Jake WidmanFreelance contributor, TechHive

Jake Widman is a freelance writer in San Francisco and a regular contributor to Computerworld, PCWorld, and TechHive.

Smart home tablet

How to keep your connected home safe: 7 steps you can take to boost home security

Making your home smart could also make it insecure. We'll show you how to avoid the most common pitfalls.

Peq connected-home system

Peq review: A robust, DIY connected-home system

Nothing demonstrates the connected home becoming mainstream more than being able to buy the components at Best Buy.

UbiSpeak user interface

UbiSpeak combines voice and text messaging in a single app

Developer of the Ubi voice-controlled computer announces a free Android and iOS app that lets you create text messages with your voice.

Ubi voice-controlled computer

Ubi review: This voice-controlled computer is too obtuse for the modern smart home

Only the most patient of tinkerers will want to talk to Ubi.

Back-to-School Tech Guide 2012

Here's tech that will make college a breeze, whether it's in the classroom or the dorm.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011: Clunky to Cool

When I reviewed Microsoft Office for Mac 2008, I said the then-new version of the suite was "kind of like getting a new Chevy." But the updated suite drives more like a Prius.

Back-to-School Gadgets: Top Tech for 2010

Looking for a student's going-away gift or shopping for yourself? These highly useful gadgets will ease the transition back to campus.