Three ways enterprise software is changing

Once upon a time, life in the enterprise IT shop was fairly simple, at least conceptually speaking.

By Joab Jackson | 20 December, 2014 08:19

Tags: application development, Google, applications, Microsoft, IBM, YEAR END, software, internet, cloud computing, Development tools

Microsoft helps boost Android, iOS app performance with offline access

Microsoft wants to help Android, iOS and Windows apps run offline as well as online, offering a way to improve app responsiveness and functionality when network coverage is bad or non-existent.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 December, 2014 23:23

Tags: application development, Microsoft, development platforms, software, internet, cloud computing, mobile, mobile applications, Development tools

Microsoft files suit against alleged tech support scammers

Microsoft is finally cracking down on scammers who offer to fix non-existent computer problems for hundreds of dollars. In a first strike, Microsoft sued several U.S. companies it said are involved in fake tech support scams.

By Loek Essers | 19 December, 2014 23:02

Tags: intellectual property, Microsoft, legal, Civil lawsuits, Windows, software, operating systems

Amazon Web Services updates console to simplify management

As enterprises have increased the number of systems they run on Amazon Web Service's cloud, keeping track of it all has become more difficult. But the company is now trying to rectify that with the help of better tagging.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 December, 2014 04:21

Tags: Amazon Web Services, software, internet, cloud computing, system management

Microsoft nixes EU browser ballot screen

Microsoft has pulled the plug on the browser ballot screen it was forced to display in the aftermath of a threat by the European Union's antitrust agency five years ago.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 02:48

Tags: choice, Google, european union, Microsoft, opera software, Web servers, software, Firefox, web browsers, Apple

Developers get real numbers on JavaScript library usage

Open source developers interested in gauging usage of JavaScript libraries across the Web now can find out via Libscore, an online service being launched this week.

By Paul Krill | 19 December, 2014 01:45

Tags: Languages and standards, Libscore, application development, GitHub, software, javascript

Microsoft kills EU browser choice screen

Microsoft has retired the browser choice screen it agreed to show new Windows users in the European Union as part of an antitrust settlement.

By Loek Essers | 18 December, 2014 23:29

Tags: antitrust, Google, applications, european commission, Microsoft, opera software, browsers, legal, software, internet

Forensic software gets around iCloud security features

A Russian software company has updated its forensic software to work-around the security features Apple recently added to iCloud and increased what information can be extracted from the cloud storage service.

By Fred O'Connor | 18 December, 2014 09:03

Tags: Apple, security, Elcomsoft, software, internet, cloud computing

Cloud provider pits 6TB hard drives in real-world face off

Cloud service provider Backblaze has published performance and reliability data on two of the industry's leading 6TB 3.5-in. hard drives from Seagate and Western Digital (WD).

By Lucas Mearian | 18 December, 2014 07:55

Tags: BackBlaze, Data storage, WD, storage, western digital

IBM detects skin cancer more quickly with visual machine learning

Skin cancer can be detected more quickly and accurately by using cognitive computing-based visual analytics, researchers at IBM Research have found, in collaboration with New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

By Joab Jackson | 18 December, 2014 05:08

Tags: popular science, applications, IBM, health care, software, data mining, industry verticals

Microsoft's $84 million man: What's Nadella done to earn it?

What could Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have done in just 10 months to convince shareholders he's worth the $84 million pay package they approved earlier this month?

By Tim Greene | 18 December, 2014 03:07

Tags: Gartner, Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft helps crack developer problems with Bing-based tool

Sometimes, even the best coders get stuck and need a little advice. Enter Bing Developer Assistant, designed to help Visual Studio developers take advantage of Microsoft's search engine to find tips on how to untangle thorny programming problems.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 18 December, 2014 01:44

Tags: Development tools, application development, Microsoft, software

Salesforce connects SharePoint files to its cloud with new tool

Salesforce, the not-so-little cloud CRM company that could, is furthering its play to bring everybody everywhere into the fold with the launch of Salesforce Files Connect, a new tool that brings files from on-premises Microsoft SharePoint into a company's  cloud workflow.

By Matt Weinberger | 18 December, 2014 00:11

Tags: IDC, applications, Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft, software, crm

Google's surprise: ODF support launches ahead of schedule

Following the comments by Google's head of open source, Chris DiBona, last week in London, Google has today announced that support for ODF (OpenDocument Format) has now been added to its Google Drive suite of apps. In a post on Google+, the team announced immediate support of ODT (ODF text documents), ODS (spreadsheets) and ODP (presentations), which can now all be imported into Google Docs.

By Simon Phipps | 17 December, 2014 07:50

Tags: Google, Microsoft, software, open source software

Compuware returns to its mainframe roots

Returning to its roots as a mainframe software provider, Compuware has spun off is application performance management software unit.

By Joab Jackson | 17 December, 2014 06:47

Tags: servers, hardware systems, software, Mainframes, system management, Compuware

Startup rethinks databases for the real-time geospatial era

Even though systems such as Hadoop and Spark can grapple with large amounts of data, their tools for analyzing and parsing this information efficiently and in real-time are still limited. A two-year old Seattle startup called SpaceCurve will release on Tuesday a new database system aimed to speed the process of analyzing location-oriented data as it is being generated.

By Joab Jackson | 16 December, 2014 07:35

Tags: databases, applications, SpaceCurve, software, data mining

Apple-IBM partnership off to 'impressive' start

Apple and IBM last week kicked off their five-month-old partnership with an "impressive" 10-pack of focused mobile business apps catering to sectors ranging from financial to law enforcement.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 December, 2014 07:04

Tags: Gartner, Apple, enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, IBM, software, intel

12 most eye-popping VC tech deals of 2014

While the three largest venture capital deals of the year in the technology industry went to consumer-focused startups, most of the other top investments went to companies building products that could reshape the enterprise IT landscape.

By Brandon Butler | 16 December, 2014 05:58

Tags: applications, Networking, wireless, big data, PwC, software, data mining, VC funding, mobile apps, Uber

Microsoft mellows, embraces Windows leaks

Microsoft didn't seem bothered about another leak of Windows 10.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 December, 2014 02:37

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, twitter, software, operating systems

Drone management: The next frontier

About a year ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a bold publicity move he sat down for a 60 Minutes interview and showed off the company's planned use of drones for same-day delivery to its customers.

By Colin Neagle | 15 December, 2014 23:40

Tags: Federal Aviation Administration, software

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