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10 Insane PC Case Mods

From some very talented people come these awesome and often weird PC case mods.

Top 12 Tech Knockoffs

Cheap knockoffs aren't limited to Ray-Bans and Rolexes. Read on for a look at an imitation iPad, a pirated Palm Pre, and more low-budget copies of popular tech products--often with features not found in the originals.

12 Types of Cell Phone Users That Drive Us Nuts

Maybe you've seen Bluetooth Johnson, the bathroom texter or Han Solo, a.k.a, the holster master, in action. But hopefully, you don't see any of these 12 annoying cell phone characters when you look in the mirror.

10 Ways Microsoft Tried and Failed to Rule Mobile

Take a tour through Microsoft's forgettable, regrettable mobile OS history.

25 Awesome Tech Products at DEMO

Internet TV, IT security, smartphone apps, cloud services and more on display at DEMO Spring 2010.

Smartphone Smackdown: HTC EVO 4G vs. Google Nexus One

Can HTC's WiMAX phone best Google's own Android handset?

AT&T's New Spring Smartphones

Looking to boost its device portfolio, AT&T has added several high-profile smartphones.

12 Types of Tech Zealots: How to Spot Them in the Wild

Maybe you know Apple fanboys, but can you tell an Oracle high flyer from a Salesforce.com disciple? An IBMer from an SAP enthusiast? Mix them up in a work or social setting and you could be conversation roadkill. Here's our highly unofficial guide.

19 Weird but Real Gadgets and Gizmos

Take a walk on tech's wild side with some of the strangest, most original, and most bizarre gadgets you've ever seen. We've got vacuums for your lawn, swimwear that can charge your iPod, and grenades that don't explode but still go boom.

Windows Phone 7: A Sneak Peek at the Apps

Windows Phone 7 Series won't be out until the end of the year -- meanwhile, whet your appetite with a look at some of the cool apps waiting in the wings.

Fanboys: A Field Guide

We've identified eight species of "fanboys" -- people who revere one tech platform above all others. Here's what makes them tick.

Open-Source Hardware Gadgets

The success of open-source software raises a tantalizing question: Could the same design philosophy work for tech gadgets?

10 Geeky Gadgets You're Embarrassed to Admit You Want

A celebration of the gadget geek in us all.

Fighting the Dark Side: Tech's Heroes and Villains

The hero and the villain. It's the age-old formula that pervades today's reality TV showdowns, the shenanigans of professional wrestling and cinematic classics like Star Wars. Tech is no different, with its passionate heroes who balance profit with innovation and social responsibility, and the money-mad, egomaniac villains who simply cannot be trusted. Here's a look at tech's good guys and bad guys.

Ten of the World's Strangest Social Networks

If you crave advice on sculpting the perfect mustache, revel in the dark and mysterious world of vampires or seek a divorce from your partner, yes, there's a social network for that. Here are 10 weird and truly niche social networking sites that strive to bring together some unusual birds of a feather.

Coolest Stuff from Cebit 2010

A roundup of the gadgets and cool technology that were on display at Cebit this year.

HP Adds Touch, Color to EliteBook, ProBook

The six new systems with their faster Intel i5 and i7 CPUs, touchscreens, and brushed aluminum cases are intended to lure businesses off Windows XP.

The Best of Google Buzz

People saying stupid things on the Internet is hardly news. Thanks to Google Buzz, however, we know exactly when -- and where -- it's happening.

10 Warning Signs Your IT Career Is in Trouble

Meetings with weasely consultants. Nicknames that would make teenage girls cringe. Learn about all the red flags that indicate your IT career will soon explode like a bad bottle of Mountain Dew.

Free BlackBerry Apps: Your Smartphone's 10 New Best Friends

CIO.com's BlackBerry-watcher Al Sacco offers up details--and download links--for ten of his favorite, free BlackBerry smartphone applications.

BlackBerry Travel Apps: 10 Must-Have Downloads

Before your next trip, check out 10 of the best travel-minded mobile applications for BlackBerry smartphones. CIO.com's road warrior Al Sacco shares details and download information.

7 Most Useful Firefox Add-Ons

These heavy-duty browser add-ons can replace desktop applications.

7 Android Devices That Aren't Phones

Android has become a popular choice for Internet entertainment devices and more.

RSA Conference Debuts New Security Gear

A range of vendors chose RSA Conference 2010 to unveil their latest products.

Top 10 RSA Conference Security Innovators

Here are the 10 RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox competitors for the title of most innovative security product likely to have a big impact.

The Best of Mobile World Congress 2010

MWC is the premier global event for the mobile phone industry. Here's the latest in mobile innovations, from Barcelona this week.

Macworld Expo 2010 Best of Show

The Macworld Editors scoured the show floor to find the 11 products worthy of Best of Show. Here's a list of the winners.

The 10 Coolest Experiments from Google Labs

When you've got thousands of the world's most brilliant engineers spending 20 percent of their time on whatever takes their fancy, cool software is the result.

Vancouver 2010: An Exclusive Tour of the Technology Operations Center

More than 100,000 hours of testing has been completed to ensure the technology that makes the Olympics tick will run without a bobble. Here's an inside look at this gold metal setup.

Six High-Tech Ways to Enjoy the 2010 Olympics

Faster, higher, techier: Geeky ways to enjoy the Winter Olympic games.

From Paper Tape to Data Sticks: The Evolution of Removable Storage

Over the years, people have tried to transfer information from one computer to another in a dizzying number of ways. Heres a look at some of the best, along with others that time forgot.

Google Buzz: A Visual Tour

Google Buzz is part Facebook and Twitter; allowing you to share links and images and keep your friends informed as to where you are and what you're doing.

Worst Cities to Work in IT: International Edition

You think you've got it bad working your IT job in Detroit, Anchorage or Cleveland? Check out our global list of the riskiest and most toxic work environments -- then count your blessings.

How to Make New Stuff From Your Piles of Obsolete Tech

A new book shows you how to make usable items from old PCs, cell phones, scanners, printers, and other dead tech gear.

Android Apps for Business Users

10 handy apps for Google Android phones that take the sting out of business travel and keep you productive on the road.

The Apple Tablet and 10 Other Overhyped Tech Products

With Apple's much-hyped tablet just released, here's a look at some products that got way more hype than they deserved.

Android Apps for Developers and IT Pros, at a Glance

A quick slideshow tour of Google Android apps that make a geek's life easier.

Apple's iPad: The Key Capabilities, at a Glance

It's not quite a netbook, it's not quite an iPod Touch -- Apple's new iPad is something else. Take a look at its key features and decide for yourself what it can be for you.

12 Years of Big-Time Apple Innovations

From the iMac to the anticipated Apple tablet, here are the biggest releases of the second Steve Jobs era.

10 Great iPhone Apps for Business Users, at a Glance

A look at some smart productivity apps for the world's smartest smartphone.

8 Gadgets That Will Be Huge in 2010

After everything we've seen, these are the tech products we believe will rack up big sales by next Christmas.

10 Top iPhone Apps for IT Pros

Want to prove that your iPhone is good for business? Here are 10 useful apps that can improve your IT operations.

Quiz: What Were the First Products from Today's Biggest Tech Companies?

Cisco, Microsoft, IBM: They all started somewhere, what were the first products out of their doors?

Five Ways Techies Can Stay Motivated This Year

Have you heard? Americans hate their jobs more than ever. But from movies to games to Steve Jobs, IT troops can find inspiration even in dark career times.

Microsoft's History with the Tablet PC

Microsoft Slate PC demonstration is just one in long line of tablet device tries.

Google Nexus One vs Apple iPhone 3GS

Smartphone showdown: How Google's offering compares to Apple's high-end iPhone.

Transformers Mouse and USB Drives

Toshiba plans to release Transformers accessories.

Hot Mobile Apps at CES Showdown

Dissecting the nine finalists from the Consumer Electronics Show Mobile Apps Showdown.

The Biggest Bummers of CES 2010

From the lack of recycling bins to news announcements that weren't really news, here's what missed the mark at this year's show.

CES Day Zero: The Laptop with Two Brains, AT&T Goes Android and More

The big show in Vegas hasn't even officially started yet, but we've already seen new tablets, innovative cameras, and a speaker built into a light bulb.

2010 Technology of the Year Winners

The InfoWorld Test Center picks the year's best hardware and software for business computing.

The State of IT Jobs: 2010

After a brutal year, what can tech pros do to make the most of their careers?

10 Start-Ups to Watch in 2010: A Product Roundup

See technology from some of IT's most promising start-ups.

Microsoft Rebels

Competition has caused these seven users to trade in their Microsoft wares for alternatives from other vendors.

Apple's Top 10 Biggest News Stories in 2009

When Apple's employees and its customers look back on 2009, will they see it as the best year ever, or one of the most controversial?

Seven Features in Windows 7 You Probably Don't Know About

From streaming Netflix movies in Windows Media Center to eye candy desktop Themes to a calculator that does a lot more than arithmetic, here's a slideshow of cool but unappreciated Windows 7 features.

End-of-the-Decade Technology Quiz

Test yourself on the biggest, best, wackiest tech events since the turn of the century.

The 10 Best Chrome Extensions for Work and Play

Some of these add-ons for Google's browser will boost productivity and some are just plain fun.

Steampunk Tech Mods: A 19th-Century Take on 21st-Century PCs and Gadgets

If Sherlock Holmes--or Jack the Ripper--had owned our technology, his equipment might have looked like this.

8 More PowerPoint Train Wrecks

We thought we had seen presentation disaster at its worst with the last set of PowerPoint slides. We were wrong. These train wrecks, captured in all their not-so-fiery infamy, show what truly terrible PPT slides can do to burn innocent audiences everywhere.

13 of Microsoft's Most Important Product Releases for 2009

Microsoft filled 2009 with product releases that include clients, servers, management tools, browsers, search engines, Web apps, mobile operating systems, media players and more. Plus one surprise release that stunned the industry.

2009's Most Awesome Android Apps

The apps that won big in this year's Android Developer.

What it Takes to Build the Ideal Android Smartbook

Google could pioneer a new approach to computing by combining these 10 technologies into a netbook.

Ye Olde Vintage Computer Gift Guide

Got a nostalgic geek on your holiday shopping list? Check out this list of classic PCs and other tech paraphernalia, many available for $10 or less.

Smartphone Stocking Stuffers: 15 Hot Accessories and Add-Ons

CIO.com's mobile guru Al Sacco scoured the Web for the best and most affordable stocking stuffers sure to bring joy to the hearts of smartphone-lovers this holiday season - iPhone, BlackBerry, Window Mobile, Palm and Android users alike. With our smartphone accessory gift guide, you can quickly please every handset hound on your list.

10 Totally Ridiculous Combo Gadgets

From a combo taser/MP3 player to a computer mouse/VoIP phone, these Frankengadgets never should have seen the light of day.

Top 10 Non-Tech Gadgets IT Pros Can't Live Without

IT professionals need a lot more than a computer and a smartphone to get their jobs done. Here are 10 mostly non-tech tools they can't function without.

2009's Top 10 Emerging Enterprise Technologies

Top picks for 2009's most significant up-and-coming technologies for business.

25 Tech Gift Ideas: Cool Yule Favorites

Holiday gift suggestions for the techie on your wish list.

2009 Geek Gadget Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for the techie in your life? Check out these top 10 picks.

Top IT Turkeys of 2009

What does Balloon Boy have in common with VMware's Scott Drummonds? Can the mouth of Kanye West compare to that of a former Cisco executive? Which IT companies' divorce is at least as messy as Jon and Kate's? These are the deep philosophical questions that this year's annual IT Turkeys list (in honor of Thanksgiving) aims to answer. So grab a metaphorical carving knife and click on.

Google Chrome OS: A Visual Tour

Expected in late 2010, this first look at the new OS for Web appliances exemplifies Google's simple cloud approach.

The 25 Funniest Vintage Tech Ads

My oh my, how things have changed. These 25 vintage tech ads are guaranteed to take you back - and, in most cases, remind you how truly terrible our tastes once were.

Best BlackBerry Apps of 2009

Rounding up the 16 finalists in the BlackBerry Developer Challenge.

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