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Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition Available For Pre-Order
News  |  2/29/2016
Microsoft kicked off its HoloLens Development Edition pre-orders Monday, as it moves one step closer to expanding the ecosystem for the augmented reality device.
WhatsApp Hastening Demise Of BlackBerry
Commentary  |  2/29/2016
Popular messaging service WhatsApp is going to stop supporting all BlackBerry platforms by the end of the year, making the fading OS even more irrelevant than it already is.
How Serverless Applications Will Change Your Business
News  |  2/29/2016
Can applications be composed almost entirely of microservices in the cloud, running with a smart user device? That's the promise of serverless applications. Here's how they work, and what they'll mean for your business.
VMware CEO Gelsinger Talks IBM Venture, Dell-EMC Deal
News  |  2/29/2016
We sat down with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger during the 2016 Mobile World Congress to learn more about the company's strategic partnership with IBM. Gelsinger also opened up about how the Dell-EMC deal has been affecting VMware's business, and shared an update on partner relationships.
Windows 10 PCs, Tablets, Hybrids Take MWC Spotlight
Slideshows  |  2/28/2016
Microsoft partners debuted laptops and hybrids designed for Windows 10 during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona.
Google's Hadoop Offerings, Rutgers Analytics Program: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/28/2016
Google's managed Hadoop- and Spark-as-a-Service offerings have gone to general availability. Rutgers University is offering a big data and data analytics remote learning certificate program. Alteryx is expanding its predictive analytics offerings. We've got all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Feb. 28, 2016.
Apple Should Have Same Confidentiality Rights As Attorneys, Priests
Commentary  |  2/27/2016
Technology companies know more about us than our loved ones, attorneys, or priests. To balance the availability of that information in matters of public safety, businesses should have a limited exemption from being required to provide such information.
5 Hot Virtual Reality Picks From MWC 2016
Slideshows  |  2/27/2016
Virtual reality was the spicy side dish to the main serving of smartphones at Mobile World Congress this year. Products on display included headsets, 360-degree cameras, and immersive gaming devices. Here are our five favorite picks from the show floor.
Windows 10 Devices, New Android Apps Launch: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/27/2016
Microsoft this week released Windows 10 Mobile and PC builds, acquired Xamarin, launched new Android apps, and voiced support for Apple in its fight with the FBI.
Microsoft Azure, Office 365 Get Boosted Security With New Tools
News  |  2/26/2016
Microsoft touts Azure Security Center's new security management and reporting options, and rolls out new cloud app security.
Microsoft, Facebook And Google Take Apple's Side In FBI Showdown
News  |  2/26/2016
Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, and Google parent company Alphabet will file a joint brief to support Apple in its battle with the FBI.
Hadoop Ecosystem Evolves: 10 Cool Big Data Projects
Slideshows  |  2/26/2016
In the 10 years since developers created Hadoop to wrangle the challenges that came with big data, the ecosystem for these technologies has evolved. The Apache Software Foundation is teeming with open source big data technology projects. Here's a look at some significant projects, and a peek at some up-and-comers.
Apple Claims FBI iPhone Cracking Demands Are Unconstitutional
News  |  2/26/2016
Apple argues in a court filing that the government is asking for "boundless" power in its bid to get the company to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
Google Wants Less Reliable Hard Disks
News  |  2/25/2016
With less reliable hard disks tuned for collective operation, Google believes cloud data can be kept more affordably and securely.
Apple Preparing Enhanced iPhone Security, NYT Reports
News  |  2/25/2016
The struggle between Apple, the FBI and the US Justice Department speaks to a need for critical discussions about the ramifications and rules in a changing world. The New York Times reports Apple is looking to make it even harder to crack the iPhone's security, while CEO Tim Cook continues to defend his company.
Microsoft Buys Xamarin To Broaden Mobile Footprint
News  |  2/25/2016
Microsoft acquires Xamarin, which specializes in cross-platform mobile app development, to strengthen its mobile portfolio.
Salesforce Revenue Jumps 25% As Enterprises Go Digital
News  |  2/25/2016
Salesforce has reported big revenue increases for the fourth quarter and full year, citing corporate spending for enterprise apps that goes beyond IT budgets. Executives told analysts that Salesforce is more frequently dealing directly with CEOs who are spending according to digital transformation needs, not IT budgets.
Legacy IT Systems: Hidden Risks Revealed
Commentary  |  2/25/2016
Don't keep legacy systems around. They introduce hidden risk to your organization. Jonathan Feldman, CIO for the City of Asheville, N.C., offers firsthand advice on how to land that plane before it crashes.
Google Docs Gets Voice Typing, Editing
News  |  2/25/2016
Google's improved speech recognition allows editing and formatting of Docs files with its new Voice typing feature.
iPhone Encryption: 5 Ways It's Changed Over Time
Slideshows  |  2/25/2016
Apple's battle with the FBI has put iPhone encryption in the spotlight. However, some might be surprised that the company's encryption efforts have evolved slowly and are not that different from those of other smartphone makers. Here's a look at the 5 phases of the process so far.
BlackBerry Buys Encription Limited For Security Push
News  |  2/24/2016
BlackBerry has acquired cyber-security firm Encription Limited to fortify the offerings in its new Professional Cybersecurity Services division.
RHEL On Azure: What Took So Long?
News  |  2/24/2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux joins the crowd of Linuxes now available on Microsoft's Azure. It's the last to do so. How soon will OpenShift follow?
Security Concerns Continue Amid Cloud Adoption
News  |  2/24/2016
While most top IT executives at companies of all sizes continue to express concern about the security of data in the cloud, that hasn't slowed their move to embrace this new infrastructure as a home for corporate data. A new survey and report reveal their top security nightmares and provides some recommendations about how to protect data in the cloud.
Apple: FBI Wants Access To Many Different iPhones
News  |  2/24/2016
Despite the FBI's insistence that it's focused on the San Bernardino terrorism case, authorities want access to more than one iPhone.
Bill Gates Weighs In On Apple Vs. FBI Encryption Battle
News  |  2/23/2016
Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates adds his opinion to the Apple vs. FBI debate. The government has demanded Apple grant access to the locked iPhone of a suspected terrorist.
Docker Launches End-To-End Container Management
News  |  2/23/2016
The container engine supplier wants to help usher containers from development into production via IT operations.
Google Cloud Vision API Gives Glimpse Into AI, Machine Learning
Commentary  |  2/23/2016
Hot on the heels of Microsoft's Project Oxford, Google is bringing its Cloud Vision API into beta. The offering allows software developers to create new ways of reading faces and emotions to help push the limits of what can be done with AI and machine learning.
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: An Up-Close Look
Slideshows  |  2/23/2016
Competent and compelling, Samsung's latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, don't break new ground, but they're solid high-end offerings. The company also unveiled a VR camera and other device initiatives.
Mobile App Development Gets Enterprise Friendly Boost
News  |  2/23/2016
The enterprise mobile app market is booming. JAMF, IBM, MobileIron, and VMware -- along with more than 60 partners -- aim to help mobile developers make their apps more enterprise friendly and maintainable. Here's what their community approach can mean for your business.
Zuckerberg Hits MWC To Talk Drones, AI, VR
News  |  2/22/2016
In his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his vision of how drones could be used to deliver Internet services to poor populations, and talked about the future of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
HP Elite x3 Brings Windows 10 Mobile To Businesses
News  |  2/22/2016
HP bets big on Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile with its Elite x3, designed to be your smartphone, laptop, and desktop.
Mobile App Dev: 3 Trends That Will Shake Up Your Strategy
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
Industry analyst Peter Crocker outlines three emerging technology trends that will have you rethinking your organization's mobile development strategy.
Outsourcing Data Science: What You Need To Know
News  |  2/22/2016
More companies are creating data science capabilities to enable competitive advantages. Because data science talent is rare and the demand for such talent is high, organizations often work with outsourced partners to fill important skill gaps. Here are a few reasons to consider outsourcing. What can go right and wrong along the way?
8 Reasons Cloud Email Is A Smart Move Now
Slideshows  |  2/22/2016
If you've been dragging your feet on migrating your company's email to a cloud service, here's why it's time to reconsider.
9 Windows 10 Apps For A Productivity Edge
Slideshows  |  2/21/2016
Microsoft has made productivity a core focus in Windows 10 and Office, but the Windows Store has more tools you can use to get things done.
Tim Cook Vs. FBI: Why Apple Is Fighting The Good Fight
Commentary  |  2/21/2016
A court has told Apple to compromise an iPhone owned by one of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people. But Apple should not be required to enlist in the war on bad things.
Spark Spreads, Apache Arrow Accepted: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/21/2016
Databricks announced a free community edition of Spark along with free training materials. Apache Arrow became a project within the Apache Software Foundation. And SAP announced support for Spark in its Predictive Analytics platform. We've got that and more in our big data roundup for the week of Feb. 21, 2016.
Apple Fixes iPhone Error 53 With iOS Update
News  |  2/20/2016
Apple has pushed a software update to fix the "Error 53" problem plaguing iPhone users who got third-party repairs.
Windows 10 Lands At DoD, Outlook Web Launch: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/20/2016
Microsoft this week debuted Outlook.com, group video calls on Skype for iOS and Android, the Lumia 650, and several new features on Windows 10.
9 Reasons To Crowdsource Data Science Projects
Slideshows  |  2/19/2016
The data science talent shortage has some companies thinking outside the box. Even if your company employs a formidable data science team, you would likely still benefit from third-party ideas or solutions. Data science competitions and other forms of crowdsourcing offer viable means of advancing the art of the possible relatively quickly and cost-effectively. We share some of the possibilities.
NFL CIO: Super Bowl 50 Tech Was A Game-Changer
News  |  2/19/2016
NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle said Super Bowl 50 was as good as the game has ever been from an operations standpoint.
Skype Group Video Chats Arrive On iOS, Android
News  |  2/18/2016
Microsoft officially launches group video chats for smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android.
Android, iOS Own 98% Of Smartphone Market, Gartner Finds
Commentary  |  2/18/2016
Apple's iOS and Google's Android leave little more than a pittance for Windows and BlackBerry, according to new estimates from Gartner.
IBM Buys Truven For $2.6 Billion, Boosts Watson Health Unit
News  |  2/18/2016
IBM announces plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics, in a move to push its Watson Health deeper into the healthcare industry.
Apple Vs. FBI: Tech, Politics Weigh In On iPhone Case
News  |  2/18/2016
With a Tweet, the founder of WhiteHat Security may have nudged Google's CEO to take a side, and the rest of the world is beginning to do the same.
Google Gmailify: Gmail On Yahoo, Outlook
News  |  2/18/2016
Google looks to bring some of Gmail's most popular features to users of other email accounts, including Yahoo Mail and Microsoft's Outlook.com.
Gartner Magic Quadrant Advanced Analytics: Fast Growth Continues
News  |  2/18/2016
The Gartner Magic Quadrant Advanced Analytics report shows the market is growing quickly for platforms that use data and algorithms to predict, prescribe, optimize, and simulate. A big name has moved into the Leaders quadrant for the first time this year.
Apple Fights FBI Over Disabling Security In San Bernadino Case
News  |  2/18/2016
The FBI wants Apple to help it crack the passcode of an iPhone owned by one of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people. But CEO Tim Cook says this demand would "undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."
US Defense Department Begins Windows 10 Rollout
News  |  2/17/2016
The US Department of Defense has begun to deploy Windows 10 on 4 million devices and systems. It's a big win for Microsoft's new OS.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow Sweetens Samsung, HTC, LG Smartphones
Commentary  |  2/17/2016
A slew of phone makers, including HTC, LG, and Samsung, are pushing the Android 6.0 update to their flagship smartphones. However, this version of Android -- Marshmallow -- will still not make it to the majority of smartphones.
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