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Six amazing advances in cloud technology

By John Brandon | 15 April, 2014 02:09

The Cloud is more than just dirt-cheap data storage and lightning-fast apps. These six innovations show that it's possible to manage servers, develop applications, run virtual machines and even sequence the human genome using cloud technology.

Beyond Meritocracy: 6 Ways IT Employee Performance Evaluations Are Changing

By John Brandon | 01 April, 2014 02:07

Neither employees nor their managers look forward to annual performance reviews. That's why experts suggest using methods and tools that provide valuable, real-time feedback on how employees are doing.

3 Free Alternatives to Windows for Desktop PCs

By John Brandon | 24 March, 2014 12:56

It's an increasingly mobile world -- and the mobile future of Windows is dubious. To better accommodate end users, CIOs would be wise to consider these three alternatives to Windows on the desktop -- Chrome, Android and Ubuntu.

6 gadgets to improve your next business trip

By John Brandon | 12 March, 2014 17:00

Taking business on the road? These gadgets will help you stay productive without making your bag exceed the carry-on size limit.

When tech titans join forces: The verdict on 6 big mergers

By John Brandon | 04 March, 2014 13:37

Some things go together like peanut butter and jelly. Others are more like peanut butter and motor oil. The joining of tech titans is no different. Here we discuss whether six high-profile mergers have made a tasty combination or a gross one.

5 Data Center Gaffes in Popular Hollywood Movies

By John Brandon | 25 February, 2014 14:43

Hollywood isn't afraid to bend the truth to tell a tale. The data centers depicted in five popular movies prove this point -- as do the ways characters get into them and steal data from them.

7 Tech Acronyms and Abbreviations That Need to Go Away

By John Brandon | 19 February, 2014 13:56

IT is full of shorthand. (Hey, there's one example.) Many abbreviations and acronyms have become standard terms in tech, if not everyday language. But some terms just need to be retired.

In Pictures: 8 iPad apps that are complex, powerful and advanced

By John Brandon | 17 February, 2014 08:28

Most people don't think of the iPad as a high-end computing device. These eight apps prove otherwise.

4G Data Service in Cars Offers Amazing Potential, Familiar Challenges

By John Brandon | 22 January, 2014 17:39

Audi plans to introduce 4G to the 2015 A3. Other carmakers are sure to follow. This will provide better vehicle diagnostics and analytics (along with better Wi-Fi for passengers), and though there are obstacles, they will sound familiar to anyone who works in IT.

7 More Things NSA Could Be Watching, According to Security Experts

By John Brandon | 21 January, 2014 14:21

We know the National Security Agency monitors emails and social networks. What else could the NSA be monitoring? Security experts offer their (scary) thoughts.

Three smart tablets for business pros on the go

By John Brandon | 09 January, 2014 15:17

Tablets are taking over the enterprise. According to a recent IDC report, PC sales will drop by an all-time year-over-year record of 10.1 per cent. That's a nose dive by any standard.

3 Powerful Laptops Built for Serious Business

By John Brandon | 08 January, 2014 13:53

Looking for a laptop with serious processing power? CIO.com put three high-end laptops -- the Soni Vaio Flip 15, the HP ZBook 15 and the Acer Aspire V3 -- to the photo- and video-editing test to see which offers the best bang for the buck.

4 Tech Innovations That Improve Data Center Scalability

By John Brandon | 10 December, 2013 15:38

In today's business environment, companies are expected to grow quickly. This means their data centers must grow quickly, too. These four technological advances will help firms scale up -- and down, when necessary -- so growth doesn't turn into a bad thing.

In Pictures: 8 iPad Apps That Are Complex, Powerful and Advanced

By John Brandon | 22 November, 2013 09:09

Most people don't think of the iPad as a high-end computing device. These eight apps prove otherwise.

5 world problems too big for big data

By John Brandon | 01 November, 2013 10:59

Despite advances in computing power, storage and analytics technology, some challenges are still too big for big data. Here's a look at five such problems -- and what it will take to solve them.

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