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The Apple/IBM deal: iOS claims the IoT

The partnership announced last week isn't just about selling more iPhones. It's part of a big push into the Internet of Things.

By Jonny Evans | 23 July, 2014 22:15

Tags: Apple, applications, Networking, IBM, big data, software, data mining, internet, management

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Bye, Nokia, nice knowing you

Nokia, once a great company and the pride of Finland, is shuffling to its grave under Microsoft's leadership.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 22 July, 2014 22:47

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, Nokia, smartphones, mobile

Julia King: We're all data scientists now

It's up to each one of us to figure out what in the daily surge of data is useful, what's crap and what's truly valuable.

By Julia King | 21 July, 2014 23:22

Tags: Columbia University, applications, IT careers, big data, software, data mining

Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT

One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways.

By Ryan Faas | 17 July, 2014 20:06

Tags: IT transformation, Apple, ios, IBM, software, operating systems, mobile apps

Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred

In the seven years since the first iPhone arrived, iOS has morphed from a consumer-centric OS into one with a wealth of enterprise-worthy features.

By Ryan Faas | 17 July, 2014 20:06

Tags: Apple, ios, IBM, software, operating systems

The benefits of converged network and application performance management

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 Matt Zanderigo | 12 July, 2014 06:13

Tags: Networking, application performance management

IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) provides real time monitoring of large volumes of data

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 Ray Solnik | 08 July, 2014 01:17

Tags: applications, big data, software, data mining, business intelligence

Facebook's icky psychology experiment is actually business as usual

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple weeks, you've no doubt heard about Facebook's creepy, secret, psychological experiment designed to see if negative newsfeed posts inspire more negativity -- and vice versa. I don't want to excuse Facebook's behavior, which has prompted a (sort-of) apology from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, as well as an ongoing stream of condemnation and outrage from legitimate psychologists and Internet commentators. I too was weirded out by the revelations, feeling manipulated and that somehow my privacy had been unfairly invaded without my permission.

By Fredric Paul | 08 July, 2014 00:58

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, applications, security, big data, software, data mining, internet, social media, business intelligence, Facebook, privacy

Bankers beware: Technology is going to get you (and none of us will care)

Technology is about to take a big slice of the traditional banking business. Bankers have been slow to see what's coming, but they're starting to realize what's at stake.

By Jonny Evans | 07 July, 2014 23:35

Tags: management, Financial IT, Networking

WIth iWatch looming, Microsoft plans its own fitness wearable as Woz tosses aside his Galaxy Gear

With the iWatch rumoured to launch sometime this fall, competitors like Microsoft aren't sitting idly by. According to a recent report from longtime Microsoft watcher, Paul Thurrott, the folks in Redmond are prepping their own wearable device that will have a decidedly fitness oriented bent.

By Yoni Heisler | 04 July, 2014 05:07

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Windows, woz, software, wozniak, operating systems, wearable, Steve Wozniak

Has Microsoft finally realised PCs are different than tablets?

If recently published reports are to be believed, Microsoft is finally realizing something I've been saying ever since Windows 8 first reared its ugly head: the so-called Modern (formerly Metro) tile interface may work fine on smartphones and tablets, but it basically throws traditional computers under the bus. The Windows 8 start screen is just plain silly on traditional computers.

By Fredric Paul | 02 July, 2014 23:46

Tags: Windows 8, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Big data security analytics mantra: Collect and analyze everything

In a recent research survey, ESG asked security professionals to identify the most important type of data for use in malware detection and analysis (note: I am an employee of ESG). The responses were as follows:

By Jon Oltsik | 02 July, 2014 01:42

Tags: cybersecurity, applications, big data analytics, big data, software, data mining, Cisco Subnet

Promise Theory

The way we have created IT systems over the years has been very linear with each individual component being statically configured. If a human makes an error in any one of the many configurations, then the whole system breaks down. Over the years, IT systems have become increasingly complex with multiple layers of abstraction and virtualization making it difficult to enforce stability and gain scalability. Promise theory provides a new way to think about how IT systems rely on each other to form an entire system that businesses can depend. This article will cover the foundation concept of promise theory and give examples of how it is used.

By Scott Hogg | 02 July, 2014 00:26

Tags: SDN, Networking

And there's something else wrong with Comcast's Xfinity customer-based Wi-Fi hotspot plan ...

I have, in previous Gearhead articles (first in Comcast's latest bad idea turns your Wi-Fi into everybody's Wi-Fi and then in Revisiting Comcast's Xfinity public hotspot strategy), discussed Comcast's strategy for implementing opt-out Wi-Fi hotspots on their customers' Xfinity gateways. In the latter post I questioned the security of the service and noted that access to the Comcast service isn't as tightly controlled as the company might think.

By Mark Gibbs | 30 June, 2014 22:42

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, wireless, comcast, internet, ISP services, WLANs / Wi-Fi, Comcast broadband, cable broadband

Why Android Wear is the new iPad

Columnist Mike Elgan tested a smartwatch with Android Wear and said he has experienced a culture-changing platform.

By Mike Elgan | 28 June, 2014 21:22

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Android, smartphones, wireless, Personal Technology, mobile, IDG, Apple, Google, consumer electronics

Turning network resource management on its head through software-defined WANs

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 Jay Friedman | 28 June, 2014 06:31

Tags: WANs, SDN, Networking, software defined networking

Comparing the top Hadoop distributions

Hadoop introduced a new way to simplify the analysis of large data sets, and in a very short time reshaped the big data market. In fact, today Hadoop is often synonymous with the term big data.

By Kirill Grigorchuk | 27 June, 2014 23:54

Tags: open source, applications, software

100Mb/sec Ethernet coming to a car near you?

As more and more infotainment and crash avoidance technology gets stuffed to cars and trucks, the need for better, faster and more reliable in-car networking equipment grows. In theory at least.

By Michael Cooney | 26 June, 2014 05:42

Tags: Ethernet, Networking, automobile internet technology, IEEE, LAN & WAN

The PSTN transition to VoIP: Going green

We've discussed some of the advantages of transitioning the PSTN to IP, but there we haven't yet covered the environmental implications of the pending transition. At their annual partner conference Perspectives14, GENBAND hosted a discussion which addressed the power costs behind the PSTN, pointing out the benefits an IP transition.

By Larry Hettick | 25 June, 2014 07:18

Tags: unified communications, telecommunication, Green data center, Networking, GENBAND, voip, green IT, environment

The desktop-a-week review: Enlightenment

Over the last few months I've been living, quite happily, with GNOME Shell as the Desktop Environment on my Linux machines. Then, recently, I gave Enlightenment another try. I was blown away by how impressive it was (and, more importantly, how interesting it was).

By Bryan Lunduke | 25 June, 2014 06:59

Tags: Linux, Open Source Subnet, software, operating systems

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