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Microsoft Now Alerting Users To State-Sponsored Attacks
News  |  12/31/2015
Microsoft is changing its policy after a Reuters report revealed that the company didn't alert users under similar previous circumstances.
Software Licensing Audits: Is Your Company Prepared?
News  |  12/31/2015
Software licensing audits can cause minor annoyance or excruciating pain, depending on their scope and how ready your enterprise is for the disruption and expense. We take a look at trends in software licensing audits and the ways they impact your IT organization and your business.
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.
Top Priorities For State CIOs: 2016
Slideshows  |  12/31/2015
State government CIOs face many of the same challenges that private sector IT executives do, such as updating systems for a digital world, securing those systems, and leveraging big data. Here are their top 10 priorities, according to NASCIO's annual membership poll.
Google Goes With OpenJDK For Android
Commentary  |  12/30/2015
Is Google's move to an open source version of Oracle's Java Development Kit for upcoming Android OS development a way for the company to hedge its bets as its legal battle with Oracle continues to wind through the courts?
CIO's Guide To Creating Sound Software Contracts
Commentary  |  12/30/2015
Software negotiations often pit a customer against a supplier, each focused on his or her own best interests. To craft a sound deal, CIOs need to understand where potential contract potholes lie and steer around them. Here's what you need to know.
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.
Apple, Phablets Drive Holiday Device Sales
News  |  12/29/2015
Apple products and phablets were among the most popular electronic gifts to give this holiday season, according to a new report from Flurry Insights.
Top 10 Tech IPOs Of 2015
Slideshows  |  12/29/2015
Tech IPOs took a hit in 2015, with half the number of new public companies as last year. But it wasn't all bad news. Here's a look at the 10 tech IPOs that raised the most money in 2015.
Red Hat Closing In On $2 Billion In Its Fourth Quarter
Commentary  |  12/28/2015
Red Hat finishes 2015 on a strong financial note, with OpenShift 3.1 positioned as its next-generation cloud application development platform.
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.
7 Ways Semantic Technologies Make Data Make Sense
Slideshows  |  12/28/2015
As unstructured data piles up, semantic technologies help organizations drive business value through a better understanding of the data they have, its value, and the relationships pieces of information have to each other.
Tech Fail Forecast: Bursting The Next Bubble
Slideshows  |  12/28/2015
Fifteen years after the dot-com bubble burst, industry pundits are calling out similar signs of froth in the current tech boom. Here are nine tech ideas, products, excesses, and business models that we expect to look back on in 15 years and ask: "What were we thinking?"
Microsoft's 2016: More Windows 10, Hardware Advances, Research Gains
Slideshows  |  12/27/2015
Microsoft's New Year resolutions are expected to include gains in the PC market, new Surface Phone, and advancements in HoloLens, Microsoft Research, cloud and security.
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."
Yahoo Now Alerting Users Of State-Sponsored Hacks
News  |  12/26/2015
Yahoo will begin warning its users when the company suspects that customers' accounts have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers. Twitter and Facebook have already started similar alert systems.
Outlook Getting Smarter, Surface Hub Delayed: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  12/26/2015
Microsoft this week announced smart capabilities arriving for Outlook in 2016, a new security policy, and a Surface Hub delay along with a price increase.
IBM Watson: AI For The Real World
News  |  12/25/2015
IBM Watson, the company's AI cognitive computing platform, has attracted an ecosystem of developers and users who are layering the technology on top of their own to make it even smarter. Here's an update on Watson's evolution and why IBM can confidently assure us it won't ever become HAL.
Microsoft's 2015 Acquisitions: Mobile, Analytics, Security
News  |  12/24/2015
Microsoft bought a lot of companies during 2015. What were they, and what did they bring to the tech giant?
Google Plans AI-Based Messaging App, Report Says
Commentary  |  12/23/2015
Google is developing a smarter messaging app based on its artificial intelligence and chatbot tech, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Microsoft Buys Talko Messaging App From Ray Ozzie
News  |  12/21/2015
Microsoft will acquire messaging startup Talko from its former exec Ray Ozzie, but he won't be rejoining the company.
Priv Sales Help Boost BlackBerry's Sagging Fortunes
News  |  12/21/2015
BlackBerry's latest financial report reflected a smaller quarterly loss and first revenue gain in over two years.
Apple, Facebook And Google Are Top Apps Of 2015
Commentary  |  12/21/2015
Three Silicon Valley tech giants, Apple, Facebook, and Google, account for the lion's share of app usage on smartphones and tablets in the US, according to Nielsen.
Apple's Tim Cook Defends Encryption, Labor Practices In China
News  |  12/21/2015
Charlie Rose sat down with Tim Cook and other major players on the team at Apple for an in-depth look at the inner workings of the company during an interview on CBS's 60 Minutes.
Cloud Foundry Launches Cross-Vendor Cloud Service Certification
News  |  12/21/2015
Cloud Foundry aims to become the cross-vendor platform for producing the next generation of applications with new cloud supplier certification.
Fighting Evil AI, IBM Opens Watson IoT HQ: Big Data Roundup
News  |  12/20/2015
Elon Musk invests in AI to benefit humanity. Microsoft is acquiring SQL queries for all data by all users. IBM is connecting Watson with IoT via APIs. All of those and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Dec. 20.
Apple's Tim Cook Staunchly Defends Corporate Tax Payments
News  |  12/20/2015
In an interview with 60 Minutes, Apple CEO Tim Cooks defends how the company pays its corporate taxes and calls criticism of the tech firm "political crap." There's also a behind-the-scenes look with Jony Ive.
Microsoft Delays Windows 10 Mobile For Older Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/19/2015
Microsoft will not deliver Windows 10 Mobile to older smartphones this month as promised.
Windows 10 Build Released, HoloLens Showcase: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  12/19/2015
This week brought the first Redstone build for Windows 10, Office app updates for Android, and a HoloLens developer experience at the Microsoft NYC store.
Microsoft Acquires Analytics Insights Startup Metanautix
News  |  12/19/2015
Microsoft is acquiring an analytics SQL query startup founded by an ex-Google engineer and an ex-Facebook engineer. Metanautix enables the creation of software-defined data marts.
Windows 10 Now Ready For Chinese Market
Commentary  |  12/18/2015
Microsoft and the government of China have come to a new agreement that will bring Windows 10 to the Chinese market. However, this version of Windows will conform to certain state demands.
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.
Oracle Touts Cloud Revenue Growth In Tough Second Quarter
News  |  12/17/2015
Oracle said that global currency pressure had a negative impact on its total revenues and net profit, which were down for its second quarter. Executives put the focus on the company's relatively small but fast growing cloud revenue instead, at a time when Oracle is moving from its traditional on-premises business to a hybrid cloud approach.
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.
Intuit CIO: Changing The Way Projects Are Managed
Commentary  |  12/17/2015
Intuit's IAC project has brought data together from all over the company. The insight provided is changing the way the company sees its products and customers.
IBM, Apple Deliver 100-Plus Enterprise iOS Apps
Commentary  |  12/16/2015
IBM announces that its partnership with Apple has yielded more than 100 IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps.
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.
Windows 10: Driving Enterprise Upgrades, PC Sales
News  |  12/16/2015
The next two years will bring accelerated adoption of Windows 10 and new devices within the enterprise, which could help the overall PC market, according to new analysis from Gartner.
Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts: Pros And Cons
Slideshows  |  12/16/2015
If you're a bit confused by what a dedicated host cloud service can do for you, rest assured you're not alone. We'll help you figure out when your IT department should choose to deploy dedicated hosts.
Dell To Sell Perot To Finance EMC Deal, Reports Say
Commentary  |  12/15/2015
The $67 billion deal between Dell and EMC is on track for approval. However, Dell needs to finance the acquisition, and it may sell its Perot Systems division to raise $5 billion, according to several reports.
Google Begins Alpha Testing Its CDN For Cloud
Commentary  |  12/15/2015
Google announced the alpha testing of its own Content Delivery Network for the company's cloud computing platform. Google's CDN offering is a direct response to similar services from AWS and Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Bing Pulse Rebranded As Microsoft Pulse
News  |  12/15/2015
Customer engagement platform Bing Pulse has been rebranded Microsoft Pulse, a service that integrates with products like Power BI and Skype for Business.
IBM's Watson Taps APIs, Learning Centers For IoT Expansion
News  |  12/15/2015
IBM has released several APIs and opened a new global headquarters for its Watson IoT effort. Here's an update on the company's cognitive computing plan to use Watson to analyze IoT data.
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.
Facebook At Work Slated For 2016 Debut
News  |  12/14/2015
Facebook for Work -- a stripped-down version of the world's most popular social networking site -- will officially debut in the coming months, according to a number of different media reports.
How Cloud, APIs Are Transforming Outsourcing
News  |  12/14/2015
As traditional software outsourcing evolves, cloud service management brings new challenges for organizations.
14 Ways IoT Will Change Big Data And Business Forever
Slideshows  |  12/14/2015
The Internet of Things (IoT) has gained momentum. Sensors are now small and cheap enough to embed in all kinds of devices, and more companies are leveraging the vast data generated. Here are some key drivers your company needs to remember as you jump into IoT.
Hiring Top Data Scientists, Gaming The Office Gift Exchange: Big Data Roundup
News  |  12/13/2015
Hadoop distribution companies MapR and Hortonworks are taking real-time streaming one step further than before. MongoDB landed a board member from cloud giant AWS. Find out how to game your office holiday gift exchange. Catch the Big Data Roundup for the week of December 13.
Facebook Open Sources Its 'Big Sur' AI Server Designs
Commentary  |  12/12/2015
Facebook is open sourcing the hardware design for the servers it uses to train artificial intelligence software.
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