Have some business travel planned? Get ready to put on a happy face, chat strangers up and expand your professional circle at the next conference or seminar. Here are some trusty iPhone apps to help you network.
Have you been considering adding some new programming skills to your toolbox, but you're not sure where to start? When it comes to what's hot for developers, CIO.com has you covered with which programming languages are in demand and where the development and programming jobs are.
These days everyone is trying to do more with less--and time is no exception. Learn how to squeeze the most out of your busy day using these time management and productivity apps for Apple's iOS devices.
Software developers are constantly learning new things, and should be updating their LinkedIn profile to reflect new experiences. The following examples of real LinkedIn profiles will help guide you on what to do (and not) when making over your qualifications and skills summary.
Exciting mobile apps such as Pandora, Yelp and Hailo along with features running on smartphones and tablets have disrupted entire industries. The old ways of serving customers and bridging supply and demand are being upended by the more efficient one-two punch of digital and mobile. Smart companies are joining the movement rather than resisting -- they're disrupting themselves!
Fast food restaurants want to use technology--theirs and yours--to create a highly intimate customer experience. Your personal device and the restaurant's own systems will exchange data, for your convenience and their profit. Fast food becomes not so much a destination, but a service that follows you from mealtime to mealtime.
In the demanding world of IT, it seems as if everyone's workload has increased, making productivity and time management critical workplace skills. Balancing it all can seem unmanageable, but help is at your fingertips--if you know where to look. These 11 Android apps will help you get the most out of your busy day.
From mini storage arrays to IP cameras to print servers, these 10 hardware devices will help you run your small business more efficiently whether you're in the office or hitting the road to close a deal.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is famous for his colorful quotes and keeping people guessing about what he might say next as he spreads the word about Windows 8, Surface devices and upgrades to a range of Microsoft servers. Given the great number of public speaking engagements he conducts every year, he expresses thoughts on a wide range of other topics, too. Here are some of his words lined up against those of some major historical figures who have opined on similar subjects. On each slide can you figure out which quote fell from Ballmer’s lips? Keep track and check your score at the end.
RELATED: The Windows 8 Quiz
Building on our general Windows 8 Quiz, here's a test of how well you have learned to get around in Microsoft's new operating system. Validate what you already know or use the quiz to learn new tips and tricks that will make climbing the learning curve for the platform less painful. Keep track of your answers and check your score at the end to see how well you did.
Interop Las Vegas 2012 unfurls at Mandalay Bay Convention Center May 6-10 with a lengthy history since it was first held in 1986 as a plug-fest to work out kinks implementing TCP/IP in commercial products. Here are a few interesting questions about the Interop show to test your knowledge of the people and technology around the show. Keep track of your score and see how well you rank at the end.
Few things have been more anticipated than the new iPad announced March 7 and that became available March 16, with speculation running wild about what the upgraded tablet would include among its new features. While plenty is new and innovative, that doesn’t include the name – new iPad – which shows a distinct minimalist bent on the part of Apple marketers. Test yourself on the new iPad essentials here with a brief quiz about the latest must-have tech device. Keep score and rate yourself at the end.
RELATED: 10 terrific apps for the new iPad
Tiles, touchscreens, Metro style – lots of buzzwords surround the Windows 8 operating system. With its promise to expand Microsoft’s influence on tablets and a user interface that mimics that of the well reviewed Windows Phone 7, the latest Windows version should draw a lot of consumer attention. Here is a brief quiz to test your knowledge about the new operating system. Keep track of your answers and at the end check how well you did.
As the world waits breathlessly for Apple’s March (?) release of iPad 3, here is a brief quiz about all things iPad from its design, to its features to its accessories. This device is definitely remarkable, dominating a tablet market that nevertheless remains flush with new competitors. Keep track of your score and find out at the end how you stack up in iPad knowledge.
Crowd loses control
Apple says it is suspending all iPhone 4S sales at its five retail stores in China after huge crowds waiting to enter one of them were determined to pose a safety risk to personnel. The abrupt cancellation prompted howls of protest, a melee and arrests, with one of those protesting producing a bag of eggs that were hurled against the store’s glass doors.
This year saw the rise of political hacktivism by the likes of Anonymous and LulzSec, the hacking of millions of emails, a shortage of hard drives and a big role for the Internet in uprisings across the world. Here’s a brief quiz of some of the events that shaped tech news in 2011. Keep track of your score and see how well you did at the end.
You can have your tacky Christmas sweaters. But here at Network World we’re all about celebrating things geeky and techie. Without further ado, a collection of some of the more fabulous ones found around the Web.
Compared with the first laptop I owned, which was new back in 2000, my Motorola Atrix 4G has twice the processor speed, twice the amount of RAM, and more storage space.
At the rate that advances in mobile devices are moving, maybe it's time to replace your aging laptop with something that isn't a laptop at all. Smartphones with laptop docks, and tablets with keyboard docks, provide much of the same functionality with less weight, more battery life, and more flexibility than many laptops offer. And although most of these devices don't run full-featured desktop office productivity suites, you have plenty of lightweight options for managing word processing documents, spreadsheets, and more--and even ways to control your work computer via VNC. Many of these devices aren’t meant to replace your PC completely, but they can replace a laptop when you’re traveling. Check out these laptop alternatives to see if you could work on the go with one.
Ubuntu 11.10's Unity interface now works on more hardware. We'd love it even more if Canonical came out with a comprehensive list of devices that Ubuntu is compatible with.
'Tis the Season to Give a Phone
This holiday season, all of the big phone makers are pushing hot new handsets, from the iPhone 4S with Siri to the first crop of solid Windows Phone "Mango" devices to the first generation of Ice Cream Sandwich-ready Android phones. Read on to learn more.
The guys at MajorGeeks have gotten into the holiday spirit by offering a collection of Windows 7 themes for download, explaining: “As you might be aware, MajorGeeks rarely posts themes because many third-party themes can be more trouble than they are worth. Not so with Microsoft themes. Downloading these official themes from Microsoft is just as safe and stable as the default themes included with Windows 7. So why not try one or two and let your PC spread some holiday cheer?”
This slideshow will let you breeze through the screen shots to see if anything rings your sleigh bells.
You might think Charlie Sheen is the most dangerous celebrity around, but no, McAfee says it’s actually a supermodel turned TV show star (based on the amount of malware that pops up when you search her name). But plenty of other celebrities also proved to be dangerous when technology was put at their disposal. Others, meanwhile, integrated technology with their creative sides to deliver new products and funny bits. Here’s a look back at the Best & Worst from 2011 (look even further back at 2010’s slideshow.)
This year was certainly one of the weirdest and wackiest in recent memory. We have everything from burning iPhones and secret spacecraft to orbiting space hotels and self-driving cars. The year is over but you can relive the best parts here!
And don't forget we put together a list of the weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories from the first part of the year. Read here.
Gifts for the Commute
Whether someone special in your life travels to work by train, bike, or automobile, here are 12 great gadget gifts that will help make their commute a little more enjoyable.
The release of the iPhone 4S brought the debut of Siri, a personal assistant tool which has quickly attained a pop-culture following. Programs that control the functions of a computer and can look up things for you on the Internet through voice commands have been around for a while. Apple pitches Siri as letting you do this in a more conversational way, and the program talks back to you at times with clever responses, especially to absurd questions.
But Android device owners already have had a number of voice-controlled personal assistants to choose from, and most are free. In fact, some of them were originally published prior to the iPhone 4S, while the others are obviously cashing in on the current popularity of Siri. Here are seven Android personal assistants that you can chat up to do your bidding.
Even if you have an enterprise-level Wi-Fi spectrum analyzer, like Wi-Spy or AirMagnet, free Wi-Fi tools can also come in handy. You might use them during the planning or installation stages of your wireless LAN, while troubleshooting, or when performing maintenance. They could even serve as your primarily tools in smaller and less-complex environments.
Here are several free programs you can use to do Wi-Fi stumbling and surveying on all the popular platforms—Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. You’ll be able see all the nearby wireless access points (APs) and their details, including channels, signal levels, and MAC address.
Design Mistakes From Around the Web
With Geocities gone and Adobe Flash dying, what will we make fun of in Web design now? Never fear: Many companies continue to employ Flash in annoying ways (restaurant menus, I'm looking at you); and though animated GIFs still terrorize some dark corners of the Web, visitor counters are being replaced at the top of the annoyance scale by ham-handed overuse of social widgets. Elsewhere, side-scrolling websites, text that matches the background color far too closely, and blog updates that consist of apologies for not updating remain prevalent. Put your speakers on mute -- because yes, some websites still automatically blare music -- break out the eye bleach and learn from the mistakes of others.
Tech in 2012
We're nearing the end of the year, so it's time to ask what wonders 2012 will bring. No, I'm not talking about the possible end of the world. I'm talking about tech wonders--products that many of us wish were here right now, such as Apple's (alleged) iPad 3 and iPhone 5, and Microsoft's tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system.
What are you anticipating in the new year? Here's what I'm looking forward to.
We at PCWorld's GeekTech blog cover lots of unique and clever gadgetry and geekery over the course of a year, and some of the items we see would make great gifts. Browse through this slideshow to get some unique gift ideas for the geeks you love--and maybe to add some entries to your own wish list.
The mobile technologies that came to the end of their road this year
This was the year that Apple would be taken down -- or so many pundits said a year ago as they anticipated a resurgent webOS backed by Hewlett-Packard, Research in Motion's plans for a BlackBerry tablet, Microsoft's plans for a revised Windows Phone OS, and of course Google's Android steamroller. It didn't quite work out that way. Apple's iOS 5 and iCloud gained fast adoption, as did its iPhone 4S, despite the widespread disappointment when the fiction of an iPhone 5 promulgated by some bloggers and analysts didn't come to pass. The iPad 2, in fact, showed there is no tablet market but simply an iPad market.
Still, although Android tablets largely failed to get traction, Android smartphones took off, surpassing iPhone sales by a wide margin. Meanwhile, Microsoft made a second attempt on Windows Phone smartphone OS that has garnered respect, and the company showed off its Windows 8 tablet OS that might give the iPad a real competitor in 2012. And Amazon.com's Kindle Fire, although limited in its capabilities, showed there could be a non-iPad market of some sort.
Of course, such hopes may or may not play out. We certainly saw in 2011 that many supposedly surefire winners flame out spectacularly on the race course or simply run out of gas. Join me for a tour of the road warrior roadkill. (And revisit last year's mobile roadkill in our slideshow.)