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FBI's Ability To Crack iPhones Raises More Questions
News  |  3/31/2016
The FBI, with its newfound hack, has agreed to unlock other iPhones. While the dispute with Apple is off the front burner for now, the company is still facing other legal challenges, including one case in Brooklyn. Serious legal and technical questions linger.
iPhone SE, iPad Pro Now Available At Apple Stores
Commentary  |  3/31/2016
The smaller, less-expensive iPhone SE, along with the iPad Pro, are now available for sale starting March 31. In addition, a new teardown of the iPhone SE shows how Apple managed to create its smaller iPhone.
Office 365, Slack Gain Enterprise Users: Study
Commentary  |  3/31/2016
Microsoft's Office 365 is the most popular off-the-shelf cloud application, while Slack is the fastest growing among business customers, according to a report from Okta, an identity and mobility management service provider.
Apple Vs. The FBI: Protecting The Poetry Of Code
Commentary  |  3/31/2016
If the FBI had succeeded in its attempt to have Apple write a new version of iOS (FBiOS, perhaps?), then what would a tech vendor have been required to do next?
Google Fiber Phone Goes Beyond Typical Telecom Services
News  |  3/30/2016
With Fiber Phone, Google can offer subscribers a classic package that many have moved away from -- Internet, TV, and phone service. But that's where the similarities end.
KLM Passengers Can Use Facebook Messenger For Check In
Commentary  |  3/30/2016
KLM, a Netherlands-based airline, is the first to allow passengers to check in, obtain flight details, and even talk to customer service from within the Facebook Messenger chat app.
Microsoft Shrugs Off iPad Pro Threat
Commentary  |  3/30/2016
Apple is going after Windows PC users with its smaller iPad Pro. Will the updated device pose a threat to Microsoft? Redmond says it isn't worried.
IM Surges In Enterprise, But Ushers In Security Concerns
Commentary  |  3/30/2016
Over the past 20 years, email has been the preferred communication technology in the enterprise. Now, as workers go mobile, instant messaging is replacing email, and that's a big security concern for IT.
Acer Chromebook 14 Tries To Be MacBook Air Look-Alike
Commentary  |  3/29/2016
The Chromebook 14 from Acer features a sleek all-metal design, a 14-inch display, and all-day battery life.
FBI Cracks iPhone Encryption Without Apple, Drops Court Case
News  |  3/29/2016
The FBI vacated its court order against Apple March 28, saying it had successfully accessed an encrypted iPhone without Apple's help.
iPhone 7 Reportedly Designed With Curved Screen, AMOLED Display
News  |  3/28/2016
Apple is reportedly working on an iPhone, which most are calling the iPhone 7, with a curved screen and, resources permitting, an AMOLED display, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
iOS 9.3 Web Links Bug Causes Apps To Crash
Commentary  |  3/28/2016
In the wake of a bricking problem with older iPhones and iPads, users who have downloaded iOS 9.3 are now encountering a separate issue that is causing apps to crash or freeze when launched. This time, Apple may not be to blame.
iPhone 7: Does Apple's Next Smartphone Have To Be 'Spectacular'?
Commentary  |  3/26/2016
The Apple iPhone SE is nice enough. But come the fall, Apple needs to really impress with the iPhone 7, some critics say. However, some other analysts aren't so sure.
iOS 9.3 Update Could Brick Older iPhones, iPads
News  |  3/26/2016
A potential flaw in Apple's iOS 9.3 update could brick older editions of the iPhone and iPad, so the company has decided to pull back while it finds a fix.
iPhone SE Reviews Herald A Small, Powerful Smartphone
News  |  3/25/2016
With the early reviews of the iPhone SE in, Apple is getting credit for packaging an upgraded camera and a faster A9 processor into a form factor designed for smaller hands.
FCC Spectrum Auction Finally Nears Despite Infighting
News  |  3/25/2016
As the FCC's auction of 600 MHz wireless spectrum -- four years in the making -- finally draws near, new testimony shows an agency struggling with infighting and partisanship.
What Retailers Really Know About Their Customers
News  |  3/25/2016
Retailers are getting smarter about delivering better customer experiences across multiple channels. Yet in spite of ongoing technology investments, the promise of relevant, personalized marketing is still falling short. Here are some of the latest tools retailers are using, how they're using them, and what it all means to their businesses and customers.
9 iPhone SE Alternatives That Are Cheaper
Slideshows  |  3/25/2016
Apple recently unveiled the smaller, less expensive iPhone SE, which starts at $399, to appeal to new buyers. But there are lower-cost alternatives. Here are 9 choices to consider.
iPhone SE, iPad Pro Presale Orders Are Starting
Commentary  |  3/24/2016
If you're looking for a smaller iPhone or need to upgrade your iPad, Apple is accepting preorders for its latest mobile devices, the iPhone SE and the smaller iPad Pro.
Pebble Axes 25% Of Staff Despite Smartwatch Success
News  |  3/24/2016
The company's CEO Eric Migicovsky confirmed in an interview that Pebble is laying off 40 people -- about a quarter of its workforce. This comes despite a fairly successful run as a smartwatch maker.
iPhone Cracking: Why FBI Needed Outside Help And What It Means
Commentary  |  3/24/2016
This week, the FBI said it now doesn't need Apple to crack into an iPhone. However, what does this tell us about encryption and the overall state of hardware security?
iPhone SE, New iPad Storage Pricing Is A Rip-Off
Commentary  |  3/23/2016
Apple continues its practice of overcharging for storage with its newly unveiled iPhone SE and the new smaller iPad. The company's devices should come with more onboard storage, and upgrading shouldn't be so expensive.
Facebook Drops Support For BlackBerry
News  |  3/23/2016
In another blow to the beleaguered smartphone maker, social media titan Facebook announced it would drop BlackBerry support for Messenger, its popular messaging application.
Apple Event: Moments Of Bravado, Muted Tones
Commentary  |  3/23/2016
Apple execs at the company's Monday press event launched iterative updates to existing products while crowing about non-consumer-facing achievements.
Adobe Beefs Up Marketing Analytics, Creates Developer Portal
News  |  3/22/2016
The Adobe Summit 2016 is serving as a backdrop to a host of enhancements and launches appearing within Adobe's analytics and marketing business, including a new portal for developers.
Can iPhone SE, 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Revitalize Sales?
Commentary  |  3/22/2016
Apple's refreshed iPhone SE and its 9.7-inch iPad Pro are an attempt to add some vigor to slowing sales of the company's smartphone and tablet offerings, but Cupertino may not have gone far enough.
iPhone SE, Smaller iPad Pro Unveiled: Up Close Look
Slideshows  |  3/22/2016
Apple unveiled smaller, cheaper versions of the iPhone and iPad Pro during its March 21 event. Execs also demoed iOS 9.3 and updates to tvOS and Apple Watch. Get a closer look.
iPhone SE, iOS 9.3, Smaller iPad Pro Debut As Expected
News  |  3/21/2016
Apple unveiled smaller versions of the iPhone and iPad Pro, iOS 9.3, new Watch bands, and updates on sustainability and health during a March 21 event.
Apple, FBI Head Into Court March 22
News  |  3/21/2016
The FBI's Feb. 16 court order citing the All Writs Act and demanding Apple's cooperation in unlocking an iPhone will go before a judge March 22, after more than a month of global attention and a day after a press event at Apple Headquarters.
Apple Watch At 1: How It's Changed
Slideshows  |  3/20/2016
The Apple Watch debuted one year ago this month. How has the wearable changed over the year, and what's coming in the future?
Windows 10 Mobile Rollout, Skype For Web Update: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  3/19/2016
This week saw the release of Windows 10 Mobile on older smartphones, Skype for Web features, and updated OneDrive sharing.
Apple Engineers Could Quit Over iPhone Encryption Case
News  |  3/18/2016
Several Apple engineers have told the New York Times that they'd consider leaving one of the industry's most prized companies and positions rather than be made to create a so-called GovtOS to crack the iPhone's encryption technology.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Mini Could Be iPhone SE Spoiler
News  |  3/18/2016
With the rumored Galaxy S7 Mini, a compact, feature-rich version of its flagship smartphone, Samsung may be gearing up to challenge Apple's upcoming iPhone SE.
Supreme Court Nominee Could Tip Scales In iPhone Encryption Case
Commentary  |  3/18/2016
How might Obama's Supreme Court candidate approach the case between Apple and the Justice Department? Merrick Garland has said the role of the court is not to legislate but to "apply the law to the facts of the case."
Windows 10 Mobile Upgrades Arrive For Older Smartphones
News  |  3/17/2016
Microsoft has started to roll out the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade to smartphones running older versions of Windows Phone.
Alexa Can Talk To Fitbit, But Fitness Bands Fading
Commentary  |  3/17/2016
Fitbit wearers can now ask the Amazon Echo and Alexa about their progress, even as smartwatches eclipse fitness bands in the market for wearables.
Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Gets De Grisogono Flash
News  |  3/17/2016
Samsung is partnering with luxury watchmaker de Grisogono to create a flashy, limited-edition Gear 2 smartwatch encrusted with diamonds, with the latest tech onboard.
Apple Legal Filing: 'The Founders Would Be Appalled'
News  |  3/16/2016
Apple filed another legal brief March 15 in its fight with the FBI and DOJ. The iPhone maker is fighting efforts to give up its source code, and several tech and security experts agree, calling the government's request "potentially cataclysmic."
Apple Releases Penultimate Version Of iOS 9.3
Commentary  |  3/15/2016
Beta 7 is likely to be the last test version of iOS 9.3 before Apple makes the refreshed platform available to everyone. Here's a look at what's in store.
iPhone Encryption Battle: What Apple Can Learn From BlackBerry
Commentary  |  3/15/2016
BlackBerry was the preferred smartphone for business users a mere five years ago, until the company decided to allow certain governments to access user messages. Apple could face the same confidence loss from corporate customers if the company assists the FBI to crack the security of the iPhone.
UC At A Crossroads: Will Apps Bring Death Or Rebirth?
Commentary  |  3/15/2016
Unified Communications are becoming services within other applications. Does that mean that they're taking over the world of apps, or disappearing into a sea of services?
Obama At SXSW Highlights Encryption, Government-Tech Divide
News  |  3/14/2016
At the heart of the FBI's struggle with Apple is an us-versus-them sentiment that President Obama may be softening -- by reframing "government problems" as problems for the nation's greatest problem solvers.
Galaxy S7 Parts Cost $255, IHS Reveals
Commentary  |  3/14/2016
Samsung's metal-and-glass Galaxy S7 smartphone costs as much to build as the plastic Galaxy S5 did back in 2014, according to research firm IHS.
10 Ways Predictive Analytics Improves Innovation
Slideshows  |  3/12/2016
From drug discovery to price optimization, across virtually every industry, more companies are using predictive analytics to increase revenue, reduce costs, and modernize the way they do business. Here are some examples.
iPhone Encryption Battle: Feds Launch Latest Salvo
News  |  3/12/2016
The government's impatience is evident in its third filing asking for Apple's cooperation in unlocking the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. The document is a point-by-point rebuttal that reads like the government taking a final, very deep breath before it completely loses its temper.
US Anti-Encryption Legislation Is Imminent: Report
News  |  3/10/2016
US Senators Feinstein and Burr are preparing legislation that would punish tech companies that refuse to cooperate with investigators, Reuters reports. French lawmakers recently backed a similar mandate that goes one step further by threatening jail time for execs who don't cooperate with law enforcement.
10 Startups Aiming To Change The Way You Work
Slideshows  |  3/10/2016
These budding businesses aim to change the way organizations operate, with tools and services targeting the enterprise.
Galaxy S7: Shortcomings Revealed
Commentary  |  3/9/2016
Samsung's flagship smartphone reaches stores March 11. Here are some fast facts about the Galaxy S7 you need to know before you buy.
Microsoft Dynamics AX Launches On Azure Worldwide
News  |  3/9/2016
Microsoft officially launches the next generation of Dynamics AX, a cloud-first service built for Azure.
Feds Appeal Apple's iPhone Encryption Win In NY Case
News  |  3/8/2016
Apple may have hoped to "hang its hat" on a recent iPhone encryption win in a Brooklyn court, but the Justice Department has requested revisiting the judge's ruling.
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