Computerworld review News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:33 GMT 2014-04-23T21:24:33Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 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. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:30:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2014-04-17T10:30:00Z 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. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:39:00 GMT (Preston Gralla) 2014-04-10T13:39:00Z 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. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Preston Gralla) 2014-04-03T10:30:00Z 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. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:30:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2014-04-02T10:30:00Z 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. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:07:00 GMT (John Brandon) 2014-03-31T15:07:00Z 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. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Preston Gralla) 2014-03-21T10:30:00Z 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. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Michael deAgonia) 2014-03-14T10:30:00Z 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. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:00:00 GMT (Brian Nadel) 2014-03-12T13:00:00Z 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. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Brian Nadel) 2014-03-11T10:30:00Z 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. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-07T17:30:00Z 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. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:30:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2014-03-07T11:30:00Z 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. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Melissa J. Perenson) 2014-02-28T11:30:00Z 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. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Brian Nadel) 2014-02-21T11:30:00Z 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. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Lee Schlesinger) 2014-02-07T11:30:00Z 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? Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:30:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2014-02-04T11:30:00Z 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. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:47:00 GMT (Paul Mah) 2014-01-29T13:47:00Z 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. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Brian Nadel) 2014-01-28T11:30:00Z 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. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2014-01-14T11:00:00Z 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? Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:00:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2013-12-06T19:00:00Z 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. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:30:00 GMT (Melissa J. Perenson) 2013-12-03T11:30:00Z 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. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:25:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2013-11-22T18:25:00Z 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. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:50:00 GMT (Preston Gralla) 2013-11-20T19:50:00Z 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. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 19:00:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2013-11-18T19:00:00Z 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. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:30:00 GMT (Computerworld staff) 2013-11-15T11:30:00Z 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. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:26:00 GMT (Jason Snell) 2013-11-13T14:26:00Z 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. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:30:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2013-11-13T11:30:00Z 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? Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2013-11-11T20:30:00Z 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. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Rick Broida) 2013-10-31T10:00:00Z 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. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Martin Heller) 2013-10-29T10:00:00Z 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. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 11:01:00 GMT (Mike Elgan) 2013-10-26T11:01:00Z 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. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Brian Nadel) 2013-10-25T10:00:00Z 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. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:20:00 GMT (Preston Gralla) 2013-10-24T17:20:00Z 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? Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2013-10-23T10:00:00Z 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. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:59:00 GMT (Michael deAgonia) 2013-10-22T21:59:00Z 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. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2013-10-18T10:00:00Z 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. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2013-10-11T10:00:00Z 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. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:42:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2013-10-08T19:42:00Z 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. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:30:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2013-10-08T11:30:00Z 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&#39;s surveillance technologies, IT-related groups have said. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 17:45:00 GMT (Grant Gross) 2013-10-07T17:45:00Z 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? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-09-30T10:00:00Z 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. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:01:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2013-09-25T10:01:00Z 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? Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:00:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2013-09-18T10:00:00Z 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. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT (Rick Broida) 2013-09-13T14:00:00Z 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. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:00:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2013-08-20T16:00:00Z 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. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Brian Nadel) 2013-08-15T10:00:00Z 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. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Barbara Krasnoff) 2013-08-07T10:00:00Z 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. IDG Insider Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:20:00 GMT (Jonathan Hassell) 2013-08-05T10:20:00Z 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. <i>Insider (registration required)</i> IDG Insider Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Himanshu Arora) 2013-07-31T10:00:00Z 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? Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Rick Broida) 2013-07-27T10:00:00Z 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. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:02:00 GMT (Michael deAgonia) 2013-07-22T10:02:00Z