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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

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

Here's what free upgrades could do for Windows 9's uptake

By making Windows 9, aka "Threshold," free, Microsoft will be able to push more than half of all Windows 8 users to the upgrade within a matter of months, an analysis of user share data shows.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 September, 2014 03:42

Tags: net applications, Microsoft, software, operating systems

VMWorld 2014: Winners and Losers

VMWorld 2014 was a whirlwind. The conference last week attracted 22,000 attendees, more than 250 exhibitors and spread across all three buildings of the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco over a five-day period.

By Brandon Butler | 03 September, 2014 07:02

Tags: virtualization, VMworld 2014, internet, cloud computing, VMware

Windows 8's uptake climbs but still trails Vista's

Windows 8's uptake came unstuck last month and shoved into a forward gear for the first time since May, but the OS trailed Windows Vista's tempo of six years ago, according to data published Monday.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 September, 2014 22:05

Tags: net applications, Windows PCs, Microsoft, software, operating systems, internet

Did Microsoft help seed the market for Windows Store scam apps?

Microsoft has finally begun cleaning out the Windows Store by killing 1,500 scams and copycat apps. But by turning the other way when bad apps were uploaded, and maybe even paying for them, Microsoft was part of the problem.

By Preston Gralla | 30 August, 2014 01:24

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

Here goes the Apple vs. Samsung smartwatch showdown

Fast follower

By Jonny Evans | 28 August, 2014 19:58

Tags: iOS 8, iphone 6, samsung, Apple, consumer electronics, Android, smartphones, Nike, apple mac

Meet Cobol's hard core fans

Some of the world's largest businesses say their Cobol application infrastructure, running on state-of-the-art big iron, still delivers a powerful competitive advantage. The challenge going forward will be staffing it.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 21 August, 2014 20:39

Tags: management, applications, Networking, IBM, CBS, infrastructure management, software, blue shield

Cloud BI: Going where the data lives

Historically, cloud BI has been mostly used by smaller businesses, but larger enterprises are starting to make the trek.

By Nancy Gohring | 20 August, 2014 20:48

Tags: analytics, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Gartner, applications, software, internet, cloud computing, business intelligence

How risky will it be to run old IE after Microsoft's 2016 patch stoppage?

Microsoft's decision to stop patching older versions of Internet Explorer in 17 months may not be as big a show-stopper as many assume.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 August, 2014 06:28

Tags: applications, Microsoft, computerworld, beca, Windows, software, operating systems

Deja vu all over again: Windows 7 will be the new XP

Even as enterprises try to get rid of their last Windows XP machines, Gartner analysts are urging them to start planning for the end of Windows 7.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 August, 2014 03:02

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

IoT is here and there, but not everywhere yet

The Internet of Things is still too hard. Even some of its biggest backers say so.

By Stephen Lawson | 14 August, 2014 01:22

Tags: Cisco Systems, RacoWireless, Networking, internet, intel

3D printing makes its move into production

The use of 3D printing for finished goods is about to disrupt manufacturing and supply chains in a big way. Here's why, and here's how IT will be critical to that transition.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 13 August, 2014 20:56

Tags: applications, NASA, Compete, software, lockheed martin, government, IT management, Government/Industries, consumerization of IT

15 technologies changing how developers work

A long time ago, developers wrote assembly code that ran fast and light. On good days, they had enough money in their budget to hire someone to toggle all those switches on the front of the machine to input their code. On bad days, they flipped the switches themselves. Life was simple: The software loaded data from memory, did some arithmetic, and sent it back. That was all.

By Peter Wayner | 11 August, 2014 23:51

Tags: Development tools, application development, software

How Claure can fix Sprint as it battles T-Mobile

What can incoming Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure do to reverse the carrier's declining subscriber base?

By Matt Hamblen | 09 August, 2014 05:48

Tags: business issues, sprint, personnel, T-Mobile USA, mobile

Flexibility, asking questions key for recent college graduates looking to advance in IT

When Cathy Lee started working at New York startup Faith Street last year, she quickly learned a lesson that could benefit other recent college graduates who want to advance their IT careers -- soft skills like being flexible, taking on new tasks and asking questions matter a lot.

By Fred O'Connor | 30 July, 2014 04:30

Tags: netsuite, careers, IT management

Microsoft wants you to forget Windows 8

Unless MIcrosoft radically changes its habits, it will throw Windows 8 down a deep memory hole even before a successor ships.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 July, 2014 01:20

Tags: Coca-Cola, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, beca, Windows, software, operating systems

Long replacement cycle drags down iPad sales

Apple announced it sold 13.3 million iPads in the second quarter, a year-over-year drop of 9%, the second straight quarter of declining numbers, and blamed a slowdown in developed markets.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 July, 2014 21:50

Tags: Apple, IDC, ios, hardware systems, wall street journal, software, tablets, operating systems

Microsoft reveals bankruptcy of devices strategy by dumping Nokia feature phones

Microsoft decision to ax the feature phone business it got when it bought Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion shows the investment 'went for naught.'

By Gregg Keizer | 22 July, 2014 06:16

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, Nokia, beca, smartphones, Windows Phone

A guide to the confusing Internet of Things standards world

Google recently announced a new networking protocol called Thread that aims to create a standard for communication between connected household devices.

By Colin Neagle | 22 July, 2014 05:31

Tags: Google, Internet of Things, Networking, qualcomm, intel, IoT

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