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Sleek new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature big displays, NFC payments and new chips inside

Apple has taken the iPhone into the sixth generation with the launch of the widely anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it's thinnest -- and largest -- phones ever, running on a new 64-bit chip.

By Zach Miners | 10 September, 2014 04:11

Tags: mobile applications, Apple, consumer electronics, iPhone, smartphones, mobile

Aaron Levie doesn't want his company to get boxed in

When Aaron Levie co-founded Box in 2004, he envisioned how businesses would benefit from cloud storage and file sharing -- improved data access and collaboration -- and, since few vendors grasped this, Box cashed in when this technology got popular years later.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 10 September, 2014 01:22

Tags: applications, storage, software, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service, collaboration, Box.net

Oracle completes Micros acquisition, forms new global business unit

Oracle has wrapped up its US$5.3 billion acquisition of Micros, maker of hardware and software for the hospitality industry, in its biggest deal since the purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010.

By Chris Kanaracus | 09 September, 2014 23:06

Tags: business issues, applications, hardware systems, software, industry verticals, Micros, Mergers and acquisitions, Oracle

PayPal subsidiary Braintree to process Bitcoin payments

Online payments platform Braintree will start processing Bitcoin transactions, allowing merchants to accept payments in the crypto-currency.

By Tim Hornyak | 09 September, 2014 17:53

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, finance, paypal, internet, BrainTree, industry verticals, mobile, mobile applications, Coinbase

Uber CEO cites 'scrappy,' 'fierce' methods in fighting taxis, Lyft

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has no qualms over wanting to succeed in every city in which the firm operates, even if it means getting rough and dirty.

By Zach Miners | 09 September, 2014 04:38

Tags: mobile applications, Uber, Internet-based applications and services, legal, Lyft, internet, social media, mobile

Microsoft rolls out Delve information and people discovery tool for Office 365

Microsoft has begun a months-long rollout of Delve, the first Office 365 application that taps into the suite's Office Graph machine learning capabilities and maps connections between co-workers, documents and information.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 09 September, 2014 01:56

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software, collaboration, Office suites

Tibco going up against Oracle, IBM and Adobe with new customer engagement platform

Add Tibco to the list of vendors pushing a full stack of so-called "customer engagement" software, which companies use to track and analyze consumer behavior in hopes of building deeper relationships with them and ultimately, selling more products and services.

By Chris Kanaracus | 08 September, 2014 22:11

Tags: applications, Customer Relationship Management, IBM, adobe, software, data mining, internet, cloud computing, tibco, business intelligence, Oracle

Popular Android apps fail basic security tests, putting privacy at risk

Instagram, Grindr, OkCupid and many other Android applications fail to take basic precautions to protect their users' data, putting their privacy at risk, according to new study.

By Jeremy Kirk | 08 September, 2014 20:04

Tags: applications, security, mobile security, software, University of New Haven Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group

Kisters

In 2012 and 2013, Belgium endured heavy rainfall as Europe's jet stream changed paths and brought flooding to central Europe. The Flemish Environment Agency needed a better way to inform citizens and water management officials about forecasted flood conditions.

By Stacy Collett | 08 September, 2014 17:45

Tags: enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, twitter, ESRI, software, 2014 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards

LA Clearinghouse

Tracking cellphone activity plays a key role in helping law enforcement officials determine where suspects were before and after crimes were committed.

By Julia King | 08 September, 2014 17:45

Tags: enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, ESRI, software, 2014 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards

Merck

Variations in the manufacture of batches of pharmaceuticals can force drug companies to discard products, potentially incurring tens of millions of dollars in losses.

By Julia King | 08 September, 2014 17:45

Tags: enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, 2014 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards, software

Persistent Systems

As head of digital marketing for the 2013 Indian movie Chennai Express, Shailja Gupta needed to work social media channels to optimize interest in the film. She teamed with Persistent Systems in Pune, India, to analyze social media content. "Just looking at numbers doesn't really help. How you use those numbers for your own strategy is what matters," she says.

By Mary K. Pratt | 08 September, 2014 17:45

Tags: enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, software, 2014 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards, Facebook

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium turned to cloud-based analytics when it needed a way to better predict how many visitors would be coming on any given day. With 65% of its expenses dedicated to payroll and attendance swings that ranged from 1,200 to 5,000 people per day, finding a way to ensure that staffing levels corresponded to attendance levels represented a huge opportunity for savings. "We live and breathe by attendance at the gate," says Donna Powell, business and administrative services manager at the Tacoma, Wash., facility.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 08 September, 2014 17:45

Tags: cognos, enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, software, 2014 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards

Shine Technologies

Shine Technologies helped one of Australia's largest online advertising publishers find better ways to target its audiences and break down their behaviors in detail after ad campaigns. A Melbourne-based IT services provider, Shine developed a deep analysis tool that enabled the publisher to gauge the success of ad campaigns and determine how and when audiences interacted.

By Stacy Collett | 08 September, 2014 17:45

Tags: enterprise applications, Google, applications, enterprise resource planning, software, 2014 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards

SwiftIQ

Founded in 2011, SwiftIQ needed to expand its computing capacity quickly. But instead of building out its own infrastructure, it turned to Google's Cloud Platform for storage, support for long-running processes and the ability to handle unpredictable scale.

By Mary K. Pratt | 08 September, 2014 17:45

Tags: enterprise applications, Google, applications, enterprise resource planning, software, 2014 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards

Texas Children's Hospital

Even after successfully deploying electronic medical records, Texas Children's Hospital struggled to accurately identify ways in which it could improve efficiency, effectiveness and health services delivery. The challenge was combining the gold mine of data in the EMR system with data from financial and administrative systems.

By Julia King | 08 September, 2014 17:45

Tags: enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, 2014 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards, software

Thomson Reuters

Hoping to give its clients a comprehensive view of the information they need to make decisions in the financial markets, Thomson Reuters five years ago rolled out a homegrown financial analysis tool called Eikon.

By Mary K. Pratt | 08 September, 2014 17:45

Tags: enterprise applications, Reuters, applications, enterprise resource planning, Thomson Reuters, 2014 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards, software

How analytics empowers business

The 2014 Computerworld Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honorees were selected for their ability to make better business decisions using big data.

By Stacy Collett | 08 September, 2014 17:45

Tags: enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, Microsoft, computerworld, AstraZeneca, software, 2014 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards, emc

Wrike boosts reporting capabilities of its social project management software

Wrike's social project management software for enterprises now features new reporting capabilities designed to help leaders and participants better visualize project workloads and progress.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 06 September, 2014 07:31

Tags: Wrike, applications, software, project management, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service, collaboration

Google adding GPS, offline music playback to Android Wear smartwatches

Smartwatches powered by Google's Android Wear operating system will soon become a little more useful, with features like GPS support and offline music playback.

By Zach Miners | 06 September, 2014 04:28

Tags: mobile applications, Motorola, Internet-based applications and services, Google, Maps, Music and audio, internet, mobile

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