eWEEK 30: Google started as a search engine company in 1998 amid a sea of competitors. Today it is the leading ad revenue machine and it's determined to challenge the likes of Amazon.com in cloud computing.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Satellite network provider Dish might have a reasonable chance of acquiring a wireless network while also keeping Sprint from buying T-Mobile.
The new wink function could in the future also let users make purchases, obtain search results and much more, according to Google.
IBM announced it has patented a new cryptography solution that is aimed at enhancing privacy and security in the cloud.
According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 74 percent of consumers who will buy gifts this holiday season intend to purchase consumer electronics, and will spend 33 percent of their overall holiday gift budgets on these devices. Overall, spending on consumer electronics will grow 2.6 percent during the holiday season, the group said. A lot of people will be getting new smartphones and tablets, with many of these devices replacing older devices and systems like laptops. In this age of growing worker mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD), with employees using their own systems for work and play, replacing these devices is more than simply stuffing them into drawers or closets. Many are carrying company secrets and personal information. In this eWEEK slide show, David Lingenfelter, information security officer at enterprise mobility management vendor Fiberlink, offers some tips about how to deactivate outdated devices, especially if they're being used for both business and personal use.
Apple recently announced its most popular apps of 2013. Each year, the company examines what applications and games attracted the most interest from buyers and puts the results in a single repository that software shoppers can check out. These findings reveal a lot about user preferences, the importance of games in Apple's lineup and, by inference, what applications are most useful or reliable. Games dominate the top apps of 2013 as they did in previous years. But there's still much more to be learned from this list. Perhaps, some of the more interesting findings will help developers determine what types of applications to create for the 2014 software market or how to improve their current app lineup to attract more buyers. This eWEEK slide show will examine what were the hottest programs in Apple's App Store in 2013 and highlight some of the trends that appear to be developing in the company's marketplace. So look through Apple's App Store 2013 Year in Review to see what interesting points you can glean from this list.
The company is unveiling its BYOC strategy that will enable Acer customers to build their own personal clouds.
Microsoft cooks up a streamlined, purpose-built app to help Yammer users stay in touch using their iPhones.
Forty million customers had their credit information stolen thanks to an in-store data breach at Target, but that doesn't mean they'll lose any money.
As their org charts grow, Microsoft wants to make it easier for businesses to transfer between subscriptions of the company's cloud-enabled productivity software.
The funds will be used to help the company expand globally, as well as make strategic investments in product development, sales and marketing.
Red Hat's commercially supported version of the open-source OpenStack Havana platform is ready for production use.
The tech job market offers opportunities and advantages that intersect at the avenues of "talent" and "necessity." A new study from career and employment site Dice suggests IT professionals will be in a better position to negotiate with new employers in the coming year. Employers will be working harder to retain current professionals and attract new ones, according to the study, which is based on a survey of nearly 900 tech-focused hiring managers and recruiters. As IT unemployment remains significantly below the national average and businesses continue to search for employees with the right mix of skills, the study also suggests more job security and few layoffs. "The New Year should be 'all systems go' for tech professionals on the career front. There aren't many times when you can write your own ticket, but this consistent optimism and upward pressure on compensation means it's time to capitalize," Shravan Goli, president of Dice, commented in the report. This slide show offers key takeaways from the study and insight from the Dice team.
Roku 3 users can now stream content from YouTube directly to their televisions under a new agreement reached between the two companies.
Google continues to add features to Trends. This time it's a new home page that makes it easier to find the trends you are seeking.