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Startup Capriza scores $27M to Zapp legacy apps into mobile ones

Capriza, a startup that helps enterprises convert their legacy apps into mobile- and cloud-based ones, Thursday announced it has racked up an additional $27 million in venture funding. That should be enough to help Capriza scale its business on the marketing and sales side, and maybe even have enough left over to afford a drummer and bassist to form a company band (more on that later...).

By Bob Brown | 30 October, 2014 22:43

Tags: BYOD, HP, consumerization of IT, startups, Capita, IT management, mobile apps

CheckCell promises to finger all-too-common Excel spreadsheet errors

University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have released a tool called CheckCell that's designed to spot errors in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that could lead to big problems.

By Bob Brown | 28 October, 2014 00:42

Tags: Excel, spreadsheets, applications, GitHub, Microsoft, research, software

Microsoft exec opens up about Research lab closure, layoffs

It's been a bit over a month since Microsoft shuttered its Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley as part of the company's broader restructuring that will include 18,000 layoffs. This week, Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP of Technology & Research, posted what he termed an "open letter to the academic research community" on the company's research blog.

By Bob Brown | 24 October, 2014 06:16

Tags: research, Microsoft, education, industry verticals

Monumental day for Wikipedia in Poland

WIkimedians -- those people who contribute to the free Wikipedia website -- were recognized for their selfless work on Wednesday in Slubice, Poland with the unveiling of a monument.

By Bob Brown | 23 October, 2014 07:39

Tags: education, industry verticals, wikipedia

Cisco said to be selling most of VCE stake to EMC

A press alert from EMC that it will be announcing a "new business development" has triggered reports that the company plans to buy out most of Cisco's stake in their VCE converged infrastructure joint venture.

By Bob Brown | 22 October, 2014 13:30

Tags: cisco, internet, intel, cloud computing, emc, VMware, Bloomberg

NFC chip implants: First Apple, now this guy

It's hard to steal Apple's thunder on anything these days, but a self-professed "body modification" enthusiast might have done just that: He's had an NFC chip implanted in his hand.

By Bob Brown | 22 October, 2014 07:53

Tags: Networking

Broadband boost: G.fast testing lab, consortium to foster 100G over copper

You might think that next-generation broadband speeds and DSL go together like Amsterdam and New Hampshire, and you'd be right, but perhaps not in the way you think.

By Bob Brown | 22 October, 2014 07:16

Tags: itu, G.fast, forum, telecommunication, broadband, LAN & WAN

Apple iOS 8.1 is here: Not your run of the mill Dot One release

Apple iOS 8.1 software release points to the future and harkens back to the past: NFC-powered Apple Pay comes to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users in the United States, while the unceremoniously dumped Camera Roll feature is resurrected.

By Bob Brown | 21 October, 2014 08:10

Tags: Apple, Mobile OSes, mobile

In Pictures: Open source and free software graveyard, 2014

We've tossed in a couple of freeware offerings that are no more as well

Computer lighting startup Antumbra delivers "surround sound for your eyes"

A startup called Antumbra run by 5 college students is looking to throw a little soothing light on this situation: People who hunker down in front of their computers until the wee hours, until it feels like their eyes might fall out.

By Bob Brown | 10 October, 2014 00:21

Tags: Apple, Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, Data Center

Nobel Prize in Physics a Blue LED Special

Three university researchers, two in Japan and one in the United States, have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention in the early 1990s of the blue light-emitting diode (LED), an energy efficient breakthrough in producing longer-lasting white light.

By Bob Brown | 08 October, 2014 01:58

Tags: popular science, Nobel Prize, science, education, research, industry verticals, three

President Obama honors standout computer scientists with National Medals

These awards, along with the National Medal of Science, are the nation's highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology.

By Bob Brown | 04 October, 2014 06:39

Tags: U.S. Department of Commerce, education, University of Michigan, industry verticals, government, awards, Alexa, Carnegie Mellon University, white house

In Pictures: McAfee’s most dangerous cyber celebrities of 2014

Musicians dominate the 2014 list of celebs you might not want to search on for fear of malware

By Bob Brown | 02 October, 2014 09:00

Tags: musician, mcafee, security, actor, celebrity, malware

Don't laugh: Jimmy Kimmel Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity of 2014

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel doesn't fit the profile of McAfee's usual Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity, most often in recent years a female celebrity whose online images can frequently lure Web surfers to sites rife with spyware, viruses and other malware.

By Bob Brown | 02 October, 2014 03:26

Tags: Apple, mcafee, security, phishing, entertainment, malware

Sorriest technology companies of 2014

It's so far been another sorry, sorry year in the technology industry, with big name companies, hot startups and individuals making public mea culpas for their assorted dumb, embarrassing and other regrettable actions.

By Bob Brown | 30 September, 2014 01:11

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, security, Microsoft, data breach, internet, social media, cloud computing, iOS 8, Apple

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