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

Can Google Fix the Cable Box?

From Slate, by Farhad Manjoo

Steve Wildstrom / August 17th, 2011

Google+Moto: “Like a Python That Swallowed a Minivan”

Michael Mace, who knows more about mobile computing than just about anyone around, is deeply skeptical about Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility. “Either Google’s worldview will dominate and ruin Motorola, or worse yet the Motorola … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 17th, 2011

Amazon targets U.S. government with GovCloud

GigaOm’s Derrick Harris on a new cloud service for federal agencies.

Steve Wildstrom / August 16th, 2011

Wonder Why All Those Android Press Releases Looked the Same?

Android Press Release (tip of the hat to Ed Bott)

Steve Wildstrom / August 16th, 2011

Updated: Motogoo: The Damage to Google’s Bottom Line

Update 8/16: The market seemed distinctly cooler to the Google-Motorola Mobility deal the day after, with shares falling 3.27% to 539. And Standard & Poor’s downgraded GOOG from “buy” to “sell” on concerns about the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 15th, 2011

Google: Set Top Box King?

Largely overlooked in the initial reaction to Google’s proposed $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility is the deal’s potential impact on the cable set top box business. When Motorola split the company in two, the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 15th, 2011
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Time for a Smartphone Patent Pool

Most of the creative energy in the smartphone industry seems to be going into lawsuits, with just about everyone claiming that everyone else is violating their patents. In addition to keeping a lot of lawyers … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 11th, 2011

Identities May be Collateral Damage in AntiSec Data Dump

A couple thousand people could be at high risk for identity theft as a result of a large dump of documents snatched from law enforcement agency web sites by a group calling itself AntiSec. The … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 10th, 2011

Why Public Wi-Fi Isn’t Doing the Job

The easiest and best way to relive many of the pains of mobile wireless is to offload traffic from 3G or 4G networks to Wi-Fi. But this doesn’t work nearly as well or as smoothly … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 6th, 2011

Consolidating Federal Data Centers Won’t Be Easy

Derrick Harris at GigaOm offers an enlightening look at why the Office of Management & Budget’s plan to close 800 of the federal government’s 2,094 data centers (map) isn’t likely to happen. The problem: Federal … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 1st, 2011
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Apple and its Non-Acquisitions

Over at Technologizer, Harry McCracken has an excellent rundown on the long history of rumored acquisitions by Apple that never came to pass. Some of these hypothetical deals made at least superficial sense, most didn’t. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 29th, 2011

Can a New Approach to Wireless Beat Shannon’s Law?

For the past 60 years, electrical engineers have understood the hard limits that physics imposes on the data capacity of any channel. The law, formulated by Claude Shannon of Bell Telephone Labs, says that the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 28th, 2011

Do Students Hate Textbooks More than They Like Sex?

It’s no secret that students hate both buying bloated, overpriced textbooks and lugging those bricks around in their backpacks. But we didn’t know how much. A new survey sponsored by Kno, Inc.–which, not coincidentally, is … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 28th, 2011
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Americans Elect’s Online Nomination Is a Recipe for Trouble

Americans Elect, a group that promises a new way of nominating a candidate for President in 2012, lept into prominence in recent days with a ringing endorsement from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. I don’t … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 26th, 2011

PlayBook Wins Government Security Certification

Under the right circumstances, a bug really can become a feature. Research In Motion announced today that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has been certified under Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2, meaning it is approved for … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 22nd, 2011

A Librarian Looks at the JSTOR Download Case

A Tweet by Nilay Patel (@reckless) of Verge called my attention to an intelligent post giving a librarian’s perspective on the charges against Demand Progress’ Aaron Swartz. Swartz faces federal felony charges for allegedly using … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 22nd, 2011
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Why Apple Can’t Chase the Low End

In a post here earlier today, Ban Bajarin dismissed the frequent criticism of Apple for failing to serve the low end of the computer market. Ben focused on consumers’ willingness to perceive, and pay for, … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 22nd, 2011
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Demand Progress’ Aaron Swartz and the Rush to Judgment

When people talk about the internet encouraging a rush to judgment, they are usually referring to tendency to assume the guilt of anyone charged with a crime, say a Casey Anthony or Dominique Strauss-Kahn, before … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 19th, 2011
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Senate Copyright Bill: What’s Really Proposed

Nilay Patel at What’s My Next offers an enlightening look at proposed changes in copyright law (S. 978) that would create new criminal penalties for streaming infringing videos. The bill has set off a bit … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 6th, 2011

Sony Experia Play: The Case for Diversity

There’s a profusion of Android phones on the market and they all have an awful lot in common. They’re almost all rectangular slabs with displays ranging from 3 1/2 to nearly 5 inches and differ … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 2nd, 2011
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RIAA: One Bad Idea Deserves Another

You can always count on the folks at the Recording Industry Association of America to take a bad situation and make it worse. For the past few weeks, the juvenile delinquents at LulzSec and Anonymous … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 1st, 2011
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A Sure Sign of Real Trouble at RIM

The senior Research In Motion executive who chose to vent his (or her) frustration in a open letter to Boy Genius Report may not have chosen the most graceful way to make those views known. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / June 30th, 2011
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The Case For (and Against) a Cheap iPhone

There’s been a fair amount of buzz in the last few days about Apple introducing a cheaper iPhone this fall and in “The iPhone Is Too Expensive” at Slate, Farhad Manjoo makes a good case … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / June 28th, 2011

Final Cut Pro X, Apple, and the Enterprise

A couple of days ago, I wrote about how Macs has become the overwhelming computer of choice for tech elites. No sooner had I done this than Apple offered glaring proof of its limitations as … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / June 26th, 2011