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First Look: Amazon Echo: Novelty item or ready-for-prime-time part of your digital life?

Our Amazon Echo, a voice-controlled appliance--for want of a better word--arrived on May 17 and we've been using it all week. As Prime members, we paid $100 for ours, but the list price is $200. While some parts are beautifully done, the information services at the back end have a long way to go before the Echo is more than a novelty.

By Joel Snyder | 01 June, 2015 20:09

Tags: amazon.com, Networking, wireless, Alexa

7 free Wi-Fi stumbling and surveying tools for Windows and Mac

Following up on our previous article highlighting 8 free Wi-Fi stumbling and surveying tools, here are 7 more tools that provide important details on known and unknown aspects of your WiFi network.

By Eric Geier | 26 May, 2015 20:13

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

Review: Docker Swarm soars, and the sky's the limit

It's a well-known fact that deploying and managing anything at scale is hard. Docker is no different. However, the engineers at Docker recognize this and are working on three products to help: Docker Machine, Docker Compose, and Docker Swarm. 

By Nigel Poulton | 23 April, 2015 20:06

Tags: Linux, Docker, swarm, software, operating systems

First look: VMware vSphere 6 keeps its edge

In the not so distant past, VMware held a long and commanding lead in the server virtualization space, offering core features that were simply unmatched by the competition. In the past few years, however, competition in virtualization has been fierce, the competitors have drawn near, and VMware has been left with fewer ways to distinguish itself.

By Paul Venezia | 13 March, 2015 07:06

Tags: virtualization, VMware

First look: VMware vSphere 6 keeps its edge

In the not so distant past, VMware held a long and commanding lead in the server virtualization space, offering core features that were simply unmatched by the competition. In the past few years, however, competition in virtualization has been fierce, the competitors have drawn near, and VMware has been left with fewer ways to distinguish itself.

By Paul Venezia | 13 March, 2015 05:07

Tags: virtualization, VMware

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 <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2451781/linux/is-linux-dead-for-the-desktop.html">Linux</a> distributions today, CentOS 7 has carved out a niche as the free and open alter ego to <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2466011/opensource-subnet/review-rhel-7-anchors-enterprise-focused-ecosystem.html">Red Hat Enterprise Linux</a> (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

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