverse and complicated intiatives and teams. But they don't have to go it alone. Here are 11 books to help CIOs -- and aspiring CIOs -- get better at many of the critical facets of their complex jobs.
Microsoft Seals Nokia's Fate, Cuts 1,850 Jobs
News  |  5/25/2016
Microsoft is slashing up to 1,850 jobs, mostly in Nokia's home country of Finland, and taking on a $950 million restructuring charge as it streamlines its phone business.
Apple May Open Up Siri, Make Echo-Like Speaker
Commentary  |  5/25/2016
Apple is reportedly preparing its response to the Amazon Echo by opening up Siri to developers and forging a home-based speaker of its own.
VW Invests $300 Million In Gett, Toyota Partners With Uber
News  |  5/25/2016
Interest in ride-sharing specialists continues to grow as auto industry giants Toyota and Volkswagen announce strategic partnerships to grow the industry. Uber and Gett, a smaller ride-sharing company, are the beneficiaries of these new investments.
Facebook Revamps Trending Topics Following Bias Allegations
News  |  5/25/2016
After allegations surfaced that its curators engaged in bias when populating the Trending Topics feature, Facebook launched an investigation that found no evidence of political favoritism. Still, changes are coming.
ISS Milestone: 10 Images From 100,000 Orbits
Slideshows  |  5/25/2016
The International Space Station, which has been continuously occupied for more than 15 years, recently celebrated its 100,000th orbit around the Earth. Here's a look back at the history of the ISS in pictures to help mark this milestone.
Microsoft Expands Global Connectivity With Local Startups
News  |  5/24/2016
Microsoft is partnering with 12 business around the world to broaden access to Internet and cloud-based services.
iPhone 7 Could Have OLED Display
News  |  5/24/2016
Apple watchers can add "OLED display" to the list of features we're expecting in the iPhone 7, as hinted by the CEO of Applied Materials.
10 Tips For Hiring Top Tech Grads
Slideshows  |  5/24/2016
Graduation time at colleges and universities across the nation yields a fresh crop of potential IT pros. But competition is fierce for top tech talent. Here are 10 tips from a recruiting expert on how to identify rising stars and seal the deal when hiring the best in class among recent grads.
Robots: Not The Job Stealers We Feared
News  |  5/23/2016
Automation and digitalization are unlikely to wipe out as many jobs as once feared, but significant changes will arise, finds a new report.
10 Best US Cities For Tech Jobs In 2016
Slideshows  |  5/22/2016
Glassdoor recently released its report on the best cities for jobs in 2016 based on factors including cost of living, job satisfaction, and work-life balance. Which of these cities on its list are best for IT pros? We take a look.
Apple Store Turns 15, Gets Retail Revamp
News  |  5/21/2016
This week marked the 15th anniversary of the first Apple Store opening. We take a look at the history of Apple's retail strategy and where it's headed.
Google I/O 2016: 5 Hot Takeaways
Commentary  |  5/21/2016
At this week's Google I/O annual developer conference the company revealed dramatic products that will push the boundaries of technology further into what was previously the realm of science fiction.
Google's Virtual Reality Vision Comes Into Focus
Commentary  |  5/20/2016
Google makes several announcements, including its mobile virtual reality platform Daydream, that reveal its long-term strategy to bring VR to the masses.
10 Great Tech Gifts For Grads
Slideshows  |  5/20/2016
The class of 2016 is moving on to higher education or into the working world. Which new gadgets do they want or need for the big transition? Here are some gift ideas for the new grad in your life.
LinkedIn Hack: Why Breach Is A Wake-Up Call For Users
News  |  5/19/2016
The 2012 LinkedIn security breach is far worse than previously reported. Now reports say that hackers are trying to sell information for more than 117 million accounts, which should have people who use the same password on multiple sites worried.
Acura Testing New Self-Driving Vehicle For 2020 Release
News  |  5/19/2016
Acura, the luxury division of Honda, has started testing a hybrid sedan named the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which offers self-driving capabilities. The company is gearing up to release a version of it by 2020.
Welcome To Our Digital Future
Commentary  |  5/18/2016
Digital transformation is disrupting enterprise IT. David Guzman, CIO of H.D. Smith, has ideas on how to survive and succeed through the disruption.
Apple OS Updates Fix Bugs, Brick Some iPads
Commentary  |  5/17/2016
Apple released new versions of its iPhone, Watch, TV, and Mac operating systems this week, but not all of the updates went smoothly for some users.
Google's Waze Enters Uber Territory With Ridesharing Trial
News  |  5/17/2016
Bay Area residents will soon have a new ride-sharing option when social navigation app Wave introduces its Rider carpool service. Waze is owned by Google, which is looking to go head-to-head with services from Uber and Lyft.
Google's Spaces Launch: Simplify Small-Group Sharing
News  |  5/17/2016
In its latest attempt to become more relevant as a social networking provider, Google launches Spaces, an app for sharing among small groups.
9 Free Online Courses To Pump Up Your Big Data, Analytics Skills
Slideshows  |  5/17/2016
Do you really need to go back to school and get another degree in order to establish yourself in a career as a data scientist? Maybe not. These nine free online courses can help you explore a range of topics, including Python, R, AI, machine learning, and Hadoop, before you commit to more advanced learning.
Fitbit Rules Wearables, Apple Dominates Smartwatches: IDC
Commentary  |  5/16/2016
The first quarter saw wearable shipments increase across the board, but there's now a clear division between devices like the Apple Watch and Fitbit Flex, according to IDC.
Google Ending Automatic Chrome Support For Flash
News  |  5/16/2016
Google's Chrome browser will begin to display HTML5 video and animation, when they're available, on all but 10 websites starting in the fourth quarter of this year. It's another serious blow to the Adobe Flash platform.
10 Must-Read Books For All Programmers
Slideshows  |  5/15/2016
The road from newbie to professional developer can be long and bumpy. Here are 10 books (plus a few more) that can help guide you on the journey to success.
Google Hiring Driverless Car Testers In Arizona
News  |  5/14/2016
Google is seeking drivers to test its driverless cars in Arizona. If you meet the requirements, you can earn $20 per hour to sit behind the wheel.
Facebook Investigating Trending Topics Censorship Controversy
News  |  5/14/2016
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launches a probe into allegations that the social media giant excluded conservative news stories from its Trending Topics section.
Apple's $1 Billion Didi Investment: Precursor To Project Titan?
Commentary  |  5/13/2016
Apple plans to invest $1 billion in a Didi, a Chinese ride-hailing business. The move could be the first in a series of major changes at Apple, and a precursor to the company's much-rumored electric car, called Project Titan.
BMW Plans Electric, Self-Driving Car For 2021
News  |  5/13/2016
The race to market for electric, self-driving vehicles accelerates with BMW's plans to bring an autonomous car to market in 2021. The i NEXT will face competition from Tesla, Google, Porsche, and many others.
10 iPhone, Android Apps For Your Summer Travels
Slideshows  |  5/13/2016
Prime vacation season is right around the corner. Use these 10 mobile apps to plan your trip, prepare for departure, and navigate new places with less hassle.
Google 'Chirp' Aims To Silence Amazon Echo, Report Says
Commentary  |  5/12/2016
Google is preparing a competitor to Amazon's Echo, reportedly called "Chirp," which will put voice-activated Google search into a device that's similar to Google's OnHub WiFi hotspot.
Opera Claims Power-Saving Mode Improves Battery Life
News  |  5/12/2016
Opera has made some under-the-hood enhancements to its Web browser to help extend laptop battery life. Other new features focus on security, privacy, and efficiency.
8 Non-Tech Skills IT Pros Need To Succeed
Slideshows  |  5/12/2016
Communication and active listening don't normally come to mind when thinking of top skills for IT pros, but these "soft skills" can make a tremendous difference in building a successful career.
Amazon Alexa Now Tracks Flights, Plans Trips
Commentary  |  5/11/2016
The Kayak travel search engine is now accessible on Amazon's Alexa to let users search for and track flights.
Nvidia Car Learns To Drive By Watching Humans
News  |  5/11/2016
With a convolutional neural network, Nvidia researchers have trained a car to drive using video captured during road trips taken by people.
Top 10 Highest Paying Tech Companies
Slideshows  |  5/11/2016
Looking to work for a tech company that offers a lucrative salary? Here's a cheat sheet based on Glassdoor's list of the highest paying US tech companies in 2016.
Opera VPN For iOS: Access Blocked Sites With iPhones, iPads
Commentary  |  5/9/2016
Opera Software just handed people the key to unlock Facebook, YouTube, and other sites their organizations' networks may be blocking.
The End Of IT: More Questions, Some Answers
Commentary  |  5/9/2016
Jonathan Feldman, CIO of the City of Asheville, N.C., responds to some of the many questions elicited by his earlier column "Why It's Time To Say Goodbye To IT."
Facebook Facial Tagging Biometric Lawsuit Moves Forward
News  |  5/7/2016
A federal district court denies Facebook's request to dismiss a case that alleges that the social media giant violated Illinois biometric privacy laws with its photo-tagging feature.
Gogo's Faster WiFi Aims To Improve In-Flight Internet Access
Commentary  |  5/6/2016
Gogo is deploying its 2Ku satellite-based in-flight WiFi service on select airlines to provide passengers with a faster browsing experience while in the air.
GM, Lyft Partnering On Self-Driving Taxis
News  |  5/6/2016
In a new deal reported in the Wall Street Journal, Lyft users could have the option of hailing an autonomous Chevy Bolt by the end of the year.
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