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NBC and the Olympics: Why Cord-cutting Will Be Slow and Hard

NBC’s exclusive U.S. coverage of the the 2012 London Olympic Games has not, to say the very least, been a hit in the tech world. Twitter has been buzzing since last Friday about NBC’s delayed showing of major events, endless …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 1st, 2012
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The Swedish Surface and the Pathetic State of Online Journalism

Yesterday, an obscure–outside Sweden, at least–web retailer, webhallen.com, published a page that purported to give the still unannounced pricing for Microsoft’s Surface tablets. The surface was quoted at a ranged from $1,000 for a minimal ARM version to $2,100 for …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 26th, 2012

It’s Not Just the Internet: How Government Built the Computer Industry

This week, the Wall Street Journal‘s L. Gordon Crovitz wrote a strange column decrying the claim that the U.S. government created the internet as an “urban myth.” Crovitz was quickly debunked by myself and many others. The truth is even …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 25th, 2012

WSJ’s Internet History Is Way Off

The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page seems to have dedicated itself to showing that every single thing uttered

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by President Obama is at best a misstatement. Today, Gordon Crovitz takes on the President’s statement that the government helped …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 23rd, 2012

Confirmed: The iPad Isn’t Good At What It Isn’t Good At

What is it about the iPad that moves seemingly rational people to say perfectly ridiculous things?

The latest example of this foolishness is Matt Asay, writing in The Register, who argues that because there are some enterprise chores that the iPad …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 23rd, 2012
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Will Windows RT Include Outlook? Microsoft Won’t Say

Folks who plan to use Outlook on ARM-powered tablets, such as the Windows RT version of the Surface, may be in for a disappointment. The materials Microsoft released this week along with the Consumer Preview of Office 2013 were frustratingly …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 18th, 2012
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Office 2013: Can Complexity and Touch Get Along? [UPDATED]

The new version of Microsoft Office, unveiled this week in a consumer preview, has an awful lot riding on it. The strongest claim Microsoft can make for Windows 8 tablets, including the Microsoft-branded Surface, is that they will deliver the full …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 18th, 2012
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Very Quick Office Reaction: Getting the Cloud Wrong

I’ve just spent about half an hour playing with the new Office 2013 preview, so obviously this is a very preliminary reaction. There will be a lot more to say in coming weeks and months. But I do think that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 16th, 2012
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Customers May Have Forced Apple’s EPEAT Retreat

Well that didn’t take take long. Just a week after Apple announced that that it was pulling its products from EPEAT environmental certification, it reversed itself and said it would continue with the program and work with EPEAT to evolve …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 13th, 2012
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Does Apple Hate the Environment?

Apple has had a complicated relationship with environmentalists. The company prides itself on its greenness in many ways, having been a leader in eliminating lead, bromides, PVC, and excess packaging from its products and building renewable energy sources for its North Carolina …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 12th, 2012
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Can You Be Identified from Anonymous Data? It’s Not So Simple

For the past several years, a highly technical but very important debate has raged among privacy experts: How easy is it to identify an individual from a collection of data that supposedly lacks personally identifiable information? Those who say that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 9th, 2012
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Smartphones, Tablets, and PCs: A Computer for Every Purpose

I’m fresh back from a couple of lovely weeks cruising the Mediterranean. In addition to providing some needed relaxation, the trip convinced me that we are truly living in a golden age of computing. Whatever your need, there’s a device …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 6th, 2012
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Celebrate the Fourth with Warring Declarations of Internet Freedom

When the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in 1776, it was rife with divisions: north vs. south, slave vs. free, big states vs. small states. But the delegates managed to compromise on a document that remains fresh, relevant, and revolutionary. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 2nd, 2012
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Further Thoughts on Apple and Investors

In a post this morning, Ben Bajarin speculated on what it is in investors’ thinking about Apple that keeps the stock price relatively depressed. Like Ben, I am not a financial analyst, but I think the mystery is even deeper …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 2nd, 2012
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Microsoft Surface Reveals the Cost of HP’s webOS Folly

With Microsoft’s planned launch of the Surface tablet, the full cost of Hewlett-Packard’s grotestque mishandling of the purchase and abandonment of Palm’s webOS has become clear.  HP’s Personal Systems Group now finds itself in the worst of all possible worlds, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 20th, 2012
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An Install CD? Really?

Hard drive powerhouse Western Digital is getting into the home networking business with a new line of high-speed wireless routers, some with built-in storage, that the company says are optimized for streaming media around the house. I’ll be taking a …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 14th, 2012
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Does Apple Love PCs More Than Microsoft?

Does Apple, the post-PC company, have more faith in the future of PCs, than Microsoft?

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The idea may seem a stretch, seeing how Apple’s business is now dominated by iPhones and iPads, but it …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 13th, 2012

Following Up: Equal Access To Television

At a panel on wireless spectrum that I moderated yesterday at the Tech Policy Summit in Napa, I raised the idea of repurposing the 294 MHz* of spectrum devoted to over-the-air television for wireless data. Larry Irving, former Assistant Secretary …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 8th, 2012

Was Winning on SOPA Bad for Tech?

I’ve spent a very interesting day at the Tech Policy Summit in Napa, but based on what I’ve heard, I’m beginning to think that the industry’s quick victory in killing the Stop Online Piracy Act this spring may be a long-term …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 6th, 2012

It’s Time To Kill Off Broadcast TV

It’s time to take over-the-air television out and shoot it.

You may have noticed that there’s a war over wireless airwaves. Electromagnetic spectrum is a finite resource and those that have want to keep, but many who have also want more. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 6th, 2012

Phil McKinney to CableLabs: Time for Some Cable Innovation?

In a fascinating move, CableLabs, the non-profit research and development arm of the cable industry, announced today that Phil McKinney, former CTO of Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Systems Group, was coming aboard is CEO. What makes this interesting is that McKinney is …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 31st, 2012

Dear Apple: Please Keep the iPhone Locked Down

Ever since Apple introduced the iPhone, first with no third-party apps allowed then permitting apps only under Apple’s strict supervision, there has been hand-wringing in some quarters of the tech world about how Apple’s locked-down mentality would stifle freedom and …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 31st, 2012

Steve Jobs in Carbonite

Part of Steve Jobs’s brilliance in life was his mercurial nature, sometimes fortified by duplicitousness. He thought an Apple phone was the stupidest idea on earth until the arrival of the iPhone. He made fun of Intel processors  until Apple …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 29th, 2012

Fear and Loathing and Windows 8

An excellent, though very long, post by Michael Mace at MobileOpportunity on the enormous risk Microsoft is taking with Windows 8 and the mixed feelings, and fears, that he shares with many users of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 29th, 2012
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Next Time, Samuel L. Jackson Should Try Matzoh Balls

Apple is having some fun with a TV ad in which Samuel L. Jackson tells Siri to remind him to put the gazpacho on ice. Unfortunately, when others try to replicate the experience, Sire is going to leave them with …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 23rd, 2012