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Is there any human invention more duplicitous than the personal computer? These machines were manufactured and initially marketed as devices to help us at work. We were told they would perform amazing feats of office derring-do — adding up rows of numbers effortlessly, turning our...

A jury finds in favor of restaurant employees disciplined for content on social networking site. Long gone are the days when the beauty shop and golf course were the only locations employees could complain about their employers. Now, employees have numerous outlets for venting their...

Moore’s Law is a funny thing. Computing gear ticks along, getting faster and often cheaper at a steady rate. But, every now and then, we hit an inflection point where things change in a dramatic fashion. Such is the case with the Apple iPhone and...

Over the last year or so, we've covered various layoffs at IBM, and we've tried to ferret out IBM's byzantine resource shuffling, and a lot of that coverage and reader commentary points out the global nature of IBM's business and concern for American jobs. Well,...

Business intelligence software may have been around for several decades, but it remains an esoteric niche in most companies, according to an analyst. Unfriendly corporate cultures, not the BI tools or apps themselves, are preventing BI from becoming pervasive. "The technology has been around for a long...

Corporate information technology departments are prioritizing the wrong threats to their computer systems, focusing on old problems and leaving their companies open to a raft of new cyberattacks aiming at private customer and corporate information. That is the finding of a new biannual report from the...

The Obama Administration committed itself Tuesday to reducing federal computing costs by pursuing cloud computing, but its first steps appear tentative. The administration launched Apps.gov as a storefront where federal agencies may go to purchase on-demand applications from private vendors. In its first iteration, federal computing...

The top U.S. intelligence official said counterintelligence and cybersecurity would be given new emphasis under a four-year strategic plan he unveiled Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told reporters that although combating extremism, issuing warnings, countering weapons proliferation and supporting military operations overseas remain...

On Tuesday, Vivek Kundra, the federal chief information officer, unveiled Apps.Gov, a Web site where federal agencies will able to buy so-called cloud computing applications and services that have been approved by the government to replace more costly and cumbersome computing services at their own...

Since Microsoft launched Bing, the company has been trying to position it as a 'decision engine' and not just as another search engine. Today, Microsoft is taking another step in this direction with the launch of Visual Search in Bing. For a growing number of...