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Engineers, Math, and Invention

By no stretch of the imagination am I a mathematician or an engineer. But nearly every January, I spend much of a week at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the annual collection of lectures, seminars (and job … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 14th, 2015
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Palm and the Potential Silliness of CES

Ed Colligan, a founder and former CEO of Palm, got it right. In a post to Facebook (on former Fox PR head Lynn Fox’s page), Colligan says: “I think it’s amazing these companies think they can buy...

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Steve Wildstrom / January 8th, 2015
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Is Apple Ruining Software Quality?

Marco Arment, founder of Instapaper, podcaster, and coffee aficionado, wrote a weekend post criticizing Apple for inadequate quality focus on new versions of the Mac operating system. Arment certainly overstated his case more than a little and … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 7th, 2015
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DISH Steps Up the Fight with Cable TV

If I were looking for people to break down the force of TV show producers (including sports), broadcasters, and cable carriers, I’d keep a close eye on Charlie Ergen, founder and chairman of DISH Network. Just...

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Steve Wildstrom / January 6th, 2015
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Why I Am Passing on CES

A few months ago, as I was slowly recovering from illness, I assumed I would be unable to go to CES. The recovery came, but I found it hard to change my mind. My official excuse was...

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Steve Wildstrom / January 2nd, 2015
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Time to Take Internet Attacks Seriously

The attack on Sony and The Interview and the odd events that followed have looked a lot like a Coen brothers movie. But the affair has left us with a lot of evidence that forces, including both … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 31st, 2014
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Where Can Intel Find Growth?

Jean-Louis Gassée, a veteran executive, investor, and observer of the tech industry, wrote an accurate and depressing account on the position of once high-flying Intel. Like Microsoft, Intel was unable to to keep up with a...

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Steve Wildstrom / December 18th, 2014
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Samsung Sees Role as Third Player in the Credit Card War

It looked like Apple and the banks on one side and retailers on the other were headed for a war over phone payments. But now, Samsung seems ready to make it a three-sided fight. An article … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 16th, 2014
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IBM Leads Apple Into the Corporate Market

The last time Apple and IBM did serious business, the companies were fighting over the processors that powered the Macs of the day. IBM had no interest in meeting Apple’s desire for G5 chips for laptops...

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Steve Wildstrom / December 10th, 2014
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Will the Tech Industry Ever Learn Philanthropy

In 2012, Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, bought The New Republic, an almost century old magazine of liberal politics and literature. The magazine has not be profitable for many years and Hughes, though in his … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 10th, 2014
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Why Wireless TV on the Road Disappoints

Driving home from New York on Saturday, I decided to use my iPad to catch the Michigan-Ohio State game (I was not, of course, behind the wheel at the time). I have used a phone … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 3rd, 2014
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The New Realities of Christmas Shopping (UPDATED)

If you had any doubt the realities of post-Thanksgiving shopping are changing, you have already missed the big change. The data from IBM’s U.S. retail survey (Tech.pinions subscribers can see Ben Bajarin’s analysis of the IBM Black … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 1st, 2014
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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