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Drones have potential for industrial sabotage

Industrial facilities should be on guard against drones. Even off-the-shelf versions of the unmanned aircraft could be used to disrupt sensitive systems.


The doctor will see you now – virtually

Seeking to reduce patient traffic without sacrificing care quality, New York-Presbyterian hospital is offering second opinions and consultations via digital technologies.

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IBM's Cloud CTO: 'We're in this game to win'

An industry focus is one of the key factors IBM is betting will set it apart from cloud competitors including Google, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.

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How the Internet of Things is revolutionizing retail

The world of retail may never be the same, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and its network of connections linking the physical and digital worlds in an ecosystem of computers, smartphones, stores, vehicles, wearables and more.

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Some observations about Microsoft-GE enterprise IoT partnership

Microsoft and GE just announced a strategic alliance to enable a new generation of industrial enterprise solutions. The core of the partnership is based on enabling GE's Predix IoT platform on Microsoft's Azure cloud. Beyond the...

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Gender equality? I smell a rat

Males and females, human and rodent alike, process pain differently, so it's understandable why the science world is in an uproar over the sole use of male mice and rats for medical research. But the critics are missing the real...

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How's Wave Analytics helps publisher track leads

Sales teams for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are using cloud software to track existing client accounts and identify new leads.

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A smaller version of Raspberry Pi 3 is coming soon

A smaller version of the popular Raspberry Pi 3 will go on sale in a few months.

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Omni Hotels' new CIO shores up cybersecurity amid data breach

Following the infiltration of the hotel chain’s network with payment card-stealing malware, Omni is looking to use analytics software to detect and quarantine attacks.

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How auto repair chain accelerates networking with SD-WAN

Service King Collision Repair Centers is phasing out its MPLS system as the primary networking provider for SD-WAN appliances, says its CIO.

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Chick-fil-A stays cool (and safe) with IoT sensors

As Chipotle recovers from its food-borne illness outbreaks, franchisees for the popular chicken chain are ushering in the ‘Internet of Chicken’ by using low-power wireless sensors and gateways to monitor their walk-in freezers and...

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How GE software is making its mark on the Industrial Internet

GE is using digital models of individual industrial assets, fed with data from the Internet of Things and tuned with machine learning, to drive efficiency.

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IBM leverages machine learning for hyper-local weather

New precision forecasts will help businesses in industries ranging from aviation and agriculture to energy generation and retail better respond to their environment.


Healthcare CIO slams new Medicare proposal talks to Dr. John Halamka, CIO of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, about his opposition to the health IT aspects of Medicare’s new approach to paying doctors.

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Social networks continue to eat news publishers' lunch

Social sites have helped spawn many new industries, but they're also a real threat to online news publishers, who are increasingly squeezed out by algorithms, ad blockers and audiences that don't care where their news come from,...


Insurer's drones offer a bird's eye view of property damages

Travelers is testing drones as an alternative to hiring third-parties to assess roof damage, but regulations remain a major impediment to widespread commercial use of the technology.

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The drones are flying at Travelers got demonstration of the drones in action at Travelers' Claims University, a 200,000-square foot-plus facility where 7,000 claims professionals go each year to learn how the data-driven claim analysis business works.

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GE Power taps IoT to reduce coal power plant emissions

Through Internet of Things analytics and optimization, GE says coal-fired steam power plants can reduce fuel consumption by 67,000 tons of coal per year, while maintaining the same megawatt output.

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