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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

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: hardware systems, Windows, Lenovo, software, tablets, toshiba, acer, intel, operating systems, 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, 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

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

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

A review of Swing Copters: Under no circumstances should you play this game

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

Tags: consumer electronics, ios, Microsoft, Android, smartphones, software, operating systems, mobile apps

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

Peak vs. Tibbr: Two apps that help track team communications

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

Tags: social business, applications, Yammer, Microsoft, software

PaaS shoot-out: Cloud Foundry vs. OpenShift

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

Tags: paas, application development, Configuration / maintenance, applications, hardware systems, software, Ansible, internet, cloud computing, Data Center, open source software, Chef, cms

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

Hands on: OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta shows off a new look and features

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

Tags: Apple, Mac OS X, software

Working together: 3 new team collaboration tools

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

Tags: Content/Document Management, Yahoo, document management, applications, skype, Yammer, Microsoft, software, Content

Review: Cloud Foundry brings power and polish to PaaS

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

Tags: paas, application development, Configuration / maintenance, IBM, hardware systems, internet, MapR, cloud computing, Data Center, emc, rackspace, VMware, Pivotal, software

Review: Dell XPS 15 Touch is the best Windows laptop ever

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

Tags: Laptop PCs, Dell, Microsoft Windows, computer hardware, software, nvidia, intel, GT, operating systems

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

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