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    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.
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    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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    Review: Seagate Satellite Mobile Wireless storage (500GB)

    Posted November 3, 2012 - 7:35 am

    While it's a good all-around portable drive, the 500GB Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless's raison d'être is serving up files and multimedia via Wi-Fi. The drive creates its own local hotspot that you can log onto with just about any device sporting a Web browser to view the documents, video, music and photos stored on the drive. Seagate also provides dedicated GoFlex Media clients for Android and iOS devices.
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    iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7: A head-to-head tablet comparison

    Posted October 27, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Apple made a point of doing a side-by-side comparison of its new iPad Mini with Google's Nexus 7 at the launch event Tuesday in San Jose, highlighting the mini tablet's thinness, larger viewable screen area and custom app compatibility.
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    Motorola Droid Razr HD review: How phones should be built

    Posted October 27, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Motorola's Droid Razr HD makes a lasting impression with its first-class build quality and outstanding battery life -- but the Android smartphone also has its fair share of flaws.
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    Samsung Galaxy Note II review: Is bigger really better?

    Posted October 27, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Samsung's Galaxy Note II is big, bright and powerful, with a number of new features. Here's an in-depth look at where it excels -- and where it falls short.
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    A second look: The mighty Surface RT tablet

    Posted October 25, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    The Surface RT tablet goes on sale starting at $499 for 32 GB on Friday, and it seems to be a rough-and-tumble device.
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    Web-based conferencing comes of age

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 11:49 am

    As more people telecommute, having a reliable way to connect via desktop video conferencing takes on greater importance. And for employees working in the office, Web-based meetings are a cheaper and less time consuming alternative to business travel.
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    Samsung Chromebook review: Google's new $249 computer

    Posted October 21, 2012 - 7:24 am

    Google's new $249 Samsung Chromebook finally gets the price right -- so what's the cloud-centric laptop actually like to use?
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    Review: Apple Mail 6 features better search, VIP email treatment

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:08 am

    Whereas the previous version of Mail (included with OS X Lion) looked radically different from its predecessors, the new Mail 6 that comes with Mountain Lion seems nearly identical. In this case, looks aren’t even remotely deceiving. With the exception of a few small and pleasant additions, nothing’s changed here.
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    Review: Silver Peak packs superior WAN optimization into a virtual machine

    Posted October 16, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    Silver Peak VX virtual appliance matches physical WAN appliances in both features and performance
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    LG Optimus G quick review: New smartphone offers great business features

    Posted October 14, 2012 - 9:33 pm

    LG's new Optimus G Android smartphone, which will be available from both Sprint and AT&T, offers a fast processor, a brilliant display and some powerful productivity features.
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    First look: HTC One X+ shines

    Posted October 13, 2012 - 7:44 am

    HTC's One X+ could be the sort of flagship phone that helps the Taiwan-based phone maker reverse its recent financial misfortunes.
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    Review: HP Cloud challenges Amazon and Google

    Posted October 10, 2012 - 6:15 am

    HP's OpenStack-based IaaS cloud blends openness and portability with nice proprietary extras and welcome hand-holding
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    Review: Miso for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:40 am

    If you find yourself bored while watching TV, add some spice to your viewing by making a game of it. Miso brings competition to social TV through points. It also offers extra content for some shows. And while you get some social features on all iOS devices, the app only offers its full complement of tools for iPhone and iPod touch users running iOS 3.2 or later.
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    Review: GetGlue for iPad

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:30 am

    GetGlue started as Foursquare-style check-in app for TV--you could let others know what you're watching and get awards for your show check-ins--but the recently updated iPad app (which is compatible with any iPad running iOS 5.0 or later) adds more ways to interact and discover new shows. Although the interface could be more intuitive, these new features work well, and its large user community makes GetGlue the most engaging of the social TV apps available now.
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    Review: TV Guide Mobile for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:20 am

    TV Guidehas earned cred in television listings--the company has produced a printed guide of TV show listings since 1953. However, the way we watch TV has changed quite a bit since then, and the app that bears the company's name attempts to keep up with the times. If you like a traditional list-type guide to find what's on, TV Guide's free app is a solid choice. The app makes it easy to find what's new and if streaming versions are available, though its social features lack in comparison to other TV companion options.
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    Review: BuddyTV for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:15 am

    BuddyTVstarted as a website that let users comment on their favorite shows. Then the company made this model more mobile with its iOS app and added some tempting features, like integrating a remote for some DVRs. Unfortunately, the flaws in the current version of the app overshadow any advantages BuddyTV offers.
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    Review: Into_Now for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Based on its concept, Into_Now is what social TV should be--a fun, innovative way to share what you're watching with others. But one thing is missing: enough people participating in the conversation.
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    Google Field Trip offers quirky tips about surroundings

    Posted October 1, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    Google's new Field Trip smartphone application offers users facts, photos and deals within their immediate proximity. The app is a free download from the Google Play store and is coming to iOS and international users soon.
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    Fit Tech: Track your workouts with Physique for iOS

    Posted September 29, 2012 - 7:03 am

    In my high school's strength training class, we used an old-fashioned file and folder method to keep track of our workouts: We opened up our folders, put our workout schedules on one side (complete with little boxes where we filled in how much weight we lifted and the number of reps we did on each exercise), and put a 1RM weight chart (that's one repetition maximum) on the other side. Our weight room had clipboards on the walls, so we could hang our folders while we were working out.
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    Gmail vs. Which offers the best email in the cloud?

    Posted September 27, 2012 - 11:08 am

    There’s an elephant in the room, and it’s wearing a Microsoft T-shirt.
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    App-controlled spy tank helps on secret missions

    Posted September 25, 2012 - 1:53 pm

    Brookstone's newest wireless spy tank can be controlled by both Android and iOS devices and has more capabilities than its predecessor like the ability to record video, tilt its camera up and down, and speak and listen to subjects during surveillance.
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    Web conferencing showdown: What's the best software for online meetings?

    Posted September 24, 2012 - 11:59 am

    It's become a maxim of modern business life: Your most important meeting of the year won't take place in a conference room, but rather online with all attendees viewing a common computer screen.
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    Hands on with iOS 6: Stores

    Posted September 22, 2012 - 7:45 am

    iOS 6 brings some changes to its three on-board stores: the iOS App Store, the iTunes Store and iBookstore. These changes don’t change functionality as much as they improve navigation and usability. The result is a more pleasant shopping experience in all three.

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