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John Brandon is a technologist, product tester, car enthusiast and professional writer. Before becoming a writer, he worked in the corporate sector for 10 years. He has published over 8,500 articles, many of them for Computerworld, TechHive, Macworld and other IDG entities.

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Security concerns rising for Internet of Things devices

Security concerns rising for Internet of Things devices

The burgeoning market for gadgets that trigger a sprinkler system, help you count the number of times you swing a bat, or dim the lights automatically are rising. That’s a concern for any business due to how these devices are also...

Dear Satya Nadella: Make sure the Microsoft Surface Phone has these features

Dear Satya Nadella: Make sure the Microsoft Surface Phone has these features

Microsoft is officially dropping out of the smartphone race...except for some strong hints that they will make a Surface phone.

How 5 IT leaders beat their toughest technical challenges

How 5 IT leaders beat their toughest technical challenges

Just as technology is always evolving, so is the role of IT leaders. In the not too distant future, tech execs will face new challenges and take on new roles. The most successful IT leaders are the ones that can recognize and adapt to...

5 security experts share their best tips for ‘fringe’ devices

5 security experts share their best tips for ‘fringe’ devices

Some of the most hackable devices in your network are also probably the most-overlooked.

Think that printer in the corner isn’t a threat? Think again

Think that printer in the corner isn’t a threat? Think again

Interestingly enough, because a printer is so innocuous and seemingly harmless, that’s the exact reason it poses a threat, according to the security analysts who talked to CSO about this issue.

4 IT leaders share the mobile apps they use every day

4 IT leaders share the mobile apps they use every day

If you’re anything like the typical smartphone user, you have a ton of apps that you barely even notice, let alone use. IT execs are no different, of course. But these apps are different, rising above the typical app clutter to become...

5 things you need to know about 5G

5 things you need to know about 5G

While it may still be years away, understanding how 5G will impact the enterprise now will help you plan accordingly.

Does your company need an innovation lab?

Does your company need an innovation lab?

Bi-modal IT may be tech buzzwords du jour, but creating a separate department (often in its own physical space) to do nothing but pure R&D is still an enticing prospect for embracing the innovator’s dilemma.

Why Microsoft's Surface Book deserves a second look

Why Microsoft's Surface Book deserves a second look

First it turned heads. Then the glitches started. Still, in the long run, it may prove to be a smart business tool.

How to handle a major social media crisis

How to handle a major social media crisis

Social media horror stories can be like the car wreck you can’t take your eyes off of. Here are some tips on how to defuse an incident at your company. Or better yet, how to prevent one from happening in the first place.

Why paper still rules the enterprise

Why paper still rules the enterprise

A new study shows just how much business is still being done on paper via printers, scanners and other office equipment. But is that such a bad thing?

Read this before you hand out an iPad Pro to anyone in the office

Read this before you hand out an iPad Pro to anyone in the office

Your business users may be clamoring for Apple's high-end tablet. Take these steps before deploying.

6 TED talks that will inspire you in the New Year

6 TED talks that will inspire you in the New Year

Inspiration comes in many forms, but for many of us, there is one reliable source almost guaranteed to motivate: TED talks.

Can AI solve information overload?

Can AI solve information overload?

In some ways, artificial intelligence – in the form of automated features within popular applications – is already helping us combat info-glut. Those small steps are leading inevitably to a future in which we’ll all rely on AI for...

5 apps to help you make better decisions

5 apps to help you make better decisions

There are apps for just about everything these days. So why not an app that can help you capture and organize ideas and, ultimately, make important decisions? Here are five that do just that.

Gift guide: The 15 best books of 2015 for IT leaders

Gift guide: The 15 best books of 2015 for IT leaders

Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers for a friend, a Secret Santa gift for a coworker or even just a present for yourself, you can’t go wrong with one of these books for business-minded bibliophiles.

5 email helpers you need to install right now

5 email helpers you need to install right now

Email overload is a fact of daily business life. Or is it? While plenty of applications promise to help you manage the morass of messages munging up your mailbox, these five may actually deliver on those promises.

10 experts share their top IT leadership tips

Industry pros offer a list of actionable management tips that will help you motivate, inspire and connect with your team.

You moved to the cloud ... the Internet's down. Now what?

You moved to the cloud ... the Internet's down. Now what?

Major connectivity issues are bound to happen sooner or later. Will your employees be able to keep working, or is an Internet outage a prelude to sending everyone home for the day?

7 new business books you must read this fall

7 new business books you must read this fall

If you’re looking for some required reading, start with this curated list of the latest theories on leadership, management and success.

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