Articles By Brian Nadel

Four new ways to cut through the BI myths and hype

To distill the business intelligence (BI) discussion to its simplest terms, what businesses need most is the ability to find and extract key information that identifies their strengths and weaknesses and helps them

Published on: January 18th, 2013 Brian Nadel

Understanding business intelligence and the bottom line

The term “Business Intelligence” and its acronym “BI” are so pervasive in today's data-intensivelexicon that it's a challenge to know just what to make of it. If you add in all the new

Published on: January 17th, 2013 Brian Nadel

HP Envy Sleekbook review

While ultrabooks -- those light, stylish computers that use Intel's Ivy Bridge processors -- are getting most of the attention these days, HP has stepped in with a less expensive alternative. The HP

Published on: August 20th, 2012 Brian Nadel

Ivy Bridge smackdown: Fujitsu’s Lifebook U772 vs. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X230

Until now, if you wanted to use a smaller, lightweight notebook, you had to decide whether you wanted top performance (which meant carrying around an extra battery) or long battery life (with a

Published on: June 8th, 2012 Brian Nadel

Gateway FX6860: Ivy Bridge on the desktop

Intel's third-generation Ivy Bridge processors are starting to hit the market and are ready to replace the current Sandy Bridge chips. The new CPUs feature high-efficiency tri-gate transistors and are made with the

Published on: June 1st, 2012 Brian Nadel

Dell’s XPS 13 ultrabook

Looking to knock Apple's MacBook Air from its pedestal, PC manufacturers have been launching an array of high-end, superslim laptops over the past several months. Called ultrabooks (a term coined by Intel), these

Published on: March 5th, 2012 Brian Nadel

Five must-have iPad gadgets for geeks

To most users, the iPad is a sleek tablet for watching videos, nosing around the Web and reading the occasional e-book. But to tech enthusiasts, the iPad can also be a platform to

Published on: October 31st, 2011 Brian Nadel

3D laptops: Asus G74sx vs. Toshiba Qosmio X775

At the moment, 3D is the hottest thing in Hollywood, with most action and animated flicks coming out in both 3D and 2D versions. Game-makers have been a little slower in embracing the

Published on: September 19th, 2011 Brian Nadel

ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro

 If you're interested in trying out the latest Android tablet software but have too much invested in Windows programs to walk away, ViewSonic's ViewPad 10Pro could be a solution. It acts as a

Published on: September 12th, 2011 Brian Nadel

3G vs. 4G: Real-world speed tests

Mobile workers who need always-on Internet access -- and who don't want to rely on public Wi-Fi hot spots -- often turn to a cellular network for connectivity, using either a 3G-equipped notebook

Published on: December 16th, 2010 Brian Nadel

Palm’s Pre vs Apple’s iPhone

I have a confession to make: About two years ago I made a big mistake and bought a phone designed for mere mortals when what I really wanted was an Apple iPhone</a. Don't

Published on: June 15th, 2009 Brian Nadel

10 great Bluetooth gadgets

Does this sound familiar? Your mobile phone, your smart phone and your notebook all come equipped with Bluetooth, but you hardly use it because other than a clunky headset, there's not much to

Published on: November 20th, 2008 Brian Nadel

Cheap business laptops: Three for under US$850

The stock market's a mess, your company's balance sheet looks like a sea of red ink and your budget for outfitting 50 employees with new notebooks has been slashed to the bone. What's

Published on: October 22nd, 2008 Brian Nadel

Mobility getting daring and personal

The cookie-cutter approach to designing mobile phones could disappear in the next few years as designers get more daring and more personal."All phones today do the basics well," says Shiv Bakhshi, an analyst

Published on: July 21st, 2008 Brian Nadel

Upgrade your notebook without going over the line

Buying a notebook computer can be an exercise in limitless possibilities, whether you're buying for yourself or for 250 users in your organization. That's because most laptop vendors offer a dizzying array of

Published on: July 8th, 2008 Brian Nadel