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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 18:02 PM

IT Is About People Not Machines

By Samuel Greengard I'm convinced that a technology paradox exists: all the devices and systems designed to make life and work more productive actually achieve the opposite. Let me preface my diatribe by....

Thursday, February 03, 2011 19:02 PM

Securing Smartphones

by Samuel Greengard Mobile workers love their smartphones, but the devices bring a host of security risks. Employees access data from public hotspots, they load rogue apps, and they carry (and sometimes ....

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 19:02 PM

Stephen Wolfram for $200, Alex

by Tim Moran Stephen Wolfram watches IBM's Watson supercomputer play Jeopardy! and says his software could do better. You might know something about Wolfram: In addition to being a big-time thinker in the ....

Friday, January 28, 2011 18:01 PM

Spy vs Virtual Spy

by Tim Moran I've never taken to video gaming, but I do like spy stories, so reports of the convergence of intelligence gathering and video games piqued my interest -- maybe because the words "intelligenc....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 18:01 PM

Mobile Payment, Please

by Samuel Greengard Smartphones are several years old yet mobile payment systems are still in the horse and buggy stage. Paypal, which is about the closest thing to a universal payment system, is still r....

Monday, January 24, 2011 19:01 PM

Of Online Babies and Untied Laces

by Tim Moran This may or may not be disturbing--I can't be sure. When I was a kid, toys were simple and technology was rudimentary. What that really means, I think, is that kids were simple and rudiment....

Friday, January 21, 2011 22:01 PM

Let Your People Media

by Samuel Greengard Staffing firm Robert Half recently reported that 54 percent of CIOs do not allow employees to visit social networking sites for any reason while at work. In other words, these firms p....

Thursday, January 20, 2011 18:01 PM

Disintermediation Bites

Bad news for my hometown, as American Express announces the closing of its Greensboro, NC call center and the vaporization of hundreds of local jobs. Blame the internet. From an email to civic bigwigs from....

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 18:01 PM

John Henry Loses Again

Tim Moran Watson, the Jeopardy-playing IBM supercomputer we first covered back in June, has now made its debut against real people and -- spoiler alert! -- won. The machine competed against Ken Jennings (....

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 20:01 PM

Periodic Table Shrinks to Fit

by Tim Moran It was chemist Martyn Poliakoff's birthday, and the team he works with at the University of Nottingham's Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Center (NNNC) wanted to give him a unique present. Hmmm....

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 19:01 PM

Meet the New Boss

by Samuel Greengard It's easy to overlook how much change has taken place over the last decade or so. GPS systems tell us how to steer our cars, Netflix tells us what to watch, and Amazon tells us what we....

Thursday, January 13, 2011 19:01 PM

In Which We Are Clueless Management Stooges

Reader Eugene takes issue with our recent feature on workaholics, specifically this sentence: "While a strong work ethic is valued, a lack of balance with your personal life can ultimately work against you....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 18:01 PM

Nanotech Fabrics Now Machine Washable

by Tim Moran People have been cleaning their clothes in washing machines for 100 years, give or take. It's a simple process, really, and at the core it has not changed much in all that time. Wikipedia exp....

Thursday, January 06, 2011 18:01 PM

IT Predictions for 2011

by Samuel Greengard What's a New Year without a few predictions? Here's my two cents worth in regard to major IT and technology trends I see unfolding in 2011: The Consumerization of IT will accelerate. ....

Monday, January 03, 2011 17:01 PM

We're All Gamers Now

The Gaming of Business and Life by Samuel Greengard It's nearly impossible to navigate a day without bumping headfirst into some type of game. Whether you're clicking through Farmville or Mafia Wars onl....