Stories by Jeff Vance

Big data wars: How technology could tip the mid-term elections

After <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2325573/software/how-the--net-might-get-kerry-elected.html">John Kerry</a> lost a very winnable election in 2004, Democrats were worried that Republicans had gained an almost insurmountable lead in both technology and data analysis.

10 Big Data startups to watch

The Big Data space is heating up – to the point that many pundits already see it as the over-hyped heir to "cloud." The hype may be a bit much, but Big Data is already living up to its potential, transforming entire business lines, such as marketing, pharmaceutical research, and cyber-security.

In pictures: 20 top Android and iOS productivity apps for 2014

Now that the holidays are over, reality has set in and you probably have a resolution or two to live up to. If any of your resolutions are along the lines of "be more efficient at work" or "find ways to boost productivity," you're in luck. These apps will help you meet and even exceed your work-related resolutions in 2014.

25 must-have technologies for SMBs

Running a small business isn't easy. I know. I run one. As a freelance writer, I’ve learned that you need to run your writing career as if you were running a business.

6 secrets to a successful BYOD rollout

The very notion of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) makes many CIOs and IT managers nervous. BYOD represents a loss of control, additional security risks, and, of course, the unknown. Here are six things to prepare for:

7 steps to social media stardom

Social media is taking up more and more of our time, both at home and work. Many enterprises have even started to treat social media tools as mission-critical, meaning that if you don't start mastering them, your lack of knowledge could impede your career.

How to make Android faster, more productive and more secure than iPhone

IPhone users love to brag about their phones. They line up around the block and stand in line for hours when a new one is released. Yet, for many users, Android is clearly the superior platform. Yes, its Achilles' heel is a big one: security. Android's openness and large market share mean that it's a juicy target for attackers.

Warning: you may be an e-hoarder

Hoarding shows are popular these days. Hoarders, Hoarding: Buried Alive, Confessions: Animal Hoarding and on and on. The images are consistent: Boxes stacked to the ceilings. Piles of newspapers dating back to the Nixon era. Feral cats skittering behind furniture. Empty cans of cat food, beans and soup scattered everywhere.

The future of malware

Personal information belonging to a <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/092111-massachusetts-data-compromised-251099.html">full third of Massachusetts residents has been compromised</a> in one way or another, according to the state's attorney general, citing statistics gleaned from a tough new data breach reporting law.