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Samsung Gear Live vs. LG G Watch: A real-world evaluation
The LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live may look similar, but the first two Android Wear watches have some meaningful differences.

Android Wear deep-dive review: A smart start to smartwatch software
Google's Android Wear platform is an impressive first step toward making smartwatches people will actually want to buy. Here's an in-depth look at where the software shines -- and where it falls short.

Getting started with Microsoft Azure RemoteApp
There are several deployment choices, but none is overly complex to set up.

OnePlus One deep-dive review: Unbeatable value for Android geeks
With a starting price of just $299, the unlocked, Cyanogen-powered OnePlus One Android phone beats the bigger brands at their own game.

Galaxy Tab S: The screen's the thing with this iPad rival
Samsung's tablet lineup can feel a bit crowded--But the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 are among Samsung's best tablets yet.

Review: 3 note-taking gadgets keep you scribbling
Still like to take notes by hand? We examine three devices -- the Boogie Board Sync, the Jot Script and the Livescribe 3 Smartpen -- that, in different ways, add functionality to the old-fashioned act of writing.

Surface Pro 3 deep-dive review: Has Microsoft finally got it right?
Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 is supposed to work as both a tablet and a laptop. After working with it for a week, does our reviewer agree?

Samsung Chromebook 2 review: Compelling -- but not without compromise
Samsung's Chromebook 2 has a distinctive design and a roomy 1080p display, but it also has some meaningful drawbacks compared to other devices.

Tails 1.0: A bootable Linux distro that protects your privacy
Whatever your primary OS, Linux distro Tails 1.0 offers a plethora of security features to help you work online without worrying about privacy issues.

5 Twitter clients for Linux
Linux users who want to avoid browser-based Twitter apps can try out these five local clients -- including one that still uses a command-line interface.

How to save on mobile plans: Your guide to 16 no-contract carriers
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless are no longer the only mobile phone games in town -- there are some great no-contract alternatives out there. Here are 16 of them.

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. Outlook.com 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.


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Blogs

Moto 360 hands on: A closer look at the Wear watch worth waiting for

While other Android Wear watches feel like clunky screens strapped to your wrist, the Moto 360 feels like an elegant watch that also happens to do cool things. Here's a hands-on look.

Short takes: Native Union's Jump Drive provides lightweight portable power

The Native Union Jump Cable is small, nicely designed and a good way to keep your battery topped up when needed.

An interesting difference between the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

LG's G Watch and Samsung's Gear Live may look similar at a glance, but the longer you use the two Android Wear devices, the more differences you notice.

In depth: Getting to know the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

The first two Android Wear smartwatches are here! Time to go hands on after a full day with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.

In depth: What Android Wear is actually like to use

We've been hearing about Android Wear for months -- so what it's actually like to use? Here's a detailed hands-on look at Google's new smartwatch platform.

Hands on: Dell's Chromebook 11 deserves your attention

Dell's Chromebook 11 flew in under the radar, but it's officially earned my recommendation as the best all-around Chromebook you can buy without breaking the bank.

Quad HD vs. 1080p: A real-world display comparison

Does Quad HD really make a noticeable difference over 1080p? A real-world test between the LG G3 and HTC One (M8).

First look: Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet takes displays to a higher level

Samsung is  trying its best to become, if not the sole purveyor of Android devices, certainly the top source. With all the usual sound and fury, the company has announced its latest tablet: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, a new high-end device with sleek lines, an impressively light weight and a very bright, sharp screen.

Hands on: The first things you notice about the LG G3

LG's G3 packs plenty of impressive-sounding promises -- so what's the phone actually like to use? Here are the first things you notice when picking up the device.

Hands on: What the Moto E is actually like to use (and who should buy it)

Just when you thought unlocked smartphones couldn't get any cheaper, Motorola came along and -- oops! -- they did it again. Time to go hands on with the $129 Moto E.

Here's the deal with bloatware on Samsung's Chromebook 2

Yes, Samsung has preloaded some programs on its new Chromebook 2 -- but before you grab the nearest pitchfork, you may want to see what's actually going on.

Hands on: The first things you notice about Samsung's Chromebook 2

Samsung's follow-up to its popular 2012 Chromebook is finally almost ready to ship -- and that means it's time to go hands on with the hotly anticipated new laptop. Ready?

Acer's Iconia One 7 tablet: A reasonable experience for a reasonable price

While it's not the top of the tablet line, the Acer Iconia One 7 is a solid choice for users who want a good-enough device for Web surfing, social networking and the occasional video without breaking their budget.

10 enlightening things you learn as a professional smartphone reviewer

Some important lessons, like #1: "If you have an opinion that differs from a reader's perspective, you are clearly 'bias' and/or a shill."

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.