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Microsoft takes the hassle out of Office 365 email encryption

When Microsoft announced message encryption for Office 365 in November, it came with a potentially annoying requirement: People receiving the encrypted messages had to be logged into a Microsoft account to view them.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 04 October, 2014 07:59

Tags: applications, security, Microsoft, e-mail, encryption, software, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service

Price tag for troubled SAP project will skyrocket to nearly $1 billion, audit says

The cost of finishing a massive SAP software overhaul at a New York gas utility will rise to nearly US$1 billion from an original estimate of $383.8 million, a newly released audit report has found.

By Chris Kanaracus | 04 October, 2014 03:10

Tags: applications, enterprise resource planning, CIO role, SAP, it strategy, software, best practices, IT management, wipro, Deloitte, Ernst and Young

How to avoid an Oracle ERP upgrade disaster

Users who have gone through the experience advised their peers during OpenWorld

By Chris Kanaracus | 03 October, 2014 05:13

Tags: openworld, services, applications, enterprise resource planning, CIO role, it strategy, software, IT management, Oracle

Is that used iPad actually stolen? Apple creates tool for would-be buyers to check

If you're looking to buy a used iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device, Apple is now offering an online tool to let you first check if it's been locked down by the previous owner, which could indicate that it was actually stolen or lost.

By Lucian Constantin | 02 October, 2014 21:41

Tags: Apple, telecommunication, applications, physical security, security, ios, Mobile OSes, mobile security, mobile

Microsoft weaves around Office bloat complaints with Sway authoring tool

Reacting to chronic complaints that Office applications have become unwieldy with endless menus and features, Microsoft is developing a streamlined presentation application built from the ground up for mobile devices and cloud computing.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 02 October, 2014 02:05

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software, Office suites

IPsoft seeks to grow the 'brains' of virtual assistants

Systems support company IPsoft is testing new virtual help software that it says will help answer customer technical questions much more quickly and thoroughly than today's current crop of online assistants.

By Joab Jackson | 01 October, 2014 05:51

Tags: IPsoft, applications, software, data mining

Mobile developers get offline sync in new Amazon SDK

With features such as offline sync in the new version of its Mobile SDK, Amazon Web Services is hoping to lure developers away from the cloud services offered by Google and Apple.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 01 October, 2014 03:31

Tags: mobile applications, Amazon Web Services, Development tools, application development, software, mobile

iOS 8 bug deletes iWork docs

Owners of iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 have reported a new bug in the software that deletes iWork documents from iCloud Drive when they've reset their devices.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 October, 2014 03:03

Tags: Apple, applications, telecommunication, ios, Mobile OSes, mobile, cloud storage

Tinybeans fetches $2 million for parenting network

Sydney startup Tinybeans has secured $2 million in funding from private investors to fuel the parenting social network’s international ambitions.

By Adam Bender | 30 September, 2014 08:00

Tags: child development, funding, startups, Children, social network, babies, parenting, baby photos, social media, Tinybeans

Oracle expanding depth of its cloud development platform

Oracle is giving its entry into the platform-as-a-service market (PaaS) an injection of new services in hopes of differentiating it from the likes of Windows Azure and Salesforce.com's Salesforce1.

By Chris Kanaracus | 30 September, 2014 03:35

Tags: openworld, application development, Internet-based applications and services, applications, software, internet, cloud computing, Oracle

Asset managers crave location data

Each of the concrete and steel wharfs at the Port of Rotterdam, Europe's busiest shipping hub, hosts the loading and unloading of billions of dollars in goods over its useful life. Managing and maintaining these waterfront structures so that the world's largest cargo containers can dock at them means the difference between collecting revenue and watching ships sail elsewhere.

By By Michael S. Goldberg | 29 September, 2014 20:40

Tags: enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, software

Oracle's Larry Ellison throws down the Cloud gauntlet

Oracle CTO and executive chairman, Larry Ellison, who just a few years ago famously mocked the notion of Cloud computing, has positioned the company as one set up to become the industry's largest cloud player, with something to offer customers at all levels of the stack.

By Chris Kanaracus | 29 September, 2014 13:36

Tags: openworld, Internet-based applications and services, applications, Customer Relationship Management, Salesforce.com, SAP, software, internet, cloud computing, Oracle, workday

China blocks Instagram, mentions of 'tear gas' amid Hong Kong protests

China started blocking the popular photo-sharing app Instagram on Sunday, as part of its moves to squelch any mention of the use of tear gas on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

By Michael Kan | 29 September, 2014 13:01

Tags: mobile applications, regulation, government, mobile, Facebook

Oracle, Salesforce.com trade moves in marketing software battle

It seems that a week doesn't go by these days without major software vendors announcing updates to their marketing software portfolios, and the past few days were no exception as rivals Oracle and Salesforce.com both made some news.

By Chris Kanaracus | 27 September, 2014 04:03

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, applications, Customer Relationship Management, Salesforce.com, software, internet, Box, cloud computing, Oracle, BlueKai

Cloud will be key for Oracle at OpenWorld

It's just days until the start of Oracle's OpenWorld conference, an already massive affair that will be even bigger this year given the company's recent acquisitions and forays into new product areas.

By Chris Kanaracus | 26 September, 2014 06:32

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, applications, hardware systems, financial results, software, internet, cloud computing, larry ellison, Oracle

iPhone owners rip Apple over botched iOS update

iPhone owners are angry. Really really angry.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 September, 2014 05:16

Tags: applications, telecommunication, iPhone 6 Plus, ios, Mobile OSes, Apple iOS, mobile, iOS 8, iphone 6, Apple

Workday ships first app for higher education in strike against Oracle

Workday has made good on a promise it issued a year ago with the release Thursday of Workday Student Recruiting, the first in a series of apps it's developing for higher education institutions.

By Chris Kanaracus | 25 September, 2014 22:35

Tags: applications, enterprise resource planning, education, HR, software, Financial / tax, industry verticals, workday, Oracle

Apple asks iPhone 6 users in trouble to revert to iOS 8

Apple has recommended to users of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones to reinstall iOS 8 after an update Wednesday led to complaints of lost cellular service and functionality on the Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor.

By John Ribeiro | 25 September, 2014 17:09

Tags: Apple, applications, consumer electronics, telecommunication, ios, Mobile OSes, iPhone, smartphones, mobile

Apple yanks iOS 8 update

Within hours of releasing an iOS 8 update to address assorted bugs in the new iPhone and iPad operating system Apple has been forced to pull the patch, which itself was causing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users grief.

By Bob Brown | 25 September, 2014 05:20

Tags: iOS 8, iphone 6, Apple, applications, telecommunication, ios, Mobile OSes, smartphones, mobile

New iOS 8 APIs trigger higher app crash rate

In its first days of availability, iOS 8, Apple's newest mobile operating system, has exhibited an app crash rate significantly higher than iOS 7 did a year ago, an app performance management developer said yesterday.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 September, 2014 05:12

Tags: mobile applications, Apple, applications, telecommunication, ios, Mobile OSes, Apple iOS, mobile

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