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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.

Rotten Apple: Apple's 12 Biggest Failures

Apple sets the standard - for both success and failure. Here's a look at 12 major screwups, some of which almost derailed the company.

Ten Great iPhone Hobby Apps

Grilling. Bird watching. Shopping. Whatever your downtime passion, there's an app for that. Here's a look at ten intriguing options to help you recharge.

11 Open Source Companies to Watch

Open source companies worth watching focus on cloud computing, security, collaboration and more.

Best and Worst of Exchange 2010

A feature by feature analysis of Microsoft's new email software.

The Definitive Android Smartphone Guide

The basic lowdown on Droids, Cliqs, Xperias, Moments and Heroes - broken down by price, carrier, processing speed and other features.

Windows 7 in Pictures: The Coolest New Hardware

Microsoft put eye-catching hardware on display at last week's Windows 7 launch event. From netbooks and ultrathins to standard-size laptops and All-in-One touchscreen PCs, here's a closer look at some of the shiniest new Windows 7 machines.

Tech Holiday Wish List: 10 Cool Gadgets We Really, Really Want

Colorful netbooks, personal TV systems, powerful digital cameras, and a potent Webcam: Our list is made, and we're checking it twice.

Evolution of the MP3 Player

Portable digital music players have evolved through the years, from hulking $800 devices to tiny $60 iPod Shuffles. Here's a look at how MP3 players have changed over the past decade.

Motorola Droid vs. Apple iPhone 3GS

Two hot smartphones side-by-side, Motorola Droid 3G and iPhone 3GS.

Secrets of Successful Data Centers

A look at what makes data centers successful.

Tech: 9 Things I Still Hate About You

Sure, we all claim to love technology. But there's just as much to loathe about the world of tech and techies - whether it's internal users suffering from PEBKAC, IT workers lost in their own acronym-filled worlds, Apple devotees, or early-adopter consumers who love themselves a little too much.

RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9700: Features at a Glance

The Bold 9700 is a more compact version of the 9000 model, with some interesting additions, like support for VoIP over Wi-Fi, that may have special appeal for business users. Here's an overview of the 9700 specifications, with some comparisons with the previous model.

The Top 7 Roadkill Victims on the Journey to Windows 7

Pay your respects to the technologies that pointed the way to innovation, only to be knocked out by competing follow-on Microsoft versions.

Cool Home Office Gear

Deck out your home office with some cool home office furniture and technology.

Smartphones of CTIA Fall 2009: 10 Groundbreaking Gadgets

The world's top handset makers showed off their latest and greatest at the recent International CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2009 show. Check out these 10 up-and-coming handsets from HTC, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, RIM and Palm.

10 Great Google Apps Add-Ons for the Enterprise

Apps to make Google's office wares more appealing for the enterprise.

Quiz: Separate Cyber Security Fact From Fiction

How well do you know the threats posed by cyber attacks?

7 Tools to Ease Your Windows 7 Rollout

These utilities will help you plan, ensure app compatibility and manage images.

Top 10 Open Source Apps for Mac OS X

Every Mac user should consider making these applications and utilities part of their standard toolkit.

The Web Browser Turns 15: A Look Back

A look back at 15 years of wars, lawsuits, and standards the Web browser has brought us.

The Mobile Phone: A History in Pictures

Take a stroll down memory lane and see the evolution of the mobile phone, from its humble beginnings with the Motorola DynaTAC in 1983 to the Apple iPhone 3GS in 2009!

Building the Ultimate Smartphone

What if you could combine the best parts of every smartphone on the market?

Good and Wicked Cool Mobile and Wireless Companies to Watch

From IT management services to Apple iPhone apps, mobile vendors are targeting enterprise users with some unique offerings.

Windows Mobile 6.5 Phone Gallery

Here is a closer look at some of Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 phones.

It Came From Outer Space: NASA Innovations in Our Lives

Since the 1960s, NASA and its many research partners have developed a variety of products designed to keep the space shuttle safe, its astronauts healthy and comfortable, and to explore the far-reaches of our solar system. The materials and technologies they developed have proven as valuable on earth as they did in space. Here are eight consumer products that are truly heaven sent.

8 Cool Phones You Can't Get Here (Yet)

The United States is rarely the first country to get the latest and coolest in mobile-phone technology. Here's a look at what we're missing stateside right now.

iPhone App Logos: 10 of the Best and Worst

Designing an iPhone app logo poses a big marketing challenge. The logo must be creative enough to stand out from the crowd in the App Store. Yet the logo has to clearly convey the function of the app on the iPhones diminutive app screen. It also has to tie into a brand's Web site and other marketing collateral. All this in a thumbnail's worth of space. Here's a look at some iPhone app logos that do the job well (and some that leave us wanting more than cute animals or screen clutter).

Cheap and Easy Ways to Use Your Gadgets on the Road

Travel can be stressful and expensive. Here are tips for keeping your gadgets charged and for saving money on smartphone bills while you're away from home - whether elsewhere in the United States or halfway around the world.

Cell Towers That Blend Vs. Those That Offend

Cell towers are everywhere, but some are more conspicuous than others.

Are Netbooks Ready for the Enterprise?

5 reasons to deploy netbooks; 5 reasons not to.

13 Hot Products from DEMOfall '09

New products that help you to store data, videoconference and even find true love.

Cubicles Gone Wild: 13 Wacky Workspaces

The office cubes you are about to see are definitely not what Herman Miller (the furniture company responsible for the modern day cubicle) had in mind. Every office has its colorful cube-dwellers, but these may make your office mates seem tame.

Separated at Birth: Tech Honchos and Their Famous Lookalikes

Tech titans are often one of a kind characters. But some Silicon Valley kingpins have virtual twins lurking in Hollywood and Washington, D.C. Who might play Marc Benioff or Carly Fiorina? Here's a look.

Best Smartphones for Under $100

No need to pay big bucks for a high-quality, full-featured smartphone. We've rounded up the best inexpensive models across the four major carriers. Whether you're a social networker, a business executive, or a multimedia addict, there's a wallet-friendly smartphone for you.

20 Goofy USB Gadgets & Gizmos You'll Love

We scoured the Web for the world's wackiest USB-powered gadgets to dress up and differentiate your desktop or cubicle - and

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entertain coworkers. These 20 gizmos, from cubicle stink-busters to toasters that print the morning news on your breakfast, could lower the stress quotient at even the highest-pressure offices.

Fashionable Laptop Bags Let You Geek Out in Style

As New York Fashion Week rolls around, we bring you the sexiest designer bags of the upcoming season. And some are practical, too.

Facebook Lite Gallery: Check Out the New Look

Facebook now offers a "lite" version for those with slow Internet access or who are simply tired of the clutter.

10 Cool Web Apps Developed in Two Days

Rails Rumble 2009 contest spawns social networking software, application testing tools and dinner-date making apps.

Laptop Sweet Spot: 12 Winners That Cost $650 or Less

Need more PC punch than a netbook but less than a top-of-the-line desktop replacement? Here's a clutch of laptops that will get the job done.

Apple's 'Rock and Roll' Music Event: New Product Gallery

The biggest surprise at Wednesday's Apple event was an appearance by Steve Jobs. Besides that, iPod fans were treated to new Nanos, iTunes 9, and lower prices.

The 11 Most Influential Microprocessors of All Time

From the brains of the Voyager space mission to the inspiration for modern CPUs, here are the chips that built our modern technological culture.

5 Lab Technologies That Could Reinvent Cell Phones

Academics are pushing the boundaries of cell phone technology beyond calling, messaging and Internet access.

Snow Leopard Versus Windows 7

Neither Windows 7 or Snow Leopard try to reinvent the wheel, but both pack notable new features, large and small.

Luxuries for Leaders: How IT Chiefs Reward Themselves

From simple pleasures to small luxuries, IT leaders find ways to reward themselves for their hard work.

10 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Google

You use Google's site every day, but how well do you know the company?

Essential (and Cool) Laptop Gear

Have a look at 14 of our favorite functional (and fun) notebook accessories, whether you and your laptop plan to hit the road or park in your home office.

Techies Turned Politicians

With former HP chief Carly Fiorina likely running for Senate, we ask: what other techies have launched political careers?

Information Technology: It's Not Just a Guy Thing

Nine women who found great careers in high tech.

Apple Disasters: A Look at the Products that Flopped

With the success of the iPod and iPhone, Apple has become celebrated for sleek devices that fly off the shelves. But deep in the annals of Apple history are a number of products that were commercial flops.

iPhones and iPods on the Job: Creative Uses

From artists to U.S. soldiers, more professionals than ever are using the iPhone and iPod Touch to get important jobs done. Here's a look at five ways the iPhone gets down to business on campus, on the battlefield, and beyond.

Top 10 Open Source Hall of Famers

Top picks for the most indispensable open source software of all time.

When Rogue IT Staffers Attack: 8 Organizations That Got Burned

Many call them rogue IT staffers, others might consider them IT heroes, and some are still innocent until proven guilty. But whatever the name or intention, these tech-savvy employees wreaked havoc at their organizations - and paid a price.

Penguins, Lizards and Apple's X Factor: How Famous OS Logos Got Started

Ronald McDonald and the NBC Peacock may get more TV air time, but today's operating systems have cool logos, too. Google, Apple, Microsoft and the Linux crowd crafted mascots ranging from cute lizards to circles of life. Here we look at the origins of the logos and look ahead to their future.

Top 10 Open Source Apps for Windows, at a Glance

Every Windows user should consider making these utilities part of their standard applications.

CEOs Still Getting Big Perks Despite Pay Backlash

Executive compensation is under fire, but CEOs are still enjoying perks such as company jets, personal security, financial planning advice and club memberships.

Cash for IT Clunkers?

If there was a program for outdated IT products, which IT clunkers would be the most popular trade-ins? Here are some nominations and trade-in suggestions.

Twitter Tips: Five Best Apps to Manage a Company Account

If your company has its own Twitter account, your team can manage it better using third-party apps. Here we highlight five of the best Twitter apps for handling multiple users, search, scheduling and tracking tweets and more.

20 Best BlackBerry, iPhone Apps for Summer Travel

Smartphones and summer vacation, like oil and water, simply don't mix? We beg to differ. Just because you employ your BlackBerry or iPhone for work, doesn't mean it can't play hard, as well. The following 20 applications, 10 for BlackBerry and 10 for iPhone, are guaranteed to enhance any getaway - and help you realize the full potential of your mobile device.

Top Tech Rollercoasters

These rip-roaring rides use the latest sensors, computers and networks to thrill and secure riders.

Mobile Security: How Gadgets Evolved

Still got an old HP or Compaq laying around? CSO Publisher (and packrat) Bob Bragdon does! Rummaging around Bragdon's attic (with some memory help from mobile office expert Catherine Roseberry) provides a look at how mobile device security has evolved.

16 Breakthrough Notebooks: A Look Back

From the first prototype portable computer in 1968 to the OLPC XO (an inspiration for netbooks) to the CrunchPad Web tablet of the near future, these 16 notebooks mark important stages in the progress of laptops.

Battered, Bashed and Beaten: Broken iPhones A-Go-Go

How much damage can an iPhone actually withstand? See for yourself, in these cringe-inducing images - ouch!

The Hardware Hall of Fame

From mainframes and minis to PCs and PDAs, our picks for the greatest, most enduring computer hardware of all time.

Executive Compensation: The 10 Highest-Paid Tech Chiefs of 2008

A look at the IT executives who are cashing the biggest paychecks and the reasons why these men (and one woman) earn what they do.

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