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Anyone see a problem with this plan?

IT manager pilot fish is also a clinical psychologist, and he's worked out a way to piece together an electronic clinical records system for this large mental health center. Then his boss discovers the project.

The first 29 days of Windows 10

For a version of Windows on which Microsoft placed so much emphasis on upgrades, Windows 10 has a remarkable set of post-upgrade problems.

By Scot Finnie | 26 August, 2015 18:44

Tags: Windows 10

Oracle, still clueless about security

Oracle Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson let loose a long rant about people who dare to look into the security of the company’s products. Oracle quickly backed away from those remarks, but has it faced up to the fact that its CSO has some wrongheaded notions about her own area of expertise?

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 25 August, 2015 19:49

Tags: Oracle

Hey Cortana, why can’t I use Siri on a Mac?

You can use Cortana on a Mac, but not Siri. Why does this make sense?

By Jonny Evans | 25 August, 2015 14:24

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Mac Pro, OS X Yosemite, Windows 10, Siri

ASP.Net SignalR library builds apps that can communicate in real-time

SignalR is an open source library written in .Net that simplifies the exchange of data between a web browser and a web server using WebSockets as a communication protocol. This article presents an in-depth discussion on SignalR.

Windows 10: Microsoft lays its smartphone ambitions to rest

The company wants us to believe that Universal apps — usable on all Windows 10 devices — will save the day for Windows Phone. It’s already clear that won’t be happening.

By Preston Gralla | 19 August, 2015 21:06

Tags: Microsoft

Star Power: Lessons in recruiting from the world of sports

As a corporate technology recruiter and sister-in-law of an NFL Hall of Famer, I've had a front-row view of how star talent is recruited. Turns out, building a winning team is surprisingly similar in the corporate and sports worlds.--

By Kathy Harris | 14 August, 2015 01:08

Tags: nfl, business management

Why I won't write a requiem for Google+

Over the last couple years, this TechWatch blog has been home to requiems for a number of products and services that have either died or pretty much died, collapsing to the point where they no longer resemble their once-great former selves.

By Fredric Paul | 11 August, 2015 04:46

Tags: RadioShack, Google, Open Source Subnet, software, youtube, Facebook

How Facebook, Apple and Twitter are ending online equality

The latest trend in social networking is the rise of elitism.

By Mike Elgan | 10 August, 2015 20:18

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Apple, twitter, social media, internet, Apple Music, Facebook

For Linux, Supercomputers R Us

Supercomputers are serious things, called on to do serious computing. They tend to be engaged in serious pursuits like atomic bomb simulations, climate modeling and high-level physics. Naturally, they cost serious money. At the very top of the latest <a href="http://www.top500.org/">Top500</a> supercomputer ranking is the Tianhe-2 supercomputer at China's National University of Defense Technology. It cost about $390 million to build.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 07 August, 2015 04:51

Tags: Linux, supercomputers, High performance, beca, hardware systems, Mode, software, M1, operating systems, Raspberry Pi

Privacy and the data toothpaste problem

Two prominent appellate courts have ruled in two unrelated privacy cases and dealt dual blows to privacy. A New York state appeals court said that Facebook had no right to resist coughing up extensive details about what its users are saying, while a federal appeals court said that anyone who unintentionally telephones someone -- a pocket-dial, sometimes known a bit more impolitely -- can't expect the listener to not listen and use the information.

By Evan Schuman | 28 July, 2015 20:04

Tags: security, data privacy, twitter, Facebook, privacy

Managing Apple Macs and Windows Systems with the Same SCCM Tool

Organizations are looking to manage their Apple Macs along side their existing Windows systems using existing tools already used in enterprises like Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Parallels (the maker of virtual machine technology that has allowed Mac users to run Windows guest sessions for years) just updated their add-in to SCCM, "Parallels Mac Management 4.0" for Microsoft SCCM.

By Rand Morimoto | 28 July, 2015 01:30

Tags: Parallels, Apple, Microsoft, software

Is Apple's control freakery out of control?

Apple makes money. A LOT of money.

By Mike Elgan | 28 July, 2015 00:41

Tags: mobile applications, Apple, McDonald's, Google, mobile, Apple Music, mobile apps

5 lessons from Google that everyone should learn

There are two levels at which Google excites. There is a systematic stream of advances, such as those presented at the 2015 <a href="https://events.google.com/io2015/">Google I/O event</a> earlier this year -- Android M, Google Photos and the like.

By By Azmi Jafarey | 17 July, 2015 20:11

Tags: Google, IT management

Tech policy belongs on the 2016 campaign agenda

The next race for the White House is already well under way, with candidates in each party formally announcing their intention to run for the presidency on a regular basis. The issues that will dominate the political discourse as we move from the primaries to the general election have yet to be determined, although economics and economic opportunity seem to be good bets to loom large in the campaign. Of course, many interest groups will attempt to inject their key issues into the discussion about where the country is and where it should be going.

By By Richard Adler | 15 July, 2015 23:49

Tags: white house, Technology Law & Regulation, regulation, legal, government, Telecommunications

How should an underage cyberthief be dealt with?

Sometimes, emotions make it difficult to see the most effective way of accomplishing an objective. And emotions can definitely arise when the subject is underage cyberthieves.

By Evan Schuman | 14 July, 2015 21:10

Tags: intrusion, Lizard Squad, security, twitter, Squad, Cybercrime & Hacking

Is it Google's job to fix society?

Social problems exist. Sexism, social stigmatization, crime and other problems have always plagued humanity.

By Mike Elgan | 13 July, 2015 20:12

Tags: search, Carnegie Mellon University, Google, 21, internet, search engines

Just give up on mobile already, Microsoft

How many ways can Microsoft fail with mobile technology? There was Windows CE -- a failure. Windows Mobile -- a flop. And, more recently, Windows Phone -- a fiasco.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 11 July, 2015 03:47

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Google, Microsoft, Networking, smartphones, wireless, mobile, Windows Phone

Labor laws are a mismatch with the sharing economy

A recent finding by the California Labor Commission highlights this disconnect. The commission determined that Barbara Berwick, a San Francisco driver, was an employee of Uber rather than an independent contractor. While the decision does not set a precedent, it may be reversed by courts and might be made moot by Uber making minor changes to its standard contract, this conflict nonetheless highlights the difficulty of applying antiquated laws to new and rapidly evolving industries. Current labor laws were written at a time when large companies were regarded as permanent fixtures in the economy, workers tended to stay with one employer for many years, employees had one full-time job, and many industries were heavily unionized. Those conditions no longer exist. As a result, our laws are increasingly ineffective in giving

By By Joe Kennedy | 10 July, 2015 01:40

Tags: retail, beca, legal, industry verticals, retail IT

Just say no to connected cars

There is a growing chance your next vehicle will be a connected car, augmented with Internet-connected intelligent systems and services.

By Jonny Evans | 09 July, 2015 03:45

Tags: Analysys, Juniper Research, Analysys Mason, o2, internet, Facebook

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