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The magic inside your devices

Sometimes, it’s what’s inside that counts more than what we can see on the outside. That’s certainly the case with people, and increasingly, I think, it’s going to be the case with tech devices. …

Long Live the Mouse and Keyboard, a Great Way to Control Video Games

A year or so ago I moved my gaming PC away from the TV and upstairs to my desk. I got a monitor that’s better than that TV. So, I decided to start using a mouse and keyboard again. I’m not really to the point where I obsess over DPI or key resistance or anything like that. I’ve found a pretty standard setup, and I stick with it. It’s still been interesting returning to the mouse and keyboard fold after so many years away. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Editorial: The indefatigable PC

By all rights, it should be dead by now. I mean, really. A market based on a tech product that first came to market over 35 years go? And yet, here we stand in the waning days of October 2016…

Opinion: Can IT survive?

If you’ve ever worked at a business with at least 20 employees, you’ve undoubtedly run into “them”—the oft-dreaded, generally misunderstood, secretly sneered at (though sometimes revered) IT department. The goal of Information Technology (IT) professionals, of course, is to provide…

Service providers still act like utilities

If you ever want to enliven a cocktail party filled with executives from the telco or cable industry, just start talking about dumb pipes. As in, “your service doesn’t offer anything more than a simple connection from my devices to…

The Andromeda strain: A new Google OS?

Veteran fans of thriller author Michael Crichton may recall that his career kicked into high gear with the 1969 release of a novel entitled “The Andromeda Strain.” The book described the impact of a deadly microbe strain delivered to earth…

The utility of cloud computing

From a technology perspective, the idea of delivering computing services from the cloud has gone mainstream. Every day, it seems, we end up hearing about or interacting with a new service or app that gets its capabilities from the ephemeral…

No "one size fits all" solution: IoT strategies going vertical

A nearly existential search for meaning and direction is hitting the tech industry and its major players in a way that they’ve never truly experienced before. Why? It’s a combination of factors including market maturity, flattened growth in key categories,…

The state of the smart home

The promise was big, the hype was bigger, but the reality, well, let’s just say, not exactly earth-shattering. Several years after the concept of the smart home started making waves—the first Nest thermostat was introduced in October of 2011—the smart…

IoT in business environments faces challenges with scale

One of the core tenets of any business or technological initiative is, in order to achieve mainstream success and widespread adoption, the primary concept must be able to scale. Sure, it is a great proof-of-concept if you can effectively deploy…

The evolution of cloud computing

Servers are probably not near the top of your list for conversation topics nor are they something most people think about. But, it turns out there are some interesting changes happening in server design that will start to have a…

The biggest question for IoT: Who pays?

Talk to anyone with even a passing interest in the Internet of Things, and they’ll quickly tell you that the real value of an IoT deployment lies in the data that it generates and the insights that can be gleamed…

Learning about deep learning

The concept is certainly compelling. Having a machine capable of reacting to real-world visual, auditory or other type of data and then responding, in an intelligent way, has been the stuff of science fiction until very recently.

Enterprise IoT drives indirect savings

It was supposed to be about the money. Primarily saving it, but possibly even making some. In the real world, however, it turns out that process and innovation trump the dollar when it comes to the use of IoT-related technologies…

The Invisible Platform: Voice-based computing

Sometimes it’s the things hidden in plain sight that have the biggest impact in the long run. After an awkward start, the Echo has morphed into the new tech darling, receiving heaps of praise for its ability to easily and intuitively bring control to our digital devices and services.

What if Twitter died?

Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I had an interesting thought the other day. What if Twitter just didn’t exist anymore? Given all the recent troubles the company’s been going through, it’s no longer a completely unreasonable scenario. …

Smart home safety evolution: Physical to digital

One of the greatest yet most easily overlooked benefits of modern technology and modern science is the ability it gives us to both literally and metaphorically “see” things that were not visible or understood before. Unfortunately, when it comes to…

The promise and confusion of USB Type-C

I’ll admit it: this is not exactly the sexiest topic in the world. But when it comes to the practical, day-to-day existence with all of our modern devices, connectivity is an important story. And when you survey the landscape of…