IT Convergence Trend Alters Approach to Federal Market


Federal agencies have begun using an emerging IT tool to manage the huge amount of data the U.S. government generates and stores. Federal IT managers recently have embraced the concept of convergence, which has been gaining traction in the private sector. Agencies also have indicated that the approach may be useful for other federal IT applications. Spurred by several rounds of IT reform directives from the U.S. Congress and the White House Office of Management and Budget, agencies have begun seeking innovative methods to improve data storage.

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T-Mobile Starts Building Low-Band Wireless Network in the Sticks


T-Mobile last week announced that it has begun the long-anticipated rollout of its new 600-MHz LTE premium low-band spectrum network in Cheyenne, Wyoming, kicking off a massive rollout designed to provide wireless coverage to rural communities across the United States. T-Mobile acquired about 45 percent of the low-band spectrum licenses the FCC made available two months ago. It spent about $8 billion to gain access to millions of potential wireless customers in small communities where access to wireless and broadband coverage has been limited.

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Rumored Apple Plans Hint at Smart Speaker Battle Ahead


Apple reportedly has begun production of a high-end speaker with Siri-based digital assistant technology to compete directly with Amazon’s Alexa-based Echo speakers and the Google Assistant-powered Home speaker. Production is in the early stages, but the device could be unveiled as early as next week at WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference. That would position the company to begin shipping in time for the winter holiday season. Inventec, which manufactures Apple AirPods, reportedly has landed the deal to build the intelligent speakers.

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Federal Agencies Turn to Software-Defined Data Storage


Federal agencies seeking to deal with huge amounts of information have begun embracing the software-defined data center, a technology tool that has come into vogue for managing and storing data. The SDDC is an offshoot of IT virtualization that uses a software-defined architecture. Agencies have been striving to save money and improve the management and storage of data in response to government mandates. With pressure from directives adding to the consistent requirements of tight budgets, federal agencies increasingly have turned to SDDCs.

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McDonald's Puts Mobile Ordering to the Test


McDonald’s has begun testing new mobile ordering and payment functionality at 29 of its restaurants in Monterey and Salinas, California. It will expand the pilot to another 51 restaurants in Spokane, Washington, on March 20. The company will run multiple pilots to gather customer feedback, work out any issues that arise, and streamline integration with its IT systems before rolling out its updated mobile app to nearly all 14,000 restaurants in the United States — as well as 6,000 others around the world — by the end of the year.

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Social media site Reddit censors Trump supporters

The social media site Reddit.com, which has hundreds of millions of users, has begun censoring one the site’s most active communities: supporters of President-elect Donald Trump.

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Google's Hands Free Puts Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


Google on Wednesday announced that it has begun testing an app dubbed “Hands Free,” which allows Android and iOS smartphone users to make purchases via their devices without taking them out of their pockets or purses. Early adopters in Silicon Valley can use the payment system at a small number of McDonald’s, Papa John’s and other eateries. The app offers hands-free connectivity via Bluetooth Low Energy, WiFi and location services on a user’s handset, which can detect when it is at a participating store.

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Windows 10 now shows ads on the lock screen — here’s how to kill them

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Microsoft has begun using the Windows 10 lock screen to advertise content — but while the game it chose is excellent, some people won’t like the precedent this sets.

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Production already underway for Apple's new 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' – report

Article Image Apple has reportedly begun mass production of its new 4-inch handset, with the device slated for release this spring in a bid to kickstart sales in important emerging markets.

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First look: DJI Osmo 4K steadicam with iPhone connectivity & control

Article Image DJI has begun shipping its anticipated 4K steadicam dubbed Osmo, featuring a three-axis stabilizer and dedicated iPhone clamp, allowing for super-smooth high-resolution footage in a compact and convenient package. AppleInsider offers an exclusive first look at the new device.

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iPad Pro reviews: great hardware, but potential is limited thanks to iOS

Article Image Early looks at Apple’s gargantuan new tablet have begun to trickle in, with most reviewers coming to relatively similar conclusions: the iPad Pro is an excellent machine and the best iPad yet, but iOS means it won’t be a laptop replacement anytime soon.

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Apple pushes Maps Indoor service to venue owners, limited to high-traffic spots

Article Image Joined by a new dedicated indoor mapping app, Apple has also begun encouraging large venue owners to sign up for its “Maps Indoor” service, potentially laying the groundwork for advanced indoor step-by-step directions in future iPhone updates.

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Ford adds Apple's Siri Eyes Free to legacy vehicles with Sync 3.8 update

Article Image Ford has begun updating existing vehicles on the road to support Apple’s Siri Eyes Free for iPhone, now available to download on systems running its second-generation Sync infotainment platform.

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Samsung plans to follow Apple's lead again, offer smartphone financing program

As carriers look to move away from contract subsidies, Apple has begun offering its own iPhone installment plan, and rival Samsung may opt to do the same, according to a new report.

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Qualcomm: Snapdragon 820 will deliver huge efficiency, performance boosts

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Qualcomm has begun to unveil the Kryo core at the heart of the Snapdragon 820. Is this the chip that puts the company back on top?

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Amazon to forego future phone development following Fire Phone failure

E-commerce behemoth Amazon has reportedly begun to draw down engineering resources in its mobile phone team, shedding jobs and re-focusing efforts on tablets and other home electronics in the wake of the Fire Phone’s dismal showing.

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Apple's mythical 'iPad Pro' allegedly spotted in iOS app analytics

A new, high-resolution iPad with an as-yet-unseen model identifier has reportedly begun to surface in analytics data from some commercial iOS apps, suggesting that the long-rumored “iPad Pro” may have entered the later stages of testing.

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Apple Music outdoor ad campaign goes interactive with Shazam

Apple has begun to roll out new, interactive Apple Music posters that work with the Shazam iOS app to link iPhone owners directly to the featured artist’s page in Apple Music.

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Samsung cuts prices for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge by 100 euros after disappointing financial results

Just four months after launching the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung has begun to drop the price of its flagship handsets in an apparent effort to jumpstart slumping sales and push its troubled mobile division further into the black.

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Samsung & TSMC begin volume production of Apple's next-gen 'A9' CPU for 'iPhone 6s' – report

The two principal manufacturers of Apple processors, Samsung and TSMC, have each begun volume production of the next-generation “A9″ CPU for use in the upcoming iPhones, according to a new report.

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