• Eight eye-openers from Salesforce.com's annual report

    Posted March 7, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    Last week, Salesforce.com reported its fourth-quarter and year-end fiscal 2014 results, announcing a major bump in revenue and even raising its guidance significantly. But the fast-growing cloud vendor is also continuing to post significant losses as it spends big on sales, marketing and acquisitions.
  • Trust issue looms large for tech companies capitalizing on personal data

    Posted March 6, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    As tech companies increasingly rely on analyzing and selling user data to boost revenue, trust is emerging as one of the defining issues of the year for the IT sector.
  • Gigabit Internet service providers challenge traditional ISPs

    Posted February 19, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    Companies such as Comcast and Time Warner don't think the United States is ready for -- or even needs -- gigabit Internet, but Google Fiber and a host of independent initiatives suggest that they are faster and cheaper.
  • MapR's new Hadoop distribution promises no-risk updgrade

    Posted February 17, 2014 - 10:05 pm

    MapR's latest Hadoop distribution includes support for Hadoop 2.2 with YARN, but is also backward compatible with the MapReduce 1.x scheduler, promising organizations a risk-free upgrade path to the latest Hadoop architecture.
  • Microsoft hedges on Office for iPad, cites 'thoughtful' decisions

    Posted February 14, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Company's top marketing exec talks up Office's power to make Windows special.
  • 3 reasons to use code first design with Entity Framework

    Posted February 14, 2014 - 9:00 am

    The .NET Entity Framework has come a long way since its early beginnings as an NHibernate alternative and the successor to LinqToSQL. Currently in version 6.0, the ORM is stable and mature but you still have an important decision to make when you start a new project. Which of the four design workflows will you use? Here are 3 reasons why you might use the code first approach.
  • The implications of IBM selling its chip manufacturing business

    Posted February 11, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    IBM is a quiet but more significant player in chip manufacturing than most people may realize. Selling off its chip making business could have a severe ripple effect if the buyer can't match IBM's level of innovation.
  • The future of Dynamics in a Nadella-led Microsoft

    Posted February 6, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    Microsoft's Dynamics ERP and CRM product lines seemed safe immediately following former CEO Steve Ballmer's sweeping reorganization of the company last year. But now that longtime Microsoft executive Satya Nadella has been named Ballmer's successor, the time is ripe for more focused speculation on the future of Dynamics. Here's a look at what could be in store.
  • SAP lays out its strategy for growth, with HANA at the forefront

    Posted February 4, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    SAP's strategy event for the investment community on Tuesday offered few major surprises to anyone who's been closely monitoring the software vendor lately, but did serve to cement the company's future direction for product development, growth and customer retention. Here's a look at some of the highlights of the event.
  • Will Chrome be the operating system that eats the world?

    Posted February 3, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    Chrome today may seem a niche-oriented operating system, but one day Chrome and its apps may turn into a world-beater. Here's why.
  • With Motorola sale to Lenovo, Google is unloading a headache

    Posted January 29, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    By selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, Google is ending a combination that never really worked out while keeping assets that could prove valuable down the road.
  • Retailer data breach trend not likely to end soon

    Posted January 29, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    Target, Nieman-Marcus and Michael's breaches are probably the tip of the iceberg and a sign of things to come.
  • If Windows 8 = Vista, what's Microsoft's next move?

    Posted January 29, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    As Windows 8 struggles to gain traction, you can hear the criticism mounting, that Microsoft's latest OS is the new Vista. If that turns out to be true, the company has some big decisions to make.
  • Court strikes down net neutrality: What's next?

    Posted January 14, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission and its allies have several options, with most of them difficult, after a U.S. appeals court struck down most of the agency's 2010 net neutrality rules.
  • Thanks to the NSA, quantum computing may some day be in the cloud

    Posted January 6, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    The NSA is spending some $80 million in basic research on quantum computing, money that may ultimately help commercialize quantum computing for the private sector.
  • Enterprise apps in 2014: What's in store

    Posted January 3, 2014 - 6:02 pm

    If recent history is any indication, 2014 will be a busy year for the enterprise applications industry as vendors jockey for position and customers ponder moves from legacy ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) implementations to cloud-based services. Here's a look at what some of the sector's main players are likely to do as the year unfolds.
  • App dev 2013: The winners and losers

    Posted December 28, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    JavaScript, APIs, and PaaS advance; Samsung tries to stand out; and Java and .Net become legacy platforms.
  • Could Bitcoin's frothy venture funding dry up?

    Posted December 20, 2013 - 10:06 pm

    Bitcoin: What is it, really? A digital currency? An investment? An Xbox game? For many people it's not clear, but that hasn't stopped venture capitalists from going gaga over it.
  • Debate over NSA surveillance shifts with judge's ruling, task force report

    Posted December 20, 2013 - 12:11 pm

    After six months of contentious debate over U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs, prompted by leaks from former government contractor Edward Snowden, the third week in December may have marked a major turning point.
  • Mindspeed acquisition fuels Intel's hopes for bigger network role

    Posted December 17, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    Intel's acquisition of mobile network assets from silicon vendor Mindspeed Technologies will give the chip giant what it needs to extend the Intel architecture throughout mobile operator networks, helping the carriers upgrade hardware and roll out new services more quickly, according to Intel.
  • Oracle's Q2: What to expect

    Posted December 16, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    Oracle is gearing up to report its second-quarter earnings Wednesday and given the restrained expectations CFO Sandra Katz earlier set for key areas such as software revenue, Oracle's results are sure to come under even more scrutiny than the tech bellwether already gets.
  • Cell phones on planes may be heading for the US, but will anyone use them?

    Posted December 12, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    In-flight cellular in the U.S. may be closer to reality than some consumers realize, with foreign airlines poised to extend services they already offer elsewhere. But evidence from overseas suggests the odds of being trapped next to a chronic caller are slim.
  • Apple's new Mac Pro signals commitment to professional computing

    Posted November 26, 2013 - 6:15 pm

    Apple is sending a signal that it hasn't abandoned the professional computing market with the latest Mac Pro, which will ship next month. But the workstation faces competition from its own sibling iMac as computer buyers weigh purchases.
  • FCC's in-flight cellphone plan carries a lot of baggage

    Posted November 22, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Anyone who dreads hearing one end of a loud phone call all the way from Anchorage to Miami, take heart: The plan to allow cellphones on planes could fail in more ways than an overbooked flight at a snowbound airport on Christmas Eve.
  • Google Books legal epic moves to appeals court

    Posted November 18, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    After almost a decade of litigation, Google scored a victory last week over the Authors Guild, which had sued the company for copyright infringement over its Google Books search engine. But a few important chapters in the legal saga have yet to be written.
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