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IT pros: Rethink before you replace

techrepublic.com — "I need to buy a server, a phone system, a postage machine, and a network switch," my friend said. She was about to move her small organization to a new office, away from space shared with a larger company. "Are you sure you need all of that?" I said.

Why aren't more people using Debian?

techrepublic.com — This is a question that I've been recently asking myself. Within the Linux crowd, Debian is often looked upon as one of the leaders in stability and community. If you download and try the latest live distribution, you'll find it looks pretty much like every standard desktop Linux (with a choice of GNOME, KDE, LXDE, or XFCE desktops).

iOS productivity apps discounted in App Santa promotion

techrepublic.com — Several dozens apps, including many popular productivity applications, have been discounted up to 80% as part of an annual Christmas promotion. Here's a look at what's available. Several dozen independent Mac and iOS app developers have partnered up to offer discounts on their apps as part of an annual Christmas promotion called App Santa.
Dec 18, 2014

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Get Caller ID for missed calls on the HTC M8 lock screen

techrepublic.com — There are times when you want to get information about missed calls without having to unlock your phone and then drag down the notification bar. You want information immediately so that you can decide if said information must be acted upon.
Dec 18, 2014

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11 green gadgets for the treehugger on your list

techrepublic.com — ReFleece accessories are made using reclaimed textiles and recycled bottles. The company also uses low-energy manufacturing processes. ReFleece makes tablet covers, e-reader cases, iPad sleeves, and travel bags. There's felt, fleece, and wool covers. The felted, charcoal grey layer comes from recycled PET fiber, using things like plastic bottles or carpet fibers.

The worst social media brand blunders of 2014

techrepublic.com — Mistakes on social media play out like bad horror movies. You cringe, cover your eyes, and thank your lucky stars it wasn't you. The upshot, though, is that there are always lessons to be learned from the mistakes of others. Here are the top 5 worst social media blunders from brands in 2014.

Google's 2014 shopping spree: A look back at its biggest buys

techrepublic.com — Google has serious buying power as a company, and its never shied away from investing money in a market or trend it sees value in. YouTube, DoubleClick, and Android, some of the most successful products for Google, were all initially acquired. The search giant acquired more than 30 companies in 2014, and it has made some interesting choices.
Dec 18, 2014

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Startup Mixology author Frank Gruber says celebration is key for entrepreneurial success

techrepublic.com — The quaint town of Woodstock, Ill. is known for being the place where the Bill Murray comedy " Groundhog Day" was filmed, and for its historic main square where the Woodstock Opera House is located.

Unleash the awesome 4K video capability of the Droid Turbo

techrepublic.com — 4K video is here for a reason -- it's far superior than any other format available. If you're not sure what 4K video is, let me tell you. It's awesome, that's what it is. Technically, 4K refers to a display device or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels.
Dec 17, 2014

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Leaked Windows 10 Build 9901 shows smarter Storage Sense

techrepublic.com — Many traditional desktop and laptop PCs have 1 TB or more of local storage. Those that don't can usually be upgraded fairly easily to expand capacity. Newer devices, however, like Windows tablets, hybrid PCs, and smartphones, suffer from both significantly less storage capacity and an inability to upgrade it through any means other than adding removable storage.
Dec 17, 2014

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Use Transmit and iCloud to transfer files between multiple Apple devices

techrepublic.com — Panic has long built an FTP client called Transmit; however, after the release of iOS 8, they unveiled an updated version with new features and abilities that haven't been seen before from Panic or iOS FTP apps.
Dec 17, 2014

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Swith phones without missing messages with Google Hangouts

techrepublic.com — There have been a number of occasions where I've forwarded my phone number to another phone (a test phone, for example). This can be done either via an app or by your provider -- regardless, that step is quite simple. What isn't simple, however, is the trap of replying to texts with that forwarded number.
Dec 17, 2014

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The world's largest open-source company doesn't sell software

techrepublic.com — Red Hat is finally getting some competition. With Hortonworks going public at a $1 billion valuation, the title of "world's biggest open-source company" may finally be in contention. Except that neither Red Hat nor Hortonworks is in serious contention. Years ago, I argued that Google was the world's biggest open-source company.
Dec 16, 2014

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Dec 16, 2014

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Dec 16, 2014

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Enterprise mobility trends to watch in 2015

techrepublic.com — 2014 saw some exciting developments in enterprise mobility and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). We are entering a mobile first world that's changing how customers interact with businesses, how employees communicate/collaborate, and and PCs are no longer the dominant productivity platform.

The race to 5G: Inside the fight for the future of mobile as we know it

techrepublic.com — Every ten years or so, something big happens in mobile. Once a decade, a new generation of mobile network technology comes along: the first mobile networks appeared in the 1980s, GSM followed in the 1990s, 3G arrived at the turn of the century, and LTE began rolling out in 2010.
Dec 16, 2014

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2014's top 8 moments in the business of social media

techrepublic.com — Coca Cola brought its #ShareaCoke campaign to the US this summer. They took the 250 most popular names for teens and millennials, the Wall Street Journal reported, and put them on the label of their 20 ounce bottles. Consumers could find a bottle with their own name, or share with someone they know.

Gift ideas for the Apple professional in your life

techrepublic.com — Here are a few gift ideas for the special Apple professional in your life. Apple's iPhone 6 will certainly appear on many a gift list. At just $199.00 (USD), and on contract with several carriers, the 16 GB model offers a compelling combination of features.
Dec 16, 2014

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Ben Fathi: VMware CTO. OS OG. Long-distance runner.

techrepublic.com — Ben Fathi has been in the technology industry for 32 years, focused solely on one thing -- operating systems. He's worked on UNIX, Linux, Windows, embedded operating systems, and distributed operating systems. Fathi is wrapping up his first year as CTO of cloud and virtualization provider VMware, and he said that the transition just made sense.

The sharing economy: Will self-regulation by startups suffice to protect consumers?

techrepublic.com — "Congress should care, but forbear." That was the conclusion of a panel of an academic, a researcher, a consumer advocate, and a tech executive convened by the Internet Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives in DC last week to consider regulation and the "sharing economy." I was proud to moderate the discussion.