Vibe Z: Lenovo’s First LTE Smartphone

February 27, 2014 

Joining the wide-array of LTE-capable Android smartphones, Lenovo finally unveiled their first-ever 4G handset—the Vibe Z. As one of the highlights at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the gizmo is targeted at the midrange market with a gigantic display, a razor-thin design, and the latest mobile processor—on par with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Let’s take a closer look at some of its innovative features and why it is labeled as one of the best gadgets of this year’s CES. Design ... Continue Reading>>

How the Surface Pro 2 became my favorite computer

January 15, 2014 

A funny thing happened to me when I started playing around with a Surface Pro 2: It became my favorite computer. I'm not a Windows hater by any stretch of the imagination, but I also didn't expect to come to rely on the Surface Pro 2 as much as I did. Normally I use an 11-inch MacBook Air as my primary PC, and I have an iPad mini and a Samsung Series 7 Slate as secondary devices. Given Microsoft's spotty device-development history (the collapse of Zune, the epic failure of the Microsoft Kin smartphone), let ... Continue Reading>>

Court Rejects FCC Net Neutrality And Leaves Consumers With No Defense Against Greedy Broadband Providers

January 14, 2014 

The United States Court of Appeals in Washington DC has ruled in favor of Verizon in a case regarding the authority of the FCC to regulate Internet service providers. The decision leaves consumers at the mercy of an industry that has shown little concern for what customers want or need. I received an emailed statement from Mercatus Center research fellow Brent Skorup. His reaction is that the court made the right decision, and that Net Neutrality regulations are a threat that undermines innovation. He asserts, “Competition law, not burdensome net neutrality obligations, should be ... Continue Reading>>

FiLIP Is The Smartphone For Kids Too Young To Have A Smartphone

January 13, 2014 

Sometime around the middle of last year I first heard of the FiLIP. The device is billed as a wearable smart locator and phone for kids, which is an accurate description, but doesn’t fully capture the value it provides. The reality is that the FiLIP is an invaluable device for kids on the go. What age is the right age for a kid to have his or her own smartphone? For some parents, the answer may be never. In our house, the magic age is 10. That is the point we’ve ... Continue Reading>>

Fortinet unveils Connected UTM product line

January 13, 2014 

Fortinet revealed its new “Connected UTM” platform today, and announced a wide range of new products. There are new unified threat management (UTM) appliances, 802.11ac wireless access points, WAN extenders, and Ethernet switches designed to provide better security and improve network performance for customers. Fortinet has four different models of the FortiGate appliance: FortiGate/FortiWiFi-30D-POE, FortiGate/FortiWiFi-60D-POE, FortiGate/FortiWiFi-90D-POE and FortiGate-280D-POE. They’re called UTM, but the appliances do more than just security—providing IT admins with the ability to manage remote WiFi access points and switches as well. One ... Continue Reading>>