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Chromebooks Win For California Students

informationweek.com — In an area where computers at home aren't common, Chromebooks in the classroom are making a measurable difference in student performance. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) When a school serving a community so poor that 100% of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches invests in technology, they expect results.

Apple iWatch: 7 Reasons It Won't Fly

informationweek.com — Squeezing a processor into an iPod Nano form factor mostly means a less-capable computing device, and adding a wristband doesn't change that. Apple is reportedly experimenting with wristwatches made of curved glass, a project that could add another profitable product to the company's iOS arsenal.

Apple Watch Battery Life: Will It Be Enough?

informationweek.com — The Apple Watch is expected to offer several hours of active use and 19 hours overall. However, in the new wearable market, is it enough? (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Apple has already told us how long the Apple Watch battery will last.

'Windows Must Go Open Source': What Happened?

informationweek.com — It was a bold prediction in 2009 that Microsoft would take its Windows operating system open source. The advent of Windows 10 says it hasn't come true -- yet. Windows 10: 9 Killer Features (Click image for larger view and slideshow.)

Ford Mobility Plan Searches For Growth Beyond Cars

informationweek.com — Will Ford Motor Company need a new name? Like Apple in 2007, Ford is entering a new business that goes beyond solely making and selling cars. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) In 2007, Apple Computer Inc. became simply Apple Inc., as Steve Jobs recognized the revolutionary potential of the iPhone and renamed the company accordingly.
Jan 23, 2015

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Microsoft Buying Revolution Analytics For Deeper Data Analysis

informationweek.com — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Microsoft announced Friday that is will close a gap in its data-analysis portfolio by acquiring Revolution Analytics, an eight-year-old vendor that has developed a commercially supported enterprise platform around the open-source R statistical- and predictive-analysis language. [ Want more on growing big data capabilities?

Geekend: HoloLens Makes Microsoft Cool

informationweek.com — In the HoloLens, Microsoft might at last have its version of the iPod, a cool product that turns the company's image around. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) It isn't a surprise to anyone, including Satya Nadella, that Microsoft has a coolness problem.

BlackBerry CEO: Net Neutrality For Mobile Apps

informationweek.com — CEO John Chen is asking legislators to expand the definition of net neutrality to ensure an open mobile app ecosystem. Irony, anyone? (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) BlackBerry CEO John Chen is aiming to ride the net neutrality bandwagon to a more open mobile app ecosystem that, theoretically, would serve to aid his company's products and services.

Windows 10: 9 Killer Features

informationweek.com — Microsoft's Windows 10 is in the tech spotlight. Here's what we learned about each feature released during its Jan. 21 event. Microsoft did not fail to impress during its Jan. 21 Windows 10 event, during which the company showcased further details on its operating system set for full release later in 2015.

Ford Mobility Plan Searches For Growth Beyond Cars

informationweek.com — Will Ford Motor Company need a new name? Like Apple in 2007, Ford is entering a new business that goes beyond solely making and selling cars. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) In 2007, Apple Computer Inc. became simply Apple Inc., as Steve Jobs recognized the revolutionary potential of the iPhone and renamed the company accordingly.

Google Wireless Service Will Challenge Status Quo

informationweek.com — Google plans to resell access to Sprint and T-Mobile's networks in a bid to improve wireless pricing and performance, drive more revenue. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Google is preparing to offer consumers wireless service. Rather than build its own network, it has forged deals to resell service provided by Sprint and T-Mobile.

10 Cloud Analytics & BI Platforms For Business

informationweek.com — With apps and data headed into the cloud, analytics and business intelligence can't be far behind. Here are ten options, ranging from simple data visualization tools to complete cloud suites. Cloud-based business intelligence arrived soon after the first wave of cloud applications, but several early pioneers -- LucidEra, Oco, PivotLink -- didn't survive.

Oracle Engineered Systems Strategy Pays Off

informationweek.com — Oracle dodged declining server sales last year, and now it's going after Cisco and EMC. Is the software-meets-hardware strategy winning? "You'll pay less, but you'll have to be willing to accept better performance." That's the claim Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison kept repeating throughout his unveiling of the fifth generation of Oracle Engineered Systems on Wednesday.

4 Takeaways From Accenture's $14 Trillion IoT Prediction

informationweek.com — Accenture's report says the industrial Internet of Things will create more jobs than it kills, but that companies aren't doing much to exploit it yet. Accenture has lobbed in its prediction of how much the economy will get from the industrial Internet of Things -- $14.2 trillion by 2030, which is an eerily similar to Internet of Things predictions from GE and Cisco.

Cloud SLAs: Improvements Still Needed

informationweek.com — There's been a slight improvement in cloud SLAs as leading service providers like HP, Amazon, and Google guarantee 99.95% uptime by the month, not year. But performance issues remain. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Cloud service level agreements (SLAs) remain a sore spot among customers of cloud computing services.

Windows 10: Free Upgrades, Spartan Browser & Holographics

informationweek.com — Microsoft said its developers consulted 1.7 million Windows Insiders, who delivered 800,000 pieces of feedback on more than 200 topics regarding the new OS. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Microsoft executives discussed how a slew of new Windows 10 features will operate across PCs, tablets, laptops and smartphones ...

Cloud Storage Devices: 6 Worth Your Money

informationweek.com — Personal storage clouds are changing the way we store data from photographs to sensitive information. Here are six options for employees and workgroups. When most enterprise IT folks talk about cloud services, they have remote systems, huge data centers, and five-nines reliability in mind.