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How to avoid big mistakes with Oracle's Exadata

Although Exadata is Oracle's most popular and mature "engineered system," some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of many Exadata projects.
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Plastic computers taking shape, but won't replace silicon

Can plastic materials morph into computers? A research breakthrough published this week brings such a possibility closer to reality.

Google tech to bring 3D mapping smarts to NASA's space station robots

NASA and Google are working together to send new 3D technology aloft to map the International Space Station.

U.S. commercial drone industry struggles to take off

The U.S. commercial drone industry is still struggling to get off the ground more than two years after President Obama signed into law a bill that permits the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over the country's airspace.

Can you hear me now? NASA to test laser communication system

The SpaceX cargo spacecraft will be carrying equipment needed for astronauts on the International Space Station to test optical laser communications to its scheduled launch today.

Can we talk? Internet of Things vendors face a communications 'mess'

Vendors will tell you that the Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived. We're here to tell you that it hasn't.

Unbounded Robotics launches robot platform for education, research

If you fear the rise of robots, the latest humanoid-style machine has an "emergency stop to prevent robot apocalypse."

Oracle rebuts Oregon claims about troubled health care site

Oracle is gearing up for a fight with officials in Oregon over its role developing an expensive health insurance exchange website that still isn't fully operational.

Google revenue jumps 19% but still disappoints

Google reported a 19% increase in revenue for the first quarter, but results from its advertising business were mixed.

Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces

Ahead of the big New York Auto Show, several car companies today displayed in-vehicle infotainment systems that connect to smartphones to use mobile apps, music playlists, calling features and calendars.

Applications In Depth

10 Hot Hadoop Startups to Watch

As data volumes grow, figuring out how to unlock value becomes vastly important. Hadoop enables the processing of large data sets in a distributed environment and has become almost synonymous with big data. Here are 10 startups with solutions for unlocking big data value.

Microsoft's Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise

It's hard to overstate the impact of the Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors.

Secure browsers offer alternatives to Chrome, IE and Firefox

The Web browser has been a major infection vector for years, allowing malware to be transported to millions of computers through phishing, man-in-the-middle, SQL injection and countless other attacks. But what if there were a way to stop this madness and secure the browsing channel itself?

Five characteristics of a new breed of CIO

As enterprises rapidly evolve their mindsets and approach to digital, CIOs will be required to either evolve their own profiles and skill sets or risk becoming irrelevant, writes Gartner's Linda Price.

AI gets its groove back

Thanks to the advent of Big Data, new algorithms and massive, affordable computing power, artificial intelligence is now, finally, on a roll again.

Collaboration 2.0: Old meets new

Today's tools are a lot like yesterday's in some respects, except they add features for cloud, social, Web and mobile. They're also a whole lot easier to use.

Evan Schuman: Social media endangers corporate secrets

Employees can unintentionally share more than their employers want anyone to know.

Law Firm CIO Makes the Case for Microsoft Lync

Law firm Holland & Knight already had a who's who of best-of-breed communications products deployed when the firm's IT team decided it needed to replace the tangled mess of PBX systems that provided voice lines at its many offices. It chose to jettison them all in favor of an infrastructure built on Microsoft Lync Server 2013.

4 reasons Microsoft is a new company

There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

7 all-in-one security suites: Anti-malware for all your devices

Today's security suites try to protect all (or most) of your devices, and provide Web-based management. We examine how seven major applications compare in terms of features, ease of use and which devices they actually protect.