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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

Review: Dell's 13G PowerEdge R730xd, a workhorse server with a kick

Hardware improvements, rich storage options, and plenty of room for expansion add up to a very fast, flexible 2U workhorse

By Paul Ferrill | 09 September, 2014 20:09

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, servers, Editor's Choice, Microsoft, storage, hardware systems, Storage Server, Data Center, VMware, Dell, computer hardware

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

Hands-on: WordPress 4.0 adds useful features to a rich platform

What do Flickr, TechCrunch, eBay and Best Buy all have in common?

By Ken Gagne | 05 September, 2014 05:57

Tags: cms, document management, flickr, applications, ebay, joomla, software, Best Buy, Content

Review: RHEL 7 lands with a jolt

There's a lot to like in the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but some fundamental changes may prove problematic

By Paul Venezia | 28 August, 2014 00:19

Tags: Linux, Configuration / maintenance, fedora, hardware systems, software, operating systems, Data Center, Red Hat

Review: VMware VSAN turns storage inside-out

VMware's Virtual SAN 1.0 combines easy setup and management with high availability and high performance -- and freedom from traditional storage systems

By Paul Ferrill | 20 August, 2014 20:04

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Server Virtualization, Storage Area Network, Microsoft, storage, hardware systems, Storage virtualization, Data Center, VMware, virtualization

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

Review: WordPress 4 plugs in, turns on, grows up

The latest revision of the powerful and popular blogging engine does far more than blogs, although the power comes with a price

By Serdar Yegulalp | 06 August, 2014 20:15

Tags: cms, applications, content management, software, open source software

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

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

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