Marriott CIO: FCC message on WiFi blocking loud and clear

The FCC's sternly worded warning about illegal Wi-Fi blocking earlier this week got through to at least one organization: Marriott International's Global CIO issued a statement Friday that the hospitality outfit is withdrawing efforts to gain clarification from the commission on what methods can be used to protect corporate Wi-Fi networks.

By Bob Brown | 01 February, 2015 09:58

Tags: Marriott, Wi-Fi, Google, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, fcc, Marriott International, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Microsoft to business: Don't worry about Windows 10, consumers will test it

Microsoft on Friday said consumers would become coal mine canaries who turn up bugs and problems in each Windows 10 update months before businesses have to commit to the fixes.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 February, 2015 03:23

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

Google Now adds data from Lyft, Airbnb and many more apps

Google Now just got a lot smarter, adding data from dozens of outside apps to help people get more things done as they go about their day.

By Zach Miners | 31 January, 2015 12:43

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, mobile, social media, internet, search engines

Outlook app for Android and iOS boosts Microsoft's mobile comeback

The release this week of Microsoft's first truly native Outlook app for Android and iOS has earned the company accolades and could be a sign its mobile strategy is finally getting on track.

By Scott M. Fulton III | 31 January, 2015 10:47

Tags: mobile applications, Microsoft, mobile

MIT randomizes tasks to speed massive multicore processors

As each new generation of computer processors arrives with a larger number of computing cores, computer scientists grapple with how best to make use of this proliferation of parallel power.

By Joab Jackson | 31 January, 2015 10:43

Tags: popular science, applications, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, data mining, software

NEC aims at Big Data 'sweet spot' with new SAP Hana tool

Cloud computing and SAP's Hana in-memory database can be a powerful combination for data analysis, and new tools could help to make sure it doesn't fall down on the job.

By Katherine Noyes | 31 January, 2015 10:35

Tags: analytics, cloud computing, internet, NEC

Uber will fight to keep its Boston ride data private

Earlier this month, Uber agreed to provide Boston city officials a wealth of ride data to help them make better planning decisions -- but it will go to considerable lengths to ensure that data is not made public.

By Fred O'Connor | 31 January, 2015 08:54

Tags: Uber, consumer electronics, smartphones, internet

Verizon to allow opt-out from mobile 'supercookies'

Verizon will soon allow customers to opt out of having an identifier placed on their phones that had alarmed privacy advocates due to its ability to let third parties persistently track customers.

By Zach Miners | 31 January, 2015 08:01

Tags: telecommunication, Carriers, security, verizon, mobile, privacy

Brief: Tesla boosts 0-60 acceleration with over-the-air software upgrade

Tesla's dual motor Model S P85D is a sedan that can already go from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds - faster than a Ferrari Enzo or a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

By Lucas Mearian | 31 January, 2015 07:20

Tags: Tesla, Automotive, GT, industry verticals, telematics

AT&T will pay $18.2B as top bidder in mobile spectrum auction

AT&T spent nearly US$18.2 billion on wireless spectrum licenses in a blockbuster mobile-auction spectrum for licenses across the U.S., far outspending the other major U.S. carriers and satellite service provider Dish Network.

By Stephen Lawson | 31 January, 2015 07:19

Tags: DISH Network, at&t, regulation, government, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless

BMW cars found vulnerable in Connected Drive hack

A security vulnerability in BMW's Connected Drive system allowed researchers to imitate BMW servers and send remote unlocking instructions to vehicles.

By Martyn Williams | 31 January, 2015 07:17

Tags: Automotive, security, Access control and authentication, industry verticals, bmw

Twitter's Vine Kids app is not just for kids

Twitter's Vine video service has released a cute new app for kids, but let's get real: This is a gateway drug.

By Zach Miners | 31 January, 2015 07:15

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, social networking, twitter, mobile, social media, internet, video, Vine, mobile applications

Apple puts the big hurt on Samsung

Things are not looking so good for Samsung in the smartphone market, especially as it faces its Apple nemesis.

By Matt Hamblen | 31 January, 2015 06:20

Tags: galaxy, Apple, consumer electronics, Strategy Analytics, IDC, smartphones

Google Glass holds promise but requires a 'reset'

Google Glass failed to meet goals set by the search giant, causing the company to halt the program and rethink its strategy for the wearable device.

By Fred O'Connor | 31 January, 2015 05:23

Tags: consumer electronics, Google

Microsoft updates cloud-based SQL Server to simplify management

Microsoft has added automated backup and patching for SQL Server databases running in virtual machines on its Azure cloud, in a bid to simplify management and improve reliability.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 31 January, 2015 05:06

Tags: databases, applications, Microsoft, software, Software as a service, cloud computing, internet, system management

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