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  • 6 Real Sci-Fi Gadgets: The Future... Today!

    Posted June 28, 2010 - 8:30 am

    Science Fiction sometimes comes up with remarkable ideas for devices which would make our lives easier. Or, at the very least, much cooler. Until we get a faster than light drive or a light saber, the following will have to do. Read on, and enjoy the future of fantasy today.
  • The surprising secret of a Las Vegas data center: No glitz

    Posted June 25, 2010 - 9:41 am

    The data center used by The Venetian resort and casino owned by the Sands Corp. is neither glitzy or unusual, but must perform many out-of-the-ordinary tasks to make sure the unique business runs smoothly.
  • From the labs: IT's future today

    Posted June 21, 2010 - 4:18 pm

    For all its promise of revolution, the computing industry often lags behind expectations. After all, your netbook is really just a laptop, only smaller and cheaper. The chip that powers your PC today has a direct lineage back to the Pentiums of yesterday. Your latest hard drive might hold 2TB, but it's still just a hard drive. Where's the real innovation?
  • Your tech vendor's been gobbled up: Now what?

    Posted June 15, 2010 - 11:12 am

    Having your primary tech vendor bought out can create lots of change in a hurry. Customers of acquired tech firms such as Foundry, EqualLogic and Sun share their concerns and advice.
  • Watching the internet on your big TV

    Posted June 7, 2010 - 8:00 am

    The current trend in viewing media seems to be smaller: iPods, netbooks, even tablets. But what about that marvelous 1080p flatscreen monitor? Why not turn your big TV into an internet experience? Here are a few different ways I have done just that.
  • Netbooks: Five Things You Need to Know

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    Better than a smartphone but worse than a laptop? Or is the netbook just a fad like the iPad?
  • Why Green IT Isn't Enough If You Want to Cut Energy Costs

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    There's more to energy efficiency than green IT. If you want to cut corporate energy costs, you have to look beyond the datacenter and the desktop.
  • 15 cloud companies to watch

    Posted May 10, 2010 - 11:05 am

    Innovative vendors offering ways to make the transition to a cloud-based world less daunting.
  • 15 Future-Laptop Concepts: The Fascinating and the Far-Fetched

    Posted May 7, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Many of these concepts may never leave the drawing board or lab, but we can always dream…and in some cases, be thankful.
  • 5 Technology Security Myths, Busted

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:09 pm

    Think you can hide behind the privacy of an "unlisted" cell phone number? Think again. Maybe you believe you don't need security software on a Mac or iPad. You'd swear that Firefox is the safest browser in town. Wrong on both counts.
  • Purdue University plans for post-PC era

    Posted April 23, 2010 - 4:08 pm

    Purdue University is looking to save $15 million in IT costs over the next three years. So it's considering a virtualized desktop infrastructure.
  • Trashed Laptops: When Bad Things Happen to (Mostly) Good PCs

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 9:00 am

    We scoured the Web to find true tales of splintered, shattered, and smashed laptops.
  • Confessions of tech hoarders

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 6:20 pm

    How much hardware do you have hidden in your home's nooks and crannies?
  • Slate Wars: 15 Tablets That Could Rival Apple's iPad

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 9:00 am

    The iPad has captured many hearts and minds, but a fleet of rival tablets led by a separatist Android army is about to attack, armed with HD Flash video, multitouch screens, front-facing cameras, multitasking...even Windows 7. Let's take a look.
  • Top 12 Weirdest Notebooks

    Posted April 14, 2010 - 9:00 am

    A dozen of the strangest and most outlandish notebook computers.
  • Interop Planning Guide: Cloudy forecast

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    To say that this year's Interop will feature a lot on cloud computing would be an understatement. Of course, cloud computing is only one of the many topics experts at Interop are due to discuss this year. If you're not interested in the cloud, you can always attend sessions on virtualization, mobility, VoIP and more. This Interop Planning Guide should help you pick out the most interesting sessions with the most relevant speakers to match your area of expertise.
  • 5 virtual desktop pitfalls

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    Desktop virtualization offers great promise, but also potential problems. Cost is at the top of that list.
  • Office technology: Productivity boost or time sink?

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    That mini-tower by your desk, that tablet by your bedside, the netbook you use on the commuter train, the 3G smartphone that's always within reach -- they're powerful, essential tools of the office, right? They do for white-collar productivity what the assembly line did for factory productivity -- isn't that obvious?
  • What to Do When You Lose Your Tech Gear

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 1:57 pm

    You don't know what you've got until it's gone, they say--and they might very well have been talking about my cell phone. A couple of months ago, while walking through the departures terminal at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, I reached into my coat pocket to grab my Motorola Droid--and panicked. Where I had expected to feel the cool metal case of my most trusted travel companion, my fingers reported only pocket lint and a couple of crumpled business cards. My phone had gone missing, and with it the security of my contacts, my banking information, my entire e-mail history, and my Facebook and Twitter logins--and I didn't even have a passcode on the phone.
  • Glam Gadgets: The Priciest Personal Tech in the World

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 11:35 am

    Over-the-top luxury meets geeky gadgetry with glittery iPads, iPhones, iPods, laptops and more — all with eye-popping price tags.
  • Top 12 Tech Knockoffs

    Posted March 23, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    Cheap knockoffs aren't limited to Ray-Bans and Rolexes. Read on for a look at an imitation iPad, a pirated Palm Pre, and more low-budget copies of popular tech products--often with features not found in the originals.
  • Cowboys Stadium: Big is better in football and technology

    Posted March 18, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    Getting Cowboys Stadium ready for its 2009 opening was a massive job for many people, including IT infrastructure chief Bill Haggard.
  • Dell mines social media to build brand

    Posted March 18, 2010 - 10:35 am

    Computer giant Dell said it has halved negative sentiment about its brand through the proactive use of social media.
  • Desktop PC Buying Guide: Shopping Tips

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Ready to buy a desktop? Once you've determined the type of desktop you want and consulted our guide to desktop PC specs, you likely have a clear idea of the configuration that's right for you.
  • The Cost of Managing Macs vs. PCs: Readers Weigh In

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:30 pm

    One thing is clear about our recent story, Are Macs Really Cheaper to Manage than PCs--readers have vehement opinions on this topic. One other thing: there is no "right" answer to this question.
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