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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

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

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

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

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

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

Microsoft Outlook Calendar Corruption, Lost Meetings, Duplicate Appointments - April/2015 Update

Over the past 5-yrs, organizations have complained about Microsoft Outlook calendaring problems where users describe issues of calendar appointments not showing up, meeting appointments disappearing, calendar delegate issues occurring, just overall "odd" behavior of calendars. It usually happens in mixed environments where some users are Apple Mac users, and some users (frequently the exec admin / delegate) running Windows, and typically active use of iPhones, iPads, Android, or other mobile devices and tablets. And over the past 5-yrs, I have actively blogged about the problem and the solution to FIX the calendaring inconsistencies.

By Rand Morimoto | 02 April, 2015 00:21

Tags: Apple, Microsoft Subnet, applications, Microsoft, content management, software

The signs of spring: Birds, flowers and new tech

Back in the dark ages, when the only way to get onscreen entertainment was by tuning in a television set at a specific time (get home late? miss your favorite show? too bad for you!), networks had a habit of scheduling similar shows opposite each other. The notion was presumably, that the competition would cause one show to win out over the other, which would eventually drop in the ratings and get cancelled. The idea that viewers might be interested in seeing both apparently was not in the networks' psychology.

By Barbara Krasnoff | 27 March, 2015 05:01

Tags: abc, Mobile & Wireless, galaxy, htc, hardware systems, CBS, software

5 steps for transforming your business using data

Organisations that were born digital are built around their IT platform, and all their business processes are IT-driven and data-powered. Every action, every decision, is based on the processing of data sets about users and customers, about usage patterns, external conditions, etc.

By Yves de Montcheuil | 07 March, 2015 05:44

Tags: applications, data mining, software, big data

A lot of private-sector data is also used for public good

As the private sector continues to invest in data-driven innovation, the capacity for society to benefit from this data collection grows as well. Much has been said about how the private sector is using the data it collects to improve corporate bottom lines, but positive stories about how that data contributes to the greater public good are largely unknown.

By By Josh New | 05 February, 2015 08:37

Tags: Pfizer, applications, data mining, software, big data

HoloLens: Look who's innovating

Poor, slow-footed old Microsoft. It just can't adapt to changing times or keep up with more innovative, agile and forward-looking companies like Apple and Google. That's been the way many of us have thought of Microsoft for a long time. But it may be our thinking that's old and outdated.

By Preston Gralla | 29 January, 2015 00:55

Tags: Microsoft, european union, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems, HoloLens, Apple, Microsoft Windows, Reuters, Google

HoloLens: Abracadabra! Microsoft unveils a great distraction

Oh my gosh! The world's first holographic computing platform! Is this or is this not the best thing ever?

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 29 January, 2015 00:55

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems, HoloLens

Why Surface Hub is more interesting than HoloLens

Microsoft had an unusually kick-ass event this week. They trotted out the next version of Windows, which is called Windows 10.

By Mike Elgan | 27 January, 2015 04:01

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, software

Forget Windows 10. Here are the four most important words Microsoft said today: Windows as a Service

Microsoft's wide-ranging announcements about Windows 10 covered things as mundane as new customisations for the Windows 10 Start screen and as mind-blowing as a new computing holographic platform.

By Preston Gralla | 22 January, 2015 09:21

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

2015 is make or break for Microsoft

This year we are finally going to get an answer to one of the big questions in the technology world. For years, people have been debating whether Microsoft will retain its position as one of the world's dominant tech companies or steadily become less relevant.

By Preston Gralla | 06 January, 2015 19:23

Tags: business issues, IT industry, Microsoft, Windows 10, software, microsoft office

Microsoft will surprise in 2015

You may have noticed that I take a rather cynical view of Microsoft. But I think I am able to recognize when it does good things. As a matter of fact, I think the company made some smart moves in 2014, and it's going to benefit from them in 2015.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 30 December, 2014 01:48

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

Maximizing Microsoft's Azure for Dev, Test, and DevOps Scenarios

Microsoft has had their Azure cloud services for years, however most enterprises really don't know what Azure can be used for to help their organization. Much of it has to do with Microsoft having released Azure long ago with today's perception of the service based on what Azure did years ago. It also doesn't help that Azure does a LOT of different things, so for someone to get their arms around how Azure can help them is like roaming around aimlessly in a grocery store trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

By Rand Morimoto | 20 December, 2014 08:36

Tags: Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, software

At Microsoft, quality seems to be job none

I actually had been feeling optimistic about Windows 10. No, really. You can look it up. I mean, I didn't think Windows 10 was the greatest thing since the advent of the Internet, but it did strike me as a solid replacement for the lamentable Windows 8.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 17 December, 2014 00:36

Tags: Microsoft, software, operating systems, quality assurance

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