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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.

  • iOS 8 packs some snappy new features

    It's almost fall again, and so Apple has released the next generation of software that powers its mobile lineup: iOS 8. As always, this is a free update, and it packs new features and enhancements, both obvious and subtle.

  • 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.

  • Moto 360 review: An elegant smartwatch with exceptional features

    My wrist has been attracting an inordinate amount of attention lately.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Hands-on: WordPress 4.0 adds useful features to a rich platform

    What do Flickr, TechCrunch, eBay and Best Buy all have in common?

  • 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.

  • Chromebook Pixel revisited: 18 months with Google's luxury laptop

    When you stop and think about it, it's kind of astonishing how far Chromebooks have come.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device

    You can now buy almost anything from Amazon -- including a phone made by the retailer itself.

  • 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

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Deep-dive review: The Lumia 635 smartphone -- a study in contrasts

    Nokia's new low-cost Lumia 635 smartphone makes some unfortunate hardware compromises, but on the plus side it comes with the excellent Windows Phone 8.1.

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