Software

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: amazon.com, 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

Europe's war against U.S. tech is wrongheaded

What do Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon and Netflix have in common? In addition to being U.S. tech giants, they're in the crosshairs of European regulators and may face big fines and stiff rules reining in the way they operate on the continent.

By Preston Gralla | 14 May, 2015 04:12

Tags: Technology Law & Regulation, Google, Microsoft, european union, european commission, legal, netflix, intel, Facebook, Apple

Verizon's buy of AOL would offer edge against Google, Facebook on mobile ads

In the Internet era, many multibillion-dollar acquisitions sound insanely ambitious and out of line.

By Matt Hamblen | 13 May, 2015 04:46

Tags: business issues, AOL, IT industry, verizon

The AI ecosystem

Interest and press around artificial intelligence (AI) comes and goes, but the reality is that we have had AI systems with us for quite some time. Because many of these systems are narrowly focused (and actually work), often times they are not thought of as being AI.

By Kris Hammond | 11 May, 2015 22:56

Tags: popular science, emerging technology, beca, netflix

Patch Tuesday may be dead, but Microsoft's not confessing to the crime

Microsoft is set to upend a 12-year practice of providing security patches on the same day each month to everyone. Or not.

By Gregg Keizer | 08 May, 2015 07:00

Tags: Microsoft, security

Digital Dumpster diving: A trashcan that reports on what you throw away

Every now and then, a product comes along that is either genius-level brilliant or celestially clueless. To get the CC award, product designers must force themselves to not only ignore the bad ways the product could be used or to naively believe that minimal safeguards would prevent them. For your consideration: the GeniCan, which scans and otherwise figures out almost everything you are throwing away or recycling and wirelessly transmits that data back to the mother ship.

By Evan Schuman | 05 May, 2015 19:09

Tags: Internet of Things, nsa, internet

10 ways to fix Google+

Google+ turns four next month.

By Mike Elgan | 04 May, 2015 20:35

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

Will Windows 10 be ready this summer? No way. Will it ship? Count on it.

AMD CEO Lisa Su let the cat out of the bag: Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 in late July.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 30 April, 2015 03:27

Tags: Microsoft, software, Windows 10, operating systems

Birth of an Internet independence movement

The 20th anniversary of the privatization of the Internet deserves recognition by the U.S. Congress and celebration by all Americans as "Internet Independence Day." Two decades ago, on April 30, 1995, the Internet was privatized with the decommissioning of the NSFNET backbone.

By By Daniel Berninger | 29 April, 2015 19:04

Tags: fcc, U.S. Congress, internet

How to get a better outsourcing deal

IT leaders can't expect to have the upper hand in an outsourcing negotiation. Whether you're negotiating the initial contract, an extension or a change order, the outsourcer normally has the advantage.

By Bart Perkins | 29 April, 2015 04:39

Tags: business issues, (no company)

What does HP think it's doing?

Winston Churchill once said of Russia, "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Now, I don't deal with international politics. I just write about technology. But when I've looked at HP lately I've been left thinking of its strategy as, well, "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 24 April, 2015 04:33

Tags: HP, business issues, Amazon Web Services, new york times, IT industry, Google, Microsoft, beca

Sony reminds us all what a pathetically weak link email is

Sony is reliving the nightmare that its hacked databases gave rise to late last year, now that Wikileaks has thoughtfully published all of the leaked documents in a searchable database. Really, they are the most courteous hoodlums ever.

By Evan Schuman | 21 April, 2015 19:11

Tags: email, data security, security, beca, sony, data protection, Bloomberg

With data analytics, no more Pontiac Azteks

In their introduction to Arc 2.1: Exit Strategies, "Escaping reality," editors Simon Ings and Sumit Paul-Choudhury tell us that "ninety-six percent of the cosmos is ineffable" -- incapable of being expressed or described in words. In addition to reminding us of the widely accepted scientific fact that 96% of our universe is made up by yet-to-be-explained dark matter and dark energy, their point -- I think -- is that it is in our imagination (our ability to make stuff up) that the future lies.

By Thornton May | 21 April, 2015 03:52

Tags: data analytics, virtualization, General Motors Corp, Dispatch Printing Co.

Discovering a blind eye to vulnerabilities

Last week, I was horrified to discover a problem with my vulnerability scanner. The product I use relies on a user account to connect to our Microsoft Windows servers and workstations to check them for vulnerable versions of software, and that user account had never been configured properly. As a result, the scanner has been blind to a lot of vulnerabilities. And this has been going on for a long time.

By By J.F. Rice | 13 April, 2015 23:47

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, security

What is artificial intelligence?

What is artificial intelligence (AI), and what is the difference between general AI and narrow AI?

By Kris Hammond | 10 April, 2015 21:13

Tags: popular science, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, emerging technology

Let's rethink email

I've been using email longer than most people (more than a quarter of a century), so I think I have the credibility to say it's overdue for an overhaul.

By Evan Schuman | 06 April, 2015 19:03

Tags: Lotus, email, enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, software

Three lies about Google Glass

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt shocked everyone last week by telling The Wall Street Journal that Google isn't killing Google Glass.

By Mike Elgan | 06 April, 2015 05:04

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, The Wall Street Journal, beca, wall street journal, Wearables

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