Katherine NoyesSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Katherine Noyes has been an ardent geek ever since she first conquered Pyramid of Doom on an ancient TRS-80. Today she covers enterprise software in all its forms, with an emphasis on cloud computing, big data, analytics and artificial intelligence.

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MIT wearable tech gives 'power walk' a whole new meaning

Today's wearable devices are often used to track exercise and fitness, but what if those very actions served to power the devices as well? That could soon be possible thanks to new research from MIT.

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Manthan targets the Hadoop-using masses with a tailored customer-analytics tool

Manthan on Thursday introduced what it calls the first "bolt-on" customer-analytics tool designed specifically for Hadoop.

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An iPhone that can 'feel' your pain? Apple's latest acquisition could make it happen

Apple has reportedly acquired AI startup Emotient, meaning one day your iPhone may one day be able to "read" your facial expressions.

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Watch what you do with that big data, FTC warns businesses

If your company uses big data, be aware: the FTC is watching, and it's concerned.

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Microsoft quietly unwraps a big-data analytics platform based on R

Microsoft this week took the next step following its acquisition of Revolution Analytics last year by unwrapping an advanced-analytics platform of its own based on the open source R programming language.

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Meet 'Galileo,' a new AI system from MIT that could help robots help us during disasters

Computers can be taught to understand many things about the world, but when it comes to predicting what will happen when two objects collide, there's just nothing like real-world experience.

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Amazon WorkMail can now be yours for $4 per user per month

After nearly a year in preview, Amazon's WorkMail hosted email and calendar service for enterprises is now generally available.

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Is Dropbox planning a P2P option? New patent suggests it's looking beyond the cloud

Dropbox has been granted a patent on a new peer-to-peer file-sharing technology that suggests it may be planning an alternative to its existing cloud-based service.

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Oracle asked to help low-income residents evicted for its new cloud campus

Earlier this week Oracle announced that it's planning to build a brand-new cloud-computing campus in Austin, Texas, but since then a darker backstory has come to light.

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Work in finance or accounting? Watch out for 'whaling' attacks

If you receive an email from your boss asking you to transfer some funds to an external account, you might want to think twice.

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NetSuite CEO: The cloud is the last computing architecture

As CEO of NetSuite, Zach Nelson knows a thing or two about cloud computing. After all, his company was born in the cloud way back in 1998 -- before it became fashionable -- and it's been all-cloud ever since, offering ERP and other business software as a service by subscription.

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Soon you too can have 'X-ray vision' for just $300

It may not be ready for gift-giving this year, but come 2017 this could be the hottest item on wish lists around the world: a $300 device that enables X-ray vision.

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Salesforce backs new wind farm in 12-year renewable-energy deal

A few months ago Salesforce committed to a goal of eventually powering its global operations entirely with renewable energy, and on Monday it took a key step in that direction by signing a 12-year agreement to back a brand-new wind farm in West Virginia.

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Oracle settles with the FTC over 'deceptive' Java security promises

Security issues have long bedeviled users of Oracle's Java SE, and on Monday the FTC's efforts to address the problem finally came to fruition.

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The digital-transformation train has left the station -- is your company on board?

The term "digital transformation" has been floating around for several years already, but 2015 was when it dug its heels into the business world and made it clear it's here to stay.