Some customers aren't sold on US transition to IP networks

Many U.S. residents who have written the FCC to voice concerns about the move from copper-based telephone networks to Internet Protocol are concerned about the potential effects on health from mobile-headset radiation and what happens when the electricity goes out.

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:23

Tags: telephony, AARP, telecommunication, regulation, at&t, voip, legal, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, broadband

Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion

Companies are engaged in a kind of arms race with competitors to see how many apps they can get everyone to use. But this aggressive push for more apps is going to end up giving users app fatigue.

By Mike Elgan | 12 April, 2014 21:20

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, dropbox, Networking, None, smartphones, wireless, mobile, Facebook, mobile apps, Instagram, consumer electronics, WhatsApp

Michael Kirven: Why 2014 is the year to become an independent IT contractor

There's never been a better time to explore opportunities as a technology contractor. The potential payoffs can benefit both workers and companies.

By Michael Kirven | 07 April, 2014 23:04

Tags: business issues, IT careers, computerworld, IT outsourcing

Four reasons Microsoft is a new company

There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

By Mike Elgan | 05 April, 2014 22:24

Tags: applications, Microsoft, Windows, hardware systems, smartphones, software, tablets, operating systems, Windows Phone, Apple, consumer electronics

Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite

With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.

By Ryan Faas | 04 April, 2014 21:15

Tags: Apple, Mobile device management, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, mobile

Career advice: Learn from your mistakes

Premier 100 IT Leader Doris Peek also answers questions on the value of education and of learning about the business.

By Doris Peek | 04 April, 2014 03:01

Tags: applications, education, Networking, computerworld, training, software, project management, industry verticals, IT management, Education/Training, management

Security Manager's Journal: A rush to XP's end of life

The end of Microsoft support is fast approaching, and the company still has a lot of machines running the old Windows operating system.

By J.F. Rice | 02 April, 2014 02:52

Tags: security, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Malware and Vulnerabilities

Why Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon want to be each other

It was a loony week in Silicon Valley. Four major technology companies announced expensive and risky programs to become less like themselves and more like their competitors.

By Mike Elgan | 29 March, 2014 22:04

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, retail, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, twitter, internet, social media, industry verticals, Facebook

The Enterprise of Things

Consumers will lead the charge to the Internet of Things, but enterprise adaptation will not be far behind. Will your IT department be ready?

By Jack Gold | 26 March, 2014 13:55

Tags: management, Networking, internet

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Office for iPad: Big deal, or big yawn?

DEK: Flop or not? Users will soon decide whether Office for the iPad is the greatest thing since Flappy Birds or the next Microsoft Kin. What's a Kin, you ask? Exactly.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 24 March, 2014 12:10

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, hardware systems, tablets

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you

OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 24 March, 2014 10:37

Tags: IBM, software, Vouchercloud, internet, cloud computing, operating systems

15 mysteries about the Moto 360 smartwatch

We've seen pictures and videos of Motorola's round smartwatch. But the most important facts are still unknown, and Mike Elgan has a lot of questions.

By Mike Elgan | 22 March, 2014 11:09

Tags: Motorola, Mobile/Wireless, Networking, qualcomm, wireless, intel, Personal Technology, mobile, Google, htc, consumer electronics, broadcom

A peek into the licensing abyss, courtesy of Microsoft

Anyone who wants to see how convoluted Microsoft licensing can be should check out the company's Licensing How To blog, where officials answer questions from customers and explain policies, concepts and how to apply usage rules in specific scenarios.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 19 March, 2014 13:30

Tags: Microsoft, software

Ready for your electronic tattoo?

Electronic tattoos are the ultimate wearable computer. There's no telling what a patch of electronics stuck to your body somewhere and connected wirelessly to a smartphone can do once app developers get involved.

By Mike Elgan | 15 March, 2014 11:03

Tags: Motorola, Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, wireless, Lenovo, Personal Technology, mobile, Google, consumer electronics

Seagate's latest: Drive fast, App slow

The data transfer speed improvements that Seagate has made to their drives is remarkably impressive.

By Keith Shaw | 12 March, 2014 22:15

Tags: network storage, Configuration / maintenance, dropbox, flickr, Networking, hardware systems, wireless, Data Center, Facebook, youtube, 3M, Google

Preston Gralla: With Comcast deal, say goodbye to the Internet as we've known it

With little or no competition, Comcast will have little reason to increase speed or lower the cost of broadband, or any impetus to preserve Net neutrality.

By Preston Gralla | 10 March, 2014 10:35

Tags: Federal Communications Commission, telecommunication, time warner, Time Warner Cable, comcast, internet, broadband, Bloomberg

How do you feel? Your phone may soon tell you

A variety of projects unveiled in the past year aim to give mobile apps the ability to instantly detect a person's emotional state.

By Mike Elgan | 08 March, 2014 12:06

Tags: Apple, Google, retail, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, industry verticals, mobile apps

Reviews: HP's EliteBook 840 and Logitech's ConferenceCam CC3000e

The notebook features a lightweight yet tough finish, and the latest tech specs; up to 16GB of memory; storage options up to 1TB hard drive or 256GB SSD; 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

By Keith Shaw | 05 March, 2014 23:13

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, PC, Networking, hardware systems, wireless, Corning, intel, anti-malware, Data Center, HP

Mobile IT Roach Motel: Data checks in, but it won't check out

Even if a company were willing to expunge personal data that it had been authorized to collect, the realities of IT systems mean it probably could never completely do that.

By Evan Schuman | 04 March, 2014 13:10

Tags: Google, security, orange, privacy, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Career advice: Moving into Internet security

Premier 100 IT Leader Stuart Kippelman also answers questions on career growth.

By Stuart Kippelman | 04 March, 2014 12:58

Tags: applications, security, IT careers, Covanta Energy, software, project management, CIO

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