Stories by Galen Gruman

Deathmatch review: Windows 8.1 vs. OS X Mavericks

With Windows 8.1 Professional and OS X 10.9 Mavericks both now shipping, how do the two flagship PC operating systems compare? Does Windows 8.1 fix enough of Windows 8's usability flaws to be worth adoption? Does Mavericks add enough value to get your attention?

Welcome to the iPad 2: Inside Apple's new tablet

Today at 10 a.m. Pacific time, Apple will reveal the details of the much-rumored iPad 2. The speculation has been rampant for months, with bloggers claiming everything from a double-resolution Retina display to a dual-core A4 (or maybe A5) processor, from new Thunderbolt ports and SD slots to a button-less case. A thinner, lighter design is also predicted. As is typical of these rumors, their factual basis is questionable.

Android, iPhone users outpace BlackBerry, Symbian users in data usage

It's no surprise that iPhone and Android users are using more data today than the iPhone users of two years ago (when there were no popular Android devices). But a recent report from Arieso, a British firm that provides cellular carriers software to optimize their network performance, does contain surprises, and it reveals how much people are using data services on their cellular devices.

Mobile deathmatch: Windows Phone 7 vs Apple iPhone 4

App stores and app installation. Windows Phone 7 is too new to have much in the way of third-party apps available in the Windows Phone Marketplace, and most of the current stock is basic or forgettable -- I haven't seen attractive apps yet. Apple's App Store also suffers from having lots of junkware, which comes with the territory of 99-cent apps, and it took some time for really useful apps to become available.

AutoCAD coming to iPad, iPhone, returning to Mac

Autodesk is bringing its AutoCAD architecture, design, and engineering software back to the Mac OS after an 18-year absence, the company announced this evening. But the company plans to do more than offer a Mac OS X version of AutoCAD: It says it will release a free version of the software, dubbed AutoCAD WS, for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch that lets users review, edit, and share AutoCAD files on those popular mobile devices.

IT's 2010 priorities shift to lightweight services, virtualisation

As businesses begin to exit the recession, priorities within IT are moving away from the large-scale enterprise deployments of the 1990s because technologies such as virtualization, collaboration, analytics, and mobile provisioned through lightweight, modular services can be deployed more cheaply, scaled quickly, and be more easily adapted, according to a Gartner report released today. And IT itself - especially the CIO - will become more focused on strategic activities, not just cost-cutting, both within IT and for the business as a whole, Gartner's survey of 1,568 CIOs in medium to large enterprises across the world found.

The 2009 IT career survival guide

The economy is in trouble -- everywhere. Even outsourced providers are nervous. Already under stress, IT staffers see their jobs getting more and more difficult as they must do more with less, all while wondering if they'll even keep their jobs.

The 7 best features in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

When a new OS upgrade costs $29, you can be forgiven for thinking of it as a service pack. Such may appear to be the case with Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, which Apple has positioned as an under-the-hood upgrade whose new capabilities won't be so obvious to users, and thus not worth the usual $129.

Desktop Linux: Ready for the mainstream

It's been a decade since Linux proponents first argued their OS was ready for mainstream adoption. Yet for all intents and purposes, Linux remains nonexistent on "regular" people's desks. Sure, developers and other tech experts use Linux, but that's about it.