Stories by Fred O'Connor

Forensic software gets around iCloud security features

A Russian software company has updated its forensic software to work-around the security features Apple recently added to iCloud and increased what information can be extracted from the cloud storage service.

Microsoft throws open doors to Sway beta

The beta test of Microsoft's newish Web-publishing app, Sway, is no longer by invitation-only: the company said today it's open to all.

Apple, IBM partnership yields first results: 10 mobile apps

IBM and Apple have unveiled the first results of their enterprise IT partnership: 10 mobile applications aimed at businesses in six industries as well as government users.

Google wants Windows server applications to run on its cloud

Google has made a series of announcements aimed at helping Microsoft customers run Windows workloads on Google's cloud.

Uber drives past privacy issues and secures $US1.2 billion in funding

Recent privacy concerns surrounding Uber haven't soured investors on the ride-sharing startup, which just raised $US1.2 billion from investors in its latest funding round.

Zendesk brings embedded customer service tools to mobile apps

Zendesk sees customer service as a way for its users to distinguish themselves from competitors and now allows them to bring that customer service advantage to their mobile, game and Web apps.

Accounting differences, not fraud, led to HP's Autonomy write-down, says Lynch

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch says he has obtained a Hewlett-Packard document that shows how differences in accounting standards, not fraud on Autonomy's part, are to blame for the debacle surrounding HP's acquisition of the company.

Microsoft delivers the talking Dynamics CRM update

Dynamics customers can now get their hands on the suite's latest update, which includes the ability to add the Cortana voice-command technology to the company's CRM software.

Oracle, Oregon tussle over whether federal court should hear Cover Oregon case

Oracle and the state of Oregon tussled in a U.S. district court last week over which legal venue will hear their dueling lawsuits related to the vendor's work on the state's failed health insurance exchange website, Cover Oregon.

SMBs get their very own Salesforce app store

Users of Desk.com, Salesforce's cloud-based customer service product for small and medium-size businesses, now have an app store designed just for them. Called Desk.com App Hub, the store offers 50 apps from Salesforce partner companies that handle functions including group chat, social monitoring, language translation and e-commerce analytics.

SAP talks up Hana but small companies slow to sign on

Small and medium-sized businesses looking to grow need to leverage big data, cloud computing and mobility, and SAP says that its Hana platform can help them on those fronts.

Tidemark software adds predictive analytics to help CFOs use big data in forecasting, budgeting

Tidemark is adding predictive analytics functions to its cloud-based financial planning and analysis software to help companies include unstructured big data sources, like social media messages and sensor information, into forecasting and budgeting decisions.

Companies use urban office locations to attract IT talent

To attract workers in the competitive technology job market, remote connectivity service provider LogMeIn decided that a change of address was needed.

Oracle licensing practices lead to mistrust among customers, says survey

Oracle's licensing practices have created a "hostile" relationship "filled with deep rooted mistrust" between the vendor and its customers, according to a survey that looked at users' business interactions with the company.

Workday's updated mobile app takes design cues from iOS, Android

The minimalist look of flat design has been incorporated into Workday's refreshed mobile app for the company's cloud-based HCM (human capital management) and financial software.

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