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

First-to-market means diddly when it comes to smartwatches

The old wisdom that "first-to-market" technology products will win out gets thrown out the window when it comes to smartwatches and some other wearables.

By Matt Hamblen | 16 April, 2014 02:39

Tags: galaxy, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, Personal Technology

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

Broadband faces a fork in the road

As Google and AT&T race to provide super-fast 1 gigabit fiber networks to power users, more than a quarter of U.S. homes still have no broadband service at all.

By Matt Hamblen | 11 April, 2014 20:30

Tags: Google, telecommunication, at&t, internet, government, broadband, Government/Industries

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

Can Microsoft's Windows Phone OS surge in market share?

Microsoft is expected to launch an update to its Windows Phone platform to version 8.1 at its annual Build developer conference on Wednesday, followed by a separate Nokia event later in the day, reportedly to announce two phones running the new OS.

By Matt Hamblen | 02 April, 2014 06:34

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, Nokia, smartphones, mobile apps, 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

Facebook may lure teen users back with virtual reality promise

With its acquisition of virtual reality gaming company Oculus VR , Facebook may have found a way to lure back younger users to the social network.

By Sharon Gaudin | 26 March, 2014 20:15

Tags: hardware, Oculus VR, Internet-based applications and services, hardware systems, Oculus Rift, internet, social media, Facebook

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

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

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

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

Eight eye-openers from's annual report

Last week, reported its fourth-quarter and year-end fiscal 2014 results, announcing a major bump in revenue and even raising its guidance significantly. But the fast-growing cloud vendor is also continuing to post significant losses as it spends big on sales, marketing and acquisitions.

By Chris Kanaracus | 07 March, 2014 17:44

Tags: business issues, applications,, software

Trust issue looms large for tech companies capitalizing on personal data

As tech companies increasingly rely on analyzing and selling user data to boost revenue, trust is emerging as one of the defining issues of the year for the IT sector.

By Marc Ferranti | 06 March, 2014 22:06

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, ovum, smartphones, internet, deutsche telekom, Facebook, privacy, search engines, alcatel-lucent, consumer electronics, jasper wireless, security

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