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iOS SideStepper Vulnerability Undermines MDM Services: Check Point
News  |  3/31/2016
Security researchers from Check Point plan to disclose a flaw at the Black Hat Asia conference which they claim endangers the way mobile device management software interacts with iPhones and iPads. Check Point calls the vulnerability "SideStepper" because it sidesteps the normal app approval process.
Wearable Users Happy With Hardware, Less So With Apps
News  |  3/29/2016
A survey by Argus Insights suggests wearable makers need to spend more time thinking about app design and function.
Oracle Seeks $9.3 Billion Over Android's Use Of Java
News  |  3/29/2016
In its long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, Oracle has now increased its damage claim to $9.3 billion. But Google dismisses the claim as excessive.
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Microsoft Muzzles AI Chatbot After Twitter Users Teach It Racism
News  |  3/25/2016
Thanks to machine learning and Internet trolls, Microsoft's Tay AI chatbot became a student of racism within 24 hours. Microsoft has taken Tay offline and is making adjustments.
Google Pumps Up Cloud Platform With Machine Learning
News  |  3/24/2016
Google execs at the GCP Next 2016 conference pitched the company's cloud platform by highlighting advantages, including security, commitment to open source, and machine learning.
Microsoft, Google, Others Push For Encrypted Email Protocols
News  |  3/23/2016
Tech giants including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have banded together to proposed a method for making email more secure.
MDM Vs. MAM: Best Choice For Mobile Management
News  |  3/22/2016
When deciding between mobile device management (MDM) or mobile application management (MAM), enterprises should consider factors including number of in-house employees, compliance requirements, and data security.
Employee Surveillance: Business Efficiency Vs. Worker Privacy
News  |  3/21/2016
Legal scholars argue that new laws are needed to define the parameters of acceptable workplace monitoring and to ensure respect for personal privacy.
9 Ways VR Video Gaming Is Getting Very Real
Slideshows  |  3/19/2016
VR technology was everywhere at this year's Game Developers Conference. But it will be a while before it registers in the real world.
Google's Next HQ: Modern, With Retro Flairs
Slideshows  |  3/18/2016
The pending makeover of Google's Mountain View campus shows concern for birds and the environment, alongside a look that manages to be both retro and modern.
Mobile, Cloud Security Are Top IT Leadership Concerns
News  |  3/16/2016
Greater awareness of data security among business leaders isn't yet matched by budgetary respect or business commitment, according to recent study findings.
Siri Fails To Help In A Crisis
News  |  3/15/2016
Conversational agents such as Siri, Google Now, and S Voice haven't quite figured out how to handle crisis situations.
Google Makes Big Enterprise Analytics Play
News  |  3/15/2016
By unifying its data analytics offerings, Google hopes to provide enterprise marketers with more comprehensive customer insight.
Google Releases Android N Developer Preview
News  |  3/10/2016
With a surprise early release, Google hopes developers will provide more feedback and have more time to implement new Android features.
IBM Watson Powers Hilton Robot Concierge
News  |  3/10/2016
A Hilton hotel in McLean, Virginia, has deployed a Watson-powered robot named Connie to help answer basic travel questions.
IBM's Watson Lands A Job With KPMG
News  |  3/9/2016
KPMG, the global global tax auditing and advisory firm, aims to use Watson's cognitive computing capabilities to look at volumes of data that, from a human standpoint, would be impossible to manage.
Verizon Wireless Settles FCC 'Supercookie' Complaint
News  |  3/9/2016
For failing to inform customers about its ad tracking identifier, the telecom company must pay a $1.35 million fine, a tiny fraction of its annual revenue.
AI Advancement In Answering Questions About Text, Images
News  |  3/8/2016
Continuing advancement in artificial intelligence promises to help businesses make sense of the data deluge.
Google X Inspired: 8 Moonshots To Watch
Slideshows  |  3/8/2016
Think big or go home. Google's pursuit of moonshots -- radical solutions to huge problems using breakthrough tech -- has encouraged others to launch their own projects. Here are eight worth watching.
Google Tests Hands Free Mobile Payments For Android, iOS
News  |  3/3/2016
Google's Hands Free app, for Android and iOS, lets users make payments without lifting a finger.
Federal IT Survey Reveals Concerns, Progress
News  |  3/3/2016
A survey conducted by Lockheed Martin and the Government Business Council finds reasons to be hopeful about federal IT and challenges that need to be addressed.
Apple Wins NY iPhone Ruling, Makes Case At Congressional Hearing
News  |  3/2/2016
In the wake of a favorable legal decision in a New York case to access an iPhone in a drug case, Apple argued before a Congressional committee that legislative intervention is needed.
Google AI Can Spot Image Location With 'Superhuman' Accuracy
News  |  3/1/2016
The human mind can't keep up with algorithms that tap vast data sets. The latest example is Google's convolutional neural network called PlaNet that can identify where photos were taken based on the pixels in the image.
Google Launches Gmail Security Enhancements For Business Users
News  |  3/1/2016
Google's data loss prevention system for Gmail can now recognize text in images to block sensitive information from passing through corporate communication channels.


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