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What the Government Knows About Your Phone Calls

A remarkable story by Glenn Greenwald in the British daily The Guardian yesterday revealed a secret court order requiring Verizon Communications to give the National Security Agency information about every telephone call, international or domestic, made to or from phone numbers in the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 6th, 2013
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The Rebirth of U.S. Manufacturing

“The age of labor arbitrage is over,” General Electric CEO Jeff Imelt declared at the D11 conference last week.

Signs that he is right are all around us. Today, Lenovo–a Chinese company owned partly by the Chinese government–opened its first U.S. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 5th, 2013
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Learning To Love the Chromebook (and Succeeding)

I have been a skeptic about Chromebooks since Google announced them. What could you really do on a pseudo-laptop whose only native application was the Chrome browser and which depended on an internet connection for most of its functionality. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 5th, 2013

Audio Minute: 4K Television Revisited

A closer look at the 4K TV format convinces me it has a real future.

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 31st, 2013
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Apple’s Insularity Could Get Dangerous

It started with a question I asked Apple CEO Tim Cook during his presentation Tuesday at the D11 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Noting that Microsoft and Google offered cloud solutions that provided access to a wide variety of …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 30th, 2013
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Trying To Love Windows 8

I’ve been using Windows 8 in one form or another for well over a year and I keep hoping that it will become as comfortable as every other version I have used, going back nearly a quarter century to Windows …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 29th, 2013
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The Perils of Market Share

If you’re on this site, you probably know we have had a lively debate going on for the past couple of days about the meaning and value of market share in the smartphone market. I thought it might be valuable …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 24th, 2013
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Apple vs. Android: The Open Factor

Judging by the comments on John Kirk’s post “Android’s Market Share Is Literally a Joke,” we are well into another operating system religious war. As is always the case in religious wars, it’s tough to make sense of the the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 24th, 2013
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Apple and the Washington Shakedown

Columnist Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner has a good article on Apple’s problems in Washington, well worth reading is you want to learn something about how the capital really works.

In the popular view of political corruption, lobbyists and PACs shower politicians with …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 23rd, 2013

Why Microsoft Can Win the Living Room

As Ben Bajarin pointed out in his post here yesterday, Microsoft’s Xbox One is a whole lot more than a game console. Of course, the Xbox has long been the leading edge of Microsoft’s effort to dominate digital home entertainment. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 22nd, 2013

Apple’s Right Not To Pay Taxes

The Tech.pinions Adio Minute, Today’s topic:

The Senate can grumble, but Apple is just taking advantage of what Congress has given it.


by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 21st, 2013
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Trouble in the Cloud: Lessons from AP and Bloomberg

Its been a bad week for the cloud. Businesses of all sizes are under a lot of pressure to save money by moving IT operations into the cloud. for many companies, it can be a lot cheaper and more efficient …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 15th, 2013

The Tech.pinions Minute: BBM

This is a preview of a short audio feature we will officially launch soon.

Todays Topic: Blackberry goes horizontal with BBM

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 14th, 2013
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Bloomberg, the Internet, and Trust

We’ve just begun to see the fallout from Bloombgerg LP that, in the word of CEO Dan Doctoroff, “Bloomberg News reporters had access to limited customer relationship management data through their use of the Bloomberg terminal.” In blunter words, Bloomberg …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 12th, 2013

Can Microsoft Compete in a Post-PC World?

Microsoft says it sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8 in the six months it was on sale. Not spectacular, but not bad either. But for Windows RT, Widows 8′s tablet-friendly little brother, things haven’t been so hot. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 8th, 2013
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Windows 8: Hardware Innovation Is Outpacing the Software


Windows 8 hasn’t spurred a boom in PC sales, but it certainly is inspiring some unusual hardware designs. The problem, though, is that no one seems able to quite master Windows’ touch and keyboard-plus-mouse dual personality.

Acer is the latest to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 3rd, 2013
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Tom Wheeler and the FCC: The Challenges Ahead

President Obama announces the nomination of Thomas Wheeler (right)

Thomas Wheeler has been influencing  communications policy in Washington for a long time, but always from the sidelines. He ran what was then the National Cable Television Association and then …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 2nd, 2013
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Windows vs. Mac In Schools: All the Wrong Reasons

The Maine Department of Education announced earlier this week that it was switching from Apple Macintoshes to Hewlett-Packard Windows PCs as the technology behind the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Macs had been used exclusively since the program was started by then-Governor …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 1st, 2013
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Startup Highlight: Curious Tackles Informal Learning

The world of online education is buzzing with talks of MOOCs–massive open online courses–that many see as the future of higher education. MOOCs certainly have a place, though I’m not quite sure yet of just what it is. But there …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 1st, 2013
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Why Internet Sales Taxes Are Inevitable

Later today, the U.S. Senate will consider, and probably pass, a bill that allows states to collect sales taxes on online purchases shipped from other states. Though its fate in the rabidly anti-tax House is uncertain, sooner or later this …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 25th, 2013

FileMaker Can Settle the iPad Productivity Argument

Of all the endless arguments that roil the tech world, there is none I find more tiresome than the endless debate over whether the iPad can be used for “real work.” My iPad has been an indispensable part of my working …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 24th, 2013

Cord-cutters Beware: It’s Going To Get Expensive

The are many reasons why television viewers choose to cut the cord, to be among the 15% or so of Americans who get by without a cable or satellite feed. But probably the most important is the desire to pay …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 17th, 2013

Office for Tablets: Delay Could Be Death

The usually very well-informed Mary Jo Foley reports at ZDNet that we won’t see major improvement in Microsoft Office for tablets until next year, spring of 2014 for Windows RT and fall for the long-awaited iOS and Android …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 11th, 2013

The School Standards Debate: Time for Tech To Weigh In


Tech people are very fond of whining about the U.S. educational system, complaining that it is not producing the sort of workers they need. With a few notable exceptions–Bill and Melinda Gates and Dean Kamen come quickly to mind–the are …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 10th, 2013

Fox, Aereo, and the End of TV

News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey’s threat to pull the Fox network from the airwaves if Aereo wins its legal battle to retransmit over-the-air TV signals without paying for them is probably nothing more than bluster. But the fact …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 8th, 2013