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  • 7 wacky products you missed at CES 2011

    Posted January 10, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    From scent-replication devices to miniature candy, CES had its share of unexpected announcements
  • Microsoft and tablets: A failure to launch could hurt

    Posted January 6, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    If Microsoft is too slow developing Windows-based tablets, its bread-and-butter enterprise business could soon pay the price, according to industry analysts.
  • Apple's great (and not-so-great) moments in 2010

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 11:38 am

    Apple makes two huge announcements for the Mac: an ultrathin MacBook Air that swaps a hard drive for flash storage built into the motherboard, and a sneak peek at the next Mac OS X—called Lion—that will tap into the best features of iOS, including a Mac App Store.
  • Cloud computing: The executive summary

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:20 am

    Does computing terminology constantly befuddle you? You're not alone. Nobody ever takes the time to explain new tech terms fully, and it seems we're supposed to figure it all out on our own.
  • The complicated new face of personal computing

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:07 am

    New platforms such as tablets and smartphones, loads of new virtualization technologies, and the need to access the desktop from any device, anywhere, forever change personal computing.
  • 2011 tech priorities: Private cloud beckons

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:02 am

    The indisputable economic benefits of cloud computing for certain applications drive businesses to consider building clouds of their own, but they need to make sure they are prepared before jumping into the cloud.
  • How to check on your cloud provider

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    Potential cloud-services customers face a tough problem: How can they trust cloud providers enough to hire them when the providers refuse to reveal important infrastructure details for reasons of security and practicality?
  • Greenpeace rates IT climate-change leaders and laggards

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    Cisco, Ericsson, and Fujitsu earn top honors for their efforts in climate solutions, remote collaboration and telecommuting offerings.
  • Top 10 stories of 2010: Living in the post-PC world

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 10:32 am

    The top stories of 2010 show that the PC for many people around the world has already become just one of several devices used to tap the Internet and a world of applications for entertainment and business -- and that increasingly, the main Internet access device is not a PC.
  • From Pong to Furby, games and gadgets of holidays past

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 9:48 am

    This holiday season's biggest gifts -- the e-readers, tablets and digital games techies and kids are clamoring for -- are the result of 40 years of innovation. We take a look back at some of the biggest breakthroughs in tech gadgets from the '70s, '80s and '90s.
  • Techs for the memories: What did we do before...

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:34 pm

    Take a look back at the pros and cons of life before HDTV, Facebook and Wi-Fi. You do remember life before texting, don't you?
  • Inside the labs at Microsoft, HP and IBM

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    At Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, investment in research and development is a reflection of corporate culture. This three-part piece examines the different approaches taken by each of these influential tech companies. Hewlett-Packard prides itself on its pragmatism, while Microsoft holds the flag of basic research aloft -- and IBM continues to file more patent applications, year after year, than any other tech company.
  • 2010 reliability and service survey: Laptop computers

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    Overall, laptop reliability is improving gradually: 25.9 percent of respondents report experiencing at least one significant problem with their notebook, down from 30.9 percent last year and 31.8 percent two years ago.
  • 2010 reliability and service survey: Desktop computers

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    They just sit there. And yet desktops continue to lag behind laptops in their durability and reliability.
  • 10 amazing Black Friday laptop deals

    Posted November 24, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    Looking for a new laptop? Check out these Black Friday deals, all under $500.
  • Green IT: Train staff to think about sustainability

    Posted November 24, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    If you're running a green IT shop or developing green business initiatives, you need staff with relevant skills. But you may have to train them yourself.
  • Macintosh buying guide 2010

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    So you've decided to buy that special someone on your holiday shopping list a brand-new Mac. Hooray! A new Mac is guaranteed to put a very big smile on your recipient's face.
  • Tablets, PCs, and E-Readers: Best of 2010

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    The Amazon Kindle 3 e-reader and other innovative hardware whipped up excitement in this category, but sexy gaming PCs such as the Maingear F131 and solid business laptops like the Lenovo ThinkPad W701ds also drew our attention.
  • Best tech products 2010: Full list, 1-100

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    One of the best parts of our job is looking at hundreds of products every year. Many perform well, some are silly, and a select group rises above the pack. Here are the hardware, software, services, sites, and apps that we decided--after much discussion--stood out this year.
  • Are Apple's iPhone and iPad relevant to enterprises?

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 5:05 pm

    The conventional wisdom is that enterprises aren't impressed by Apple's shiny iDevices, perceiving them as a consumer play. Is that a fair assessment? And if so, could it change in the foreseeable future?
  • IT seeks a safe road to cloud computing

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    A panoply of emerging cloud services is offering IT executives alternatives to things like in-house ERP deployments and the need to hire consultants to solve data integration problems. But CIOs say they are moving slowly to avoid potential security and legal problems.
  • 9 Great gadgets for wherever inspiration strikes

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 11:17 am

    Having a "lightbulb" moment is terrific, but what good is it if you can't record your thoughts? Read on to see how some simple (and ridiculously complex) devices can help you be prepared for the moment inspiration strikes.
  • Burning question: How can security risks be mitigated in virtualized systems?

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 9:48 pm

    Planning for virtualization projects should always include the information security team, but according to Gartner survey data about 40% of virtualization projects were undertaken without the security team's involvement in initial architecture and planning stages.
  • Mobile Meetings on the Go With the iPad

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    Computing these days is all about mobility and the rise of the tablet as a primary mobile computing platform. Surfing the Web, and getting e-mail covers much of what mobile business users need in a computing device, but to be a true mobile business tool, the tablet has to be able to keep users connected and collaborating.
  • 11 Uses for an old PC

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    You've finally gone and bought a new PC. It has a boatload of memory, lots of cores, and a fast, modern graphics card. But now your old computer sits in a corner, and although you know it's just a machine, it seems to be sulking like a puppy that missed its morning biscuit. It's weird, but you feel guilty with the whole idea of throwing it out.
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