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4 Small Computers Ready for Mass Enterprise Deployment

By John Brandon | 22 July, 2014 23:16

When the goal is to deploy computers in mass quantities to keep employees productive, nothing beats an ultra-slim desktop computer. Laptops and tablets are helpful for remote works and mobile computing – but on the desktop, these systems are about the size of your hand and don't take up too much space. They are designed from the get-go for remote management and easy tech support, and they come with fewer moving parts (for example, there's no optical drive).

Is Linux Dead for the Desktop?

By John Brandon | 08 July, 2014 23:19

For executives in charge of desktop deployments in a large company, Linux OS was once hailed as a savior for corporate end users. With incredibly low pricing -- free, with fee-based support plans, for example -- distributions such as Ubuntu Desktop and SUSE Linux Enterprise offered a "good enough" user interface, along with plenty of powerful apps and a rich browser.

In Pictures: 10 Microsoft research projects

By John Brandon | 27 June, 2014 08:52

An early look at cutting-edge technology being developed by Microsoft

5 Innovations That Make Video Surveillance More Effective

By John Brandon | 18 June, 2014 03:43

Criminals get a little more sophisticated every day. Fortunately, so does video surveillance technology. Here are five options to consider for your business, no matter the size.

The Next Heartbleed: 5 security vulnerabilities to watch

By John Brandon | 10 June, 2014 00:57

By and large, the major websites hit by Heartbleed have recovered. So have the bad guys, who are undoubtedly plotting their next move. Here, security experts offer their take on five large-scale, Heartbleed-level vulnerabilities for which CIOs should prepare.

6 Top Enterprise Workgroup Printers

By John Brandon | 14 May, 2014 22:44

Is your office paperless? Didn't think so. Consider one of these six printers, then, for the workgroups in your enterprise.

5 New Wireless Technologies for Today's Businesses

By John Brandon | 21 April, 2014 23:47

Wireless technology changes quickly. This matters if you're running a business, as faster Wi-Fi can improve employee productivity as well as customer service. These advances in wireless tech are therefore worth watching.

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.

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