Why history may judge Steve Ballmer more favorably than Wall Street or the tech industry

Few CEOs have been more maligned over the past decade than Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. It's a thankless job to follow an industry legend and in his 14 years as Microsoft CEO, Ballmer never managed to step out of the shadow of Bill Gates. Here are four quick takeaways on the Ballmer era at Microsoft: 1. The industry didn't embrace his vision Wall...

Understanding Snowden's impact on IT… in 2 minutes

When we look back at 2013 a decade from now, the one technology story that's likely to have the biggest long-term impact is the Edward Snowden revelations.  While there were major password breaches at Adobe, Evernote, and Twitter as well as the Healthcare.gov debacle, nothing rocked the IT world more than the 200,000 classified documents that Snowden leaked to the...

Surface 2 design changes make it more difficult to crack open and repair

On the outside, the Surface 2 may look like its predecessor, the Surface RT. But Microsoft dramatically changed the tablet's internal design. And in doing so, made it a real pain to crack open and repair. For more pictures of the Surface 2 disassembly, check out my gallery, Cracking Open the Microsoft Surface 2. The Surface 2 is ever-so-slightly thinner and...

I interfaced Google Glass 2.0, and I liked it

This photo was taken along San Francisco's Embarcadero using Glass 2.0. Image: Jason Hiner When TechRepublic first got its hands on Google Glass in May, the world's most famous wearable computer didn't impress me very much. The interface was confusing, the glasses looked dorky, and, most of all, the product just didn't do very much. Six months later, I'm more optimistic about...

iPad Air teardown reveals significant internal design changes

The 2013 iPad Air is the thinnest and lightest version of Apple's flagship tablet. It also has a faster processor, better front-facing camera, a completely flip-flopped internal layout, and lots of other hardware updates. Unfortunately, it's still extremely difficult to disassemble and repair.  For more pictures of the Air disassembly, check out my gallery, Cracking Open the iPad Air. Cracking Open...

LastPass vs. 1Password: Which is better? Post your perspective

Image: iStockphoto/pressureUA With people having to manage more and more online user accounts and high profile sites like Adobe and Twitter being attacked and user passwords being compromised, many users are turning to password management solutions to deal with the unscalable issue of managing all of their passwords and keeping them secure. The two most popular password managers are LastPass...

iPhone 5C teardown reveals upgrades and design changes

The iPhone 5C has the same processor, rear camera, and Retina display as the iPhone 5. But Apple didn't just slap a series of colorful plastic cases on last year's phone. On the inside, the 5C is a unique device, with hardware upgrades and design elements from both the 5 and new 5S. On the outside, it's the iPhone 5C's...

iPhone 5S teardown reveals subtle internal design changes

If it wasn't for the redesigned Home button and larger flash, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 would look like identical twins, at least on the outside. Take the new 5S apart however, and the differences are more apparent—even if only slightly so. And although it isn't the easiest phone to repair, with the right tools and a little...

We've entered the third generation of IT, says Vmware

Image: Jason Hiner On Monday in San Francisco as it unveiled its latest plans for the new frontiers of networking and storage, Vmware proposed that we have entered the third generation of IT, or what they've termed "The Mobile-Cloud Era." The crowd at the Moscone Center for VMworld 2013 generally nodded in assent to that idea. It's almost impossible to deny...

Poll: Should IT vendors be involved in online discussions of their products?

Image: iStockphoto/nesharm As part of my job, I come in contact with a lot of technology companies—the same companies that we write about and discuss in the forums every day. I often encourage them to follow the threads in the forums and the general feedback from TechRepublic members when we write about their products.  For years, I've been encouraging product managers...