10 Insane PC Case Mods\nFrom some very talented people come these awesome and often weird PC case mods.\n\nTop 12 Tech Knockoffs\nCheap 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.\n\n12 Types of Cell Phone Users That Drive Us Nuts\nMaybe 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.\n\n10 Ways Microsoft Tried and Failed to Rule Mobile\nTake a tour through Microsoft's forgettable, regrettable mobile OS history. \n\n25 Awesome Tech Products at DEMO\nInternet TV, IT security, smartphone apps, cloud services and more on display at DEMO Spring 2010.\n\nSmartphone Smackdown: HTC EVO 4G vs. Google Nexus One\nCan HTC's WiMAX phone best Google's own Android handset? \n\nAT&T's New Spring Smartphones\nLooking to boost its device portfolio, AT&T has added several high-profile smartphones.\n\n12 Types of Tech Zealots: How to Spot Them in the Wild\nMaybe 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.\n\n19 Weird but Real Gadgets and Gizmos\nTake 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. \n\nWindows Phone 7: A Sneak Peek at the Apps\nWindows 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.\n\nFanboys: A Field Guide\nWe've identified eight species of "fanboys" -- people who revere one tech platform above all others. Here's what makes them tick.\n\nOpen-Source Hardware Gadgets\nThe success of open-source software raises a tantalizing question: Could the same design philosophy work for tech gadgets?\n\n10 Geeky Gadgets You're Embarrassed to Admit You Want\nA celebration of the gadget geek in us all. \n\nFighting the Dark Side: Tech's Heroes and Villains\nThe 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.\n\nTen of the World's Strangest Social Networks\nIf 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.\n\nCoolest Stuff from Cebit 2010\nA roundup of the gadgets and cool technology that were on display at Cebit this year.\n\nHP Adds Touch, Color to EliteBook, ProBook\nThe six new systems with their faster Intel i5 and i7 CPUs, touchscreens, and brushed aluminum cases are intended to lure businesses off Windows XP.\n\nThe Best of Google Buzz\nPeople saying stupid things on the Internet is hardly news. Thanks to Google Buzz, however, we know exactly when -- and where -- it's happening.\n\n10 Warning Signs Your IT Career Is in Trouble\nMeetings 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.\n\nFree BlackBerry Apps: Your Smartphone's 10 New Best Friends\nCIO.com's BlackBerry-watcher Al Sacco offers up details--and download links--for ten of his favorite, free BlackBerry smartphone applications. \n\nBlackBerry Travel Apps: 10 Must-Have Downloads\nBefore 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. \n\n7 Most Useful Firefox Add-Ons\nThese heavy-duty browser add-ons can replace desktop applications.\n\n7 Android Devices That Aren't Phones\nAndroid has become a popular choice for Internet entertainment devices and more.\n\nRSA Conference Debuts New Security Gear\nA range of vendors chose RSA Conference 2010 to unveil their latest products.\n\nTop 10 RSA Conference Security Innovators\nHere are the 10 RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox competitors for the title of most innovative security product likely to have a big impact.\n\nThe Best of Mobile World Congress 2010\nMWC is the premier global event for the mobile phone industry. Here's the latest in mobile innovations, from Barcelona this week.\n\nMacworld Expo 2010 Best of Show\nThe Macworld Editors scoured the show floor to find the 11 products worthy of Best of Show. Here's a list of the winners.\n\nThe 10 Coolest Experiments from Google Labs\nWhen 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.\n\nVancouver 2010: An Exclusive Tour of the Technology Operations Center\nMore 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.\n\nSix High-Tech Ways to Enjoy the 2010 Olympics\nFaster, higher, techier: Geeky ways to enjoy the Winter Olympic games.\n\nFrom Paper Tape to Data Sticks: The Evolution of Removable Storage\nOver 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.\n\nGoogle Buzz: A Visual Tour\nGoogle 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. \n\nWorst Cities to Work in IT: International Edition\nYou 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.\n\nHow to Make New Stuff From Your Piles of Obsolete Tech\nA new book shows you how to make usable items from old PCs, cell phones, scanners, printers, and other dead tech gear.\n\nAndroid Apps for Business Users\n10 handy apps for Google Android phones that take the sting out of business travel and keep you productive on the road.\n\nThe Apple Tablet and 10 Other Overhyped Tech Products\nWith Apple's much-hyped tablet just released, here's a look at some products that got way more hype than they deserved.\n\nAndroid Apps for Developers and IT Pros, at a Glance\nA quick slideshow tour of Google Android apps that make a geek's life easier.\n\nApple's iPad: The Key Capabilities, at a Glance\nIt'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.\n\n12 Years of Big-Time Apple Innovations\nFrom the iMac to the anticipated Apple tablet, here are the biggest releases of the second Steve Jobs era.\n\n10 Great iPhone Apps for Business Users, at a Glance\nA look at some smart productivity apps for the world's smartest smartphone.\n\n8 Gadgets That Will Be Huge in 2010\nAfter everything we've seen, these are the tech products we believe will rack up big sales by next Christmas.\n\n10 Top iPhone Apps for IT Pros\nWant to prove that your iPhone is good for business? Here are 10 useful apps that can improve your IT operations. \n\nQuiz: What Were the First Products from Today's Biggest Tech Companies?\nCisco, Microsoft, IBM: They all started somewhere, what were the first products out of their doors?\n\nFive Ways Techies Can Stay Motivated This Year\nHave 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.\n\nMicrosoft's History with the Tablet PC\nMicrosoft Slate PC demonstration is just one in long line of tablet device tries.\n\nGoogle Nexus One vs Apple iPhone 3GS\nSmartphone showdown: How Google's offering compares to Apple's high-end iPhone. \n\nTransformers Mouse and USB Drives\nToshiba plans to release Transformers accessories.\n\nHot Mobile Apps at CES Showdown\nDissecting the nine finalists from the Consumer Electronics Show Mobile Apps Showdown.\n\nThe Biggest Bummers of CES 2010\nFrom the lack of recycling bins to news announcements that weren't really news, here's what missed the mark at this year's show.\n\nCES Day Zero: The Laptop with Two Brains, AT&T Goes Android and More\nThe 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.\n\n2010 Technology of the Year Winners\nThe InfoWorld Test Center picks the year's best hardware and software for business computing.\n\nThe State of IT Jobs: 2010\nAfter a brutal year, what can tech pros do to make the most of their careers?\n\n10 Start-Ups to Watch in 2010: A Product Roundup\nSee technology from some of IT's most promising start-ups.\n\nMicrosoft Rebels\nCompetition has caused these seven users to trade in their Microsoft wares for alternatives from other vendors.\n\nApple's Top 10 Biggest News Stories in 2009\nWhen 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?\n\nSeven Features in Windows 7 You Probably Don't Know About\nFrom 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.\n\nEnd-of-the-Decade Technology Quiz\nTest yourself on the biggest, best, wackiest tech events since the turn of the century.\n\nThe 10 Best Chrome Extensions for Work and Play\nSome of these add-ons for Google's browser will boost productivity and some are just plain fun.\n\n\nSteampunk Tech Mods: A 19th-Century Take on 21st-Century PCs and Gadgets\nIf Sherlock Holmes--or Jack the Ripper--had owned our technology, his equipment might have looked like this.\n\n8 More PowerPoint Train Wrecks\nWe 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.\n\n13 of Microsoft's Most Important Product Releases for 2009\nMicrosoft 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.\n\n2009's Most Awesome Android Apps\nThe apps that won big in this year's Android Developer. \n\nWhat it Takes to Build the Ideal Android Smartbook\nGoogle could pioneer a new approach to computing by combining these 10 technologies into a netbook.\n\nYe Olde Vintage Computer Gift Guide\nGot 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.\n\nSmartphone Stocking Stuffers: 15 Hot Accessories and Add-Ons\nCIO.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.\n\n10 Totally Ridiculous Combo Gadgets\nFrom a combo taser\/MP3 player to a computer mouse\/VoIP phone, these Frankengadgets never should have seen the light of day.\n\nTop 10 Non-Tech Gadgets IT Pros Can't Live Without\nIT 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. \n\n2009's Top 10 Emerging Enterprise Technologies\nTop picks for 2009's most significant up-and-coming technologies for business.\n\n25 Tech Gift Ideas: Cool Yule Favorites\nHoliday gift suggestions for the techie on your wish list.\n\n2009 Geek Gadget Gift Guide\nLooking for that perfect holiday gift for the techie in your life? Check out these top 10 picks.\n\nTop IT Turkeys of 2009\nWhat 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.\n\nGoogle Chrome OS: A Visual Tour\nExpected in late 2010, this first look at the new OS for Web appliances exemplifies Google's simple cloud approach.\n\nThe 25 Funniest Vintage Tech Ads\nMy 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. \n\nBest BlackBerry Apps of 2009\nRounding up the 16 finalists in the BlackBerry Developer Challenge. \n\nRotten Apple: Apple's 12 Biggest Failures\nApple sets the standard - for both success and failure. Here's a look at 12 major screwups, some of which almost derailed the company.\n\nTen Great iPhone Hobby Apps\nGrilling. 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. \n\n11 Open Source Companies to Watch\nOpen source companies worth watching focus on cloud computing, security, collaboration and more. \n\nBest and Worst of Exchange 2010\nA feature by feature analysis of Microsoft's new email software. \nThe Definitive Android Smartphone Guide\nThe basic lowdown on Droids, Cliqs, Xperias, Moments and Heroes - broken down by price, carrier, processing speed and other features.\n\nWindows 7 in Pictures: The Coolest New Hardware\nMicrosoft 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.\nTech Holiday Wish List: 10 Cool Gadgets We Really, Really Want\nColorful netbooks, personal TV systems, powerful digital cameras, and a potent Webcam: Our list is made, and we're checking it twice.\nEvolution of the MP3 Player\nPortable 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.\nMotorola Droid vs. Apple iPhone 3GS\nTwo hot smartphones side-by-side, Motorola Droid 3G and iPhone 3GS.\nSecrets of Successful Data Centers\nA look at what makes data centers successful.\n\nTech: 9 Things I Still Hate About You\nSure, 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.\n\nRIM's BlackBerry Bold 9700: Features at a Glance\nThe 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. \nThe Top 7 Roadkill Victims on the Journey to Windows 7\nPay your respects to the technologies that pointed the way to innovation, only to be knocked out by competing follow-on Microsoft versions.\n\nCool Home Office Gear\nDeck out your home office with some cool home office furniture and technology. \nSmartphones of CTIA Fall 2009: 10 Groundbreaking Gadgets\nThe 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.\n10 Great Google Apps Add-Ons for the Enterprise\nApps to make Google's office wares more appealing for the enterprise.\nQuiz: Separate Cyber Security Fact From Fiction\nHow well do you know the threats posed by cyber attacks? \n7 Tools to Ease Your Windows 7 Rollout\nThese utilities will help you plan, ensure app compatibility and manage images.\nTop 10 Open Source Apps for Mac OS X\nEvery Mac user should consider making these applications and utilities part of their standard toolkit.\nThe Web Browser Turns 15: A Look Back\nA look back at 15 years of wars, lawsuits, and standards the Web browser has brought us.\nThe Mobile Phone: A History in Pictures\nTake 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!\n\nBuilding the Ultimate Smartphone\nWhat if you could combine the best parts of every smartphone on the market?\nGood and Wicked Cool Mobile and Wireless Companies to Watch\nFrom IT management services to Apple iPhone apps, mobile vendors are targeting enterprise users with some unique offerings.\nWindows Mobile 6.5 Phone Gallery\nHere is a closer look at some of Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 phones. \n\nIt Came From Outer Space: NASA Innovations in Our Lives\nSince 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. \n\n8 Cool Phones You Can't Get Here (Yet)\nThe 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. \n\niPhone App Logos: 10 of the Best and Worst\nDesigning 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).\n\nCheap and Easy Ways to Use Your Gadgets on the Road\nTravel can be stressful and expensive. Here are tips for keeping your gadgets charged and for saving money on smartphone bills while you're away \n\nfrom home - whether elsewhere in the United States or halfway around the world. \n\nCell Towers That Blend Vs. Those That Offend\nCell towers are everywhere, but some are more conspicuous than others. \nAre Netbooks Ready for the Enterprise?\n5 reasons to deploy netbooks; 5 reasons not to. \n\n13 Hot Products from DEMOfall '09\nNew products that help you to store data, videoconference and even find true love.\n\nCubicles Gone Wild: 13 Wacky Workspaces\nThe 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.\nSeparated at Birth: Tech Honchos and Their Famous Lookalikes\nTech 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.\nBest Smartphones for Under $100\nNo need to pay big bucks for a high-quality, full-featured smartphone. We've rounded up the best inexpensive models across the four major \n\ncarriers. Whether you're a social networker, a business executive, or a multimedia addict, there's a wallet-friendly smartphone for you. \n20 Goofy USB Gadgets & Gizmos You'll Love\nWe scoured the Web for the world's wackiest USB-powered gadgets to dress up and differentiate your desktop or cubicle - and \n\nannoy entertain coworkers. These 20 gizmos, from cubicle stink-busters to toasters that print the morning news on your \n\nbreakfast, could lower the stress quotient at even the highest-pressure offices. \nFashionable Laptop Bags Let You Geek Out in Style\nAs New York Fashion Week rolls around, we bring you the sexiest designer bags of the upcoming season. And some are practical, too.\n\nFacebook Lite Gallery: Check Out the New Look\nFacebook now offers a "lite" version for those with slow Internet access or who are simply tired of the clutter.\n\n10 Cool Web Apps Developed in Two Days\nRails Rumble 2009 contest spawns social networking software, application testing tools and dinner-date making apps. \n\nLaptop Sweet Spot: 12 Winners That Cost $650 or Less\nNeed 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.\nApple's 'Rock and Roll' Music Event: New Product Gallery\nThe 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.\nThe 11 Most Influential Microprocessors of All Time\nFrom the brains of the Voyager space mission to the inspiration for modern CPUs, here are the chips that built our modern technological culture.\n5 Lab Technologies That Could Reinvent Cell Phones\nAcademics are pushing the boundaries of cell phone technology beyond calling, messaging and Internet access. \nSnow Leopard Versus Windows 7\nNeither Windows 7 or Snow Leopard try to reinvent the wheel, but both pack notable new features, large and small.\nLuxuries for Leaders: How IT Chiefs Reward Themselves\nFrom simple pleasures to small luxuries, IT leaders find ways to reward themselves for their hard work.\n10 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Google\nYou use Google's site every day, but how well do you know the company?\nEssential (and Cool) Laptop Gear\nHave 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 \n\nhome office.\nTechies Turned Politicians\nWith former HP chief Carly Fiorina likely running for Senate, we ask: what other techies have launched political careers? \nInformation Technology: It's Not Just a Guy Thing\nNine women who found great careers in high tech.\nApple Disasters: A Look at the Products that Flopped\nWith 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. \niPhones and iPods on the Job: Creative Uses\nFrom 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.\nTop 10 Open Source Hall of Famers\nTop picks for the most indispensable open source software of all time.\nWhen Rogue IT Staffers Attack: 8 Organizations That Got Burned\nMany 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.\nPenguins, Lizards and Apple's X Factor: How Famous OS Logos Got Started\nRonald 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. \nTop 10 Open Source Apps for Windows, at a Glance\nEvery Windows user should consider making these utilities part of their standard applications.\nCEOs Still Getting Big Perks Despite Pay Backlash\nExecutive compensation is under fire, but CEOs are still enjoying perks such as company jets, personal security, financial planning advice and club memberships. \nCash for IT Clunkers?\nIf 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.\nTwitter Tips: Five Best Apps to Manage a Company Account\nIf 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.\n20 Best BlackBerry, iPhone Apps for Summer Travel\nSmartphones 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. \nTop Tech Rollercoasters\nThese rip-roaring rides use the latest sensors, computers and networks to thrill and secure riders.\nMobile Security: How Gadgets Evolved\nStill 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.\n16 Breakthrough Notebooks: A Look Back\nFrom 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.\nBattered, Bashed and Beaten: Broken iPhones A-Go-Go\nHow much damage can an iPhone actually withstand? See for yourself, in these cringe-inducing images - ouch!\nThe Hardware Hall of Fame\nFrom mainframes and minis to PCs and PDAs, our picks for the greatest, most enduring computer hardware of all time. \nExecutive Compensation: The 10 Highest-Paid Tech Chiefs of 2008\nA look at the IT executives who are cashing the biggest paychecks and the reasons why these men (and one woman) earn what they do. \n11 Security Companies to Watch\nIn spite of the headwinds from a stormy economy, these start-up companies are down the runway and taking off with innovative products and services for IT \n\nsecurity. On their radar can be found a focus on botnet and malware detection as well as mobile and virtualization security. \nIn Pictures: Sony's New Vaio W Netbook\nSony is the latest computer maker to enter the netbook market. Here's what you can expect from the new Vaio W netbook, coming next month.\nFrom Palm Pilot to Palm Pre: A Brief History of Palm's Handhelds\nWill the Palm Pre be the last in a storied line of products, or will it mark the beginning of a new era for the once and former Palm, Inc.?\nMobile Deathmatch: Palm Pre vs. iPhone, side by side\nWhich mobile device can do the most for you? See what each can do - or not - in this comparison.\nMobile Deathmatch: BlackBerry vs. iPhone, Side by Side\nHow much more than a phone can these devices be? See what each can do - or not - in this comparison.\nInside the Posh Pads of Tech's Elite\nSuper-wired, super-plush and, of course, super-expensive: Check out the homes of Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff and their tech titan peers. Bernie Madoff's now-seized cribs had little on these palaces on land and sea when it comes to luxury.\nThe Worst U.S. Cities to Work in IT\nIT workers have their choice of many great U.S. cities for work and play (Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle), but what are the cities that you probably should avoid? Here's a very unscientific, highly subjective and unapologetically snarky list of our least favorite U.S. tech job locales.\nWindows 7 in Pictures: 10 Cool Desktop Features\nIn anticipation of Windows 7 being released into the wild on Oct. 22, here is an up-to-date pictorial guide to the most compelling navigation and networking features of the OS.\nThe Best and Worst of BlackBerry App World\nWe strolled through the virtual aisles of Research in Motion's fledging application marketplace and found five great titles - and as many clunkers.\nDesktops of the Future: Say Goodbye to the Tower\nA look at some of the slickest, sleekest, most stylish desktops of the future that are currently available.\nWorld's Most Outrageous PC Cases\nWe have PCs packed into pianos, barbecue grills, gas pumps, and whisky bottles - and that doesn't even scratch the surface. Check out these 20 wild, working pieces of PC art.\nForget iPhone 3G S: Eight Great New iPhone Alternatives\nApple unveiled its latest smartphone offerings this week, in the form of two new devices: the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3G S. That's all fine and good for Apple fanatics; you can have your spiffed up iPhones. Here are eight more devices we like just as much - or more - than Cupertino's new mobile wares.\n9 Management Apps That Won't Bust Your Budget\nOpen source world delivers enterprise capabilities at a price that's hard to resist.\n10 Apple Trivia Questions\nThink you know Apple? Take our Apple trivia quiz to find out how much you really know.\nTwo Turntables and a MacBook: IT Geeks Get Their Groove On\nBy day, they work in IT- designing and developing software, building microchips, setting up servers and performing QA. But when the work day is done, these five techies hit the 1s and 2s (turntables), beat-matching, mixing and scratching, spinning tunes that will make you wanna groove.\nThe World's Weirdest Mice\nA mouse is such a simple device that not even the worst inventor could screw it up, right? Wrong! We'll give you 13 examples.\n5 Tools to Prevent Energy Waste in the Data Center\nData centers are filled with power-hungry racks of storage and servers, but many products and services are capable of reducing the power usage of existing IT equipment. The five tools highlighted here will help data centers stop wasting energy.\n15 Nifty BlackBerry Apps for IT Pros\nThe BlackBerry App World store, which can be downloaded for free onto your BlackBerry, offers hundreds of applications for social networking, productivity, reference, entertainment, personal finance and more. For both work and play, these 15 BlackBerry apps will help a busy IT pro get through the week.\nWhere the IT Jobs Are: 10 American Cities\nNew York City and Washington, D.C. are among the areas having the most IT jobs available. Check out the list cities looking for IT professionals along with a few reasons why IT pros might want to search for work there.\nCoolest Robots of 2009\nThe latest wave of robot technology can enrich and save lives. Some of the coolest robots highlighted here perform a variety of duties in the healthcare and military fields.\nDeath of the Mouse\nNew touchscreen and voice recognition technologies could make the mouse obsolete. Here are some products that don't require pointing and clicking. 10 Hot Netbooks - From Pricey to Dirt CheapWhy are so many people buying netbooks? Well, they're light as a feather and fulfill all the basic computing needs. But it's the killer price that seals the deal for many. Here we highlight top-selling netbooks, from the (relatively) high end to the under-$300 range.\n\n10 Most Anticipated Ultraportables and Netbooks of 2009Thinking of buying an ultraportable laptop or a netbook soon? Check out this top 10 list of upcoming portables before you open your wallet.\n\nThe Triumph of the Geek: The Evolution of Tech-Obsessed Nerds Through Time\n"I am a geek" hasn't always been something to proclaim proudly. No matter: Thanks to smartphones, Facebook and other must-have tech, we reign supreme today.\nSmartphones of CTIA '09: The 10 Hottest Handhelds\nThe world's foremost handset manufacturers showed off their latest and greatest wares last week at the international CTIA Wireless 2009 event in Las Vegas. CIO.com hit the show floor hard to bring you images and details on the hottest new and upcoming smartphones that may earn a home in your pocket. 14 Weird and Wacky Keyboards\nKeyboards without keys, keyboards with mirrors, or keyboards for just one hand: Get ready for some wacky input devices. 15 Must-See Sights in Google Earth\nFrom desert artwork that covers 62 miles, to a family of elephants, to the Firefox logo, Google Earth gives armchair explorers exciting images galore. \nLaptop Wars: The MacBook Air vs. Dell Adamo\nYou know all about the on-again, off-again PC-Mac turf war, of course. Which is better? One thing we can tell you is that PC makers sure are taking note of Apple's awesome design work. And that's the setup for the welterweight matchup we have going on today. \n\nRobots: The Good, the Rad and the Plain Ol' Scary\nToday's robots have not reached the level of self-awareness or service that robots in sci-fi staples such as Star Wars, A.I. and Wall-E demonstrated. Still, what they can do will either have you marveling at technology or fearing for your future as the dominant species.\n \n\nCEO Pay: Big Bucks for Tech's Chief Executives\nOracle CEO Larry Ellison's pay package grew 38% in 2008, while HP CEO Mark Hurd's climbed 31%. Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha was granted $103 million in stock and option awardsbut like many CEOs' long-term equity incentives, they're underwater now. Read on to find out more about the salaries, bonus, stock awards and perks that tech CEOs took home in 2008. Our talliesarranged from lowest to highest paid CEOare based on data included in public companies' proxy statements (DEF 14A form), as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. \n\nBlackBerry Bling: The Hottest - and Priciest - Pimped-Out BlackBerrys\nFor the CrackBerry addict who has it all: These 10 BlackBerry smartphones and related accessories will break the banksome cost tens of thousands of dollars! But if only the best will do, check out these swanky handhelds and accessories, from diamond-studded cases to custom BlackBerry purses in python. \n8 PowerPoint Train Wrecks\n\nIn the "so bad it's good" category, we honor eight PowerPoint slides that will make you say, "Holy $#@%, What were they thinking?" \n10 Movies That Predicted Future Tech (or At Least Came Close)\nWith movies ranging from Tron to The Truman Show, we highlight flicks that foretold today's technology trends. \nIndulge Yourself: Laptops of Luxury\n10 Mac and PC laptops that are among the world's most luxurious. \n9 Cutting-Edge Car Technologies\n\nTechnology that keeps drivers awake, monitors teenage driving habits, and creates truly mobile offices. Here are nine automobile technologies that have us reaching for our wallet (or wishing we had more in it). Fitness Tech: 15 of the Hottest Health and Exercise Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps\n\nTechnology is serving in the battle against the bulge. Here are 15 ways to encourage victory. \nThe Mac Evolution: Looking Back at Apple's 11 Most Intriguing Computer Designs\nConsidering that this month marks the 25th anniversary of the Macintosh, it's a good time to take a look at this computer's past. From the first Apple to the MacBook Air, Macs have been regarded as technologically innovative, beautiful in product design and\u00e2\u00acover time\u00e2\u00acbecome just plain cool. \n2009 CES Wrap-Up: The Hottest Tech You Missed\nThe recession may have kept you away from this year's Consumer Electronics Show, but don't worry: We went for you. Strong Brew, Free Samples and the Drive-Thru: A Week in the Life of Starbucks' New CIO\nStarbucks CIO Stephen Gillett participated in the coffee company's executive immersion program, where newly hired senior leaders spend a week serving up coffee samples, working the drive-thru and doing much, much more. Here's a photographic sampling of his week and the reason why Starbucks thinks the immersion program is important. \nSwanky Tech for the Filthy Rich\nPlanning on hitting the jackpot soon? From a gargantuan HDTV to your own flying car, here are nine new tech toys you'll want to decorate your life. 10 Gifts for the Hardcore Techies in Your Life\nGadgets, kits, and hacks for the geek who has everything. \nSmartphones of 2008: The Eight Hottest Handsets of the Year\nTo celebrate the closing of 2008, we've hand-picked eight of the best smartphones to hit retail shelves throughout the year. We've got all the heavy-hitters, but a few of our choices just might surprise you. \nCool Computer Mouse Alert: 12 Useful, Unusual and Blinged-Out Mice You'll Love\nFor those who consider their computer mouse a fashion accessory, a work of art, or a key piece of gaming, we've assembled 12 mice that will have you scurrying to upgrade now. 18 Cool Tech Toys: Your Geek Gift Guide for the Holidays\nEighteen ways to make the techies in your life happy this holiday season. 10 Laptop Bags You'll Love: From "Green" to Gucci\nSearching for the perfect laptop computer bag? You've come to the right place. We've collected 10 intriguing, functional and fashionable laptop carrying cases for even the pickiest of laptop enthusiasts. But bring your checkbook: most of our choices don't come cheap. How 10 Famous Technology Products Got Their Names\nFrom iPod and BlackBerry to Twitter and Wikipedia, we take a look at the processes and people who came up with the names for these iconic tech products. \n9 Ways Leaders Can Boost Morale and Lower Stress During Tough Times\nToday's workplace is fraught with difficult emotions and tension. As a leader, be sure you deal with those head-on or risk the consequences. Tech Tricks and Treats of 2008\nFrom a ghostly look into death and a topsy-turvy ad campaign from a tech giant to sweet and shiny tech toys, celebrate Halloween 2008 with a look at the year's notable tricks and treats. Event Networking Etiquette: A Step-by-Step Plan for Working a Room \nEtiquette can lead to greater business success, and rarely are one's manners more on display than at a conference or event. But if the thought of meeting new people at conferences or networking events causes your stomach to knot up, know you're not alone. Assuage your nerves and gain confidence with networking etiquette know-how.7 Cool, Weird and Useful Computer Keyboards\nNot every computer keyboard or input device is a boring hunk of plastic. We look at several ergonomic, wireless, high-tech and just plain fun keyboards to brighten your day and give joy to your fingertips. \nNine Places Traveling Techies Will Love\nHotels are going high-tech. And with good reason: People are becoming increasingly dependent on 24\/7 connectivity and on other techie requirements of both our work and home lives. Here are nine hotels that set themselves apart with amenities like room service Wii and rooms that greet you when you enter. \n22 Signs You're a Geek\nLove of gadgets, a fat wallet and extensive online social networks are just three signs that you're probably a geek. (And we mean that in the best way.) In honor of geeks everywhere, we compiled a list of your defining traits. \n11 Geek Visionaries Who Created Technology We Can't Live Without\nCan't imagine life without e-mail, your cell phone or the Internet? Luckily, these technology visionaries couldn't, either. \nWearable Technology: Nine Can't-Miss Examples of Geek Chic and Nerd Fashion\nTechnology has increasingly become a part of mainstream daily life. It was only a matter of time before it infiltrated your closet. From the practical (shirts that monitor your posture) to the attention-getters (clothes that light up) wearable technology is giving us new alternatives to standard geekwear. \nGeek America: The Top 10 U.S. Cities for Technology Jobs\nWhere's the best place for you to get your professional geek on? From Los Angeles to New York, we take you on a tour of the best towns for tech, including a comparison of local salaries. \nThe 14 Silliest Smartphone Accessories: How to Humiliate a BlackBerry, Embarrass an iPhone\nYou'll find no shortage of lists of the best BlackBerry, iPhone and other smartphone accessories. Here's a list of the rest. We've rounded up the most ridiculous accessories, and they sure are fun to gawk at. \nCIO Compensation: Tech Execs Who Make Millions\nSalary and benefits for superstar chief information officers range from home security systems to fat cash bonuses. Joe Smialowski, formerly of Freddie Mac, took home the biggest bonus on our list last year: $1,350,000. It's no surprise that financial services firms dominate the list, but other industries made a strong showing, including retail and manufacturing. Click on to see how the other half lives. \nInside San Quentin Prison's IT Crisis\nEvery day at San Quentin, prisoners must be monitored for communicable diseases and chronic illnesses. That job is nearly impossible with minimal technology for managing inmates' medical records. What if you worked at California's most notorious prison?Nine Consumer Technologies CIOs Fear\nWe asked IT decision makers what consumer technologies make them cringe the most. The respondents were allowed to select only one. And while there was a clear consensus on the number-one threat, other technologies struck notes of anxiety for survey respondents. Read on to see what they found worrisome, and feel free to add your comment to the mix, including any consumer IT threat we might have missed. \n\n\n\n\n\nHot Tech Toys from the Past: Geek Chic from the '90s Doesn't Look So Cool Today\nWhat a difference a decade makes: Can you believe you used this technology just 10 years ago, then unwound with a game of Doom? Join our look back at your first PDA love, not-so-portable music and the day long before Mac could ridicule PC. 2007 Ones to Watch\nCIO's annual Ones to Watch awards identify the rising stars in IT. Get to know the 25 winners for 2007 and learn why they were selected. \n\n\n\n\n\nThey Couldn't Have Done That! Ten IT Urban Legends Exposed\nUrban legends have been with us since human beings started sharing stories. The best urban legends are dramatic, unbelievable and told with such frequency that recipients assume they have to be true. Of course, these outlandish stories are totally false. IT is not immune to urban legends; here are some of the most notable that have propagated over the years. \nTen Technology Letdowns of 2007\nWe had much to hail this year, including rising IT salaries and better virtualization tools, but we also sighed over IT products and ideas that fell short. Read on about what's got us feeling cheated this year. And since misery loves company, please add your own bubble bursts. \n\n\n\n\nTechnology Made Them Sorry: CIO's Top 10 Tech-Induced Apologies\nUnlike love, technology means frequently having to say you're sorry. \nState of the CIO 2007: Business Strategists on the Rise\nCIOs don't just lead IT shopsthe best are business strategists. More CIOs are reporting to CEOs than in the past and compensation rates overall continue to climb. That's the big picture. Read on to drill down into the data on salaries, IT spending, outsourcing and more.