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Windows' new normal shows software-as-a-service ambitions

Microsoft's new updating "normal" for Windows -- a faster-paced tempo that demands customers apply releases within weeks -- is a first step in moving the OS to a services-style model. But companies may be leery of the change.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 April, 2014 06:27

Tags: Gartner, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

USB Type-C: Simpler, faster and more powerful

The next generation of USB cables, the Type-C, will offer faster data streams, an increased ability to power devices, and better ease of use.

By Brian Nadel | 15 April, 2014 21:09

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Computer Peripherals, USB Implementers Forum, Apple, forum, Networking, wireless, intel, mobile

AI gets its groove back

Thanks to the advent of Big Data, new algorithms and massive, affordable computing power, artificial intelligence is now, finally, on a roll again.

By Lamont Wood | 14 April, 2014 20:35

Tags: Gartner, applications, University of Georgia, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, software, intel

At Build, mobility gets a boost with universal Windows apps

Microsoft's announcement of universal Windows apps demonstrates the company's commitment to improving its share of the tablet and smartphone markets.

By Matt Hamblen | 04 April, 2014 21:21

Tags: App Development, consumer electronics, applications, Microsoft, smartphones, software, three, Windows Phone

Intel plays defense against ARM with Cloudera stake

Intel's US$740 million investment in software company Cloudera will help sell more x86 chips in Hadoop installations, but it could also be a defensive move to maintain its server lead from the emerging threat posed by 64-bit ARM servers.

By Agam Shah | 01 April, 2014 07:40

Tags: business issues, Arm, software, investments, intel, cloudera

Invasion of the body snatchers: wearable devices are coming for you

A place in your pocket is no longer enough for mobile gadget makers: now, they want your body.

By Martyn Williams | 29 March, 2014 03:22

Tags: peripherals, lg, Apple, Google, Thalmic Labs, Fitbit, sony

Microsoft returns to scare tactic well in dump-XP campaign

Microsoft has pulled out the big guns - a fear-of-God approach - to scare users into dumping Windows XP, telling them the most popular tasks done on a PC will put them in the crosshairs of cyber criminals.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 March, 2014 16:06

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Malware and Vulnerabilities

HTC One M8 called a good looker and genuine rival to the Galaxy S5

HTC announced its One M8 smartphone on Tuesday, boasting its premium styling and asserting that it offers the world's best innovations. Those include a dual rear camera for adding depth to photos and a battery with 40% longer life than last year's HTC One M7.

By Matt Hamblen | 25 March, 2014 19:39

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, htc, Networking, Android, smartphones, wireless, mobile, galaxy

Smartphone innovation is slowing, so what's next?

In the last year or so, there has been a noticeable slowdown in innovations in new smartphones -- with both hardware and software. The next direction seems to be making the smartphone the hub for connecting technologies int eh Internet of Things scenario.

By Matt Hamblen | 24 March, 2014 20:22

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, IDC, consumer electronics, wireless carriers, Networking, smartphones, wireless, mobile, galaxy

In-memory technologies move databases to real time

Last week, application-performance monitoring service provider New Relic launched an offering that allows customers to mine its operational data for business intelligence.

By Joab Jackson | 24 March, 2014 17:12

Tags: applications, databases, Pivotal, Microsoft, software, Joyent

In-memory technologies move databases to real time

Last week, application-performance monitoring service provider New Relic launched an offering that allows customers to mine its operational data for business intelligence.

By Joab Jackson | 24 March, 2014 17:12

Tags: applications, databases, Pivotal, Microsoft, software, Joyent

The Grill: Rotary CIO Peter Markos

Peter Markos, CIO and general manager for Rotary International, contends with challenges ranging from authenticating a constantly changing list of users who need to access Rotary's systems to enabling applications that work for a vastly diverse membership.

By Mary K. Pratt | 24 March, 2014 10:37

Tags: management, IT transformation, Networking, IT careers, CIO role, IT Leadership, HBO, IT management

Government open data proves a treasure trove for savvy businesses

Ever since President Obama signed the Open Data Executive Order, government agencies have been making their vast data stores available to the public. These once-secret data sets are proving a valuable business resource, too.

By Cindy Waxer | 24 March, 2014 10:37

Tags: Government IT, applications, big data, software, data mining, business intelligence, McKinsey, white house, analytics, Business Intelligence/Analytics

Career Watch: The rise of people architecture

In managing human resources, people architecture is gaining popularity, says IT workforce analyst David Foote. He explains what it is and why it's on the rise.

By Jamie Eckle | 24 March, 2014 10:37

Tags: management, open source, Networking, Foote Partners, IT careers, software, IT management, staff management

The 12 pros and cons of a cellular smartwatch

Samsung is reportedly working on a variant of its Gear 2 smartwatch that works over cellular networks and doesn't require a Bluetooth or other connection to a smartphone.

By Matt Hamblen | 21 March, 2014 10:38

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, wireless carriers, LG Electronics, Networking, wireless, SK Telecom, Personal Technology, mobile, galaxy

Wearables fit perfectly into Google's smart strategy

Google's Android Wear mobile operating system is about powering smartwatches and wearables, but it also fits neatly into the company's overall smart strategy.

By Sharon Gaudin | 20 March, 2014 10:35

Tags: Motorola, Mobile/Wireless, Google, consumer electronics, Networking, smartphones, wireless, Personal Technology, mobile

Microsoft scrambles to simplify its licensing

Microsoft is pledging dramatic improvements to its notoriously complex enterprise licensing, but experts are skeptical about the potential impact of the plan.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 19 March, 2014 13:30

Tags: maintenance, applications, Microsoft, it strategy, software, best practices, IT management, mobile, Installation, consumerization of IT

Suddenly, wearables are big with new developer software releases

If you didn't already think wearables were going to be big, think again. Google and Samsung are among the biggest players in this emerging tech field and both just made new wearable app developer announcements.

By Matt Hamblen | 18 March, 2014 20:23

Tags: Motorola, Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, Personal Technology, mobile, mobile apps, Apple, Google, consumer electronics

A clear-eyed guide to Mac OS X's actual security risks

Apple has improved its security in recent years, but is it enough?

By Bob Violino | 10 March, 2014 11:04

Tags: applications, Endpoint Protection, macbooks, Mac OS X, CIO, operating systems, antivirus, Gartner, Apple, computer hardware, Desktop Macs, security, anti-virus, encryption, software

Do you understand your company's personality?

Corporate culture may matter even more to your project's success than ROI does. Here's how to work with it rather than against it.

By Minda Zetlin | 10 March, 2014 10:35

Tags: Networking, IT careers, CIO role, splunk, IT Leadership, CIO, IT management, management, IT transformation, Gartner

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