Will Amazon Announce the un-iPad?

  Amazon.com has called a press conference for next Wednesday and all expectations are for an announcement of the long-awaited Amazon tablet. You’re going to read a lot of stupid stuff in the next few … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 23rd, 2011

Lack of iPad Competition: A Tale of Missed Opportunity

In a new report on the tablet market, Gartner predicts that the iPad will account for two-thirds of the 103.5 million units it expects to be sold next year and nearly half of the 326 … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 22nd, 2011

Anti-Google Coalition’s Strange View of Business

FairSearch.org, a coalition of Google competitors that thinks the search giant is being very evil, seems to have a strange idea of how business works. In a blog post that is part of a running … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 22nd, 2011
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HP’s Never Ending Drama: Blame the Board

I don’t pretend to know what is going to happen next at Hewlett-Packard, but both Bloomberg and All Things Digital report that the board is meeting to consider ousting CEO Léo Apotheker and perhaps replace … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 21st, 2011

Windows 8 on a Laptop: A First Look

For the past few days, I have been playing with the developer preview of Windows 8 on a conventional–no touch screen–laptop. My initial reaction is that no matter how good the new Metro user interface … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 20th, 2011

Bitcasa’s Clever Encryption Trick

A startup named Bitcasa made a splash at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference last week by promising unlimited  backups to the cloud for just $10 a month. Bitcasa said it provided privacy and security by encrypting … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 19th, 2011
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Please, PC Makers, Don’t Ruin Windows 8

VIA Technologizer – By Harry McCracken

Steve Wildstrom / September 16th, 2011

RIP, Flash (and Silverlight too)

When Apple introduced the iPad last year without support of Adobe Flash, Steve Jobs was accused of everything from crippling his own product to pursuing a personal vendetta against Adobe. Events have proven the Flash … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 15th, 2011
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How RIM Can Fix BlackBerry Right Now

By Chris Ziegler via thisismynext.com.

Steve Wildstrom / September 15th, 2011

Why Microsoft’s Development Must Be More Open Than Apple’s

Matt Rosoff at Business Insider writes that a principal reason why Microsoft reveals a lot more about its development process than Apple does is that Apple is a consumer products company while Microsoft is a … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 14th, 2011

DEMO Deja Vu

At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this week, entrepreneurs Peter Thiel and Max Levchin made a splash by declaring the state of innovations as being somewhere “between dire straits and dead.” I think they are fundamentally … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 13th, 2011

Should Apple Fear HTML 5? Not a Chance

IDG News Service’s Leok Essers has an article in which a couple of financial analysts predict dire consequences for Apple from the growing adoption of HTML 5, a technology that allows web pages to behave … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 12th, 2011

Mozilla Gets Tough on Digital Certificates

In a preemptive step to protect users from possible attacks based on fake digital certificates, Mozilla has given certificate issuers a week to present proof of security measures they have taken or have their certificates … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 9th, 2011

The day Apple won the Flash fight

By Darrell Etherington via GigaOm

Steve Wildstrom / September 9th, 2011

America Invents: A Step Toward Patent Reform

The America Invents Act, now awaiting President Obama’s signature, will not solve the most serious problems of the U.S. patent system, especially the ugly mess of vague and dubious software patents. But it is a … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 9th, 2011

Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8

By Steven Sinofsky via Building Windows 8 blog

Steve Wildstrom / September 9th, 2011

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