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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
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Hits, No Errors: The Secret of Mobile Success

*+-  When Jeff Hawkins was designing the original Palm Pilot, he had a simple rule for his team. If a feature was generating error messages, it either got fixed fast or it was removed.  The … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 11th, 2013
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The Freemium Model May Be Going Away

*+-SugarSync, one of the pioneers of freemium cloud storage, announced today it was ending its free service. From now on,the minimum account will be 60 gigabytes of storage for $7.49 a month or $75 a...

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Steve Wildstrom / December 10th, 2013
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The Pitfalls of Techno-optimism (and the Ambition of Amazon)

*+-Jeff Bezos’ interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes accomplished three things. It told the world that Amazon is a true technology company, not just a giant retailer.  It took attention away from unpleasant subjects, such as … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 4th, 2013
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Wheeler’s FCC: Ring Out the Old Fights, Bring in the New

*+-The list of recent of accomplishments at the Federal Communications Commission is pretty short. Although President Obama and his FCC chief, Julius Genachowski, took office with a lot of bold talk, very little has happened … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 27th, 2013

X-ray Glasses Are for Real

*+-Readers of a certain age remember comic book ads for mail-order glasses that would let you see through people’s (read: girls’) clothing. They were, of course, a pure rip-off, but their real world counterpart is...

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Steve Wildstrom / November 20th, 2013
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Education and the Future of MOOCs

*+-Maybe online course aren’t going to remake the face of higher education after all. After a fast start, reality seems to be closing in on the world of the massive, open, online courses that were … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 20th, 2013
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UnderArmour Deal Shows Fitness Tech Going Mainstream

*+-If there was any doubt that fitness measurement, whether using wearable devices or sensor-equipped smartphones, is going mainstream it should have been settled Nov. 14  by UnderArmour’s purchase of startup Map My Fitness for $150 million. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 15th, 2013

Apple Support: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

*+-See update below Apple is a company that inspires both delight and dismay in its customers, sometimes both in the same person and on the same day. First the good news. My 27″ iMac had … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 7th, 2013
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Tablets, Desktops, Laptops: How the Tools Fit My Life

*+-With the endless arguments about tablets’ productivity or lack thereof, I decided to take a close look at the computing tools in my life. The result is a seemingly contradictory conclusion: We truly live in … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 6th, 2013
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At Last, the Last Act for BlackBerry?

*+-This may be the exception that proves Betteridge’s Law.1 It’s too soon to put a number on the days remaining to the once high flying BlackBerry, but the latest financial developments suggest that the sand...

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Steve Wildstrom / November 4th, 2013
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