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  • Michael Kirven: Why 2014 is the year to become an independent IT contractor

    There's never been a better time to explore opportunities as a technology contractor. The potential payoffs can benefit both workers and companies.

  • Loren Larsen: 4 creative approaches to technical recruiting

    With low single-digit unemployment for IT workers and a scarcity of qualified candidates, it's critical for employers to become more effective in their recruiting efforts. Here are four fresh approaches.

  • Career advice: Learn from your mistakes

    Premier 100 IT Leader Doris Peek also answers questions on the value of education and of learning about the business.

  • Why Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon want to be each other

    It was a loony week in Silicon Valley. Four major technology companies announced expensive and risky programs to become less like themselves and more like their competitors.

  • Evan Schuman: Wal-Mart is latest big company with mobile-app security problems

    The evidence keeps mounting that companies that put out mobile apps are not paying nearly enough attention to security.

  • Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you

    OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.

  • Ready for your electronic tattoo?

    Electronic tattoos are the ultimate wearable computer. There's no telling what a patch of electronics stuck to your body somewhere and connected wirelessly to a smartphone can do once app developers get involved.

  • Seagate's latest: Drive fast, App slow

    The data transfer speed improvements that Seagate has made to their drives is remarkably impressive.

  • How do you feel? Your phone may soon tell you

    A variety of projects unveiled in the past year aim to give mobile apps the ability to instantly detect a person's emotional state.

  • Reviews: HP's EliteBook 840 and Logitech's ConferenceCam CC3000e

    The notebook features a lightweight yet tough finish, and the latest tech specs; up to 16GB of memory; storage options up to 1TB hard drive or 256GB SSD; 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

  • Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!

    More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.

  • Preston Gralla: Patents don't equal innovation

    Today, lawyers at times have as much influence as engineers, if not more, and patents are used to fend off competitors and to force them to pay licensing fees that can run to billions of dollars annually.

  • Why wearable computing is waiting for A.I.

    This week, Google Glass got a new app called 'Refresh' that seems small, but it represents the future of wearable computing.

  • Apple edges back toward the datacentre

    Now that OS X Mavericks Server has some new enterprise-oriented features and the updated Mac Pro has finally arrived, it's time to ask whether Apple is edging back into the data center, says columnist Ryan Faas.

  • Three big trends converge at CES

    Lifelogging and lifestreaming got a boost from wearable computing and the quantified self at International CES this week. Welcome to the future.

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    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: The Windows killer: Chromebook

    Could the Chromebook knock out Windows on the desktop? Don't bet against it.

  • Forget Amazon; I want a drone of my own

    Governments and businesses are getting flying robots. But when will personal drones fly into our lives? Columnist Mike Elgan wants one.

  • Laptop, tablet prices to reach lows during year-end holiday season

    Prices of some laptops and tablets have already fallen, with others expected to drop starting with Black Friday year-end holiday sales in the U.S. this week. Some Chromebook laptops will be available for US$199 and some Windows 8 laptops could come down to $250. The price of Windows 8 tablets and hybrids could fall to under $250, while Android tablets could be available for under $100.

  • Review: Yoga 2Pro flexes its multimode Windows 8 options

    If you're going to be stuck with a Windows 8 (or 8.1) notebook, you might as well make it as interesting as possible, to help lessen the pain of having to deal with Windows as your operating system.

  • Gearhead has moved

    Looking for Mark Gibbs' latest musings? Head on over to Gearhead blog. Same wit, same site, different platform.

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