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  • FIRST LOOK: Ray Ozzie's Talko cloud calling/messaging iPhone app

    I never did use Ray Ozzie's Lotus Notes or Groove (acquired by Microsoft) collaboration tools, mainly because the companies I worked for didn't use them, though I have interviewed the famed software designer and watched his colorful career unfold over the years. So when Ozzie's latest venture, Talko, released its free calling/messaging app for iPhones today, I decided I would give it a whirl and rope my colleague, Michael Cooney, into testing it with me.

  • iPhone 6: The little things make it a real star

    The iPhone 6 is the first major redesign of the Apple iPhone since 2010's iPhone 4. The design is new, with the aluminum side band gone and the glass and aluminum halves directly welded for a sleeker, less-industrial look. The iPhone 6 is also bigger, a long-desired improvement in screen real estate. That's normal change in the smartphone world.

  • Review: First impressions of the new iPhone 6

    This year's launch of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus wasn't exactly the smoothest of rollouts. There were glitches during the Sept. 9 unveiling, a delayed and problematic pre-order process and an iOS 8 launch on Wednesday that saw key features pulled at the last-minute. But that didn't stop the company from booking an astounding four million in iPhone pre-sales, and it didn't dissuade thousands of people from standing in line for hours (some, for days) for a chance to buy one of the new iPhones.

  • Moto X (2014) deep-dive review: Android done right -- again

    Sometimes, a phone can really surprise you.

  • First impression: The real surprises in iOS 8 are the little things

    Like probably millions of others today, I upgraded my iPhone 5 to the brand-spanking-new iOS 8. I'm still wrapping my head around the major new features, like the problem-struckHealthKit, and I haven't been able to really fiddle with the major camera upgrades yet. But in just a couple of hours of normal usage, it's really the little tweaks to the experience that are standing out to me.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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

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

  • The Galaxy Note 4 is Samsung's best smartphone yet

    Samsung Electronics has finally managed with the Galaxy Note 4 to put out a smartphone that's beautiful both inside and out.

  • 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

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows: Top hardware for Windows Phone fans

    If there's a high-end Windows Phone in your future, the HTC One (M8) may be the one for you. Chock-full of power, designed beautifully and with Windows Phone 8.1 Update under the hood (including the Cortana personal assistant), this is the device that Windows Phone fans will want.

  • ThinkPad Yoga 11e review: A hidden Chromebook gem

    With its exceptional build quality and outstanding (and flexible) display, Lenovo's new ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook is a meaningful notch above the rest.

  • 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

  • Lenovo N20p Chromebook: An affordable dual-mode device

    When you think of a Chromebook, you typically think of a keyboard-centric laptop -- but Lenovo's hoping to shake up that mindset with some versatile new devices.