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A Comeback Product for Not-Dead-Yet Real Networks

Younger internet users may never have heard of Real Networks. But the Seattle-based company was once a major media pioneer, inventing postage-stamp-sized streaming video back in the days of dial-up connections and creating Rhapsody, the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 25th, 2013
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Disruption: What Microsoft Got Wrong

Ben Thompson of Stratechery has deservedly been the talk of the tech world this week for his analysis of disruption theory, What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong. Thompson argues (and if you haven;t read his piece … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 25th, 2013
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Sense and Nonsense About Biometrics

Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner seems to have fueled an important but ill-informed and ultimately nonsensical debate about biometrics and privacy. The latest example is this muddled editorial in the Sept. 22 New York Times. The Times editorial, … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 22nd, 2013
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BlackBerry: The Last Act of a Grim Play

There will be more stories about the final agonies of BlackBerry, but this is it. The company announced today that it  expects to report a loss of nearly $1 billion in its second fiscal quarter and...

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Steve Wildstrom / September 20th, 2013
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Apple Maps: Still a Disaster

I was hoping that with the official release of iOS 7, Apple would finally produce some major improvements in Apple Maps. But for all the attention Apple has lavished on other parts of the new … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 20th, 2013
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Apple Research: An Immodest Proposal

A recent column by Brian S. Hall and a followup conversation in the comments got me thinking about one of his “wild and crazy” ideas for Apple: That the company should fund a research lab in … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 20th, 2013
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Data Broker Acxiom Reveals How Little It Knows About Me

I recently accepted an invitation from Acxiom, the big data broker, to check out some of what they knew about me on a new web site. What I discovered was a considerable surprise; in an...

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Steve Wildstrom / September 17th, 2013
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Apple vs. Microsoft: The Value of Strategic Thinking

Having a strategic plan and following it doesn’t guarantee corporate success. There’s always the possibility that the strategy is bad and fated to fail. But you can rest assured that the lack of a strategy...

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Steve Wildstrom / September 12th, 2013
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Touch ID: A Big Deal If Apple Doesn’t Mess It Up

The Touch ID fingerprint reader could be one of the most important features of the new iPhone 5s. Although it will initially be used only to unlock the phone and to log into the iTunes … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 11th, 2013
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Microsoft and Nokia: A Strategic Blunder

There’s an old military adage, “Reinforce success; never reinforce failure.” By purchasing Nokia’s device business for about $5 billion, Microsoft has just reinforced failure in a big way. It has been three years since Microsoft … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 3rd, 2013
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The End of a Wireless Anomaly

Verizon Wireless has always been a very strange beast. Its DNA incorporates the tangled history of the U.S. phone industry since the 1983 court-ordered breakup of the Bell System. Verizon Communications, which will finally become … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 2nd, 2013
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The Irony of Microsoft’s Lost Mobile Opportunity

The dozens of commentaries on Steve Ballmer’s impending departure nearly all condemn him for Microsoft’s failure in mobile computing during his tenure. It’s certainly true that Microsoft was run over by an iPhone-iPad-Android train in … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 30th, 2013
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About Those NY Times and Twitter Attacks: What Really Happened

General news media mostly do a terrible job covering tech issues. And in the case of the attacks, allegedly by the Syrian Electronic Army, that effective took nytimes.com off-line for a good part of Tuesday,...

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Steve Wildstrom / August 28th, 2013
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TV: A Faster Slow Death

Television as we know it is doomed and has been for some time. But I thought  broadcasters and cable operators would be able to hold off the inevitable for a long time because their business … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 28th, 2013
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Audio Minute: The Microsoft Board’s Challenge

Steve Ballmer is only Microsoft’s second CEO. Replacing him is will be the board’s biggest challenge ever....

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Steve Wildstrom / August 23rd, 2013
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Fear and Loathing and the NSA

In the couple of months since the flood of revelations about National Security Agency internet snooping was unleashed by Edward Snowden, we have seen a great deal of knee jerk reactions on all sides punctuated … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 21st, 2013
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The Limits of Cloud Encryption

Revelations of National Security Agency snooping on email and other internet traffic has inspired long-overdue concern about privacy and security–and set off a wave of opportunistic announcements of encrypted services. Adding encryption is a good … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 15th, 2013
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The Feature the Next iPhone Should Have

I know nothing about what Apple is going to announce at an iPhone event expected on Sept. 10. But I do know about one feature the is a strong candidate and definitely should be included … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 14th, 2013
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NSA, Google Glass, and Confirmation Bias

Two stories that were literally too good to be true made news this week, one of them silly, the other much more serious. But the fact that both got wide circulation before being corrected shows … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 8th, 2013
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OpenPower Consortium: A Trip Down Memory Lane

IBM announced today that it was working with Google and Nvidia in an alliance called the OpenPower Consortium to promote the use of IBM’s Power processor as an alternative to x86 CPU’s from Intel and...

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Steve Wildstrom / August 7th, 2013
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Bezos and The Washington Post: Mr. Disruption Buys a Newspaper

You’d think a newspaper would be the last business in need of disruption. Yet Jeff Bezos, whose Amazon.com is the most disruptive force in retailing and perhaps in all of American business, has just plunked … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 7th, 2013
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The Motorola Mystery Deepens

The Moto X is a phone. It’s a little newer than your phone. It will be available for sale in late August. This is the true story of the Motorola Moto X. –“The Amazing True … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 2nd, 2013
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A Microsoft Without Client Software: It Could Be the Future

It’s easy to forget today but Microsoft got its start as a highly disruptive company. The IBM PC running Microsoft software revolutionized business computing in the 1980s, bringing down the priesthood of the mainframe. As … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 31st, 2013
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Semi-random Thoughts on China

I’m writing this as I am flying home from 10 days in China. Not the tech temples of Shenzhen but a concert tour of five of China’s largets cities with the Children’s Chorus of Washington....

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Steve Wildstrom / July 29th, 2013
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When Microsoft Ruled Tech: An Elegy

Almost 20 years ago, when Microsoft was king, I became a full time tech writer after many years of writing about economics and politics and working as an editor. As I watch Microsft struggling to … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / July 17th, 2013