Profile of Jeff Bertolucci
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Jeff Bertolucci is a technology journalist in Los Angeles who writes mostly for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, The Saturday Evening Post, and InformationWeek.
Articles by Jeff Bertolucci
You've heard all about the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy S6. But what else is new in the gadgetverse?
When famous technologists and scientists fear the menace of thinking machines, it's time to worry, right? Not really, because computers lack the imagination to wreak havoc, says one AI expert.
We're highlighting Google's top 2015 projects -- from the pragmatic to the peculiar. Once you've explored the offerings, tell us which ones are your favorites Ė- and which ones you think are total duds Ė- in the comments section below.
It's common for companies to record customer service calls. But what insights are they gaining from all that data? One solution: Matching customers with service reps for more harmonious calls.
Data scientist Laurie Skelly says STEM is still largely a boyís club, but thatís changing.
Migrating to the cloud can be challenging. Here are 10 common pitfalls -- and how to sidestep them.
Just over a quarter of organizations say their big data initiatives are a success, according to a recent Capgemini study. So why are three of four unsuccessful?
Automation will lessen the need for the elusive, talented, and expensive human data scientist -- and thatís a good thing, says Narrative Science cofounder.
Open-source IoTivity framework is built to ensure interoperability among devices and services across the Internet of Things. But itís got competitors. Who will win?
Big data is the underlying big story at CES 2015, as we see a flood of Internet-connected devices loaded with data sensors.
Is the new guy Mr. Negative? Does he shout at the espresso machine? Look for these warning signs before you make the hire.
Never heard of "the tactile Internet"? You will. Here's how data-driven applications and services are shaping the development of 5G wireless.
'Tis the season when industry soothsayers don their prognostication caps to make fearless forecasts for the coming year. What does the crystal ball say about big data?
Get up, stand up! The human body wasn't designed to sit for hours at a time, so sneak these moves into your workday.
Chief executive officers aren't always on their A-game. Revisit some of the most colorful quips from tech leaders this year.
Lexalytics intention analysis tool determines what you're going to do before you do it, the company says. This goes beyond sentiment analysis.
Want to boost your career credibility? Consider this expert advice on strengthening a personal brand.
Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology are analyzing facial expressions of corporate execs, as well as other data streams, to forecast stock market trends.
Data-driven insights aren't just for behemoth enterprises. Here's what startups need to know before embarking on a big-data strategy.
A social media approach to analytics could help enterprises get more value from their big data systems, says Teradata exec.
When it comes to digital devices, a little cleanliness – both inside and out – goes a long way.
IT executives expect the IoT to impact their businesses, although they're not sure how, finds CompTIA survey.
It's holiday toy shopping season. Please the budding coder, architect, robot-builder, or drone pilot in your life with these cool choices.
Not everyone needs to be a data scientist, Red Lambda argues.
Does your smartphone choice say you love sports cars, your mom's basement, or gardening? Listen up.
Software-as-a-service provider jKool offers business users cloud-based, near-real-time analysis of time-sensitive information.
Nonprofit uses data visualization tools to track economic, health, and social wellbeing of female workers in developing nations.
Wearables and other digital devices should be heard and not seen, says product design consultant Stuart Karten.
Big data's role in healthcare could be hindered by government privacy regulations such as HIPAA, say experts at the Body Computing Conference. Who should own health data?
Whether you're a paying subscriber or just sampling the free version, here's how to get the most out of Microsoft Office on your iPad.
Six-week data science class, just $545, is a hit with thousands of professionals who can't quit their day jobs, school officials say.
Can your retail site handle the traffic deluge on the busiest shopping day of the year? Avoid these six performance-testing mistakes, says BlazeMeter.
Nearly half of data scientists surveyed last month say Facebook's controversial "mood manipulation study" was unethical, and many support ethics guidelines for big data research.
Worried the boss has a target on your back? Here are some contempt warning signals -- and what you can do about it.
Some revered tech terms prompt nothing but puzzled looks from today's young professionals. Hint: Clones belong in Star Wars.
Big data teams need data engineers as well as data scientists, says Trifacta's CTO. Here's how to distinguish between the two.
What is that job listed on Craigslist really about? Here's a quick-and-dirty guide to help you decide whether to apply.
Washington DC-based firm brings mobile data-gathering tools to the remotest places on Earth.
What features rank as most wanted in Apple's soon-to-debut iPhone? Let's talk battery, camera, display, and more.
For proposed V2V safety systems to work in the real world, a free flow of data between connected cars is essential. Naturally, the devil's in the details.
Latest version of Windows 8.1 beats its predecessors, but oh those grating quirks.
A big data stockpile may contain dark data -- unstructured, unclassified information that you can't put to good use. Maybe it's time to find it.
University of Washington researchers have devised a battery-free way to connect low-powered devices and sensors to the Internet.
Finding smaller, more relevant morsels of information is the key to unlocking big data's potential, says FirstFuel's CTO.
To hoard or not to hoard? EMC's Bill Schmarzo defends the practice of saving all the data you can, even when its value is uncertain.
CloudSigma CEO advocates for a public repository of research data accessible not only to powerful institutions, but also to everyday people.
As the iPhone 6 rumor mill speeds up, check out some of the predicted features that we've seen -- in other smartphones.
The best insights come from data you've just collected, not the musty bits you've saved for years, argues SumAll's CEO.
United Nations' Global Pulse initiative partners with social data provider DataSift to analyze worldwide opinions on vaccinations, poverty, and other humanitarian topics.
Google unveiled everything from Android to wearable news at its annual developers show. Here are the developments that matter most.
Say no to data obsession and focus on the business problem you want to solve, says Berkeley data science professor.
Want a data science Master's degree? UC Berkeley's $60,000 online program will make a data scientist out of you in 18 months.
How big is big data's impact? Check out part two of our fact fest on big data's trends and trials.
MIT Big Data Symposium explores whether enterprises need a C-level executive who focuses mainly on the quality of an organization's data.
Big data means many things to many people, but how broad is its impact? Consider these figures on big data and the gurus who splice it.
United Nations hopes its big data climate contest will reveal new ways big data can alleviate problems caused by climate change.
Automated writing platforms cull streaming data from multiple sources and churn out thousands of articles per second.
Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference promises to pack big software -- rather than hardware -- announcements. Think OS X, iOS 8, home automation, and more.
C-suite types often scoff at the notion that software can outperform insights acquired from years in the trenches. Fear not: Analytics will complement, not replace us.
Global shipping giant DHL discovers that motion sensors used by Microsoft's Kinect are great for scanning pallets -- and relatively cheap to buy.
A revamped Google Glass would make a splash. What other wonders -- or washouts -- might Google unveil at its upcoming developer shindig?
Planning a big data strategy? Don't be overly ambitious and always know the problems you're trying to solve.
Here's how companies are turning big data into decision-making power on customers, security, and more.
Big data raises serious privacy concerns that need to be addressed, sooner rather than later, report says.
Phishing and spam attacks involving Internet of Things devices are coming -- and app developers and device makers must be ready, says a CA Technologies exec.
Up-and-coming vendors in the genre include AlchemyAPI, Digital Reasoning, Highspot, Lumiata, and Narrative Science, Gartner says.
Open-source lingua franca aims to let IoT devices and services communicate across manufacturers and operating systems.
Twitter's latest round of changes takes design cues from Facebook and provides new ways to tout your profile and Tweets. Get up to speed.
Bluetooth's low-energy implementation makes the ubiquitous wireless technology ideal for the Internet of Things' data-swapping ways, says Bluetooth backer.
Handheld scanner uses spectroscopy, cloud-based algorithms, and mobile app to deliver nutritional facts -- and red flags -- about the foods we eat.
Home security, energy management, and health monitoring tools will bring the Internet of Things to the connected home.
Startup's API Services Exchange aims to simplify interactions among the Internet of Things' billions of connected devices, applications, and systems.
The data-driven car is coming -- whether you like it or not.
As the Internet of Things extends to automobiles, security and privacy threats come along for the ride.
Ready for a wearable that listens to your snoring -- or your stomach? Meet audio machine-learning tech.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 makes the Modern UI and Start screen a little friendlier for the mouse-and-keyboard crowd. But it won't silence critics.
The big data community needs better app development tools, not more Hadoop whizzes, says Continuuity's CEO.
This year's Best Picture will be 12 Years A Slave, according to Academy Award prognosticators at Farsite. Will big data get it right?
What can real-time analytics reveal? A mobile provider in New York City recently realized that 10% of its capacity was being consumed by a single application.
If a petabyte won't qualify as big data, what will? Cleversafe's founder explains.
The clock ticks for Windows XP holdouts. Explore the key issues before making your next move.
Understanding human language, and the intent behind our words, remains a daunting challenge for computers. UK startup The Outside View aims to help.
Continuous, real-time analysis based on stream processing could be next the big thing in big data.
Companies may be diving deep into big data, but failure to implement data governance policies puts many at risk, a new survey finds.
Ask the right questions, and your data will deliver the right answers, says one analytics pro.
Predictive analytics startup Predixion hopes to alleviate the data scientist shortage -- and boost its sales.
Founded by big data pioneers from Yahoo and Google, startup unveils cloud-based offering built specifically for Hadoop users.
Not everyone has the chops to cut it as a data scientist. Here are the skills that matter most, says tech consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.
Brick-and-mortar retailers plan to link in-store analytics with shoppers' mobile devices. Shoppers say not so fast.
Have you thought about all the data thieves could steal from wearable gadgets? Security experts say this discussion is just starting.
These robots won't conquer the world, but they will wash windows, watch aging parents, and entertain kids.
Smartwatches show their mobile mojo at the annual Las Vegas tech fest, but they're not the only promising wearables.
Stop thinking of log data as a break/fix tool and start thinking of it as a business intelligence tool, says Sumo Logic CMO.
What distinguishes these three key types of analytics? A data scientist explains the differences.
Don't try to find one superhuman who does it all. You need three experts: business analyst, machine learning expert, and data engineer, says Lithium Technologies chief scientist.
'Tis the season when temperatures tumble, shoppers stumble, and prognosticators fumble, often. Will these big data prophecies come true?
From a slick password manager to a top-notch image editor, these standout Android apps will improve your mobile life.
A big data expert shares predictions based on feedback from IBM's enterprise clients. Is it time to update your strategy?
Get the most from your iPhone or iPad with these App Store gems.
Over the past year, the genealogy site's repository of family historical data has more than doubled in size. Here's how Ancestry managed its growth.