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QuickPoll: Is Apple smart to release a public beta of OS X Yosemite?
Apple is releasing its first public beta of OS X Yosemite. Is that a smart move?

Quickpoll: Who's the winner in the Apple-IBM partnership?
Register your opinion on who gets the most out of the Apple-IBM pact.

QuickPoll: What should Microsoft focus on?
In a 3,100 word email to Microsoft's 130,000 employees, CEO Satya Nadella said the firm's two-year-old "devices and services" strategy is dead. So what should Microsoft's new focus be?

QuickPoll: What's the most important announcement from this year's Google I/O?
Android Wear, the 'L' operating system and Android auto -- those were just some of the announcements from this year's Google I/O. Which do you think was most important?

QuickPoll: Is Amazon's new Fire smartphone a hit or miss?
Amazon has finally unveiled its first smartphone, the Amazon Fire, with a number of new and interesting features, like Dynamic Perspective and the Firefly button. Do you think Amazon's smartphone will be a hit or a miss?

QuickPoll: Why hasn't Windows XP come under attack from hackers?
It's been two months since Microsoft withdrew support for Windows XP, but the aged OS has yet to be exploited by hackers. What's holding them back?

QuickPoll: Whats the biggest news from Apples WWDC conference?
OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, Swift. What do you think Apple's most exciting announcement was from the WWDC keynote?

QuickPoll: What worries you most about the Internet of Things?
As the Internet of Things continues to take shape, what worries you most?

QuickPoll: Which features should smartphone makers focus on next?
Over the past year or so, smartphone innovation has hit a plateau. What do you think phone makers should focus on to next?

QuickPoll: What's the first wearable computer you're likely to buy?
As wearable computers begin to monitor our activity and health even more, they will essentially act as a sixth sense. What is the first wearable computer you will buy?

QuickPoll: Have you had to remove malware from devices after employees visited porn sites?
A recent survey from ThreatTrack Security found that 40 percent of tech support employees said they'd been called in to remove malware from the devices of employees who'd been visiting porn sites online. Have you run into this problem at your organization?

QuickPoll: What size tablet are you most likely to buy next?
There is no shortage of tablet options on the market, and consumers have their choice of size. Which size tablet most appeals to you?

QuickPoll: What's likely to be the big tech story of 2014?
Who will be Microsoft's new CEO? What's next in wearable computing? 2014 promises to be an exciting year. What do you think will be the biggest tech story of the coming year?

QuickPoll: What was the biggest tech story of 2013?
CEOs stepping down, social media IPOs and phablets were just a few stories made news this year. What was the biggest tech story of 2013?

QuickPoll: What tablet is at the top of your holiday wish list this year?
Three and a half years after the launch of the original Apple iPad, with so many tablets choices available, the personal devices have had to constantly boost their quality and features to stand out from the crowd. With so many great options, what tablet tops your wish list this holiday season?

QuickPoll: Would you give up driving for an autonomous car if it would save on insurance?
A recent survey shows that 90% of drivers would consider using an autonomous car if it would cut their insurance rates. Are you one of them?

QuickPoll: Why did Apple decide to give away OS X Mavericks for free?
At its event on Tuesday, Apple announced it was giving OS X Mavericks away for free to user of Snow Leopard and later. Why do you think Apple decided to do this?

Quickpoll: The most important news from Apple's big iPhone unveiling was...
A second, lower-priced iPhone was not the only reveal at this week's Apple announcement. What are you most excited about?

QuickPoll: If you had to bet, who would you pick to be the next Microsoft CEO?
Steve Ballmer will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, and a U.K. bookmaker is taking wagers on his replacement. If you had to bet, who would you pick to be the next Microsoft CEO?

QuickPoll: Do IT pros ever really get a summer vacation?
That IT professionals work on vacation is as obvious as sand on a beach. Do you think IT pros ever truly relax on vacation?

QuickPoll: With Windows 8.1 out (in preview), has Microsoft turned a corner?
Expectations were high for the Windows 8.1 preview that Microsoft rolled out at its BUILD conference on Wednesday. Do you think with Windows 8.1 that Microsoft has turned a corner?

QuickPoll: Should the U.S. government be allowed to collect phone records and mine Internet data on citizens?
Although the National Security Agency's secretly collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers may be nothing new, the current scope of the data collection is "breathtaking." Do you think the U.S. government should be allowed to collect phone records and mine Internet data on citizens?

QuickPoll: Is BYOD to blame for slack PC sales?
BYOD has moved beyond smartphones and tablets to PCs. In fact, about 25% of employees in businesses with more than 10 employees have bought the primary PC they use for work, meaning companies are buying fewer PCs. Do you think BYOD is to blame for slack PC sales?

QuickPoll: Would you use Google Glass when it becomes available?
One of the first Google Glass apps, Winky, lets Glass users take pictures with the blink of an eye, leading some to start talking about potential privacy issues and social etiquette. Would you buy a pair of Google Glass when it becomes available?

QuickPoll: What do you think is the real reason for sluggish Windows PC sales?
The recent analysis from IDC that 2013's first-quarter PC sales have declined by 14% year over year lays the blame at the feet of Windows 8. Do you think their assessment was correct?

QuickPoll: Do you want Facebook Home as your smartphone's home screen?
Facebook unveiled a Facebook-focused home screen dubbed Facebook Home for Android phones. The launcher is designed to work with the apps you already have on your phone, along with Facebook's new line of apps. Do you want Facebook Home as your smartphone's home screen?

Quickpoll: What mobile browser do you use most often?
Safari dominates the mobile browser market despite Android smartphones and tablets outselling iOS devices by wide margins. Which mobile browser do you use most often?

QuickPoll: Will you use fewer Google services?
Google says it will shutter some services, such as Google Reader, and APIs. Will this affect your use of Google's APIs and cloud services?

Quick Poll: Should Yahoo call off telecommuting?
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer thinks workers are more efficient and creative when they're in the office. Is ending employee telecommuting a smart idea or not?

QuickPoll: Would you buy a touch-screen PC?
With Windows 8, Microsoft is betting that users want to touch the screen in place of using a mouse or touchpad. Apple has famously declared the opposite. What do you think?

QuickPoll: Can BlackBerry score in the smartphone game?
Can the release of a new OS, new handsets and a new company name make a difference this late in the game?

QuickPoll: What was the biggest tech story of 2012?
The year 2012 saw innovation, litigation, disruption and accomplishment. Of them all, what was the biggest tech story of 2012?

QuickPoll: Why is Apple planning to bring some Mac production to the U.S.?
Apple will manufacture one of its Mac lines exclusively in the U.S. by the end of 2013. Why is Apple making this move?

QuickPoll: Will this holiday season see a rebound in PC sales?
Asked if they'd rather receive a PC or a tablet as a holiday gift, 59% of respondents in a PriceGrabber survey opted for the tablet. Are these results a sign of things to come, or will this holiday season see a rebound in PC sales?

QuickPoll: Is data mining by candidates and political groups a serious privacy concern?
Big data, analytics and mobile apps are enabling smaller political campaigns and advocacy groups to be more effective when it comes to winning over voters and raising money. Is data mining by candidates a privacy concern?

QuickPoll: Is Microsoft's Surface tablet pricing competitive with the iPad?
Microsoft's pricing of its Surface RT tablet was called 'aggressive' by some analysts, 'mystifying' by others, even as they remained skeptical that it's low enough to make inroads on the dominant player, Apple's iPad. What do you think -- is Microsoft's Surface tablet pricing competitive with the iPad?

QuickPoll: Is the iOS 6 Maps controversy a black eye for Apple?
Users of Apple's new Maps app in iOS6 are encountering inaccurate maps, off-kilter points-of-interest, missing streets and addresses and more. Is the iOS 6 Maps controversy a black eye for Apple?

QuickPoll: Is Apple's iPhone 5 likely to shake up the smartphone market?
Apple's iPhone 5 smartphone will feature a larger screen, 4G LTE network and iOS update. Is the iPhone 5 likely to shake up the smartphone market?

QuickPoll: What's this year's must-have back-to-school gadget?
Feel that chill? That's not the end of summer approaching; it's the beginning of another school year. With student budgets in mind, what's this year's must-have back-to-school gadget?

QuickPoll: Which Apple/Samsung smartphone rival is likely to fold?
While Samsung and Apple thrive in the overall smartphone market, the situation is uncertain, perhaps dire, for several cell-phone vendors, including Research In Motion, Nokia and Motorola. Which of the smartphone rivals is most endangered?

QuickPoll: Will you be upgrading to Apple's new OS, Mountain Lion?
The latest version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, is now available. Will you be upgrading to Apple's new operating system?

QuickPoll: Why are smaller tablets likely to dominate the tablet market?
Big tablets like the iPad will always be popular, especially among high- end buyers. But the future may belong to smaller, cheaper tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and the upcoming mini iPad. Why are smaller tablets likely to dominate the tablet market?

QuickPoll: What's been June's biggest tech announcement?
It's been a big month for tech news. What was the biggest announcement?

QuickPoll: Can the Microsoft Surface successfully take on the iPad?
Apple has little to worry about from Microsoft's tradition-breaking move to sell its own tablets, analysts say. Can the Microsoft Surface successfully take on the iPad?

QuickPoll: Does the Flame malware increase the odds of a cyberwar?
The sophisticated cyber espionage malware known as 'Flame' was discovered after computers within Iran's energy industry were wiped clean of data. Does the Flame malware increase the odds of a cyberwar?

QuickPoll: Why is Microsoft ditching its "Aero" UI in Windows 8?
Microsoft is abandoning the 'Aero' user interface with Windows 8, calling the UI that debuted in Vista and continued in Windows 7, 'cheesy' and 'dated' -- but is that the only reason? Why do you think Microsoft is ditching its "Aero" UI in Windows 8?

QuickPoll: Is Facebook's IPO overhyped?
Facebook has raised the price range of its stock shares just days before the company's highly anticipated initial public offering. Is Facebook's IPO overhyped?

QuickPoll: Do questions about Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson's resume hurt the company?
Yahoo has acknowledged that its new CEO, Scott Thompson, does not hold a degree in "accounting and computer science" as his resume and the company's financial filings claimed, and instead majored only in accounting. Do questions about Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson's resume hurt the company?

Is Windows RT on tablets DOA because it lacks needed enterprise features?
Omissions from the feature set of Windows RT are leaving analysts increasingly skeptical that enterprises will gravitate toward tablets running the new forked version of Windows. Is Windows RT on tablets DOA because it lacks needed enterprise features?

QuickPoll: How does the Flashback botnet infection affect Apple's reputation for security?
More than 600,000 Macs have been infected with a new version of the Flashback Trojan horse that's being installed on people's computers with the help of Java exploits. How does this infection affect Apple's reputation for security?

QuickPoll: Can Windows 8 work well on both tablets and PCs?
Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a new look at Microsoft's upcoming interface for both computers and tablets. Can Windows 8 work well in both environments?

Is Apple's new iPad advanced enough to stay ahead of rivals?
Apple's new iPad has plenty of new features -- but are they enough?

QuickPoll: What will be the biggest change to smartphones this year?
Mobile World Congress 2012 revealed many emerging trends for smartphones. Which will be the most significant?

QuickPoll: Will Windows on ARM be as successful as iOS and Android?
'Windows on ARM,' or WOA for short, is the new edition of the still-under-construction Windows 8 for traditional PCs. Will it be as successful as iOS and Android?

QuickPoll: Will tablet sales eventually surpass PC sales?
Apple sold more iPad tablets last quarter than any single PC maker sold personal computers. Will tablet sales eventually surpass PC sales?

QuickPoll: What social media services do you use to share content?
If you wanted to share a Computerworld article with a tech colleague, what service(s) would you be likely to use?

QuickPoll: What was the top story of 2011?
IT made headlines throughout 2011, from social media's role in Arab Spring to the popularity of Google's Android and Google+ and more. What was the top story of the year?

QuickPoll: Should the use of personal electronic devices be banned while driving?
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that states outlaw the use of all electronic devices while driving. Should the use of personal electronic devices be banned while driving?

QuickPoll: Did carriers and smartphone makers use Carrier IQ to track users?
The recent disclosure that top mobile phone providers are using software from Carrier IQ that critics say can gather and track all sorts of personal data from a user's smartphone has sparked a firestorm of controversy. Do you think carriers and smartphone makers used Carrier IQ to track users?

QuickPoll: Should CEOs be forced to step aside when they get to 60?
The traditional retirement age for CEOs at IBM has been 60, or close to it. Should CEOs be forced to step aside when they get to 60?

QuickPoll: Why did Apple have so many problems rolling out iCloud?
Apple's iCloud debuted this week with problems reminiscent of the MobileMe fiasco of 2008. Why did Apple have so many problems rolling out iCloud?

QuickPoll: What will Steve Jobs be best remembered for?
Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., has passed away. Which of his accomplishments will be his legacy?

QuickPoll: What's the best feature of the new Apple iPhone 4S?
Apple has unveiled the iPhone 4S, shipping Oct. 14. What new hardware feature will earn the device a place in your toolkit?

QuickPoll: Can Microsoft and Intel's marriage be saved?
Microsoft and Intel may be ready to split up after a long marriage. That's thanks to the new hottie in town: tablets. Does 'Wintel' still have a future?

QuickPoll: Are Yahoo's best days behind it?
Yahoo's board ousted Carol Bartz from her CEO chair this week, and with her out of the way analysts say Yahoo must refocus or it will die. Can the Web giant turn things around?

QuickPoll: Should AT&T be allowed to take over T-Mobile?
The DOJ has moved to block AT&T's takeover of T-Mobile USA. Critics say the acquisition would reduce competition and drive up prices. AT&T argues it needs the buy to build out its network. Should AT&T be allowed to take over T-Mobile?

QuickPoll: Can Apple maintain its mojo without Steve Jobs at the helm?
Steve Jobs quit this week as CEO of Apple, marking the "end of an era." Questions remain about Jobs' product sway as Chairman. Cast your vote: Can Apple maintain its mojo without Jobs at the helm?

QuickPoll: Is the PC dead?
IBM engineer Mark Dean, who helped design the first personal computer, recently proclaimed that the PC was dead. Also of note: Google this week said it would buy Motorola Mobility, not a PC maker. Are you ready to trade in your desktop or laptop for a tablet or smartphone? Has the PC outlived its usefulness?

QuickPoll: Is there a conspiracy to take down Android with patent lawsuits?
Patents cases are mounting against Android and makers of products that run on Android. The latest: Samsung's Tab has been barred from sale in Europe. Google charges that rivals, among them Apple, are waging a 'hostile, organized campaign against Android' using 'bogus patents.' Is it a conspiracy?

QuickPoll: Will ARM chips provide a shot in the arm to laptop sales?
Industry observers say that a stagnant laptop market could be reinvigorated by the energy-efficient ARM chips that power today's tablets. What do you think? Will ARM chips provide a shot in the arm to laptop sales, or has the post-PC era already arrived?

QuickPoll: Is Google+ being too pedantic about using real names?
Google is adjusting the real-name policy of its Google+ social service to appease angry users -- many kicked off without notice. But Google will still not allow pseudonyms. Is Google+ being too pedantic about real names?

QuickPoll: Can 'Anonymous' survive to hack another day?
The FBI arrested 14 people this week thought to belong to the hacking group Anonymous over their alleged participation in attacks against PayPal. The raids come amid a recent spike in 'hacktivist' activity by Anonymous. Can the group survive the arrests to hack another day?

QuickPoll: Is Windows Microsoft's biggest strength or a weakness going forward?
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer stressed this week that Windows is "the backbone product of Microsoft" now and into the future: "Windows PCs, Windows Phones, Windows slates..." What do you think? Is Windows Microsoft's biggest strength or a weakness going forward?

QuickPoll: Will Mac OS X Lion's download-only install make you think twice about upgrading?
Apple is set to roll out Mac OS X Lion, and in a first it will be delivered online only. Will Lion's download-only install make you think twice about upgrading?

QuickPoll: Do you think Google+ will take Facebook down a notch?
After much speculation, Google is finally taking on Facebook with Google+. Check out our first-look review, then cast your vote.

QuickPoll: Has Mozilla lost its way in blowing off the enterprise?
When Mozilla launched its Firefox 5 browser recently, it also said it was dropping security support of the three-month-old Firefox 4. Enterprise IT has not been pleased, and unsupportive comments from Mozilla have not helped. Microsoft was quick to exploit the uproar. Do you think Mozilla has lost its way with the enterprise?

QuickPoll: Do you like the direction Microsoft is headed with Windows 8?
Analysts parsing what Microsoft revealed of Windows 8 recently are split on how big the company's gambling with its operating system. One key issue is if its "touch-first" plan - aimed at getting Windows on tablets in the Post-PC era -- will alienate enterprise users. Do you like the direction Microsoft is going with Windows 8?

QuickPoll: Are Google Chromebooks right for the enterprise?
Google's Chromebooks and Chrome OS have landed. Our reviewer found the Chromebook a useful addition but not a replacement for his PC. But Google says the new devices are more focused on the business market. Are Chromebooks right for the enterprise?

QuickPoll: Is iCloud B2C cloud perfection or merely Apple playing catch-up?
Apple's Steve Jobs this week unveiled iCloud, the company's new cloud-based sync and storage service. Is iCloud B2C cloud perfection or merely Apple playing catch-up with Google and others?

QuickPoll: Should Apple be forced to show Samsung its next iPhone, iPad?
Samsung has asked a federal judge to make Apple provide it with samples of its next-generation mobile devices. In May, Apple demanded and was granted that Samsung reveal several of its newest smartphones and tablets as part of an ongoing lawsuit. Should Apple be forced to show Samsung its next iPhone and iPad?

QuickPoll: Has the MacDefender scareware diminished the Mac's security luster?
After taking criticism for not publicly responding, Apple has promised an update for Mac OS X that will delete MacDefender -- the first professional-looking scareware to target Macs -- and warn when people first download the bogus program. Has MacDefender diminished the Mac's security luster?

QuickPoll: Can Intel beat ARM in the mobile chip wars?
Intel is throwing its might into the mobile market against ARM, but analysts note that the PC chip giant might have a fight on its hands. Can Intel ultimately unseat ARM?

QuickPoll: Is a unified Android OS a good thing?
Google unleashed Android 3.1 OS for tablets this week, but the buzzier news is that come its next release, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich and landing this year, the company is putting a fork in "forked" versions of Android. Is one Android for all only good news?

QuickPoll: Are you OK with carriers blocking Android tethering apps?
Free Android phone tethering apps found in Android Market are said to be found this week to be blocked by AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. Are you OK with the move?

QuickPoll: Is Windows 8's ribbon interface a deal-breaker or breakthrough?
Another Windows 8 pre-beta surfaced recently, and it is said to feature a ribbon-based user-interface similar to the one used in recent editions of Microsoft Office. Is Windows 8's ribbon interface a deal breaker or breakthrough for you?

QuickPoll: Is RIM's PlayBook dead on arrival or an iPad killer?
RIM has launched its long-awaited PlayBook, and the first-looks and analysis pieces are just coming in. Does RIM's new tablet look like its DOA or an iPad killer to you?

QuickPoll: Why did Cisco dump the Flip?
Cisco is ending its Flip videocam business. Which factor do you think most led to the decision to dump it?

QuickPoll: How will you respond to the Epsilon data breach?
Last week, Epsilon Interactive said it leaked a huge cache of names and email addresses. Some say it is the largest breach ever involving this kind of data. Epsilon is downplaying it. How will you respond to the breach?

QuickPoll: IT pay/pressure: Are you worse off than last year?
Computerworld's Salary Survey 2011 is out, and despite the strengthening economy IT workers say they are under pressure, underpaid and nearing a breaking point. Are you worse off than last year?

QuickPoll: Is battery drain on LTE phones a buzzkill for the fast new wireless network?
Verizon Wireless' first phone to operate on its 4G LTE network has been plagued by short battery life, a problem attributed to the new high-speed data network. Is battery drain on LTE phones a buzzkill for the new 4G network?

QuickPoll: Will you ditch your wallet and use an NFC phone for payments?
Google is said to be working with MasterCard and Citigroup to deploy NFC technology inside of Android phones to allow mobile payments. Apple is expected to deliver NFC on its next iPhone, which could create critical mass for mobile payments. Will you ditch your wallet and use your smartphone for payments?

QuickPoll: Is AT&T's plan to buy T-Mobile a good thing?
There are clear winners -- and losers -- if AT&T's proposal to but T-Mobile USA goes through, but is the plan good for you or your business?

QuickPoll: Will you give Microsoft's IE9 a try?
Microsoft touts it new Internet Explorer 9 browser as the best for Windows because rivals "dilute" their energies on other operating systems. Rhetoric aside, IE9 is the first to tap hardware for a speed boost. Will you give IE9 a try?

QuickPoll: Does iPad 2 knock out rival tablets?
Michael deAgonia says that iPad 2 keeps Apple ahead of rivals for now. Jonny Evans takes it further, saying competitors are already DOA. Will iPad 2 be a knock out-punch to rival tablets?

QuickPoll: After Gmail's outage, will you trust the cloud less?
About 150,000 of Google's Gmail users woke up Sunday morning to missing e-mails, contacts and chat histories. Will you trust such "cloud" services any less?

QuickPoll: Will Motorola's Xoom steal iPad 2's thunder?
Verizon Wireless is set to sell on Thursday Motorola's Xoom tablet, the first tablet to ship with Android 3.0 "Honeycomb." Meanwhile, rumors swirl that Apple's iPad 2 is just around the corner. Will the Xoom steal iPad 2's thunder?

QuickPoll: Will you buy a Nokia running Windows Phone 7?
Nokia and Microsoft announced ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show that Nokia would ditch its current mobile operating systems and use Windows Phone. Will you buy a Nokia running Windows Phone 7?

QuickPoll: Is Obama's 98% 4G broadband coverage goal realistic?
President Obama outlined his administration's plan on Thursday to deliver high-speed mobile broadband to 98% of U.S. residents within five years. Is the proposal realistic?

QuickPoll: Is Facebook doing enough to protect your privacy?
Facebook is in the news again over a privacy breach involving a duo that created a mock "dating" site by scraping 1 million Facebook profiles. Facebook is threatening legal action against the creators of the site, which was set up to show how easy it is to misuse data publicly posted on social sites. Is Facebook doing enough to protect your privacy?

QuickPoll: Is Verizon's mobile data throttling move fair?
While Verizon's mobile data throttling move has been criticized by users, analysts have defended the change -- announced a week before the release of the Verizon iPhone -- for trying to avoid the problems AT&T faced with Apple's data-hungry smartphone. Is Verizon's move fair?

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Apple and IBM announced a partnership that will meld IBM's big data and analytics capabilities with Apple's iPhone and iPad. IBM will sell Apple devices; craft more than 100 enterprise offerings for Apple's mobile platform, including native apps; optimize its cloud services for iOS; and provide on-site customer support. Who's the big winner?


 

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