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  • Review

    Office 2013 is the best Office yet

    Posted January 29, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    With Office 365 Home Premium, Microsoft brings excellent cloud features and pay-as-you-go pricing to the world's best office suite
  • Review

    Hands on with Facebook Graph Search: Interesting, but disappointing

    Posted January 24, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    When I first heard about Facebook Graph Search, I expressed some doubts about how useful the feature would be for churning out practical results. Now that I have access to the feature, those doubts about whether most Facebook users will get much use out of it have only intensified.
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    Samba 4 review: No substitute for Active Directory -- yet

    Posted January 23, 2013 - 11:55 am

    Samba's open source alternative to Microsoft's domain controller is a good start, but not ready for prime time
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    Roozz rents software in the cloud

    Posted January 22, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    Hulu did it for video, and Spotify did it for music. Now Roozz is hoping to do the same thing for software: bring it to the cloud, in a hosted, pay-as-you-need-it format.
  • Review

    Review: Seagate Wireless Plus

    Posted January 17, 2013 - 11:23 am

    The scoop: Wireless Plus mobile storage, by Seagate, about $200 (1TB capacity)
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    Review: SoftLayer's cloud is fast and flexible

    Posted January 16, 2013 - 11:47 am

    SoftLayer brings fine-grained configuration options, high performance, and interesting extras to the self-service cloud.
  • Review

    Review Linksys EA6500: a user-friendly 802.11ac router with decent performance

    Posted December 22, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Cisco arrived late to the 802.11ac party, but its Linksys EA6500 (it’s hard to say the entire name—the Linksys Video Pro AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500—in a single breath) is a very solid, easy-to-use dual-band router with one unique, gee-whiz feature.
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    Review: Windows Azure shoots the moon

    Posted December 19, 2012 - 7:17 am

    Microsoft's cloud wows with great price-performance, Windows toolchain integration, and plenty of open source options
  • Review

    Single sign-on moves to the cloud

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    Okta and OneLogin score high in test of eight SSO solutions that cut help desk calls and boost password security.
  • Review

    Best products of 2012: cool PC accessories

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:45 am

    This is where we give key peripherals, components, and networking products their due. The competition was particularly fierce in the router market this year, as companies jockeyed for position in both the nascent 802.11ac space and the more established 802.11n segment.
  • Review

    Review: the ups and downs of iTunes 11

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:32 am

    As you're undoubtedly aware, Apple released the latest version of iTunes recently--iTunes 11. And it's quite a bit different from the versions that came before, at least in its appearance. I'm joined today by Kirk McElhearn, the guy responsible for Macworld's review of iTunes 11.
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    Review: Twitterrific 5 brings elegance to the foreground

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:05 am

    Up to a point, pretty much all Twitter clients look the same since, at their most basic, they all display a list of tweets. But within that spectrum, The Iconfactory's Twitterrific 5--the latest update to what was arguably the first Twitter client for iOS--has taken pains to distinguish itself from the competition and from its own previous editions.
  • Review

    Riverbed Granite takes iSCSI across the WAN

    Posted December 7, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    Granite Core and Edge appliances eliminate the gap between storage in the data center and servers in the branch
  • Review

    Collaborating and videoconferencing over the cloud with OmniJoin

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    We review Brother's OmniJoin Web and videoconferencing service.
  • Review

    Review: Rackspace Cloud keeps IaaS simple

    Posted November 28, 2012 - 11:40 am

    Rackspace stands apart with familiar tools, open standards, and enterprise-grade support
  • Review

    Streaming music showdown: Xbox Music versus the world

    Posted November 24, 2012 - 8:05 am

    If music soothes the savage breast, then why are so many 800-pound gorillas slugging it out in a battle for your eardrums? Microsoft recently stepped back into the streaming music fray with Xbox Music Pass, a revitalized Zune Pass replacement that's baked right into Windows 8 and Windows RT. It may be pretty and it may be (somewhat) free, but Xbox Music Pass faces stiff competition from a crowd of contenders that includes heavyweights such as Pandora, Rdio, Slacker and Spotify.
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    Review Nook HD: a faster, brighter and better e-reader/tablet

    Posted November 22, 2012 - 8:25 am

    Barnes & Noble's new Nook HD and Nook HD+ ereader/tablets have great displays, improved software and a new video service -- worthy competitors for Amazon's Kindle Fire.
  • Review

    Review: Joyent Cloud is built for speed

    Posted November 21, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Joyent's very smart SmartOS proves that some cloud servers are better than others.
  • Review

    HTC Droid DNA review: A superphone with flaws

    Posted November 20, 2012 - 4:59 pm

    HTC's new Droid DNA has some standout hardware elements, but the Android smartphone suffers from significant drawbacks that make it difficult to recommend.
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    HTC's Windows Phone 8X review: fast, bright and sleek

    Posted November 17, 2012 - 8:05 am

    HTC's fast and well-designed Windows Phone 8X is one of the first to use Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 smartphone operating system.
  • Review

    Review: 6 slick open source routers

    Posted November 14, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    DD-WRT, Tomato, OpenWRT, M0n0wall, PfSense, and Vyatta suit a wide range of devices and networking needs
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    Review: Best tools to set up secure Wi-Fi for BYOD

    Posted November 12, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    QuickConnect and XpressConnect offer cloud-based methods to automate BYOD client configuration and connection
  • Review

    Google Nexus 10 deep-dive review: Android, supersized

    Posted November 11, 2012 - 9:41 pm

    The Nexus 10 tablet brings the pure Google Android experience into a large-screen form. Here's an in-depth look at where it shines -- and where it falls short.
  • Review

    Google Nexus 4 deep-dive review: Android at its best

    Posted November 7, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    Google's Nexus 4 offers outstanding hardware and an optimal Android experience, but it may require you to make a few compromises. Here's an in-depth look at the new flagship phone.
  • Review

    Top tools for BYOD management

    Posted November 5, 2012 - 11:07 am

    When we tested mobile device management (MDM) last year, the products were largely focused on asset management - provisioning, protecting and containing mobile devices.
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