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
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has gotten a lot of attention as a way to bridge the gap between tablets and traditional notebooks. Its snap-on keyboard and pull-out rear stand tries to offer the best of both worlds, but with a 12-in. screen and weighing 1.8 lbs. (without its keyboard cover), the Surface Pro is not as light as it could be, particularly for nomadic workers. And starting at $800 for a system equipped with an Intel i3 with 64GB plus $130 for the Type Cover, it is not an inexpensive system.
By Brian Nadel | 16 September, 2014 20:09
An MBaaS (mobile back end as a service) such as FeedHenry, Kinvey, or Parse is a kind of PaaS (platform as a service) for server-backed mobile applications. Kinvey bills itself as a complete mobile and Web app platform. It has extensive client support, integrates with the major enterprise databases, and offers a back-end data store, a file store, push notifications, mobile analytics, iBeacon support, and the ability to run custom code on the back end.
By Martin Heller | 10 September, 2014 23:36
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
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
What do Flickr, TechCrunch, eBay and Best Buy all have in common?
By Ken Gagne | 05 September, 2014 05:57
A few years ago, the mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) seemed to be the likely answer to the huge challenge of creating groups of mobile applications that work together and integrate with enterprise data. In hindsight, MEAP systems, which typically combined a back-end server and middleware stack with a client application, seem excessively expensive and heavyweight.
By Martin Heller | 04 September, 2014 00:39
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
Mercifully, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen pulled his simple, addictive and fiendishly difficult twitch game from the Android and iOS marketplaces after it exploded in popularity earlier this year, but he's back with a new assault on your attention span: Swing Copters.
By Jon Gold | 22 August, 2014 04:10
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
Peak and Tibbr are two tools that teams can use to help track projects and improve workgroup communications.
By David Strom | 14 August, 2014 20:45
Cloud Foundry shines with broad application support and stellar ease of use, but OpenShift has the edge in management and automation
By Martin Heller | 13 August, 2014 20:06
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
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
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
The beta of Apple's latest operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, promises a sparkling new design and some very useful features.
By Michael deAgonia | 30 July, 2014 03:02
Three new services -- Flow, Glip and Slingshot -- try to enhance the ability of teams to converse and collaborate using a variety of tools.
By David Strom | 23 July, 2014 20:36
Cloud Foundry impresses with broad application support, streamlined deployment, and enterprise extras from Pivotal, though initial setup could be simpler
By Martin Heller | 16 July, 2014 20:05
Dell's big, fast, 15-inch flagship laptop and its amazing touchscreen give the MacBook Pro Retina a run for its money
By Woody Leonhard | 11 July, 2014 20:03
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
BIG-IQ Security makes it easy to manage the entire firewall policy life cycle. Read about the key benefits and download the policy auditing and security compliance report today
Pekin Insurance, a large Midwestern insurance policy provider with 1,200 agencies and 7,500 independent agents, is always striving to better serve its customers. Pekin wanted to give its growing number of tech-savvy customers direct online access to policy and billing information. To do that, Pekin launched a new web application, called My PI that would deliver a self-service customer portal.
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