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Now THAT'S what we call a proper test!

This company decides its disaster recovery plan needs a backup generator to keep the data center going if power is lost -- and a key part of the solution is a flywheel.


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Wanted: A world where virtual assistants help (without being asked)

Only two virtual assistants – those from Google and Facebook – can eavesdrop on your conversations and chime in with helpful suggestions. We need a lot more of that.

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The Essential Phone that’s not that essential

The new Essential Phone is not so essential. Heck, it's not even that interesting.

Indexo patronum!

Doctor at a research hospital develops a database for childhood leukemia, but the grad student who programmed it is gone. Can this college student make it useful again?

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Using Apple’s ARKit for creative and historical expression

History, if understood, has a tendency to exorcise ignorance. Used correctly, Apple’s technologies could help do just that.

Remember, every demo's REAL audience is Murphy

Ticketmaster and Fandango are far in the future when this tech's boss asks him to develop a basic ticket-purchase system -- one that uses a minicomputer 1,600 miles away.

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Microsoft gets sloppy with Surface

Consumer Reports can’t recommend Microsoft Surface laptops, and neither can I.

Let's call it 80 percent-ish?

Software developer has six months to create his part of an airport's automated people mover -- and when a senior architect offers to help out, it sounds like a win/win.

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Enabling the multiverse of mini-internets

In order for the Device Virtualization vision to be realized, Alan Carlton explains how the edge will need to transform into a different type of mini-internet that behaves just a little differently than the wider internet

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Windows 10 Pro for Workstations: undoing a huge 1990s mistake

When Microsoft launched Windows XP they unfortunately lost focus on the unique needs of engineers and others that used workstations. They just reversed that mistake with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. What makes this unique version...

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3 lessons for collaboration

Organizations won’t reap the rewards of powerful collaboration tools if they don’t make collaboration itself a strategic priority.

Sometimes, bad taste matters

Pilot fish's home internet and cable-TV line has to be repeatedly replaced because squirrels keep chewing through it -- until a more experienced repair guy arrives.

OK, there's SOMETHING we've left out here...

This server rack in a school is in a spot that's about to be turned into a non-IT office. But the building crew is asking IT how to wall it off, so what could go wrong?

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Smartphones make people distracted and unproductive

A smartphone can sap attention even when it's not in use or turned off and in your pocket. That doesn't bode well for productivity.

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Apple TV: The comeback king

Apple’s one-time “hobby” is a bit like the White Walkers in Game of Thrones — it just keeps coming back, So, what's coming up in the next episode?

Simple misunderstanding

Older programmer's new boss can't seem to hide the fact that she thinks he's incompetent due to his age. What will it take to show her he can write code she likes?

Of course, that's just an approximation...

College student in the 1970s works nights as a computer operator, and he gets to use the mainframe for his homework, too -- but its performance isn't all he's hoping for.

Is this what they call a learning experience?

This IT pilot fish's job involves installing a business software package at companies across the U.S. -- but it's about to take an unpleasant turn into training.

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Windows 10 finally has become an adult product with a child’s heart

Windows 10 is maturing to finally place the needs of the user in the forefront again.

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