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Pixometer app offers a smarter way to read dumb meters

There's no real-time energy tracking with this app, but it's handy for reading awkwardly placed meters and for budgeting for future bills

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Xiaomi's fitness tech to help power smart shoes

Li-Ning is developing smart shoes that will use Xiaomi's mobile exercise app.

Face of Chinese IT industry doesn't please everyone at German trade show

Alibaba's Jack Ma booked his first booth at Cebit 14 years ago. From that humble beginning, China's marketplace is now the star of the show

Google, Aopen's new Chrome desktops targeted at digital signage

Google and Aopen introduce new Chromebox and Chromebase all-in-ones for distribution of information and advertisements

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Higher ed CIOs list their top tech priorities

College and university technology leaders get high marks for C-suite relations (particularly with the CMO), succession planning and cloud-based activities.

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Can Tech Help Teachers Teach and Students Learn?

The promise of technology in the classroom earns high grades with students, teachers and administrators surveyed. But that digital education revolution is not an easy battle to win.

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Cloud Service Providers Must Guarantee Zero Down Time

Federal IT leaders say that anything less than 100 percent, always-on service reliability is unacceptable from cloud vendors.

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CIOs and CMOs Far Apart in Pharmaceuticals

In the pharmaceuticals sector, the digital disconnect between the CMO and CIO is one of the largest to overcome of any industry. But don’t blame IT. According to an Accenture global survey, pharma CIOs have the highest desire across...

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How Cloud-Based ERP Can Give Your Business a Boost

Duplication of effort and a lack of integration led Unionwear to move to an ERP system. The company’s experience with Salesforce.com – plus the appeal of avoiding upgrade costs and the benefits of a regularly updated system – made...

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Adidas CIO Plays to Win at Digital Marketing

Jan Brecht describes how a unified tech-marketing team scored a victory at the 2014 World Cup.

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for January 22

Ford drives into the Valley ... Oracle promises cheaper hardware ... Samsung-Blackberry deal still in play ... and more

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5 Key Challenges Facing the Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things shows every indication of rapidly transforming everything from agriculture to municipal management to energy generation and manufacturing, but it faces five potential obstacles.

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University of Maryland Takes Next Steps With Virtualization

With it storage and servers stabilized, the university is moving to the next level of virtualization. It’s readying a redundant off-site facility to protect its virtualized IT assets and plans to switch out its physical desktops for...

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Higher-Education CIOs Weigh In on 2015 Priorities

Customer experience, big data, ‘the business of education’ is in the spotlight for 2015 at colleges and universities.

Google plans US auto insurance comparison shopping site, says analyst

Google may also be acquiring CoverHound, an insurance comparison shopping site, according to a Forrester analyst

Wearables catch up with pets in the shape of monitoring collars

Binatone has developed a smart collar that can let people track, train and communicate with their dogs

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Is EMV the Silver Bullet to Credit Card Fraud?

Your holiday shopping experience will be different next year, because by October 2015 most retailers in the U.S. will have switched to accepting the chip-in-a-credit-card-based EMV standard (which stands for Europay, MasterCard and...

NASA’s JPL Taps IT to Power Space Missions and Worker Creativity

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA turned to the cloud, analytics, big data and consumer technology to take space missions to new heights. It’s also taking innovative steps to ensure its workers can explore their creativity through...

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