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  • Slideshow

    The best new features in OS X Yosemite (so far)

    Posted July 24, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Look for these cool capabilities in the OS X 10.10 Yosemite public beta.
  • 5 major revelations hidden in Microsoft's earnings report

    Posted July 24, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Financial results are oh-so boring, but Microsoft's latest quarterly results hid a surprising number of juicy tidbits
  • OS X Yosemite public beta: What you need to know

    Posted July 24, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Given that this marks the first time a major new version of OS X has been available to users before it's actually released (not counting the original Mac OS X Public Beta), you likely have questions. We've got answers.
  • Poetry for sysadmins on their special day

    Posted July 24, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Don't forget that tomorrow is Sysadmins Day -- a good day to show love to the folks who save your butt again and again when you mess up your computer. Here are some poems, tailored just for them.
  • Parallels Access 2 review: Control your Mac (or PC) from your iPad or iPhone

    Posted July 21, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    Parallels Access 2.0 is a remote-access app that lets you view and control your Mac or Windows machine from any iOS device. You can connect either over a local network, or (as long as both machines are connected to the Internet) over the Internet.
  • Rise of the Planet of the Lockscreens

    Posted July 21, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    The humble lockscreen is about to become the most important interface on your smartphone, says columnist Mike Elgan.
  • Slideshow

    5 smartphones running alternative versions of Android

    Posted July 21, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    Thanks to lenient licensing rules, smartphone makers can add their own GUI or pre-installed apps to the Android OS. This customization can go even deeper with smartphones that use unofficial versions of Android as the device’s operating system. Here are five smartphones that have been, or will be, released this year running unofficial versions of Android.
  • Slideshow

    10 tools for more productive telecommuting

    Posted July 21, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    Keep in touch with co-workers, track your time, and block distractions with these apps and services.
  • Slideshow

    Parity bits

    Posted July 21, 2014 - 11:38 am

    A statistical look at our ever-expanding digital world.
  • Unix: Knowing your memory commands

    Posted July 20, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    Memory is one of the most important parts of your Unix system for performance. Let's look at some commands that will tell you what you need to know about the memory on the systems you manage is being used.
  • Question

    Can Windows 8.1 be installed on Mac?

    Posted July 20, 2014 - 11:31 am

    I know that you can install Windows 7 on a Mac using Boot Camp, but is it also compatible with Windows 8.1? I was thinking that the touch screen oriented OS might cause issues.
  • Google starts work on Chrome bug that slurps Windows laptop juice

    Posted July 18, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    Google engineers have begun working on a fix for a months-old Chrome bug that drains Windows' laptop batteries, a move triggered by a story on Forbes' website.
  • Get more out of the Windows Taskbar with these 3 shortcuts

    Posted July 18, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    One of the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is the ability to pin apps to the Taskbar. Until Microsoft comes out with the refreshed Start menu, pinning apps is a must for Windows 8.1 users.
  • Microsoft may drag out layoffs for a year

    Posted July 18, 2014 - 6:26 am

    It could take Microsoft a year to lay off the 18,000 workers it plans to cut, a drawn-out morale-busting process criticized by both labor experts and industry analysts.
  • Webcast

    Responding to New SSL Cybersecurity Threat

    Posted July 17, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    The featured Gartner research examines current strategies to address new SSL cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Slideshow

    Beyond Firefox: 10 Mozilla projects fueling the open Web

    Posted July 17, 2014 - 6:00 am

    Mozilla has its hands in many projects aimed at advancing the Web. Here's our take on the 10 most promising
  • Install new fonts in OS X Yosemite

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Adding new fonts is an easy way to add some visual spice to your Mac. Here's how you can install them in OS X Yosemite.
  • Microsoft's future under Nadella less about Windows, more about mobile and cloud

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Microsoft's future will be less devoted to its Windows operating system as it continues to push into mobile and cloud services, CEO Satya Nadella said, using his keynote speech at the Worldwide Partner Conference to talk about where the company is headed.
  • Slideshow

    9 Tips for CIOs as Summer Vacations Hit

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Have trouble leaving the office behind when you go on vacation? Here are nine tips to help give CIOs peace of mind when they (and their staff and fellow employees) head out for summer R&R.
  • Apple fires back at China state media allegations of location tracking

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    Apple's certainly no stranger to accusations of location tracking, but the latest allegations come from what may be a surprising source: China's state-sponsored media. As reported by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, China Central Television called the iPhone a "national security concern," suggesting that it could even compromise "state secrets" if the device is being used by Chinese state officials. On Monday, Apple responded to the charges.
  • Chromebook sales explode in the workplace

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Tablets may be all the rage, but there's a significant turf war brewing in the U.S. PC market. Between January and May, Chromebook sales to U.S. businesses and other large institutions rose by more than 250 percent compared to the same time last year, according to a new report from market research firm NPD Group.
  • Android Wear apps already outnumber Google Glass apps

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Google Glass may have captivated our imagination for a few years, but Android Wear is what has developers excited. Just two devices are currently available running the wearables platform and already the number of explicitly Wear-supporting apps exceeds the app catalog for Google Glass, a statistic first reported by Android Central.
  • White Paper

    QA Automation: Reducing Test Execution While Improving Coverage

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    A leading capital investment firm in the US was in need of a comprehensive, cost effective and flexible solution to reduce their existing manual testing efforts.
  • What about Windows, Mr. Nadella?

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in his 3,100 all-hands strategy email of last week.
  • Slideshow

    Ubuntu 14.04: The good, the bad, the Unity

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 6:45 am

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