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Windows 8.1 Update deep-dive review: An OS that makes more sense

In Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft may be finally getting it right: The latest version of its operating system finally bridges the gap between touch and traditional computing.

By Preston Gralla | 11 April, 2014 02:20

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Big data showdown: Cassandra vs. HBase

Bigtable-inspired open source projects take different routes to the highly scalable, highly flexible, distributed, wide column data store

By Rick Grehan | 02 April, 2014 21:06

Tags: Google, applications, big data, software, data mining, open source software, internet, cloud computing, Data management, NoSQL

HBase is massively scalable -- and hugely complex

Apache HBase describes itself as "the Hadoop database," which can be a bit confusing, as Hadoop is typically understood to refer to the popular MapReduce processing framework. But Hadoop is really an umbrella name for an entire ecosystem of technologies, some of which HBase uses to create a distributed, column-oriented database built on the same principles as Google's Bigtable. HBase does not use Hadoop's MapReduce capabilities directly, though HBase can integrate with Hadoop to serve as a source or destination of MapReduce jobs.

By Rick Grehan | 01 April, 2014 00:19

Tags: databases, applications, software

Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

By Maria Korolov | 31 March, 2014 22:24

Tags: Cloud, Networking, fedora, wireless, software, acer, internet, intel, cloud computing, ubuntu

An introduction to Cassandra

Apache Cassandra is a free, open source NoSQL database designed to manage very large data sets (think petabytes) across large clusters of commodity servers. Among many distinguishing features, Cassandra excels at scaling writes as well as reads, and its "master-less" architecture makes creating and expanding clusters relatively straightforward. For organizations seeking a data store that can support rapid and massive growth, Cassandra should be high on the list of options to consider.

By Rick Grehan | 24 March, 2014 14:18

Tags: applications, software

SQL Server 2014 pushes the pedal to the metal

SQL Server 2014 is a significant release with two overarching themes: cloud and speed -- or, to be specific, Azure integrations and in-memory OLTP (online transaction processing). Truth be told, I'm more excited about the speed features than the cloud stuff, but I also understand there is a growing portion of the customer base that is heading to cloud-based operations, and these shops will find the cloud features useful.

By Sean McCown | 20 March, 2014 14:17

Tags: databases, applications, software

Review: Windows 8.1 Update offers an olive branch for mouse users

Windows 8.1 Update brings a tiny handful of mouse-centric improvements and a hodgepodge of interface tweaks

By Woody Leonhard | 19 March, 2014 10:05

Tags: Windows 8, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Hands on with iOS 7.1: A few good improvements

Apple's latest upgrade to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, adds some useful touches and fixes some of the glitches that appeared in the previous version.

By Michael deAgonia | 14 March, 2014 10:33

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Apple, Networking, ios, wireless, software, operating systems, mobile

Google's tantalizing Mobile Chrome App SDK

Mobile app development is a huge pain point for most enterprises. The debate still rages about the best strategy. Should you develop native apps for the major smartphone and tablet platforms? That's expensive and time-consuming, and it means hiring hard-to-find specialists for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and any other platform you want to support. Should you develop mobile Web apps? That is faster and cheaper, but sacrifices both performance and features. Should you develop hybrid mobile apps, combining native app shells with Web views? That still sacrifices performance in some cases, but recovers the most important features.

By Martin Heller | 12 March, 2014 14:18

Tags: application development, Google, software

Asus Chromebox review: A simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive desktop

The second desktop system to use Google's Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive alternative to traditional desktops.

By Brian Nadel | 12 March, 2014 13:03

Tags: hardware, Google, hardware systems, software, intel, operating systems

Review + videos: 3 convertible Windows laptops try to be all devices to all people

We look at three Windows 8.1 convertibles that can transform into laptops, tablets or presentation devices, and try to discover how useful they really are.

By Brian Nadel | 11 March, 2014 11:11

Tags: Windows, hardware systems, laptops, software, operating systems

Review: Netgear's ReadyData makes a splash with flash

Netgear's better, faster rack-mount NAS and iSCSI SAN makes the case for enterprise workloads with read and write caching and unlimited snapshots

By Paul Ferrill | 07 March, 2014 11:06

Tags: network storage, Configuration / maintenance, iscsi, network-attached storage, storage, hardware systems, solid state drives, netgear, Data Center

First look: Docker is a better way to deploy your apps

A long time ago, a computer program was a stack of punch cards, and moving the program from computer to computer was easy as long as you didn't drop the box. Every command, instruction, and subroutine was in one big, fat deck. Editors, compilers, and code repositories have liberated us from punch cards, but somehow deploying software has grown more complicated. Moving a program from the coding geniuses to the production team is fraught with errors, glitches, and hassles. There's always some misconfiguration, and it's never as simple as carrying that deck down the hall.

By Peter Wayner | 05 March, 2014 14:33

Tags: virtualization

First Look: Cisco ACI re-imagines the enterprise data center network

Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a revolutionary re-thinking of how to provision and manage data center networks. While the early version we looked at has some rough edges, and Cisco still has some hard problems to solve, ACI has the potential to completely change the way that large, highly virtualized data center networks are configured and built.

By Joel Snyder | 03 March, 2014 13:25

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, router, Data Center, LAN & WAN

Review: 3 new scanners store your documents in the cloud

If you regularly need to store documents in the cloud, a desktop scanner could help. We look at three new devices from Brother, Neat Company and DCT that approach the task in different ways.

By Melissa J. Perenson | 28 February, 2014 13:54

Tags: Computer Peripherals, Intuit, software, brother, cloud storage

Ultimate cloud speed tests: Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure

A diverse set of real-world Java benchmarks shows that Google is fastest, Azure is slowest, and Amazon is priciest

By Peter Wayner | 26 February, 2014 11:08

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft Windows Azure, iaas, internet, cloud computing

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch: A lightweight contender

We test Lenovo's latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch ultrabook, which is sleek and powerful, offers an impressive display and comes with an interesting keyboard innovation.

By Brian Nadel | 21 February, 2014 11:36

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, Windows, laptops, Lenovo, software, ultrabooks, intel, operating systems, X1

Review: Google Chrome wants to be your OS

The Chrome Apps architecture enables native-like apps, written in JavaScript with platform APIs, that load fast, run quickly, and work offline

By Martin Heller | 19 February, 2014 11:06

Tags: Mobile Development, html5, application development, Google, applications, mobile technology, software, javascript, mobile apps

Visual Studio 2013 reaches beyond the IDE

Microsoft delivers editing, debugging, deployment, project architecture, and ALM improvements stretching from Windows to Web development, from mobile devices to clouds

By Martin Heller | 12 February, 2014 21:09

Tags: Development Environments, Development tools, application development, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, web development, Microsoft .Net, software

Review: 4 NAS appliances deliver big storage cheap

12-bay rack-mount systems from QNAP, Netgear, LenovoEMC, and Infortrend combine huge storage capacities, business-grade features, smooth setup, and easy administration

By Paul Ferrill | 12 February, 2014 11:06

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, network-attached storage, storage, hardware systems, netgear, Lenovo, X1, Data Center, emc, Apple

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