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Salesforce’s Investment Bodes Well for the Mobile IoC

Salesforce.com's vision of the Internet of Customers is getting clearer, and it has a decidedly mobile orientation. The company on Monday announced the launched the Salesforce1 Fund -- a dedicated fund in its newly renamed investment unit, now called "Salesforce Ventures" -- that will pour $100 mill...

Salesforce.com, Philips Launch Health Cloud Revolution

Salesforce and Philips last week announced they had teamed up on a cloud computing initiative designed to transform existing healthcare platforms. The companies plan to create an open cloud-based healthcare platform that will allow everyone from software developers to health insurance companies to c...

OPINION

Wearable Tech’s Steep Learning Curve

Google may be feared and secretly envied throughout tech circles for its industry-disruption track record, but in at least one respect, companies are grateful for Google's propensity to plow the road. The Google Glass experiment has provided some very public lessons about what consumers are willing ...

Salesforce Tries On Wearable Tech for Size

Salesforce.com is moving aggressively to carve out its own place in a hot emerging technology niche: wearable computing. With its new initiative, Salesforce Wear, it appears to be following its usual MO of co-opting technology in the consumer world and repositioning it for the enterprise. However, u...

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Ending the Embedded Linux Patent War Before It Begins

The Open Invention Network was created in 2005 as a white hat organization to protect Linux. It has considerable financial backing from Google, IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. More than 800 organizations worldwide have joined the community by signing the free OIN license. A clamor recen...

LG Sheds Light on Internet of Things

LG Electronics on Monday unveiled a light bulb designed to illuminate consumers lives in a more intelligent way. The Smart Lamp, which can be controlled by an iOS or Android device over Bluetooth or WiFi, debuted in LG's home market of South Korea. The 10W LED bulb is 80 percent more energy-effici...

OPINION

An Awesome iWatch Is Apple’s Greatest Challenge

There are two words I try to avoid connecting: "greatest" and "challenge." Clearly I've failed. I try to avoid this phrase because it reeks of hyperbole -- and yet here I am, typing it out in association with Apple's utterly mythical "iWatch." Still, the more I look ahead, the more I realize that Ap...

Salesforce1 Paves Way for Internet of Customers

Salesforce on Wednesday kicked off its Salesforce1 world tour, touting the allure of the social, mobile and cloud customer platform to clients. Launched in November, Salesforce1 drove a 96 percent increase in mobile app active users and a 46 percent increase in active users of custom mobile apps, Sa...

More to See, Less to Hear at CES 2014

CES may have begun as the Consumer Electronics Show back in the late 1960s, but since then its producer, the Consumer Electronics Association, has changed the show's official name to International CES, in part to reflect its expansion beyond TVs, stereos and appliances. At 2014 International CES, no...

TECH BLOG

Russian ‘Pirates’ Offer Hobbled NASA a Helping Tech Hand

Russia's Pirate Party wrote a letter to NASA offering to host the agency's website, which is currently out of commission because of the government shutdown. The Pirate Party -- a minority political movement in many European countries predicated on privacy and transparency -- informed NASA that it co...

WHICH APPS DO I NEED?

All Things Appy: 5 Best Lifestyle Apps for Windows 8

The All Things Appy column regularly looks at the best free apps for our devices. Today we dissect the top five, must-have Windows 8 apps within the Lifestyle genre. Need to check on the weather, monitor what those pesky celebrities are up to, wake up, control your games console or work out? Read on...

Microsoft May Get Home Advantage

Microsoft could be cutting new inroads into the world of home automation, based on rumors that it has purchased id8 Group R2 Studios. This acquisition will reportedly bolster Microsoft's Xbox division, which is likely to introduce a next-generation game console later this year. Aside from an Android...

Tech Firms Squeezing Conflict Minerals Out of Supply Chains

The tech industry is making strides in developing supply chains and products that are free of conflict minerals from eastern Congo, although for some companies, progress still needs to be made, according to a report by Enough, the project to end genocide and crimes against humanity. For the second y...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

White House Puts Privacy Under Bright, Hot Lights

Internet privacy appeared on the big stage last week when the Obama administration unveiled its plans on the subject, which included a bill of rights for consumer privacy. The President's privacy framework evoked reactions from stakeholders ranging from enthusiastic to guardedly optimistic. "Consume...

Mounting a Tablet in Your Vehicle’s Front Seat

Factory-supplied satellite navigation and entertainment systems can add thousands to the cost of a new vehicle. Plus, the speed at which consumer electronics come to market is significantly faster than a car's development cycle, so your in-vehicle equipment is outdated before the car leaves the new ...

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