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Galaxy S5 deep-dive review: Long on hype, short on delivery
Samsung's Galaxy S5 Android phone follows a very popular predecessor, but the latest version doesn't stand out in a sea of thoughtfully designed competitors.

Windows 8.1 Update deep-dive review: An OS that makes more sense
In Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft may be finally getting it right: The latest version of its operating system finally bridges the gap between touch and traditional computing.

7 all-in-one security suites: Anti-malware for all your devices
Today's security suites try to protect all (or most) of your devices, and provide Web-based management. We examine how seven major applications compare in terms of features, ease of use and which devices they actually protect.

HTC One (M8) deep-dive review: Smartphone sophistication made better
HTC is working to bring a sense of luxury to its smartphones -- and with its new HTC One (M8), it's closer than ever to delivering the ultimate high-end device.

6 ways IT employee performance evaluations are changing
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.

OneNote vs. Evernote: A personal take on two great note-taking apps
Now that Microsoft has made OneNote free for consumers, can it compete with the well-known Evernote? Preston Gralla offers his take on both.

Hands on with iOS 7.1: A few good improvements
Apple's latest upgrade to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, adds some useful touches and fixes some of the glitches that appeared in the previous version.

Asus Chromebox review: A simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive desktop
The second desktop system to use Google's Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive alternative to traditional desktops.

Review + videos: 3 convertible Windows laptops try to be all devices to all people
We look at three Windows 8.1 convertibles that can transform into laptops, tablets or presentation devices, and try to discover how useful they really are.

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 deep-dive review: Almost a laptop replacement
Samsung's new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2-in. Android tablet has a great display and a lot of useful features. Matt Hamblen tried it out as a laptop replacement and reports back.

Review: 5 video editing apps for Android
You can shoot some great videos with your Android smartphone, but can you edit them? We review five apps that represent the best video editing options available on the platform today.

Review: 3 new scanners store your documents in the cloud
If you regularly need to store documents in the cloud, a desktop scanner could help. We look at three new devices from Brother, Neat Company and DCT that approach the task in different ways.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch: A lightweight contender
We test Lenovo's latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch ultrabook, which is sleek and powerful, offers an impressive display and comes with an interesting keyboard innovation.

4 Android e-reader apps: The latest word in reading
Sometimes even a tablet is too much trouble to tote. These Android smartphone e-reader apps will make it easy to enjoy your favorite book wherever you go.

LG G Flex deep-dive review: The curious case of the curved phone
The new LG G Flex Android smartphone has a curved design, flexible body, and 'self-healing' skin. Does that make a difference in real-world use?

Lenovo ThinkPad X240 a Sleek Touchscreen Ultrabook Tough Enough for Business
The ThinkPad X240 is the latest X-series laptop from Lenovo. We take the touchscreen version of the 12.5-inch laptop through the paces to see how it fares as a business tool.

Power to the portable: 3 high-performance mobile workstations
When you're running a large-scale simulation or editing a professional video, you need more computing power than most laptops can give. In this roundup, we review three high-powered Windows mobile workstations.

Xperia Z1S deep-dive review: A stylish phone with power and panache
Sony's new Android phone, the Xperia Z1S, combines a distinctive design and premium build with stellar stamina and an underwater-capable camera.

Moto G real-world review: The best budget phone money can buy
Most budget phones offer a sub-par experience, but the new Moto G provides an excellent experience at a low off-contract price. So is this the phone for you?

7 business card apps for smartphones: Scan 'em and store 'em
If you can't keep track of your business cards, one of these 7 smartphone apps will help you scan and store all those new contacts.

HTC One Max deep-dive review: With this phone, size matters
The new HTC One Max Android smartphone has a gorgeous 5.9-in. display and outstanding speakers -- but be ready to deal with some serious smartphone bulk.

Dell Venue 8 Pro review: A Windows 8.1 tablet for the rest of us
Dell's new Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet offers users a fine display, good features and impressive audio -- at a reasonable price.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet review: A cool concept that comes up short
Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet has an innovative form with a built-in stand and exceptionally long battery life. But the rest of its features aren't quite as high-end.

Computerworld's holiday gift guide 2013: Smartphones, cases and more
Part 3 of our annual offering of gift suggestions has recommendations for iPhones, Android phones and Windows phones; we also have a wide range of cool and useful add-ons.

First Look: iPad Mini with Retina display
Jason Snell gets his hands on the new iPad Mini with Retina display. Can its small size beat out the iPad Air for a place in his heart and his backpack? After half a day with it, he shares his first impressions.

Nexus 5 deep-dive review: Does Google's new flagship phone deliver?
Google's Nexus 5 offers a high-end Android experience at a low unlocked price -- but is it worth owning? Here's a detailed look at what the phone's like to use in the real world.

BlackBerry Z30 deep-dive review: Upgraded software in a great 5-in. smartphone
The new BlackBerry Z30 offers a bright 5-in. display, exceptionally long battery life and improved software. But can the company stick around long enough to make it matter?

There's no place like home page: 8 iGoogle alternatives
Use iGoogle? Upset that it's going away? Here are 8 alternative Web portals, some of which are just as good -- and one or two of which are better.

Web conferencing shootout: WebEx vs. GoToMeeting vs. MyTrueCloud
Cisco WebEx Meetings, Citrix GoToMeeting and MyTrueCloud My Web Conferences compete on features, quality, client support and cost. See how these three Web conferencing services compare.

Are online comments full of paid lies?
A thriving industry of paid-for user comments pollutes social networks with fake opinions. Let the reader beware.

Toshiba Satellite Click: A large tablet/laptop for $600
Toshiba's new low-cost convertible Satellite Click features a 13-in. Windows 8 tablet that snaps into its own keyboard.

Microsoft Surface 2 deep-dive review: Better hardware, but still with Windows RT
Microsoft has upgraded its Windows RT tablet: The new Surface 2 offers a well-built case, better performance, a great display and the same old operating system.

HP Chromebook 14 (with 4G) review: Solid performance in a plus-sized package
The HP Chromebook 14 with 4G is now available for a highly reasonable $349. Combining great performance with a spacious 14-in. display, is it the right Chromebook for you?

OS X Mavericks review: Different name, looks the same
Apple's new desktop/laptop operating system, OS X Mavericks, looks and works a lot like its predecessor. But that doesn't mean Apple hasn't made it a better OS for users. Michael deAgonia explains what's new and what's not.

Acer C720 Chromebook review: High on power, low on panache
Acer's new C720 Chromebook offers outstanding performance for an entry-level Chromebook, but it skimps on some important areas in order to keep the price low.

HP Chromebook 11 review: Affordable style for life in the cloud
Google's new HP Chromebook 11 brings a fresh look to the Chrome OS universe. Our reviewer finds that, for $279, the laptop has some interesting things to offer.

Study: Most CEOs lack vision, leadership on new computer tech
A majority of CEOs are failing to steer their companies towards effective use of new computer technologies, which precludes their organizations from making major business improvements.

Galaxy Note 3 deep-dive review: A plus-sized phone with perks and quirks
Samsung's latest big-screen phone, the Galaxy Note 3, has a lot of great qualities but a few quirks as well. We look at both in this in-depth review.

Add technologists to surveillance tech review panel, IT groups say
U.S. President Barack Obama should add actual technologists to a group reviewing the nation's surveillance technologies, IT-related groups have said.

Touch and type: 3 keyboard covers for the iPad Mini
We look at three keyboard covers for the iPad Mini from Belkin, Logitech and Zagg. Which is best at protecting your screen while typing your data?

Review: Samsung's most affordable, triple-level cell SSD
Samsung claims its latest consumer drive, one of a new generation of three-bits-per-cell NAND flash devices, has the same endurance and performance, but a lower price, than its predecessors.

LG G2 deep-dive review: Extraordinary hardware in an ordinary phone
LG's G2, its latest Android smartphone, has an outstanding screen, top notch performance, and buttons on the back. Is that enough to make it worth buying?

3 wireless media hubs: Extra storage for mobile devices
Wireless media hubs let you take along as much storage as you need and power your mobile devices besides. We look at three of the latest.

Droid Ultra deep-dive review: Bigger, but not necessarily better
Verizon's Motorola Droid Ultra has a larger display and a couple of other features, but that doesn't put it ahead of its smaller cousin, the Moto X.

2 Windows 8 touchscreen laptops for tight budgets
Windows 8 is workable with a normal display, but better with a touchscreen. If you don't want to spend much on a new laptop, try one of these low-cost systems.

Moto X deep dive review: Hype aside, it's a really good phone
Moto X, the first smartphone completely designed after Google acquired Motorola Mobility, is an interesting and well-fashioned consumer device.

Meet Windows Server's BYOD features
Workplace join, work folders and other new Windows Server 2012 R2 features help beleaguered IT staffers manage the jungle of end user devices.

5 free Linux text editors for programming and word processing
When you're a programmer who also needs word processing abilities, nothing beats a solid text editor. We look at the current versions of five of the best known. Insider (registration required)

Leap Motion Controller review: A touchscreen interface without the touching
The new Leap Motion Controller brings motion control to any computer. The question is: How effective is it, and does it have any practical value?

Long-term review: Apple's newest MacBook Air continues to impress
When it comes to style, the new model looks exactly like its predecessor. This year's changes are all beneath the surface -- and are uniformly good, says Michael deAgonia.

Matchbox computers: Small is beautiful (and powerful)
Matchbox computers -- small but powerful open-source devices -- are a good way to build your own system and/or carry it with you. We look at the phenomenon and offer a slideshow of examples.

3 new SSDs to boost your laptop's speed
Seagate, Samsung and OCZ have launched new consumer-class SSDs. We benchmarked all three to find which one has the best performance.

Windows 8.1 deep-dive review: Well, it's a start
Although the preview of Windows 8.1 fixes some of the problems users complained about in the previous version of the OS, is it enough? We take a close look at Microsoft's update.

8 apps to keep your car rolling
8 apps for iPhones, iPads and Android devices that help you maintain your car, save money on gas, avoid accidents and make life on the road easier.

First look: Windows Server Blue beta shows compelling improvements
There's a lot to like in Windows Server 2012 R2, but the key question centers around how Microsoft will handle licensing, our reviewer says. That alone might be the gating factor for the eventual success of this OS release.

Keep watch: 5 cloud security cameras
Cloud-based security cameras can keep watch on your home when you're not around. We tested 5 of these systems and report on our findings.

It's a desktop! It's a tablet! Dell XPS 18 vs. Sony Vaio Tap 20
We look at the Dell XPS 18 and the Sony Vaio Tap 20: Two all-in-ones that transform into large-scale tablets. Is this an alteration you can work with?

Here, there, everywhere: 3 personal cloud storage systems
While cloud storage services like Dropbox or Box are very useful, they can become costly -- and who is controlling your data? One of these three personal cloud storage systems could be your alternative.

OX Text review: An in-browser word processor with big ambitions
OpenXchange's new word processor, OX Text, is the first in a set of Linux-based productivity apps. Can it compete with Google Docs and Office 365?

KiraBook review: An ultrabook for the 1%
Toshiba's new KiraBook ultrabook offers a sleek, rich look along with high-end components, including a fine display and great speakers. The question is: Can you afford it?

Optimus G Pro deep-dive review: A supersized smartphone done right
LG's new Optimus G Pro smartphone brings a fresh dose of elegance to the supersized smartphone form. Could it be the new heavyweight champion?

5 mini projectors: A show wherever you go
Have a presentation or a favorite video hiding in your smartphone? One of these five mobile projectors will let you show off.

How do they compare? Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One and Nexus 4
Trying to figure out which one to get? Here's the specs for each of these three devices.

Samsung Galaxy S4 deep-dive review: A real-world evaluation
Samsung's Galaxy S4 has great hardware and some great added functionality -- but some of its new features are baffling or downright silly.

4 video editors: Pro results for ambitious amateurs
Today's video editing apps have made many pro-level features available to anyone who wants to use them. We review four of the best known video editors to see what they offer and how easy it is to use them.

BlackBerry Q10 review: Qwerty lovers rejoice!
The new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone features a qwerty keypad, along with an updated OS and some great new features. But do users still want a 'real' keyboard?

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 review: A useful, if not radical, upgrade
Adobe has released a public beta of its Lightroom 5 photo-editing application. While not a radical reworking, it includes some useful new tools.

HTC One deep-dive review: A smartphone that flirts with perfection
HTC's just-released Android smartphone, the HTC One, offers high-quality hardware, an outstanding camera and stunning design. But the device isn't without its drawbacks.

Social Media Certifications Prepare Students, Employees for Social Business
Using social media to market your business or collaborate internally means more than having a presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook. To teach college students that lesson, Syracuse University adopted HootSuite University's certification program. Syracuse isn't alone: Social media certifications are a growing trend, but is a training course right for you?

Seagate Wireless Plus review: A terabyte of mobile wireless storage
Seagate's Wireless Plus drive offers a terabyte of storage and a way to stash your videos, photos, music and documents or wirelessly stream them to your mobile devices.

4 Bluetooth speakers: Improve your mobile sound
Even the most high-end smartphones and tablets today still have less-than-stellar speakers. We test four mobile Bluetooth speakers to see how they can improve your sound.

Fear of Facebook: 7 free apps that guard your privacy
Facebook users are constantly being told that their privacy is under siege. Here are seven apps that can help secure your personal data.

Back up your website: 10 WordPress plugins that keep your data safe
WordPress may be a popular CMS, but its built-in backup isn't ideal. Here are 10 plugins that can help you keep your entire site safe.

A touchscreen on your desktop: Three new displays
With the introduction of Windows 8, touchscreens are coming to the desktop -- but they're not cheap. We look at three of the latest monitors from Acer, Dell and ViewSonic.

Two personal Wi-Fi hotspots: Different strokes for different folks
Two Wi-Fi mobile hotspots offer very different services: The Verizon Wireless JetPack is fast but pricey while the FreedomPop Photon is limited but free.

Three document scanners: Move your data from paper to pixels
We looked at three desktop scanners from Brother, Fujitsu and Panasonic to see how well they help scan, store and send your documents

Six useful JavaScript libraries for dealing with data
These JavaScript libraries can help format your data for analysis or a compelling online presentation.

Webmail war: Gmail vs. vs. Yahoo Mail
The three most popular free Web-based email services have all seen big changes recently, from revamped interfaces to advanced features. Does Google, Microsoft or Yahoo now deserve your webmail business?

Chromebook Pixel review: A luxury laptop for life in the cloud
A deep-dive review of Google's new Chromebook Pixel laptop, which has high-quality hardware and an amazing touch-based display -- and a few limitations. So at $1,300, is it the laptop for you?

Transcend ESD200 review: A fast little external SSD
Transcend's ESD200 external SSD is fast and very portable. Unfortunately, the backup software doesn't impress.

BlackBerry Z10 in-depth review: Good phone, truly great OS
BlackBerry's new Z10 smartphone offers a superior display, great navigation and interesting BYOD features. But is it too little, too late?

IronKey Workspace review: Windows 8 PC on a stick
Imation's IronKey division has introduced a new USB drive from which you can boot up an encryption-secured Windows 8 PC on any computer.

Office 365 Home Premium review: Is Office better by subscription?
Office 365 Home Premium, Microsoft's new subscription-based version of Office 2013, lets you use your applications anywhere. But does it really cost less than the client version?

SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD review: Fast and inexpensive
The SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD, which sports data speeds of up to 530MB/s, is aimed squarely at replacing aging hard drives in existing desktops and laptops.

Review: Apple's new 21.5-in. iMac
Apple's new iMac features a redesigned case that tapers at the edges, an optional Fusion Drive for storage and an updated system architecture, making it a stylish all-in-one desktop computer. But there are some caveats, says Michael DeAgonia.

10 free Drupal modules that make development easier
Working with Drupal is not for the timid -- but these 10 free modules could make things easier for developers and administrators.

10 Joomla extension modules for easier and better websites
A collection of 10 diverse Joomla extensions that can help you build and maintain your sites.

Cut the cord: 14 set-top media streamers (update)
Which Internet TV streamer is right for you? From Roku and Apple TV to new Boxee, Google TV and NeoTV, we look at the different mixes of programming, connections and features you get with 14 set-top boxes.

7 low-cost videoconferencing services: Which is best for your meeting?
We look at 7 online videoconferencing services that help colleagues and friends keep in touch, share screens and collaborate on presentations.

3 Windows 8 ultrabooks: Lightweight and powerful
A crop of ultrabooks is being introduced for the new Windows 8 operating system. We examine the HP Envy TouchSmart, Sony Vaio T13 and Toshiba Portege Z935 to see how they shape up.

SwiftKey Flow review: The Android keyboard you've been waiting for
SwiftKey Flow combines outstanding word prediction with a top-notch interface and new slide-to-type functionality. Quite simply, typing on Android doesn't get much better than this.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Premium review: Accurate voice recognition
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is the premiere voice-recognition software package. Its latest version adds additional accuracy.

Dell XPS 12 review: Does it succeed as both an ultrabook and a tablet?
Dell's new XPS 12 convertible is one of the first Windows 8 computer to work both as an ultrabook and a tablet. But despite a nice design and great display, it may not succeed.

HTC Droid DNA review: A superphone with flaws
HTC's new Droid DNA has some standout hardware elements, but the Android smartphone suffers from significant drawbacks that make it difficult to recommend.

Apple 13-in. Retina MacBook Pro review: Vibrant screen, perfect size?
After spending some time with Apple's new 13-in MacBook Pro with a Retina display, columnist Michael deAgonia is ready to dump his 15-in. laptop for good.

Nook HD review: A faster, brighter and better e-reader/tablet
Barnes & Noble's new Nook HD and Nook HD+ ereader/tablets have great displays, improved software and a new video service -- worthy competitors for Amazon's Kindle Fire.

HTC's Windows Phone 8X review: Fast, bright and sleek
HTC's fast and well-designed Windows Phone 8X is one of the first to use Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 smartphone operating system.

Google Nexus 10 deep-dive review: Android, supersized
The Nexus 10 tablet brings the pure Google Android experience into a large-screen form. Here's an in-depth look at where it shines -- and where it falls short.

Google Nexus 4 deep-dive review: Android at its best
Google's Nexus 4 offers outstanding hardware and an optimal Android experience, but it may require you to make a few compromises. Here's an in-depth look at the new flagship phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note II review: Is bigger really better?
Samsung's Galaxy Note II is big, bright and powerful, with a number of new features. Here's an in-depth look at where it excels -- and where it falls short.

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Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Camera shootout!

How does Samsung's Galaxy S5 camera compare to the HTC One (M8)? Check out these side-by-side samples and see what you think.

Hands on: What the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition is actually like to use

The One (M8) Google Play Edition gives you HTC's outstanding hardware with near-stock Google Android software. So what's it actually like to use -- and is it the right phone for you?

Hands on: The first things you notice about Samsung's Galaxy S5

Samsung's Galaxy S5 is one of the most heavily hyped phones of the year -- but marketing messages aside, what's it actually like to use? Here are the first things you notice when you pick up the device.

Samsung Galaxy S5 reviews -- everything you need to know now

Samsung fettles a successful recipe.

The S. Korean smartphone engine churns again, to bring us the Galaxy S5. Here's all you need to know in ITBW-roundup stylee. TL;DR: It's waterproof (ish), bigger (ish), faster, grippier, with an ecosystem-busting fingerprint sensor.

But is it any good? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pour cold water over it and find out.

Hands on: 6 interesting things about HTC's Sense 6 software

With the launch of the HTC One (M8), it's hard not to focus on hardware -- but the snazzy new phone also shows off some interesting changes to HTC's Sense software.

Hands on: The first things you notice about the new HTC One (M8)

The new HTC One (M8) looks great on paper -- but what's it actually like to use? Here are the first things you notice when you pick up the phone.

In depth: What Asus's $179 Chromebox is actually like to use

Asus's new Chromebox brings cloud-centric computing to the desktop in an affordable and upgradeable form. So what's the system actually like to use? 

Hands on: Getting to know Acer's $300 touchscreen Chromebook

Acer's C720P Chromebook brings touch functionality into a low-cost Chromebook -- but it comes with some significant caveats. Here's a hands-on look at what it's like to use.

Hands on: The first things you notice about the LG G Flex

Curved? Check. Bendable? Check. "Self-healing"? Yup. No question about it: The LG G Flex isn't your ordinary phone.

Hands on: What's different with the Moto G Google Play Edition?

Wondering how the Moto G Google Play Edition differs from the regular Moto G device? Here's a hands-on look at the newly Googley model.

Hands on: The first things you notice about Sony's Xperia Z1S

Sony's Xperia Z1S has high-end hardware in a distinctive waterproof design -- and it's coming soon to a store near you. Here are some initial impressions after a day with the device.

Hands on: What the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition is actually like to use

Stock Android software in a gorgeous plus-sized phone? Meet the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition -- an unusual device that tests just how big you're willing to go.

Hands on with the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition offers a pure Android experience in a striking 8-in. tablet. So what's it actually like to use?

Road test part III: Google+ Hangouts

Imagine going abroad and relying on Google+ Hangouts as your only technology for calling home. Would it work? I recently spent 10-days in the U.K. with a phone with no cell service, relying instead on a handful of mobile communication apps running over Wi-Fi, including Hangouts. Here’s how I fared.

Hands on: Meet Mugenizer N11, the wireless-charging power pack for Android

The Mugenizer N11 is an all-purpose wireless charger for your phone, working both as a pad on your desk and a power pack in your bag. So is it as good as it sounds?