Social-media policies: You can't say that!

Most companies' social media policies, if they exist at all, are highly inadequate, outdated or both.

By Evan Schuman | 30 June, 2015 19:04

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, boeing, McDonald's, twitter, social media, internet

Is facial recognition a threat on Facebook and Google?

Both Facebook and Google have been working hard at using computers and algorithms to identify people in photos. They've gotten really good at it.

By Mike Elgan | 29 June, 2015 20:10

Tags: Google, security, data privacy, fbi, privacy, Facebook

Finding your way around Apple's iOS 9

Ever since the move away from skeuomorphics in version 7, iOS has been in a state of flux -- one that many iPhone and iPad users and reviewers noted came at the expense of stability. With iOS 9 due out in public beta next month and to the general public this Spring, Apple continues refining the appearance and behavior of the software that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. And just as it's doing with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple is adding a variety of under-the-hood improvements and new tricks that focus on proactivity, UI refinements, and best of all, stability and performance.

By Michael deAgonia | 27 June, 2015 01:08

Tags: Apple, telecommunication, applications, ios, Mobile OSes, mobile, Apple iOS, Capita

IT funding potholes

Organizations should know how to budget and pay for IT products and services -- they've been doing so for more than 50 years. This is not rocket science. Unfortunately, many organizations continue to make the same mistakes year after year.

By Bart Perkins | 23 June, 2015 03:49

Tags: business issues, no company, investments, IT management

4 news apps that will change everything

I'm a huge fan of newspapers. I've been subscribing to the print edition of The New York Times since I was in college.

By Mike Elgan | 23 June, 2015 00:55

Tags: new york times, Instagram, The Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn, wall street journal, twitter, mobile, mobile apps, Facebook

El Capitan's 5 biggest improvements

When Apple execs took the stage last week for the company's annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), they covered a lot of ground -- discussing changes to iOS 9, updates to watchOS, details about the company's music-streaming plans and specifics about OS X 10.11, better known as El Capitan. All three platforms will see improvements focused on performance, privacy and refinements when they arrive later this year.

By Michael deAgonia | 19 June, 2015 20:19

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, WD, Mac OS X, software, operating systems, Capita

Windows 10: Who will jump on the upgrade train?

Windows 10 is looking pretty good. No, really!

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 16 June, 2015 08:31

Tags: Microsoft Windows, IDC, Microsoft, Windows, 21, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Google on Apple: The end is near

The chat room and social network religious wars between Apple and Google demand that you take sides. But I've always felt that the best experience includes a cherry-picking of Apple hardware, Google services and apps from both.

By Mike Elgan | 16 June, 2015 01:29

Tags: Apple, Google, WD, None, software, Apple iOS

Here comes the modular mobile revolution

The future of consumer electronics will be delivered this year in a Puerto Rican food truck.

By Mike Elgan | 08 June, 2015 21:38

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, lego, smartphones

The Internet of Growing Things

Earlier this month, in Monterey, Calif., a meeting organized by the Produce Marketing Association provided an opportunity for a group of local growers of crops such as lettuce, artichokes and strawberries to find out how the latest digital technologies were changing agriculture. Participants heard about how technologies like robots, drones and predictive analytics could help them improve their operations.

By By Richard Adler | 05 June, 2015 03:31

Tags: HP, IBM, Computer History Museum, internet

The IoT needs more wireless spectrum

Two big waves in the wireless world are driving the need for more spectrum, the radio signals that carry data to our phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

By By Bret Swanson | 04 June, 2015 08:27

Tags: skype, Periscope, SnapChat, Instagram, internet, Facebook

Was the IRS breach unstoppable?

Another hack, another claim of inevitability. It is frustrating to read about the IRS breach and see it declared sophisticated. The following quote, from the IRS commissioner to CNN, is just outright infuriating:

By By Ira Winkler and Araceli Treu Gomes | 04 June, 2015 07:01

Tags: cnn, data breaches, IRS, security

Yahoo tries legal pirouettes in court, breaks neck

Yahoo, the once-mighty search-engine company, executed some remarkably graceless legal pirouettes as it tried to defend its invasive email scanning practices -- scanning of emails not sent by Yahoo Mail customers who had signed off on the terms of service, but the emails of people who had sent email to Yahoo users. All to no avail. Last week (May 26), a federal judge approved a class-action lawsuit against Yahoo. But a review of the arguments that Yahoo tried in court is rather entertaining.

By Evan Schuman | 02 June, 2015 23:55

Tags: Yahoo, Technology Law & Regulation, legal

Why you want Google Photos

We all love to take pictures. Smartphones make it easy.

By Mike Elgan | 01 June, 2015 00:38

Tags: Google, beca, 21, software, Google I/O 2015, internet, mobile apps

Restoring a vibrant and open Internet

The Internet has functioned well for decades with minimal regulation of either access or edge providers. The Federal Communications Commission's open-Internet order replaces that stable equilibrium with an asymmetric regime that is inherently unstable and antithetical to investment and innovation.

By By Anna-Maria Kovacs | 28 May, 2015 00:04

Tags: net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission, fcc, internet

EU regulators misunderstand big data

Some European Union regulators reportedly are concerned that major Internet companies such as Google and Facebook gain an unfair competitive advantage from the detailed consumer data they hold, since other companies can never hope to amass anywhere near as much of it. In addition, some regulators worry that with less competition, these data-rich companies will disregard their customers' privacy preferences and become more invasive. Not only are these regulators wrong, but by mistakenly classifying big data as anti-competitive and anti-consumer, they risk driving European companies away from the most productive uses of data, which would harm the competitiveness of European businesses and limit the potential consumer benefits.

By By Joshua New | 27 May, 2015 19:07

Tags: applications, Google, european union, 21, data mining, software, big data, Facebook

How Google and Apple will smartify your home

The next big culture shift in consumer technology is clearly home automation. Over the next two or three years, a dizzying array of home appliances and devices will connect up with your phone and TV box to make everything "smart" (which, let's face it, is a euphemism for "more fun but also more expensive and complex").

By Mike Elgan | 25 May, 2015 20:19

Tags:, Internet of Things, internet

Who's flying the plane? The latest reason to never ignore security holes

Some things are just so predictable. A retailer is told about a mobile security hole and dismisses it, saying it could never happen in real life -- and then it happens. A manufacturer of passenger jets ridicules the risk posed by a wireless security hole in its aircraft, saying defensive mechanisms wouldn't let it happen -- and then it happens.

By Evan Schuman | 19 May, 2015 19:09

Tags: Line, cnn, boeing, Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, security

Open Source Meets Telecom at NFV World Congress

When Linux first became a serious challenger for enterprise-class infrastructure, traditional IT vendors had to contend and to rationalize just what exactly this open source thing was. The initial response from many vendors was to attempt to stop it, but it only grew.

By Art Fewell | 19 May, 2015 06:39

Tags: Linux, Virtuali, SDN, software, operating systems

Facebook: The other Internet

You can do almost everything online. Most people spend most of their web time doing just three things: communicating, buying things and consuming content.

By Mike Elgan | 18 May, 2015 20:43

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, social media, internet, Facebook

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