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  • How to Attract Digital Natives to Buy at Retail Stores

    It's shopping season, the great American tradition when we brave crowded malls, wander aimlessly from retailer to retailer, hoping for a little inspiration on what to buy our friends and family. Our experience will no doubt be the same as every other customer, complete with awkward run-ins with teenage salespeople telling us anything to make a sale. We'll probably end up buying the same outfit worn by the mannequin in the showcase.

  • Why It Sometimes Makes Sense to Go Slow With Mobile Development

    Mobile app development is usually cheap, fast and dirty: Introduce some functionality and fix the problems over time. At Westinghouse Electric, however, there's no room for error in the development of a tablet application critical for testing the nuclear power facilities it builds for electricity providers around the world.

  • Lenovo REACHit Manages Files Across Cloud Accounts

    While doing research for a recent CIO.com article I wrote on cloud storage services, I confirmed something I'd long suspected. Lots of people use, say, Dropbox as their main cloud file depository; Google Drive for collaboration documents; OneDrive because of its integration with Microsoft Office; and so on.

  • Intel planning thumb-sized PCs for next year

    Intel is shrinking PCs to thumb-sized "compute sticks" that will be out next year.

  • Cameras, robotic mules could help battle Ebola in West Africa

    Researchers are working on technology that could be shipped to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak as soon as a few months from now, while also looking ahead to bigger plans to combat any disease outbreak.

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Devices Charged During Holiday Travel

    I'm at my local Starbucks, drinking a seasonal concoction. (A no-whip caramel brûlée.) I'm listening to tinkly piano music on Pandora while I work. And I'm charging my iPhone using one of Starbucks' new Duracell Powermat wireless charging "spots."

  • Does being first in supercomputing still matter?

    NEW ORLEANS -- The European forecast of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was so far ahead of U.S. models in predicting the storm's path that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was called before Congress to explain how it happened.

  • Woz Talks Smartwatches, Apple Watch at DEMO Fall 2014

    On Wednesday, Apple cofounder and Silicon Valley idol Steve Wozniak took the stage at the DEMO Fall 2014 show to tout his new company, Primary Data, a startup that will focus on data virtualization for enterprises. Wozniak, or "Woz," is the company's new chief scientist, and he left his previous role at Fusion.io, where he held the same title, to join the new venture.

  • The fate of NASA's supercomputer may depend on Sen. Ted Cruz

    NEW ORLEANS -- Republican control of the Senate means that one the most fanatical climate change deniers in Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is now in line to head the Senate subcommittee that oversees science funding. This is not good news for supercomputing.

  • New cruise ship a floating heaven for tech geeks

    Walking up the gangway to board Royal Caribbean's tech-laden Quantum of the Seas, it was hard not to marvel. Across the harbor was Manhattan, and at 348 meters the new ship is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall. But it's what the ship contains that made my inner geek salivate.