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A Brief (I Hope) Absence

Even though the surgery won’t be until tomorrow afternoon, they have me all prepped. Those funky dots are some sort of MRI positioning indicators–I’m not sure what their precise function is, but they have to do with increasing the surgeons’ …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 17th, 2014
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ICYMI: Bye-bye Dual Boot, Search Struggles

Asustek’s Dual-OS Devices Hit a Wall: At CES in January, Intel boasted a plan for tablets and even laptop-like devices to dual-boot Windows and Android. But in the face of staunch opposition from Microsoft and Google, it looks like this …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 14th, 2014
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A Mapping Tool for the Rest of Us

Maps are the great data visualization tools. There is something about the ability to take database information, superimpose it on a map, and have an image that makes visual sense instantly pop up. Unfortunately, this is often a lot harder to …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 13th, 2014
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In Praise of Computational Complexity

Nvidia Fermi GPGPU processor

In our fascination with tablets and smartphones, new paradigms have drastically simplified the way we interact with our daily technology. But have we forgotten how much of the growing capability is based on soaring computational capability …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 12th, 2014
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ICYMI: Of Cars and Bitcoins

In the hiatus between Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the wildness of South By Southwest in Austin, the last week saw an assortment of eclectic tech news, ranging from Apple’s growing automotive efforts, to new thinking at Microsoft, to, …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 7th, 2014
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Bitcoin May Become Legitimate in Spite of Itself

I found it hard to take Bitcoin seriously for a long time. What were you really supposed to say about a payment system and monetary alternative that was the combined delight of extreme libertarians and folks looking for a way …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 5th, 2014
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ICYMI–Time to Pay Attention to the Rest of the World (and Sorry for the Delay)

In the wake of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatApps, Mobile World Congress in in Barcelona continued with major news for those of us who gone on ignoring what’s happening outside the U.S. And lots and lots of other major developments in …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 1st, 2014
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I’m Back, But What an Interesting Week It Has Been

Reading my reports here and there, probably mostly on Facebook, you may have heard the stories about me, so I’ll fill in quickly. I only had a very slight headache, but on Sunday afternoon, I started pronouncing some things very …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 28th, 2014
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ICYMI: Facebook’s Move on WhatsApp Changes the Week

There was plenty going on this week, but it didn’t take long for Mark Zuckerberg to spend $19 billion for Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp to become the week’s dominant news. Fortunately, a number of writers who have been paying attention …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 21st, 2014
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Cable and the Internet: A Strange, Unraveling Future

What a crazy world has been created by the dealings of giant telecommunications companies and cable operators, not to mention broadcasters, video producers, content creators, and internet subscribers. It is almost impossible to predict what the situation will be five …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 19th, 2014
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ICYMI: News and Opinions of the Web Worth Reading

As a new feature for Tech.pinions Insiders, we will be featuring an end-of-the-week list of links to some of the best tech writing on the web.   “Microsoft’s Mobile Muddle” At Stratechery, Ben Thompson consistently produces some of the best analysis, particularly …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 14th, 2014
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Imagining Office for the iPad

It’s no secret that Microsoft has been hard at work at a true touch-based version of its Office suite, not only for Windows’ Metro interface, but for iPad and Android tablets as well. But little has been revealed about its …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 13th, 2014
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Why Health Care Is Not the Future for Apple

As Apple looks about for ways to extend the iPhone-iPad ecosystem, personal health care seems like a natural. The iOS devices are already extremely popular with health care professionals, and apps that supply health information to doctors are among the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 12th, 2014
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The Inevitability of Office and How Microsoft Can Save It

  When I am not writing for Tech.pinions, I spend a fair amount of my time doing a variety of  things, and a significant part of my freelance life is helping to write responses to Requests for …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 10th, 2014
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Why Nadella Could Be Poised for Microsoft Success

From left: Chairman John Thompson, CEO Satya Nadella, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer

When Richard Nixon was elected president, Herblock, the ascerbic Washington Post cartoonist who loved to draw Nixon with a menacing 5 o’clock shadow, promised the new president a clean shave. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 5th, 2014
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Google Sells Moto to Lenovo for a Song, Exits Phone Hardware

In the end, Larry Page tacitly admitted that the critics were right all along: In buying Motorola Mobility, Google created an irresolvable conflict with its Android partners. Today, it ended that conflict by selling Moto to Lenovo for a paltry …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 29th, 2014
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Cracks Are Growing in the TV Business Model

On the surface, the television business seems to be sailing through stormy seas on a relatively even keel. Viewership is holding up even in the face of ever-growing alternatives. Comcast, in the course of reporting a strong quarter, said that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 29th, 2014
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The Sad State of Consumer 3D Printing

CES this year had a huge area given over to 3D printing. Sadly, I found it about the most depressing area of the show. True, there were some interesting high-end machines and some very cool samples of work from commercial …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 27th, 2014
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Mac at 30: The Shadow of a Smile

Ben Bajarin points out that a key characteristic of Apple for the past 30 years has to make things as simple as possible for users and the same spirit that motivated the Mac in 1984 drives the iPad today. I’ll …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 24th, 2014
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Netflix and Neutrality

When the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules, many commentators cited Netflix as the poster child for the horrors that await. Left free to discriminate, internet service providers would either throttle Netflix …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 23rd, 2014
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Windows 8 is Worse Than Vista (for Microsoft)

Hewlett-Packard created a bit of a stir this week it promoted its PCs by announcing that it was bringing back Windows 7, the operating system that Microsoft replaced nearly a year and a half ago. Despite claims such as “HP …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 22nd, 2014
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CES: The Company That Wasn’t There

 

Steve Ballmer in happier times, at CES 2012

For many years, Microsoft set the tone for CES with a keynote the evening before the annual consumer electronics extravaganza opened. It was always heavily attended and heavily covered, and there was …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 15th, 2014
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The Net Neutrality Slap Down: Time to Move On

The decision from the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was hardly unexpected, but it was sharp and unequivocal. Writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, Judge David Tatel told the Federal Communications Commission that its Open Internet Order, …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 14th, 2014
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CES: Android’s Big Business Bid

Android is turning up in the strangest places. The Google mobile operating system, alresady the numerically dominant platform for smartphones and tablets worldwide, is making a move to desktops and laptops.

It’s not clear that this is something Google envisioned or …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 8th, 2014
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When is a Core Not a Core?

Nvida generated some pre-CES excitement by announcing its Tegra K1 processor, which looks to be the most powerful graphics engine ever designed for mobile use.  But the company also spread a lot of confusion by describing it as a “192-core …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 6th, 2014
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