John BrandonFreelance Writer, TechHive

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Cadillac CUE signals new era of customizable in-car displays

The idea of customizing your in-car display seems unthinkable, but the design pendulum is swinging in that direction. Cadillac's CUE in the 2013 CTS is already customizable, and the 2014 Chevrolet Impala will have a display where you can move icons and change their look as well.

7 CES announcements IT pros should know about

With the International CES in the rear-view mirror, look ahead for this tech from the show to affect what your workers use this year.

7 tech trends that will impact your business in 2013

What's in store for the new year? IT pros need to prepare for a mix of old, new, borrowed, and blue.

5 ways to get more from Google Analytics

These tips can help you examine traffic, keywords, bounce rates, and visitors in order to improve your website.

5 serious business alternatives to Dropbox

The recent Dropbox data breach has many IT executives telling employees not to use it. These five products offer the administrative and security features that may restore their faith in cloud data storage.

8 IT Lessons Learned From the 2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 London Olympics weren't just about athletic prowess. This year's games saw more data leave Olympic Park and move around the world than ever before.

9 Unheralded Technology Innovations

Some of the indispensable technology that you use every day was so ahead of its time that it now goes largely unnoticed. Here the innovations that forever changed email, Web development, database management and other "givens" in today's tech finally get their due.

Help for the Help Desk

The help desk is getting a much-needed assist in some shops.

Standardizing the Desktop

More companies are using desktop virtualization tools to create a 'gold standard' -- one desktop version that gets pushed out to all end users.

Windows 8: 13 Features Worth Knowing About

Windows 8 will introduce a slew of interesting features, but will they benefit you?

How to Prevent Thumb Drive Security Disasters

Some security professionals suggest a radical approach to locking down USB flash drives, but there are other, less drastic options as well.

Video Format War: Blu-ray vs. Streaming

Blu-ray Discs are growing in popularity--but how long until streaming surpasses them?


Hot Gadgets: Summer Guide 2011

From an extra-rugged smartphone to the perfect grilling fork, these 10 high-tech toys are ideal for summer.

Six Biggest Rising Threats from Cybercriminals

Watch out for these cyberattacks that can turn smartphones into texting botnets, shut off electricity, jam GPS signals and more