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Break me if you can: 4 rugged tablets put to the test

It's a cruel world out there for tablets: Every day, there's the possibility they will be dropped, knocked, spilled on or just shaken around. And that's just in a normal business day -- if you use your tablet outdoors, while traveling or in a work zone, the odds of a disaster go up precipitously.

By Brian Nadel | 03 March, 2015 22:35

Tags: consumer electronics, Panasonic, smartphones, Windows, hardware systems, Android, tablets, software, operating systems, Line

Windows 10 deep-dive review: Finally, a unified operating system

The second preview release of Windows 10 begins to flesh out Microsoft's vision of an operating system that bridges the gap between traditional PCs and touch-based tablets -- something it failed at dismally in Windows 8. More than that, the new release reveals a single operating system that shape-shifts according to the device it's running on, be that a PC, a tablet or a phone.

By Preston Gralla | 29 January, 2015 22:38

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

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

LulzBot Mini 3D printer delivers outstanding details

There are about a dozen metrics by which I judge 3D printers when testing them, including speed, noise and the materials with which they can print.

By Lucas Mearian | 15 January, 2015 08:16

Tags: peripherals, Printers, 3D printers, 3D Systems, Aleph Objects

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

Review reloaded: The da Vinci all-in-one 3D printer disappoints

After spending a week with the new da Vinci 1.0 AiO all-in-one 3D printer, I've decided that first impressions can be deceiving.

By Lucas Mearian | 06 November, 2014 09:25

Tags: peripherals, Printers, 3D printers, 3d printing

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

Review: The new Da Vinci all-in-one 3D scanner/printer

Start-up XYZPrinting today released its first all-in-one 3D printer, which uses a 3D laser scanner to replicate objects placed inside the machine.

By Lucas Mearian | 28 October, 2014 21:37

Tags: peripherals, XYZPrinting, Printers, 3D printers, 3d printing, MakerBot

Yosemite deep-dive review: OS X 10.10 gets ready for the big time

OS X 10.10, otherwise known as Yosemite, is the 11th iteration of the operating system that powers the desktops and laptops created by Apple. This update, expected to be released later today, marks the second version of OS X whose code name is based on a California location instead of a species of cat -- and the second time Apple has let loose a major update for free.

By Michael deAgonia | 16 October, 2014 23:36

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, Mac OS X, software, operating systems, Yosemite

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

Windows 10 Technical Preview deep-dive: A promise of better things to come

It's been nearly a week since Microsoft announced that it will follow Windows 8.1 with Windows 10 -- and released its Technical Preview so that those interested could take a first look at the new operating system. Since then I've been exploring the new OS, alongside the sparse documentation Microsoft has released.

By Simon Bisson | 10 October, 2014 21:36

Tags: myer, Tesla, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

The best new features in Windows Server 10 (so far)

Alongside Microsoft's Oct. 1 release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, the company offered early previews of the next iteration of Windows Server and System Center. With final releases not expected until the summer of 2015, these extremely early technical previews are a marked departure from the norm for Microsoft. Far from being feature complete or even stable, the Windows Server Technical Preview nevertheless presents a way to become familiar with new features coming down the pike, and to put the UI changes through their paces.

By Tim Ferrill | 08 October, 2014 21:06

Tags: windows server, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

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

4 Windows tablet/keyboard combos take on the Surface Pro

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

Tags: Windows, hardware systems, toshiba, tablets, software, Lenovo, operating systems, intel, acer, HP, Windows 8, Microsoft

Kinvey boosts enterprise mobile apps

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

Tags: software

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

FeedHenry uses Node.js to fortify mobile apps

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

Tags: application development, software

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