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  • 13 pieces of advice for Yosemite beta testers

    By Ryan Faas | 25 July, 2014 23:11

    For the first time since 2000, Apple is allowing pubic beta testers to try out a prerelease version of OS X. Ryan Faas tells testers what to do and what to avoid.

  • Doing an Office 365 Migration the Right Way

    By Rand Morimoto | 25 July, 2014 10:38

    Migrating email from Exchange (on-premises) to Office 365 (in the cloud) would seem to be a pretty simple and straight forward process, and when you know what you are doing, it is a methodical process. However in the past 2-3 years that we've been doing Office 365 migrations, it's amazing the number of times we get called in to "fix something" that some other migration specialist did that has us shaking our heads wondering what they were thinking...

  • The Apple/IBM deal: iOS claims the IoT

    By Jonny Evans | 23 July, 2014 22:15

    The partnership announced last week isn't just about selling more iPhones. It's part of a big push into the Internet of Things.

  • Solidifying Microsoft Azure Security for SharePoint and SQL in the Cloud

    By Rand Morimoto | 23 July, 2014 08:14

    More and more organizations are moving SharePoint and SQL workloads into Microsoft Azure in the cloud because of the simplicity of spinning up servers in the cloud, adding more capacity, decreasing capacity without having to BUY servers on-premise. What used to cost organizations $20,000, $50,000, or more in purchasing servers, storage, network bandwidth, replica disaster recovery sites, etc and delay SharePoint and SQL rollouts by weeks or month is now completely managed by spinning up virtual machines up in Azure and customizing and configuring systems in the Cloud.

  • Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Bye, Nokia, nice knowing you

    By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 22 July, 2014 22:47

    Nokia, once a great company and the pride of Finland, is shuffling to its grave under Microsoft's leadership.

  • Julia King: We're all data scientists now

    By Julia King | 21 July, 2014 23:22

    It's up to each one of us to figure out what in the daily surge of data is useful, what's crap and what's truly valuable.

  • Who should really worry about Apple/IBM? Microsoft

    By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 17 July, 2014 23:45

    So Apple and IBM are hooking up. It's a match made in enterprise heaven, bringing together BYOD favorites the iPhone and the iPad with enterprise apps and cloud services from IBM. It's a win for Apple, which finally gets some serious business software chops, and for IBM, which gets device sex appeal.

  • Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT

    By Ryan Faas | 17 July, 2014 20:06

    One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways.

  • Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred

    By Ryan Faas | 17 July, 2014 20:06

    In the seven years since the first iPhone arrived, iOS has morphed from a consumer-centric OS into one with a wealth of enterprise-worthy features.

  • Apple's partnership with IBM leaves CIOs hanging

    By Tom Kaneshige | 17 July, 2014 08:37

    The big news this week of Apple and IBM joining forces to dominate the mobile enterprise market makes a great story - at least on the surface.

  • Kenneth van Wyk: We can't just blame users

    By Kenneth van Wyk | 16 July, 2014 22:23

    Yes, users sometimes do stupid things. Some always will. But developers need to do more to save users from themselves.

  • Facebook is a school yard bully that's going down

    By Alex Burinskiy | 09 July, 2014 05:19

    Facebook has grown and evolved in recent years. In addition to connecting people online, it bombards users with unnecessary ads and useless sponsored stories. And it runs experiments on its users. Columnist Alex Burinskiy is not amused.

  • Microsoft Azure ML -- Big Data Modeling in Azure

    By Rand Morimoto | 08 July, 2014 11:02

    Microsoft has jumped in with both feet with the release to Preview of a new Microsoft Azure-based tool that helps organizations do Machine Learning and predictive analysis all from a Web console.

  • IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) provides real time monitoring of large volumes of data

    By Ray Solnik | 08 July, 2014 01:17

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • Facebook's icky psychology experiment is actually business as usual

    By Fredric Paul | 08 July, 2014 00:58

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple weeks, you've no doubt heard about Facebook's creepy, secret, psychological experiment designed to see if negative newsfeed posts inspire more negativity -- and vice versa. I don't want to excuse Facebook's behavior, which has prompted a (sort-of) apology from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, as well as an ongoing stream of condemnation and outrage from legitimate psychologists and Internet commentators. I too was weirded out by the revelations, feeling manipulated and that somehow my privacy had been unfairly invaded without my permission.

  • Bankers beware: Technology is going to get you (and none of us will care)

    By Jonny Evans | 07 July, 2014 23:35

    Technology is about to take a big slice of the traditional banking business. Bankers have been slow to see what's coming, but they're starting to realize what's at stake.

  • Pedal to the Metal: Inside Apple's new graphics technology

    By Guy English | 05 July, 2014 01:06

    Amidst a particularly busy presentation of new technologies at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple's new graphics technology Metal probably had the most attractive demo, even if its exact benefits were among the most difficult to really understand.

  • WIth iWatch looming, Microsoft plans its own fitness wearable as Woz tosses aside his Galaxy Gear

    By Yoni Heisler | 04 July, 2014 05:07

    With the iWatch rumoured to launch sometime this fall, competitors like Microsoft aren't sitting idly by. According to a recent report from longtime Microsoft watcher, Paul Thurrott, the folks in Redmond are prepping their own wearable device that will have a decidedly fitness oriented bent.

  • Fitbit's updated iOS app doesn't go the distance

    By James A. Martin | 03 July, 2014 02:00

    Fitbit recently strengthened its iOS app with a new "MobileRun" feature for tracking exercise in real-time via GPS. It's a step in the right direction (bad pun intended) -- but not enough to help Fitbit catch up to RunKeeper or other workout tracking apps. (Fitbit's Android update is said to be coming soon.)

  • Has Microsoft finally realised PCs are different than tablets?

    By Fredric Paul | 02 July, 2014 23:46

    If recently published reports are to be believed, Microsoft is finally realizing something I've been saying ever since Windows 8 first reared its ugly head: the so-called Modern (formerly Metro) tile interface may work fine on smartphones and tablets, but it basically throws traditional computers under the bus. The Windows 8 start screen is just plain silly on traditional computers.

 

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