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Testing the Internet of Things: Can smart devices be united into an integrated whole?

I have had a smart thermostat and Wi-Fi security cameras in my home for about a year. While using these (and researching my article The Internet of Things at home: Why we should pay attention), I started to wonder if the task of managing smart devices could quickly get out of hand.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 18 September, 2014 05:40

Tags: consumer electronics, Internet of Things, Networking, Revo

7 Bluetooth speakers: Still portable, now with better sound

With the abundance of smartphones and tablets comes a proliferation of Bluetooth speakers. And it makes sense: Although mobile devices have, on the whole, better speakers today than they had even a couple of years ago, they still can't produce the sound quality or the volume that a good speaker can.

By Barbara Krasnoff | 05 September, 2014 17:41

Tags: consumer electronics, bluetooth, Braven, Networking, wireless, Personal Technology

Aiia SSSSSpeaker: Cheap and cheerful BT audio

The people at a company called aiia (their Web site loads insanely slowly) out of the Ukraine pitched me the SSSSSpeaker (yes, that's how they spell it, it's not a a typo), billed as the world's smallest Bluetooth speaker, and sent me a unit.

By Mark Gibbs | 08 August, 2014 22:40

Tags: AIIA, bluetooth, Networking, Kickstarter, wireless, speaker

Bluedriver: Vehicle data capture for geeks

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Automatic, a dongle that plugs into your car's OBD-II connector and sends data about your car's performance and your driving via Bluetooth LE to an app on your iOS or Android smartphone.

By Mark Gibbs | 01 August, 2014 06:44

Tags: OBD-II, Internet of Things, Networking, data capture, car diagnostics, IoT

Android Wear deep-dive review: A smart start to smartwatch software

Google's Android Wear platform is an impressive first step toward making smartwatches people will actually want to buy. Here's an in-depth look at where the software shines -- and where it falls short.

By JR Raphael | 09 July, 2014 20:39

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Google, consumer electronics, Networking, smartphones, wireless, mobile, Pebble, galaxy

Samsung Gear Live vs. LG G Watch: A real-world evaluation

The LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live may look similar, but the first two Android Wear watches have some meaningful differences.

By JR Raphael | 09 July, 2014 20:39

Tags: Motorola, Mobile/Wireless, Google, consumer electronics, Networking, smartphones, wireless, mobile

Nova: Bluetooth flash for iPhone

There are many times when your iPhone camera flash just isn't up for the job. Either you need light from a different angle (ever notice how phone-based flashes tend to wash out the subject?) or you need a warmer or cooler flash than your iPhone provides. You, my friend, might be interested in the Nova, a Bluetooth LE flash.

By Mark Gibbs | 05 July, 2014 01:06

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, bluetooth, Networking, wireless, smartphones, Photography Software

Linksys WRT1900AC: The best open router yet

Linksys' ambitious, prosumer-grade Wi-Fi router is pricey compared to the classic WRT54G router that inspired it, but it comes with a great feature set

By Serdar Yegulalp | 19 May, 2014 20:04

Tags: Linksys, applications, Networking, wireless lan, software, belkin, open source software, Network Router

Unisys unveils invisibility cloak for network traffic

If you are ultra paranoid, what could be better than hiding your network traffic in such a way that no one could possibly intercept it? This is what Unisys is offering with its new Stealth appliance, which could make man-in-the-middle attacks and keylogger exploits obsolete, or at least more difficult to mount.

By David Strom | 05 May, 2014 20:38

Tags: management, network security, security, Networking, Network management, infrastructure management, unisys

Review: Fluke reinvents handheld network testing

The Fluke Networks LinkSprinter makes on-the-fly network testing quick, easy, and more affordable than ever

By Brian Chee | 08 April, 2014 20:06

Tags: Networking, Path, PathSolutions

Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

By Maria Korolov | 31 March, 2014 22:24

Tags: Cloud, Networking, fedora, wireless, software, acer, internet, intel, cloud computing, ubuntu

AirMagnet breaks new ground in wireless spectrum analysis

Everyone needs a Wi-Fi spectrum analyzer, but there are times when analyzing cellular spectrum is also essential. Fluke Networks' new AirMagnet Spectrum ES provides a broad range of capability at a very attractive price. Spectral analysis, a longstanding fixture in electronics and manufacturing test, and, more recently as a valuable tool for understanding coverage, interference, and other elements of Wi-Fi, is the art and science of extracting meaning and insight from wireless systems at Layer 1 -- radio waves.

By Craig Mathias | 24 March, 2014 11:10

Tags: Networking, wireless, Wireless Management, anti-malware

Hands on with iOS 7.1: A few good improvements

Apple's latest upgrade to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, adds some useful touches and fixes some of the glitches that appeared in the previous version.

By Michael deAgonia | 14 March, 2014 10:33

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Apple, Networking, ios, wireless, software, operating systems, mobile

Oh, Bi the Way...

Hidden in Cisco's Nexus 9000 and Application Centric Infrastructure news was another nifty announcement: an optical transceiver that delivers 40Gbps speeds using older 10Gbps fiber and standard connectors. Cisco's "BiDi" optical transceivers solve a sticky cabling problem in an elegant way.

By Joel Snyder | 03 March, 2014 14:09

Tags: Networking, LAN & WAN

FIRST LOOK: Cisco Nexus 9000

The Cisco Nexus 9000 series, the fruit of Cisco's Insieme spin-in, is more than another fast router -- it's a change in the way that high-end routers are designed and built.

By Joel Snyder | 03 March, 2014 14:08

Tags: Cisco Systems, Networking, router, LAN & WAN

First Look: Cisco ACI re-imagines the enterprise data center network

Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a revolutionary re-thinking of how to provision and manage data center networks. While the early version we looked at has some rough edges, and Cisco still has some hard problems to solve, ACI has the potential to completely change the way that large, highly virtualized data center networks are configured and built.

By Joel Snyder | 03 March, 2014 13:25

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, router, Data Center, LAN & WAN

LG G Flex deep-dive review: The curious case of the curved phone

The new LG G Flex Android smartphone has a curved design, flexible body, and 'self-healing' skin. Does that make a difference in real-world use?

By JR Raphael | 04 February, 2014 15:06

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, at&t, Android, smartphones, wireless, mobile

Averail Access aces mobility management test

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) can encompass a broad range of functions, from managing mobile devices, to applications, expenses, personnel, and policies. But perhaps the most important aspect is mobile information/data/content management, tracking the distribution and usage of sensitive organizational data, as well as ensuring appropriate security and policy compliance.

By Craig Mathias | 20 January, 2014 11:53

Tags: network storage, Configuration / maintenance, dropbox, Networking, storage, hardware systems, wireless, Wireless Management, anti-malware, Data Center, Storage Management

Xperia Z1S deep-dive review: A stylish phone with power and panache

Sony's new Android phone, the Xperia Z1S, combines a distinctive design and premium build with stellar stamina and an underwater-capable camera.

By JR Raphael | 14 January, 2014 11:03

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, Android, smartphones, wireless, sony, mobile

SDN showdown: Examining the differences between VMware's NSX and Cisco's ACI

The arrival of Software Defined Networking (SDN), which is often talked about as a game changing technology, is pitting two industry kingpins and former allies against each other: Cisco and VMware.

By Ethan Banks, owner, Packet Pushers Interactive | 06 January, 2014 14:37

Tags: SDN, Networking, VMware, LAN & WAN

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