Microsoft Surface: Keyboard Is Key
The Surface succeeds where the iPad fails in one important area: Document production. The optional keyboard for the Surface has a touchpad for doing practical work, whereas the iPad is limited to Bluetooth keyboards that make you reach out and touch the screen too much. Too bad the Surface costs so much.
Evernote 5: Don't Rush To Upgrade
Evernote 5 for iPad and iPhone looks new but it isn't functionally better, except for one or two new features. Evernote should have spent its time overhauling the desktop version instead.
IT's Future: Less Building, More Bundling
With human resources, marketing and other departments going in different technological directions, IT's new mission is to tie all the company's services securely together.
Watch For Microsoft To Acquire Nokia, Nvidia
With Surface already out and a Windows Phone possibly on the way, it's clear that Microsoft means to become a big player in hardware -- but it will need to open up its checkbook.
Mobile Office: Partial Functionality Not Enough
The rumors are hot again that Microsoft will release an Office version for the iPad and iPhone, but all indications are that it will be little more than a document viewer, of which there are many already for iOS. Microsoft already has a far more capable Office Mobile for Surface, but even that is missing many important features, like editing Excel pivot tables and using Word revisions.
Low Smartphone Prices Hide Expensive Tradeoffs
The biggest phones of the year -- such as Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Nokia Lumia 920 and Google Nexus 4 -- are relatively cheap at $49 to $399. But what will you pay in contracts and even software?
Bad Idea: New Jersey Allows Email Vote
In order to reach out to voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy, the state of New Jersey will allow residents to vote by e-mail. The goal is laudable, but the means of achieving it is fraught with danger of facilitating voter fraud.
Imagine iPad, Mac Combined
Apple might publicly scoff at Windows 8's combination of the PC and tablet into one platform, but it has to be at least thinking about whether it could and should do the same. The best approach would be to add touch features to OS X so that eventually it could replace iOS.
Big Data Education: When Should It Start?
When elementary school students find data that interests them, they're ready to learn basic statistics concepts. The key: make data analysis relevant to young learners.
Crapware Lives On Windows 8
Windows 8 is a clean slate in many ways. But one scourge that is not gone is crapware, a.k.a. bloatware, junkware, trialware, and stupid games that drag down the performance and experience of so many Windows PCs. We asked Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Samsung and Lenovo what they preload on their Windows 8 systems. Some PCs are cleaner than others. The surprise? A Microsoft store might be the best place to buy.
6 Surprises About IT Hiring Plans
Mobile is a hot skill that might not get you hired. Check out this and other surprising glimpses from our newest IT staffing survey data.