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Amazon Echo Can Now Pay Your Mortgage
Commentary  |  7/30/2016
Capital One has expanded the number of actions account holders can take through the Amazon Echo.
Apple's Project Titan Focuses On Autonomous Driving Software
News  |  7/29/2016
Apple is bulking up its and sharpening the focus of its Project Titan team with the hiring of Dan Dodge, the former head of BlackBerry's automotive software division.
8 Hot Gadgets Every Geek Needs For Summer Vacation
Slideshows  |  7/29/2016
If you're looking to beat the heat, embark on a foreign adventure, or explore your own backyard, here are some gadgets that will help you make the most of your journey.
Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook Discuss STEM Funding, Immigration Reform
News  |  7/28/2016
During the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel in Philadelphia, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft representatives issued another call to action for increased STEM funding and for revisions to the nation's immigration policy.
1 Billion iPhones Sold: A Look Back
Commentary  |  7/28/2016
Apple says iPhone sales have surpassed 1 billion, a major milestone for any product.
Ford, MIT Testing Pedestrian-Conscious Electric Shuttles
News  |  7/28/2016
The partnership between Ford and students at MIT represents another step in electric vehicle technology and the use of autonomous vehicle technology to make roads safer for pedestrians.
10 Hiring Challenges Confronting CIOs
Slideshows  |  7/28/2016
CIOs are seeing the highest level of skills shortage since the Great Recession of 2008-09 and other hiring issues, according to the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. Find out where these challenges exist and to what extent.
Tim Cook Talks Apple's AR Future, Pokémon Go
News  |  7/27/2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals the depth of the iPhone maker's interest in augmented reality and where he thinks the platform is going.
Tesla Unveils Gigafactory As Production Ramps Up
News  |  7/27/2016
The partial opening of Tesla's Gigafactory will give the electric car manufacturer the ability to make the majority of components under one roof, including lithium ion batteries.
BlackBerry DTEK50 Android Smartphone Images Leaked
Commentary  |  7/26/2016
BlackBerry's next Android device is no BlackBerry, it's a re-badged as the Alcatel Idol 4.
Apple Taps Bob Mansfield To Lead Project Titan
News  |  7/26/2016
Bob Mansfield, the veteran Apple hardware engineer, is returning to Apple to lead Project Titan, widely believed to be the company's self-driving electric vehicle initiative.
Google Maps Gains WiFi-Only Mode, Transit Alerts
Commentary  |  7/25/2016
People will soon be able to put Google Maps into WiFi mode in order to cut down on cellular data use.
Ford's SYNC 3 Brings Android Auto, CarPlay To All Models
News  |  7/25/2016
Ford is making the SYNC 3 platform available on all of its 2017 model-year vehicles, with a host of popular applications on tap. It's also a huge opportunity for Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay platforms.
Can 3D-Printed Fingers Help Police Solve A Murder?
News  |  7/23/2016
Michigan police are working with university researchers to re-create a dead man's fingers. The goal is to use the digits to unlock his smartphone and uncover information that may help catch his killer.
Facebook's Aquila Internet Drone Completes First Flight
News  |  7/22/2016
WiFi takes to the skies in the form of Aquila, a self-piloting Facebook drone with a wingspan greater than that of a Boeing 737. It's another move by companies such as Facebook and Google to deliver internet services through unconventional means.
Apollo 11 Moon Mission Images Still Stun After 47 Years
Slideshows  |  7/22/2016
Nearly a half-century later, photographs documenting the first trip to the moon continue to defy imagination. Here's a look at 10 of the best images.
Samsung: Galaxy S7 Active's Waterproofing Issue Fixed
Commentary  |  7/21/2016
How do you restore confidence in a product that doesn't live up to its primary marketing message? Blame it on a manufacturing defect.
Tesla's Future Plans: Trucks, Solar Batteries, Ride-Sharing
News  |  7/21/2016
Telsa CEO Elon Musk has unveiled his master plan. It calls for the company to expand into self-driving semi trucks, roof-mounted solar batteries, and ride-sharing initiatives.
iPhone 7 Design Deciding Factor For Buyers: Poll
Commentary  |  7/20/2016
Only about 10% of potential buyers polled by Quartz reported that they will buy the iPhone 7 if it keeps the same design as previous models.
Facebook Tests High-Speed Laser Internet Access
News  |  7/20/2016
Facebook wants to beam you onto the web, using laser light to carry information from point to point. However, the social networking company warns that the technology is still in its infancy.
9 High Tech Cities Outside Silicon Valley To Explore
Slideshows  |  7/20/2016
California's Silicon Valley is one of the world's most famous tech hubs, but there are many up-and-coming cities investing in infrastructure, transportation, and growing startup scenes. Here are nine destinations around the world for tech-savvy travelers.
Mercedes-Benz Self-Driving 'Future Bus' Logs 12 Miles
News  |  7/19/2016
Mercedes-Benz's successful test of self-driving 'Future Bus' served as a world premiere for the vehicle, which features state-of-the-art design cues. The city bus made a 12-mile journey in the Netherlands.
Google Reportedly Still Working On Mixed VR, AR Headset
News  |  7/18/2016
While Google may be retooling its virtual reality roadmap, the company is still dedicated to producing a standalone headset that blends the boundaries between VR and augmented reality.
Why It's Time To Dump Your Old-School Hiring Practices 
Commentary  |  7/18/2016
Detroit Labs needed to find a new way of hiring employees. The agency, which focuses on full-service mobile, wearable, and internet hardware, needed candidates who could demonstrate their abilities to think as well as act. The company's co-founder, Nathan Hughes, tells us how old-school hiring practices were completely rewritten, what the new hiring model looks like, and how your organization can follow suit.
10 Strange Job Interview Questions Big Tech Companies Ask
Slideshows  |  7/18/2016
Tech companies are notorious for asking bizarre interview questions. Here are 10 such head-scratchers that candidates were asked during job interviews at Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other major tech firms.
Google's Push For More Diverse Female Emojis Approved
Commentary  |  7/16/2016
Google convinced the arbiters of all things emoji to add more professional women, and women of varying skin color, to the next batch of characters.
Robotics Gone Wild: 8 Animal-Inspired Machines  
Slideshows  |  7/15/2016
If you want a glimpse of the future of robotics, start by looking at our biological past and present. Here are eight robots that borrow aspects of animal physiology, which has been honed through eons of Darwinian user testing.
Robot Job Stealers: 3 Industries At Risk
News  |  7/14/2016
When it comes to industries and occupations that face the greatest chance of having robots replace humans as workers, a recent McKinsey & Co. report provides some insight. Is your job on the line?
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera Unveiled
Commentary  |  7/14/2016
Nest takes the wraps off its consumer-grade outdoor security camera that can guard over your house when you're not home.
Nissan Will Test Autonomous Vehicle Technology In Japan
News  |  7/14/2016
Nissan plans to introduce single-lane autonomous driving capabilities in its 2017 Serena minivan -- but only on the streets of Japan for now. The news comes after questions were raised about Tesla's Autopilot software following a fatal crash.
IT Organizations Unprepared For Digital Business: Gartner
News  |  7/14/2016
Despite uncertainty of when their organizations will be ready for digital business, most IT pros say they will definitely play a part in the transformation when it does happen, according to a recent Gartner report.
Ransomware: How Should IT Respond?
Ransomware: How Should IT Respond?
InformationWeek Videos  |  7/14/2016
How should IT respond to increased ransomware attacks? John Pironti, President of IP Architects, spoke with Senior Editor Sara Peters at this year's Interop about the issues.
Big Data, Coding, Security: 8 Sites That Offer Free Online Courses
Slideshows  |  7/14/2016
IT pros need to stay updated on the latest trends in technology and management to remain relevant and competitive. Here's a look at eight online learning platforms that offer free tech courses that can help with that.
Tesla Stands By Autopilot, Plans More Educational Outreach
News  |  7/13/2016
Tesla CEO Elon Musk vows to continue use of the carmaker's Autopilot feature in the wake of a recent fatal crash of a Model S using the technology, and says he plans to step up efforts to educate customers about the system.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Set To Launch Aug. 2
Commentary  |  7/13/2016
Samsung has invited media to an event in early August to show off its next-generation phablet, which will skip a generation in naming.
SEC Investigating Telsa For Not Disclosing Fatal Crash To Investors
News  |  7/12/2016
Securities regulators are reportedly investigating Tesla Motors over its failure to inform investors that one of its cars involved in a fatal crash was operating in autopilot mode.
Google's Project Fi Offers Faster International Data Speeds
Commentary  |  7/12/2016
Google improved Project Fi's coverage and speed for international travelers just in time for summer vacations.
Robot Stingray Moves To The Beat Of A Rat's Heart
News  |  7/12/2016
A tiny robotic stingray powered by light-activated rat heart muscle cells could help advance artificial heart research.
Killer Robot Use In Dallas Raises Ethical Questions
News  |  7/11/2016
Dallas police used a robot to deliver and detonate a bomb to stop a suspected sniper who killed five officers and injured nine others. This deployment raises ethical questions.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Mobile Chip Unveiled 
Commentary  |  7/11/2016
Qualcomm gave its top-of-the-line Snapdragon mobile processor a minor spec bump to target the best smartphones slated for the second half of the year.
Elon Musk Hits Back Over Tesla Autopilot Fatality Article
News  |  7/7/2016
Elon Musk, the famously brash CEO of Tesla Motors, is taking Fortune magazine to task for what he and the company considers a fundamentally incorrect article regarding a fatal crash.
Google Nexus Smartwatches On The Way?
Commentary  |  7/7/2016
Google is reportedly preparing two new Android Wear smartwatches, possibly carrying the Nexus brand, for debut later this year.
iPhone 7 Will Offer 32GB Base Storage, Report Says
Commentary  |  7/6/2016
Apple's next iPhone will finally increase the base storage amount from 16GB to 32GB, according to a Wall Street Journal report. It's a long overdue and welcome change.
iOS 10 Makes It Easier To Be An Organ Donor
News  |  7/5/2016
Inspired by the difficulty Apple's late founder Steve Jobs endured in securing a donated liver when he was ill, the company says iOS 10 will allow iPhone users to directly connect to the National Donate Life Registry.
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Enters Jupiter's Orbit
News  |  7/5/2016
The Juno spacecraft will help NASA study Jupiter, our solar system's largest planet, and hopefully provide clues as to how the gas giant formed.
The New IT: Driving Business Innovation With Tech 
Commentary  |  7/5/2016
Andi Mann, chief technology advocate at Splunk, sees major changes afoot in how IT and business are aligning. Here, he shares his experiences working with CIOs and other IT leaders as they look to derive real business outcomes from the technology they use every day.
Brexit Threatens London's Data Center Market
News  |  7/4/2016
The future of the UK, and specifically of London, as the leading market for data centers in Europe could be affected by Brexit, according to an analysis by 451 Research. However, the split could also provide opportunities for the US.
10 IT Hiring Plans For Second Half Of 2016
Slideshows  |  7/4/2016
While CIOs say they expect to see a slight dip in IT hiring plans for the last six months of this year, according to recent survey results, one tech recruiter says the outlook appears positive. Here's a closer look at CIO hiring plans for the remaining months of 2016, including layoffs, the most in-demand IT skills, and the hottest regions.
Tesla Autopilot Crash Under NHTSA Investigation
Commentary  |  7/2/2016
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident involving a Tesla being driven under autopilot.
Uber App Update To Track Driver Behavior
News  |  7/1/2016
The update is designed to capture data about how Uber's drivers operate their vehicles -- measuring braking, acceleration, and speed.
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