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Intel moves closer to wire-free computing

Intel is taking more steps to provide what it calls "wire-free" computing by 2016, a plan the company first talked about publicly in June at the Computex trade show.
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Microsoft jumps into NoSQL market with new Azure data store

Jumping into the growing NoSQL market, Microsoft has debuted a simple data store through the Azure cloud hosting service.

Google gets patent to make Glass look like ordinary specs

Google appears to be redesigning Glass to make the wearable computer look less nerdy and more like ordinary eyeglasses.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison turns 70 with no retirement in sight

Most people start thinking about retirement when they turn 70, if they haven't already called it a career. Not Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who passed that milestone Sunday.

LG's high-end smartphone features trickle down to new L series

LG Electronics is bringing features from its more expensive smartphones into the hotly contested low-end segment of the market.

R programming language gains on traditional statistics packages

The R programming language is quickly gaining popularity over the traditional statistics packages such as SPSS, SAS and MATLAB, at least according to one data statistician who teaches the language.

How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home

Production of lithium-ion batteries capable of storing solar or wind-generated electricity will need to ramp up before homes and businesses can truly go off the grid.

Even rivals are waiting for Apple to get into wearables

There may be big expectations for the wearables market, but the reality is that until someone transforms the category -- Apple's the usual suspect -- it won't break out of a very small constituency.

How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home

Production of lithium-ion batteries capable of storing solar or wind-generated electricity will need to ramp up before homes and businesses can truly go off the grid.

As Ebola death toll rises, scientists work on nanotech cure

Scientists at Northeastern University are using nanotechnology to find an effective treatment for the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 1,200 people, and sickened even more.

Applications In Depth

Meet Cobol's hard core fans

Some of the world's largest businesses say their Cobol application infrastructure, running on state-of-the-art big iron, still delivers a powerful competitive advantage. The challenge going forward will be staffing it.

Cloud BI: Going where the data lives

Historically, cloud BI has been mostly used by smaller businesses, but larger enterprises are starting to make the trek.

Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft's board

About six months after retiring as CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has relinquished his seat on the company's board of directors effective immediately, citing a busy schedule and confidence in the company's current and future financial performance.

Your business has gone mobile -- now what?

So you've said yes to the use of personal tech. How do you make it work for and in your business?

Hadoop gets real

Its fast and robust data processing and storage power make Hadoop both wildly popular and wildly complex. Here's how four IT leaders have managed to bring Hadoop systems from the sandbox into production.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Patent trolls under attack, but not dead yet

The patent wars keep going and going and we keep paying and paying.

Neura's novel approach: Baking intelligence into connected devices

A well-known problem in the Internet of Things is that many connected devices operate in silos. Your Fitbit doesn't communicate with your Nest thermostat, for example.

Review: Birst brings DIY to BI

With straightforward data access, automated modeling, and easy reporting tools, cloud-based Birst Enterprise is the data warehouse for the rest of us

Peak vs. Tibbr: Two apps that help track team communications

Peak and Tibbr are two tools that teams can use to help track projects and improve workgroup communications.

3D printing makes its move into production

The use of 3D printing for finished goods is about to disrupt manufacturing and supply chains in a big way. Here's why, and here's how IT will be critical to that transition.