It’s the User Experience, Stupid; How iPhone Critics Miss the Point

*+-The title tells it all: 10 Reasons Why iPhone 5 Doesn’t Stand a chance Against Motorola Droid Bionic. The article, by Elias Samuel in International Business Times, not surprisingly, lists 10 ways in which the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 8th, 2011

Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8”

*+-Windows chief Steven Sinofsky gives the nitty-gritty on client virtualization in Windows 8, via Building Windows 8 Blog

Steve Wildstrom / September 7th, 2011

Why No One Can Match the MacBook Air

*+-Peter Bright at Ars Technica has a feature about his frustrating search for a Windows notebook that can match the MacBook Air–and how difficult it will be for Intel to pull off its quest for … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 6th, 2011

Netflix vs. Starz: Hollywood Keeps a Tight Rein on Content

*+-In a short article today, The Los Angeles Times sheds some fascinating light on the failed negotiations that will result in Netflix losing streaming movie and TV content from Starz at the end of February. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 2nd, 2011

How To Fix the A&T/T-Mobile Deal

*+-Sascha Segan, the phone guru at PCMag.com, has an interesting suggestion on  how AT&T might salvage its challenged purchase of T-Mobile USA. Divesting 25% of the company wouldn’t satisfy Justice Dept. antitrusters, but a binding … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 2nd, 2011

Spectrum Wars: The Bleak Outlook for Wireless

*+-In a post at TechCrunch, Frank Barbieri argues that the entire dispute over the AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile is really about the failure of spectrum allocation policies in the U.S. He’s right although AT&T’s short-term … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 2nd, 2011

In Praise of Longevity: The HP 12c Calculator

*+-How many tech products that made their debut in 1981 are still with us today in essentially unchanged form? Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the HP 12c financial calculator, a device … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 1st, 2011

Obscure Attack Threatens Privacy, e-Commerce

*+-An attack on a Dutch company in the obscure–to most of us–business of issuing digital certificates poses a serious challenge to secure web communications. No, you shouldn’t stop using Amazon.com or Gmail, but the attack … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 1st, 2011

The Two Most Dangerous Words in Technology

*+-via MobileOpportunity, Michael Mace on the dangers of pre-announcement

Steve Wildstrom / August 31st, 2011

AT&T Without T-Mobile: Whither Wireless?

*+-We now know what the U.S. wireless landscape will not look like in a couple of years. The filing of U.S. v. AT&T effectively ends AT&T’s dream, tacitly shared by Verizon Wireless, of a wireless … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 31st, 2011

So when does academic publishing get disrupted?

*+-via GigaOm, by Matthew Ingram

Steve Wildstrom / August 30th, 2011

HP Executive Drama Drags On

*+-After Wall Street Journal columnist Al Lewis’s scathing and all-too-true assessment of Hewlett-Packard’s year-long campaign of self-destruction gained wide attention, you’d think the company’s executives might just go to ground for a while. That doesn’t … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 30th, 2011

Can Amazon Make a Cheap iPad Challenger?

*+-Developments in the tablet market in the past couple of weeks, especially Hewlett-Packard first killing the TouchPad then successfully disposing of tens of thousands of them in a $99 fire sale, has led to some … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 29th, 2011
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Steve: Who’s Going to Protect Us From Cheap and Mediocre Now?

*+-via Monday Note, by Jean-Louis Gassée

Steve Wildstrom / August 29th, 2011

Why Apple Still Shouldn’t Make Televisions

*+-Ryan Block at gdgt has dusted off a six-month-old post to respond to the latest rumors about Apple getting into the business of making TV sets. His arguments about why this won’t happen as as … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 28th, 2011

Richard Kerris on the Future of webOS

*+-In a post yesterday, I mistakenly attributed to Richard Kerris, vice president-worldwide developer relations for Hewlett-Packard’s webOS business unit, thoughs actually written by Derek Kessler of PreCentral. Today, Kerris graciously spent a few minutes on … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 26th, 2011
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Correction: The future of webOS

*+-In a post yesterday, I mistakenly attributed views on the future of webOS to HP’s Richard Kerris. The article referred to was actually written by  Derek Kessler of PreCentral. I apologize for the error.

Steve Wildstrom / August 26th, 2011
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Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO: The Press Release

*+-via BusinessWire and Yahoo finance

Steve Wildstrom / August 24th, 2011

The NSA Wants Your Home Network To Be Safer

*+-The National Security Agency is best known for its global communications snooping, but it is also responsible for helping to keep the nation’s computers safe from attack. Most of that effort is focused on government … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 24th, 2011

What Does the TouchPad Fire Sale Tell Us? Not Much.

*+-Way too much is being made of the success of Hewlett-Packard’s fire sale of TouchPad tablet, essentially the liquidation of a lot of distressed inventory.For example, this The Next Web article speculates on what TouchPad … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 22nd, 2011
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My Thoughts on HP, Part 1

*+-By Voodoo founder Rahul Sood

Steve Wildstrom / August 22nd, 2011

The Part of Palm that Smartphone Companies Should be Bidding For

*+-from MobileOpportunity by Michael Mace

Steve Wildstrom / August 19th, 2011

How Will HP Hold webOS Talent

*+-Joshua Topolsky at This IsMyNext has details on an all-hands meeting at which Stephen DeWitt, head of HP’s webOS business unit, declared that “we are not walking away from webOS” and promised an outline for … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 18th, 2011

webOS: Forget About Licensing, the Game’s Over

*+-Hewlett-Packard’s announcement today that it was discounting all webOS products, including the TouchPad tablet and Pre phones, set off a flurry of speculation that the elegant ex-Palm mobile operating system might find a third life … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 18th, 2011

Why the Open OS Model Failed in Smartphones

*+-Fifteen years ago, when Microsoft ruled the world and Apple was near death, the tech world was convinced that the conceptual batter between Windows and Mac–open operating systems available to all comers vs. closed systems–had … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 17th, 2011