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What developers can do to extend smartphone battery life

Battery power consumption remains a lingering problem on smartphones -- and is getting worse with the latest advances in the devices. But developers can take steps to tackle the issue.

By Paul Krill | 24 November, 2014 22:10

Tags: application development, qualcomm, software

How Apple could exploit a forever-free iCloud

While Google and Microsoft are using large amounts of free cloud storage to sell inexpensive consumer notebooks, Apple has stood above the fray.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 November, 2014 12:43

Tags: NPD Group, Apple, Google, Microsoft, storage, internet, cloud storage, Hewlett-Packard, HP

WebRTC close to tipping point as Cisco, Microsoft announce products

It was all the way back in the Spring of 2011 that Google released WebRTC, its nascent real-time, browser-based, HTML5-powered, no-plugin-required video chat project to the public. In the three and a half years since, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the W3C have been working together to try to formalize the standard, prepare the stable 1.0 release, and get it ready for prime time.

By Matt Weinberger | 22 November, 2014 01:07

Tags: WebRTC, Vidyo, applications, browsers, social, cisco, software, collaboration, Firefox, W3C, Google, Microsoft

Why AT&T and Sprint just announced business conferencing services

Separate announcements Tuesday for business conferencing services, one from AT&T and the other from Sprint, highlight the radically changing business models at U.S. wireless carriers.

By Matt Hamblen | 19 November, 2014 07:54

Tags: Uber, enterprise applications, Google, applications, enterprise resource planning, Blue Jeans Network, at&t, software

Evernote's quest to change the world through productivity software

In early October, Evernote CEO Phil Libin debuted new features designed to make the immensely popular note-taking software friendlier to the enterprise: Work Chat, Context and presentation mode.

By Matt Weinberger | 19 November, 2014 04:00

Tags: Evernote, applications, wall street journal, software, collaboration

Room to grow: Tips for data center capacity planning

Capacity planning needs to provide answers to two questions: What are you going to need to buy in the coming year? And when are you going to need to buy it?

By Thomas A. Limoncelli, Strata R. Chalup and Christina J. Hogan | 14 November, 2014 05:59

Tags: virtualization, services, Server Virtualization, (no company)

Functional languages rack up best scores for software quality

Language design makes a difference in software quality, and functional languages offer an edge when it comes to building quality software, a study of programming languages and code quality in GitHub reveals.

By Paul Krill | 07 November, 2014 22:11

Tags: application development, GitHub, software

Python-powered StackStorm sets scripts for event-triggered automation

StackStorm, staffed by former members of GitHub, PuppetLabs, SwiftStack, Rackspace, and the Apache Libcloud team, has launched the first public version of its eponymous open source operations automation solution.

By Serdar Yegulalp | 05 November, 2014 05:21

Tags: application development, GitHub, Tumblr, software, rackspace

What's new with Java

I'm sick of Java, as you probably are too. That said, there have been a number of changes to Java lately that may have flown under the radar. So, here is what you need to know about where things stand.

By Michael Horowitz | 02 November, 2014 06:25

Tags: application development, Windows PCs, software, Oracle

Microsoft endorses workaround for botched Windows patch KB 3000061

This month's Black Tuesday crop of patches held more than a few surprises. True to form, my choice for the "most likely to splat," the KB 3000061 kernel mode driver patch, repeatedly fails to install on many machines. Although the Knowledge Base article hasn't been updated, Microsoft support engineer joscon confirmed a workaround for the problem on Thursday afternoon.

By Woody Leonhard | 31 October, 2014 22:59

Tags: forum, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Kno

4 startups that are changing productivity

By now, you've likely heard about Inbox, Google's bold new plan to reinvent email with a smarter, more context-sensitive interface that treats messaging like just another to-do list.

By Matt Weinberger | 25 October, 2014 05:30

Tags: Google, applications, Asana, software, collaboration, mobile, Facebook

Cisco exec: Turnover in engineering no problem

The engineering reorganization currently underway at Cisco is intended to streamline product development and delivery to customers, Cisco says.

By Jim Duffy | 18 October, 2014 04:40

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, mobility, hardware systems, cisco, Data Center, Cisco Subnet

Surprise patch KB 3005628 bodes ill for Microsoft's patching strategy

Yesterday Microsoft released patch KB 3005628 for Windows 8, 8.1, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2. It's a trivial, non-security patch. The fact that it wasn't kept and issued in the normal cadence (patches usually arrive on Update Tuesday, which is next Tuesday) points to either an accidental release to the Automatic Update chute -- which we've seen before -- or an unwelcome switch in Microsoft's patching strategy. Either possibility is troubling.

By Woody Leonhard | 08 October, 2014 22:06

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Bull, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Automatic

‘Unlawful' WiFi hotspot blocking ruling highlights academic IT headaches

Managing the wireless environment at the average college or university can be a difficult task at the best of times, and when students and staff start using personal hotspots the sort that provide wireless data access from the same -- it's not the best of times.

By Jon Gold | 08 October, 2014 03:16

Tags: WiFi, Gartner, education, Networking, fcc, wireless, industry verticals, WLANs / Wi-Fi

9 things to look for in Windows 9

Microsoft is holding a press briefing Tuesday to broadly discuss the future of Windows, but the expectation is that the company will also introduce specifics of Windows 9, including features such as Cortana and virtual desktops.

By Tim Greene | 30 September, 2014 00:07

Tags: Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, software, Windows 9

Oracle's Larry Ellison downshifts, but leadership remains the same

Don't mistake Larry Ellison's decision Thursday to step down as CEO of Oracle as a big change.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 19 September, 2014 21:57

Tags: business issues, IT industry, personnel, Microsoft, software, Oracle

7 reasons Apple should open-source Swift -- and 7 reasons it won't

Faster innovation, better security, new markets -- the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit

By Peter Wayner | 15 September, 2014 20:09

Tags: application development, Apple, applications, mobile technology, ios, software, open source software, operating systems

Incremental SDN: Automating Network Device Configuration

The definition of Software Defined Networking (SDN) continues to broaden, today including functions such as configuration automation and orchestration. While these tasks aren't strictly SDN, the fact is software is used to define some aspect of the network infrastructure in both cases, so vendors have stretched the definition of SDN to bring configuration automation and orchestration platforms into the mix. In fairness, the line gets blurry, as some modern orchestration systems use programmatic interfaces to provision the network instead of traditional configuration tools such as SSH or SNMP.

By Ethan Banks | 09 September, 2014 23:39

Tags: SDN, Networking

Debunking the top open source myths

Today many IT executives choose open source over proprietary software for everything from cloud computing to facilitating teamwork among remote workers. Open source increases security and privacy, encourages an engaged community and offers the ability to "look under the hood" to diagnose and resolve issues quickly.

By Rob Howard | 06 September, 2014 06:44

Tags: Gartner, open source, Open Source Subnet, software

A common theme in identity and access management failure: lack of Active Directory optimization

From the vantage point of most people, even technical folks, Active Directory (AD) seems like it's doing pretty well. How often can you not log in when you sit down at your PC? How often do you fail to find someone in the corporate directory in Outlook? How many times have you heard of an AD outage?

By By Jonathan Sander, Strategy & Research Officer, STEALTHbits | 06 September, 2014 06:07

Tags: management, Line, Networking, access control

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