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EMC bets on flash storage with ScaleIO buy

Boosting its portfolio of solid state storage technologies, EMC is acquiring ScaleIO, a purveyor of storage management software, for an undisclosed amount of cash.

NFC in a printer? The Brother MFC-J870dw lets you touch and print

Brother's MFC-J870dw looks like any other mid-priced color inkjet multifunction, but it has a hidden, unique feature: near-field connectivity, for touch-and-go printing with NFC-equipped mobile devices.

Gartner downgrades 2013 global IT spending forecast on currency shifts

Gartner has lowered its expectations for growth this year in global IT spending, saying it will rise 2 percent to $3.7 trillion. Earlier this year, the analyst firm predicted 2013 growth of 4.1 percent.

Microsoft unveils a 256GB Surface Pro variant aimed at businesses

Bigger is better, they say, and a new Surface Pro variant sports both a bigger SSD and a bigger price tag.

Are miniature Windows 8 tablets useful? Surprisingly so

The Acer Iconia W3 is the first eight-inch Windows tablet we've used. Is it the Windows version of beloved tablets like the Google/Asus Nexus 7? In a way, yes.

Intel Labs shows wireless technology that links many screens into one giant display

Intel shows off a wireless technology the company is cooking up in its labs that's supposed to make displays of all kinds more flexible and useful.

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EU guide helps governments avoid vendor lock-in

A new European guide aimed at avoiding IT vendor lock-in could save the public sector more than €1 billion a year.

Western Digital to acquire sTec to expand in enterprise SSDs

Western Digital plans to acquire sTec to boost its presence in the market for enterprise solid-state drives.

Apple OSes to narrow gap with Windows, says Gartner

Android, however, will continue to dominate the market, Gartner says.

New Windows 8 PCs use touchscreens, hybrid designs and Haswell to capture attention

Vendors are trying to innovate their way out of the PC doldrums. Let's look at the curiosities they've created.

Vizio ships its $600 Windows 8 tablet, but better tablet buys could be on the way

Vizio finally is shipping its first Windows 8 tablet, six long months after it debuted at CES. The Vizio 11.6” Windows 8 Tablet PC is now available for $600 but, if you're seriously considering a Windows 8 tablet right now, the best thing to do is wait.

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Will nVoy become the one home networking standard to rule them all?

The IEEE 1905 standard for hybrid home networks now has a name—nVoy—and a certification program. But what will it do for you, and how does it stack up against G.hn?

Tablet downsizing trend to quicken in second half of 2013

The shift toward smaller tablets will accelerate in the second half of the year when a slew of tablet makers, including Apple, introduce new models with screens 8-in. or smaller, said Richard Shim, an analyst with DisplaySearch.

Wi-Fi Alliance announces 802.11ac certification program

Consumers and SMBs can finally be assured that 802.11ac networking products will be compatible, even though the IEEE has not ratified the standard.

Acer updates its $199 C7 Chromebook, adds SSD

Acer has announced a new version of its C7 Chromebook, this one with a 16GB SSD, that will be available at Walmart stores and Walmart.com.