Road test part III: Google+ Hangouts

Imagine going abroad and relying on Google Hangouts as your only technology for calling home. Would it work? I recently spent 10-days in the U.K. with a phone with no cell service, relying instead on a handful of mobile...

Road test part II: Vonage Extensions

I recently spent 10-days in the U.K. with a phone with no cell service, relying instead on a handful of mobile communication apps running over Wi-Fi where I could find it -- mostly in hotels and coffee shops. In my last post I...

London calling: Road testing mobile Wi-Fi voice apps

I knew that my Verizon Wireless smartphone wouldn't work in Europe – Verizon's radio technology is incompatible with European standards. But could I take advantage of voice over IP, using mobile communications apps over Wi-Fi, and...

Flashback: Remembering the 386SX

What the heck is a 386SX? If you're old enough to know the answer, then you may just be old enough to have read this comparative review in the August 1990 issue of BYTE Magazine.That was at the beginning of an era when personal...

Text analytics, Ted Cruz and the budget impasse

What were they thinking? As CEO of text analytics firm Luminoso Technologies Inc., Catherine Havasi spends most of her time answering that question for business clients. Last week Luminoso took a stab at understanding the dialog...

5 takeaways from Predictive Analytics World

I often learn as much by talking to people in between sessions at a conference as I do when listening to the presentations, and this week's Predictive Analytics World event has been no exception. I had the opportunity to see and...

Goodbye Wayne Green, and thanks for the memories

Before there was a PC revolution, before the days of PC Magazine and MacWorld, before COMDEX, there was Wayne Green. In 1983 it was Wayne's world, and I just worked in it. Fresh out of college, I landed my first job working for 80...

No, it doesn't cause cancer: The fatal error behind junk science

It's been a month now since I've opened the economy size bottle of fish oil capsules that sits gathering dust in a corner of my kitchen. I haven’t dared touch it since reading about a medical study purporting to show that fish oil...

Healthcare IT: Some patients still waiting for the basics

I read with interest a recent Healthcare IT Spotlight story that called out one healthcare organization in particular as an example of what can be done with healthcare analytics in creating an accountable care organization ......

License plate readers: Where are the guidelines?

Recently publicized privacy concerns over the rise in police use of license plate readers (LPR) is just another symptom of a broader problem the government has when it comes to establishing policy guidelines for new applications of...

Forget the resume: Recruiting search engines build Web dossiers about you

What do recruiters know about you? Your first thought after reading this week's feature story about recruiting search engines that mine the Web and build dossiers about your skills -- and even rate your knowledge for recruiter...

So your boss is a sociopath. Now what?

Frank Wander knows firsthand what it's like to work for a sociopath. And the former Former Fortune 500 CIO and CEO of the IT Excellence Institute recently opined the fact that senior management tends to misinterpret and even reward...

Extended warranty claim game: Where's the Easy Button?

Last week, just 14 months after I purchased an HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 multifunction printer, the machine's LCD control panel faded to black. The problem with relying on an LCD touch screen for all of your controls is that if the...

Has Snowden affair given China carte blanche to continue industrial espionage?

News reports in the general media alleging that Edward Snowden's revelations about spying on China have damaged the U.S.'s credibility in terms of its complaints about Chinese cyber espionage miss the point. Like other nations, the...

How Enova programmers gamified recruiting

At Enova International, which Computerworld named to its 2013 Best Places to Work in IT list, it's the IT staff, rather than just recruiters, who are actively bringing in new talent. The financial service firm’s rapid growth has...

Mobile app lets you bypass your cellular carrier

This fall, when our daughter spends a semester in Europe, she'll be using her Verizon smartphone to call home -- and it won't cost us a penny more. We use Vonage voice over IP telephony service for our home phone. Vonage...

CIO of the future: Innovator or ERP baby sitter?

As infrastructure and applications continue to migrate to outsourcers and into the cloud, IT should be taking the lead in business process innovation. CIOs should be playing a key role in identifying opportunities and figuring out...

X1 rises again with Desktop Search 8, Virtual Edition

X1, the innovative desktop search vendor that rose to prominence a decade ago, has reinvented itself once again. With the release this week of X1 Search Client 8, the company has refocused on the enterprise and hopes to cash in by...

Excuse me while I update your .Net...

Today I was installing hardware for a roundup of cloud video cameras when I came across one unit with a setup program that only runs on Windows Vista or Windows 7. I use a Mac, but I did have a Windows laptop standing by. So I...

Vanilla never wins: The case against business process standardization

Go to any IT conference these days and you're likely to hear a CIO or two speaking about the need to simplify and standardize business processes as much as possible, particularly as enterprise software moves into the...

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