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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
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

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