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Marriott CIO: FCC message on WiFi blocking loud and clear

The FCC's sternly worded warning about illegal Wi-Fi blocking earlier this week got through to at least one organization: Marriott International's Global CIO issued a statement Friday that the hospitality outfit is withdrawing efforts to gain clarification from the commission on what methods can be used to protect corporate Wi-Fi networks.

By Bob Brown | 01 February, 2015 09:58

Tags: Marriott, Wi-Fi, Google, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, fcc, Marriott International, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Microsoft to business: Don't worry about Windows 10, consumers will test it

Microsoft on Friday said consumers would become coal mine canaries who turn up bugs and problems in each Windows 10 update months before businesses have to commit to the fixes.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 February, 2015 03:23

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

MIT randomizes tasks to speed massive multicore processors

As each new generation of computer processors arrives with a larger number of computing cores, computer scientists grapple with how best to make use of this proliferation of parallel power.

By Joab Jackson | 31 January, 2015 10:43

Tags: popular science, applications, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, data mining, software

Microsoft updates cloud-based SQL Server to simplify management

Microsoft has added automated backup and patching for SQL Server databases running in virtual machines on its Azure cloud, in a bid to simplify management and improve reliability.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 31 January, 2015 05:06

Tags: databases, applications, Microsoft, software, Software as a service, cloud computing, internet, system management

Intuit backpedals from TurboTax changes after upgrade uproar

Intuit backtracked yesterday, not only again apologizing for stiffing TurboTax customers by not telling them of changes in its business model but saying that it would offer partial refunds and free upgrades to its more capable editions.

By Gregg Keizer | 31 January, 2015 03:50

Tags: amazon.com, applications, Customer Relationship Management, Intuit, LinkedIn, Desktop Apps, software, TurboTax, Financial / tax

BT to test 500Mbps broadband over copper in two towns

British Telecom thinks that a new technology called G.fast can increase broadband speeds over copper to hundreds of megabits per second, and will soon conduct trials to see if it's right.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 31 January, 2015 00:00

Tags: BT, telecommunication, Networking, DSL, broadband

FCC banks nearly $45 billion in landmark AWS-3 spectrum auction

The FCC announced today that Auction 97 spectrum auction has closed after roughly two and a half months, with winning bids totaling $44.9 billion for the 65MHz of mostly AWS-3 range. That figure is far and away the highest ever seen in a spectrum auction.

By Jon Gold | 30 January, 2015 07:08

Tags: reddit, at&t, Networking, verizon, Microsoft, wireless, fcc, qualcomm

Wi-Fi issues continue to hamper OS X users despite updates

Apple's efforts this week to remedy the Wi-Fi connectivity issues plaguing many OS X users produced mediocre results, judging by comments left in Apple's support forum.

By Fred O'Connor | 30 January, 2015 06:51

Tags: Apple, telecommunication, Mac OS, applications, ios, Mobile OSes, software, mobile, operating systems

Microsoft kicks off C# 7 language planning

Designers are off and running with plans for the next generation of Microsoft's C# language, with key themes centering on data management, performance, and reliability.

By Paul Krill | 30 January, 2015 02:51

Tags: application development, C#, GitHub, Microsoft, software

Office for Android now widely available, with new Outlook apps in tow

Microsoft has made its Word, Excel and Powerpoint apps for Google's Android OS generally available, and also released new Outlook apps for Android and Apple's iOS.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 30 January, 2015 00:09

Tags: applications, Microsoft, hardware systems, tablets, software, Office suites

Microsoft previews OneDrive for Business for the Mac

Microsoft on Wednesday released the promised preview of OneDrive for Business for OS X, the first way to sidestep the browser when accessing company documents and the only way so far to sync files for offline use on a Mac.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 January, 2015 23:23

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, dropbox, Microsoft, Mac OS X, software, operating systems

Oracle Service Cloud gets more social

Oracle has released an update to its Oracle Service Cloud that adds new tools to give companies more insight about their customers.

By Katherine Noyes | 29 January, 2015 11:39

Tags: marketing, Customer Relationship Management, applications, software, cloud computing, industry verticals, internet, Oracle

Zero Touch Provisioning can help the network world catch up to server advances

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By Calvin Chai | 29 January, 2015 03:56

Tags: Ethernet Switch, Networking, Pica8 Inc., Bare metal switch

Good wants to manage your smartphones for $3 a month, per user

Good Technology is hoping its cloud-based Management Suite for mobile devices will make life easier for IT departments that don't want to rely on products from multiple vendors to manage the seemingly countless phones and tablets that employees are using for work these days.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 29 January, 2015 03:26

Tags: consumer electronics, smartphones, hardware systems, Good Technology, tablets, software, system management

New Aurelia framework wants in on JavaScript riches

A wide variety of technologies has piggybacked JavaScript, including Famo.us, AngularJS, Meteor, and Node.js. A new entrant, Aurelia, offers another angle as a modular framework enabling customization and accommodating the latest ECMAScript technologies.

By Paul Krill | 29 January, 2015 02:27

Tags: Durandal Inc., software, javascript

Rooting your Android device: A guide for the accident-prone

I am the person IT people are talking about when they say "he knows just enough to be dangerous." I can't deny it. I've broken many more computers and phones and other gadgets through attempts at tinkering than I've improved.

By Jon Gold | 29 January, 2015 00:04

Tags: htc, Networking, wireless

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, January 28

France threatens net companies with draft law ... U.S. shakes privacy stick at Internet of Things ... Apple Watch to ship in April... and more

By IDG News Service staff | 28 January, 2015 23:35

Tags: business issues, Apple, Google, Microsoft, marriott hotels, software, twitter, internet, Facebook

Wi-Fi growth set to drive sales of new Ethernet speeds

Steadily growing demand for faster enterprise wireless LANs in the next four years is expected to drive up sales of both Wi-Fi gear and a new type of Ethernet for connecting next-generation access points.

By Stephen Lawson | 28 January, 2015 12:49

Tags: Dell'Oro Group, Networking, wireless, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Windows 10 Spartan browser will get extensions

Microsoft's Internet Explorer development team has confirmed there will be a browser extension system for Project Spartan, meaning developers will be able to extend its functionality with software that can be built directly into the browser.

By Scott M. Fulton III | 28 January, 2015 11:59

Tags: applications, Microsoft, browsers, software

FCC calls blocking of personal Wi-Fi hotspots "disturbing trend"

The FCC on Tuesday warned that it will no longer tolerate hotels, convention centers or others intentionally interfering with personal Wi-Fi hotspots.

By Bob Brown | 28 January, 2015 09:24

Tags: Wi-Fi, Google, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, fcc, Marriott International, WLANs / Wi-Fi

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