Computerworld's top stories of 2012

From Android and iOS to storage and great places to work in IT, here are Computerworld's most popular stories from 2012, in order.

Looking back at 2012

Looking back at 2012

The year 2012 saw innovation, litigation, disruption and accomplishment. New products from Apple and Google, malware and milestones marked the top stories of the year. Here are the ten stories that proved most popular with Computerworld readers in 2012.

16 top apps for your Google Nexus 7: all free

16 top apps for your Google Nexus 7: all free

You have a shiny new Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. Now it's time to make it your own with some valuable mobile applications. CIO.com's Al Sacco shared his favorite Nexus 7 tablet apps for remote-PC access, instant messaging, sports and more. Best of all: They're all free. Read more

Apple iOS 6 review: A worthwhile upgrade

Apple iOS 6 review: A worthwhile upgrade

In September, Apple officially released iOS 6, the latest update to the mobile OS that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Michael deAgonia detailed what's new, what's changed and what still needs work. Read more

25 cool gadgets for $50 or less

25 cool gadgets for $50 or less

You know that great feeling you get when you buy something and it blows away your expectations? That's the tingle of value -- and sometimes you can get it from products that carry a modest price tag. From streaming set-top boxes to augmented reality laser tag to smartphone solar chargers, this summer we presented 25 cool gadgets priced no more than $50 each -- every one of them sure to be useful, fun, entertaining, or all of the above. Read more

DNS OK? dns-ok.us will say if DNSChanger at bay

DNS OK? dns-ok.us will say if DNSChanger at bay

This summer, the FBI tooks steps to mitigate the damage of the DNSChanger malware. If you hadn't cleaned your computers of this infection, when you woke up on July 8, you might not have been able to connect to the Internet. To avoid that unspeakable fate, users the world over searched for cleaning tools and facts, as described in IT Blogwatch. Read more

100 Best Places to Work in IT 2012

100 Best Places to Work in IT 2012

Stellar benefits, challenging projects and top-notch training kept IT workers focused and engaged at these top employers. Read about them in our 19th annual report. Read more

How Alan Turing set the rules for computing

How Alan Turing set the rules for computing

On Saturday, June 23, British mathematician Alan Turing would have turned 100 years old. It is barely fathomable to think that none of the computing power surrounding us today was around when he was born. Without Turing's work, computers as we know them today simply would not exist, Robert Kahn, co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols that run the Internet, said in an interview. Absent Turing, "the computing trajectory would have been entirely different, or at least delayed," he said. Read more

New iPhone 5 release date nears: More pictures leak

New iPhone 5 release date nears: More pictures leak

Apple's Sept. 21 release of the iPhone 5 was preceded by a summer rampant with rumors and expectations. As an official announcement neared, the fanaticism reached new peaks. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers couldn't get enough of Apple rumors (and Apple was probably happy to silently oblige). Read more

6 data recovery tools for SD cards, USB drives and more

6 data recovery tools for SD cards, USB drives and more

As USB flash drives and memory cards get larger and cheaper, it's getting easier to trust much more of your data to them. It's also much easier to mistakenly erase data or have them hiccup on you. And if you're in the habit of holding on to that data for too long -- for example, not transferring photos from your camera's memory card -- disaster is almost guaranteed to strike at some point. What happens then? You turn to one of these six recovery tools, which Serdar Yegulalp reviews in-depth. Read more

Android 4.1 upgrade list: Is your device getting Jelly Bean?

Android 4.1 upgrade list: Is your device getting Jelly Bean?

Android 4.1, a.k.a. "Jelly Bean," was announced on June 27 and released on July 9 -- but only to compatible devices. Want the latest version of Google's mobile operating system? Check to see if your phone or tablet is listed on JR Raphael's exhaustive list of hardware from manufacturers including Asus, Motorola and Samsung. Read more

New iPad 3: Apple fails to surprise

New iPad: Apple fails to surprise

At a press event on March 7, Apple announced a March 16 release of a new iPad, which it creatively dubbed "the new iPad" -- not the iPad 3, as everyone expected. Aside from the name, not much else was a surprise (except to those who backed the wrong rumors). In IT Blogwatch, bloggers shared their views about the shiny new pomaceous tablet. Read more