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Happy Thanksgiving Winners

With Thanksgiving upon us, at least in the U.S., it’s a good time to look back upon the year of nearly 11 months and see some random participants in tech who have done well in 2014. Apple: Every … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 26th, 2014
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How Apple Forces New Technology to Improve the Future

Apple’s decisions on redesign of the technology of just about everything are an endless source of criticism, especially by those who have a right to tinker with their devices. History suggests Apple has the sense...

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Steve Wildstrom / November 21st, 2014
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Apple Makes Old Security Business Lead to the Future

Apple’s role in getting the future right has always been been a little strange. Everything it has done, from the mouse and visual display of the Mac, to the mobile music player of the iPod, … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 19th, 2014
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Lenovo’s Move to Industry Leadership

Many descriptions of the smartphone business focus on the competition between Apple and Samsung, with some attention paid to the assault of Xaiomi in Asia. The computer business is concerned with Macs and occasionally Windows. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 12th, 2014
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Obama’s Strange Challenge to Net Neutrality

For months, President Obama has been under pressure from liberals, many Democrats in Congress, special issue groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a fair chunk of the tech companies such as Google and...

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Steve Wildstrom / November 10th, 2014
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Aereo Is Dying, But It May Have Saved Internet TV

In 2012, the inventors of Aereo, with investment from Barry Diller of IAC, put pressure on TV producers and networks’ control of content. It was basically a goofy idea: Servers at a data center would...

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Steve Wildstrom / November 8th, 2014
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Why Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard Made HP What It Was

In my discussion of PC maker’s problems in a piece on the industry’s struggle with Apple, commenter David Olson wondered what had gone wrong at Hewlett-Packard: “Lots of success, lots of brains, lots of potential. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 6th, 2014
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New Thoughts, New Links, New Microsoft

It wasn’t the biggest news of the week. But anyone who paid attention to the recent announcement by Microsoft, a deal that will integrate Dropbox into Office, sees a new way the company is run … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 5th, 2014
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Why Apple Pay Will Win

When Apple announced Apple Pay as part of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it failed to tell consumers something it clearly knew: Many retailers would prevent iPhone owners from using Apple Pay for quick...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 29th, 2014
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The Computer Struggles: Apple vs. the Industry

There was a time not that long ago that making a television was the pride of manufacturers. The U.S. industry was dominated by the likes of Motorola, RCA, and Magnavox (Philips). Today they have ceased … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 29th, 2014
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The Sale of the Chip Business Marks the New IBM Future

In case you wondered about IBM completing the restructuring of its business, the company’s quiet announcement this week tells the tale. It unloaded a long critical part of the company, including its semiconductor factories in … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 22nd, 2014
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The Apple Announcement and the Future of Modesty

Apple’s latest product announcements were improvements to existing iPads and iMacs. This, not surprisingly, caused mild disappointment among those who had no reason to expect more but somehow felt they’d be surprised anyway. The fact … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 17th, 2014
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The Death of the PC Business

Hewlett-Packard’s decision to split the company into two businesses, one selling PCs and printers, the other offering services and high end business network equipment, marks the end of their run in the 35-year computer industry. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 6th, 2014
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Business Too Good at the Apple Store

I have been visiting Washington area Apple Stores since the first one in the country opened at Tysons Corner, VA. So I was a little shocked today when I discovered a chaotic Apple Store at … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 1st, 2014
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A Greeting From the Past

Last spring, after surgery for removal of a brain tumor, I thought I’d be back after a couple of months of recovery. The process however turned out to be much slower and more complex than … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 20th, 2014
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Check Out Mary Meeker’s Annual Forecast

Mary Meeker has a very checkered record as an analyst during the dot.com boom days, but her recent record as a forecaster and industry analyst is hard to challenge. Attendees at the Code conference, the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / May 28th, 2014
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Another Bite Leaves the Old Apple Core

The central core of Apple executives has mostly remained intact since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1996. But Katie Cotton, senior vice president for worldwide communications, announced yesterday she is retiring after 18 … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / May 8th, 2014
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Coming Back–But Slowly

It’s been March since it took a leave to recover from brain surgery and, for a variety of reasons, my comeback has taken a lot longer than I expected. I had surgery for succesful removal … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / April 24th, 2014
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A Brief (I Hope) Absence

Even though the surgery won’t be until tomorrow afternoon, they have me all prepped. Those funky dots are some sort of MRI positioning indicators–I’m not sure what their precise function is, but they have to … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / March 17th, 2014
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ICYMI: Bye-bye Dual Boot, Search Struggles

Asustek’s Dual-OS Devices Hit a Wall: At CES in January, Intel boasted a plan for tablets and even laptop-like devices to dual-boot Windows and Android. But in the face of staunch opposition from Microsoft and...

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Steve Wildstrom / March 14th, 2014
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A Mapping Tool for the Rest of Us

Maps are the great data visualization tools. There is something about the ability to take database information, superimpose it on a map, and have an image that makes visual sense instantly pop up. Unfortunately, this...

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Steve Wildstrom / March 13th, 2014
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In Praise of Computational Complexity

In our fascination with tablets and smartphones, new paradigms have drastically simplified the way we interact with our daily technology. But have we forgotten how much of the growing capability is based on soaring computational … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / March 12th, 2014
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ICYMI: Of Cars and Bitcoins

In the hiatus between Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the wildness of South By Southwest in Austin, the last week saw an assortment of eclectic tech news, ranging from Apple’s growing automotive efforts, to...

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Steve Wildstrom / March 7th, 2014
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Bitcoin May Become Legitimate in Spite of Itself

I found it hard to take Bitcoin seriously for a long time. What were you really supposed to say about a payment system and monetary alternative that was the combined delight of extreme libertarians and … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / March 5th, 2014
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ICYMI–Time to Pay Attention to the Rest of the World (and Sorry for the Delay)

In the wake of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatApps, Mobile World Congress in in Barcelona continued with major news for those of us who gone on ignoring what’s happening outside the U.S. And lots and lots...

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Steve Wildstrom / March 1st, 2014