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  • Nick McMenemy: More channel consolidation to follow in 2015

    By Allan Swann | 13 January, 2015 12:40

    Westcon Australia director of vendor alliances, Nick McMemeny, wrapped up his tenure on December 31, 2014, and took the time to chat with ARN about his predictions for 2015.

  • ARN Hall of Fame profile: Kate Burleigh

    By Jennifer O'Brien | 04 December, 2014 15:15

    2014 Hall of Fame inductee, Kate Burleigh, talks openly about the journey to the top and her leadership style.

  • OpenDaylight Executive Director spells out where this open source SDN efforts stands

    By John Dix | 16 September, 2014 03:57

    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is the public face of the Software Defined Networking movement, spelling out requirements and defining standards. The group's board includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs on the data center side, and Verizon, Deutsche Telekom and NTT Communications on the service provider side. Additionally, there are close to 150 members, from global telcos to startups. To get a sense of where the movement stands, Network World Editor in Chief John Dix tracked down ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt, who spent 20 years developing network architecture, technology, standards, and products at IBM Networking Systems, Hewlett Packard and Bay Networks.

  • Cisco describes its SDN vision: A Q&A with Soni Jiandani

    By John Dix | 24 July, 2014 00:10

    Soni Jiandani is one of Cisco's serial entrepreneurs, having been a key member of the teams that developed everything from the Nexus 5000 to Cisco's Unified Computing System (which in five years has leapt to the top of the x86 blade server market in North America, according to IDC). Today Jiandani is Senior Vice President of Cisco's Insieme business unit, the group pushing the company's Software Defined Networking vision. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught with Jiandani to get her take on how SDN plays out.

  • Q&A: 3D gun maker Cody Wilson defends freedom to print guns

    By Lucas Mearian | 03 June, 2014 07:42

    Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, contests claims his 3D printed gun isn't safe and will try to continue to make 3D gun plans available.

Opinions
  • Why I'm still excited about Google Glass

    By Mike Elgan | 20 January, 2015 06:48

    I love covering Google, because the company is unpredictable. They believe in crazy moon-shot projects and have the resources to pursue them. And they put stuff into the public eye way, way before it's ready for prime time.

  • Chromebooks spank Windows

    By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 17 January, 2015 06:36

    Last summer Microsoft talked its partners into trying to stop the growing popularity of Chromebooks in its tracks by making a big push during the holiday season. While full retail results won't be in for a while, we do know the laptop sales results from the most important retailer of them all, Amazon. Guess what. With that retailer at least, Microsoft and its buddies failed. Miserably.

  • How the MacBook Air could change everything (again)

    By Michael Simon | 15 January, 2015 02:44

    Last week, while the rest of his peers were knee-deep in selfie drones, wearables, and smart washers, Mark Gurman of 9to5mac published a scoop that trumped anything to come out of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Apple intended to release a 12-inch MacBook Air sometime in 2015. Ho-hum, right? Maybe not. It's not just that he reported about an unreleased Apple product that no one had an inkling of (though that surely helped). Gurman's report garnered so much attention because it described a laptop so intriguing it was practically unbelievable: a MacBook Air so thin and light that it had only two ports, and neither of them were dedicated to supplying power.

  • The best PCs of 2015 will be superlight, pen-friendly and Broadwell-based

    By Gordon Mah Ung | 15 January, 2015 02:14

    The Consumer Electronics Show is great for one thing: spotting PC technology trends. Out of hundreds of systems we saw, three clear trend lines emerged that we think will hold through the year.

  • Same-day delivery's big chance

    By Evan Schuman | 07 January, 2015 01:31

    Stats about online retailers' holiday performance poured into my inbox as the year ended, but one in particular really caught my eye. Amazon noted that its final Christmas Prime Now (same-day delivery) order was placed on Dec. 24 at 10:24 p.m. -- and was delivered 42 minutes later, at 11:06 p.m.

Reviews
  • Dell Venue 8 7000 review: A distinctive and premium Android tablet

    By JR Raphael | 23 January, 2015 04:53

    Android tablets are a dime a dozen these days. Look in any electronics store and you'll see a sea of virtually indistinguishable slates, few of which manage to stand out.

  • LulzBot Mini 3D printer delivers outstanding details

    By Lucas Mearian | 15 January, 2015 08:16

    There are about a dozen metrics by which I judge 3D printers when testing them, including speed, noise and the materials with which they can print.

  • Review: Apple's new 5K iMac -- powerful, pixel-ful and pricey

    By Michael deAgonia | 17 December, 2014 02:37

    There are 14.7 million reasons to want Apple's latest iMac -- the 14.7 million pixels that make up its stunning 27-in. 5K Retina display. At $2,499, the new iMac isn't cheap, but its screen makes this desktop a great value -- if you can afford it.

  • Review: 6 business-class Chromebooks test their mettle

    By Woody Leonhard | 11 December, 2014 03:17

    I've spent the last three weeks taking six business-oriented Chromebooks through their paces. I started out as a skeptical Windows-rules-them-all kind of guy: I've been using Windows since the early days, and I've rarely strayed from the ghosts of my Windows masters. By the end of my Chromebook experiment, however, my old biases were shaken.

  • Microsoft Word for iOS review: This classic word processor shines on every device

    By Jeffery Battersby | 09 December, 2014 01:32

    A few months back, when Microsoft first released Word for iPad, there were wildly varying responses, from, "Who cares and who uses Word any more?" to "I've been waiting forever for this!" to "Wait, what? I have to pay to use this app?" But, no matter what camp you were in, there was one reality: Word for iPad was (and is) an excellent iOS word processor--an Office app for your iOS device that offers substantial document creation and editing tools, with an interface that's clutter-free, so creating and editing documents on your iPad is a cinch.

 

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