Stories by Edward N. Albro

  • Windows 8 survey: Half who have tried the OS wouldn't recommend It

    People who have installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview praise its speed and the changes to Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer, but most readers who answered a PCWorld survey aren't satisfied with the new Metro interface--and half indicate that they would be unlikely to recommend the new operating system to a friend.

  • How to upgrade to Windows 8 Consumer Preview: an upgrade diary

    Whenever a new version of Windows comes out, I'm always ambivalent. The idea of a new OS with cool, new features sounds great. Going through the long, sometimes mystifying upgrade process doesn't. But the Windows 8 Consumer Preview seemed so compelling that I threw caution to the wind and put it on an older Dell desktop I use at work.

  • Want Siri on your Android phone? Try these apps

    Wouldn't you like to have your very own gofer dedicated to doing all the menial tasks you hate? That's a big part of the appeal of the iPhone 4S: Siri, the voice-driven virtual assistant, turns anyone with a couple hundred bucks into a CEO attended by a full-time lackey. But can you get the same kind of slavish devotion from an Android phone?

  • Will the iPad be as unbeatable as the iPod?

    When Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPad, many observers (including me) called it a big iPod Touch. We were talking about the similarities in design and functionality. But as time has gone on, I've started to think the iPad and the iPod may share another trait: Invincibility.

  • Google management shuffle: Right move, wrong guy?

    Today's announcement that Google co-founder Larry Page would replace Eric Schmidt as the company's CEO was a surprise, but maybe it shouldn't have been. While the company's earnings are still stellar, Schmidt has made a series of embarrassing statements and the company has had some very public failures.

  • Google CR-48: Unboxed and started up

    The CR-48 has landed! This morning, we received one of Google's first Chrome OS-powered laptops. As you'll see in our video, the CR-48 looks a lot like an old black Apple MacBook that's trying to sneak past customs -- it's all flat black with no stickers or even product logos anywhere to draw attention.

  • First Windows Phone 7 Apps mimic the OS

    Much of the success of any mobile operating system comes down to one thing: It's the apps, stupid. The first crop of Windows Phone 7 apps mirror some of the strengths and weaknesses of the OS itself. They have an uncluttered and visually interesting design, but they can sometimes be a hassle to navigate.

  • CES - Wi-Fi maturing as other networking options emerge

    After a rocky start, the latest flavor of wi-fi, 802.11n, should come into its own this year, with prices for new equipment coming down significantly and lots of options for sale to add 802.11n technology without getting rid of your older gear. And networks will start to move from the crowded 2.4 GHz spectrum to the 5 GHz spectrum, where there's less danger of interference.

  • New network technologies vie to carry video

    As devices that record TV -- from TiVo to Windows Media Center PCs to other PCs with video-recording software -- become more prevalent, the question of how to distribute all that video throughout the house looms for networking experts.