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ICYMI: Facebook’s Move on WhatsApp Changes the Week

*+-There was plenty going on this week, but it didn’t take long for Mark Zuckerberg to spend $19 billion for Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp to become the week’s dominant news. Fortunately, a number of writers...

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Steve Wildstrom / February 21st, 2014
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Cable and the Internet: A Strange, Unraveling Future

*+-What a crazy world has been created by the dealings of giant telecommunications companies and cable operators, not to mention broadcasters, video producers, content creators, and internet subscribers. It is almost impossible to predict what … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / February 19th, 2014
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ICYMI: News and Opinions of the Web Worth Reading

*+-As a new feature for Tech.pinions Insiders, we will be featuring an end-of-the-week list of links to some of the best tech writing on the web.   “Microsoft’s Mobile Muddle” At Stratechery, Ben Thompson consistently...

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Steve Wildstrom / February 14th, 2014
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Imagining Office for the iPad

*+-It’s no secret that Microsoft has been hard at work at a true touch-based version of its Office suite, not only for Windows’ Metro interface, but for iPad and Android tablets as well. But little...

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Steve Wildstrom / February 13th, 2014
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Why Health Care Is Not the Future for Apple

*+-As Apple looks about for ways to extend the iPhone-iPad ecosystem, personal health care seems like a natural. The iOS devices are already extremely popular with health care professionals, and apps that supply health information … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / February 12th, 2014
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The Inevitability of Office and How Microsoft Can Save It

*+-  When I am not writing for Tech.pinions, I spend a fair amount of my time doing a variety of  things, and a significant part of my freelance life is helping to write responses to...

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Steve Wildstrom / February 10th, 2014
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Why Nadella Could Be Poised for Microsoft Success

*+-When Richard Nixon was elected president, Herblock, the ascerbic Washington Post cartoonist who loved to draw Nixon with a menacing 5 o’clock shadow, promised the new president a clean shave. I’ve been a bit rough on Microsoft … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / February 5th, 2014
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Google Sells Moto to Lenovo for a Song, Exits Phone Hardware

*+-In the end, Larry Page tacitly admitted that the critics were right all along: In buying Motorola Mobility, Google created an irresolvable conflict with its Android partners. Today, it ended that conflict by selling Moto...

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Steve Wildstrom / January 29th, 2014
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Cracks Are Growing in the TV Business Model

*+-On the surface, the television business seems to be sailing through stormy seas on a relatively even keel. Viewership is holding up even in the face of ever-growing alternatives. Comcast, in the course of reporting … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 29th, 2014
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The Sad State of Consumer 3D Printing

*+-CES this year had a huge area given over to 3D printing. Sadly, I found it about the most depressing area of the show. True, there were some interesting high-end machines and some very cool...

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Steve Wildstrom / January 27th, 2014
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Mac at 30: The Shadow of a Smile

*+-Ben Bajarin points out that a key characteristic of Apple for the past 30 years has to make things as simple as possible for users and the same spirit that motivated the Mac in 1984 … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 24th, 2014
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Netflix and Neutrality

*+-When the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules, many commentators cited Netflix as the poster child for the horrors that await. Left free to discriminate, internet service...

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Steve Wildstrom / January 23rd, 2014
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Windows 8 is Worse Than Vista (for Microsoft)

*+-Hewlett-Packard created a bit of a stir this week it promoted its PCs by announcing that it was bringing back Windows 7, the operating system that Microsoft replaced nearly a year and a half ago. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 22nd, 2014
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CES: The Company That Wasn’t There

*+-  For many years, Microsoft set the tone for CES with a keynote the evening before the annual consumer electronics extravaganza opened. It was always heavily attended and heavily covered, and there was usually at … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 15th, 2014
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The Net Neutrality Slap Down: Time to Move On

*+-The decision from the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was hardly unexpected, but it was sharp and unequivocal. Writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, Judge David Tatel told the Federal Communications Commission...

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Steve Wildstrom / January 14th, 2014
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CES: Android’s Big Business Bid

*+-Android is turning up in the strangest places. The Google mobile operating system, alresady the numerically dominant platform for smartphones and tablets worldwide, is making a move to desktops and laptops. It’s not clear that … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 8th, 2014
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When is a Core Not a Core?

*+-Nvida generated some pre-CES excitement by announcing its Tegra K1 processor, which looks to be the most powerful graphics engine ever designed for mobile use.  But the company also spread a lot of confusion by...

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Steve Wildstrom / January 6th, 2014
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CES: Wearables Yes; Watches, Not So Sure

*+-As the CES pre-announcements pour in, it’s clear that a leading feature of this year’s electronics extravaganza will be wearable devices of all types. Smart watches will make the biggest splash, but I have grave … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 6th, 2014
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Quantum Computing, the NSA, and Reality

*+-The Washington Post led today’s front page with a very curious choice: An article, by Steven rich and Barton Gellman, that said the National Security Agency is sponsoring research into quantum computing that, if successful, would … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 3rd, 2014
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Eight Innovators That Shook the World

*+-Note: This article was updated to correct the omission of Google. There’s no more tedious subject on the internet than an endless discussion of which companies are or are not innovative. If you doubt it, … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 3rd, 2014
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Apple, iPhone, and the NSA: A Tale of Sorry Journalism

*+-Watching CNN on New Year’s Eve, I learned that the National Security Agency was able to snoop on everything I did or said on my iPhone. Actually, I had been reading this for a couple … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 31st, 2013
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Most Read Columns of 2013: Learning to Love Chromebooks and Succeeding

*+-I have been a skeptic about Chromebooks since Google announced them. What could you really do on a pseudo-laptop whose only native application was the Chrome browser and which depended on an internet connection for … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 27th, 2013
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Hail and Farewell, All Things Digital

*+-Next Tuesday, New Year’s Eve, will mark the end of one of the most important journalistic tech industry web sites, Dow-Jones’ All Things Digital. Those of you who have been following this drama in recent … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 26th, 2013
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A Tale of Two Ads: “Misunderstood” vs. “Scroogled”

*+-If you want to know why Apple keeps winning  in consumer markets and Microsoft keeps losing, you can find much of the answer in the ads the two companies use to present themselves to the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 18th, 2013

Follow up: Adobe, Apple, and Bad Error Messages

*+-In a Tech.pinions Insiders article yesterday, I wrote that one reason for the success of tablets is that they do not regularly befuddle users with error messages. No sooner had I written it than I...

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Steve Wildstrom / December 12th, 2013