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8 Wi-Fi mistakes to avoid

Wi-Fi is great when it works right and when it's secure. Although setting up Wi-Fi can seem straightforward, there are many complexities. For example, not performing proper surveys, design work, and maintenance or ignoring security issues can cause major problems.

By Eric Geier | 26 January, 2015 22:23

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, wireless, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Technology of the Year 2015: The best hardware and software of the year

Like InfoWorld itself, InfoWorld's Technology of the Year Awards have always been about change. We keep an eye out for the platforms and tools pushing against the barriers in application development, mobile, cloud computing, and in other corners of information technology, and we bring them in for review. At the end of the year, we get together and decide which are the very best.

By Doug Dineley | 26 January, 2015 22:11

Tags: application development, IBM, software, infoworld

CentOS 7: The perfect gift for the Linux do-it-yourselfer

Although differentiation is tough in Linux distributions today, CentOS 7 has carved out a niche as the free and open alter ego to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). We found that CentOS, which is mandated to be binary-compatible with Red Hat 7, shares about 95% of the features of its commercial enterprise-class sibling.

By Tom Henderson | 22 December, 2014 22:09

Tags: CoreOS, Linux, IBM, software, Red Hat, operating systems, ubuntu

CoreOS: A lean, mean virtualization machine

CoreOS is a slimmed-down Linux distribution designed for easy creation of lots of OS instances. We like the concept.

By Tom Henderson | 03 November, 2014 22:07

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Linux, Open Source Subnet, software, Red Hat, operating systems, ubuntu, rackspace, CoreOS, Docker, Google

7 free tools every network needs

In the real estate world, the mantra is location, location, location. In the network and server administration world, the mantra is visibility, visibility, visibility. If you don't know what your network and servers are doing at every second of the day, you're flying blind. Sooner or later, you're going to meet with disaster.

By Paul Venezia | 14 October, 2014 21:16

Tags: management, network monitoring, Networking, amp, beca

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, Networking, Internet of Things, 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, storage, Microsoft, Editor's Choice, hardware systems, Data Center, Storage Server, 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, Networking, Braven, bluetooth, 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, applications, flickr, document management, joomla, ebay, software, Content, Best Buy

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

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, Storage Area Network, Server Virtualization, storage, Microsoft, hardware systems, Data Center, Storage virtualization, 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, Networking, bluetooth, wireless, Kickstarter, 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, Networking, Internet of Things, data capture, IoT, car diagnostics

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, consumer electronics, Google, Networking, wireless, smartphones, mobile, galaxy, Pebble

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, consumer electronics, Google, Networking, wireless, smartphones, 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, Networking, bluetooth, smartphones, wireless, 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, Data storage, Drives, 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, objective, Mac OS X, software, operating systems, Development tools, Apple, mobile technology, Google, 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, consumer electronics, dropbox, storage, cloud computing, internet

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