5 Things to Know About Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey

The biggest Mario game in a long time. Nintendo’s latest game Super Mario Odyssey is launching in a big way. Starting on Friday, game lovers around the globe will have the opportunity to buy the latest Nintendo NTDOY game, Super Mario Odyssey. As its name suggests, the title centers on the iconic Mario character, and […] Read more »

Venmo Users: You’re About to Be Able to Use the App to Shop Online

Millennials who split the bill can split bills at many more sites. PayPal announced a massive expansion for use of its Venmo payments app popular with millennials. The app grew as a quick way for customers to send each other money, but starting this week, Venmo users can also pay for e-commerce purchases with the […] Read more »

Elon Musk Reveals More Details About His Plan to Colonize Mars

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed a trove of new details on the company’s plan to colonize Mars. He discussed technical details about the giant rocket that he says will take passengers to the Red Planet, the road map for getting to its first launch, and insights into SpaceX’s broader strategy in an “Ask Me Anything” […] Read more »

The Senate Is About to Approve Commercial Sale of Self-Driving Cars (But Not Trucks)

You will soon be able to ride home from your local car dealership in a car that finds its way there unassisted while you nap or read. That reality came a whole lot closer this week, with bipartisan agreement in the Senate on legislation allowing self-driving cars to take the the roads. The law is […] Read more »

What IT Spending Forecasts Tell Us About the Future of IT

IT spending patterns make it clear that we are in a software and cloud-based world. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:5 Things to Know About Nintendo’s Super Mario OdysseyVenmo Users: You’re About to Be Able to Use the App to Shop OnlineElon Musk Reveals More Details About His Plan to Colonize MarsThe Senate Is About to Approve […] Read more »

If AWS is serious about Kubernetes, here’s what it must do

Amazon Web Services has joined the “Anyone-but-AWS” club, pledging its support to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to better align with the Kubernetes crowd. It’s not as if the cloud giant had much of a choice: As much as AWS wanted to ignore Kubernetes into obsolescence, the gravitational pull around Kubernetes is simply too strong. […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Is shadow IT something CIOs should worry about?

Pervasiveness of shadow IT I talked to several CIOs in the #CIOChat recently about shadow IT.Their collective wisdom is shared in this post. The first thing that impressed me in this chat is that the CIOs know the numbers. CIOs shared what they had learned from Cisco, Gartner, and Brocade. Cisco found that shadow cloud […] Read more »

What You Need to Know About Containers

Interop ITX will offer a day-long, Container Crash Course for those who want to learn more about containers’ impact on enterprise operations. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:IDG Contributor Network: Everything you need to know about Nextcloud Box5 Things to Know About Nintendo’s Super Mario OdysseyEdge computing: What you need to know before you deployHow to find, […] Read more »

After Amazon outage, HealthExpense worries about cloud lock-in

Financial services companies as popular targets of cybercriminals for the obvious reason — they’re where the money’s at. And health care companies have medical records, which are very valuable on the black market since the information there can be abused in so many ways, and doesn’t expire. HealthExpense, which provides health care payment services to […] Read more »

Look before you leap: 4 hard truths about IoT

Most technologies go through a stage when everything seems possible. Personal computers in the early 1980s, the internet in the late 1990s and mobile apps around the beginning of this decade were like that. But so was the first unboxing of a Galaxy Note 7. In time, either suddenly or gradually, reality sets in. The […] Read more »

Look before you leap: 4 hard truths about IoT

Most technologies go through a stage when everything seems possible. Personal computers in the early 1980s, the internet in the late 1990s and mobile apps around the beginning of this decade were like that. But so was the first unboxing of a Galaxy Note 7. In time, either suddenly or gradually, reality sets in. [ […] Read more »

Visual Studio’s cloud IDE gets smarter about builds

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Services cloud-based application development platform is improving pull requests, package management, and GitHub build integration. Upgrades will make it easier to work with pull requests assigned to teams, Microsoft said in a bulletin discussing improvements planned for rollout during the next few weeks. “When a PR is created or updated, email […] Read more »

How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you

Has Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Google Home taken up residence in your home? If not, you’re probably at least considering adding one of these digital helpers. They are supremely useful after all, providing assistance with everything from weather forecasts to smart-home control. All you need to do is ask. To read this article in full […] Read more »

Predix, Digital Twin ‘Think’ About Operations Together

At GE’s Minds and Machines Nov. 15-16, GE illustrated how it’s using Predix and a ‘digital twin’ to solve turbine maintenance issues. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:5 Things to Know About Nintendo’s Super Mario OdysseyVenmo Users: You’re About to Be Able to Use the App to Shop OnlineElon Musk Reveals More Details About His Plan to […] Read more »

AeroVironment’s Quantix drone is all about the data

In the age of technology, businesses are all chasing efficiency. That’s exactly what AeroVironment promises to deliver with its new Quantix drone. The technology, a combination of a drone and cloud-based analysis service, can be useful for farmers, says Steve Gitlin, vice president of corporate strategy at AeroVironment. [ InfoWorld’s quick guide: Digital Transformation and the […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Everything you need to know about Nextcloud Box

Nextcloud is teaming up with Canonical and WDLabs (an internal team of innovators to explore new ideas) to bring ‘private-cloud-in-a-box’ devices to the market. It’s the continuation of the work Nextcloud team was doing with WDLabs, before splitting up with ownCloud. Nextcloud Box is essentially a reference device that uses Raspberry Pi for compute and […] Read more »

3 no-bull takeaways about Google buying Apigee

From the outside, Google picking up API management outfit Apigee doesn’t seem like a high-profile acquisition. But it may turn out to be strategically important, as APIs drive the enterprise IT Google wants to make a major part of its business. Here are three key insights into what Apigee will mean for Google, its own enterprise […] Read more »

5 things you should know about blockchains

Talk of blockchain technology is everywhere, it seems — but what is it, and what does it do? 1. Don’t call it “the” blockchain The first thing to know about the blockchain is, there isn’t one: there are many. Blockchains are distributed, tamper-proof public ledgers of transactions. The most well-known is the record of bitcoin […] Read more »

4 no-bull takeaways about Docker Cloud

Late last year, Docker snapped up cross-cloud container management service Tutum, but it wasn’t clear how the acquired company’s handiwork would manifest under the Docker brand. Earlier this week, we found out: Tutum reemerged as Docker Cloud amid little fanfare, but with more than only the badges swapped on the product. Cloud now cross-integrates with […] Read more »

CIOs, stop dreaming about total cloud control

CIOs have a tough job these days. They have to adopt cloud computing and, at the same time, not give up control over their systems’ processes and data. Many CIOs are starting to regain control. Rogue clouds led in the past, with departments going around IT to make deals with SaaS and IaaS cloud providers. […] Read more »

Google’s ‘Lego’ Smartphone, Smarter TVs: What We’re Excited About In 2016

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How to be a responsible devil’s advocate about the cloud

People like me keep saying that the cloud is here, it’s real, and it’s good — so stop resisting. But it is okay to push back on the cloud. Really. Opinions that provide a devil’s-advocate point of view that can help you better understand the reasons for moving workloads to the cloud. And the cloud […] Read more »

Microsoft and HP reveal more details about cloud partnership

Hewlett Packard Enterprise outlined new details about its hybrid cloud partnership with Microsoft in an announcement Tuesday, saying it will provide a new hardware product that integrates with the Azure cloud platform and build its software to take advantage of Microsoft’s offerings. Companies interested in integrating Microsoft’s Azure cloud with HPE’s on-premises systems can now […] Read more »

How to get (and keep) girls jazzed about programming

Much has been written about the need to involve girls in coding, but the best path to success is to get them excited about using computers as tools to build what they’re interested in or solve their problems. It’s not about teaching any particular language — but in getting girls and young women to think computationally, said David […] Read more »