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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

Review: Samsung's new 3D NAND SSD for 'Pros' is a superfast drive at a good price

Samsung's new 850 Pro SSD series has up to 1TB of capacity and is designed for workstations and high-end PCs.

By Lucas Mearian | 01 July, 2014 20:08

Tags: SSD, Drives, Data storage, storage, computerworld

First look: Apple's Swift is simple, at first

Swift's clean and modern syntax makes it quick and easy to get started, but mastering this new language will take a while

By Peter Wayner | 25 June, 2014 20:07

Tags: Mobile Development, application development, ios, software, Mac OS X, objective, operating systems, Development tools, Apple, Google, mobile technology, Microsoft

Sync, store and share data with Transporter Sync

The scoop: Transporter Sync, by Connected Data, about $100 (plus cost of external storage drive)

By Keith Shaw | 18 June, 2014 06:50

Tags: gadgets, dropbox, consumer electronics, storage, internet, cloud computing

Nutanix NX-3000 review: Virtualization Cloud-style

Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform brings resilient, cloud-like server and storage infrastructure to traditional virtualization deployments

By Paul Ferrill | 01 June, 2014 23:13

Tags: virtualization, Configuration / maintenance, Server Virtualization, Server Clustering, Microsoft, hardware systems, virtual desktop, Data Center, VMware

Google Drive leads in features, lags in ease-of-use

This is the third in a series of three reviews covering the major online office productivity apps: Microsoft Office Online (Word Online, Excel Online, and PowerPoint Online), Apple iWork for iCloud (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud), and in this article, Google Drive (with Docs, Sheets, and Slides) aka Google Docs and Google Apps.

By Woody Leonhard | 30 May, 2014 08:30

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, storage, internet

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

5 Twitter clients for Linux

Linux users who want to avoid browser-based Twitter apps can try out these five local clients -- including one that still uses a command-line interface.

By Himanshu Arora | 09 May, 2014 21:12

Tags: Linux and Unix, Internet-based applications and services, Desktop Apps, twitter, Vasco, GT, social media, internet, ubuntu

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

HBase is massively scalable -- and hugely complex

Apache HBase describes itself as "the Hadoop database," which can be a bit confusing, as Hadoop is typically understood to refer to the popular MapReduce processing framework. But Hadoop is really an umbrella name for an entire ecosystem of technologies, some of which HBase uses to create a distributed, column-oriented database built on the same principles as Google's Bigtable. HBase does not use Hadoop's MapReduce capabilities directly, though HBase can integrate with Hadoop to serve as a source or destination of MapReduce jobs.

By Rick Grehan | 01 April, 2014 00:19

Tags: databases, applications, software

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

SQL Server 2014 pushes the pedal to the metal

SQL Server 2014 is a significant release with two overarching themes: cloud and speed -- or, to be specific, Azure integrations and in-memory OLTP (online transaction processing). Truth be told, I'm more excited about the speed features than the cloud stuff, but I also understand there is a growing portion of the customer base that is heading to cloud-based operations, and these shops will find the cloud features useful.

By Sean McCown | 20 March, 2014 14:17

Tags: databases, applications, software

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

Review: Netgear's ReadyData makes a splash with flash

Netgear's better, faster rack-mount NAS and iSCSI SAN makes the case for enterprise workloads with read and write caching and unlimited snapshots

By Paul Ferrill | 07 March, 2014 11:06

Tags: network storage, Configuration / maintenance, iscsi, network-attached storage, storage, hardware systems, solid state drives, netgear, Data Center

First look: Docker is a better way to deploy your apps

A long time ago, a computer program was a stack of punch cards, and moving the program from computer to computer was easy as long as you didn't drop the box. Every command, instruction, and subroutine was in one big, fat deck. Editors, compilers, and code repositories have liberated us from punch cards, but somehow deploying software has grown more complicated. Moving a program from the coding geniuses to the production team is fraught with errors, glitches, and hassles. There's always some misconfiguration, and it's never as simple as carrying that deck down the hall.

By Peter Wayner | 05 March, 2014 14:33

Tags: virtualization

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

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